Will Hot Coffee Prevent GTA V On PC?

Rockstar games maestro Dan Houser has chosen the impending release of GTA V to finally make something close to a public outreach effort. He hasn’t exactly been a hermit but more than at any time I can remember he’s almost appearing as a kind of industry personality (Hopefully it’s just marketing and he’s not planning to jump down the ego rabbit hole.)

This might explain why so many of his recent interviews have delved into the history of the GTA series, particularly the infamous Hot Coffee scandal of 2005. Yeahyeahyeah, it was the dumbest thing ever, and the people freaking out about literally had no understanding of how PCs or games worked, and it really was a case of people freaking out about a video game already marketed to adults that contained (dummied out) sexual content tamer than most PG movies. But it was also something of a milestone – a mod managed to cause Rockstar’s entire business to hiccup. When asked about it by The Guardian, Houser basically said what we were all thinking at the time.

“We never felt that we were being attacked for the content; we were being attacked for the medium, which felt a little unfair,” he said, completely accurately if you ask us. “If all of this stuff had been put into a book or a movie, people wouldn’t have blinked an eye…” He’s absolutely right, of course. It also really put them off their lunch. “It was draining and upsetting; a tough time in the company,” Houser said. “The massive social decay that we were supposed to induce hasn’t happened. So in that regard, a lot of those debates that used to go on, they’re not such a big deal now.”

I can’t help but wonder if residual hangover from this has anything to do with Rockstar’s coyness with confirming a PC version for GTA V. Then again, they released one for GTA IV and it’s very much beloved. Hopefully, it’s this, and not Take Two’s wish to go the EA route, that’s to blame.

Via GameSpot.

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7 Comments on Will Hot Coffee Prevent GTA V On PC?


On November 20, 2012 at 9:24 pm

Speak for your self. I own GTA4 and it sucked. I wont even finish it. The last good game they made was GTA:SA. I didn’t like what they did with Max Payne. I own all three, and hated the third. Then there’s Red Dead Re that was too much work to put it on Pc, so no, I could care less if this one makes it. They’ve been screwing pc owners for years now and I don’t see it stopping any time soon. Personally, in my opinion, they are just short of EA cra___ness. So good bye Rockstar. It hasn’t been that fun.


On November 20, 2012 at 11:09 pm

You Dog are a typical moron


On November 21, 2012 at 8:21 am

bob@ Why, because I don’t agree with you. I know quite a few people who agree with me. What has Rockstar done for pc users lately? Don’t say Max Payne, cause I know literally thousands of people who will thump you for that answer.
You call me a moron, but your simplistic idiotic statement, shows you to be the mentally challenged one here. But there is hope. Simply pull your head far enough out of your backside to get a clear view and you to may see the light. Friggin Twitt.


On November 21, 2012 at 9:01 am

TheDog: For what’s it’s worth, I loved GTA 4 and completed it three times. I never got into Max Payne but might consider getting the third as I like what I’ve heard about it. Red Dead Redemption was great, though I was playing it on PS3 and not PC. So I don’t agree with many of your opinions on this.

I’m just mentioning that so you know that I mean it when I say that even I can see that ‘bob’ is a non-constructive, ad hominem simpleton and is not worth responding to.


On November 21, 2012 at 8:14 pm

I certainly hope Hot Coffee has nothing to do with it. It just seems like if they were really worried about something like that happening again, they wouldn’t have released GTA4 on PC. Having that game out there with no mod related issues seems like it would make them more confident about 5, at least as far as that topic is concerned. My guess would be that any decision regarding a PC version of 5 is based on profits, and not much else.


On November 22, 2012 at 12:57 am

Steven@ I’m glad you enjoyed GTA 4. To me, it was by far the worst oft the series. The driving was the worst I’ve ever played in any game. The driving an GTA:SA was soooooo much better. It felt like driving a boat around., and the fighting felt very sloppy, especially the hand to hand. Couldn’t get into the characters either. Carl Johnson just was so much easier to get into. If you go to most any forum, most comments are not kind, so I know I’m not alone. I found it hard to find anyone who actually liked it.
Max Payne is a mixed bag. Some liked it, some didn’t. I’m one who’s played them all and felt it was way off the mark, so who knows you might like it. Probably 50/50 on that one.
Red Dead Redemption. Well I’ve heard some good things about it, but my daughter who loved GTA:SA, didn’t even feel like finishing it. She got bored with it. I wouldn’t know concidering those noobs are tooooooo freakin lazy to put it on pc. So we have never gotten the chance to find out if it’s good or not. (Sorry, don’t care what anyone says, they really boned it on that one.)
Don’t know if you played it (GTA4) on pc or console. Most pc owners in my area aren’t thrilled with Rockstar because of there lack of pc support. So it might all boil down to what system you mainly play on.
P.S. You’re right about Bobn the Nobn.


On November 22, 2012 at 4:31 am

TheDog – I’ve played GTA 4 on both 360 and PS3, not PC. So I have no idea what it’s like on PC, I’ll take your word that it’s disappointing. I definitely preferred San Andreas, though. Aside from the game-breaker glitch with the Mad Dog suicide mission, it’s the best in the series for me.