There are times when I wonder just what the world is coming to and reading the content of the newly formed GTA Class Action Settlement website practically has me on my knees in despair. Who would have thought that the infamous 'Hot Coffee' mod for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, a game now nigh on three years old, would cause such a kafuffle?
If you happen to be of the apparently large number of people who were offended and upset by the ability of owners of the game to download and use a hack in order to expose game content deliberately locked down by the developers then rejoice: if you live in the US you're entitled to some compensation (is it just me or does that sounds like a low budget Freeview advert?).
Specifically, if you:
*Bought a Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas First Edition Disc before July 20, 2005;
*Were offended and upset by the ability of consumers to use third party software and/or hardware to modify and alter the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas First Edition Disc to display the Hot Coffee content;
* Would not have bought the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas First Edition Disc had you known that consumers could modify and alter the game content; and
* Upon learning the game could be modified and altered, would have returned it to the place of purchase for a refund if you thought this was possible.
- then you're entitled to some compensation. Depending on the level of proof you can supply that you do own the game you're entitled to various levels of award as follows.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas First Edition Disc: Replacement Disc
Detailed Store Receipt: Cash payment up to $35.00
General Credit Card Statement or Check:Cash payment up to $17.50
Disc/Purchase Details: Cash payment up to $10.00
No Disc/Purchase Details: Cash payment up to $5.00
And yes, you read that correctly; even if you never purchased the game but still found the very idea that people could, of their own volition, modify it to display sexual content offensive, then you can cash in on that fact - albeit for a paltry amount.
I feel it is important to point out, as the site clearly states, that Take Two settling is not an admission that it has done anything wrong (because it hasn't if you ask me), but rather a way of avoiding expensive court proceedings and dragging this debacle on any longer. Anyway, if you are a US citizen and want to cash in very slightly on this huge fuss about nothing then feel free to do so via the official website.