VG247's published an email sent out by Rockstar this evening that confirms that Microsoft will be helping the company track Gamertags of all people playing GTA IV between now and April 29. PSN IDs will also be tracked.
hahaha its on now
So the thing is, i pay full price for the game, since it's already in stores, what right do they have to hunt us down and probably ban us? Having a legitimate game early is excusable for a ban?
it just says online modes, not actually playing the game, i would take that as if your caught, you'll get kicked from the online portion of the game, i would'nt think it would be forever either either way theres really no point to this
would be to unplug your net cable or disable your wifi. If I was lucky enough to get it early that is what I would do.
First so many people to beat the main story and get 100% win prizes. Wouldn't be fair if someone gets the game before the street date and has a big head start.
we already have it and they are not going to do anything!!! take that and get in !!!!!
seriously...if ANYONE happens to get GTA before the 29th DO NOT go online. My god.
I looks like I'll get it earlier, so as long as I don't try to play online it doesn't matter (the singleplayer should be long enough)? If so I would simply not log into my account for the next few days. But isn't MS able to see when I started to play the game (If you look at the achievements there is often a date)? I really do not want to get banned because of few days >.<
This is actually a good thing because I know I get pissed off when I see people playing the game early and I know I can't get it. There appears to be no cheating the system this time.
1. Sign out of xbox live. 2. Play GTA4
Nostradamus...I guess if they want to choose not to be on Xbox Live or the PSN for the next week or however many days before the launch, I guess that is their decision. But how do you know that Microsoft can't access that information after you sign back on. They might have some way of tracking the date that you unlocked the achievement.
yep, unplug your network connect or turn off the wireless card in your PS3 and your good to go. Unless they can look at your game save dates but I doubt they would take it that far and it is probably unlawful.
finding you would be really hard. Plus, they will be too busy rolling in money to care at that point.
I got no problem with it. If I knew a way to get it earlier I would, wouldn't you? As long as they got their money, whats the problem?
and what they going to do with that info ? ban my psn ? delete my account ? cookie anyone ?
Temp ban your username obviously
it don't matter so much for psn, but xbox live subscribers have to pay...so being banned is you know...
ok ok i understood what that mail means. MS is sending out early copys to SELECTED people and those are told to submit theyr live or psn names so sony or ms can HIDE/SHADOW theyre accounts so noone can see the archivements or that he/she/it is playing it. none of us are affected.
It would be funny to see what they do if you get caught playing the game early. Don't think they will ban your console or your account as you've done nothing wrong.
The gamestop manger already said I can pick it up today if I give him $200, H3ll no, forget it pay 200 for a game to play it early is crazy and if I play it I might get ban, It's not worth the risk!
LOL tell take2 the gamespot employes name, he can face a 20k $ fine for that offer :) Gamestop is 100% bound to the release date.
what's the point in tracking it? it isn't against the law to buy a copy of it... if you happen to get hold of a copy then nice one, enjoy it!
they are most likely trying to find out who's kicking out early copies.
... to go hunting down people who are 1-2 days early with getting the game, and potentially punishing them... :( With each and every big release, streetdates will be broken. SOmetimes not even intentionally, but because there's a 16 year old girl behind the counter for 1 evening a week, who gets the question 'is GTA4 in?', and goes into the back, see a huge box of GTA4 games, and just takes one and gives it to the customer. People and these big companies are way overreacting about 'streetdates' and all the BS. Get a life, it's 'just' a videogame. Potentially the greatest videogame EVER, but still. There are more serious things to worry about.
lol since 360 tracks everygame you play you'd be caught-ed. I accept the challenge, if i can sucker gamestop into giving me my preorder i'm n there. if my gamerscore drops to goosegg i did it for research. (research into how much it rocks)...need to sign into live and update score anyway
I want my GTA IV NOW!!!!!
This all sounds like big talk that won't really amount to anything. At the most I could see contacting the person playing the game to find out which store sold it to them...but even that's not all that feasible. Scare tactics, imo.
umm, the last time I checked this is a free society here in the USA. If I can buy the game early you bet your sweet ass I will and I will play it and there is nothing that R* or MS can do about that. Playing a game early is not a violation of their terms of service so I don't really know what they expect to accomplish by this. "identify you as a genuine user if we have your ID." genuine user?
Track down the territories that break the street date the most and reprimand the division head of the Brick and Mortar stores in that area & to crack down on stores such as Gamestop that more likely to break street date of huge blockbusters such as GTA. If enough stores are found in an area that does violate the posted street date, they won't be able to receive game for up to a month after release. This would cripple a store's predicted revenue. I have known people to get fired after selling copies of Mass Effect before the posted street date.
They can't track you if your not on line.
Complete BS. For a start there is no possible way to pirate PS3 version secondly this would be a logistical nightmare. Just play the game if you get it early.
If they contacted me, asking where I got the game from? I'll give them the finger.
oh and by the way dont play online just yet, and remove card when you want some call of duty 4 or halo 3 action. EEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAS SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSYYYYYYYYYYYYYY Y.
i'll say i got it from a midget, hermaphrodite in a turban, on a unicycle. I apologize in advance to all little people, hermaphrodites and turban wearing persons for any trouble i may cause you.. unicycle riders, fu and your superior balance
Those unicycle riders really piss me off! hehehe Bubbles up!
lol mate that's good! + Bubbles.
haha bubbles fo u
can someone please explain to me that , will we be gettin the game on 24th ? since the article says it will be with u on thursday , f*ck online i dont give a sh*t i just want the copy early ,,, thanks guys
i cant understand why they would go to all this trouble. unless there is something more to the game that dont want to be leaked
Microsoft knows your favorite type of food :S and your reflections on your childhood be very afraid
Hi there, The good news is we are planning to send out your copy of GTA IV tomorrow, Wednesday 23rd April, to be with you first thing on Thursday 24th, so the wait is almost over. In order for us to do that, could you: - Let us know which format you would prefer to receive the game on? - Let us know your Gamertag, if the answer to the above is Xbox 360 or your PSN On Line ID if the answer is PS3. Why we need to know. Xbox 360 Version We need your Gamertag because Microsoft will be helping Rockstar Games monitor access to the online modes up to release date. Because of this, we will need to add your Gamertag to the approved list of gamers who can play online prior to release. In addition to supplying this information, if you do intend to go online before April 29th, you will need to change a couple of the basic settings on your Xbox 360 and keep these settings like this till the game comes out, otherwise other people will be able to see your achievements list for GTA IV (even if you are playing another game) and we’d like to keep that information back for the fans. You will have to switch your profile to private and appear off line. We have attached a document that explains exactly how you do this just in case. PS3 Version There are no privacy settings that can be set on the PS3 but we will still be tracking who is going on line so again it will make it easier for us to identify you as a genuine user if we have your ID. Thanks and enjoy the game!
if that is a for real email then my day is ruined... :*(
Sometimes I feel like that vision camera is always watching me, now I know it's prob Ms spying on me... :(
Get ready for another wave of Bans!!!MS will surely bring down the banhammers on Many modded consoles....
Have they ever thought that it might not be such a good idea to call some people, getting treated like a telemarketer is never fun. On a more serious note, MS could probably track your use of the game by acheivement date as BeaArthur (Whom is a sexual godess :P) mentioned before, but what about PSN? No really a way to do it if you are signed out as the only thing that keeps a log of the date of play would be your save games, and I'm not sure if they can look at your HDD contents. Privacy laws and such, you know... like maybe I taped myself doing something dirty to my girl, and put it on my HDD so I can easily view it when the mood hits... Privacy, can't look at the HDD.
specifically for the 360 version: "you will need to change a couple of the basic settings on your Xbox 360 and keep these settings like this till the game comes out, otherwise other people will be able to see your achievements list for GTA IV (even if you are playing another game) and we’d like to keep that information back for the fans" hmmm it seems they don't want any spoilers for those achievements....they should be [email protected] for a game like GTA. JOY
So are they gonna take Poland down as a whole country? Isn't it coming out on Friday over there?
I think every country has GTA IV on stock now, a Danish BlockBuster got them 3 days ago :)
EDITED: Douchebag of a post, must read article first
amen some untrained people in GAME sell games early, am i supposed to ignore such a wonderful opportunity?
Both the 360 and PS3 version of this game will be pirated a few days after release or maybe a few days before.
correct me if i'm wrong , but i don't think that the PS3 has been hack and play mod games yet. If so i would of done that along time ago like my xbox 360.
@darkside you are correct its another reason why putting Blu-Ray in the PS3 was not a stupid idea
PS3 version - No 360 version - You can bet it will be
NIKO BELLIC.....and you're good.
I can't believe it took until the 19th comment before someone who had actually read the piece came in and said something that actually bore relevance to the submission. All of the commenters before that jumped to the wrong conclusion entirely. A bullet proof example of how the N4G community behaves - very, very sad.
They are sending the game out early intentionally. They don't want the achievements to show up on Live. They want a list of people who are AUTHORIZED to have it early so they know if they are legit. Those who go online without using the process described may face repercussions, but not those who have done what they were told. If I'm wrong, I'm wrong, but I'm ALWAYS right SOMETIMES.
Yes, I read the email, but if they're asking legit people to go invisible, really the only option as far as punishment goes is temp/permanent ban, and they'd probably erase any points you got from the game. Luckily we have this article to tell us that we need to be sure to go covert ops and avoid xbox live. And if you see swat raid the house on the next episode of little people big world, I'm truly sorry. Doubt they'd actually ban you, but I'd be really surprised if they didn't erase points and make you re-earn achievments. All for naught anyway, someone who gets it early will have achievments posted on gamefaqs or someother site as soon as they earn them.
As for the last part of your comment, children everywhere should unite against the infringement that is "little people". Are children not technically "little people"? They should sue midgets for reparations.
HOW CAN I HELP YOU TODAY YOU CAN SAY THINGS LIKE 1. you realize xbox360 is craP 2. you only have gears of unreal engine 2 to play in 08 3. my screen is frozen 4. I SEE 3 FLASHING RED LIGHTS LOL LOL
how about... piss off, your getting annoying
Bubble for you heyheyhey, can see we don't like spammers on ether side of the fence. :)
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I see you with one less bubble so now NOBODY can see YOU. Douche
If you play before the 29th, Rockstar will kill you.
What if they notice your savegame from april 28th when you get online the next day? :P
It is funny how everybody speculates on what punishment MS will give for those lucky enough to get the game early. The email said nothing about punishment. Did it occur to you that perhaps MS will just prevent unauthorized people from playing it online or for "one of the authorized" to hand the game to a friend that was not suppose to have it. Worse, what if it was auctioned on ebay? I highly doubt MS will do anything to punish end users. You never want to alienate your customers and even MS understands that. Just remember, MS is probably one of the few companies that were really easy going with piracy for a long time (although it benefitted them a lot). The biggest problem people have is assumptions. People always read between the lines when there isn't anything there... but hey that is what they teach you in English classes in College or high school. School is to blame, play more videogames!
but im tired of the 360 dieing on me everytime i play games on it i need to let my frustrations out somewhere
I have a feeling Rockstar are going to pwn a lot of n00bs over this whole thing. Can't wait to hear them cry like all the droids who are forced to play the dumbed-down version on PS3 with installs and no DLC LOloLOl! HAHAhahaHAHAHha
sound like the 360 is the best thing there on this earth..a true fan of anything will admit their weakness (just like football)...but i guess you havent done that yet, eh? and do you even know what the install is for? oh yeah, did you know that the 360 has an option to install? think before you post my friend @jason: no one was talking about the rrod..i could care less about that, im talking about other things..but you are tunnel-visioned...really think about it...tell me the REAL reason you bash on the ps3 besides install (which is just plain stupid) and DLC (but other games will come out)