GTA IV available on torrent sites

llegal copies of the new GTA IV game appear to be available for download from bit torrent file-sharing sites, six days before the game is officially released.

According to the games website Kotaku, the first ripped files were found online at lunchtime today. The files in question are supposedly an illegal copy of the Xbox 360 version of the game, and have been seeded across various torrent sites by a group calling themselves iCON.

At the moment, the rip is only compatible with the PAL television format, which means people in Europe, Australia, Japan and parts of Asia can download and play the file. Game fans in the US and other countries that use the NTSC format are expected to be able to download a ripped version for their region from the internet within the next 48 hours.

Grand Theft Auto IV, which gets its official global release on April 29, is expected to sell around six million copies in its first week on sell, earning the game's publisher, Rockstar Games, about £200 million.

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...and? How does this differ from any other highly anticipated Game (console & PC)

This happens with MOST games.

wow talk about missing the boat this is about 2 days old , and both NTSC and Pal are out talk about being totally wrong

wow. i've always resisted before but:

WHY IS THIS NEWS?

shall we now list the availability of all pirated software on Neowin's front page?

today the following is available on torrent sites:
TUROK - PC GAME
TOM CLANCYS RAINBOW 6 - PC GAME
etc,etc


Seriously, this needs to either be reworded or removed, it reads like you are trying to educate the masses on downloading pirated warez. What's next, How To's on downloading, unpacking and installing the crack?

Neowin is becoming more confusing by the day, it's turning into the land of double standards and bizarre rules.

(ZombieFly said @ #3)
wow. i've always resisted before but:

WHY IS THIS NEWS?

shall we now list the availability of all pirated software on Neowin's front page?

today the following is available on torrent sites:
TUROK - PC GAME
TOM CLANCYS RAINBOW 6 - PC GAME
etc,etc


Seriously, this needs to either be reworded or removed, it reads like you are trying to educate the masses on downloading pirated warez. What's next, How To's on downloading, unpacking and installing the crack?

Neowin is becoming more confusing by the day, it's turning into the land of double standards and bizarre rules.

Ditto. It's quite sad to see the news sections going down the drain, since a few months back.

I play very few games, but personally I think GTA4 is one of those games that, even if I'd see it available through any warez means, I'd still go out and buy it because, y'know, it's [i]worth/i] it.

When's the PC version due out anyway? End of the year? Q1 09?

(_dandy_ said @ #4)
I play very few games, but personally I think GTA4 is one of those games that, even if I'd see it available through any warez means, I'd still go out and buy it because, y'know, it's [i]worth/i] it.

When's the PC version due out anyway? End of the year? Q1 09?

lets hope there is a PC version in the first place

(abulfares said @ #4.1)

lets hope there is a PC version in the first place :/

I've never seen any indication that it wouldn't be the case.

I'm not one to usually bitch about what gets posted, but I do have to somewhat agree with what's being said here. Many people can't even discuss piracy without some sort of moderation taking place. Many people wouldn't even know that this was available on pirate sites if it wasn't posted or copy/pasted 'round the web, myself included.

Honestly, it's one thing when you post about groups trying to take down pirate websites, but when you post a flyer saying,"Hey everyone! Look what's available through pirate websites!!", you are not setting any kind of example for the rules you wish to be followed.

The following just makes it worse:

At the moment, the rip is only compatible with the PAL television format, which means people in Europe, Australia, Japan and parts of Asia can download and play the file. Game fans in the US and other countries that use the NTSC format are expected to be able to download a ripped version for their region from the internet within the next 48 hours.

Thats what im saying. This is just silly and stupid. We all get warnings ( even my post just a couple replies up got erased, though u can see what i said due to the qouters) if we even said we once downloaded and watched something. We dont even have to say we downloaded it. I got my warning due to talking about the futurama movie, and all i said was ," i saw it, was a great movie, go buy it." i said that before it was out, and i got a 20% warning. I didnt even mention downloading it, it was just assumed. Now this gets posted on front page gaming news, blatanly saying its out and basically where to look, and its not removed or nothing?
Really, if your going to police the forums, give warnings for this sort of thing, then please, FOLLOW UR OWN RULES! we dont need anything like do as i say, not as i do. We all know thats not what keeps things nice.
If piracy talk is basically illegal, then this post needs to be deleted and removed. If not, yall have a ton of warnings you should revoke due to this hipocracy.

Yeah, this doesn't make sense. People get warnings for talking about piracy/pirated games, and here we have news regarding that subject... can someone explain?

its been on the site long enough. take this down already. if not, are we able to now post and talk about torrents openly????? thats the message im getting from this.

This is ridiculous. Neowin is banning/warning/restricting people after mentioning Warez/Torrents in the Gamers Hangout, but it's OK for staff to post news about Warez/Torrents?

I don't known what is worst :

-to say about the availability of some illegal material.

or

-to say it and don't give us a damn link.

:-P

That piece of news came directly from the Telegraph, plus most people are aware of illegal downloading anyways. Its credible news IMO.

I am shocked at how quickly people are able to pirate this sort of thing.

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