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Hot Coffee lawsuit pays off

Hot Coffee lawsuit pays off

That picture offends me and, luckily, even though I haven't bought the game, I can still claim $5 for it.

Finally, it has been laid to rest - the Hot Coffee lawsuit is completely over. All that remains to be done is for the payment to be divided up.

The infamous class-action lawsuit, which revolved around unused sexual content in the game that was only accessible via a player hack, cost Take-Two $2.75 million in a the recent settlement and that money now has to be appropriated to all of those people who were offended by the content. Naturally, it doesn't seem to matter that in order to see the content you'd have to download a user made mod for your PC version of the game and consciously apply it to the game in order to get access to the unused code. That doesn't matter at all.

Take-Two, who avoided any liability as part of the settlement, are dividing the payouts as followed for US citizens, based on how strong the proof presented by the customer is.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas First Edition Disc - Replacement Disc
Detailed Store Receipt - Cash payment up to $35.00
General Credit Card Statement or Check - Cash payment up to $17.50
Disc/Purchase Details - Cash payment up to $10.00
No Disc/Purchase Details - Cash payment up to $5.00

Yes, we too like the fact that even if you have no proof that you ever played the game then you can still make a quick buck.

Apparently, advertisements are now running in magazines such as People, just so that everyone is fully briefed on their chance to make some moolah.

Payouts will cease being available after May 16th and more information can be found at the official site, which is also where you should file your complaints.

What do you reckon to the whole kerfuffle? Will you be making a claim or do you refuse to acknowledge any of this as a legitimate reason for a lawsuit? Let us know what you think in the forums.

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Dreaming 29th January 2008, 11:51 Quote
Woo! Compensations for me! :D

Does amazon past orders count as a receipt?
will. 29th January 2008, 12:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by Dreaming
Woo! Compensations and a lack of respect for taking advantage of a ridiculous situation for me! :D

Does amazon past orders count as a receipt?

Modified.
steveo_mcg 29th January 2008, 12:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by naokaji
i hope that stuff doesnt see big scale abuse or we can say goodbye to Take-Two and rockstar:'(
Is it not more likely there is a pot of 2.75 million that once allocated is gone thus not going to affect Take-Two any more than it already has.
naokaji 29th January 2008, 12:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by steveo_mcg
Is it not more likely there is a pot of 2.75 million that once allocated is gone thus not going to affect Take-Two any more than it already has.

oops.. missed the part that its limited. when reading it first i was thinking its just what it cost them till now... but your right. logic dictates that they set a hard cap.
DXR_13KE 29th January 2008, 12:09 Quote
this is ridiculous........
richms 29th January 2008, 12:12 Quote
Perhaps those that were not offended should put their claim in and then use it to spend on another take2 game to show them some support (or just give it back to take2) and use that prize pot up quicker so that the nannys who complain are more likly to be too late?
Jamie 29th January 2008, 12:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by DXR_13KE
this is ridiculous........
airchie 29th January 2008, 12:50 Quote
I can see Jack's point that the code, even though it was de-activated, should never have really been in the game.

What I can't understand is people getting payouts for being offended when they had to jump through hoops to even activate the code in the first place.
Completely retarded. :(

I like the idea of making claims and donating it back to Rockstar. :D
mikeuk2004 29th January 2008, 12:54 Quote
Us only??? Darn, why doesnt the rest of the world get offended like US citizens???
naokaji 29th January 2008, 12:54 Quote
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Originally Posted by airchie
I like the idea of making claims and donating it back to Rockstar. :D

yep, everyone should make a claim, throw it in one pot, then call rockstar and tell them they can have it back if they release a pc version of the next gta game at same day as console version.;)
Dreaming 29th January 2008, 15:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by naokaji
yep, everyone should make a claim, throw it in one pot, then call rockstar and tell them they can have it back if they release a pc version of the next gta game at same day as console version.;)

I'd go along with that.
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Originally Posted by will.
Modified.

I don't think it's underhand to take advantage of a situation, though it was tongue in cheek ;). I'm a UK resident anyway. At least I purchased the game which is probably more than can be said for many of the players. (I think I read it was 25% of all software is pirated, the other day). I'll be buying GTA:IV too, when that's released for PC. Edit: also the money as already has been stated has already been deducted from Rockstar to give to game owners.

I do think it's absurd, because it's an 18 rated game, you get sex in films so why should it be offensive in a game?
stoff3r 29th January 2008, 15:53 Quote
when are the Americans gona realize they are a nation of pussys and hypocrats? It really topped with the Mass Effect scandal on Fox news, geez who raised this people????

afternote: I realise that only the scandals reach the media and internet over here, but it still makes me sick!
Dreaming 29th January 2008, 15:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by stoff3r
when are the Americans gona realize they are a nation of pussys and hypocrats? It really topped with the Mass Effect scandal on Fox news, geez who raised this people????

You have to remember America is a big country that is quite divided. I'm sure gamers really don't give a **** about this, like we don't. But there is a large moral slightly right wing religious part of the populous that has significant influence due not only to their presence but their political power. Ever heard of WAMP? White, anglo-saxon, male, protestant - the formula for practically every US President except I believe JFK who was Roman Catholic.

Don't get me wrong, there is a massive liberal force in the US which has contributed towards civil rights etc. but equally there is the 'Moral Majority'.
PrometheusCon 29th January 2008, 16:12 Quote
While a whole 5 dollars sounds mighty tempting, I'll pass. There's no reason to keep beating this dead horse.

...over

...and over

...and over
E.E.L. Ambiense 29th January 2008, 16:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by airchie
What I can't understand is people getting payouts for being offended when they had to jump through hoops to even activate the code in the first place.
Completely retarded. :(

Exactly. Pandora's Box, and all that jazz.

EDIT: This may be a stretch, but an analogy for this would be someone suing a fan manufacturer because they stuck their finger into it while it was running and was cut up. lol.

I for one will not be participating in this particular 'witch hunt'. And personally, I found Hot Coffee to be quite entertaining. But then again, I have a crass politically incorrect sense of humor.
G0RD0N FAN 29th January 2008, 16:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by DXR_13KE
this is ridiculous........

I will third that!
ToMMo 29th January 2008, 17:20 Quote
haha what a joke, i'd be keen for the pot of gold to make GTA4 release on PC same day as consoles
Dreaming 29th January 2008, 17:55 Quote
Yea I'm looking forward to GTA4 so much I'd be willing to pay a premium to get it this year along with the consoles. I expect they don't want to do that though for fear of piracy. Also, they may stagger the release dates to have 'Just in time' development schedules. I'm no project manager, but if they focus on getting the console one ready, then say it takes 12 months to port to PC, 6 months before console release start the porting process with a team or two and then gradually as development finishes up then you can focus properly on PC whilst the sales guys get the console version out there making money, then ship the PC version after 3 months, and do the rest of the development through patches :p

Rockstar are actually really good for finishing games before they release them actually :)
devdevil85 29th January 2008, 18:17 Quote
Oh yeah....$5 is on it's way....when the case is done of course....
Thacrudd 29th January 2008, 18:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by stoff3r
when are the Americans gona realize they are a nation of pussys and hypocrats? It really topped with the Mass Effect scandal on Fox news, geez who raised this people????

afternote: I realise that only the scandals reach the media and internet over here, but it still makes me sick!

It's all about how much money you have, how well know you are and how big of a contoversy you can stir up over here. It's so stupid. Hot coffee is not any worse than listening to charectors in the game say f*ck over and over. I am not going to ask for money back because it was not offensive. It was funny actually.
mrb_no1 29th January 2008, 18:33 Quote
What a f$$$ing joke. You have to apply to mod to see the 'explicit and offensive' material, grow a brain you smegging yanks and stop trying to make money from anyone or anything because your culture lets you, its coming over the pond and is infecting UK society too. Idiots

Anyone who claims their free $5 from this site should think themselves worse than a pirateer of computer games, the whole situation is ridiculous.

peace

fatman
Dvs98SK 29th January 2008, 19:01 Quote
Take it and give it back. lol
Major 29th January 2008, 19:15 Quote
Joke joke joke...
E.E.L. Ambiense 29th January 2008, 19:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by mrb_no1
What a f$$$ing joke. You have to apply to mod to see the 'explicit and offensive' material, grow a brain you smegging yanks and stop trying to make money from anyone or anything because your culture lets you, its coming over the pond and is infecting UK society too. Idiots

Wow. Totally irresponsible post in the sense of 'painting with a rather broad brush', there sir. Not all of us 'Yanks' are sue-happy, thank you very much. I find this as appalling as the rest of us do.
oasked 29th January 2008, 19:37 Quote
This is ridiculous, but it is not a reason to label every American the same, after all its a hugely diverse country. Does this money come from Take2 or Rockstar? Donating it all to Rockstar sounds good to me... :)
rhuitron 29th January 2008, 19:52 Quote
I am serious disappointed in the lack of humanity in our "civilization".

If anyone does collect those 5 dollars, You are gay.

Thsuper Gay.

And perhaps your dog will commit suicide because you are so very gay.

How is a picture that you saw on the internet of a black man riding a white chick OFFENSIVE TO YOU????

the only way it could be, is that you are jealous of the black man, because you have a small penis and know he has a larger one.

or you are just so irritated that he is not riding you instead of the Virtual Reality bitch.

Therefore this is my logic. You are gay.
airchie 29th January 2008, 21:06 Quote
LMAO!
Mankz 29th January 2008, 21:18 Quote
Woo give me money!

Actually, I'm not going to complain. I though the mod was actually quite good!
naokaji 29th January 2008, 21:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by rhuitron
or you are just so irritated that he is not riding you instead of the Virtual Reality bitch.

someone should bring that up in the court case about a game as a defense. i bet jack thompson and that stupid thing from fox news never gt laid.
The_Beast 29th January 2008, 21:46 Quote
A whole $5, you might be able to get a big mac meal for that maybe


this is just stupid
zelox991 30th January 2008, 01:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by PrometheusCon
While a whole 5 dollars sounds mighty tempting, I'll pass. There's no reason to keep beating this dead horse.

...over

...and over

...and over
freedom810 2nd February 2008, 02:59 Quote
So every US citizen can get $5??? What the hell? And they wonder why there economy is screwed.
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