And $35 is supposed to make up for… what exactly?

It seems like those that bought a certain Grand Theft Auto – and can prove it – may be able to receive $35 for compensation via a class-action lawsuit in regard to some code that unexpectedly revealed sexual content, much to the surprise and dismay of many parents. It seems to me that the real "winners" are those that knew about the code, bought GTA and now get to cash in for $35. As for those who didn’t want the sexual images… their $35 buys them what exactly? Read the full article here (thanks, reader M.).

About Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick is a sex researcher at Indiana University, sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. Learn more about her work at www.sexualhealth.indiana.edu.

  • Shane

    Ummm, didn’t you have to patch or otherwise unlock the explicit content anyhow?

    So you would have had to *seek* out that content that was not normally visible in the game?

    And don’t get me started on the fact that sex is supposedly more offensive than random acts of gang violence. Crazy.

    I’ve only ever played GTA Vice City (an awesome game for someone who loves 80s music) and it is quite violent. Surely minds that can deal with that level of explicit violence can deal with a little lovin’ ?

  • Shane

    Ummm, didn’t you have to patch or otherwise unlock the explicit content anyhow?

    So you would have had to *seek* out that content that was not normally visible in the game?

    And don’t get me started on the fact that sex is supposedly more offensive than random acts of gang violence. Crazy.

    I’ve only ever played GTA Vice City (an awesome game for someone who loves 80s music) and it is quite violent. Surely minds that can deal with that level of explicit violence can deal with a little lovin’ ?

  • Debby

    True, though I can imagine that some parents may have purchased GTA for their kids or teens only to learn that their computer-savvy offspring cracked the code. Such is life in the age of technology…

    You make very good points about sex and technology. In fact, in many countries, films more openly show sexuality but limit violent content on television and in movies. Amazing that in the US we somehow think it is less healthy to show intimate relationships and naked bodies than it is to show slaughter, bombings and gruesome murders, rape, assault and other violence.

  • Debby

    True, though I can imagine that some parents may have purchased GTA for their kids or teens only to learn that their computer-savvy offspring cracked the code. Such is life in the age of technology…

    You make very good points about sex and technology. In fact, in many countries, films more openly show sexuality but limit violent content on television and in movies. Amazing that in the US we somehow think it is less healthy to show intimate relationships and naked bodies than it is to show slaughter, bombings and gruesome murders, rape, assault and other violence.