The storm of media and cynicism that was "Hot Coffee" is, thankfully, coming to an end. To wrap things up, reactions were mixed to the re-rating of GTA
. Some thought it too much, some too little too late. With the removal of the M rating, ESRB president Patricia Vance considers the matter closed
. Even those in the industry itself seem glad that it's over
, though the folks quoted for the 1up story seem cynical about the whole thing. "[Rockstar] TOTALLY screwed the modding community, as far as I am concerned. Because they could have just removed the content. They tried to get cute and leave it in. In my experience that sort of thing is always deliberate. Anyway, the point is that most game developers are recalcitrant and immature jerks. When mom tells us we can't do something, we're sure as hell going to do it. If you get my meaning. I think 'mom' in this case was the ESRB."
As a sidenote, stock in Take-Two Entertainment dropped by almost five percent
at close of market today, on the news that even Gamestop is dumping the now AO-rated GTA title.