Grand Theft Auto V's highly anticipated multiplayer mode -- a persistent online world where players can form gangs, own their own property, and complete new heists -- doesn't open to the public until October 1. But developer Rockstar Games' own Web site, combined with firsthand accounts from those with early access to the game mode, has revealed that controversial microtransactions will play a part in Grand Theft Auto Online, reports Eurogamer.
One of the ways that Google deals with sites that infringe on music, movies, video games, and software copyrights is to block them from showing up in its search engine's auto-complete suggestions.
Although BitTorrent claims never to have dealt in piracy, it is one such site that has been blocked for years. Now, it appears that Google has quietly allowed BitTorrent back into the fold.
Previously, when users typed "bitt" into Google's search box, a list of words came up that didn't include "BitTorrent." Now, when "bitt" is typed in, "… Read more
A lot of trips to the dealer to have your engine's combustion algorithm tuned and your lasers recalibrated.
Naturally, when such problems arrive, businesses are keen to profit from solving it. That's the case for Red Bend Software, which on Tuesday announced its FUSE technology that enables over-the-air updates.
Smartphones and computers don't have much trouble with software updates, since they're relatively powerful devices. Fuse -- short for firmware updating of small electronics -- is designed for … Read more
Given the overwhelming hype and Wednesday's news that Grand Theft Auto V hit $800 million in its first 24 hours of sale, it's not too surprising to see Rockstar Games' latest title reach another astounding sales threshold. GTA V reached $1 billion in retail sales only three days after its September 17 release.
The news was announced by publisher Take-Two Interactive on Friday and makes GTA V the fastest-selling video game in history. The previous record-holder, Call of Duty Black Ops 2, hit $1 billion in retail sales after 15 days on store shelves last November. That was … Read more
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There was, not surprisingly, palpable and understandable excitement greeting the arrival of Grand Theft Auto V.
This is a game that everyone seems to believe lives up to all the pulsations associated with taking a ride on the wild side.
Some, though, wondered whether this latest version of the franchise might be taking a walk on the vile side.
PlayStation Universe encountered a scene in which a fully-clothed woman is on her knees. A man is pointing a gun at her, while another is bottomless and appears to be about to assault her.
It may well be that, to some … Read more
Tourism Web sites describe Hawick, Scotland, as a charming town of rolling hills known for rugby, quality knitwear, and frequent floral awards.
In the newly released Grand Theft Auto V, however, a fictional town of the same name is a hub for "druggie hipsters." And some in the real Hawick are none too happy about that.
"I am absolutely disgusted...there is a lot of history and a lot of good things happening in the town," local councillor David Paterson told the BBC. "We have got a lot of good things planned for this coming year. It is going to destroy the good reputation of the town." … Read more
Those ruminating about the record-breaking potential of Grand Theft Auto V sales can stop now. Publisher Take-Two Interactive announced Wednesday that the game grossed an astounding $800 million in just 24 hours.
Those numbers mark the highest first-day retail sales of any title in Take-Two's history, and the game has yet to reach markets in Japan and Brazil. GTA V also happens to be the most expensive game ever made, with a combined development and marketing budget of $265 million, which it's just made back three times over. … Read more
When Rockstar Games released Grand Theft Auto IV for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in April of 2008, it waited roughly seven months to bring the title to PC. Now, as the fifth installment in the series hits store shelves Tuesday, the developer famous for keeping its lips sealed about studio secrets has no reason to change up that formula -- no matter how many signatures the ballooning Change.org petition garners.
The number of fans clamoring for a PC version of GTA V on the petition site stands at nearly 420,000 as of this story's publication. … Read more