CJ is the lead character in the video game â€śGrand Theft Auto: San Andreas,â€ť by Rockstar Games for Take 2 Interactive. An industry group has begun an investigation into whether the game includes hidden images of pornography.
One of the nation's most popular video games is under scrutiny following claims that it harbors hidden pornography.
The Entertainment Software Rating Board, an industry group, has launched an investigation into whether "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" contains explicit sex acts made viewable only by downloading a modification program.
The modification supposedly unlocks lurid imagery to a scene already notable for suggestive sound effects.
My thoughts too, John. According to its website, the game has a supposedly sympathetic "victim" hero, but it's really just a pretext for simulated mayhem.
Remember the subliminal advertising hype? Doubtless much of it was & is true (I'm thinking more of its artistic composition), but the Biblical problem with much advertising has been its blatant appeal to the flesh. It's one thing to say, "this is a good car," quite another to say, "chicks will dig it."
Forget the hidden porn. The game's already a loser not because of what's hidden but what's in plain view!
I'm dating myself but this reminds me of the hype surounding so-called "backward masking" of phonograph records back in the 70's when many evangelicals went to great lengths to criticize rock music not for it's blatant worldly/satanic messages, but those that supposidly could be heard if the record were played backwards.
With better technology you get do this kind of things. Twenty years ago I remember electronic games were a lot more moral. There is a site where you can check and search ESRB ratings for games, for example find all games with nudity, mature humor or sexual violence. http://www.esrb.org/power_search.asp