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Take-Two’s Contradictory, Defiant Statements

Rockstar continued to deny, in a press release today, that “Hot Coffee” was in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas’ (PC, PS2, Xbox) code, despite the fact that cheat codes can unlock “Hot Coffee” on the PlayStation 2 version. In a press release this afternoon, they called “Hot Coffee”, “an unauthorized third party modification that alters the retail version of the game.”

In an embarrassing twist, a spokesman for the company contradicted the press release’s claims. “There is sex content in the disc,” Take-Two spokesman Jim Ankner told The Associated Press. “The editing and finalization of any game is a complicated task and it’s not uncommon for unused and unfinished content to remain on the disc.”

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While evidence mounts against them, and indeed proves that they misled the public about its origin, the company continues to be defiant. “We are deeply concerned that the publicity surrounding these unauthorized modifications has caused the game to be misrepresented to the public and has detracted from the creative merits of this award winning product,” said Paul Eibeler, Take-Two CEO.