||Friday, December 26th, 2008
If you want to read something ridiculous today, let me walk you through the install process for Grand Theft Auto IV. It was so unbelievable that I started writing it down on the back of an envelope, and then almost ran out of space.
- Install the game from DVD 1
- Swap to DVD 2 to continue the install
- Swap back to DVD 1 to continue the install (but we haven't even scratched the surface of stupidity yet)
- Connect to the game's server to validate the release date has passed, criminal scum!
- Register for Games for Windows Live (GFWL)
- Wait for the GFWL confirmation email to arrive so you can follow the account activation link
- Register for Rockstar Social Club (RSC)
- Wait for RSC's email and activation link
- The game won't run without a GFWL update, so download and install that
- Enter your serial number and connect to the game's server to validate one of your limited number of installs, criminal scum!
- Observe an empty windows cmd console, then the hated SecuROM cursor
- Grant firewall permissions
- For 15 seconds, nothing happens
- Enjoy 2 unskippable legalese screens. These are going to get deleted so fast
- You have to sign into GFWL to use half the features, so sign in
- GFWL informs you of a game update, which must be installed before signing in
- Download the update
- The game goes back to the GFWL login screen. Did it just update itself in place? That's awesome!
- Halfway through typing your login details again, find out the game did not update itself in place, as it starts to exit
- The update installer runs, and the game restarts
- Log into GFWL again, and start the game
- Find out how badly the game plays on your non-magic PC
Jesus Christ. No wonder people think PC gaming is dying.
ITT, I destroy the remainder of tef and kev's vacation with nostalgia.
Too bad I have nothing left that can read them. If the card wasn't in the camera, I would've put my 8gb card next to them.
When I was working on that DOS game a few months ago, I bought a USB floppy drive at Circuit City. They had two of them, and one was broken!
Apocalypse abyss had a really catchy demo tune on it that used that old sound library he used in megazeux, so I could play it on my speaker and disney sound thing. It was awesome.
There's probably more storage in that keyboard's EEPROM than there is on those disks. Jesus.
This was killing me, since I've played every GTA since 2 on a computer.
Wow, nice job there, Rockstar.
The continuous reports I hear about how crapy this port was makes me wonder (and hope a bit) that it wasn't handled by Rockstar at all but by some third party that was summarily launched into the sun upon completion.
I thought a PS3 was inevitable for me. But with the new Final Fantasy coming out for 360, and Sony dropping PS2 compatibility, I'm not seeing much of a reason to buy one.
WHOA. I just looked into FFXIII and saw that they are now planning a 360 release.
There goes any chance of a PS3 sale for me most likely, and the 360 gets even more tempting.
I'll probably buy a 360 when FFXIII comes out, just like I bought the PS2 when FFXII came out.
I'm getting nostalgic to the good old days of computer gaming! Do you have to keep the cd in the drive to play, too?
criminal scum! XD
I haven't checked yet. But the drive spins up when the game starts, so I'm guessing yes.
I never got into any mods, but I've always been amazed that Multi Theft Auto exists.
YOUR PIRACY DEFIES THE AXIOM OF A IS A. CRIMINAL!