Video Game Law Blog

July 28, 2005

It was only a matter of time. An 85-year-old New York woman has filed a lawsuit against Rockstar Games and Take Two Interactive Software Inc., claiming that they engaged in false, misleading and deceptive practices by selling GTA San Andreas when it contained sexually explicit content.

The plaintiff claims she has suffered damage because she bought the game (then rated M for mature players 17 and over) for her 14-year-old grandson, without knowing about the explicit content (which requires cheats to access) which really makes the game subject to an Adults-Only rating. Presumably the issue of how children under 17 obtain M-rated games will come up at some point in the trial. The woman has requested a jury trial, no doubt thinking that the recent media hype about video game content can only help her case.

On another front, Take Two has been informed by theFederal Trade Commission's Division of Advertising Practices that it is initiating an inquiry into the game's advertising claims.


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