Aside from the April Fool’s jokes (our fave: Lego Halo), the latest issue of Electronic Gaming Monthly offers a massive – and genuine – preview of Grand Theft Auto IV. The highly-anticipated game, of course, is due to launch on April 29th.
While we don’t believe the GTA feature is officially available online, page scans have been posted here and there, inlcuding EGM’s interview with Patrick Wildenborg, the Dutch modder who discovered the hidden sex animations which blew the lid off the 2005 Hot Coffee scandal.
When Hot Coffee broke, of course, it was GamePolitics which provided a platform for PatrickW to get his story out, even as some creepy Take Two and Rockstar execs were trying to blame the GTA mod community for creating the racy content. From the EGM interview:
It’s a strange feeling to find e-mails from all the major news companies in your mail box… luckily it didn’t have any lasting negative effect… We [in the modding community] never anticipated how this thing was going to be blown out of proportion by the mainstream media and the politicians…
I’m still proud of finding and uncovering the [Hot Coffee] scenes – because of all the work and research it took… When I look back at it, I think [Rockstar] should have reacted differently, but I don’t hold a grudge at all.
Patrick is still active in the GTA mod community, but told EGM he doesn’t expect to find anything similar in Grand Theft Auto IV.