Another Fake GTA4 Screen Surfaces

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By Chris | 22nd Jun 2006 at 18:45 GMT in GTA IV | 24 Comments
Yesterday afternoon I received an email which was being circulated to many other people, purportedly from a "disgruntled ex-employee of Rockstar", which had an image attached, supposedly being a picture taken with a digital camera of GTA4 being played on a TV screen. It's an obvious fake, this has actually been confirmed by Rockstar themselves. I didn't post about this yesterday because I didn't think so many people would get so fired up by it. I casually added it to our Fake Screens page and left it, but since it even managed to make the front page of Digg and also appeared on respected gaming sites such as Eurogamer I thought I may as well post it too...

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This "ex-employee" doesn't have a name so there's nobody to give credit to, but if you have made any fan art or indeed any fake screenshots then be sure to email them to me, I'll put them up on the relevant pages.
This also goes for Vice City Stories, I added one fake screenshot today, you can see that on the VCS Fake Screens page.

UPDATE: I decided to investigate the origin of this email a little more, after seeing the IP address it came from, then peforming a WHOIS lookup on the IP, I found that the reverse DNS pointed to mail.imagine-publishing.co.uk. This is interesting because imagine-publishing.co.uk do publish gaming magazines including PowerStation, 360, X360, Games tm, Play, Retro gamer, and many others including Photoshop and web design magazines. My guess is that one of the team must have got bored during a lunch break while sipping his hot coffee and put together this screen...
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888ball's photo
888ball 22nd June, 2006 @ 18:48 - Permalink
Heh, i got that too.
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tommy vercetti guy 22nd June, 2006 @ 20:02 - Permalink
thats as real as Micheal Jackson's nose
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Chris 22nd June, 2006 @ 21:13 - Permalink
Yeah for some reason the guy sent it to ALL our staff members, plus a bunch of other random people, and a couple of other webmasters.
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chris82 22nd June, 2006 @ 22:16 - Permalink
Let's count the reasons why this fake screen is possibly worse than the first one:

1) Messy HUD
2) 3D Radar (Even if Rockstar did do this, it would be more detailed and all-around better looking
3) Playing as a woman (Highly unlikely, considering that in every other game you played as a male, and Rockstar is smart enough to keep this moneymaking formula.
4) Not enough peds on screen
5) Driv3rish crappy graphics
6) Not enough detail on cars
7) Peds are all wearing recent-looking clothes, while all the cars look pre-80s.

If you're going to build up hype for GTA, put more effort into it.
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tommy vercetti guy 22nd June, 2006 @ 22:35 - Permalink
Also, theres weird numbers and letters on the top left hand corner
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mvi 22nd June, 2006 @ 23:00 - Permalink
That's supposed to be developer data. Lots of dev screens have that displaying values of important data like location.
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Chris 22nd June, 2006 @ 23:23 - Permalink
News updated. I managed to find that the screen came from a magazine publisher in the UK. Lol...
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Steven 23rd June, 2006 @ 02:28 - Permalink
lol.

Its obviously fake. Not very much effort put in to it.
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888ball 23rd June, 2006 @ 16:26 - Permalink
Whats with the bowl of cereal anyway?
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Slayer 23rd June, 2006 @ 20:09 - Permalink

Whats with the bowl of cereal anyway?


That was supposed to be "a 3D radar". Crappy job, it looks like a bowl of fruit to me. :rofl2:
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YoungFools 24th June, 2006 @ 22:21 - Permalink
Also, there is a dog pissing up the wall :P no way would GTA have pets... and look at the cartoon graphics... cant you remember that screen of Barcelona that rockstar made? that is what the next gta will look like.
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C.O.D 25th June, 2006 @ 10:56 - Permalink
LOL! Yeah, I first thought it was a bowl of bread with milk.
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Spaz The Great 25th June, 2006 @ 20:25 - Permalink

Yeah for some reason the guy sent it to ALL our staff members, plus a bunch of other random people, and a couple of other webmasters.


This explains why I got it....

I posted it around I think..... Maybe? Oh well. Perhaps I forgot.

That was supposed to be "a 3D radar". Crappy job, it looks like a bowl of fruit to me. :rofl2:


I thought it was a round thing with Jello sitting on it. Not until someone SAID it was a map did I know it was one.
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matt21will 26th June, 2006 @ 03:14 - Permalink
Those screens are terrible!! Surely Rockstar wont just re-hash the GTA3 mould ie; third person,blip-radar,health bar ect..... im hoping for a real leap with the next gen incarnation.From top down pixels to 3D polygon every generation has evolved....although GT3 still had a top down view.And GTA2 on the dreamcast :s I want GT4 to replace everygame in my game collection,i hope it will utilise every genre and blow them all away.like san andreas did
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Artur 26th June, 2006 @ 04:36 - Permalink

Whats with the bowl of cereal anyway?


LOL. The first time I saw the screen up close I could tell it was a radar but when I was looking at the picture in this thread it look so much like a bowl of cereal I thought how did that get here. The screen looks really weird and horrible, although I can't wait until R* release the first screens of GTA4. :D
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tommy vercetti guy 27th June, 2006 @ 01:19 - Permalink
Really?
At first I thought it was one of those old charcoal BBG grills, but when I read chris82's response, I looked more careful and then found out it was a radar, lol, oops. I wondered where the radar went.
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Gerard 27th June, 2006 @ 19:34 - Permalink
That's exactly what I'm hoping for. Not just the-same-but-a-bit-better, but everything actually being new, with the same taste and basic gameplay of the previous versions.

Games that have been almost identical:
GTA3, Vice City, San Andreas, Liberty City Stories, Vice City Stories = 5

Hopefully not a San Andreas Stories coming soon, I doubt the PSP would handle that (even though the same PS2 that GTA3 was on was made to handle SA).
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Slayer 27th June, 2006 @ 21:09 - Permalink

That's exactly what I'm hoping for. Not just the-same-but-a-bit-better, but everything actually being new, with the same taste and basic gameplay of the previous versions.


Hm, dunno if it's a good idea to have 3D instead of 2D radar. It looks rather...confusing. :blink:
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tommy vercetti guy 27th June, 2006 @ 21:17 - Permalink
Imagine driving through downtown and all of the tall skyscrapers are on the radar...

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evabin2libertycity? 28th June, 2006 @ 04:11 - Permalink
this is a very sad pathetic non-convincing pic. wen i first saw the radar i too thot it was a bowl. i thot the buildings where sticks of cheese. i thot the purple thing was jello. and the brown thing was rather a carrot or a chicken leg. and the black thing was a basket ball hoop..........? this is a cartoon pic. the only cartoon pics of gta are the box clip-art. i looked at this pic for like ever and saw that the people are sims. look at the way the girl is walking. there is just absolutely nothing convincing me and probably everyone els that this picture is from gta 4. nothing
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Slavik Von Stockholm 29th June, 2006 @ 01:09 - Permalink
I myself can only spot an error in the developer code thing at the top right corner, which is somewhat cut off on the TV. Otherwise, I can't see the "obvious" fakeness in the shot. All games in developement, especially one like GTA4 which hasn't had any true released screen shots or even artwork to compare, end up looking much different in their finished state than in their development time, so the light cartoony look is sorta explained. The dog and the pedestrians look somewhat retarded, but again, development. All GTA games usually use the same car set, with a few mild changes, so the appearance of older cars isn't exactly a big deal, even moreso if you're near a ghetto area.

While I highly doubt it's real, I wouldn't rightly have dismissed it so early if the entire GTA community wasn't bashing it one at a time for a small detail each.

Also, I could easily label the 3D radar and, with a bit a tweaking, could actually be a neat addition. Just have it that tall buildings "fade out" when they'd get in your way, and make it optional so older fans won't be totally alienated.
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Turismo 5th July, 2006 @ 16:21 - Permalink
For some reason it looks like that new game that I read about in a xbox magazine.
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Avenger 10th July, 2006 @ 22:54 - Permalink

Whats with the bowl of cereal anyway?

Thats what i thought at first also. :D
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Andrew17 24th July, 2006 @ 15:12 - Permalink
well lets see the radar loks fake and whats up with those weird numbers on top??

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