Rockstar’s New Steam Patches Might Be Breaking Games
That was pretty funny a couple weeks back when it turned out Rockstar was using a dead pirate group’s no-DVD code to make Max Payne 2 run on Steam, right? Well, it’s less funny now. Patches that reportedly fix similar, uh, indiscretions in other Rockstar games on Steam have resulted in some problems of the game-breaking variety for some users.
For example, users are saying the new update for Grand Theft Auto III has resulted in the game being unable to recognize their sound hardware. Other folks say the new update for Vice City results in the game not launching at all. OK, then. I guess if you want to play these games, you might want to avoid updating.
And, really, maybe these updates had nothing to do with removing some pirate code, but that’s beside the point. Broken games are broken games, even if not many people are playing them. I’m really interested in seeing what Rockstar does about this, like if they’re going to issue a statement or just fix it silently. Owning up would be my call, just so they can remind everyone that there are humans in there somewhere.