RANT: Why you should not buy GTA V?
Published on 2015/05/07 by Igor Levicki
If you don't live under a rock you have probably seen the outrage of PC players who have been banned for using any kind of mods, even innocent cosmetic mods such as those which change field of view.
However, here are more elaborate reasons why you should not buy this game:
- Installation and online play requires log-in to Rockstar Games Social Club (13+) network
Another pointless account registration and one more password to remember? Yeah, you can bet, it even gets tied to your Steam account. Plus, from my own experience with Max Payne 3 (also a Rockstar title), you cannot even play single-player without being logged in to their crappy network which is often unavailable.
- Internet connection required for activation, online play, and periodic entitlement verification
Periodic entitlement verification?!? So, in other words, your "entitlement" for which you paid a hefty 60€ (68 USD) can be revoked at will? For example if you install mods mentioned above? Can it get any worse? You bet it can, it's Rockstar we are talking about!
- Software installations required including Rockstar Games Social Club platform, DirectX, Chromium, and Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 sp1 Redistributable Package, and authentication software that recognizes certain hardware attributes for entitlement, digital rights management, system, and other support purposes.
So, not only they bloat your PC with their crappy social "platform" software, they also bundle Chromium (?) and additional DRM software to lock down the game to a single installation? How is this even legal on Steam where features like Family Sharing exist and it is possible to install any game and play it on any number of PCs as long as you don't play on more than one at a time?
The strength of PC gaming was always in the mods and the modding community. It guaranteed that you can get a good replay value from short and simple games to flashy AAA titles, including those that developers have long abandoned. The strength of Steam as a game distribution platform was always in its simple DRM scheme which enabled fair and comfortable usage. With Rockstar's ban on mods in the game EULA and their inclusion of additional DRM lockdown, their management just took a huge dump on those two defining features.
As far as I am cocnerned, the award for the worst douchebags of 2015 goes to Rockstar management. Max Payne 3 was the last game I bought from them, and after seeing how they continue to treat their customers like cheaters and thieves it will definitely stay that way. As for the rest of you, try voting with your wallet. You will be surprised how effective it can be.