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Take-Two on FTC Probe

Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. Announces Federal Trade Commission Inquiry (thanks Frans) has the publisher's reaction to a probe into advertising claims made in conjunction with Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas:

Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO - News) announced today that it has been notified that the staff of the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) Division of Advertising Practices is conducting an inquiry into advertising claims made for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. The Company intends to fully cooperate with the FTC inquiry, and believes that it acted in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations. The Company cooperated with a recently concluded Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) investigation into this matter and has taken decisive and immediate corrective action.

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21. Rockstar's fate Jul 27, 2005, 14:49 Kxmode
 
Rockstar's fate is already sealed. They are going to become the Martha Stewart of video game companies or at the very least a whipping child for politicians running for re-election.

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20. Re: Rockstar = Dumb Jul 27, 2005, 12:20 Muscular Beaver
 
You know... but in france you will get jailed if you have any violence in your game and sell it to minors. But even for adults violence is somewhat prohibited in games and movies. Blood? OMG OMG OMG OMG! POLICE!
Tits? Asses? Cuss words? GIMME GIMME GIMME!
Even in TV news, newspapers, commercials etc are naked women at normal daytimes and women are handled like sex objects, so that every little children can see it.
Stop thinking that europe is better at this...


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Oh that is so lame... You will PAY for your use of inappropriate dialogue!
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19. Re: Rockstar = Dumb Jul 27, 2005, 12:18 Creston
 
Go to France and ask anyone about this issue, and they will start to laugh

Ofcourse, you could also go to France in the early 90s and ask them not to do any completely unnecessary nuclear testing in the Pacific, and they would have laughed as well (and did, quite frequently).

If your point was USA = Teh Suck, Every Other Country = Much Better, I fear I'll have to deflate your balloon a bit.

It is definitely true that the US has some priorities wildly fucked up though.

Creston

 
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18. Re: Rockstar = Dumb Jul 27, 2005, 09:28 TheLeech
 
Have you been to a Baptist church lately?

 
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17. Re: Rockstar = Dumb Jul 27, 2005, 07:13 Tom
 
Also is this particular thing in America where violence and killing is okay but sex is a no no ? Even though you guys have one of biggest porno industries in the World.

It's pure politics + media. This has nothing to do with what the average person in America thinks.

 
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16. Re: Rockstar = Dumb Jul 27, 2005, 05:51 The Half Elf
 
Yeah it's pretty fucked up here in the States. Just hope I can give up smoking before it's outlawed as well.

The problem isn't the lie, it's how they handled it which coulda/shoulda/didn't get handled properly by Rockstar. That's the rub, at least for me. Had they said something to the affect of that the code wasn't removed from the copies due to time constraints or some other BS it would have gone over alot better then saying 'Uber hackers' did it. But all the explanation's that Rockstar has given out is more damaging to themselves then anyone else.
Like any good crime show will tell ya, Say nothing ask for a lawyer and let the lawyer spin it.

Maybe we should chip in and buy Rockstar a season of The Practice and CSI. Might help them learn to lie better

 
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15. Re: Rockstar = Dumb Jul 27, 2005, 04:52 Big_Bear
 
Yes rockstar did lie, but all this has been blown out of proportion.

I have found it is amazing that in the game you can kill people, kill cops, steal cars, pimp and steal. It gets a mature rating but if you put in a bit of nudity it gets an adult only rating. I am glad I live in the UK where games are rated just like movies, this has meant that GT:San Andreas got an 18 certificate.

This means that anyone under 18 can not legally buy the game, if the US had a similar system then none of this would have been a problem.

Also is this particular thing in America where violence and killing is okay but sex is a no no ? Even though you guys have one of biggest porno industries in the World.

I thought America was founded on the principles of small Government, where the Federal Government would not interfere with the Market or ordinary people. If they truly believe in Capitalism they should let the market decide whether this game should sell or not.

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14. Re: Rockstar = Dumb Jul 27, 2005, 03:32 The Half Elf
 
Hey FTC, when ya 'probe' Rockstar, make sure not to use lube, maybe next time they'll think twice about trying to blame their community for the stupid shit they do. Er wait.. change the word community to hackers.

 
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13. Re: Rockstar = Dumb Jul 27, 2005, 02:13 Prez
 
Remember all this when it comes time to vote at election time, guys. Keep an eye on what YOUR elected officials are doing to the hobby you love.

And while your at it, smack Rockstar upside the head for doing this. Lying only proves you have something to hide, and is as good as an admission of guilt.

 
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12. Re: Rockstar = Dumb Jul 27, 2005, 01:56 hebrew_national
 
I find this amusing. Lots of people in this country and on this forum would bash a country like France, but you want to know something? Go to France and ask anyone about this issue, and they will start to laugh. This IS NOT important. And it certainly isn't worth the time and tax payer dollars that the FTC [and others] are going to spend on it.

 
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11. Rockstar = Dumb Jul 27, 2005, 01:50 Ray Marden
 
/bah

Rockstar should have just been honest from the very start; explain it was something they were looking into, something they left out of the game (insert lame PR spin about upholding decency,) point out how common this is for games (insert any number of easter egg references,) and that it was never a part of the intended final release.
Don't bitch to me how easter eggs are intentional...
Lying = stupid = did them in

Realizing the PR types hate living in the real world,
Ray

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Everything is awesome!!!
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10. oh man... Jul 27, 2005, 00:55 xXBatmanXx
 
Holy cripes here we go.

Yeah, cause the FTC has EVERYTHING to do with this. (sarcism) Good lord, it is just everyone jumping on the wagon.

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9. Re: No subject Jul 27, 2005, 00:25 Teddy
 
But only after they lied and told everybody that the 3v1l h4><orz added all the disputed content.

That was Rockstar that said it was the hackers, not Take Two so far as I know.

 
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8. Re: No subject Jul 26, 2005, 23:44 Riker
 
Advertising claims? What does this have to do, if anything, with the Hot Coffee thing?

 
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7. Re: No subject Jul 26, 2005, 23:22 Buckermann
 
The Company cooperated with a recently concluded Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) investigation into this matter and has taken decisive and immediate corrective action.
But only after they lied and told everybody that the 3v1l h4><orz added all the disputed content.

 
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6. Re: No subject Jul 26, 2005, 22:32 Michael Bolton's hair dresser
 
Why can't the gubmit do something useful like going after PhD fraud game developers?

Dr. Michael Bolton's Hairdreser PhD, MD
 
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5. Re: No subject Jul 26, 2005, 22:03 Morgan19
 
Oh my GOD this is getting old. The media and government have gotten a posterboy to jump on and blame for everything, lovely. I'm sick of this.

m19

 
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4. Re: No subject Jul 26, 2005, 21:29 Squirmer
 
Is submitting a game for rating an 'advertising claim'? I guess it's vaguely related ...

 
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3. Maddox says it best Jul 26, 2005, 21:24 Rosco
 
http://www.thebestpageintheuniverse.net/c.cgi?u=ticket_to_hell

Installing the Hot Coffee mode will buy you a ticket straight to hell, yep.
 
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2. Re: No subject Jul 26, 2005, 21:05 MEAHT
 
somone wants to make an example of this video game company.

they should crucify whomever put this shameful piece of filth in this videogame!

now, where was i-oh yes! thats right, i was watchin natural born killers
toodles!
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