GTA IV Modder “Done” After Community Harassment
Modder Hayssam Keilaney is leaving the modding scene due to the vitriolic criticisms of fans and peers.
Keilaney, who has gained fame for his work on the iCEnhancer visual upgrade mod for Grand Theft Auto IV, has recently posted a statement to his Facebook page thanking fans but also announcing his departure from modding on account of the constant stream of “non-sense and bullshit” he’s been receiving the GTA IV and modding communities.
Much of this criticism has centered around accusations from fellow modders claiming that Keilaney has been lax in crediting people when he’s utilized their work in his mod. Others have also apparently called him a whore whose popularity in the modding scene has risen on account of his supposed kissing up to the game’s media. These, of course, are things that Keilaney denied.
“My [mod] is famous and not yours because you think I’m whoring myself to the media?” asked Keilaney on his Facebook. “Too bad, it’s not the case.”
Outside of harsh words from modders, Keilaney shared that people have also been contacting him to complain that the improvements in the most recent version of iCEnhancer haven’t been up to par with those in previous iterations. Some, apparently, have also taken issue with the fact that he wasn’t able to improve the game’s graphics to a level comparable with recent releases like Grand Theft Auto V and Watch Dog. Keilaney was understandably unsympathetic with this point.
“To people comparing this to V or Watch dogs.. seriously guys? 2008. Thanks. It’s like comparing GTA3 to GTA4.”
Keilaney ended his post by stating his intent to be “done for a while.” Considering the excellent work he’s done in the past, we sincerely hope it’s not for long.