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Rockstar Apologizes for ‘GTA Online’ Glitches with Lots of Free (Fake) Money

actual_1381450954v2Today in Virtual Damage Control news: one of the biggest rollout campaigns of the year inspired so much web traffic that tech snafus prevented people from seeing whether the product at hand really works or not. The responsible company’s solution: wiring millions of digital dollars to nerds around the world.

What, you thought we were talking about ObamaCare?

Rockstar Games attempted to minimize the collective groan that followed Grand Theft Auto V Online’s glitchy debut by giving each affected user half a million virtual bucks to buy all the new outfits, haircuts and rocket launchers he could ever want. And they sent out a press release too:

“we are planning to provide a special stimulus package…dropping a cool half a million GTA$ in the GTA Online bank accounts of all players…we hope this GTA$ helps to facilitate a fresh start or makes your continued life in Los Santos and Blaine County extra sweet.”

Just remember: “Don’t Spend It All in One Place!

Some remain unimpressed and insist that Rockstar should just fix the game rather than pulling stunts like this one, but the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive, and it’s earned a bit of media coverage. We might recommend that the government take Rockstar’s model to heart and respond to tech problems in its virtual insurance marketplaces by giving free coverage to those who want it, but that would involve real money.

*Image via Rockstar Games

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Sony Apologizes Twice in One Week for Major ‘Grand Theft Auto’ Mistakes

Sony just can’t get it right this week.

The company had to apologize earlier in the week after it allowed assets from the highly anticipated game “Grand Theft Auto V” to be leaked, resulting in major spoilers being published online.

“Regrettably, some people who downloaded the digital pre-order of Grand Theft Auto V through the PlayStation Store in Europe were able to access certain GTA V assets,” read a statement published on the PlayStation Blog. “These assets were posted online. We have since removed the digital pre-order file from the PlayStation Store in Europe. We sincerely apologize to Rockstar and GTA fans across the world who were exposed to the spoiler content.”

This did little to appease angry gamers and game maker Rockstar.

“As you can imagine, we are deeply disappointed by leaks and spoilers being spread in advance of the game’s launch. GTA V represents years of hard work by many people across the world, and we all couldn’t be more excited to finally share it with you properly this September 17th,” read a statement on Rockstar Newswire.

Then, right on the heels of all this, Sony dug itself deeper by tweeting that the game would be available on PlayStation 4, when, in fact, it will only be available on PS3 and Xbox 360. Read more

Violent Video Game a Treatment for Asperger’s?

There’s been much debate over the link between violent video games and real-life displays of aggression/depression. Next month, in fact, the Supreme Court will decide if selling certain titles to minors should be downright illegal.

Rockstar Games‘ recently released L.A. Noire — with its gritty, 1940s backdrop of corruption, drug deals, and murder — is a likely ban candidate. Though widely praised for its gaming-meets-cinema style and storyline, rave reviews don’t have much clout with the judges. But here’s something that might: At least one expert contends L.A. Noire may provide a new treatment for Asperger’s Syndrome.

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