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News for July, 2005

Sunday, July 31, 2005
GTA Garage Mod Manager
Posted by JernejL at 23:31. Category: General

The GTAGarage and are proud to announce the creation and release of the first GTAGarage program, this program will make the distribution and creation of CAR modifications easier than ever before.

The program creates CAR packages for your custom made cars complete with all data needed for installing the car and checks for the need of Dmagic1 wheel mod so that almost nothing can go wrong during installation, the program also contains many useful features which are dedicated to car modders such as manual car data installer and San Andreas col into dff merging which will be extremely helpful in the future. The program works with all 3D gta games, that are GTA3, Vice city and San andreas.

Click Here to get it.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005
ESRB Attempts to Shut Down Modding, Modding Strikes Back
Posted by illspirit at 00:45. Category: General

After recent statments from the ESRB stating they wish to see modding for all games stopped, some of us decided it would be a good idea to defend ourselves from the whole "modders are evil" myth they are perpetuating. Namely that we somehow made something so shocking and offensive with Hot Coffee that it undermines their whole rating system, even though they've rated at least a half dozen titles as M which are just as (if not more) explicit than anything in San Andreas; modded or otherwise.

Click here to read some of the letters we have sent out, or click here to read a press release type thing some of us in the community came up with.

Thursday, July 21, 2005
Modders attempt to merge GTA3 and GTAVC with San Andreas
Posted by Luke at 21:39. Category: General

The inevitable modding project for combining games from the GTA3 series into one using the San Andreas engine has taken off. A group producing a mod known as GTA:LVS aim upon merging Liberty City from GTA3, Vice City and San Andreas all into one, and then allowing the player to travel between each of these. Whilst the mod is still very much a work in progress, the first screenshots are present from Liberty City and given sufficient time the project could have the same success as GTA: Liberty City's port of GTA3 into the Vice City engine. Some members from the GTA: Liberty City team also expressed an interest in attempting to achieve a port to the San Andreas engine.

ZModeler 2 adds San Andreas DFF Support
Posted by Luke at 21:09. Category: General

An updated version of Zanoza Modeler 2 (ZMod) has been released allowing for the import and export of DFF model files in San Andreas. ZMod has consistently been one of the more popular tools used for modeling cars and buildings in all of the games in the GTA3 series but the newer version does have some limitations. Player models cannot be exported nor imported using ZMod, and light node support is not yet implemented. Support for these things should be added in the near future. One of the more limiting features however is that the tool will only import models if the software is registered.

In order to extract or import DFF files you will need an IMG file editor. The vehicle textures can also be edited using additional software such as TXD Workshop.

Discussion on car modding can be found on the boards.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005
ESRB reach a decision
Posted by adamcs at 21:26. Category: General

Take-2 have announced the conclusion of the ESRB investigation concerning the hidden sex scenes in GTA San Andreas. The rating on all platforms was changed from "Mature 17+" (M) to "Adults Only 18+."

"Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO) announced today that the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has changed the rating of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on all platforms from "Mature 17+" (M) to "Adults Only 18+" (AO) because of the so-called "hot coffee mod," an unauthorized third party modification that alters the retail version of the game. Take-Two cooperated fully with the ESRB's investigation.

Rockstar Games will be making available shortly a downloadable software patch to render Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for PC impervious to the "hot coffee" modification. Rockstar encourages parent groups and political leaders to assist with distribution of the patch to prevent the content of the modification from spreading further"

Go read it for yourself, and please, try not to laugh. This is a serious issue! Little Jimmy's future is looking brighter.

Just incase you've been living under a rock, here is a short summary of the whole fiasco.

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