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GameFly Employees Early Dipping Into GTA?

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Seems pirates, hackers and critics weren’t the only ones to get their greasy paws on Grand Theft Auto IV a little early.

This came to us from a rather pissed-off listener, MinusFahrenheit, today. He, like the rest of us, waited with fingers tap-tap-tapping for GTA IV’s release. However, being like many of us (ie: “broke”) he couldn’t afford the steep $60 pricetag to own the game himself.

So he rented it, in advance, from GameFly so he could get it upon release.

And he may have uncovered why so many people were seen to be playing GTA IV on Xbox Live before the game’s official drop. And possibly where those illicit pirated copies that circulated torrent sites last week originated.

Despite the fact the game was shipped to him Monday (a full 24 hours before retail release), when he got it in the mail today, it had obviously been played. And not just played… played a lot!

And by someone with the care and grace of a chimp on coke. Or the kind of person who would copy a game and leak it to torrent sites.

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