Tuesday, January 29th 2008

Rockstar Reaches Hot Coffee Settlement

Rockstar Games has now managed to reach a settlement over the infamous “Hot Coffee” dispute which allowed gamers to unlock explicit content in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Customers who still have the original disk and a detailed store receipt can claim up to $35 in compensation, and those with just the disk but no receipt will still be able to claim $5.
Defendants do not dispute that the parts that were modified and combined to display the Hot Coffee content were present in the code of the game discs. However, Defendants vigorously deny each and every allegation of improper conduct, and they deny all liability. The notice and other settlement documents provide information about the lawsuit, the settlement, your legal rights, what benefits are available, who is eligible for them, and how to get them. To download a notice package.
Source: [H]ard|OCP
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28 Comments on Rockstar Reaches Hot Coffee Settlement

#1
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
bah. how lame. how many people still have their receipts for that game? id say very few. rockstar will end up making money off of this! go rockstar!
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#2
ktr
Well, R* payed like $1 million for each lawyer they had. But yea, not a lot of peeps will have the proof to get the $35 bucks.
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#3
bruins004
by: ktr
Well, R* payed like $1 million for each lawyer they had. But yea, not a lot of peeps will have the proof to get the $35 bucks.
Well if its on a Credit Card then you can easily get that proof for it :)
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#4
zaqwsx
I have the receipt and the game so dose that mean i get to keep the game and get $35 or i just get $35 back and they get the game? LOL I keep every recipt I have in the game.

Edit:I you got here http://www.gtasettlement.com/ it shows you what you get

General Credit Card Statement or Check Cash payment up to $17.50
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#5
Steevo
This is crap, just like suing the hard drvie makers for a problem with formats. You had to actually try to get the hot coffee mod to work, and then they released a patch to prevent it. Plus are the kind of people who buyt this game gonna be offended by some sim sex? Really can you imagine: In a happy church the nuns bought GTA:SA for the sunday school kids to play on the churches PC and little timmy finds the hot coffee mod on the internet and installs it, and after beating down thugs, fucking whores, running down gang menbers and popping caps at pigs he gets offended that he can see some digital nipple.
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#6

I have that game... I got it for christmas one year and never touched it. I think the receipt is still in the box 2 :) Free 35$ here i come!
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#7
Steevo
And those of us wondering why gammakers are ignoring the PC................ don't be stupid, this does nothing for anyone except to reinforce the idea that retards with a lawyer can do anything.
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#9
intel igent
by: Steevo
imagine: In a happy church the nuns bought GTA:SA for the sunday school kids to play on the churches PC and little timmy finds the hot coffee mod on the internet and installs it, and after beating down thugs, fucking whores, running down gang menbers and popping caps at pigs he gets offended that he can see some digital nipple.
ROFLMFAO! :roll::roll::roll::roll::roll::roll::roll::roll:

:toast:
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#10
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
by: Steevo
This is crap, just like suing the hard drvie makers for a problem with formats. You had to actually try to get the hot coffee mod to work, and then they released a patch to prevent it. Plus are the kind of people who buyt this game gonna be offended by some sim sex? Really can you imagine: In a happy church the nuns bought GTA:SA for the sunday school kids to play on the churches PC and little timmy finds the hot coffee mod on the internet and installs it, and after beating down thugs, fucking whores, running down gang menbers and popping caps at pigs he gets offended that he can see some digital nipple.
mods, please archive this response because it is the best one ive ever read on this forum.
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#11
Fuse-Wire
does this go in the UK?? i got reciepts for my PS2 version!!!
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#12
ghost101
I have my reciept online with amazon.
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#13
DaMulta
My stars went supernova
And this is why GTA4 will not come out on PC....
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#14
ghost101
HOW YOU GET SETTLEMENT BENEFITS — SUBMITTING A CLAIM FORM

In order to receive any benefits – a replacement disc and/or cash – you must file a Claim Form and swear under penalty of perjury that you:

-Bought a Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas First Edition Disc before July 20, 2005;
-Were offended and upset by the ability of consumers to use third party software and/or hardware to modify and alter the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas First Edition Disc to display the Hot Coffee content;
-Would not have bought the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas First Edition Disc had you known that consumers could modify and alter the game content; and
-Upon learning the game could be modified and altered, would have returned it to the place of purchase for a refund if you thought this was possible.
Damn i failed on the last 3 points.

by: DaMulta
And this is why GTA4 will not come out on PC....
Nah it will. They will simply make sure this doesnt happen again. I think this ruling is a bit harsh. They should simply have been fined a lump sum towards a charity or something.

by: Easy Rhino
bah. how lame. how many people still have their receipts for that game? id say very few. rockstar will end up making money off of this! go rockstar!
Anyone who bought it online can very easily get detailed reciepts.
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Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
now you guys know you can do whatever you want, but if you ask me, dont return the game for 35 bucks just because you can. if you enjoyed it then keep it or just exchange it for another game. returning it for 35 bucks encourages people to get lawyers and file retarded lawsuits.
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#16
Jimmy 2004
I've got a copy, and I'm sure I could dig up my receipt somewhere. Am I going to return it for cash? No.

I'm so perverse that I bother to install something like Hot Coffee, and I also don't personally thing Rockstar should be blamed for people hacking the game. It's like Someone hacking their copy of Windows only to find that they've opened up a backdoor that lets their computer be exploited and then trying to sue M$.
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#17
DaMulta
My stars went supernova
I always install hot coffee when I play SA. It makes the game even more fun!!!!
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#18
ShinyG
Gotta love Corporate America!
They should friggin' ban Barbie dolls and GI-Joe's because they can turn into sex toys if inserted into the various orifices of the human body!!! Hope no money-hungry lawyer reads this and sues Mattel or whatever... If by any chance any of them read this, I want 50%! :p

They should blame the ratings company who make crappy forms to be filled instead of testing the game!
THAT'S how you get your game rated today: BY FILLING A FORM! So 19th century... (they might do some "testing" like checking the box and manual for nipples!)
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#19
zaqwsx
you dont have to return the game you just need a copy of the reciept and you get $35.

If you selected Option 1 - Detailed Store Receipt, please provide:
----o A copy of the receipt from your game disc purchase (do not send originals)
If you selected Option 2 - General Credit Card Statement, please provide:
----o A copy of a credit card statement reflecting your purchase (do not send originals), and
----o Original Game Disc
If you selected Option 3 – Cancelled Check, please provide:
----o A copy of the cancelled check showing your purchase (do not send originals), and
----o Original Game Disc
If you selected Option 4 – Participation in Exchange Program with no Proof of Purchase, please
provide:
----o Original Game Disc
If you selected Option 5 – Game discarded with no Proof of Purchase:
----o You are not required to submit any proof of purchase
If you selected Option 6 – Exchange of Game with No Cash Benefit, please provide:
----o Original Game Disc
PLEASE NOTE ANY PROOF OF PURCHASE SENT WILL NOT BE RETURNED TO YOU.
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#21
thegave
by: DaMulta
I always install hot coffee when I play SA. It makes the game even more fun!!!!
it's hard! denise and I are breaking up because I can never satisfy her... how the hell are you supposed to press buttons rhythmically?
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#22
Cold Storm
Battosai
by: thegave
it's hard! denise and I are breaking up because I can never satisfy her... how the hell are you supposed to press buttons rhythmically?
just like sex.... lol
I think this is goes in the wtf files for me... Like I'm going to spend time to go on line and find out when i bought that game, and what!?! I know it was the day before it came out, but i bought it few months before... so that leaves a lot to look into... now, if I'd only go through everything like they ask to get money and I'd be rich... Get a few every few months saying that I qualify for this or that settlement.. A load of bs...
IMO
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#23
Dangle
ARe you kidding me? if you have an original disc, you could probably advertise the exploit on ebay and make $100
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#24
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
This will cost Rockstar too dear. Instead they should have said, "return your discs for replacement discs without explicit content" with maybe a $5 compensation. Afterall, nothing was sooo shockingly explicit considering the game was meant for grown-ups and explicit content is available but locked. So I don't see the logic in the $35 compensation.
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#25
mdm-adph
by: btarunr
This will cost Rockstar too dear. Instead they should have said, "return your discs for replacement discs without explicit content" with maybe a $5 compensation. Afterall, nothing was sooo shockingly explicit considering the game was meant for grown-ups and explicit content is available but locked. So I don't see the logic in the $35 compensation.
I don't see the logic in about 90% of "obscenity" court cases in America today, so go figure.
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