Friday, November 28th, 2008
PC version of GTA IV uses SecuROM

Grand Theft Auto IV - General News | @ 11:33 AM MDT | By Neil
Last week we posted an image of the back of the PC version of GTA IV's box which Rockstar had supplied to a retailer in the UK. One piece of text on the back of the box reads "Initial activation requires internet connection". The following day, we received an email from Rockstar asking us to remove it, with no reason cited. We reluctantly complied, yet if you visit Tesco's website you'll see that they are still displaying the image.

Today the company revealed that the game will use SecuROM Digital Rights Management software. More interestingly though, they also deployed a lengthy Q&A document which attempts to convert everyone to wonderful ways of this magical software. One little gem from the article:
"SecuROM offers a diverse toolset to publishers to help safeguard their IP and interests. Vocal 'board posters' seem to be most down on the SecuROM feature that limits the number of installations. But this SecuROM functionality is really nothing different than what iTunes has used for years now."
The disc-based version of the game can be installed on an unlimited number of computers at a time, while buyers from services like Steam or Direct2Drive will only be able to install on a maxmium of 5 machines simultaneously. All versions of the game must be activated once per machine before play, and the company says that it has a contingency plan for users who don't have an internet connection - visit a website.

In addition to SecuROM, the game will also fill your drive with 16GB of game and other data including versions of Adobe Flash, Internet Explorer, DirectX, Games for Windows LIVE and the Microsoft .net framework.
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Registered User

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Looks Nice :)
11-28-2008 11:40 AM
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Registered: May 2006
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Ultra Epic Fail.

I lost a couple of DVD drives to SecuRom, so there is no way in hell I'd buy it even if it was free.

They just cemented me and a couple of thousands of other people to pirate it for sure now.
11-28-2008 01:37 PM

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11-28-2008 02:35 PM
Registered User

Registered: Sep 2004
Posts: 27
gg rock*.

good thing i love the company, i'll buy the game.

otherwise SecuRom can lick my b*lls
11-28-2008 02:46 PM
Batman Beyond

Registered: Nov 2008
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i have no concerns toward secure rom... it won't be a problem for me :D or ppl like xan
11-28-2008 02:51 PM
Resident Bitch

Registered: Sep 2004
Posts: 506
SecuROM has never bothered me before. Nothing to worry about.
11-28-2008 03:12 PM
Registered User

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I'll Expect a to See a Pirated Version by the end of next week tops
11-28-2008 07:05 PM
Registered User

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Once again, SecuRom DRM...
But luckily unlimited install for disc version.
11-28-2008 07:20 PM
Addicted PC Gamer

Registered: Jul 2005
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What Xan? I've never had problems ever with Securom and my Optical drives, alot of games use it.

Starforce is the one you one you want to avoid, that protection is a whole lot worse even if you do have a legit copy of a game that uses it. I lost a Plextor DVD Burner related to the Staforce crap, it won't read disks at all.

[ post edited 11-28-2008 07:33 PM by Nite ]
11-28-2008 07:24 PM
The Commander
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X-Ecutioner - I'll Expect a to See a Pirated Version by the end of next week tops

I beleave you would be right on that, I saw a RA 3 up like the day after it was released. So it no dobt GTA 4 will be up just as quick. There is no game today that still has not been cracked? I think?
11-28-2008 08:36 PM
Lao Boy

Registered: Aug 2004
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Fuck. SecuRom sucks. :|
11-28-2008 09:34 PM
Cola-addled Smartass

Registered: Jun 2004
Posts: 460
And what happens in a couple years when R* shuts off the authentication server for this? Your copy of GTA4 is now a coaster.

THAT is why SecuROM sucks.

Oh well. I already bought a console version, I'm not buying the game twice.
11-28-2008 11:18 PM
Clarkson for PM

Registered: Apr 2008
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Who says RockStar have soldout, LOL
11-29-2008 12:56 AM

Registered: Aug 2004
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Why have they sold out? Ok to all the people complaining, if you owned a big company and was releasing a big game on the PC how would you get around this huge Piracy issue? People here are starting to sound like idiots whilst others sound like Pirates, you're the reason why video game companies do this shit! Face it, no company today can get around this issue, do you expect them to just give the game away for free by having no protection?
11-29-2008 09:22 AM
The Commander
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Im sure just having the simple login online with CD KEY thing is enough for the ligitimate users. But then including SecuROM just really hurts and then makes people want to hurt the company back by saying "F!@# you, we have cracked your SecuROM game"

Even though I have no intentions of getting the game on PC because I dont have the specs to run it.
In the end I dont know what to think any more.... I just find it disapointing that Rockstar have done this. :(
11-29-2008 09:51 AM

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But EVERY Game company does this? I'm getting bored of seeing this with every new PC Release, you always get a thread of people moaning and bitching about the DRM on the games. It's a sad cycle, but they need to have DRM because they don't want to give the games away for free, EVERY company does this. PC Gaming is in the shit thanks to Pirates and the more people Pirate the more protection they will throw on the games, the more the Pirates will crack it, then even more Protection will be thrown on the next release. It's the sad cycle of PC Gaming. As long as the Pirates are around, expect more and more DRM.
11-29-2008 12:21 PM
Batman Beyond

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"....As long as the Pirates are around, expect more and more DRM. " and more free games:D
11-29-2008 03:04 PM

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Sadly Zamoldac just proved a point, most PC Gamers are like him, with the "If it has DRM, then we deserve to Pirate it and get it for free" attitude. It's a stupid cycle. You're just telling companies that the PC isn't worth developing for as no one will pay for it and just want to pirate it, thus making them add more DRM, thus the cycle continues.
11-29-2008 03:30 PM
Digital/Concept Artist

Registered: Apr 2008
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So when they say that it is similar to what iTunes is using. Does that mean that pretty much it can only be on one computer and you can't put it on anything else?

I respect their decision, but god damn. I won't pirate it. I'd rather buy it, but I wanna know that it is extremely flexible when it comes to modifications like San Andreas was. If it ain't, than buying it for the PC is pretty much useless.
11-30-2008 02:39 AM
Clarkson for PM

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Wow, chillout Ash. I was only being sarcastic!
11-30-2008 08:39 AM
Registered User

Registered: Feb 2008
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FFS What if they done that for PS3 or Xbox360, if your console broke you have to buy every game again.

The same thing has happened to FarCry 2, If they are doing this limited amount of install business then the game is only worth less than £5
I don't want to upgrade my PC or reinstall windows only to find I have to pay another £25/30 for the same game again!

I'll be turning to BitTorrent for this game to.
12-01-2008 03:32 AM
Registered User

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What are you saying, the number of installs is unlimited and not restricted to one computer.
12-01-2008 07:12 AM

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