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    Earlier this week, we reported that the source codes for Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto Vice City were fully reverse-engineered and made available to download as re3 and reVC respectively. However, their availability was short-lived as Take-Two Interactive, the publisher of the series, seems to have taken notice of this homebrew activity and issued a DMCA takedown, making the repository unavailable. The message below can be seen if you visit the page:

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    Take-Two's request is also publicly available and reads:

    You can read the rest of the request here.

    This takedown might put a halt to modding efforts (at least for those who did not have access to the GitHub repository before the DMCA notice) but the original modders might come with a cleaner reversed code that could be legally shared. That, however, remains to be seen.
     
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  3. Silent_Gunner

    Silent_Gunner The Edge of the Soul
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    Can't say I'm surprised. Rockstar doesn't like people modding GTA5 these days, and seems to be taking a page out of Nintendo's playbook regarding DMCA notices.
     
  4. godreborn

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    I posted this on psx place about 15 minutes ago. @Dodain47 posted this earlier today, which is how I found out about it. I'd say grab san andreas while you still can.
     
  5. raxadian

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    They may do the whole "Needs the original game to work" thing a lot of mods and hacks do.

    But it has been a few days so the code is already on the dark web.
     
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  6. Raylight

    Raylight Paranoid Temper
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    San Andreas is safe i think since its just a apk launcher. Max pain is still up so it must be safe too or they dont care
     
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  7. Noctosphere

    Noctosphere Adoptive father of Zelda
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    aw come on
    They don't even get money from it anymore
    Can't we do whatever the hell we want with games no one make profit with anymore except flea market?
     
  8. Localhorst86

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    I do wonder if this has any merit (I.e. There being "unclean" code) or if take two are just abusing dmca.
     
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    Why would anyone reverse engineer games like these with a major publisher watching them? A clean room re-implementation is safer.
     
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    i dont get why as you had to supply your own game in order to use it.

    wish i grabbed them both for the vita :(
     
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    They'll always be available if you do enough searching. I found them within 5 minutes using Google.
     
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    slaphappygamer GBAtemp Psycho!
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    Damn. Just last night, I got all 3 up and running. Good timing!

    Perhaps a trilogy boxset release will be in the future.
     
  13. Ryccardo

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    Possibly both at once: remember the original 3DS Freeshop, where the only vaguely plausible claim was with the startup logo (which isn't in the source, since it is supplied by makerom, which "curiously" never got reported)?

    On github you can only complain against a whole repo, not just the source, the wiki, or the downloads
     
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    Vice City and GTA III are both still available on PS4/PS5 and mobile, they still make money off of these games.
     
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    That also takes 9000 times as long as you get to watch all the speeds, mechanics, AI, effects and whatever else, as well as figure out asset formats and reimplement them yourself.

    Do they not sell any versions of have it for offer anywhere? All appear to be current and available on https://play.google.com/store/search?q=GTA at this point.
    Also there is the "don't compete with yourself" idea. The reason I don't have a newer version of Tetris than Tetris DS is not because all what came later handled like arse (they do but different matter) but because DS serves as a perfectly suitable version.
     
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  16. SuperDan

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    Not super surprised! Of course but I am surprised how fast it happened.. .. ... It's a shame they was planning on doing a GTA liberty City Stories & VC Stories.....
     
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    Sad. I was looking forward to playing GTA 3/VC/SA/LCS/VCS on my Switch.
     
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    Can't it be accessed through WayBack (archive.org)?
     
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    XDel Author of Alien Breed: Projekt Odamex
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    MINE MINE MINE
     
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    took longer than I expected honestly
     
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    cats out of the bag now, its already in the wild.
     
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