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Rockstar didn’t intend to ban PC modders from Grand Theft Auto Online
Bans were the unintended result of a patch, says Rockstar.
Complaints about bans began rolling their way onto the GTA V Steam community last week. PC gamers believed that use of mods in the single-player campaign was responsible for getting them banned from GTA Online, which touched a nerve with the PC gaming community as a whole. In a Rockstar Newswire post on Thursday, the developer stated the bans were nothing it had enacted on purpose.
“Recent updates to GTAV PC had an unintended effect,” reads the statement, “of making unplayable certain single player modifications. This was not intentional, no one has been banned for using single player modifications, and you should not worry about being banned or being relegated to the cheater pool just for using single player PC mods.”
“Our primary focus is on protecting GTA Online,” continues the statement, “against modifications that could give players an unfair advantage, disrupt gameplay, or cause griefing. It also bears mentioning that because game mods are by definition unauthorized, they may be broken by technical updates, cause instability, or affect your game in other unforeseen ways.”
“Unforeseen ways” might equate to “players using FOV mods being accidentally banned from GTA Online.” Rockstar Games did not respond to our request for clarification by publication time.
We certainly hope the lack of specificity as to an explanation for the recent string of GTA Online bans doesn’t discourage the further development and use of mods in GTA V on PC, because the awesome mod videos continue to pour out of the PC gaming community.
For instance, here’s what Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds would look like in GTA V, only if the birds were airplanes shooting rockets at you:
Here’s a mod that makes guns shoot cars instead of bullets.
If you’re excited about all the recent Star Wars hype, perhaps you should try using the Force in GTA V.
The Pedestrian Riot mod heavily arms civilians and makes them try to kill you, which is just desserts if you think about it.
And finally, here’s the Spontaneous Chaos mod, because Los Santos isn’t already chaotic enough what with GTA V players constantly blasting it to smithereens.
Illustration via Rockstar Games
Dennis Scimeca was the Daily Dot's gaming reporter until 2016. He loves first-person shooters, role-playing games, and massively multiplayer online games. His work has appeared in Salon, NPR, Ars Technica, Kotaku, Polygon, Gamasutra, GamesBeat, Paste, and Mic.