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Friday, December 26th, 2008
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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.

  1. Install the game from DVD 1
  2. Swap to DVD 2 to continue the install
  3. Swap back to DVD 1 to continue the install (but we haven't even scratched the surface of stupidity yet)
  4. Connect to the game's server to validate the release date has passed, criminal scum!
  5. Register for Games for Windows Live (GFWL)
  6. Wait for the GFWL confirmation email to arrive so you can follow the account activation link
  7. Register for Rockstar Social Club (RSC)
  8. Wait for RSC's email and activation link
  9. The game won't run without a GFWL update, so download and install that
  10. Enter your serial number and connect to the game's server to validate one of your limited number of installs, criminal scum!
  11. Observe an empty windows cmd console, then the hated SecuROM cursor
  12. Grant firewall permissions
  13. For 15 seconds, nothing happens
  14. Enjoy 2 unskippable legalese screens. These are going to get deleted so fast
  15. You have to sign into GFWL to use half the features, so sign in
  16. GFWL informs you of a game update, which must be installed before signing in
  17. Download the update
  18. The game goes back to the GFWL login screen. Did it just update itself in place? That's awesome!
  19. Halfway through typing your login details again, find out the game did not update itself in place, as it starts to exit
  20. The update installer runs, and the game restarts
  21. Log into GFWL again, and start the game
  22. Find out how badly the game plays on your non-magic PC

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[User Picture]From: teferi
2008-12-26 06:47 pm (UTC)
Jesus Christ. No wonder people think PC gaming is dying.
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From: ex_md744
2008-12-27 04:13 am (UTC)


ITT, I destroy the remainder of tef and kev's vacation with nostalgia.
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2008-12-27 04:17 am (UTC)
OH AWESOME!
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From: ex_md744
2008-12-27 04:21 am (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2008-12-27 04:35 am (UTC)
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!
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From: ex_md744
2008-12-27 04:31 am (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: teferi
2008-12-27 04:25 am (UTC)
There's probably more storage in that keyboard's EEPROM than there is on those disks. Jesus.
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[User Picture]From: teferi
2008-12-27 04:26 am (UTC)
Also, OH AWESOME
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2008-12-27 12:54 am (UTC)
This was killing me, since I've played every GTA since 2 on a computer.
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[User Picture]From: rspeed
2008-12-26 06:50 pm (UTC)
Wow, nice job there, Rockstar.
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[User Picture]From: wikle
2008-12-26 07:51 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: dormando
2008-12-26 08:33 pm (UTC)
PS3 ftw! Muahahahah.
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2008-12-27 12:53 am (UTC)
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.
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From: entropy512
2008-12-29 04:34 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: kartos
2008-12-26 11:18 pm (UTC)
lololololololololol

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
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2008-12-27 12:55 am (UTC)
I haven't checked yet. But the drive spins up when the game starts, so I'm guessing yes.
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2008-12-27 12:59 am (UTC)
I never got into any mods, but I've always been amazed that Multi Theft Auto exists.
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From: ex_md744
2008-12-27 02:52 am (UTC)
CRIMINAL SCUM.
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[User Picture]From: teferi
2008-12-27 04:27 am (UTC)
YOUR PIRACY DEFIES THE AXIOM OF A IS A. CRIMINAL!
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2008-12-27 06:05 am (UTC)
CRIMINAL!
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