One of the best things about PC gaming, is the ability to easily tinker around with game code, bending the game to one’s will. It’s also one of the worst things about PC gaming – especially when modified code is used to ruin others’ online gaming experiences. As you’d expect, that’s exactly what’s happening in GTA Online right now.
Don’t get me wrong, of course. Clever clogs do this sort of thing on consoles too, but the relative ease of running game trainers makes PC game an especially volatile hotbed of this sort of nefarious, fun-ruining shenanigans. And they’re certainly ruining the fun of those who want to play the game as Rockstar intended.
Numerous reports suggest that GTA Online is a mess, with modders having introduced all manner of things like indestructible flying cars, modfied physics and guns that shoot bags of money – which obviously destroys GTA Online’s in-game meta-economy. The Rockstar community pages are awash with complaints.
Here’s a video showing some of the hackery in action – but be warned, it’s filled with naughty swears.
Of course, Rockstar’s aware of the issues and is actively banning those who abuse the game’s systems and those who destroy them completely. Problem is, some are apparently being caught in the crossfire. People who’ve collected the money that gets shot at them report being on the receiving end of the banhammer as well.
Reports also suggest that a few who’ve dabbled with the trainers in single player mode have been banned too, suggesting Rockstar’s making no distinction between online and single player hackery. This, I think, is a great time to remind everybody of that simple adage: Don’t be a dick.
Last Updated: May 4, 2015