The cheat comes in the form of a spoof Web site in a virtual cyber cafe in GTA IV.
"Grand Theft Auto" is always one for courting controversy. Except that this time around, it's not about sex and violence; rather about an easter egg that turns out to be a game cheat -- putting gamers at a distinct disadvantage.
One Jason Deschoolmeester, a South Wales gamer, chanced upon the game cheat. He reportedly told British newspaper, Sun, "I was looking on the Internet for cheats, and the name of this caught my eye as my daughter is called Lacey." The cheat in question is a fake Web site called 'littlelucysurprisepageant.com' found within a virtual cyber cafe in GTA IV.
GTA IV's main protagonist, Niko Bellic, is able to access this spoof site; in doing so, he almost automatically gets an unfair advantage in the form of the most-wanted 'five star rating' whereas players are put at a disadvantage as their difficulty level is raised automatically.
No surprise no one's smiling about this, especially not the many fans of GTA IV. Deschoolmeester reportedly said, "This crosses the line. The makers have obviously sat around and discussed putting this in, and it's not on. What will they do next? It's disgusting."
All said, this is but one of the many fake Web sites reported present in GTA IV that activate cheats in the game.