Rockstar’s co-founder Dan Houser was speaking in an interview with The Guardian recently and had some things to say about the release of GTA V, as well as how everyone feels about the game’s release, and the history behind it. When addressing the subject of the notorious “Hot Coffee” scandal, which took place in 2005 over a sex scene in GTA: San Andreas that was removed from the game but still remained hidden in the game’s dead code, Houser had expressed some remaining pains regarding the affect that it had on him, the company and society’s perceptions of games in general.
“The massive social decay that we were supposed to induce hasn’t happened. So in that regard, a lot of those debates that used to go on, they’re not such a big deal now,” he said. “We never felt that we were being attacked for the content, we were being attacked for the medium, which felt a little unfair. If all of this stuff had been put into a book or a movie, people wouldn’t have blinked an eye. And there are far bigger issues to worry about in society than this.”
It has been such a long time since those events took place, and nearly an entire console generation has passed since, so it’s interesting to revisit the scandal and compare it to the way society looks at the video game medium at the present. We went from games being controversial over sexual themes to games now being (less) controversial over gay marriages. The widespread acceptance of violence has grown thanks to the popularity of modern military shooters, and the industry continues to evolve en suite. But despite all of this, Rockstar still bears the scars for pushing the envelope before anyone else did, which is the sort of sad tale that you could find in any artistic medium. As we move forward into the future, let’s not forget the challenges that video games have faced up until that point.
Source: The Guardian