Roaming The Open World Of GTA V Money Generator Scams

Grand Theft Auto is a franchise which has captured the imagination of fans with an engrossing open player world and also regular updates which never fail to entertain. But, with every tech development lays the reality of scammers and hackers who regularly target consumers with the notion of “free” items which are not as generous as they appear to be.

This time around it’s the good old-fashioned money generator scams which are attempting to persuade GTA V players with the promise of free money to be used within the game. So, what are the potential traps for those who stumble onto the wrong site and decide to commit a bit of GTA of their own?

Example – gta5moneyserver(dot)com

This site is in the business of counterfeiting news articles from popular legitimate websites, this is with the aim of touting its own service while convincing consumers of its own credibility. There are problems which are easy to spot; firstly, the articles are badly written which is a red flag in itself; secondly, none of the articles appear on the genuine sites if cross referenced and the formatting is uneven.

OK, let’s imagine I believe this, I don’t of course, that would be idiotic, the perpetrators of the site would need to implement a technique in order to send users free GTA cash. According to them, they have “exploited a cloud server through a very private 264bit encrypted DNS IP”  If a user submits a gamer tag through the site then he/she would be promoted to fill in a scam survey, which has plagued the internet for what seems like forever and a day. You won’t be receiving your coins anytime soon so it’s best to avoid.

All sites purporting to offer free in-game, well, anything, that is not from an official URL address site or provider is in all probability too good to be true. It will either contain a survey, virus or some .exe file which is little more than a fake, it might also ask for personal details which is also to be avoided. Oh, and while you’re at it, avoid any sites which “offer” in game Money, free DLC generators, rank improvements, account unbanning and any kind of DNS code tricks.

These scams will vary in order to seem relevant, but it will be in all likelihood the same outcome.

Thank you malwarebytes for providing us with this information.

Update For GTA V Released

Oh the fun times I have had over the years with this game series, from the original Grand Theft Auto on the now vastly outdated but immensely fun PS1, to GTA V on the latest consoles and PC via Vice City and San Andreas. This game has been surprising yet brilliant entertainment and has also had cutting edge storytelling for the times with which the games were released.

The Latest addition to the series has benefited with a new update for the PC version which is a hefty -ish 400MB in size and will be auto-downloaded from Steam and Rockstar Social Club. So what does the new content have in store? Well to summarize as I don’t want to strain your eyes to death, the new features are as follows

  • 5 New vehicles for Legendary Motorsport for Story Mode
  • Two new weapons have been added to Ammu-Nation for Story Mode and GTA Online which unlock once player progresses to a certain point.
  • 15 new tattoos, 100s of new clothing items and 8 casual glasses.
  • Nine unique Knuckle Duster variants are available from Ammu-Nation for various story modes for the latest generation of consoles and PC.

Scarves and Cuffs have been added to the accessories section in the interaction menu ( this again is for latest consoles and PC)

Above are just the key points among many for this update, as for fixes, these amount to at least 100 in total which are split across various machines. There is no official log as yet for the update but this will be released in due course so stay tuned. Well at least Rockstar have kept the game fresh and interesting with new features, now if you excuse me, I’m off to hit some people with a bat, IN THE GAME! Before anyone has any ideas.

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Grand Theft Auto V Sales Went Through The Roof

All this Grand Theft Auto V hype was bound to bring something like this sooner or later, so the recent sales figures won’t be a surprise to anyone. But before revealing them, let’s have a look at the sales technique used for the recent title and the Grand Theft Auto IV title.

First and most importantly, the Grand Theft Auto brand has been around for enough time to get players’ appreciation. Therefore, you mix something that players know, add some extra features and improve the graphics and you got yourself something to sell.

Secondly, the developer seems to have taken a unique platform approach. I mean GTA IV and GTA V were released on consoles first and then re-released on the PC one year later, so the hype won’t go away, but rather increase again a year later.

Given the above, we know that GTA V sales figures for PS3 and Xbox 360 brought over a billion in revenue, having the PS4 an Xbox One bring a sizeable amount too. Once the PC version launched, it sold about a million copies in just the first day.

Taking all that into account, can you guess the total number of copies sold? No? Well, let me tell you then. Grand Theft Auto V sold more than 52 million copies to date and I think the number will increase in the following months.

What this means is that Grand Theft Auto V is now the 4th best-selling title of all time, just below Wii Sports, Tetris and Minecraft. Pretty cool, eh?

Thank you GearNuke for providing us with this information

Grand Theft Auto 5 Still Shows Significant Bugs, Even After the Long Wait!

We previously announced what everyone found out while trying to get Grand Theft Auto 5 running in 4K and ultra-high graphics settings. Well, the 14GB VRAM usage was not as it seems. It was just a big annoying bug!

Yes ladies and gentlemen, even after the long wait for the title to get released on the PC, it still comes out with easy-to-find bugs. A more detailed analysis reveals two things. The first is that the SLI configuration doubles the amount of VRAM available AND used, and the second is that the 8x MSAA seems to double the required VRAM based on the VRAM available.

The pic above shows the required VRAM used on a single GPU configuration using 2x MSAA. It’s acceptable, but still…

This one displays the same thing, but on a SLI configuration. Notice how the VRAM available and used gets doubled? The same 2x MSAA configuration is applied.

However, upping the MSAA to 8x doubles the VRAM required, leading to the 14GB VRAM usage as we previously reported. Even so, why Rockstar… why?

Are there more bugs in the latest Grand Theft Auto 5 title for the PC platform? Have you found any of them? Let us know!

This May Be the Start of GTA V Modding!

The start to Grand Theft Auto V modding may have just happened, as OpenIV lead developer “GooD-NTS” claims to have gained access to the game’s encrypted files.

Call it great timing or whatever you will, but this info came to light a few hours after the ENBSeries creator’s opinion. He had said “I was wrong. Rockstar did everything to prevent modding of GTA5, so at this moment [it’s] impossible to do anything via editing game files”.  Now it sure seems that the OpenIV team has been able to gain access to the encrypted game files, which would mean that modders can soon get to work on actual substantial mods, not just FOV adjustment.

With the level and quality as the previous mods Grand Theft Auto PC games have had it was hoped that history would continue. It seems now that it indeed will continue and should make that investment you spent on purchasing the game go all that much further if you end up spending more time playing some mods.

Time will tell if there will be any fruits to these new developments.  You can rest assured though that there is a small army that is dedicated to making these mods happen, even if it takes a lot of work.

Thank you DSO  for providing us with this information.

Grand Theft Auto 5 PC Users Faced with Login Problems over the Weekend

Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto 5 has just hit the PC platform and it already had its fair share of problems. Users with ‘unique’ usernames have been extremely disappointed when attempting to install or play the GTA 5 title over the weekend, having been greeted with the “Rockstar update service is unavailable (code 1)” message.

By ‘unique’ usernames, we mean to say that users with characters outside the alphanumeric table are facing the issue described above. Now let’s stop and think about that for a second… really? I mean how in the world did you not see this coming? Going on a simple forum or scrolling through your list of Steam/Uplay/Origin/Windows/etc usernames reveals the “0b\/|0u$”. People have been creative with their usernames for ages now.

Rockstar Support provided some information on their website, which reads as following:

“We have identified an issue where players with Windows usernames that include characters not found in the table at the bottom of this page will likely run into difficulties when attempting to download, install, or play GTAV. We are currently working on a fix for this issue.”

The company’s support has even stated to have had temporary alternative for the issue, but it involves creating a fresh account. While this gave you access to the game, you wouldn’t have had any previous achievements, friends or stats as on your regular account. Even so, who would want to play on a temporary account and lose everything when they have to switch back to their old one?

A full list of supported characters, according to Rockstar, read as following: “A a B b C c D d E e F f G g H h I i J j K k L l M m N n O o P p Q q R r S s T t U u V v W w X x Y y Z z 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9”

This is now in the past though, since Polygon reported that connection issues are now resolved. However, Rockstar now seems to be investigating some possible progression losses, saves, items and characters that occurred along with the connection problems. Have you had any problems playing the game? Did you lose any progress or items? Let us know!

Thank you Polygon for providing us with this information

Updates for Grand Theft Auto 5 Coming to PC and Consoles at the Same Time

Grand Theft Auto 5 will finally hit the PC platform soon (after an eternity of waiting), having it be delayed several times due to the amount of work required to port the title. Since the release date is getting closer, Rockstar has disclosed how it will handle the PC version in relation to the console counterpart.

It seems that the developer plans to work on all platforms at the same time, having them release updates for the PC and consoles simultaneously. At least this is what Lead Gameplay Designer, John Macpherson, stated in a conversation with GameSpot.

“We plan to deliver updates to PC and consoles simultaneously. There can be occasional variations in timing based on specifics from one console to another but PC will not be on a separate timetable to other platforms.”

Macpherson has also given some insights on why the PC version always arrives after it’s released on consoles, stating that the company wants “each version of the game to be the best it can possibly be”, thus taking a lot more work and time to get it to the Rockstar standards.

“It comes down to bandwidth. We want each version of the game to be the best it can possibly be, and that means having the core members of the original GTA 5 team working closely with the best PC developers from across all Rockstar studios.”

“The same crew that did great work on the PC versions of Max Payne 3, L.A. Noire and GTA 4, essentially. A large portion of the team that worked on GTA 5 for PS3 and Xbox 360 also worked on the PS4 and Xbox One versions and all of the GTA Online content, including Heists.”

“Since the new generation console versions and the PC version share similar architecture, the team also continued to work on the PC version. With each version adding features and requiring the focus of the same key people, that takes time.”

Rockstar will be releasing Grand Theft Auto 5 for PC on April 14th, having Macpherson eagerly awaiting for gamers to experience the company’s “ultimate version of an amazing game”. How excited are you for the title’s release?

Thank you Gamingbolt for providing us with this information

GTA V PC System Requirements Revealed

Grand Theft Auto 5 is highly anticipated after being postponed a couple of times. The current release date is set for the 14th of April, which is soon, and we’ve finally got the minimum and recommended specifications for the PC version.

The game has been very well received on consoles and the previews we’ve gotten in the form of features and screenshots sure look impressive. So how much power do you need to run this game? As it turns out, not that much.

The minimum requirements are Windows Vista running on an Intel Core 2 quad-core Q6600 or AMD Phenom 9850 quad-core with 4GB RAM and a Nvidia 9800 GT 1GB or AMD HD4870 1GB graphics card.

The recommended specifications rise a bit, but not that much. You’ll need Windows 7 or better, an Intel Core i5 3470 or AMD FX-8350 CPU with 8GB RAM and a Nvidia GTX 660 2GB or AMD HD7820 2GB graphics card.

A 100% DirectX compatible sound card and 65GB hard disk capacity is needed for both and it comes with the usual warning that system requirements might change at any time and that AGP and integrated graphics might not work, just as mobile chipsets might not.

Minimum:

  • OS: Windows 8.1 64 Bit, Windows 8 64 Bit, Windows 7 64 Bit Service Pack 1, Windows Vista 64 Bit Service Pack 2* (*NVIDIA video card recommended if running Vista OS)
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz (4 CPUs) / AMD Phenom 9850 Quad-Core Processor (4 CPUs) @ 2.5GHz
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA 9800 GT 1GB / AMD HD 4870 1GB (DX 10, 10.1, 11)
  • Hard Drive: 65 GB available space
  • Sound Card: 100% DirectX 10 compatible

Recommended:

  • OS: Windows 8.1 64 Bit, Windows 8 64 Bit, Windows 7 64 Bit Service Pack 1
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 3470 @ 3.2GHz (4 CPUs) / AMD X8 FX-8350 @ 4GHz (8 CPUs)
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 660 2GB / AMD HD 7870 2GB
  • Hard Drive: 65 GB available space
  • Sound Card: 100% DirectX 10 compatible
  • Additional Notes:

Thanks to Steam via MyDrivers for supplying us with this information

New Rumours suggest GTA V PC Release Delay

Grand Theft Auto V is without a doubt one of the biggest and most anticipated game releases for the PC and it is currently set for a January 27 release date. New rumours have cropped up based on information from the Steam Store listing, that this launch date might be delayed.

The game changed the release date from the previous mentioned January 27 to Early 2015. One can argue that it’s still a match, but it seems odd. Usually, a release date is changed the other way around when the actual release date is getting close. It could also just be Steam that wants to safeguard themselves against a possible sh!tstorm from their users in case a delay should happen.

After the story broke yesterday, a Rockstar employee replied to a concerned fan on the official forums that there wasn’t any changes announced on the release date. That statement however still doesn’t deny the rumour, just that it hasn’t been officially announced yet, if true.

“GTAV will be coming to PC on January 27th. We have not announced any changes to this date at this time.”

Thanks to WCCF tech for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Rockstar and Valve

GTA V Finally Has a PC Release Date

First, GTA V was announced for next-gen consoles and PC and the crowd went wild. Then it was rumoured to have been delayed, or maybe even cancelled, and the crowd went wild again, but in a different way. Rockstar however was quick to deny those rumours and ensured us that there was no such thing.

Fast forward to today and Rockstar have finally announced the official release date for both PC, Xbox One and Playstation 4. The two consoles will get the new game first, as expected, with a release date set for November 18th 2014. PC users will have to wait until next year, as that version won’t be available until January 27th 2015.

Along with the release date, Rockstar also announced a row of new features:

  • New weapons, vehicles and activities
  • Additional wildlife
  • Denser traffic
  • New foliage system
  • Enhanced damage and weather effects, and much more

The new version includes a range of improvements. Among them are an additional 100 new songs and dj remixes across the 17 radio stations. The GTA online mode also gets support for more players, with the next-gen consoles allowing up to 30 players while the PC version hasn’t gotten an official number as of yet. We can only hope that it will be even more, and if lucky, it may be all the way up to 64 players at once.

Pre-order customers will get a bonus of $1 million in-game currency, distributed as $500k for the solo-campaign and $500k for GTA online.

Additional bonuses are added for those who already played the game on the PS3 or Xbox 360. They’ll get exclusive content including rare versions of classic vehicles to collect from across the Grand Theft Auto series, such as the Dukes, the Dodo Seaplane and a faster, more manoeuvrable Blimp; activities including wildlife photography and new shooting range challenges, new weapons and more. Players who wish to claim this bonus should have completed the Prologue prior while being connected to the PlayStation Network or Xbox Live.

Rockstar also released a whole list of new screenshots and promised a new trailer for the game later today.

Thank you Rockstar for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of Rockstar

Lindsay Lohan Sues Grand Theft Auto 5 Makers For Using Her Likeness Without Permission

Celebrity Lindsay Lohan has filed a civil suit in the Supreme Court in New York, accusing Rockstar Games and Take-Two Interactive of using her likeness without permission.

Lohan’s legal team has taken particular interest of the Lacey Jonas character in GTA 5, along with the Gentry Manor hotel – similar to the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood – where Lohan once lived.

Jonas is encountered in the game when she needs assistance escaping the paparazzi, with the game indicating she’s a famous person with an eating disorder.

Here is what the lawsuit alleges:

“The portraits of the Plaintiff (Lohan) incorporated her image, likeness, clothing, outfits, Plaintiff’s clothing line products, ensemble in the form of hats, hair styles, sunglasses, jean shorts worn by the Plaintiff that were for sale to the public at least two years.”

Lohan is looking for unspecified damages in the civil suit.

GTA 5 is currently available for the Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Xbox 360 game consoles, released last September.  It will be available for the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One before the end of the year.

Thank you to Polygon for providing us with this information

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