Grand Theft Auto 5 PC petition gains traction

An online petition asking Rockstar to release Grand Theft Auto 5 for the PC is gaining momentum online, quickly rising toward its goal of 100,000 signatures.

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Rockstar's been mum on the possibility of Grand Theft Auto 5 heading to PC, and fans of the platform are none-too-happy about it. The complaints have taken the form of an online petition, and it's gaining momentum.

As of the time of writing, the petition (via IGN) has reached more than 73,000 signatures, quickly approaching its goal of 100,000. The petition hopes that by showing Rockstar that support for a PC version exists, it can coax the publisher into producing a port of the game.

The petition raises the history of mods in the Grand Theft Auto series, and the relative power of the PC platform to run the game. Grand Theft Auto 4, in particular, has enjoyed a healthy extended lifespan in the mod scene. Rockstar has not explicitly ruled out a PC version, but has said it is "currently focused on the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions" right now.

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    November 27, 2012 1:30 PM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Grand Theft Auto 5 PC petition gains traction.

    An online petition asking Rockstar to release Grand Theft Auto 5 for the PC is gaining momentum online, quickly rising toward its goal of 100,000 signatures.

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      November 27, 2012 1:43 PM

      Lol, petitions. Also why even bother about one for this series. It's inevitably coming.

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        November 27, 2012 2:24 PM

        That's what they said about Red Dead Redemption. ;P

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          November 27, 2012 3:08 PM

          Actually, they didn't. The studio that released RDR has never ported a game to PC and R* were fairly clear that the code base accurately reflects the mess that the development process was.

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            November 27, 2012 3:12 PM

            By "they" he probably meant people in general not Rockstar. Also I didn't know about this development mess, so my angry response below looks rather silly, because I can somewhat understand their point now.

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            November 27, 2012 3:46 PM

            I didn't mean "they" being Rockstar -- I meant "they" meaning PC gamers. :)

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              November 28, 2012 5:46 AM

              The difference is that it isn't the voice of the community that dictates Rockstar's decision to release GTA on the PC, it's the money they're likely still getting from Sony and Microsoft to keep the game exclusively on console at launch. Regardless, there's also the reality that they simply don't have time to prepare a game as large as GTA IV or V for release on three platforms simultaneously. Look no further than something like Skyrim for proof of that (or GTA IV, which still had issues when it rolled out on PC).

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                November 28, 2012 6:19 AM

                Do you really think Sony and Microsoft are both paying Rockstar for console exclusivity? I'd say it's more that console sales will blow PC sales out of the water and they're focusing on their biggest profit-makers first.

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                  November 28, 2012 6:24 AM

                  I was just doing some absurd hypothesizing. It's likely the sales figures mixed in with piracy concerns. Plus it probably doesn't hurt to know that people are going out and buying the game on console and then buying it again on PC sometime down the road.

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                    November 28, 2012 6:30 AM

                    That's me. haha

                    Hell, I bought a PS2 after playing GTA3 obsessively on my PC for months so I could buy Vice City on release day to play it for nine months while waiting for the PC version to be released. :D

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                      November 28, 2012 6:35 AM

                      Yeah. Rockstar was definitely triple dipping at that point because Sony was obviously paying big for timed exclusivity.

                      I've actually avoided the double buying stuff myself. I never had a PS2, so I just ended up waiting for the PC releases of the games. By the time GTA IV came out on the PC, I was already done with all of the DLC and the original game.

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              November 28, 2012 6:52 AM

              Hey ThomW, I was sleepy and misread your post. Sorry.

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                November 28, 2012 7:23 AM

                Nah -- I wasn't specific in my post. No harm done. :)

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            November 27, 2012 4:22 PM

            Exactly. RDR's dev process was a mess. It wasn't even supposed to be open world. The previous game in the franchise was also console only. These are the only reasons it didn't come to PC.

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            November 27, 2012 4:24 PM

            Yeah but don't R* usually move porting to other studios, such as Leeds.

            To have a true R* North PC version again though would be awesome.

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            November 28, 2012 5:40 AM

            Which is why I think they should (or outsourced team) port it anyways; bugs, flaws and all. Just support a better resolution and high-rez textures.

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          November 27, 2012 3:08 PM

          FFS, I knew some idiot would bring it up (no offense, it's just pissing me off, how often this is presented as an argument).

          GTA has always been on PC and Rockstar has pulling this "Oh, we might do it...maybe" bullshit so many times, it's fucking retarded PR wank to keep the game in the news.

          Red Dead Redemption was a new (single-game) IP and was paid for to stay exclusive. The greedy Rockfags bent over for that and took it up the ass hard. An additional reason might be that they were too lazy.

          Excuse my language but I loathe Rockstar for keeping RDR from me and for several other reasons like the shitty Rockstar Social Club, awful port of GTA IV (which resulted in me buying the game for 7 Euros on Steam after it had been patched) etc. etc.

          I expect GTA V to be awesome, but I sure as hell won't pick it up on day one. PC day one that is, which will probably be exactly 6 months after the console launch, give or take a few weeks.

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            November 27, 2012 3:41 PM

            TIL I'm "some idiot" :D

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              November 27, 2012 3:56 PM

              That's why I wrote no offense and an explanation. I really didn't mean it personal.

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                November 28, 2012 2:49 AM

                no offense IDIOT

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                  November 28, 2012 6:27 AM

                  You obviously haven't read my former post, so kindly shut up.

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                    November 28, 2012 7:07 AM

                    i said no offense wtf

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                      November 28, 2012 7:23 AM

                      sapiDIOTens

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                      November 28, 2012 3:56 PM

                      Very funny, hurr durr. As I said, you haven't read it. I didn't only say "no offense", but offered an explanation why I said it and even apologized again to him later on. So what do you want from me?

                      Also, since you seem too dense to check it out yourself:
                      "(...) no offense, it's just pissing me off, how often this is presented as an argument."

                      It angered me, so I said "some idiot". Now let's end this here.

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            November 28, 2012 5:27 AM

            I made it to the third sentence where I was rewarded with "the greedy Rockfags". What a gem. Unfortunately there were no more gems in the next two sentences and I kind of feel like that time could have been better spent than consuming your little rage moment.

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              November 28, 2012 4:19 PM

              Haha, yeah. It was exactly that.

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            November 28, 2012 6:16 AM

            Wow, I understand why you're angry but I'm not taking it that hard. If it comes out on xbox I'll play it on xbox. I have RDR on xbox and it's a great game. I don't care that it's not on pc. I'd play it with a xbox controller anyways.

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              November 28, 2012 4:26 PM

              Yeah, was a silly rant about an issue I have never written about anywhere, so I used this news post to let that steam off. I have talked about it before, but writing it down online is a lot more relieving.

              Well I don't have an Xbox nor do I want one. I'm a 100% PC gamer you know?^^
              So, this isn't really an option for me. I played a tiny bit of RDR on a friends Playstation which was okay, but I generally don't like consoles that much, for many reasons, but admittedly the major one is being spoiled by the PC.

              Best platform, hands down. For me, anyways.

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      November 27, 2012 1:49 PM

      the things that qualify as news...

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        November 27, 2012 2:15 PM

        This seems a relevant news item to me after the success of the DARK SOULS PC petition.

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          November 27, 2012 2:16 PM

          Fair point!

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          November 27, 2012 2:21 PM

          Difference is Rockstar knows how well their games sell on console vs PC already and cosistently release them some months later.

          Now a RDR PC petition with 250k signatures would be relevant news to :(

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          November 27, 2012 2:50 PM

          i agree with David on this one.. GTA series is a fantastic one, and it made its mark on the PC first before the consoles came out..
          i see no reason why gamers cannot sign the petition and ask Rockstar to get the game out on PC..

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          November 28, 2012 6:19 AM

          Yes, but dark souls is amazing! GTA is... :(

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        November 27, 2012 2:34 PM

        A couple of other gaming sites reported it, so Shacknews has to follow a day after, or else look like they are a second rate news site.

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      November 27, 2012 2:28 PM

      /sign didnt feel like buying it anyway... Oh wait

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      November 27, 2012 2:30 PM

      \m/ rad, its going to happen BELIEVE IT , if you have not signed the petition please do, thanks PC community.

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        November 27, 2012 2:55 PM

        Valcan's on board.

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          November 27, 2012 3:13 PM

          You go that right [fry] :) your comp is going to love it when it comes out.

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            November 27, 2012 3:25 PM

            You are the best Internet friend I could hope for Valcan. The trigger rig is still going strong. I am always the first person in duel servers. Because my shit is Valcanized.

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              November 27, 2012 4:28 PM

              :) your a real cool/good guy [fry] like wise. Oh yeah I bought Chivalry, have not installed it yet but I plan to soon, I know I suck at playing any MP games(time constraints), and really want to play more with Shack, so I am going to try and make an effort.

              Hopefully see you guys in game when I get my stuff together, I know you really like the game(and others) good to see you have a bunch of PC games that have done you right and Steam seems to fit the bill.

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              November 27, 2012 4:29 PM

              We need a case badge for that. valcanized

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      November 27, 2012 3:21 PM

      Petition or not, this game will be released on PC eventually.
      Maybe the petition should be to release the PC version at the same time as the console versions but I really doubt that will happen probably because I doubt Rockstar has actually started working on the PC version.

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      November 27, 2012 3:50 PM

      Man, I wish the RDR PC petition(s) could get so many signatures... http://www.petitiononline.com/rdrpc/petition.html

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      November 27, 2012 10:20 PM

      Is the Dark Souls petition the only gaming petition that has worked?

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        November 28, 2012 4:09 AM

        Deus EX HR petition got proper FoV controls and HUD options added into the game.

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      November 28, 2012 4:33 AM

      The "Up for consideration" line from RS is just marketing scam-speak to increase the console version's sales. GTA IV San Andreas and GTA IV were both released on PC something like 1 year after the consoles. The PC market for GTA V alone is bigger than the market for most well-doing multi-platform games. It's phenomenally huge. Red Dead Redemption didn't see a PC release, but that was because RStar were advised that there wasn't a market for westerns or whatever... so they probably didn't want to take the chance. Of course, the game did amazingly well.

      Now they're using that blip on their track record to trick people into thinking the PC version of one of the biggest selling PC series of all time will not happen, in order to maximize the console sales.


      Gratuity:

      GTA on consoles is shit anyway. Look how aliased the screenshots for GTA V are in larger versions: I almost want to puke from the jaggies and cannot bear playing games that look like so anymore. The inevitable PC release will not only look a million bucks better, but will run at higher framerates and have more enjoyable controllability. Console gaming is dinosaurnish. And not the totally-awesome dinosaurish, but the one that's old, lame, and crippled, and can be tipped over with a slight poke from your pinkie, or boner the boner that you got from the last up-to-date PC game that you played, or from the massive savings you got while enacting your latest PC game shopping spree, where every weekend some publisher or developer has their entire catalog on sale for, often, 60% off, on Steam, GoG, Impulse, Origin (yuk, die origin), Gamefly, GamersGate, Get Games, GREENMAN GAMING (fuck yes, and then slap an additional 20% discount code on top of that 60% off, haha)... and more.

      (if anyone wants an additional $2 off their first purchase when signing up for Greenmangaming, you can use my referral link here: http://www.greenmangaming.com/?gmgr=colocino , or just copy and paste /?gmgr=colocino after greenmangaming.com)

      Console gaming is dead, not only due to hardware limitations, but also due to contoll limitations and steep prices. Fact: the next gen of consoles are already hardware dated by today's PC standards. When they release in 2013/2014, they will be significantly behind modern PC computing. Buying one will be somewhat like buying a wii U today... but a bit better. There's a market, but people who like the greatest and largest games will be looking to alternate pastures.

      According to an article released last week, PC is now the largest gaming platform, with a larger gaming base and active customers than any of the consoles. Do you really want to have to break out the dustbroom and start up the flux capacitor just to play a game with obscene jaggies?

      GMG's winter sale, running for the next month, has a massive number of games priced at 50 - 75% off, with a discount voucher for an additional 25% after that, plus another $2 off if you use my referral link: http://www.greenmangaming.com/?gmgr=colocino

      How can consoles match such deals? The answer: they can't come within the same galaxy. I just finished one shopping spree on GoG.com, and now I'm going to do another on GMG.com. PC gaming is almost TOO superior in too many ways.

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        November 28, 2012 6:59 AM

        Yes, but as long as the PC community refuses to pay for software the influx of new software will be stifled. Computers are such a free device, programs easy exploited, and users feel no remorse when pirating software. We have to change as a community and forego taking advantage of the developers and publishers of software we love.

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          November 28, 2012 7:33 AM

          It's cute people keep saying this when the numbers in every study say otherwise.
          (For reference, the last accurate count a company gave on a multiplatform release was from Activision, where 10-15% of their market was PC).

          This of course ignores the massive PC-exclusive market that is happily doing quite well (we'll even exclude kickstarter from this). Remember that the most profitable game of all time... Is the PC-only World of Warcraft, which has made over 10 billion dollars (according to Activision).

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            November 28, 2012 3:37 PM

            Did you just call me... cute? Thanks.

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          November 28, 2012 10:30 AM

          There was an article on Shack, I think, a week or so ago, which detailed that PC is now the largest gaming platform and that there are more paying customers for it than there are for any console.

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      November 28, 2012 6:15 AM

      This petition is just a reminder that the PC is the red headed stepchild of platforms and when the next gen of consoles hits virtually nothing will get ported anymore.

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        November 28, 2012 8:28 AM

        Why would nothing get ported anymore? Whatever games they're making for the new systems right now can already be played on a PC from several years ago.

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        November 28, 2012 2:44 PM

        Actually, PC is the largest gaming platform now, and when the next gen of consoles is released, they will already be technologically dated, and resigned to 2nd tier gaming. The specs for next gen consoles are already dated by today's standards. Consoles just can't keep up anymore.

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      November 28, 2012 6:39 AM

      They're going to release it on PC anyway, just 9 months after the console so that it doesnt hurt console sales of the game. Now they can say it was their gift to the petitioners, everybody wins!