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games Posted 2003-03-12 14:34:51 by Jim Crawford
Rockstar Games has rereleased the original Grand Theft Auto for free. Music is included in the download, and as a bonus there are now no track seek waits when getting into a car. Also available, 3d acceleration and network play in the very same executable!

Ostensibly, I downloaded it to check whether they had fixed the frameskip bug that I keep going on about. As it turns out, they hadn't.

But you know what? It doesn't really matter. I played all the way through the first level without noticing any problems. Later, I started the second level with the express purpose of checking for the bug, but, of course, the second level begins by dropping you right into a tightly-timed mission, and I couldn't bear to quit in the middle of it. And once I'd done one mission...

This is a really excellent game, folks. The freedom of action, the focus on exploration, the old-school attitude... the violence... this is what you get when developers put raw fun ahead of all other priorities. Grab it.

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CRASH!
Posted by Jim Crawford on 2003-03-19 20:26:53
A warning to those who play this version of GTA: it crashes reliably after you complete a certain objective in the second to last mission of Mandarin Mayhem (assuming you're completing the missions left to right).

For those of you who haven't played GTA, this doesn't mean you can't finish the level, it just means that you won't be able to play the last two missions.

It may be possible to skip that mission by getting yourself arrested or killed, and play the final mission, but I haven't tried it.

Also, I was wrong when I said it was 3d accelerated. It's not. It's just high-res, and viewed on a much better monitor than the one I had Back in The Day.
no subject
Posted by Anonymous on 2003-03-21 09:03:02
hmm....it is for gamecube, right? do you have to download it onto a mini CD-R or are their other means?
re: no subject
Posted by Jim Crawford on 2003-03-21 13:01:35
It's for Windows. I would estimate minimum requirements at a pentium 150 or so to play at a decent speed at the lowest resolution (iirc 320x240).

It's a big download, though -- about 400 megs. And it requires about three times that to install, due to the ridiculous packing system.
music pro and con
Posted by AdamMil on 2003-03-21 18:13:22
While there are now no track seek waits when getting into a car, you unfortunately can no longer insert your own music CD and have it play that. Seems like a bug to me.

And yeah, a zipped self-extracting executable that unpacks a compressed installer is pretty ridiculous. Maybe the packager is one of those people that think you can keep zipping anything repeatedly and get it down to one byte.
we need message editing!
Posted by AdamMil on 2003-03-21 18:15:00
s/think/thinks/

I suppose that's what the "Preview" feature is for, though, eh?
re: music pro and con
Posted by Jim Crawford on 2003-03-21 20:06:05
You can't put your own audio CD in, but you can put your own .wav files in the music directory. You can see this as something that saves a step (no need to burn a cd!) or something that adds a step (have to rip tracks from cd!) ... depending.

And even if you couldn't change the music, it would still be worth it to me to get rid of the track seek waits. They were such a pain in the ass that I never played with music on. And it was pretty damn good music, too. Who could forget The Ballad of Chapped-Lips Calhoun?

And "re: we need message editing!":
I actually did design a more sophisticated privileges system that would allow you to do that, but I don't think I'm likely to bother implementing it. I could add "delete own messages" pretty quickly, though.
re: message editing
Posted by AdamMil on 2003-03-26 01:55:19
Well, I'll try to make better use of the "Preview" functionality (ie, use it to actually read my comment rather than just glance at the formatting).
it's an infection
Posted by AdamMil on 2003-03-28 12:12:36
 But you know what? It doesn't really matter. I played all the way through the first level without noticing any problems. Later, I started the second level with the express purpose of checking for the bug, but, of course, the second level begins by dropping you right into a tightly-timed mission, and I couldn't bear to quit in the middle of it. And once I'd done one mission...

Yeah, I had a similar problem with GTA 3. I kept having to do just one more mission, and then just one more, et cetera, from 9PM to 6AM, when I realized my insanity and went to finally sleep. My attempt to get up at 9AM failed utterly, and I don't ever remember how. Damn, I'm losing a lot of work money over this. And I think people there aren't too happy with me anymore.

Oh well.

GTA is fun!
dammit
Posted by AdamMil on 2003-03-28 12:13:44
I mean, "don't even remember how"
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