Sims 2 content "worse than Hot Coffee"

[UPDATE] Miami attorney Jack Thompson claims cheat codes make EA's life sim a pedophile's paradise by showing genitalia; calls for ban on T-rated game.

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How do you like your hot coffee? If you're Jack Thompson, you like it scalding game publisher's laps. The Miami attorney and antigaming activist has done his share to see that games don't fall into the wrong hands. And lately, those hands have belonged to almost everyone.

Thompson was among those who spearheaded the recent effort to slap an "Adults Only" rating on Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and he's often been on the forefront of many other gaming issues, several of which have targeted the crime-spree-based GTA franchise. In the past, he's represented defendants who have been the victims of GTA-inspired crimes, including the triple homicide of three police officers by an 18-year-old boy in Alabama.

His beef with San Andreas? Unused code in the game that depicts sexual acts. These minigames can be unlocked by using game-cheat devices or patches available on the Internet.

Thompson is on a roll...and he's not done yet. His latest goat is a game that doesn't involve guns, carjacking, or prostitutes: He's going after Electronic Arts' The Sims 2.

In a manifesto sent today to press outlets, Thompson focuses on dismantling the Entertainment Software Ratings Board and exposing what he calls the industry's "latest dirty little secret." The secret's out now, and it involves nude sims.

In the statement, Thompson says, "Sims 2, the latest version of the Sims video game franchise ... contains, according to video game news sites, full frontal nudity, including nipples, penises, labia, and pubic hair."

The Sims 2 is a "life simulator." In the game, players steer their digital beings around their cyberlives. Actions include everything from the spectacular (getting married, having children, receiving promotions at work) to the mundane (cooking microwaved meals, going to the bathroom, mopping the floor). Such activities, as in real life, sometimes require nudity. EA circumvents inappropriateness by "blurring" out the nether regions, almost to a comical sense.

Knowing that the game is popular among all ages, EA has even taken steps to ensure that Sims fans aren't exposed to indecent depictions. In the recent expansion pack, The Sims 2 University, gamers can send their teenage sims off to college. However, instead of packing the expansion with "keggers" and "reefer," EA chose to use juice and bubble blowers.

Thompson doesn't seem to care. He cites a cheat code that can remove the blur that covers the nether regions. "The nudity placed there by the publisher/maker, Electronic Arts, is accessed by the use of a simple code that removes what is called 'the blur' which obscures the genital areas. In other words, the game was released to the public by the manufacturer knowing that the full frontal nudity was resident on the game and would be accessed by use of a simple code widely provided on the Internet."

It's not just the adults that are liberated from their wardrobes. Sims kids can also be nudified, "much to the delight, one can be sure, of pedophiles around the globe who can rehearse, in virtual reality, for their abuse."

Were this to be true, Thompson would have his smoking gun, and EA would be forced to recall all copies of The Sims 2. However, it's what's under the blur that Thompson's after. And what happens when the blur is lifted? A simple mannequin-esque smooth body, according to EA.

Jeff Brown, vice president of corporate communications at EA, in response to the accusations, told GameSpot, "This is nonsense. We've reviewed 100 percent of the content. There is no content inappropriate for a teen audience. Players never see a nude sim. If someone with an extreme amount of expertise and time were to remove the pixels, they would see that the sims have no genitals. They appear like Ken and Barbie."

Thompson doesn't buy it. "The sex and the nudity are in the game. That's the point. The blur is an admission that even the 'Ken and Barbie' features should not be displayed. The blur can be disarmed. This is no different than what is in San Andreas, although worse."

[UPDATE] Thompson this afternoon updated his earlier statement, saying he is aware certain mods only remove "the blur," but adds that "Electronic Arts has done nothing about this." Thompson's new conclusion: EA is "cooperating, gleefully, with the mod community to turn Sims 2 into a porn offering."

The last time we checked, The Sims 2 was rated T for Teen by the ESRB, which means that anyone 13 years of age, with $50 to spend, can purchase the game.

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I think if someone is gonna look hard enough to find some developers sexy pixelated crack. All the power to them. I think their is alot worse things out there they could be trying to find. I mean at least they won't get one of their video game babes pregnant. Of 'course Rockstar games has this...

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Silly jack

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Obviously this guy has no neurons to see that,if a gamer is responsible enough t othink he si ready to see nudity,freaking let him to live a tramma,it's up for him to face it.You can't go acusing game makers of a mod that contains nudity if they haven't participated i the creation of the mod,as wilhamby said,go after the mod maker dump ****.

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meh, all of the EA licensed material for the sims content is perfectly fine for the most, they give tools for customizing and modding yea, but what users use those tools/resources for is out of EA's hands. of all the things to complain about. sigh

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Also note I will admit I have dung around there are some nasty mods out there, but the worst ones are on paysites, so that would require a really trusting/stupid parent to let a kid pay for it with out asking any questions. And as far as ea or any one stopping it, likely not gonna happen with out removing all custom content, and even then theres modders for games that are not meant to be moded, plus what happens if you make something illegal in the us? It gets moved to Russian, or some other country who ignores the laws of other country's and copyright ownership. Maybe he can get us to invade Russia next, so we can control there servers, and force fundamentalist Christian law on them.

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Hes so wrong theres not words for it, if you take the blur off there Barbie dolls, should those be taking from kids next? You would have to go out and not only get nude skins, from sights not supported by ea, but also get texture packs, and have to replace default skins with these. Also not the sights that offer this require you register and claim your adult, they use about the same lvl of restriction as a porn site, minus wanting a credit card. This is yet again another crazy fundamentalist's movement act in the us, with no research or though but in, guy probably searches for porn all day leaving his kids alone with a spare comp and xbox all day, and any time his search comes across a modded game he freaks out and realizing he might have to pull his kids away from video games and spend time with him, my bet is tv has been his children's babysitters for most of there lives. Hence the need to child proof everything so he can go back to neglecting his parenting, and boycotting companys for giving gay couples rights, like shared dental. Also note San Andreas even rated mature, Ive seen parents get mad and ask for a manger that they had to told this game was not meant for there 12 year old son. But its totally not the parents, it must be the stores fault, they should just lock it up in secluded back room like porn, so parents feel dirty, even though most have no idea whats in the game even though its all over the net and media, they just no it will shut up there kid. I want to see a movement to prosecute people like him for neglect, because any parent that can spend the kind of time he does looking up porn in games, instead of simply doing real research, not oh nos I saw a pic when I Google searched nude teens of a game my kids have, actually play the game use the code and go dam they look like Barbie dolls, or use standard features in vista to bloc access to adult sights, and give a full report on what sites they hit. But that might cut into his angry protest time, research and kids must come last when your bored and need a reason to sue and work out anger.

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well technically he's not wrong about the nudity, the testing cheats enabled thing, if you enable that cheat, then go to make a character, then make a female, and go into just shirts/just pants (not full outfits) at the very pack, past the normal stuff, their is full frontal nudity, but you have to have the cheat enabled. but its still not enough to get the game banned, he has no life though clearly, im gonna take a crack at his next attempt at banning something: Barbie Games! or mabye Hello Kitty Games!

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What's his problem, obviously he isn't gamer and has the brain capacity of a ant. First off, if he realised some people prefer a realism (no blur) and get annoyed with the comic blur so the get rid of it and have the barbiedoll physique. WTH!? like theres anything wrong with that. I mean seriously ther only naked (barbiedoll) for a few seconds and then there clothes are back on. Plus it's not like your able to watch 'em woohoo (have sex) anyway like in GTA "hot coffee". I could understand that but seriously somebody shoot him.

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Thompson's to-do list: 1. Ban every game ever, except Fantastic Dizzy. 2. Ban all toys 3. Molest a child 4. Go on cop killing spree

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HA apparently hes never played the SIMS, or else his own children OR pervy friends OR online screenshots he knows little about have some downloads installed that they didnt warn him about first. He should be going after the makers of that type adult content..ie: skin mods for sims found all over the net...and by no means supplied or that i have seen even supported by the makers of the game themselves. They are downloadable features made by brilliant gamers and most are FREE. Thompson needs to further his homework...if you remove the the nude patch in the game, you only get barbiedoll body...but yet we hand those out to our children like water. If you want all the trimmings on your SIM you need to talk to the players of the game some make stuff that would scare ya..and trust me, the prevs have been all up in it WAY before SIMS2 came along. Where was Mr. Thompson...under a rock? or sneaking a peek at Barbie in her birthday suite? SIMS ROCKS & its little adult downloadable content too!!!

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sims 2 is rated T for crude humor, sexual themes, and violence 'sexual themes' kinda hints at something there Jackie...

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Since he's so on a roll of jackassery, he might as well try to take Barbie dolls off the shelves, too... After all, kids can remove their clothes! =O What a douche.

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lmfao funny thing is every sims ive played i have used this nude patch its kinda stupid scince when ppl in real life shower they are naked.....

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I have just used an industrial size pump to remove the floodwaters that are the tears of laughter from my home. I am now able to comment although still a little damp. What is wrong with this guy? People are fighting wars/starving to death/picking their noses in public and he is concerned about VIRTUAL naturists? You mean, you have been given two legs, two arms, a mind and all you have done with it is nit pick a game that may or may not contain non-existent, pretend nudity? Im sure the last place a consumer searching for smut would look is in the direction of Sims 2, that is, until the Sims expansion "Oooo that's a big one" hits the high street. O and by the way, I made a Sim called Jack Thompson, built the lil guy a house with hot coffee making facilities. Unfortunately there was no door to the coffee room, I'm sure he would have been rather upset about the lack of scolding liquids to throw randomly at members of the community who create ideas rather than tear others ideas apart, however, you see, I created him to be true to life.....I gave him no personality. Keep your opinions to yourself and i'll keep mine to myself. -.- Oni

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I really hate this basterd

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Jack Thompson u are a ****** retard it is up to a person to use this mod if they want it was not made by the game maker so leave this game makes out of it and go after the people who made the mod dumb*** and get a life dude, and there will always be someone that will make a mod to see nudity so go after the mod maker

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stfu jack thompson. get a life. lay down and die. it's not even EA's fault it's a mod made by someone else. EA cant do nothing about it because it's not on their website, its on a non-official one. plus this mod is not for pedophiles to look at children, its to make it more realistic or funny to some people.

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I hate how legal issues on games are becoming tense and getting all the way to the Sims. Come one it's a friggin MOD it's not even a cheat code. And besides the makers stated that if you got rid of the blurs than all you would see was a smooth manican like body colored tan. So if there is any detail than it's moded. It's not their fault! Leave the makers alone!

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I agreed! In my country Russia nobody with less then 16 can purchase that game, and In Brazil for exemple no-one under 16 can purchase The Sims 2, and more... I purchased that game and somethings ain't right there! Like, sex scenes in the bed, it's kind different from the real life but it's not good for under 13 people to see that. Good Example > Brothers in Arms... it's not a simulator but it's only for people above 17 years old! And there is no pornographic content in the Sims 2 unless you download it...

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This is the kind of useless person whom if they didn't have anything to complain about they would complain about the fact that they have nothing to complain about. Besides if you are a teen and don't know what genitals go where, there is really something wrong.

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Oh cry me a river you ass. So what? The fact is the games will remain with "nudity" because it is essential for the game.

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**** idiot he should get a life, and *@#%

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he's probobly also afraid to take a shower he'l try to ban them next

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He claims that there are penises and other stuff like that but he just can't prove it. He is indeed a retard

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This guy is just a retard looking for something that can make him big news. Inappropriate content in video games is a big thing nowadays so he's just blowing Sims 2 out of proportion to get his name into stuff. WHATEVER. Seriously. Little 5 year old kids have Ken/Barbie and action figures and stuff. I think a teen can deal with an animated version of Barbie's body too. And he didn't even check the game for himself, which could easily have been done. He just started pushing bull on what he read on other websites. If he'd checked then he wouldn't have made a fool of himself by claiming that Sims 2 included full front nudity. Hmph.

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Sims get me bored fast. Like my life. If combine Sims + L2 + thome_other_games best moments = real virtual reality (soRy for my bad fRanch).

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This is ridicolous thompson could go suck a *&%$!@

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I seriously, with all of my being, hate this dumbass. It's people like him, close-minded, self-opinionated **** who make this world hard to live in. So there may be a mod that lets you see peoples goodies, it's a mod. It's up to the person to use it. It's content created by people to modify a game, change it. You cannot hold the company responsible for what people do to their games. And as soon as someone does do something to the game, it's their own problem. The company has nothing to do with it, why blame them? Because Thompson is a pathetic slob of a man who can't stand to look at himself in the mirror, and tries to find an outlet for his aggression/ depression. That outlet just so happened to be our very hobby. If the fat slob can't handle this kind of material, who the hell is he to be mucking around in it. Leave it to those that actually know what they're talking about, who might be able to explain a little better, those who actually understand what the f*** is going on. "Hot Coffee?" That could only be reached through the use of an action replay/ gameshark/ whatever it is you use. If you use those items, you are messing with the games code, and it is clearly stated that as soon as a game is messed with, the company is no longer responsible.

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pathetic. So what if the blurred parts come out like Ken and Barbie? 3 year olds see ken and barbies and so why can't 13 year olds? makes no bloody sence.

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the rotting scumbag, the sims 2 is a simulation game not some porny game! if the ea new that kids of all ages play then they would not put nudity in it would, i think that thompson should probably get a life from tescos and the only freeking reason he is doing this because he has nothing better to do than communisom and be an economis. he probably hates kids. anyway if kids want nude they just google search so if your watching thompson why don't you have a go at google oh sorry they are to powerful! P.S sorry for my lack of swearing someone idiot like thompson will report the whole lot of us and get us brain washed

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Okay seriously now kids, i'm going to google this guy, make a sim of him, use a hack to make him strip naked, and then die by bugs....or fire....or a satellite....or STUPIDITY! If i could only make them commit suicide......

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Okay seriously now kids, i'm going to google this guy's face, make a sim of him, use a hack to make him strip naked, and then die by bugs....or fire....or a satellite....or STUPIDITY! If i could only make them commit suicide......

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what's this Thompson guy thinking, that nudity is bad? He really has to get a life. And EA hasn't got anything to do with all this And by the way, if some kid draws nipples on a barbie, who cares?

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**** jack!! i agree with jungle devil he is a ****in **** who needs to get a damn life or just kill himself!!! that would rid us of his filth

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While Jack's on this topic, he might aswell ban life. Life is bad. Life has killing, and guns. Yes, lots of guns. It also has nudity. Can't have that, can we? No, no. Life is bad. Ban life.

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there are heaps of teen rated movies with naked people, get over it i acnt belive this guy is offended by the sims genitals, which might i add DONT EVEN EXIST!!!!!! and intercoruse is a natural thing, if its so bad, then why is it compulsary to do it to continue the existance of the human species? thompson, get a life.

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what next? is he gonna' ban diapers cus you have to get nude to put them on?!?!

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wow.. i wonder if this Thompson guy has even played the game. If you do remove the blur, you don't see and pubic hair or genitals, you just see the 'ken and barbie... outragous

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@ Slintpong: "Some one should assassinate this guy :)" AMEN TO THAT

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If I ever meet this nerdy little crap i'll be enjoyin' ma scaldin' hot coffee all over his mother f*ck*ng face

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Frontal Nudity in the sims is a hack, EA didn't make that. What's wrong with Thompson? What' s he gonna blame next in the sims? A sim player creating him an having him die from something?

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this dude jack is an idiot, someone must of effed up his childhood.

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This man is a stupid pillock, whom if we gave his way would have us all rolling the hoop around the front garden. If this man views nudity as wrong then god help him, he leads a very sad life.

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I bet $1500000000000 that Jack Thompson is a pedo... And I bet he's best buds with Wacko Jacko.

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farout i hate this guy, going after everything, what next, portal!

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Yea I totally love to see naked sims, I also buy barbies and take its clothes off and....... lets just say its between me and her, I also make a GIJoe watch heh heh heh, maybe Thompson should ban all dolls next, because its soooo damn easy to take there clothes off, you don't need to download any patch for that, and what about movies, dear goodness there is soooo much sex in movies for teens these days, sheesh, HEY THOMSON YOU LISTENING MOTHER******

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oh come on , worse than San Andreas , please, i mean why would he look under the blurs in the first place and secondly under the blurs is just a pixelated version of Barbie dolls ... and EA isn't cooperating "gleefully" just go to their site and view the bbs rules, no custom content sites or hacks are allowed to be discussed about on their site...

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i would love to have like doggy style in sims 2 xD HAHA!!

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My favorite saying is "If you don't like it, then don't look at it." The better issue should be "How Jack Thompson needs to shut up and get laid."