Dan Houser, co-founder of Rockstar Games, explains his company's feelings regarding the controversies of 'Grand Theft Auto,' including the "Hot Coffee" controversy of 'GTA: San Andreas.'
Kotaku has highlighted the comments that Houser made in an interview with The Guardian discussing 'GTA' as a cultural phenomenon.
"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. We never felt that we were being attacked for the content, we were being attacked for the medium, which felt a little unfair. If all of this stuff had been put into a book or a movie, people wouldn't have blinked an eye. And there are far bigger issues to worry about in society than this."
The original release of 'GTA: San Andreas' featured a deprecated mini-game, accessible through hacking/cheat devices such as 'Action Replay.' In the mini-game, the player is invited in for coffee. Not officially part of the game, the subsequent in-engine sex scene sequence had not been rated by the various rating boards and ignited a controversy that saw among other things, the game pulled from shelves, banned in certain countries, and only made available with the deprecated mini-game cut from the game.
"It was draining and upsetting – a tough time in the company."