dolphinius_rex wrote:I wonder what will happen if someone releases nude patches for other games in the future. If people will start saying that the ratings system should anticipate the potential for more adult oriented content?
This has already happened in the past. Best example I can think of is "Nude Raider" the patch to the original Tomb Raider. I think a similar patch was made to TR:2.
The difference in this case is that the patch unlocks content already existing in the game. Tomb Raider had to be more heavily modified; there was no preexisting sexual content (unless you count Lara Croft's clothed polygonal body, I suppose). In the case of GTA:SA, there are two pieces to the unlock (as I understand it, haven't felt the need to try it out). The unlock opens up content already in the game. If you just use this, the sex scenes will be there but with fully clothed characters. A second patch adds nude skins on top of the game.
It's a tough call, because at some point, someone like Rockstar could add Adult Only content to a new game but lock it away to get an M+ rating, and then leak to someone that the game has an easter egg. This might drive sales of a game up further, because of the content and because the game is easy to find. Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Circuit City and other big box stores won't carry games with AO ratings, and if the game is AO, sales would suffer. What Rockstar has done could allow them in the future to cheat and lie to the ESRB by releasing a game they managed to get an M rating for, only to turn around and defy the rating by allowing end-users to unlock what would be Adult Only content.
Don't get me wrong, I don't like the tack Hillary Clinton is taking in all of this. But, I think Rockstar is on a slippery slope, and they're hurting the general public's perception of video games with what they've done. They're also increasing the chance of government intervention in the video games industry, which will hurt both them and everyone else. The content never should have stayed in the game (even hidden) and I think GTA:SA should have had an Adult Only rating anyway. While under my roof, I wouldn't want any kid of mine playing games involving sex with virtual girlfriends or hookers, or violence against cops.