UK mega-retailer Tesco have posted an image of the back of the PC version of GTA IV's box today. The image doesn't reveal much, partly due to its tiny size and compressed nature... Read the rest of this news at the link below.
Nothing Stops hackers. Do your best Rockstar.
This is ridiculous. Who in their right mind, who has a PC capable of playing this would have it connected to the internet? NOW. Limited installs I have a problem with, I'm glad this isn't the case. Don't pirate this plz, this is coming from a blatant pirate too. I want GTA V on PC.
If you want to play GTA 4 online with the PC version you will have to buy a copy. Unlike the pirated Xbox 360 version which can be played online no problem. I don't actually have a problem with online activation of the game myself. The game comes with multiplayer content so I can't see where the beef is about that. However I am glad to see it will not have limited activations and installs. That means I can go ahead and buy it now, I paid £200 to play this on the console so I have no problems paying £25 to play the superior version on the PC. Only two weeks to go and I am hyped for it.
Sorry GTA IV was a disappointment to GTA Fans and doesn't deserve the scores and sales it got as everyone knows.
if they had a steam like system, then i can see them not having hacker problems.
I wonder if my HD3200 equipped laptop would be able to play this game. I mean, sure i have the PS3 version though i dont want to restart my game just for the trophies. I want the PC version for mods and the sharper look. I do have a desktop with x850 equipped. But chances i'll upgrade it to 9600GTX since the price of it came down at Microcenter for less than $100 which was very peculiar.
After Far Cry 2 came out, it wasn't longer than 3 days that someone cracked it. You can't beat hackers. The best thing to do is not to make more people aware of it, so they won't get the idea. I can download almost anything if I felt like it.
It's too bad that there are idiots that will blindly support it and give up their rights. This has now become a no buy for me.
Give up their rights to what? You are only buying a license to use the software you are not buying the software.
Oh boo-hoo. On average, less than 2 in 10 people who play a game on their PC actually paid for it. And people whine about online activation. Activision isn't taking anything away from you. They're simply taking one very non-intrusive step to try to prevent piracy.
Activation is better than DRM. This is the way to go.
Activation is DRM.
who care about this game on pc? i guess most of the people has played the games already
I have San Andreas on PC and I would take it over the console version of GTAIV anyday.
Exactly psnDevistator356 the list of improvements Rockstar has made to the game for the PC make it more than worthy of repurchasing. The previews have been incredibly positive with comments like :- "when I turned on the console version for the first time in months that I said to myself: "Wow. This looks dated by comparison to the PC" "Rockstar told us that the equivalent vehicle density featured on the console versions would have been just 33 per cent." "we were blown away by the views of the entire map - all islands. This is not like you remember the helicopters on console. You can literally see everything." "the texture resolution is noticeably higher; you can see (and read) advertisements in the subway station, signs in buildings and logos on merchandise that you wouldn't even have noticed before." It has also been confirmed that the PC version will have a comprehensive replay editor and multiplayer has been increased from 16 to 32 players. Oh and one last snippet, the PC is getting the custom radio station so we can listen to our own MP3's over the car radio. There are a host of other improvements not yet disclosed, the only reason why I haven't pre-ordered my copy is my hope that even at this late date they will produce a special edition version for the PC. However if nothing is announced by next week I will of course order the PROPER version of GTA 4.
bet you it will be cracked within a week, maybe even less than a day.
I know terrible isn't it all this piracy the only thing that could possibly be worse is if they managed to get a pirated copy out over a week before the game was due out ............. oh wait that already happened with the xbox version didn't it. Now unlike the xbox version which allows you to use a pirated copy for online play the PC version will require you to purchase it if you want to use the multi player.
I don't mind online activation, but I think this is Games For Windows Live only. So I'll have to install that Trojan horse on my system. Why not use Steam, it's a system by a company that people actually like. Oh, I know, it's because Microsoft threw a lot of money at Rockstar.
give it 1 hour for a hack.
Activations are not too bad, hell this is what Steam does. Now, back when I bought Half-Life 2 and it wanted me to activate the game over the internet when I was still on dial up and do so every time I played the game (they fixed that though), that pissed me off. Now, everyone and there dog seems to have broadband internet so it is a mute point to me. If I have to be online to play I don't really care, as long as they aren't tracking information on my computer of course (possible other use of Securom people???). Now, will someone figure out a crack to this that won't require an internet connection. Oh, probably before the game comes out. It's a valiant attempt, but copy-protection, DRM and activations don't work. Only shutting down bittorrent sites will, but even then new ones just pop up over night.
I don't see why people get so bent out of shape over this stuff. What does it matter if you have to activate software the first time you use it? After all, you're only buying the right to use the software, not the software itself. So if the licensor will only grant the license if you activate it then you have the choice to either activate it or not play it. I doubt if it matters, though. Someone's going to figure out how to crack it.
DRM is usually really annoying buggy crap. It's punishing legit buyers and any pirate is going to have no problem cracking it. Hell there's sometimes a pirated and cracked copy out before the game itself. There's no point in having extensive DRM for everyone past a CD key if it's going to be cracked and spread instantly. When it's easier and less trouble to download a torrent then the business model is flawed and they need to fix it. Steam is a good example of a reasonable system.
What people hate is installing intrusive software on their systems that they are not aware about (and that is how it happened originally). Also, they don't like it when that software interferes with other programs they have already, picks up the wrong programs and stops the game from working, and bricks PCs. Starforce was bad for that one, though I'm sure nobody really knows how many computers died (if any actually did of course). And even causing other programs to stop working (like the fiasco with Sony and it's music CDs a couple of years ago). Not only that, many of these programs installed rootkits and that allowed easy potential access to trojans, worms and viruses. Then there are the conspiracy theorists out there that are thinking that the new Securom is more then just anti-piracy and DRM: they think it's spyware, collecting information from your computer and relaying it across the internet to the publishers. Keystrokes, which sites you visit, and all that good stuff. Companies aren't stupid, they all Securom won't even protect their games before they even come out, or that people are actually still copying games by borrowing their buddies copy and throwing it their DVD burner (not in this day and age of bit torrent!). Why put DRM software in your game if it doesn't stop people from copying it. The thing is, even if that is what Securom does, the fines they will end up paying are probably far less then the potential profit they might make with this kind of information. Sad but true.
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