This whole Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas hot coffee controversy has gotten way out of hand. First off, you shouldn't be playing the game unless you're 18 and second you have to run a patch that alters the game from its original state to allow access to the mini games. Both the ESRB and Rockstar games have been taking a lot of heat the past week because of this patch.
I can't see how the ESRB is responsible in any way for the content of an altered game. Now if Rockstar had left a secret code in the game that allowed you to play these mini games then I think the ESRB should be partially responsible. To gain access to the mini games you have to run a third party patch.
Rockstar is saying that the mini games were never in the "source code" and the patch creates the mini games from scratch. I find this extremely hard to believe as altering a binary file that much would be one hell an accomplishment. I believe for some odd reason Rock Star had the mini games programmed in to the game, possibly by bored programmers, and instead of removing them completely from the final code they just removed the links in the code.
Now to get to the Clinton part of this. Hillary Clinton said today that she is going to author a bill that would make it a federal crime to sell mature games to minors. I see no wrong in this. I was personally told by an eight year old that he liked play GTA 3 because he liked killing cops.
Clinton said, "No wonder these games are falling into the hands of our children and no wonder so many parents feel everyday like they are fighting this battle with their hands tied behind their backs."
Where's the everyday battle? What's so hard about look at the front of the box before purchasing a game for a child? Are these parents' lives so busy they can't see what their children are playing? The only reason the parents have their hands tied is because they are so damn lazy. It's unfortunate that we have make laws so that parents will do their job.
Clinton goes on to say, "We need to do better. We need to do everything we can to make sure that parents have a line of defense against violent and graphic video games and other content that go against the values they are trying to instill in their children."
We already have this line of defense. It's the bloody parents. She doesn't want to say it because it might piss off some voters.