Download an illegal copy of GTA IV!

Words, photos: Mikel Reparaz
 Joe McNeilly

Information wants to be free, everyone should be able to play the most popular games, and a bunch of other inane platitudes generally used to rationalize software piracy. Whatever. All we know is, Grand Theft Auto IV is the biggest game of 2008. And what happens to the first person to make the biggest game of 2008 available for anyone to download? That's right, they win the internet. And here at GamesRadar, we're VERY serious about winning the internet.

It all started when we received an advance copy of the game this morning:


Above: Senior Editor Joe McNeilly gasps in childlike amazement at the game he gets to play before everyone else.

See? It even came with a huge fold-out map and everything. Awesome.

Hmmm. But what of the possibilities? A pre-release copy could be worth millions. Can we really be trusted with such staggering responsibility?

No! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
Not pictured: Ha ha ha ha ha.

Step 1: Insert blank media into machine that makes the copies.

Step 2: Insert original disc into the "drive tray." Resist the urge to copy the awesome picture, and put it in shiny side down. That's where all the data is, you know.

Step 3: Make like 500 copies of this year's hottest game! Ha ha! Rockstar'll never know what hit 'em!

Step 4: Huh. That may not have gone exactly as planned.


Step 6: Oh, right. Duh.

Step 7: Success! The disc should fit just fine now. Remember to put it in the other way, though, or else your 360 won't be able to see all those datas.


Of course, we're going to share the good fortune. To download your VERY OWN COPY OF GTA IV, just click the image below! Ask your parents to help you cut it out.


DISCLAIMER: Do not actually attempt this. GamesRadar does not advocate piracy, and is not responsible for any damage you may cause your consoles by inserting a piece of paper into the drive door like some kind of moron.

Apr 26, 2008

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  • AuthorityFigure - May 28, 2012 1:47 a.m.

    My xBox is cardboard, not paper - so this won't work.
  • kyson-jordan-khalifa - October 1, 2011 11:11 p.m.

    Senior Editer??? Of R* thats a really low bar now huh???? Well here to let you know I WOULD take your sarcastic advice and cute the picture out but i've been stealing GTA games and add ons from psn and psn hasnt even cared about it. You guys must suck that bad. Oh and so has the other 1000 friends on my facebook plus the extra 500 people ive toldat school. and the 20 plus people i work with. sooo all together thats around what 2,600 people.... and 2,600x60.00= thats $156,000.00 you missed out on. You loose i win! POWER TO THE PLAYERS
  • metroid2099400 - December 13, 2010 4:51 a.m.

    I love this site so very much. I just stumbled upon this, and I'd love to try it, if I didn't already own the game. =P
  • prebenNO - June 11, 2010 7:43 p.m.

    fuck,the 360 has broke down,you gonne hear from my loyer,and i dident read: DISCLAIMER: Do not actually attempt this. GamesRadar does not advocate piracy, and is not responsible for any damage you may cause your consoles by inserting a piece of paper into the drive door like some kind of moron. In your face x'D
  • swi0001 - June 9, 2010 10:07 a.m.

    hmm i've got a dumb computer that doesn't have a disk holdre it's a tiny fucking laptop!
  • harrygjaltema - April 7, 2010 12:17 p.m.

    lol its fake xd
  • Wizrai - October 26, 2008 2:58 a.m.

    It works!
  • DARK_SIDE - September 22, 2008 3:58 a.m.

    This is great if only you could do the same for consoles
  • DARK_SIDE - September 22, 2008 3:53 a.m.

    Cool but does it really work or will you end up with a fire, only one way to tell. Don't worry about me i've got a fire extinguisher LOL.
  • shyamthebest - May 23, 2009 7:44 a.m.

    and is this for xbox. i wnt it for my system.
  • Jalmino - March 21, 2009 5:44 p.m.

    Throwing your disc into a photo-copier isn't the best of ideas either....Laser damage is a bitch, my cousin tried to copy GTA SA when it came out on ps2 using a photo-copier......He never played his disc again because the laser in the photo-copier damaged the data on the disc lol..He wasn't happy
  • blammm - March 11, 2009 10:21 a.m.

    u should change the size of it
  • muz469 - January 2, 2009 3:03 p.m.

    uhhh yea like im to scared there might be a fire but also wat size should i do it cuz its to big to fit in it plz reply
  • bugmenot - December 24, 2008 6:50 a.m.

    how to download
  • bugmenot - August 6, 2009 7:58 a.m.

    I can't believe you actually think this'll work.
  • shyamthebest - May 23, 2009 7:41 a.m.

    hey this is cool man. but what size should we print the image and should we just keep the cutted image in the cd drive or shuld we stick it to an cd and insert system is an new one and i dont wnt to burn the dvd drive. plz replyyyyyyyyy or mail to
  • cybershaman60 - May 1, 2009 3:19 p.m.

    this copy doesnt work with vista :( will re-install XP to play it