|QUOTE (CharmingCharlie @ Aug 6 2009, 20:29)|
|QUOTE (Hydro_PT @ Aug 6 2009, 19:18)|
| GTA IV is good, is a great game, but the PC version came too late and with too many problems: no wonder it didn't sell that good. |
There is no excuse to steal this game, if people think it is a bad port then why are they stealing it to play it then ? The fact is with each release of the PC version of a GTA sales have consistently been lower :-
GTA 3 = 400,000 sold in the US on the PC
GTA VC = 300,000 sold in the US on the PC
GTA SA = 250,000 sold in the US on the PC
GTA 4 = 40,000 sold in the US on the PC as far as we know
So the series got consistently better but sales have steadily declined. People think it is a "free lunch" on the PC, if you steal the PC version then you are doing yourself NO favours. Now from what I can see the only thing keeping the PC in the running at the moment is Europe and Asia.
Anyway this is beside the point, if you steal the PC version of TLaD (when it comes) then don't be surprised when we don't get TBoGT. There is no such thing as a free lunch in this world and Rockstar will be looking at how well the PC version of the DLC does and it will factor into any decision they make regarding the PC format in the future. So before you go and click on that download button just think about that.
I didn't say nothing about stealing the game. I said it didn't sell good, which is a different thing.
There is no excuse to steal ANY game, no matter how bad it is. If you don't agree with its price or something, just don't play it. Or at least be decent and download the game, try it out and if you don't like it, delete it. If you do like it, buy it (I already did this some times, just to be sure the game is worth the money).
Speaking about GTA IV, I said to myself: "I'm going to buy this game as soon as it hits the stores, no matter the price". And I did that, but I was afraid of buying the game because of the tons of problems people were reporting. I was lucky because it worked (and it's working) really good, I can't complain and I love the game, it is worth the money (I wish all games were like this). But imagine you bought the game and it worked like sh*t because Rockstar Toronto did a sh*tty port? Would you be happy to spend 50Ä on a game that you can't play, even though you have decent hardware to run it?
GTA IV didn't sell good but the main cause of that was the problems the game has. Various friends of mine said they would buy this game, but when they saw the problems people was reporting, and the reviews on the net, they decided not to buy it and they spent their money in other games. They didn't download it either. That's how you get bad sales for a game. That was GTA IV's biggest error. Give people a bad and late port, and they won't buy it. They either steal it (which I condone), or they simple don't buy it (specially if they have it on the consoles already).
Of course this is just a theory and we cannot be sure it would be like this, but if the PC version was released at the same time of the console versions, I'm sure it would have sold a lot more copies. Like I said, it came too late and it was a bad port. People was disappointed they couldn't play this game properly, so they didn't buy it (or worse, they download it).
Btw those numbers aren't really accurate. What about the rest of the world? STEAM versions?
I know GTA series on the PC hadn't had the same sales the console versions had. But we always got the games 6 to 9 months later - that's an important thing to take in consideration. But so far it sold very well, otherwise we wouldn't have had GTA Vice City, San Andreas and IV appearing on the PC.
As for TLAD, I'm sure it will come, sooner or later, and I will happily buy it. And I hope it sells well, but I won't count with that, unless Rockstar Toronto solves GTA IV's performance problems.