Been meaning to post this for awhile (Mike's posts keep reminding me), but here's a comprehensive list of the things you can do in GTA (all of them) and Sims (all of them) that no lawyers, Senators, or parents took a legal stand against before Hot Coffee. Yes, there were a lot of complaints, and "investigations," but nothing was ever done about them. Put ones I've missed in the comments and I'll try and add them back to this list.
What's okay in GTA (the series) for seventeen year olds:
Assault with a deadly weapon.
Grand theft auto (duh)
Sex with prostitutes (tastefully hidden!)
What's not okay in GTA (the series) for seventeen year olds:
Consentual softcore sex between two adults, one of which is fully clothed.
What's okay in Sims (the series) for thirteen year olds:
Removing a ladder from a pool to induce drowning.
Locking someone in a room until they die from exhaustion.
Intentionally getting sims to wet/soil themselves.
Voyeurism (Sims taking showers)
Tricking people into setting themselves on fire in a kitchen.
What's not okay in Sims (mostly 2) for thirteen year olds:
Consentual implied sex between two adults, nudity mosaic'd out and they basically play under the sheets making monkey and dog noises.
Tabling lying to the ESRB and even putting the whole Sims2 points aside (because honestly, I find any of Thompson's arguments against Sims2 to be hollow at best, I just included them to show a trend), isn't it just a lot bit late for anyone to be complaining about the sex issue? I don't mean us complaining, I mean I find it almost laughable at this point that people might think that there's any seventeen year olds who haven't seen worse than Hot Coffee already, and those that are playing GTA:SA need to have their virgin eyes saved. Let's face it: you've already lost that battle. If a kid has the ability or inclination to mod GTA:SA for Hot Coffee, they've probably bit-torrented their fair share of porn by now.
I have no doubt that there are some 17 year old kids somewhere in [insert random middle-of-nowhere USA state here in order to offend everyone who lives there] who haven't seen worse than Hot Coffee, but they're probably not playing GTA.
Furthermore, is giving the game an AO rating really going to solve anything? Do we really think that having a kid wait 365 days between playing the non Hot Coffee (true M, 17+ only) version of GTA:SA and the AO (18+ only) rated Hot Coffee version is actually saving anyone?