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'Grand Theft' sales to resume in October
Cnet News ^ | 09/23/2005

Posted on 09/23/2005 2:43:54 PM PDT by Panerai

Take-Two Interactive Software on Friday said it would resume sales of "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" in October, two months after the violent game was pulled from store shelves because of hidden sex scenes.

Take-Two's Rockstar Games publishing house said that starting Oct. 18, it would sell a special edition of "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" for Sony's PlayStation 2 console system. It will include a DVD with a backstory to the game and a documentary film called "Sunday Driver."

Take-Two also will release a bundle of "Grand Theft Auto 3," "Grand Theft Auto: Vice City" and "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" for Microsoft's Xbox console.

Take-Two was forced to pull the blockbuster "San Andreas" off retail shelves this summer after people tinkering with the game's code found a hidden segment that let a player's character simulate sex with a female character.

Take-Two did not disclose the segment, dubbed "Hot Coffee," to the Entertainment Software Ratings Board, which revoked the game's "mature" classification and termed it "adults only" due to the newly found material.

The reissued games are again rated M for mature.

In light of the bundle, other new releases and a recent advertising agreement with Nike, Janco Partners analyst Mike Hickey reiterated his "buy" rating for Take-Two shares.

"The company has strengthened their ability to meet guided projections and continues to offer the most upside in the group," he said in a note to clients.

U.S. retailers as a general rule do not carry AO-rated games, and so Take-Two had to withdraw the title until it could reissue a new version that complied with the standards of the original rating.

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1 posted on 09/23/2005 2:43:56 PM PDT by Panerai
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To: Safrguns

Ping


2 posted on 09/23/2005 2:54:48 PM PDT by martin_fierro (|\/|4R71N_F13RR0)
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To: martin_fierro

Great game...but about as un-PC as you can get.


3 posted on 09/23/2005 2:58:05 PM PDT by gondramB ( A government which robs Peter to pay Paul, can always count on the support of Paul)
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To: Quick1; indcons; somniferum; KoRn; Duke Nukum; expat_brit; Galactic Overlord-In-Chief; dljordan; ...
Video game ping!

If you want on or off this list, Freepmail me

4 posted on 09/23/2005 3:27:09 PM PDT by Sofa King (MY rights are not subject to YOUR approval.)
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To: gondramB

I'm up to the San Fierro missions. Having fun zipping around the countryside on a Sanchez dirtbike with my SMG.

"Works well in a crowded area ... "


5 posted on 09/23/2005 3:32:58 PM PDT by Betis70 (Every generation needs a new revolution)
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To: Panerai

I'm waiting for GTA: New Orleans. Hopefully it will be on the shelf by Christmas.


6 posted on 09/23/2005 4:29:41 PM PDT by DoctorHydrocal
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To: DoctorHydrocal

That's a good one. I would like to see what the PSP version of GTA looks like.


7 posted on 09/23/2005 4:33:57 PM PDT by Panerai
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To: Panerai
GTA-NOLA!!!
8 posted on 09/23/2005 5:10:42 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist )
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To: gondramB

You say that like it's a bad thing...


9 posted on 09/23/2005 5:31:35 PM PDT by Quick1
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To: gondramB

I'm convinced Jack Thompson is an R* employee.


10 posted on 09/23/2005 6:18:40 PM PDT by John Will
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To: John Williams; John Will; Chode; Panerai; DoctorHydrocal; Betis70
If you play GTA online, you might want to check out who else plays online at Freeping Gamers!

We don't have this game listed yet, but it only takes one to get it started.
12 posted on 09/24/2005 3:57:29 PM PDT by Safrguns
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To: Panerai

I don't get it. In the game you can beat the crap out of someone but people are offended by the sex?


13 posted on 09/24/2005 3:59:29 PM PDT by Loud Mime (Finally, people understand that Liberalism IS a religion! Faith (twisted) rather than logic.)
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To: Panerai

If they had included an abortion mini-game after the sex mini-game, Hitlery would have been gushing.


14 posted on 09/25/2005 11:36:27 PM PDT by Duke Nukum (To thine own self be true...or relatively true. --Guy Caballero)
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