Confirmed: Sex minigame in PS2 San Andreas

Cheat unlocks preexisting code in controversy-rocked Grand Theft Auto game, undermining Rockstar Games' claims of hacker mischief.


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

This week saw a Grand Theft Auto game once again at the center of a nationwide controversy. The point of contention this time was the so-called "Hot Coffee" mod for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, which had everyone from anti-game crusader Jack Thompson to US Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) percolating with outrage and/or calls for federal game regulation.

The Hot Coffee mod first surfaced last month, when the PC version of San Andreas was released. The mod, which is available on numerous Web sites, adds a bonus sex minigame as a reward for the numerous "girlfriend" missions in San Andreas.

Previously, when game hero Carl "CJ" Johnson successfully wined and dined one of several girlfriends a certain number of times, she would ask him into her house for "coffee." After entering, the game shows an external shot of the house with muffled sounds of a couple emitting moans in flagrante delicto. PC versions of San Andreas with the "Hot Coffee" mod installed show what goes on inside the house, treating players to a sexually graphic minigame of CJ fornicating with his girlfriend.

According to its creators, the Hot Coffee mod merely unlocks hidden, preexisting code inside San Andreas. The game's publisher, Rockstar Games, appeared to vehemently--but carefully--deny that charge in a statement earlier this week. "So far we have learned that the 'Hot Coffee' modification is the work of a determined group of hackers who have gone to significant trouble to alter scenes in the official version of the game," the company said. "In violation of the software user agreement, hackers created the 'Hot Coffee' modification by disassembling and then combining, recompiling and altering the game's source code."

Rockstar's statement also claimed that the mod was the product of complex technical tampering. "Since the 'Hot Coffee' scenes cannot be created without intentional and significant technical modifications and reverse-engineering of the game's source code, we are currently investigating ways that we can increase the security protection of the source code and prevent the game from being altered by the 'Hot Coffee' modification," read the statement.

However, Rockstar Games' argument has been undermined by an increasing number of reports that claimed the sex minigame is in the PlayStation 2 version of San Andreas. Since the PS2 version comes on an unmoddable DVD, it cannot have any content added to it, although cheat codes--created either by the publisher or third parties--can unlock preexisting code on the disc. While devices such as GameShark and Action Replay Max can tweak preexisting variables in system memory with cheats, they cannot inject new models, animations, and/or code into a game.

To prove or disprove rumors that the PS2 San Andreas contains a sexually graphic minigame, GameSpot decided to test the cheat codes circulating around the Web on a sealed, first-edition copy of San Andreas. After acquiring the "Uncensored Hot Coffee" codes from the respected tech-blog Kotaku, we entered them into an easily obtainable Action Replay Max cheat device. After entering the "Enable all Girlfriends" cheat, we began the game and then gave CJ maximum sex appeal, via a cheat from GameFAQs that requires no external code.

After saving, our test editor had Carl visit the house of his nearest girlfriend, Denise in Los Santos. Carl then took Denise on a series of dates to the nearest bar. After a few complications--including being busted for two-timing by another of CJ's girlfriends--we completed a fourth date with Denise, after which she invited us into her house for "coffee."

The next screen proved that the PlayStation 2 edition of the game does indeed include a sexually graphic minigame, which plays almost exactly the same as the Hot Coffee mod. It begins inside a bedroom with Denise, wearing only a pink thong and a cutoff T-shirt bearing the Rockstar logo, performing simulated fellatio on CJ, who is fully clothed in jeans and a "wife beater"-style tank top.

After a few seconds, the minigame proceeds to semi-explicit simulated copulation. Although players can change the camera angle with the circle button, as well as cycle though three sexual positions with the square button, no genitalia are ever seen. To win, players must maintain a steady rhythm with the left analog stick to build up an "excitement meter" on the right of the screen. Fill the meter and Denise becomes very excited, telling CJ he is "the man" before the game congratulates you with the words "Nice guys finish last!" Let the meter drop to empty and the game admonishes you with "Failure to satisfy a woman is a CRIME!"

Given that the minigame is about as raunchy as an episode of Sex and the City, cannot be accessed without entering a long string of cheat codes, and takes several hours of effort to access, charges that San Andreas is "pornographic" may seem extreme to some. However, its existence does appear to contradict Rockstar Games' carefully worded statement blaming hacker mischief for the existence of the Hot Coffee mod.

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    Avatar image for sorpaqq

    So having consensual sex with a woman is wrong but killing her with a chainsaw isn't? Wow, this crap makes me think that most americans were dropped on their heads as babies onto a steel floor that had misplaced priorities written on it.

    Avatar image for DMLSLAT

    Also like many have said, I'm not complaining, though- love GTA. :)

    Avatar image for DMLSLAT

    I think they complain about Hot Coffee because you're actually involved in the sex scene rather than just watching it, but I agree with what other people have said. How is it that that's the worst part of GTA? Going around hitting innocent people with cars and then not getting in any trouble for it is okay, though?

    Avatar image for ninboxstation

    common, no one said anything about God of War's (or Bayonettas) sexual content (and GOW's was alsmost as bad), the Internet is still by far worse, and easier to get (real) sexual contents, they shouldnt make such a fuss about it (inless Rockstar wanted the fuss)

    Avatar image for GodBladeMegaten

    ok....."Hot Cofee" is bad? your saying that high-jacking cars, killing innocent pedestrians, blowing up choppers, mass killing cops, looting banks, using chainsaws and s*x-toys to kill are good things? xD Hey not that I'm complaining cause I love GTA lol

    Avatar image for Gamer999000

    @vortexwx lol whats wrong with commenting? Edit: Oh First 2010 Comment!!!!

    Avatar image for SocialAnXieTy

    I still remember this like it was yesterday.. Rockstar hasn't had the same respect since.

    Avatar image for DeadRisingPlaya

    Good thing idk how to use a gameshark for playstation 2!

    Avatar image for dutch777

    just adds to one of the world'sbest games.......ever!!!

    Avatar image for cool5845

    This mod is easy to get on the PC just download the SA Crazy Trainer +151 and u can censor and uncensor with onli alt+1 :D.I tried it and it works.I got it uncensored but its boring :/.

    Avatar image for TehUndeadHorror

    "Failure to satisfy a woman is a CRIME!" LMAO!

    Avatar image for MrWhaaaat

    who cares......GTA will always be the best.....not like saint rows

    Avatar image for icenotcube

    Now I had heard of that, but I thought it was in GTA: SA without modding it

    Avatar image for Hunkydaddy86

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    Avatar image for brian_13un

    wow i dont expect to have a scene like that

    Avatar image for Prasath1993

    never knew that

    Avatar image for Dumbo677

    WoW I always thought it was only the hot coffe mod now I know the truth

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    Avatar image for vortexwx

    Really, it is highly pixelated, and much less explicit than what The Sims 2 is capable of. If you want high quality pixel porn, go play TS2. I can't believe anyone would 1: stress about it in the first place, and 2: want to bother looking at it. The whole scandal was a waste of time and tax dollars over something that was less explicit than most prime-time tv shows. Not only that, you HAD to go out of your way to actually see the graphically lacking so-called "sex mini-game." I can't believe people are still commenting about this 3 years later. One reason I actually took the time to comment.

    Avatar image for moodogg123

    a sex scene in gta mad i want to know where it is but i can just watch SBS every friday night and get the same thing lol

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    Avatar image for gfan95

    were can i find the cheats

    Avatar image for Sasukekillz

    wat the f im ten and i play this game and no one gives a damn!!!!!

    Avatar image for saigondude63

    why cant they make decent games so i can get them-i mean all the good open world games have crap like this in em

    Avatar image for emo-killer

    umm... i wasnt listening... is there ANY possible way to play it on the ps2?

    Avatar image for homie13_9

    wow..i guess its really hard 2 get dat minigame....

    Avatar image for Krazyjp7

    This is stupid, cuz the game is for Mature Audiences only, so why is there so much drama about that mini game, is not like they show anything

    Avatar image for booooooooob

    stupid things but i agree 2 that

    Avatar image for milosbeli

    "damn a ps2 porn game.. " heh

    Avatar image for w4rgasm

    haha, never heard of this until today... awesome.

    Avatar image for TAO-SIM

    DAMN!! a ps2 porn game..

    Avatar image for ukillwegrill

    it does get a gameshrak or somin like that

    Avatar image for matty_sen

    why dosent ps2 get sex!

    Avatar image for 2611mp

    its a bloody 18+, they can put sex in there if they want. wtf is all the bother about?

    Avatar image for hooperfax006

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    Avatar image for C_J_123

    2 ppl 1 fully clothed neither with genitals going on this ke nd barbie should get banned

    Avatar image for yugimasa9999

    There is a simple TRICK to use this without the CHEAT CODES !!

    Avatar image for brewin

    It's 18+ what teh ****

    Avatar image for Jay_Ray

    Roflmao, time to get out GTA again me thinks... ;D

    Avatar image for DIMANICUS

    In response to Kotake, breasts WERE seen, and nothing else, they were not used in an extremely sexual manner which is allowed. Why do you think Bart Simpsons' cock n balls are in a PG film? Cos non-sexual nudity is allowed.

    Avatar image for michaelpm15

    wow so i bought a porno game,sweet

    Avatar image for galaxus

    Rockstar produced a great game. They wanna deny they placed this nifty mini game is kinda weak though. Be man enough to take full credit of this since whether or not it was done with the publishers knowing. Its not as bad as its all hyped up to be since its targeted for mature gamers. God of War I and II have sex in them accessible without a game shark so what gives?

    Avatar image for Kotake10

    It is considered pornographic even though no genitals are shown? Thats bull! Is the movie Titanic a porno? I mean the scene in not that explicit and the only "children" that play it are usually 14 and 15 year olds and they know what breasts look like. Am i right?

    Avatar image for StarOceaner

    It's an M RATED GAME DESIGNATED TOWARDS ADULTS AGES 17 AND UP. At age 18 you can legally watch porn so this mod is like the same thing. Then they get upset because there are children playing this game. It's up to the parents wheter or not their own children can play these games or not.

    Avatar image for deactivated-58b136240fc14

    Don't call it old news two years after it came out.

    Avatar image for aman27deep

    Old news!

    Avatar image for CheeZbibble

    and what about pokemon! you breed animals! thats beastality and stuff!

    Avatar image for CheeZbibble

    the Hot coffee mod was just a nude skin