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Controversy Over GTA V Modding Shutdown

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You want to know what’s not smart? Pissing off your fans, and the people who buy your games. What is a way to easily piss off everyone? Don’t let them make free modifications to something. We’ll use cars as an example. Enthusiasts will often start customizing a car, and that can void the original warranty. But that doesn’t mean you take away somebody’s car for modding it. Or outright banning custom parts to said car. That, effectively, is what is happening with GTA V. Take-Two Interactive, the parent company behind Grand Theft Auto V shutdown the popular modding tool Open IV. And boy has that backfired.

What followed was an absolute hailstorm of bad press. Over the past 30 days, 88% of the 43,000 reviews on Steam for GTA V, have been negative. After sending cease-and-desist letters, and threatening legal action, Take-Two forced Open IV to close their doors and shut down the mods. OpenIV, a popular modding tool for the Grand Theft Auto series for nearly a decade had to shut down or get their pants sued off by the developers. Before I get on my soapbox, let’s look at each side on the issue.

Take-Two’s Stance on GTA V ModdingTake-Two_Interactive

Let’s make one thing clear. Technically speaking, Take-Two does have the authority to do this. Mostly. Most video games, especially on Steam, go through what’s called DRM, or Digital Rights Management. This gives Publishers a lot of copyright protection and a lot of power when it comes to ownership of the game. In fact, players don’t really own these games so to speak. It’s more like a lease. So while such harsh actions may be less than tasteful, they every right to do it. And for their part, Rockstar, the actual developers under Take Two Interactive have released an official statement.

“Take-Two’s actions were not specifically targeting single player mods. Unfortunately, OpenIV enables recent malicious mods that allow harassment of players and interfere with the GTA Online experience for everybody. We are working to figure out how we can continue to support the creative community without negatively impacting our players.”

Some may see such swift and decisive action as irresponsible. However Grand Theft Auto V has had serious issues with hackers, cheaters, harassers and the like. And action does need to be taken. This obviously isn’t a perfect answer, but it is an answer. And again, we’ll go back to the car metaphor. Yes, car enthusiasts do in fact modify their cars to their exact taste. But if you look at the average consumer, they just need something to get from point A to point B.

The only time they make any kind of changes or fixes they usually go to a professional. And the majority of people who played GTA V don’t use mods. Anytime a bug or other issue arises players will often wait for a patch or talk to Rockstar customer support. Or just sit and complain. So this doesn’t affect the majority of players, while it tries to fix an issue that can affect all of them. That being said, look at the other side. Because frankly, I’m tired of playing devil’s advocate

The Case for Modding in GTA V

Ratings for the game are... FREE FALLING!

Ratings for the game are… FREE FALLING!

It is true, that cheaters and hackers need to be taken down. They run the risk of ruining everybody’s time with the game. It can also lead to harassment, possible identity theft, or worse. But that does NOT mean you need to stop people from freely expressing their ideas for no monetary gain. These people are not charging for the mods. (Mostly.) Many of them are just trying to make the game even more enjoyable. And instead, it’s being perceived as a threat to the profitability of the game. This would be like saying we need to clamp down on the freedom of speech because of hate speech by neo-nazis, white supremacists, or religious extremists.

Additionally, modifications can be used as an impromptu patch of sorts. Again, we’ll use the car metaphor. Sure, you could go to a professional to get your muffler checked out. Or, you can go to your friend, who’s a mechanic anyways and ask him for some help. Just because somebody isn’t a professional, doesn’t mean they aren’t skilled and able to help. Besides, modifications are an important part of gaming culture. A lot of huge games today came from modifications. To name a few would include: The Stanley Parable, Team Fortress, Dota 2, and Counter-Strike.

And finally, we need to look at possibly the most important perspective. The player perspective on GTA V. People love playing this game. But that doesn’t mean it’s a perfect game, and players deserve to get what they’re paying for. And let’s not pretend like take-two Interactive are saints. The in-game currency for GTA V has microtransactions up to $100! So you’re telling me, players need to pay $60 for the game and then an extra $100 to get past a lot of boring grinding for money? The players, not strippers. And these players have made their voices heard.

I’ve already mentioned the 30,000+ negative reviews in less than 30 days. Some of the comments in the reviews give some honest, biting criticism.

Rondo “Hackers ruined online and Rockstar let them”

Domino’s Pizza “The singleplayer was fantastic. But between the lack of content released for single player, and the fact that Take Two took down OpenIV, the framework for the single player modding community, it’s rather obvious that the publishers are using this game as a cash grab, forcing multiplayer content updates and pushing in game currency that costs more than the game did at launch.

In short, great game, terrible (and shady) business practices, especially from an AAA dev and publisher.”

The list goes on and on. A comment in this aside from the obvious criticism towards modding practices was a petition. This petition is meant to give support for Open IV. Currently it has over 57,000 supporters. And the number continues to grow and grow. So what is your opinion? Should take to be able to protect their game as they see fit? Or should players be able to change the game to provide for the most enjoyable experience for themselves? Your opinion matters, and we would love to hear from you in the comments.

I've always been a gamer. Way back when I was sitting on the basement floor with my sister playing Spyro and Madden '99 I knew what my future was. Gaming. Now I try to squeeze as much gaming in as possible when I'm not in class at Bellarmine University.

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EA and Square Enix Encounter Leap Year Issues

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For individuals who may not recall, the Year 2000 Problem, commonly referred to as the Y2K scare, was a thrilling period of chaos experienced in the late 90s. There was widespread concern about a potential catastrophic computing disaster due to discrepancies in dating systems. Today, we had the opportunity to experience some unexpected events as EA and Square Enix faced technical difficulties due to the leap year, causing their games to be temporarily unplayable.

Players of EA’s Sports WRC encountered a problem on the 29th where they couldn’t start the game because of a timezone glitch. The issue was promptly fixed, but users had to adjust their system settings for the next day to play. Meanwhile, Square Enix is facing challenges, with the problem only impacting Nintendo players and not PlayStation users. The Theatrythm Final Bar Line failing to start up ruined the release of Final Fantasy VII Rebirth.

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It seems like these problems have been addressed based on our observations, highlighting how minor details can surprise you unexpectedly. Were there any scheduling conflicts related to the leap year? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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New Heavy Armor Appears to be on the Way with Helldivers 2 Mech Gameplay Leaks

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In Helldivers 2, players will find themselves in need of additional firepower to spread freedom across the galaxy. Arrowhead Game Studios announced that armored mechs will be included in the game for free shortly after its release. Leaked gameplay footage on social media suggests that heavy armor support is on its way.

IGN showcased a few clips, with the first one being shared by Redditor fozzye18, featuring a Helldiver piloting a mech equipped with what appears to be twin-linked autocannons. It’s important to note that in another clip shared by Redditor Klyka, we witness a mech equipped with a gatling gun and rockets, hinting at the possibility of various strategy versions for these machines.

A clip from TikTok ponders the possibility of a different outcome at the famous Malevelon Creek, where the Helldivers community faced a significant defeat against the Socialist Automatons.

Mechs… enjoy
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More mech….enjoy
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Any idea when these much-needed mechs will make their way to the battlefield? What armament configurations would you prefer to see? Feel free to suggest a flamethrower-armed melee assault variant in the comments. segment provided

 

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Test Drive Unlimited: Solar Crown will mandate an internet connection on the PS5

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To fully experience Nacon’s upcoming social racer Test Drive Unlimited: Solar Crown, an Internet connection is required. The new trailer reveals the off-road areas of Hong Kong Island, highlighting the diverse experiences offered in the upcoming game. It also emphasizes the MMO features that have been integral to the franchise.

“While driving, there are always other players surrounding you, which brings the city to life,” a press release discloses. “In Test Drive Unlimited, players can immerse themselves in the world of cars through interactions at dealerships and workshops, discussing future purchases, dream cars, and customization options.”

Undoubtedly, there is a trade-off with the need for a constant online connection to support various social features such as leaderboards, races, inventories, moderation, live events, anti-cheat measures, and the overall game experience. You need an Internet connection to play Test Drive Unlimited: Solar Crown.

As expected for an online-focused game, players will need to rely on Nacon’s servers and PSN.

Nevertheless, it appears that the racing game is making significant progress. In a recent development update, the team highlighted their ongoing efforts to enhance the particle effects for off-road gameplay. They are currently facing challenges in recreating the expansive dust clouds seen in their WRC games within a shared-world sandbox environment. “We are currently in the process of integrating and optimizing these effects,” it concedes. “It is a crucial aspect of off-road immersion, yet it also demands a lot of resources and performance.”

It appears that the game is nearing its final stages. The team is taking their time to guarantee that Test Drive Unlimited: Solar Crown provides a seamless, stable, and enjoyable experience for players. It has been brought to our attention that we need to ensure the game meets your expectations before release. We are currently focused on improving various aspects, such as enhancing server stability and optimizing the game’s performance.

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