Showing posts with label Grand Theft Auto V. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Grand Theft Auto V. Show all posts

Friday, August 17, 2018

Grand Theft Auto V Court Ban on Cheat Mods

Court issues order for Take-Two Interactive to ban any program used for illegal mods and cheating on GTA.

It has been five years since controversial action-adventure video game Grand Theft Auto V has been released and by now developer/publisher Rockstar Games have seen a lot success including the game doing extremely well in terms of sales and had their fair share of debates. The latest piece of quarrel is regarding a court order to shut down illegal mods that allow players to perform cheats in GTA V and Grand Theft Auto Online when playing the PC version of the game.

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Grand Theft Auto V Court Ban on Cheat Mods

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A Georgia resident named David Zipperer has been selling two mods by the name Absolute and Menyoo for some time now. Back in March, Rockstar Games has sued Zipperer with an allegation of infringing their copyright properties and violating terms of use of the game. The preliminary injunction won by parent company of the developers of GTA V, Take-Two Interactive bans him from selling those two mods and forbids creating any more unoriginal works for the title.

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What Absolute and Menyoo does is allowing players to alter a several number of in-game constraints, which makes the devs unhappy and uncomfortable. For single-player version of the game on PC, these mods are still available on various other hosting. However, it costs money when you try to use them GTA Online, multiplayer mode of GTA V. The mods will allow anyone to generate nearly unlimited amount of in-game currency that Rockstar Games sells to people for real money.

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Unlimited GTA Online Currency

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It hurts the developers because; this move has taken a significant toll on the quarterly revenue of Take-Two following the launch of GTA Online in 2013. They complained that mods created by Zipperer had cost them a minimum of $500,000 while damaged their reputation to legit players who couldn't keep up with cheaters and eventually quit playing after a time. Reportedly, upon receiving threat of taking legal action from Take-Two, makers of those mods had shut down their sites.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Steam Reveals Best-Selling & Most Played Games of 2018

Valve is looking back at the top-seller games, most played and the ones with the most simultaneous players for 2018 so far.

Each year, Valve Corporation unveils a list of the best-selling and most played titles on their digital distribution platform Steam and 2018 is not going to be any different. Also, Steam Summer Sale was nearing its end and gamers ought to know which games are ruling the top charts currently. Despite seeing a sudden fall in sales for the past couple of months, there are many willing to cash in for their favorite games and the list for best playing games got some surprising and unexpected entries as well.

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Steam Reveals Best-Selling & Most Played Games of 2018

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Steam has separated these top games into four different categories like Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze. Few of the top sellers of 2018 starts with games like Jurassic World Evolution, Far Cry 5, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, Civilization VI, Rocket League, Warhammer: Vermintide 2, Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Rainbow Six Siege, Kingdom Come: Deliverance, Grand Theft Auto V and Warframe. Aside from inclusion of CS: GO, Dota 2, PUBG and Warframe, rest of the entries were unpredictable.

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Top-Selling Steam Games of 2018 (So Far)

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Open world action adventure Assassin's Creed Origins, Final Fantasy XV, fighting game Dragon Ball FighterZ, turn-based RPG title Divinity: Original Sin II, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and The Elder Scrolls Online came close topping the list into Gold category. Considering new sequels from their franchise is awaiting release, Dying Light and Fallout 4 are doing quite well by securing Silver rank, while Rise of the Tomb Raider and The Division managed to enter the Bronze class.

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Games that have the most concurrent number of players are according to official report are CS: GO, Warframe, Dota 2, Rainbow Six Siege, PUBG and GTA V. All of the above-mentioned titles are drawing more than 100,000 players simultaneously on Steam. KC: Deliverance, Rocket League, Garry's Mod, Football Manager 2018, Rust, Civilization V, FC5, Path of Exile, Stellaris, Civilization VI, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Payday 2 comes close with 50,000 players hooking up to it in real-time.

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Most Played Steam Games of 2018 (So Far)

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Another thing that stuck on our mind is that cooperative first-person shooter game Left 4 Dead 2 is still generating more than 25,000 concurrent players even after a decade of its release. This clearly states, why Turtle Rock Studios should go ahead with a plan to develop Left 4 Dead 3 for anticipating fan-base. With Steam offering some huge discounts on popular games, hardcore gamers are barging in on old and new titles, because Valve apparently has something for everyone in their store.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Grand Theft Auto V is Most Profitable Entertainment Product Ever

Developer Rockstar Games' action-adventure title Grand Theft Auto V is always on discussion whether how awesome it is to players or how it creates controversies every now and then. This week, GTA 5 is announced as the most money-making entertainment product of all time. Meaning, Rockstar’s crown jewel has earned more bucks in overall than any other books, movies or video games out there from any given franchise.

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Grand Theft Auto 5 is Most Profitable Entertainment Product Ever

When the game was released on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 back in 2013, it initially became notorious for its violent contents but fans of the series loved it. Following year, GTA 5 made it to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles before it debuted on PC after another year in 2015. Since depicted violence in video game sells well, GTA 5 quickly gained recognition for being one of the most successful titles of the series regardless of how much criticism it got.

Whereas many games tend to die after a certain period, Grand Theft Auto 5 somehow managed to keep constant pace at the market and slowly climbed to top. Instead of burning out, GTA 5 always maintained to be on best seller listings. Despite many brand-new titles entering the competition, it never fell back too far in all these years but instead took back their rightful top spot in sales charts every once in a while, which made it one of the most-wanted games ever.

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Grand Theft Auto V Madness

If you look at those impressive numbers GTA 5 has bagged, you will be astound thinking what a giant it has become to overshadow every other media out there. This controversial single title has earned more than $6 billion in total by selling over 90 million copies till date. Movie phenomenon like Avatar, Harry Potter, Star Wars and Titanic has fall behind in line compared to its earning. Not even Call of Duty: Black Ops and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 or any single game from Nintendo's Mario series comes any closer in terms of their selling units.

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Gang violence, misogynistic views towards women and many in-game torture scenes made it face harsh criticism for past five years. Even a lawsuit claim from Hollywood celebrity Lindsay Lohan (Freaky Friday, Mean Girls) for her likeness for a parody character named Lacey Jonas was filed but ultimately rejected by court. People who thought these aspects would sink the game have later came to realize that it actually fueled overall sales for Rockstar’s controversial title.

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Rockstar’s Controversial Title

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Truth is, the single player open world of the game is incredible and players really loved its online multiplayer mode. Now this is an aspect in any games that keeps steady numbers of fans hooked to a game and developer Rockstar Games made sure they do that by providing them regular supply of new contents. Even though some GTA-lovers may disagree on this one being the best GTA game of all time, it sure succeeded to outrun its predecessors and that is impossible to ignore.

We also cannot overlook the fact that this market supremacy of GTA 5 may come to an end sometime in the future if developers shift their interest in some other titles and prioritize their attention to new projects. Later this year, Rockstar will be releasing their Western-themed action-adventure Red Dead Redemption 2 and if it is able to successfully live up to the original game, then there is more business for studio. Still, keeping up with Grand Theft Auto 5 will be a wise idea as it can grind some more juice for the makers.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Lindsay Lohan’s Grand Theft Auto V Lawsuit Rejected

Problem celebrity Lindsay Lohan (Freaky Friday, Mean Girls)'s lawsuit against the developer studio of action-adventure video game Grand Theft Auto V; Take-Two Interactive has finally came to a conclusion. It was about unauthorized using of her likeness for a parody character in the game. Lohan’s civil claim regarding the issue about a game character "Lacey Jonas" against the developers finally ended in highest court of New York state.

Take-Two Interactive has developed the character of Lacey Jonas for the purpose of appearing only in Grand Theft Auto V in-game event called "Escape Paparazzi". According to her back-story, Jonas had an overnight rise to fame which made her a focus for media and sensational magazines. All of which are very similar to Lohan’s troubled personal life. Initially, portrait s of Lacey Jones was heavily featured on promotional art for GTA 5, box covers and discs.

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Lindsay Lohan’s Grand Theft Auto 5 Lawsuit Rejected

When she took the matter to court back in 2014, publisher Rockstar Games claimed it a total publicity stunt on her part. The court however, gave her a motion for a dismissal in 2016 after it was thrown out initially and then the case moved forward with her claim. Now this was quite a victory on her favor considering her notorious status as a public figure lately. A judge of New York Supreme Court ruled out against Lohan’s claim against Take-Two. On March 29, the state’s appellate division has publicly stated the decision by the Court of Appeals.

The subject in question was whether to take GTA 5 character Lacey Jonas as “portrait” of actress Lindsay Lohan under New York State’s privacy laws as she claimed that likeness of her portrait was featured in the promotional materials of the alleged title of Rockstar Games and they did it without her written consent of any kind. The ruling declared that "The portrayal of Lacey Jonas is a satirical depiction of a modern beach-going woman, which simply doesn't identifiable as complainant".

“The characterization of Lacey Jonas in GTA 5 was indistinct, satirical representations of the style, look, and persona of a modern, beach-going young woman that are not reasonably identifiable as plaintiff.”
Also in accords to Civil Rights Law sections 50 and 51, video character may bear resemblance to looks and persona from images or video footage. In other words, Lacey Jonas is not a direct portrayal of Lindsay Lohan, so she can't sue neither Take-Two Interactive nor Rockstar Games for it. Take-Two Interactive is a parent company for Rockstar Games, who are responsible for the creation of one of the best-selling video games of all time, Grand Theft Auto 5.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Lindsay Lohan’s Grand Theft Auto V Lawsuit Goes Forward

New York Supreme Court judge rules that Lindsay Lohan's lawsuit against Grand Theft Auto V can move forward.

Popular action-adventure title Grand Theft Auto V from developer/publisher Rockstar Games is more than just a mere video game franchise. It is an embodiment and a collection of an entire genre of video games. The arrival of the game has been celebrated all over the world even after facing a setback in the survival of a motion to dismiss a lawsuit from actress Lindsay Lohan (Freaky Friday, Mean Girls) alleging the unauthorized use of her likeness to an in-game character Lacey Jonas.

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Lindsay Lohan’s Grand Theft Auto 5 Lawsuit Goes Forward

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Lindsay Dee Lohan in an American actress, businesswoman, fashion designer, singer and problem celebrity, who get in the news for all the wrong reasons. Born and raised in New York, came forward with the claims that a character named Lacey Jonas from GTA 5, is an animated version of her appearing in that game without her consent. The box cover, disc and other promotional art featuring this character in a bikini is also an unauthorized use of her animated self without her consent as Lohan claims.

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She also stated that there is a name rhyme between hers and the character in question, alleging that has been intertwined in the storyline is also a similarity to her as an actress with blonde hair, who fast rose to fame and had a checkered history as a public figure. So, presenting her likeness in a game is equal to use her appearance without her permission. Lohan lost another lawsuit against popular rapper Pitbull over a rap lyric previously from one of his hit song three years back.

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New York State Supreme Court judge Joan Kennedy has allowed the case to proceed against Take-Two Interactive, parent company to Rockstar Games without commenting on the merit of Lohan's claim. Kennedy also mentioned that Take-Two's defense that the images in question don't depict Lohan and resonating as works of satire could not be taken into consideration at this stage. The alleged party however, sees this lawsuit as a ridiculous attempt of a publicity stunt from the notorious actress, questioning its legal merits.

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One of the voice actors, Ned Luke, who portrayed protagonist Michael de Santa from GTA V has recently Tweeted out the following as a response towards the situation.



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So, the lawsuit against the hit open-world game survives the initial stage and Lindsay a partial victory in securing her civil rights. Former TV show actress Karen Gravano from Mob Wives have also went to court over the game claiming it has ripped off her image and life events while asking $40 million in total for overall damage. Released back in 2013, Grand Theft Auto V has already sold 60 million copies worldwide, holding the record for being one of the best-selling games in U.S.