Grand Theft Auto Online players who amassed mountains of in-game money through exploits and mods woke up today to gargantuan deductions from their virtual bank accounts. Rockstar Games started the day with a new offensive against players who break the game's terms of service to their advantage.
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A few days ago, we covered GTA 5 Redux. It is an intense overhaul mod that rebuilds San Andreas with new textures and effects. It is the work of modder Josh Romito, but now the makers of another mod are claiming that it uses stolen files and code.
In 2014, actress Lindsay Lohan filed a suit against GTA publisher Take-Two for what she believed was an unauthorised depiction of her image in Grand Theft Auto V. She claimed she was even used in the game's promotional materials. Today, however, the court tossed her suit.
GTA players have chased Bigfoot, hunted for jetpacks, stared at a face in a mountainside and, at one point, tried to pinpoint a sewer dwelling human/rat creature. Recently, the obsessions of hardcore GTA V fans have turned slightly more bizarre, with some players latching onto the idea that maybe, just maybe, they can blow up an in-game dam.
Valve recently overhauled Steam's review system, putting a larger focus on recent perspectives. The move made sense. Games are no longer static works. They constantly evolve thanks to updates and programs like Early Access. The system is, by and large, very useful, providing percentages that give narrow and wide snapshots of games. But numbers only tell part of the story.