It’s A Pile-On! Beleaguered Mobile Device Weaponized in GTA V

I’m not much of a video game enthusiast these days, but boy did I hack on some GoldenEye 007 and Madden NFL Football in days of youth. And I do know enough to know that Grand Theft Auto III is the greatest video game ever created. Sure, GTA IV and V improved on III’s graphics, gameplay, and storytelling, but III really paved the way for the modern “open world” video game. It’s the Citizen Kane of video games, except it’s actually good.

If you’re a regular reader of this blog (hi Mom!), or if you follow the news even a little bit, you’ve likely heard of Samsung’s ongoing troubles with their Galaxy Note 7 devices. (I refuse to use the $#!tty portmanteau that the industry is attempting to make a thing to describe these half-phone/half-tablet gizmos.) If you’re somehow unfamiliar, and can’t be bothered to at least skim those two previous posts, here’re the Cliffs Notes: the batteries in Note 7s are outta whack, causing some of them to catch fire and/or explode whilst charging; every Note 7 device has been recalled; huge blow to Samsung’s bottom line.

Now, because this is America in 2016, someone has brought the two preceding paragraphs together. A crafty game has created a hack for Grand Theft Auto V that lets players use Galaxy Note 7s as weapons in the game. (Click here for a tutorial on weaponizing smartphones for your GTA avatar.)

Can't imagine why Samsung would want to distance themselves from a game like this...?

Can’t imagine why Samsung would want to distance themselves from a game like this…?

Video Or It Didn’t Happen

Again, because this is America in 2016, the video game hack was quickly turned into a popular YouTube video. (At least one; there’s probably about 5,000 of them by now.) Samsung tried to block the video and have it removed, on the grounds of copyright infringement. YouTube did briefly acquiesce, but then apparently thought about it, realized that Samsung’s claim was bogus and unenforceable, and unblocked the video.

A picture’s worth a thousand words. A two minute, forty-two second video like the one below is worth about three million. Sorry you can’t catch a break these days, Samsung, but this is funny as heck. Dig:

Photo credit: THE SMADE JOURNAL via / CC BY-NC
Video credit: Modded Games via YouTube

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