No offence taken, but I don't think I'm denying the obvious. Given the type of game they're creating, and the shock value they strive to achieve, I don't deny that it is extremely
likely that they left the sex mini game in there hoping
it will be re-enabled. However, I personally believe that making it inaccessible is sufficient to "remove" it from the game.
One thing I didn't like about that editorial is that he seems to suggest that GTA was being deceptive in that the game included more than the box revealed.
Can they actually trust that spending a few hours with a game and deciding that, yes, it’s appropriate for their kids means the game really WILL be appropriate?
You can safely place anyone in front of GTA:SA and NOT worry about them ever seeing a sex mini game.
Now, if you also give them access to a hex editor, a cheat device, a patch that someone else developed
... well, at that point, all bets are off... just about anything is possible.
Apparently your kids may be in danger of becoming Larry Flynt just by playing The Sims if they have the technical know-how to download a file.
Or will they be purchasing easily accessible hardcore porn
Easily accessible? It only takes a click of an icon to apply a patch whether that patch modifies a few bytes of the code, or whether it replaces huge chunks of code along with graphics and sound. The work isn't in applying the patch, it's in coming up with the patch.
It's not like kids across the country were suddenly figuring out how to patch the executable. I assume one person did the hard work... which obviously made it easy for everyone else. Unless R* provided the patch, I don't see how they necessarily made it "easy".
If that's the case, then DVD encryption was easily bypassed as well -- I just had to download a program to do it. Uh, I mean, my friend had to... err.. download it when... uh.. she had to do it... ya.
If the courts dictate that things like this must be made "impossible" (because it will be hard as hell to differentiate between easy and difficult)... well, kiss the modding community goodbye. I guess we won't see any more games until trusted computing becomes the norm.
'Cause God knows, there's always someone out there who will find a way to make the characters in your favourite game naked...