People aren’t very happy with Grand Theft Auto publisher Take-Two right now – and they’re making their views known by way of GTA’s steam page.

After submitting cease and desist letter to the head of OpenIV, “software that lets you get into the game’s files and replace vehicles, scripts, textures, etc“, the community rallied behind the mod squad by leaving so many “overwhelming negative” Steam reviews (thanks, Eurogamer), one of the world’s most successful and critically acclaimed titles now has a “Mixed” rating.

The issue stems from Take-Two’s reluctance to permit modding in the GTA Online, Grand Theft’s online, multiplayer experience. In a statement, it said OpenIV “enables recent malicious mods that allow harassment of players and interfere with the GTA Online experience for everybody.” The community seemingly disagree, though, and in response, jumped onto the review page and set up an online petition.

Currently, Steam’s “most helpful” GTA 5 review just says “On behalf of the OpenIV team, ♥♥♥♥ you”, and links to the online petition. Another gives the single-finger salute.

We’d love to know what you think of the situation, and what side of the debate you fall on. Is Take-Two right to protect the online game for the benefit of all players, or should modders be able to do their thing?

Short. Sweary. Sarky. Streamer. Spartan. Story-driven games make me happiest. Spectacularly bad at shooters, but loves them. Screams a lot playing horror games, but loves those, too.

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