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Video game has hidden sex scenes, parents warned

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July 11, 2005 14:37 IST

A media watchdog group denounced the maker of the hugely popular video game 'Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas' at the weekend after learning that graphic sex scenes can appear in the game with the help of a freely available Internet download.

The game's plot was already objectionable to many: its main character seeks bloody vengeance on gang-filled streets, picking up women along the way.

After downloading a modification to the game -- one of many 'mods' available on Web sites -- a new world opens up in which the girlfriends engage in explicit sex acts.

The new content fills in what publisher Rockstar Games left to the imagination in the rated M (Mature) version. Sexual content of this kind generally earns video games an AO (Adults Only) rating, which few retailers will sell.

The Entertainment Software Ratings Board has started investigating.

The mod's author, Patrick Wildenborg of the Netherlands, said his code merely unlocked content that was already in the code of each off-the-shelf game.

A 'nationwide parental alert' was issued by the National Institute on the Media and the Family which monitors the entertainment industry.

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