House Seeks Federal Investigation of Rockstar

Posted on July 26, 2005

Rockstar's problems from the explicit sex acts that were hidding inside Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas seem to be increasing each day. The BBC reports that the U.S. House of Representatives has voted 355 to 21 to pass House Resolution 376 which calls for a federal inquiry to determine if Rockstar intentionally deceived the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) to avoid an Adults-Only rating. The bill was introduced by Congressman Fred Upton (R - MI).

"The release of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was widely anticipated, but an adults-only rating would have severely limited its sales in retail outlets," said Congressman Fred Upton of Michigan.

"It appears that the publisher has blatantly circumvented the rules in order to peddle sexually explicit material to our youth, and they should be held accountable. A company cannot be allowed to profit from deceit."

The vote follows calls by US senator Hillary Clinton for an investigation into who put the sex scenes into San Andreas.

Some steps have already been taken against GTA: San Andreas. The ESRB changed the rating from Mature (M) to Adults-Only (AO). Major retailers including Wal-Mart, Target and Circuit City have pulled the game from shelves. The GTA incident started when a game modification called Hot Coffee appeared on the Internet that allowed the sex scenes to be viewed.

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