Rockstar Games has confirmed to PC Gamer that a fan-made solution to GTA Online's abysmal loading times will become official in a forthcoming update.
That's actually awesome. More developers need to do things like this! I've seen so many companies shut down fan ideas ranging from simple fixes like this to remaking games. If they would just hire these people and embrace that sometimes fans can outdo developers, rather than trying to send them a C&D order. The gaming industry would be flourishing.
One thing is Fixing or innocent mods and something completely different is unlicensed fan remakes of games. I'd love to see Konami releasing a Castlevania Remaster Complete Collection, but they think otherwise and its their property... I remember people complaining about Nintendo shutting down AM2R... But what these people didn't know is that they were working on their own Metroid 2 Remake and something like AM2R would affect their sales (and even the perception of their own game). Less than a year later Nintendo released Return of Samus... A lot of people work on the Original and the Remake and they deserve their money? Lets say YOU create something lets say a poem, or a song, or a photography... you wouldn't like ME to make money from it or even just to minorly affect your income
You’re not wrong in what your saying and I think AM2R did have some effect on the sales, but I paid for Samus Returns yet I got a better Metroid experience from a free fan made game. Conflicted on this🤔
Rockstar ‘thanked the author’? It’s been a problem for years and this one enthusiast significantly improved the loading of the game that’s made over a billion in profit. Rockstar should give him a financial reward.
If they don't (and I have my doubts that they will pay him), I hope somebody throws up a donation link for him. The community will surely give him a decent reward.
They gave him 10k
@Nitrowolf2 That's great!
They should have hired the guy.
Why not even go further and reward these people with money or jobs? They're obviously talented enough to fix something a bigger developer can't or wouldn't.
Thats nice that they are going to patch this in and have thanked the guy but if i were Rockstar i would have offered him a job.
I'd also be asking questions of the person / area responsible for trying to fix this issue within Rockstar previously. I know that's a negative take on good news, but you have to wonder wtf?! Lol
A job + bonus... this guy's fix will bring many players back since many people(like me) got frustrated with the loading screens and quit.
He got 10k
A simple thank you would sound a lot nicer with a small bonus
Rockstar awarded him $10K through their Bug Bounty Program.
That's an awesome story. Goob job on Rockstar on making it official.
Umm then hire and pay the man! These are the people you need in the industry. People with this kind of knowledge go a long way.
Any developer working for Rockstar could've done what he did. The problem lies with whoever is making the decisions about what is worked on from their backlog. Performance tasks or any technical enhancements usually do fall by the way side compared to bug fixes, tweaks/enhancements and new features.
COULD'VE is the keyword here. GTA Online has been around for years. The fact it took this long means they either didn't care or thought they weren't capable in the end. Hiring new talent for things like this is beneficial for gaming. We need more people like this in the industry for these kinds of problems.
Rockstar should be embarrassed that they didn't do this on their own. I don't think they cared enough, but now that a modder showed the gaming community it could be done, they would look like chumps not implementing this.
You said and I'll paraphrase "(Rockstar) ...thought they weren't capable in the end." Not capable enough to debug code and notice the CPU is clocked at 100% when its looping parsing every line in a JSON file? If they ain't capable enough to figure that out then yes, what you said without specifically saying it was they're a bunch of hacks because even a junior dev could find that issue.
Good. He deserves a job also.
Yes you're right. They didn't care. Performance reviews do fall by the wayside with software development. Especially when a piece of software has been out for so long and is stable. You're dreaming if you think this guy is some sort of genius programmer and all the dev's Rockstar already have are nothing but a bunch of hacks.
I never said that Rockstar devs were hacks nor did I say he was a genius programmer. I said people like him are necessary in the industry so that things like these don't happen again, therefore the game benefits in the end. For all we know he could be a great programmer but we won't know until they hire him and see what he's capable of.
I certainly hope the bloke was paid for his efforts.
Makes you mad how much time was wasted in cloud loading scene
Should have gave him a job at Rockstar instead of 10k!
Well done to the guy, hopefully he can find a fix for their online connection issues too as it seems R* doesnt care
Sorry, but a $10k reward for this is stingey AF. They make this literally every half minute from GTA V Online. But i suppose Rockstar's actual employees would be abit irate over some rando getting a huge 100k bonus from management, someone who has added a fraction of the amount code to the game than they had... Having said all that, this should happen more
if i was one of rockstar's sharholders/ceo, i would question those actual employees about the fact that none of them added this small fraction of code to fix such a grave problem.
Nice work! Hopefully console will benefit from this as well.
wow all that money and all those devs and one guy shows them up
Lol Give that man a job.
Rockstar Games still has one of the worst community/customer engagement programs. For as big as they are and popular their games are, they should be more involved with their fanbase then they currently are.
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