The #ThanksCargobob Snapmatic Photo Contest

Posted 14 hours, 40 minutes ago | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Games, Social Club


A big shout out to KidneyTheft, redditor halfpastbored and Kivlov- for their epic Cargobob snaps seen above.

We’ve seen all manner of hijinks being pulled off with the trusty help of the Cargobob military helicopter. Motorboating inside of Fort Zancudo, HVY dump trucks precariously perched atop the Maze Bank Tower – and many other clever ‘how’d that get there??’ Snapmatic moments…

Now’s your chance to put your hook-drag-and-drop skills (and photographic prowess) to the test. Your mission: pick something up with the Cargobob; drop it where it absolutely doesn’t belong; snap the most creative, impressive, beauteous or amusing Snapmatic photo of it that you can.

Whatever load you fancy, we want to see your best Cargobob drop photos.

From now through end of day Monday, April 28th, capture your wildest and most unique Cargobob drop offs and tag them with #ThanksCargobob on Snapmatic. Don't be afraid to think outside the box - strange drops are encouraged. Our five favorite Snapmatic shots will be featured here at the Rockstar Newswire and the winning photographers will receive GTA$1M and a deluxe Rockstar Prize Pack including GTAV tees and hoodies, a Los Santos trucker cap, a GTAV Gold Bar USB Drive, official stickers and an iFruit phone case.

To enter, Social Club members can upload photos from the in-game iFruit phone to the Snapmatic page at socialclub.rockstargames.com/gtav/snapmatic. When logged in at the Snapmatic page, you can go to "My Photos" to find your photo and add the hashtag #ThanksCargobob to automatically have it considered for entry. We advise that you check that your contact email information is up to date in your Social Club account settings and encourage you to link your Facebook and/or Twitter accounts to your Social Club profile so that we can easily contact you to send prizes should your picture be chosen.

Contest is void in certain countries and where prohibited. See www.rockstargames.com/socialclub/events for official rules and eligibility rules.

Previously:
The #LSCarShow Snapmatic Photo Contest

GTAV Fan Pics: Innovative Photography Projects, Adventures of the r/GTAA Subreddit & More

Posted 5 days, 19 hours ago | Author: R* X | Filed Under: Games

In this week’s round up of awesome fan pics and Snapmatic wizardry, check out some truly inventive GTAV photography projects, as well as the continuing photoshoot adventures of the prolific r/GTAA (GTA Adventures) subreddit.

As always, if you've got something great that you think deserves recognition here at the Newswire, make sure to send it our way via Mouthoff and follow us at instagram.com/rockstargames for all the latest official pics.


Crossroads of Reality is an innovative GTAV photography project by Quebec artist Benoit Paillé (who also made that hypnotic 'Hyper Timelapse' video recently featured here at the Newswire), blurring the line between real world still life photography and the virtual atmosphere of Los Santos. In the words of Paillé, "The photographic performance of this project is to overlay a material reality with a virtual one, erasing the border between the two worlds. It is a response to the proliferation of visual projects that take place in virtual spaces. It is a questioning about the notion of border and territory. A mix of two distinct realities into a single image. I want to show that we can use a virtual space in conceptual photography and approach these areas with the same sensitivity as the physical space." Very cool stuff and the results, as you can see above, are stunning. To learn more about his process, check out full digital installation at Behance and watch the documentary on Vimeo.


Also making innovations with GTAV photography is blogger and artist, Stoic Decay who stitched together Snapmatic photos to create these striking panoramas with a fish eye lens effect. Click the images above to appreciate them in high-res.


And now check out just a few of the incredible photoshoot productions of the r/GTAA (GTA Adventures) subreddit (aka the GTAAdventures Crew on Social Club), who've been challenging each other to recreate some of their favorite scenes from movies, TV shows, album covers and more. Here, they epically stage the final scene from Gone in 60 Seconds (2000) and posted to Reddit an impressive frame-by-frame comparison.


Recently featured at Kotaku and jokingly dubbed Park Side of the Moon by commenter LiteralPhilosopher, P1zzaBagels from r/gtaa takes car art to another dimension in honor of Pink Floyd.


Even the Little Miss Sunshine poster gets the GTA Online photoshoot treatment. GTAA redditor, Kyle_Skinner was kind enough to share some of the fun behind the scenes moments from the making of this well-synched shot.



Lightning struck at least twice here as both lemurdecatta of the Vice City Crime Mob and r/GTAA's Kyle Skinner suited up to take on a Tarantino classic. The redditors even played out the tip scene in the comments as a bonus. 


We've seen a few well-played recreations of the iconic Beatles' Abbey Road album cover - above is a great version shared on Instagram by  mrrauf_98 aka VelievRauf of the Lastalay Crew - and also check out Decimation_Jones' modern take and P1zzaBagels' accurate depiction.

 

Previously:
GTA Online Homages to Classic Movie Scenes, Fratuzzi's "Humans of Los Santos" Series, Epic Panoramas and More
Radiopappa’s GTAV Bullworth Alternate Universe, Plus Spirit Animals, GTA Online Comic Strips, Helpful Maps and More
The GTAV Art of Morgenty and Saskia, Stunning B&W Landscapes from Dead End Thrills and More 
 

GTA Online Rockstar Verified Jobs Update: The Roads Less Traveled

Posted 6 days, 15 hours ago | Author: R* K | Filed Under: Games, Social Club

In the latest round of Rockstar Verified commendations, we've highlighted some Jobs that either break new ground or approach some of GTA Online's beaten paths from a fresh perspective - among them the first Verified Air Race, the latest take on high speed highway jumping and a reminder that the light at the end of the tunnel just might be an oncoming train.

Check out all the details on these new Verified Jobs below, and stay tuned for the next batch to be announced soon including the very first Verified Capture Jobs selected from our #CaptureWeekend submissions which we're currently playing through for consideration.

 

Final Destination - Created by TonyResta
Congrats to TonyResta for creating the first ever Air Race to be Rockstar Verified. It is certainly no easy task to make an Air Race that is challenging but not impossible, or one that uses the skyscape of Los Santos in such a dynamic and interesting way. The Leader of the four-strong Italian Connection has done just that with this race that features plenty of opportunities to showcase your flying skills as you're directed under the bridges of the Los Santos storm drain.

2 Mile Lap Divided - Created by Family1974
With 43 Jobs published, FAMILY1974 is already a grizzled veteran of the GTA Online Creator tool. Practice has paid off with this riotus Land Race that maximizes the chance of head on collisions (much like the previously Verified 4 Way Madness). In fact, in this one it's practically unavoidable, so buckle up... The starting grid is split by the central reservation of a highway, dividing the cars in half all the way down the long straight. At the end the carnage begins, as there's a hairpin turn that sees each half of the grid forced to face each other head on, at high speed. Our advice? Go hard or go home.

 

Alleyways - Created by omgsamurai
Creators Link Crew member omgsamurai is also no slouch when it comes to the Creator with 30 published Jobs to their name. All in all, this Japanese Crew of nearly 500 have amassed almost 3,300 creations, and omgsamurai's "Alleyways" is the first to earn a Verified nod. In this motorbike race you'll have white knuckles clinging to the handlebars all the way through the tight and twisting alleyways of Morningwood. Describing this one as challenging might be an understatement - moto pros only need apply.

Break out the Brakes - Created by IckyDoodyPoopoo
Wearing a two-striped Crew Tag that indicates membership in a Social Club Founder Crew (in this case the GTA Racers), the offbeat-named IckyDoodyPoopoo is responsible for this short but challenging Land Race that features "grand prix style turns". Break Out The Brakes was selected for Rockstar Verification thanks to its clever use of props to carve a new path in the Downtown Los Santos area of the map that has been well worn by other Job Creators.

 

Riding the Tracks - Created by Ben.Stock96
11 miles of pure, unadulterated tension await in the longest Race we've ever Verified. Running along the entire length of the railway line, this thrilling Race travels against the grain into oncoming locomotive traffic, so at at any moment you may find yourself staring into the lights of the express from Blaine County Train Depot on its way to Downtown Los Santos.

Simply Sanchez - Created by Refuso
A daring and original Race for off-roaders and dirt bikes, through the Vinewood Hills. We are impressed by the use of certain off-road sections that have rarely been used or seen in Races before, with some exhilarating jumps over the rolling landscape for extra thrills. Race Creator Refuso has been kind enough to share some tips in the Job description: "You should slow down at the big orange juice stand so you don't overshoot the turn on to the mountain ridge. Make sure you line up properly for the finish." Take heed.

 

The Dirty Maze - Created by dannyar21
The Dirty Maze is a point-to-point Land Race for dirt bikes that spirals down into the center of the Davis Quartz quarry. Like the best off-road bike tracks, this one is full of tight turns and bumpy terrain. There's been surprisingly few Jobs created around this area despite the pre-made track and the dynamic changes in elevation, so we're glad that dannyar21 has taken advantage of an underappreciated spot on the map.

White Cars Can't Jump - Created by Therealxstacide
With White Cars Can't Jump, Creator Therealxstacide has nailed the art of the highway jumping race that was popularized in Races like Jumps Jumps Jumps. The format here is similar - evenly spaced Jumps along the Great Ocean Highway - but the placement of train carriages to jump through makes for added element of danger. You either smoke or you get smoked.

 

Little Seoul Park - Created by Phipparama
Phipparama gives a whole new meaning to "recreation area" in this Team Deathmatch at the communal park in Little Seoul. Send the skaters and b-ballers running for cover with a host of incendiaries including RPGs, Grenades and carefully placed Gas Cylinders. This is a great Job for small sides - 3v3 or 4v4 is our recommendation - and yet another Created Job in an area thus far seemingly overlooked by GTA Online Job Creators.

Area 53 - Created by giuli0207
Another fun Team Deathmatch for small sides in an unusual and underappreciated location, this time at the "alternative" art installation on the outskirts of Sandy Shores. Creator giuli0207 gives a narrative context to this close encounter in the Job description: "Someone has proof that an UFO crashed in Sandy Shores next to Omega's cabin. And now the FIB and LSPD fight against the military because both sides want to get the case. To get some extra cash from the government."

 

Please note that in addition to occasionally changing Job names due to taste, copyright or other reasons - we also from time to time will make other small edits to players' Jobs before making them Rockstar Verified. This includes, but is not limited to modifying spawn points, improving checkpoints or increasing/decreasing the amount of weapon picks ups for a particular Job. Once Jobs are Rockstar Verified, they become available for play across both platforms, so whether you're on Xbox 360 or PS3, you'll have all these newly Verified creations available in your next Freemode session (you can also bookmark them at the Social Club for easy access in your next session).
 
Go ahead and post your Job below in the comments (only once, please don't spam) with a punchy explanation of why it's worth checking out. We're always looking for new player-created Jobs to add to the Rockstar Verified program and the best way to get noticed is to have a solid Race or Deathmatch that's been thoroughly tested by the community and refined into the most fun and fair experience it can be.

 

Previously:
GTA Online Rockstar Verified Jobs Update: 10 New Additions by Power Users & Collaborative Crews

Crew Noticeboard: Flight Pilots, The Highland Rebels, Unusual Fellas and Others Now Recruiting

Posted 6 days, 18 hours ago | Author: R* K | Filed Under: Games, Social Club

The Crew Noticeboard is our featured column of Crews actively seeking members to join their ranks where we publish your recruitment pitches in your own words.

Previously featured squads like The Mojo Jojo Crew have seen their legions swell to nearly 1,000 members and in this week's edition, Crews looking to follow suit include a group of bilingual aviators, some ethereal beings looking to level up in Los Santos and a collective of unusual gents who are determined to stand out in a crowd.


Hit the jump to read this week's edition of the Noticeboard.

GTA Fan Vids: GTAV "Hyper Timelapse", NO "There's a Glow" Music Vid, "The BMX Flow" Stunts & More

Posted 1 week, 2 days ago | Author: R* Y | Filed Under:

In this week's round of fantastic GTAV-based video creations, we see a talented multimedia artist from Quebec and a Los Angeles-based rock band using the virtual landscape of Los Santos to go on location and create some inspired creative works. We also have a video tour of an amazing recreation of the De Santa residence, constructed block by block in Minecraft – and a tried and true group of world class stunters combining their powers to create quite a public spectacle over the aerial landmarks of LS...

 

A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE

HYPER TIMELAPSE GTAV ( CROSSROAD OF REALITIES ) from Benoit Paillé

Canadian artist Benoit Paillé has been making some noise for his stunning digital installation juxtaposing in-game GTAV scenery with still-life photographic elements entitled “Crossroad of Realities”.

The video above, “Hyper Timelapse GTAV”, is part of that collection and is a really unique and artful take on the in-game time-lapse concept set to a frenetic jazzy score perfectly capturing the hustle and bustle of Los Santos as well as Blaine County.


Also Check Out:
CROSSROAD OF REALITIES / BENOIT PAILLÉ - GTAV project from Lapoudrerie

 

ORIGINAL MUSIC VIDEO SHOT (ALMOST) ENTIRELY IN GTA ONLINE

NO | There's A Glow by Machinima

The L.A. band NO has shot their latest official music video for the track “There’s a Glow” ‘on location’ on the streets of Los Santos using a taste of the limitless action of GTA Online to melodramatic effect. Reminiscent of both the GTAIV Xbox 360 trailer of Niko Bellic's walk through Liberty City, and classic live-action music videos like Verve's "Bittersweet Symphony" and Xzibit's "What You See Is What You Get", a GTA Online version of lead singer Bradley Hanan Carter makes his way through the city streets seemingly disaffected by aggressive fellow pedestricans, chaotic explosions, gunfire, near misses with curb-checking emergency vehicles and helicopters crashing down all around him. The video concept itself was put together by director/editor Johnny Agnew, produced by Leighton Dyer and has a humorous twist of an ending, so definitely stick around for the final bit.

Also Check Out:
GTA Online: Bittersweet Symphony: The Verve: (GTA5) by Stifler-013

 

STATE OF THE UNION

GTA 5 Stunt Montage | Nomad Union - V by RedKeyMon

Recently featured on Kotaku, the gtastunting.net boys of Nomad Union are back with their Vth installment, starring some familiar faces from the stunting scene like BenBuja, DarkStar, Daffy, KillaMarci, MxZz, Rainbow, Slayer, TaZ and Turtle Dick, who kicks things off near the start with a seriously vert backflip onto a power-line that's later followed up by an awe-inspiring launch to a lighthouse roof. The always flashy Daffy obliges a 1-2-3 triple flip that has to be seen to be believed and Slayer sticks a perfect pinpoint landing near the Del Perro Pier Ferris Wheel. Daredevil action aficionados, dig in.

Also Check Out:
Freezy Stunts 1 - GTA 5 Stunt Montage by Super Freez

 

OFF THE RAILS

GTA 5 - "The BMX Flow" [Insane BMX Stunts!] by ErasableNinja

BMX bad boy ErasableNinja had caught our eye in the past for a slick and stylish stunt montage. Now, Ninja is flexing some serious shadow skills, seemingly with the corporate backing of several extreme in-game sponsors like Heat, ProLaps, Eris and Rearwall. Ninja effortlessly pulls off a number of tricky maneuvers from wall rides to 360 side flips and even introduces a rarely seen backflip into a front handlebar grind other bike trick enthusiasts may find themselves envious of.

Also Check Out:
GTA 5: BMX - Rail Sesh in Vinewood by Top Floor

THE DE SANTA RESIDENCE FAITHFULLY REMADE IN MINECRAFT

Minecraft - Michael's House - Grand Theft Auto 5 by Keralis

Keralis and his block buddy Shiftmaster offer up a grand tour of a 'cubist' rendition of the De Santa household created by the talented digital artisan Tanriverdi in the latest iteration of their Minecraft Inspiration Series. A real treat to see - Tanriverdi's got the exterior AND interior nailed including the bedrooms, the tennis court, pool and even the garage stocked an appropriately blocky version of Michael’s Obey Tailgater.

Also Check Out:
Drawing The GTA V Cover by SuperNikolai1996

 

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GTA Online Capture Creator Update Now Available - Plus #CaptureWeekend Award Details

Posted 1 week, 6 days ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

Adding on to the over 4 million player-created Deathmatches and Races, the Creator community can now make their own original customized Capture Jobs with the Capture Creator Update for GTA Online. Strategically place pick-ups, define weaponry, location and lots of other variables to make your own unique Capture Job for others to take on. We will also be reviewing your homemade Capture creations to stamp standout experiences as Rockstar Verified.
 
As a little bonus for early birds in the community who are planning to make the first Capture creation masterpieces this weekend, we're going to give 4 creators the opportunity to score a cool $GTA1,000,000 and the exclusive in-game CAPTURE license plate in the #CaptureWeekend Awards. The four official selections will also join the hallowed ranks of Rockstar Verified Jobs and be invited to join us on a future Rockstar Games live broadcast on Twitch to play through and talk about their creations.
 
To help you get started, we've created a handy PDF guide that will walk you through the process of creating your own Capture Jobs. 

We're also extending the 2X GTA$ and RP period that was originally scheduled to end today through next week - so playing any Capture Jobs, including those made with the Creator tools will earn you twice as much GTA$ and RP until the end of the day on Sunday, April 20th.

To submit your published Capture Job for consideration, head to the GTA Online section of Social Club and find your created Jobs. In the details area of the Job you think is worthy, click the Edit Tags button at the bottom, add #CaptureWeekend to the edit box and click Save. The deadline for submissions is 11:59 PM Eastern on Sunday. See full terms and conditions here.
 

Congratulations to Daryl Hall and John Oates on Their Induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Posted 2 weeks ago | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Music

Congratulations are in order to one of our all-time favorite acts, Hall & Oates, on their well-deserved induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame happening this evening at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

We here at Rockstar are big fans of Mr. Hall & Mr. Oates, having featured them in a total of four GTA soundtracks over the years (“Out of Touch” in Vice City; “Family Man” in Vice City Stories; “Maneater” in Episodes from Liberty City; and “Adult Education” in GTAV).

Congrats as well to rock legends (and GTA soundtrack alums) KISS who are also going in with the class of 2014 this year.

You can catch the full broadcast of tonight’s festivities airing May 31st on HBO.

www.rockhall.com

Rockstar Game Tips: Dominating Capture Jobs

Posted 2 weeks, 1 day ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

With double GTA$ and RP currently active for all Capture Jobs plus this Friday's upcoming release of the Capture Creator update, our latest edition of Rockstar Game Tips focuses on this teamwork-based GTA Online mode. Crews live and die on their powers of communication in this tug-of-warfare and your wits need to be just as sharp as your trigger finger, so here are some of our best pointers and strategies to help you and your Crew assert control.

General Advice

  • Teamwork is crucial to success in Capture Jobs so it should go without saying that headsets are a must for all players. If you can't communicate then you're not going to be on the same page.
  • Similarly, working together as a team or Crew is the only way to guarantee success. Capture Jobs are no place for lone wolves. If you're a Crew Leader then consider assigning roles according to each Job. For example, you'll want your best driver collecting the buses in "All Abhorred", your best pilot escorting them from the sky, your top gunman guarding your base (or infiltrating your opponent's when you're down) and so forth.
  • When the stakes are evenly stacked, sometimes all it takes is a phonecall to an influential friend to tip the scales. Be sure to use Lester to reveal the radar blips of your enemies, or to hide your own, especially at key strategic times like when trying to deliver a package or vehicle.
  • Be sure to use weapons with suppresors attached to stay off the enemies' radars. To the same end, travel on foot when possible (driving will automatically make you show up on radars) and resist the urge to hammer the sprint button when close to an enemy base.
  • Learn each location and consider unorthodox routes to objectives. If there's one obvious route to a bag or a base, chances are the enemy will be taking it too and may have it locked down.

Raid

  • Looking after your own base is just as important as attacking the opposition's. Consider using vehicles to blockade entrances to your base to slow down would-be infiltrators.
  • Have one person hang back to defend your bag at all costs. It's also a good idea for them to call Lester and reveal the other team's blips on their radar.
  • Your bag is going to be harder to steal if it is next to a primed Sticky Bomb. Or prefer a cheaper option? Consider using the Jerry Can to douse the area in gasoline and turn up the heat on any intruders.
  • In "Baggage Handlers", it can be tempting to rush to the helicopters in the center of the map, but the fire engines located around the edges may be a better option. They offer decent protection and speed for attacking the opposing base and are a less obvious choice than the choppers.

Hold

  • Right at the beginning of the Job, sieze control of the neutral bags before thinking about attacking the other teams' bases.
  • Explosives can clear out an opponent's base in preparation for a co-ordinated attack - bombard them with grenades or rockets, or drop a call to Merryweather and call in an Airstrike.

GTA

  • When escorting vehicles back to your base, have one of your team call in a helicopter for air support, and at least one other member on a fast vehicle to scout the roads ahead. They should engage any waiting attackers and be prepared to jump into the target vehicle should the driver get taken out.
  • In "Field of Screams", while the Fieldmaster might not be the quickest, it can handle any terrain so stay off the roads and take a less predictable route back to your base. Also, if possible leave some of your team members near the center of the map to fight over the next Fieldmaster when it spawns upon successful delivery.
  • At the start of "My Maibatsu", the spot where the Sanchez bikes are located can be a bloodbath - so sieze control early on. If you jump straight onto a bike you're likely to get taken out so it's worth holding down the area until things get more spread out and you can negotiate a safe route back to your base.
  • Safely escorting buses in "All Abhorred" can be difficult, especially if your opponents are more intent on destroying than intercepting. Focus on one bus at a time, with teammates escorting it home from the air and from both in front and behind, preferably on fast bikes. You may also want a player in a chopper trying to disrupt the opposition's efforts.

Contend

  • Run the middle - exerting control over the point where the bag spawns is important. When you have the bag, resist any urge to scatter. Deploy as many people as are required to successfully return it to your base, but also try and maintain control of that spawn point for the next grab.
  • At the start of "Townhall Trinity", split into pairs and use the motorbikes provided. The person riding pillion should grab the bags while the driver gets in position for the getaway. The key is to keep moving, stay with your partner and use alleyways as opposed to the open roads.
  • Land, Sea or Air is the question in "Salty Snatch" as you fight over duffle bags located at the end of the pier on Chumash Beach. However you decide to negotiate this bottleneck, co-ordinate with your team so that they have your back. The key access points to the bag are the ladder from the ocean to the left of the pier; the main entrance to the pier from the street; and from the sky by parachute. Controlling the pier is the key to victory so have a gunman watching each of these spots, and a spotter in a helicopter relaying the movements of the opposing team, and you'll be home and hosed in no time.


These are just a few of the Capture strategies you might employ and we'd love to hear any more tips you may have in the comments.

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