New evidence has emerged which suggests that the controversial 'Hot Coffee' mod was built into the GTA: San Andreas code and is not simply the work of hackers as Rockstar has claimed.

In a statement issued last week, the publisher said it had learned that "the modification is the work of a determined group of hackers who have gone to significant trouble to alter scenes in the official version of the game.

"In violation of the software user agreement, hackers created the Hot Coffee modification by disassembling and then combining, recompiling and altering the game's source code."

But then rumours began to emerge that Hot Coffee was not only unlockable in the PC version of San Andreas, but also the PS2 version - which cannot be hacked with additional content since it comes on DVD.

US website GameSpot decided to investigate, and entered the Hot Coffee codes into an Action Replay Max device hooked up to a PS2. Sure enough they were able to access the mini-game, in which lead character CJ has sex with his girlfriend.

It works like this: by moving the left analogue stick in a regular rhythm you can fill up an 'excitement meter'. Do it well and the girl will tell CJ he's "the man", do it badly and you'll be informed that "Failure to satisfy a woman is a CRIME!".

GameSpot describes the mini-game as being "about as raunchy as an episode of Sex and the City," since although there are three sexual positions to choose from you don't get to see it going in and out or anything.

But that hasn't stopped critics such as attorney Jack Thompson and Senator Hillary Clinton having a pop at Rockstar, as we reported last week. They're unlikely to take kindly to the news that Rockstar could be responsible for Hot Coffee despite the publisher's claims to the contrary... We'll keep you posted.

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