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.