Before you read this, understand that I am not writing it for any specific person. If you don't want to know how some guy on the internet feels about the current state of a video game he plays then by all means leave this page... or post a negative comment. Free will is a great thing.
(TL;DR - Hacker gave me money, made me wonder about GTA Online's future. Going to wait it out.)
It finally happened to me. After saving and depositing and storing away, after earning a few hundred grand by myself the honest way, I was given hundreds of millions by a hacker. At first it was exciting, I filled my garage, stocked up on ammo and bought every item of clothing. But now... I feel kind of lost.
I find myself completing missions and not caring what the payout is. I'd rather skip straight to the RP reward screen and not have any money rewarded to me at all. That's sad in a game that is supposedly all about money and status.
There's no longer a drive to be proud of my achievements in GTA Online. Before the money, I had four personal vehicles that were all legitimately acquired. Now I have ten. All thanks to some faceless hacker guy in a session who wanted to give away numbers on a screen.
I'm not complaining. The game is still about adventure and exploration over everything else. I've found myself using the Free Aim lobbies more to spice things up a bit. Now I can zip around in that cute Voltic I always wanted. Now I can spray my carbine rifle endlessly without having to be stingy about ammo. Now I can place irrational 9k bounties on players who won't get out of my face.
But where is this leading? Rockstar are obviously going to take action here and I feel it's going to be something drastic that will cause all kinds of outcry. People are going to be demanding their right to play GTA Online whether they hacked or not. And not everyone will be fairly treated, a few will be punished for things they had no control over.
I know GTA Online was never particularly stable. It has been two and a half months now and the game only seems to be degrading into a deeper mess. When one list of problems is patched, a new and longer list of problems emerges and the race to balance the game before it's too late continues.
If Rockstar can somehow get a tight lock on the hacks and glitches AND manage an outcome that benefits everybody who genuinely cares about the game, I'll be happy. There are too many players at the moment who strive to take what they can get from this game without considering the consequences. It's not just hackers who will have to pay for this, it's the entire GTA community.
I'm just hoping that this game can become what it is supposed to be. Rockstar's vision for GTA Online is clearly visible, they have some grand ideas and I appreciate what they are trying to do. Perhaps, though, it's a little too much for them to take on. The GTA franchise is clearly incredibly popular and influential, but the world of online gaming is not something Rockstar have a vast amount of experience with.
Sorry for the long-winded and probably pointless topic. Putting my thoughts out there. I know most of you feel the same way. I think if we're patient then we will eventually see the GTA Online that was promised to us. However, it might take a few more months of waiting before the situation is under complete control.
Also, I don't blame Rockstar for this. There are certain individuals out there who are never satisfied with what they have, who want to find a way to take control and exploit a wonderful thing. On the other hand, if weaknesses are easy to detect then it is human nature to be curious and explore.