GTA: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition Still Unavailable on PC

The Rockstar Support Twitter remains surprisingly silent in light of how Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition remains unavailable to play or purchase for PC gamers. This is three days after it was "temporarily" taken offline for maintenance, which has reportedly been met with patience and understanding. There is a little more to know about the failed launch of the remastered RPG anthology though. Amid rising customer dissatisfaction, VG247 reports that demands for refunds are rolling in. Similarly, VGC notes that the review bombing has begun in earnest, and the game's user score on Metacritic is currently 0.6, just barely edging out John Blutarsky's GPA. And since when it rains, it pours, a report on Kotaku notes that Take-Two occupied some of its time during the game's launch to send out additional DMCA notices to remove more GTA mods and fan projects. Here's an interview with some GTA modders who no longer seem interested in doing unpaid work for the benefit of Rockstar and Take-Two with all that's gone on.
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headshot wrote on Nov 15, 2021, 06:43:
when i pirate a game which i would never have bought anyway, is there really any damage?

No. If there is no lost sale, there is no monetary damage. Without monetary damage, the argument that the behavior is immoral or unethical becomes very shaky at best. You could argue there's some social contract that you're not allowed to enjoy for free what someone else has to pay for, in the interest of fairness. But I think that falls apart when examined from a Consequentialist standpoint since unless you're running around bragging to everyone about how you got a game for free and they had to pay, that "unfair" behavior is essentially invisible and doesn't harm anyone elses enjoyment of the game.

Someone who would have otherwise not gained enjoyment from the game, due to unwillingness to pay or inability to pay, gets to have some fun and there is no apparent impact to anyone elses enjoyment. Again, this is from a Consequentialist viewpoint where ultimately the goal is to maximize positive outcomes while minimizing negative outcomes. There are other philosophies that place more weight on intention, rather than tangible effects on the world.
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