XXX-mas? Porn Allegedly Found on Madden Disc in Utah

Is there something new in the Madden playbook?

According to the Standard-Examiner, a couple in Layton, Utah reported that their 14-year-old son discovered porn on a copy of Madden 07 which he received as a Christmas gift. The boy, Kolton Mahoney, was attempting to play the Xbox 360 version.

His parents contacted Attorney General Mark Shurtleff’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which is investigating.

As detailed by the newspaper, Kolton received the game from an uncle who purchased it several weeks ago a Circuit City location in Modesto, California. Reporter Scott Schwebke writes:

The game appears to be authentic, is embossed with a Madden NFL 07 label and came in a factory-sealed case…

The Mahoneys told Schwebke they were not seeking a financial settlement, but would like a new copy of Madden as well as a guarantee that no additional copies containing smut would be sold.

GP: It’s really too early to know what to make of this one. An investigation will show whether this was an original, factory-produced disc or whether it had been altered at some point or even sold and returned.

From EA’s standpoint, it will be critical to nail this down as quickly as possible. They can’t afford to have such negative publicity attached to their flagship product. Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff should see good cooperation from the video game industry since he’s been a major supporter of the ESRB system.

Even though – if true – this would be an apparent case of vandalism at some point in the manufacturing or shipping process, we have to wonder whether proponents of video game legislation currently under consideration in Utah will seek to exploit the incident.

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