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|Joe Laurino's Statement
Regarding the e-mail sent to Patrick Wildenborg, creator of the GTA Hot Coffee Mod
|Hello, GTA Community. I'd like to share an e-mail I wrote a while ago with you , and hopefully it'll clear some things up.
"Thanks for your question. Normally I don't answer these (frankly, there was too many of them to respond individually), but it looks like you took a lot of time and put a lot of brain power into this e-mail.
I want to clear something up for you. I love violent video games. I have nothing against them. In fact, I've started a crusade against Jack Thompson and Hilary Clinton since they want to censor game content so badly.
Do I hate Patrick ? No, not at all. He's a skilled programmer. It takes one of those to make the type of mod he did. I'm angry because the industry is recieving a ton of fire from our government, including Hilary Clinton and Jack Thompson. They watch these games and the people in the industry like hawks, waiting for them to slip up in even the slightest. Exposing that content was a field day for Thompson and Clinton and a severe blow to the credibility of our industry.
That's why I said what I said to him. I was angry that instead of apologizing for making the mod after the uproar, he simply washed his hands of it and said 'hey, it's Rockstar's problem, I just exposed what they had hidden on the disc'. He got away scott-free and Rockstar took the fall. At least, that's how I look at it.
Do you sort of see why I got angry and said what I said now? I'm not a bad guy. I'm no idiot. I just don't want him helping to tarnish an industry that deserves so much more respect then it gets."
Thank you for taking the time to read this.