|QUOTE (LotusRIP @ Tuesday, Apr 23 2013, 17:20)|
|QUOTE (gamerzworld @ Wednesday, Apr 24 2013, 07:33)|
| As a test, I set my date forward by a month on my Windows PC and the Windows version played just fine. |
Well somebody tried that a few pages back, on Mac, and it gives the message that it has expired anddoes not launch.
Also, I think Rockstar know what they are doing. They didn't spend 5 months making a screensaver that accidently expires next week - after promising new updates next week also. It's common sense I think...
It gives a message and doesn't launch because the screensaver was compiled with the software in trial mode. It's a protection so some company doesn't just use the trial version to create a screensaver to mass distribute. Since the software they used for Windows is free and doesn't have any sort of trials, the screensaver continues to work. Like I said, if Rockstar was going to make the screensaver expire, they would have done that in Flash. Looking around the Flash code, there's no "expire code" in it.
Further more, Rockstar took steps to ensure they could update the content in the screensaver remotely. They wouldn't have bothered with this if they had planned to make the screensaver expire.
They didn't spend 5 months creating it. After they knew internally they were going to face a delay, the screensaver was put on the back burner until marketing vamped up again. Kinda like the box art. They had it back in January but when they knew they were going to face a delay, they held off releasing it. That doesn't mean during the months between January and April they were working on it the entire time.
tl;dr: Some Flash designer forgot to check if the software was in trial mode and everyone is reading into it too much.
EDIT: Oh and this same exact thing happened to the band Muse a while back. They released a screensaver using the same exact software Rockstar is using and somehow trial mode got activated and made the screensavers expire. They had to release a new version to correct the issue.