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17
JUL
This Week in Mods

GTA: San Andreas - Modifications | @ 06:53 PM CST | By rappo
*UPDATE: A NEW WEBSITE AND VERSION OF SAN ANDREAS TRACKER BY SEBSZ HAS BEEN CREATED. PLEASE UPGRADE AND CHECK OUT THE NEW SYSTEM AT THE OFFICIAL SITE*

Woohoo! An on-time post! And, it's the biggest "This Week in Mods" yet. So, enjoy the following selection of mods uploaded this week:

Tools:
Camera Hack - use more views that the ones set by Rockstar.
IMG Tool 2.0 - the most essential tool there is!
TimeSync Tool v1.1 - weather and Worldrate adjustment to fix weather problems.

Player Mods:
Tribal Tattoos
CJ's New Tattoos
Martin Luther King Jr. Tattoo
Jail Tattoos
Yeah Dude! Tattoo
New Style for the OGF - now they really are orange!
New Sweet
Subaru Rally Team Suit
I Love New York T-Shirt
Playboy T-Shirt

Miscellaneous Mods:
Burger King Mod - sick of Burger Shot?
The Homie Mod - three new gang members spawn.
Casino Upgrade - hi-res slot machine textures.
Nicemoon Mod - hi-res moon texture.
Death to Roadblocks - be able to drive through every city from the start of the game.
Green and Blue Explosion Mod - the colors man, the colors!
Neon Bikes - adds neons of many colors under all bikes.

Vehicle Mods:
Suzuki GSXR-Srad
Hummer H2
Military Hyrda
Military Rhino
New Remington
Alitalia
New NRG500
Modern Train Mod
Dodge Ram
Real-Speed Mod
SR-71A Blackbird
1996 Chevrolet Silverado Xtreme Off Road
Chopper
Audi Quattro Nuvolari
Mercedes Benz E500
Civilian Warthog
Alien Sultan
Hi-Res Elegy Paintjob
Dunlop Elegy
Audi RS6 Haze
2005 Honda CBR600RR
Honda CBR900
DA FX Tanker
McLaren MP4-19
Mercedes Benz S Class
BMW M5 E39 "Tuned"
1989 Chevrolet Caprice Classic
Ferrari F-50 Convertible SE
Volkswagen Golf GTI
'Tumbler' Batmobile - I DEFINITELY RECOMMEND THIS ONE!
2005 Diamondback Strike
Boeing 747-400
Mercedes ML55
1970 Dodge Coronet Super Bee
1994 Dodge Ram 2500

Weapon Mods:
Gold Knuckles

Script Mods:
Get CJ High and Drunk Mod - this one is quite interesting...
VIP Parking Lot - adds a lot of cars at the Pink Car Park in San Fierro.
GTA N00b Mode - a must have for any n00b in trouble!
20
JUL
Hot Coffee Hits Penny Arcade

GTAGaming.com - Community News | @ 11:14 AM CST | By Kodo
Penny Arcade has posted about the controversy surrounding Rockstar and the Hot Coffee modification. This entails the possibility of the ESRB changing San Andreas's rating from Mature to Adults Only. Tycho expresses his thoughts on the matter and gives a clear distinction between the two ratings, in which he raises a very good point.

In any case the comic is most definitely worth checking out this time, as it pokes fun at Rockstar's situation.

http://www.penny-arcade.com/view.php?date=2005-07-20
20
JUL
ESRB Investigation Conclusion

GTAGaming.com - Rockstar/Take2 News | @ 02:39 PM CST | By rappo
After the heavy investigation of Rockstar's hidden scenes, brought in the game by the "Hot Coffee Mod," the conclusion has finally been announced, and, unfortunately, it's not looking bright for Rockstar or the Grand Theft Auto series.
Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO) announced today that the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has changed the rating of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on all platforms from "Mature 17+" (M) to "Adults Only 18+" (AO) because of the so-called "hot coffee mod," an unauthorized third party modification that alters the retail version of the game. Take-Two cooperated fully with the ESRB's investigation.

As a result of the re-rating of the game, Take-Two is lowering guidance for the third fiscal quarter ending July 31, 2005 to $160 to $170 million in net sales and a net loss per share of $(0.40) to $(0.45) to provide reserves for the value of the title's current North American retail inventory. Accordingly, guidance for the fiscal year ending October 31, 2005 is also being lowered to $1.26 to $1.31 billion in net sales and $1.05 to $1.12 in diluted earnings per share.


The Take 2 Games announcement also states that "Rockstar Games to cease manufacture of current version of title and offer a downloadable patch to prevent modification of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for PC."

Although plenty of copies of the game have already been sold, this will definitely be a blow to the future sales of San Andreas and maybe even the mod community.

UPDATE: Unfortunately, the affects have already hit...
It didn't take long for the effects of the rating to be felt. Late Wednesday, Target, and Best Buy issued press releases they were pulling all versions of San Andreas from shelve.

Unconfirmed reports had GameStop following suit, and Wal-Mart told CNN/Money that it had issued orders to all stores to stop selling the game. "We do not sell games that are rated AO," Wal-Mart spokesperson Karen Burk told the site.


UPDATE #2: Green18fan has brought to our attention a new article by Maddox, the famous ranter of the internet, that touches on the Hot Coffee contreversy. It's a hilarious article, and definitely worth a read. You can view that here.

Link: Take 2 Games - Investor Relations General Information
Related Link: Yahoo! News
Related Link: Gamespot
Related Link: Maddox - The Best Page in the Universe
Source: GTASanAn.com

In other news, the Soccer Moms of America Association has a party...

Thanks to texanfanatic99 for the GameSpot update and green18fan for the Maddox update.
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