If you bought a copy or 6 of “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas” and didn’t like the idea of pixilated video-game characters having sex on your television, you’ve got some cash coming.
The exact amount you may be entitled depends upon directly upon how much documentation you have of your “outrage”:
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
The scandal broke in 2005 when hard-core gamers uncovered a bit of code that, once unlocked, portrayed simulated sex between the game’s hero and a female character who invites him home for coffee. The so-called Hot Coffee scandal led to a number of lawsuits from aggrieved parents and grandparents, who said they should have been warned, and the prospect of new government regulation.
The title was later pulled from shelves and its rating changed from M — for mature — to AO, for adults only.
The simulated sex scene could be unlocked only after downloading and installing a software patch, which was not distributed by the game’s publisher.
The “Grand Theft Auto” series has received criticism over the years for its depictions of violence and risqué themes. The games allow players to attack, rob and carjack bystanders and police while exploring and completing quests in imaginary cities.