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So here we are, 3 years later...since 25 October 2011


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Wow.

 

25 October 2011, the announcement of GTAV (and GTA Online), marked the start of one of the biggest hype trains in video game history. And when the game finally was released to the world, it was one of the biggest game sales events ever seen. Now a year of playtime is water under the bridge.

 

I bought in, all the way, and (in retrospect) I put in way too much emotional investment in this game. I want to let this go. I am wondering how other people feel at this point. I envy the millions of players who came to the game, played it for a while, dropped off this forum, and got back to their actual lives.

 

It's just a game. I try to keep telling myself that. But I thought it was going to be more. I thought it was going to be an absolute watershed in the development of video games. And I will say, the GTAV virtual world design has truly, completely, lived up to that. The open world design detail, virtual world functionality. physics and visual effects, realism and optimization of performance, including online performance, is a masterpiece of art and technology. I will also say, that for me, experiencing this virtual world was certainly worth the price of the game, by itself.

 

However...the hype train created by Rockstar marketing implied more, a bold new direction. but the phoned-in story and the lame DLC follow-on content, and especially the vile marketing campaign, tarnished this potentially great creation. I won't hash over all that here - don't get me started. But these past 3 years have consisted of several weeks of joy, but many months of heartbreak, frustration and disappointment.

 

I'm trying to make this into a worthy topic -- a place where the people who are still here on the forum can maybe write a little bit, a 3-year look-back, comparing their anticipation and their expectations, to the experience that Rockstar gave us. And I am talking about the experience of the 2 years of marketing hype alternated with stone cold silence, as well as the experience of the game itself.

 

Your thoughts? Thanks!

 

 

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OfficialTwiggz

Great, another reminder of when I met my ex girlfriend.

 

Good times.......good times...

 

But Jesus Christ, when I woke up that morning, I'd have no idea what was expected of this date.

 

Seeing the Logo in itself.....that brought me enough hope that money was implemented. Who knew two years later I'd be disappointed.

 

All jokes aside, not sure if this was the date when the logo was released or when the first trailer was released. I remember there being a very long wait time between either or. And I was pissed. So was my girlfriend's at the time. She wasn't a hardcore gamer like myself, especially towards Rockstar. She causally played the Sims 3.

 

But when that Game Informer came out, oohhhh boy. I didn't have sex for three days because she was so pissed.

 

Any ways kids, moral of the story.

 

Personality Disorder is a deal thing, and so is domestic violence.

 

Don't do drugs and have a kid at 15.

 

DO NOT...BECOME...A....STEP DAD.

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3 years already? Damn man! I remember looking up some TBoGT cheats and i saw a news feed on google. Oh man did I forget about those cheat codes! I saw that damn logo, ran to my room and called my best friend. The next day we were talking about our best times of GTA IV and how good GTA V would be. Ah, the memories! :)

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3 years ago?! lol i was in my last years of secondary school,the original Temple Run was extreme popular,the first trailer was legendary...lol,damn time is scary.

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Classic case of making too much of it. Don't blame rockstar for that. I watched the exact same hype train and yet my expectations were realistic and more than met.

 

I can't blame you though. With San Andreas I made that game out to be..well, basically what V eventually delivered. Rockstar was even more tight lipped back then so that was expected.

 

All in all.it was good. It was fun anticipating V and speculating wildly with the people here. It was even more fun when it came out and actually delivered on my expectations somewhat. Good times.

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I can't stop to reminisce now, I'm riding first class on the current generation hype train. choo choo motherf*ckers.

 

i'll be rambling on what could have been in a few weeks.

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I remember being in 11th grade when V was announced and 3 years later I'm at Uni, how time flies. It felt like for ever especially the drought in 2012(including the infamous "in a few weeks or so" from R*) but it was worth the wait in the end as I really enjoyed V, can't wait for the current gen versions of it!

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Time flies lol

 

I woke up that morning and #GTAV was the top trend on Twitter. I immediately checked up on the GTA V section and it had exploded in activity.

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Damn, 3 years....Probably the most hyped I've ever been for a game. And here we are still waiting for it to be released (again lol)

 

Weird, playing it now all and thinking back to all the pre-release hype. And when we were anxious to learn the next piece of news. I remember how bad I wanted to play it. Now I've put countless hours into it.

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3 years and one day ago, I signed up to this forum. I feel proud about that - before that date there was literally nothing on V. Magic.

 

I envy the millions of players who came to the game, played it for a while, dropped off this forum, and got back to their actual lives.

 

I've managed to seldom play it now, but I still spend lots of time on here, so...I guess V won that battle.

 

Anyway, the 'real' V still hasn't released yet for some, lots of people consider the current version a downgrade of the next-gen version instead of the next-gen version being an upgrade. It's a weird thing to think, the hype train is still going 3 years after the game was announced...

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Classic case of making too much of it. Don't blame rockstar for that. I watched the exact same hype train and yet my expectations were realistic and more than met.

 

I can't blame you though. With San Andreas I made that game out to be..well, basically what V eventually delivered. Rockstar was even more tight lipped back then so that was expected.

 

All in all.it was good. It was fun anticipating V and speculating wildly with the people here. It was even more fun when it came out and actually delivered on my expectations somewhat. Good times.

 

The GTAV Forum made the 2 years of waiting more tolerable - especially the mapping thread and other good insights written by many on here. The Forum was the dependable, positive daily experience, in the long dark months of silence and indifference we got from Rockstar.

 

For me, the anticipation of what GTAV was going to be, was the ultimate resolution of what was started with GTA San Andreas. Into the GTAV hype, I added in all the hype I had in those months way back in 2004, leading up to the release of GTA San Andreas, which I remembered as a wonderful anticipatory time, reading the GTA forums then (which again was a great experience) and seeing (it seemed like) more frequent screenshot dumps from Rockstar. I even added in the good-time feeling of the earliest GTA-SA trailers, which still make me feel good, even today. In retrospect, I way over-hyped and over-extended the expected continuity of GTA-SA into the anticipation for GTAV. I think many people did, also.

 

I just thought that GTAV/GTA0 was going to build upon that GTA-SA legacy plus 9 years of furhter video game design experience, with all kinds of versatile and interesting online modes so that we could really interact, compare our cars and homes,and socialize, celebrate the GTA culture that Rockstar had developed, and somehow, bring some of the richness of interaction of the GTAV Forum into the virtual world of GTAV, a real community. I thought that Rockstar would spend more time on those parts of the design, at this stage in history. In the end, however, we got a single online mode. a mind-numbing 24/7 deathmatch, intended and incentivized by Rockstar, with no reason to stop and smell the virtual roses.

 

It's not as bad as I am making it sound, but it was a letdown. Given all the work that the designers put into this virtual world, it seems like a big imbalance between the quality of the world design and the (lesser) quality of the story/content design and the online modes. The trailers just seem to imply a more seamless, exciting, interactive world, than we actually got.

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One thing I know for sure, this was the first and last game that I'll ever hype through the roof. When and if a new game gets announced I'll do my best to stay away from all the speculation and fake hype building.

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I think that beautifully misleading announcement trailer is to blame for that.

 

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When I first saw it, it blew my mind. The city looked gorgeous, vast and never-ending. The desert was out in the middle of nowhere, the forests seemed secluded. The houses had open windows and interiors, the nightclubs were open for business and bustling with life. The NPC interaction couldn't look anymore lifelike. And to top it all off, the story sounded extremely promising. After Rockstar accomplished what they did with GTA IV, I couldn't wait to see what they could achieve here. Leaving us to sit for nearly a year with nothing to go on but this trailer then amplified that hype to unmeasurable levels.

 

As we started getting closer to release, I could see the game wasn't quite as unbelievable as I had thought. The speculation and rumors began slowing down... the interviews with Rockstar revealed missing features, people in the mapping topic were piecing together an odd looking map, and the story wasn't looking any better. Then the audio leaks came along and confirmed my suspicions. At that point, I decided to lower my expectations and enjoy it for what it was.

 

On release day I picked up the game, went home, played it for 2 hours and turned it off. While I was happy to have finally played it, an overwhelming feeling of disappointment had started setting in. I had waited 2 years for this game and had enough of it 2 hours later. I tried to take my mind off pre-release hype, but it was missing too much of what trailers had lead us to expect.

 

We used to think these people were mountain hiking...

 

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...it turns out, they were just hitchhiking.

 

However, I've grown to appreciate the game much more in the past few months. It's not the game we saw in 2011, but it's still nothing short of a masterpiece. Although the story and characters are boring, I can't help but appreciate the amount of love that clearly went into them. The online mode, despite it's flaws, has still given me the most laughs I've ever had playing a game. The countryside and desert could've been designed better, but it's still beautiful to look at and plays well. The overall gameplay is just awesome and very satisfying. There's no other game out there that looks and feels as good to play, nor achieves as much as this one does, with such polish.

 

To summarize, it's an incredibly fun game, just not in the way I thought it would be.

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As much as I love the GTA games I still have a life outside of gaming so it didn't affect me much and I had realistic expectations. I didn't create a game in my head then get mad when the actual product didn't match it. I still very much enjoyed it and that is what matters.

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As much as I love the GTA games I still have a life outside of gaming so it didn't affect me much and I had realistic expectations. I didn't create a game in my head then get mad when the actual product didn't match it. I still very much enjoyed it and that is what matters.

 

What's a life?

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I have a GF and friends. I take vacations. This past May I went on a cruise around the Caribbean. I go out and do things so GTA is just a part of my enjoyment of life.

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I remember that I woke up early that day just to watch the trailer. I was so excited that I couldn't stop wondering about what GTA V final version would be like, I spent hours talking about it with my best friend.

 

Now I want that new gen version of GTA, already pre-ordered it and now it's just a matter of days.

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Pfister Comet

I picked up the game last September, played it for a few weeks and stopped. I would have enjoyed it much more if i wouldn't have followed pre-hype.

 

Oh well, i'll probably do the same mistake again when GTA VI is announced.

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As much as I love the GTA games I still have a life outside of gaming so it didn't affect me much and I had realistic expectations. I didn't create a game in my head then get mad when the actual product didn't match it. I still very much enjoyed it and that is what matters.

 

I have a GF and friends. I take vacations. This past May I went on a cruise around the Caribbean. I go out and do things so GTA is just a part of my enjoyment of life.

 

Seriously man, wtf is that for? In your head people that "created a game in their head" or had high expectations for it, or make this game something important, are people living in their parents basement drinking soda and eating chips all day while browsing porn on the Internet? Everyone of us has a life, we all have friends, girlfriends, wives, kids, jobs, school, hobbies ... but that doesn't mean for someone that enjoys video games and it's a fan of the series that "life" is something that will alienate you from that.

 

It's not important to the point of commiting suicide or get depressed, but for some people it is as important as spending money in a concert of whoever they like, or to watch the Super Bowl or the Champions League, some people waste all their savings to travel into another country to watch a game during 90 minutes and end up eating canned food for months because they spent it all for that.

 

You can't imply that "you have a life" so all is fine, it all depends on what you care the most, what your distractions are or what is your purpose. So please keep thats sort of speech in your pocket because it is annoying and pointless. You have a good life, congratulations, but no one cares.

 

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Algonquin Assassin

From what I can remember I was here for a couple of hours without realising it had been announced. It wasn't until i saw the official thread I realised it had been. Then I was bumped up to led by 1 day after the launch trailer was released.

 

Time flies.

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I still can't quote but what I meant is that the reason I was satisfied with the game is that instead of just sitting around waiting I was busy during 2013. My town was heavily damaged by Sandy so I was helping out with that and glad my place sustained very little damage and then two weeks before V came out a major fire burned down an entire block so I had bigger things to worry about than V not being San Andreas HD or IV set on the West Coast. I was glad to have something to take my mind off of things for a while and I enjoyed it very much and still do.

 

Not saying that most people on here are like that but my GF manages a Gamestop and she can't most of her customers because most of them are whiny and annoying.

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Holy sh*t, that was a long time ago. I remember that day perfectly. I was in my senior year of high school. I was at home playing San Andreas on my laptop and I got a text message from my best friend telling me that Rockstar announced GTA V. I obviously didn't believe him, but he kept saying that it was true. So I then looked online to see and when I saw the message from Rockstar my jaw dropped. I went crazy and ran out of my room to tell my brother and my mom. And then I saw that the first trailer was being shown a week later which made me go even more crazy.

 

A week later on the morning of the first trailer, I woke up really early and just sat by my computer until it was up. It was so crazy when it I was about to push the play button because I had no idea what to expect. And when I finally watched the trailer, my mind was blown yet again. It was in the exact city I wanted it to be in and everything. I watched like 10-15 times before I had to go to school, which made me tardy that day :). I was so excited that I even showed the trailer to some of my teachers at my school. After that day, I checked for updates literally everyday for months, but all I saw was Max Payne 3 everywhere. I slowly kept getting more upset and disappointed every week. By the time summer of 2012 came around, I finally gave up and stopped checking Rockstar's Newswire. It honestly felt like Rockstar just decided to stop making the game. But miraculously in July (I forgot which day), Rockstar posted those two screenshots and my excitement shot up again. And after that was when we actually got information little by little. I won't go into detail of all of that since that would make this post much longer than it already is.

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3 Years! Wow, such a long time ago! Oh, those were the days after that, constantly speculating over what the game might be about, and creating unreasonable expectations for the game! Good times.

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universetwisters

I've been through two girlfriends since then.

Time flies.

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I remember that day. I was in my third year of college. I also remember wanting my elementary school field experience to get done with so I could go home and watch the trailer on Nov 2nd. When I first saw the beach scene I got super pumped thinking it was Vice City. Then I saw the next shot and was a little disappointed.

Overall, I love this game. Was it what I was expecting? Not entirely but it is still an awesome game. Here's hoping the next two releases (especially pc :lol:) are even better!

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I made a second account on this forum due to the announcment of GTAV three years ago today. I couldn't figure out my old password and my account was under an old email dammit. My first account dated back to 2007, the GTA4 pre release days.

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I think that beautifully misleading announcement trailer is to blame for that.

 

gta-5-trailer-breakdown-10-things-that-c

 

When I first saw it, it blew my mind. The city looked gorgeous, vast and never-ending. The desert was out in the middle of nowhere, the forests seemed secluded. The houses had open windows and interiors, the nightclubs were open for business and bustling with life. The NPC interaction couldn't look anymore lifelike. And to top it all off, the story sounded extremely promising. After Rockstar accomplished what they did with GTA IV, I couldn't wait to see what they could achieve here. Leaving us to sit for nearly a year with nothing to go on but this trailer then amplified that hype to unmeasurable levels.

 

As we started getting closer to release, I could see the game wasn't quite as unbelievable as I had thought. The speculation and rumors began slowing down... the interviews with Rockstar revealed missing features, people in the mapping topic were piecing together an odd looking map, and the story wasn't looking any better. Then the audio leaks came along and confirmed my suspicions. At that point, I decided to lower my expectations and enjoy it for what it was.

 

On release day I picked up the game, went home, played it for 2 hours and turned it off. While I was happy to have finally played it, an overwhelming feeling of disappointment had started setting in. I had waited 2 years for this game and had enough of it 2 hours later. I tried to take my mind off pre-release hype, but it was missing too much of what trailers had lead us to expect.

 

We used to think these people were mountain hiking...

 

GTA-V-Screenshots-6.jpg

 

 

0_0.jpg

 

...it turns out, they were just hitchhiking.

 

However, I've grown to appreciate the game much more in the past few months. It's not the game we saw in 2011, but it's still nothing short of a masterpiece. Although the story and characters are boring, I can't help but appreciate the amount of love that clearly went into them. The online mode, despite it's flaws, has still given me the most laughs I've ever had playing a game. The countryside and desert could've been designed better, but it's still beautiful to look at and plays well. The overall gameplay is just awesome and very satisfying. There's no other game out there that looks and feels as good to play, nor achieves as much as this one does, with such polish.

 

To summarize, it's an incredibly fun game, just not in the way I thought it would be.

:^::^::^::^: Totally agree with everything you wrote, and you said it more elegantly than I did. I like the pictures, too. :)

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Gnocchi Flip Flops

3 years ago. Man I thought we had something special, but I guess it was short lived. For 2 years she was very promising and had a lot of potential. But she just gave up the 3rd year. Such a disappointment. We're no longer together.

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It's just a game. I try to keep telling myself that. But I thought it was going to be more.

 

 

GTA is a hobby for me. No, not even a hobby, just something to do when I need a break from the fun stuff in life. I've always looked forward to GTA games and can't wait for their releases because in the end they're just a lot of fun to play, particularly the first week. Those seven days are when you're still learning the map and finding so many cool things and cool areas. I'd be lying if I said I didn't think about it quite a bit before release, but in the end all it really is to me is something to kill time. Instead of watching tv, I play GTA

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