An executive at the Sims' manufacturer, Electronic Arts, called the allegations "nonsense." Jeff Brown, a company vice president, said there is "no anatomical detail" under the game characters' clothes and that they in effect look like Ken and Barbie dolls. While the game does automatically place blurred-out patches over body regions when characters are naked, such as when taking a shower, that is only for "humorous effect," he said.
The hidden footage in Grand Theft Auto wasn't intentionally left for users to see, the manufacturer says. Executives at Take-Two Interactive Software of New York say they didn't realize its game developers left the sex scenes on the game disc. Yet the controversy it triggered is increasing calls for more regulation of the games industry, which largely polices itself today through an industry rating system.
In the past, mischievous developers have caused trouble for game companies. In 1999, a programmer at Electronic Arts inserted a raunchy video clip from the animated show "South Park" into a version of the company's Tiger Woods Golf. The clip didn't play on ordinary game consoles, but players could see it on other devices. EA ended up recalling about 32,000 copies of the game.