'Grand Theft Auto 5 PC': Gamers vent heat at Rockstar for banning single player mods

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Rockstar Games had officially released the highly anticipated "Grand Theft Auto 5" for PC on April 14 globally and "GTA" fans are now enjoying  the digital PC edition of the popular video game series. However, players have been complaining on the sub-reddit for "GTA V" on PC, claiming that they have been banned in "GTA" Online for using mods.

The "Grand Theft Auto" franchise has always had a robust mod community, which is why a whole lot of players have been coming up with modifications after Rockstar launched the title's PC version. However, there have been reports of cheaters taking advantage of weaknesses in the system and making it difficult for players who play the game honestly. For instance, some cheaters use the god mode, money shooting guns, flying off with a car, low gravity, etc., in multiplayer clashes with other players, giving them an advantage over players who are not cheating.

Rockstar has acted swiftly by handing out bans for players who use exploits, trainers and cheats, with the ban being extended to both single players and multiplayer modes. However, since most of the bans are automated, entirely legitimate players are also being banned for harmless mods, irrespective of whether it is purely cosmetic in nature or gives them an unfair advantage over other players.

A number of negative reviews for "Grand Theft Auto V" can be seen on the game's official listing on Steam, with players complaining of being banned for using mods on "GTA" Online, or while playing the single player mode. Following the complaints, Rockstar is expected to stop banning players for using simple graphical mods during single player mode.

Rockstar has hinted that it is developing a sixth installment to the series and earlier media reports had suggested that "Grand Theft Auto 6" would be available for consoles in the next year for the Xbox One, Playstation 4 and the Windows PC, followed by its mobile application versions.

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