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Take-Two settles Hot Coffee lawsuit

Take-Two settles Hot Coffee lawsuit

If all goes to Take-Two's plan then it looks like someone may finally finish this Hot Coffee off. Ha.

Man, that Hot Coffee lawsuit has been going on a long time. Personally, I was sure the whole thing was done and dusted ages ago but it seems I was wrong - the case is only now coming to a proposed close.

The class action lawsuit, which began in 2005 when Take-Two was sued for not disclosing a sexual mini-game to content raters and allowing the product to go to market with the content still accessible to modders, may now reach an end though. Take-Two has proposed a settlement in order to knock things on the head.

The settlement, which has not yet been approved by the court, has a number of conditions though - the most important of which is that Take-Two and Rockstar Games both avoid liability and make no admittance of wrongdoing.

Consumers will be able to swap copies of the game for re-rated versions if they choose, switching from an M rating to an AO rating in America. If they wish they can also provide proof of purchase to get a $35 cash payment.

Take-Two has, according to GI.biz agreed to spend at least $1 Million in settlement benefits, with a total expenditure capped at $2.75 Million, not including legal fees.

"If the case had continued, we believe the court would have agreed that Take-Two was not liable for consumers acting independently to modify their games with third-party hardware and software to access normally inaccessible content." said Take-Two CEO Ben Feder.

A bold statement - but what do you think? Let us know in the forums.

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The_Pope 9th November 2007, 12:40 Quote
$2.75 million eh? That might just about be more expensive coffee than Starbucks! Nearly :)
mclean007 9th November 2007, 12:52 Quote
I bet consumers will be queing up in droves to swap their 'M' rated box for an otherwise identical box with 'AO' stamped on the cover. Ridiculous.
mikeuk2004 9th November 2007, 13:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by mclean007
I bet consumers will be queing up in droves to swap their 'M' rated box for an otherwise identical box with 'AO' stamped on the cover. Ridiculous.

To get the $35 cash, I bet they do.
p3n 9th November 2007, 14:57 Quote
$2.7mil thats like 50 pence right? :)
Veles 9th November 2007, 16:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by mikeuk2004
To get the $35 cash, I bet they do.

Was about to say the same thing XD
wolff000 9th November 2007, 20:21 Quote
the people that sued should be gagged and shot not given any cash or a new game. If you mod the damn game to play something it is not the manufacturers fault. Just in case someone here decides to go on its for the kids bs. Needs to remember that this game is about grand theft, drug trafficking and murder to begin with. So why the hell is a completely natural human act so bad?
Constructacon 9th November 2007, 23:16 Quote
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Originally Posted by wolff000
the people that sued should be gagged and shot not given any cash or a new game. If you mod the damn game to play something it is not the manufacturers fault. Just in case someone here decides to go on its for the kids bs. Needs to remember that this game is about grand theft, drug trafficking and murder to begin with. So why the hell is a completely natural human act so bad?

Because it's in America. The general public doesn't have sex there. Only filthy pornographers and other deviants. :(
bjrcboy 10th November 2007, 09:52 Quote
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Originally Posted by wolff000
the people that sued should be gagged and shot not given any cash or a new game. If you mod the damn game to play something it is not the manufacturers fault. Just in case someone here decides to go on its for the kids bs. Needs to remember that this game is about grand theft, drug trafficking and murder to begin with. So why the hell is a completely natural human act so bad?

but they didnt mod the game.. it was HIDDEN in the game code itself, the "mod" just unhid it so to speak.
Darkangel 10th November 2007, 20:19 Quote
So who gets all the money then?
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