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Rockstar Says It’s OK To Use Mods On GTA V

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Good news everyone. Rockstar have promised nobody will be banned for using single player mods in GTA V. In a Q&A on their website, the company has finally addressed the confusing situation surrounding modding the PC version of GTA V, telling people it’s all good to mod – in single player:

We have always appreciated the creative efforts of the PC modding community and we still fondly remember the awesome zombie invasion mod and original GTA map mod for GTAIV PC among many other classics. To be clear, the modding policy in our license has not changed and is the same as for GTAIV.  Recent updates to GTAV PC had an unintended effect of making unplayable certain single player modifications. This was not intentional, no one has been banned for using single player modifications, and you should not worry about being banned or being relegated to the cheater pool just for using single player PC mods.

If you’ve checked any GTA V forums recently, you’d think the world was ending. After a new patch was released last week, support for Script Hook V was broken. Script Hook V was the tool used for modding the game, and many believed this was a deliberate move by Rockstar to ban modding. After that, it wasn’t long before a certain passage of the game’s End User License Agreement began circulating the internet. “You agree not to: reverse engineer, decompile, disassemble, display, perform, prepare derivative works based on, or otherwise modify the Software, in whole or in part.” To most people reading this, it would definitely include mods, and in the wake of Valve’s recent modding debacle, it was enough to push fans into a frenzy.

Rockstar stayed quiet on the matter until now, which may not have been the best idea. Half the internet was convinced they’d be banned from the game, even for modding only in single player. Now, their statement has put those rumours to rest. Nobody has been banned for modding in single player, which just goes to show it’s easy to make people riled up as the internet will believe a lot of things. And that statement from the End User License Agreement is, in fact, exactly the same as GTA IV’s, a game that had the hell modded out of it without any trouble. That part of the agreement is, presumably, a blanket statement to prevent copyright infringement.

As for GTA Online, mods are out of the question. “Our primary focus is on protecting GTA Online against modifications that could give players an unfair advantage, disrupt gameplay, or cause griefing,” Rockstar said. Obviously multiplayer games and mods are never going to mix well, but the wording here may suggest that Rockstar is open to ways of modding, say, just the graphics of GTA Online while ensuring any gameplay elements remain untouched.

And as for the patch that almost broke modding, Rockstar had this to say: “because game mods are by definition unauthorized, they may be broken by technical updates, cause instability, or affect your game in other unforeseen ways.” So was this all a storm in a teacup? Well, yeah, probably.

Rhiannon likes video games and she likes writing, so she decided to combine them. As well as writing about video games, she also belts out the occasional science fiction or fantasy story, edits videos, and eats strawberry oreos. In that order.

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In Spider-Man 2, Player Unconventionally Free Roams as Venom

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One player found an unusual way to roam Marvel’s Spider-Man 2’s New York City as Venom again. However, intentionally crashing your game during a story segment requires nerves of steel, so we wouldn’t recommend it. Possible Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 spoilers!

UnderTheHood788 explained their method, which involves reaching a cutscene that switches players to Peter. They unplugged their PS5 when the screen blanked while switching to fidelity mode. As the game renders slower, fidelity mode was used. Players get Don’t Be Scared, a mission without an objective, after reloading the last save.

UnderTheHood788 advises, “Wait a bit and go to an unidentified target mission or talon drone mission to become Venom. Reload and become Venom, committing crimes against hunters, the flame, thugs, and even symbiotes. Bases are possible.”

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If you like causing carnage, get a move on—Insomniac will spoil the fun in the next update. This indirect approach—what do you think?

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Avatar Frontiers of Pandora Could Influence Future Films

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On December 7, Ubisoft’s Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora hits PS5. Fans can expect new creatures, characters, and storylines that are influencing other Avatar projects as part of James Cameron’s canon.

Massive Entertainment director Magnus Jansén told IGN that the game’s new Western Frontier region—from plants to Na’vi clans—is now Avatar lore: “The Western Frontier is no less a part of the world of Avatar than what’s in the movies.” Jansén says one of their creations is in an Avatar exhibition, but most excitingly, “there is already some talk about maybe using some of the stuff that we did in the upcoming movies.”

Jon Landau, producer of the Avatar films, said: “I think clans are a perfect thing to someday try to weave into the movies. However, new environments follow. Go and say, “Okay, let’s explore what you did in the video game in the movie.” Frontiers of Pandora introduces the Aranahe, Zeswa, and Kame’tire Na’vi clans.

In addition, Lightstorm VP of franchise development Joshua Izzo teased: “I can say that there are going to be some future sequel elements in Frontiers of Pandora that will pay off when the movie comes out when Avatar 3 comes out in 2025. Because of ’25, careful Avatar fans may want to revisit certain things.

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CDPR’s Live-Action Cyberpunk 2077 Not Due Until 2025

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CD Projekt’s live-action Cyberpunk 2077 won’t arrive until 2025. In the company’s latest earnings call, the PM project was only mentioned as not expected in 2024.

During a call with IGN, chief commercial officer Michał Nowakowski stated that the company will continue to promote the game and develop the Cyberpunk IP through activities beyond the game.

Nowakowski said, “We’re not really discussing specifics here, but one of the obvious things that we have announced, not happening next year, but going to be developed or moved in the direction next year, is the project we have announced with Anonymous Content.”

Anonymous Content, which produced Crime & Punishment, True Detective, and Mr. Robot, seems like a good fit to bring Night City’s mean streets to life. We don’t know if the project will be a TV show, movie, game adaptation, or standalone story.

Would you attend a live-action Cyberpunk event? Would you like it in what form? Jackie and V lost six months. With Johny Silverhand, Behind the Music?

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