Rockstar in general has become a joke with all this nonsense. It's a game about STEALING VEHICLES...........but, you're not allowed to steal a vehicle? Nice. I'm glad to hear they "lowered the penalty for destroying personal vehicles"....although, I'm yet to find out exactly what that means. The penalty should be erased entirely. Now we'll have to hear all the people who suck at the game whine about big brother rockstar not protecting them enough. For all the people, who whine about people attacking you......play invite only sessions. I mean, seriously wtf do you expect online players to do? Stroll down the beach with you hand in hand? They need to make a lobby called "Wet snatches lobby", so all the whiny babies can go play there. Here's an idea: Don't like people killing you? Then stop sucking at the game and kill them or run. People wouldn't resort to glitches if the game wasn't restricting their fun in the first place. You pay 60 bucks for a game, it's the games job to let you enjoy yourself any way you'd like. Not prevent you from doing so.
you're forgetting players who try to go about their business online who get blown away repeatedly by children with helicopters and such. the other night i got followed anywhere i spawned (i was in 'passive' mode trying to build stamina) by a guy in a heli, shooting bomb after bomb at me, even after he realized it wasn't going to kill me. he blew up every car i got in to get away from him (which did kill me), he lurked outside the pay and spray to destroy stuff i was upgrading, and the only way away from him was to sign out. why didn't i just kill him, myself? because i was busy doing something else, playing my game, not playing ass-tag with another player.
you want pvp, fine, but there should be designated areas for that, like other online games, or a setting you can use to keep human players off you when you want no interaction except with the game. otherwise all the bad-ass features of the online game are useless unless you want to spend all your time shooting at other players and using exploits instead of just playing the game. sorry if it ruins your experience to not be able to ruin others' experiences, but not all of us play for the same reason. if you seriously think it is the game or other players' responsibility to keep you entertained, you should spend some time thinking about that.
agonistes06, I know what you mean about annoying people, but that is PvP, if you can't handle them just don't play the game. Personally I wish they'd done it like WoW, make PvP realms and non-PvP realms. Because that 'passive mode' is SO RETARDED!
I agree also in your annoyance at them patching. PvP should be all about thinking out of the box, doing crazy and creative sh*t, for me using jets and choppers and stuff is all part of that. But they seem quite obsessed with patching it all, even to the detriment of the game itself. For example with this latest 1.06 patch, it's caused way more problems than it solved, have you noticed that normal mission playing is raped now with new bugs? Also there's disconnections and just general weird stuff. Their testing department is populated by retards they need to fire them all frankly. I worked in game testing for years, none of the bugs in GTA should be there, they're SO easy to find with just normal playing for 10 mins, I find it incredible that the big bugs make it onto live realms. I won't start listing them all or we'll be here all week hehe, but I'm sure you know some of what I speak of. Especially the bugs around inviting when getting ready to do a mission, like the annoying bug with auto-invite where it keeps spaming 'game invites' to friends, even off-line ones sometimes. And also missions too so many are now bugged and elements within them don't active, it's so annoying.
I too find the pestering griefers annoying, but I also love them, they keep me on my toes and they evolve my skills, they force me to. But if we are going to have them then they need to let the game be more realistic and free. When you die you should stay dead longer, and I think it should cost more on hospital bills too, and you should re-spawn AT the hospital. I also think that the single most hugest error in GTA is the fact that you can't blow up people's cars without being punished (bad sport), this is SO crazy, and a massive stop blocker to true PvP!