December 22, 2004 3:56 PM PST

Topless teen sues over 'The Guy Game'

A young woman has filed suit against Take 2 Interactive for including topless footage of her in "The Guy Game," the Cox News Service reported Wednesday.

The pictures were taken during the annual spring break revelry on Texas' South Padre Island. The woman in question was only 17 at the time and therefore legally incapable of giving her consent to be in " The Guy Game," let alone half-naked.

Furthermore, the assertion that the female plaintiff, identified only as "Jane Doe" in the suit, was a minor, calls into question the legality of selling or distributing "The Guy Game" at all. As part of her suit, according to Cox, the plaintiff asked the Travis County Court in Austin, Texas, that all copies of "The Guy Game" with her likeness be removed from store shelves.

Reportedly, the judge hearing the case concurred, granting a temporary order prohibiting the sale of the game. The suit reportedly also said Ms. Doe's image could be seen on the game's official Web site, which was up and running normally as of press time.

Microsoft, Sony also targeted
Besides naming Gathering, the Take 2 subsidiary that publishes the game, the Cox dispatch says Ms. Doe's suit also targets Microsoft and Sony as defendants, since "The Guy Game" has been available for the Xbox and PlayStation 2 (a PC version was scheduled to ship yesterday). Also named in the suit was Top Heavy Studios, the game's developer. Attempts to get comments from all four defendants were unsuccessful as of press time.

When "The Guy Game" was announced last year, many industry watchers wondered if any major publisher would want to be associated with the low-budget trivia title.

Aside from its inclusion of various binge-drinking games, the title also featured footage of topless, "Girls Gone Wild"-esque young women as a reward for correctly answering trivia questions.

However, people were less surprised by the fact that the game was picked up by Take 2 Interactive than by the fact that the racy game dodged an adults-only rating. That's because the owner of " Grand Theft Auto" publisher Rockstar Games has never shied away from controversy. Most recently, Rockstar saw the media link its snuff-stealth game "Manhunt" to a murder in the United Kingdom.

Tor Thorson reported for GameSpot.

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Who's the more criminal?
Who is the more criminal, the girl who engages in underage drinking and public nudity, or the one who attempts to profit in part by including video footage of her illegal activities? Too young to consent is also too young to be doing what she was doing, but she doesn't seem to mind that.

Here's an idea, don't do things you know are illegal and/or which you will regret and than you don't ever have to worry about someone making a quick buck off your poor decision.
Posted by Freiheit13 (92 comments )
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Agreement
I completely agree. The problem is, that so many white trahc americans think (Know?) they can make money off of their own stupidity in a court of law.
Posted by wazzledoozle (288 comments )
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Still does not make it right.
Yeah she was drinking and topless, but she is not even an adult. I agree that pictures/footage and all copies of the game should be pulled.
Posted by Dachi (797 comments )
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Amen!
Amen!
Posted by aabcdefghij987654321 (1721 comments )
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Reasonable?
If you are in a "public" area you have no reasonable expectation of privacy, and therefore would have to deal with having your picture taken. I really think this was her fault since she was knowingly there, participating, and now just has an issue since her parents probably found out...ie.. dad bought the game and saw his half naked daughter. Law or not, 17 was old enough to make an informed decision to break the law. By the way...think she will be charged with underage drinking or public nudity? She has admitted to both.
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Exactly!
Exactly! Furthermore, if her parents considered her to be old enough to receive breast implants (which I assume requires parental consent for minors in TX), how in the hell can she and/or her family be complaining about what SHE chose to do with the new boobs she was so proud of?!?
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"Kristee"
The young woman pursuing the lawsuit went by the name "Kristee" on the game (she can be found in the "Episode 4" segments). She lies to the host, and claims to be from California (her lawsuit admitted she was from Austin, TX, and was using a fake ID to enter the club and to enter the competition/taping which gave out a cash prize). The game lists her as 21, which was the age she provided via her illegal fake ID. She exclaims on camera that she is a student in San Diego ... at UCLA. (does it even have a campus in S.D.?)

To get to my point, if you actually play the game you will see just how pathetic this young woman's claims are. At no time was she coerced on camera, in fact quite the opposite --- she revels in the attention she gets from exposing herself. She failed to answer any of the trivia questions correctly and wound up exposing herself 5 or 6 times. The only frustration evident in her expression seemed to be that she was losing the contest.

She had enormous and obviously fake breasts, which the lawsuit mentions were paid for by her parents as a gift the prior year. Who in the hell gets a 16 or 17 year old a boob job? With that kind of value system in place, no wonder she is so misguided.
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