Hello and welcome to today’s blog post on Stephen Niven – Mainly about video games! In this blog, I am going to be blogging about my thoughts on Grand Theft Auto and OpenIV, and what should occur differently in the near enough future.
It is fair to say that modifications can divide opinions, but recently an occurrence took place, where in my opinion was unfair to the community. While at the creation of this blog post, where everything has now been resolved, I still feel that I should talk about what happened. The whole debacle was based around the very popular Grand Theft Auto series, and the use of modding within the games in the franchise. OpenIV, a tool available to use for modifications in GTA, was told to close in the middle of June.
The true reason for this decision was in my opinion, unclear, but basically, Take-Two Interactive; who are a ‘multinational video game publisher’, and own companies like Rockstar Games, decided to give a ‘cease and desist’ order to .black, the developers of OpenIV. In a statement, they said that the program, which assists people in installing modifications for games such as Grand Theft Auto V and Max Payne 3, allowed ‘third parties to defeat security features of its software and modify that software’. On top of this, Take-Two also said that the modifications of their software would be in violation of their rights and that OpenIV would have to be withdrawn or await further action from the company itself.
However, little did Take-Two Interactive know that this decision would desirably take a toll on how customers perceived their own franchises. Nerdcubed; a YouTuber who has over 2 million subscribers, and who I watch, actually said at the time that he will not buy video games relating to the company. Adding to this, he also tried to get many people to leave ‘weak’ reviews on Steam for the PC version of GTA V; and this actually happened. A few days after the occurrence, including a signed petition of over 77,000 people, Rockstar came out and said that they put pressure on Take-Two to change its mind and that discussions with them had led to diminishing the legal action on the modifications placed.
So in conclusion, even when the situation has now been resolved, I feel that it should have been handled differently. However, I will say that the one thing which we have learned from this, is that Rockstar Games cares very much about its community and for its fans – which sadly in this current day; many other companies do not. This case as I said earlier, could have been handled in a distinct way, and if I was in charge of sorting it out, I would have spoken to the parent and local companies before setting out anything.
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