Problem: At present there is no
[gta-online] tag, as some moderators have been actively removing it from questions when it has been used, forcing those with questions relating to this online game to use
[grand-theft-auto-v], making no distinction between the two very different games.
Obviously GTA Online is only available with a purchase and installation of Grand Theft Auto V, but shouldn't there be some way to filter these questions?
- grand-theft-auto-5 refers to the single player game starring Michael, Franklin and Trevor.
- gta-online refers to the persistent online world of GTA.
Whatever the consensus, these are essentially two different games with questions that don't relate to each other, so I believe there should be some way to separate them.
Also, seeing their obvious differences, it would make sense for the use of one tag or the other, but not both (unless the question really does relate to both games).
More information on what GTA Online is:
As this discussion has progressed it's made me aware of how people are misunderstanding what GTA Online is. The fact that it's including with Grand Theft Auto V has led to some assuming that it's directly connected with that game. Just an add-on. The multiplayer aspect of the single player game.
In reality Rockstar have done something (as far as I'm aware) unprecedented: GTA Online is actually more like an entirely separate MMO that just happens to use the same assets as GTAV. And yes, they've essentially given it away "free" with GTAV. (Although, don't be fooled, they're expected to earn $100 million directly from GTA Online alone.)
For those who haven't experienced it yet, the important thing to remember is that GTA Online is a completely separate game, designed to be tweaked, maintained and expanded by Rockstar for years to come. It is not dependent on the original game, and advice for progressing in it will be completely different to advice for progressing in Grand Theft Auto V.
One way of looking at it is this: GTA Online is to Grand Theft Auto V what The Old Republic is to Knights of the Old Republic. The only difference is that GTA Online uses the same assets and engine as GTAV, and was given away with that game.
Or as President of Rockstar North, Leslie Benzie, put it:
"Grand Theft Auto Online is a different entity, a separate thing. It's not part of GTAV. It'll grow on its own..."
They're different games.