Hit the jump to read our official pro tips on perfecting your Creator Races
This week, check out an amazing original Rockstar-inspired digital art creation that's been four years in the making, a gallery of illustrations by artists seeking to depict off-camera sequences that were referenced in GTAV’s storyline, and some truly spectacular Snapmatics - plus some homemade Valentine's cards made by fans who carry a torch for Trevor Philips.
As always, if you see (or create) an impressive Rockstar or GTA themed piece that you think the world needs to see, be sure to send it over to us to have a look via Mouthoff and you can drop it in comments below as well for the Social Club community to enjoy. Also follow us at instagram.com/rockstargames for all of our latest official pics.
For the past four years, graphic designer and Vancouver native Shawn Sepehry has been working on this meticulous labor of love collage entitled "Rockstar Games Legacy" which recreates and carefully arranges logos and other iconography from practically all of our games.
“I have been inspired by the attitude and personality of Rockstar Games ever since I played GTA2 for the first time… In the years that I have been working as a designer, many of my sensibilities and styles have been influenced by the grand body of work that Rockstar Games has created over the years. This is not in itself rare as they make some of the most popular games on the planet and there are many fans. I, however, found myself drawn to their branding, illustrations, style and attitude that are present in all of their games. My concept for this project was to encapsulate all of the elements and bring them together to create the iconic symbol that is the R and Star. Since its inception, I have been working on this project for over 4 years, collecting, recreating and arranging all the elements. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed making it.”
We truly did, Shawn – it’s a stunning and humbling bit of work and it’s our honor to feature it here for all fans to enjoy.
We came across an impressive array of GTA-inspired pieces at ringelrei.tumblr, including a moody portrait of Niko Bellic solemnly burying something (or someone) and this vision of Michael, Trevor and Franklin in an 80s band, inspired by a buddy's quick-glance interpretation of official GTAV art. The above pieces envisage Trevor and Tracey playing in the snow during more innocent times (entitled "M's Busy") and an alternate version of GTAV's prologue called "Join me, Townley" and tagged #thentheywenthomeandnobodygotshot.
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The moment when Trevor scrawled his own characteristically base take on Floyd and Debra's 'Live, Love, Laugh' wall art, while never actually seen during GTAV, is captured here by Japanese artist ritsukaa.
This gorgeous panorama by GermanMidgetPran is just one of many postcard-perfect snaps by the good folks over at the GTA Photography Reddit group, whose slogan is 'Anything From Normal to Trevor'. Fellow Snapmatic enthusiasts should feel free to join their ranks as they’re constantly sharing wonderful stuff and even have taken to hosting their own photo contests.
GanjaOutlaws, one of GTA Online's most prolific Crews, has been having fun with Snapmatic since day one and currently has over 8,000 photos amassed. Here, MadMcGregor87 holds up a convenience store using unconventional and excessive (but effective, judging from the clerk's reaction) methods.
Making the rounds on Tumblr over the past week have been a variety of precious Valentine's Day cards - mainly featuring the unlikely heartthrob, Trevor Philips. Feel free to send these to the unhinged special someone in your life. A shout out to the Trevor Philips themed Tumblr, TrevorPhilipsInc, A Haze of Patriotic Fervor, and twitter's @AProphecyx.
"It's... dripping. Uh, thanks, T." Blogger and avid fan artist SimpleMachines imagines a bloody Valentine's day for Michael and Trevor.
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Sparing a thought for those going through trouble in paradise this Valentine's, longtime Social Club community member, Sprunk1995 Instagrammed his real-life re-creation of the fridge note left for Michael by Amanda in GTAV.
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Update: Thanks to everyone that participated in our Social Club Event Weekend. Stay tuned in 2014 for more events to come.
This coming weekend, Friday December 20th through Sunday December 22nd, jump into Grand Theft Auto Online for a very special Social Club Event Weekend featuring free entry into the tons of awesome player-created Jobs made using the Deathmatch & Race Creators Beta, special weekend-only deals to give you the edge in the intense tug-of-warfare of the brand new Capture game modes, chances to score rare GTAV gear and in-game GTA$ in exclusive sweepstakes and challenges and a special live-stream broadcast to feast your eyes on this Friday afternoon.
Over what should be a weekend spiked with creativity and carnage, we'll be on the lookout for exceptional hair-raising Races and heir-erasing Deathmatches. Jobs tagged with #CreatorWeekend before end of day Sunday will be in consideration for a special prize of GTA$1,000,000 and an exclusive unique vanity license plate to use in-game (CRE8R, TOPCRE8R, NO1CRE8R, THECRE8R, I_CRE8). To submit your Job head to the GTA Online section of Social Club and search for the Jobs you have created. In the details area of the job you think is worthy, click the Edit Tags button at the bottom, add #CreatorWeekend to the edit box and click Save. Five finalists will be picked in part based on the number of positive ratings they receive on Social Club, and also based on the discerning tastes of Rockstar Developers. See full terms and conditions.
For some inside hints and tips on mastering the Creator as well as to watch us and others try out some of the best and most creative Jobs out there, and take on the community in the new Capture modes, tune in this Friday at 2pm ET at socialclub.rockstargames.com/events or at twitch.tv/rockstargames for a live-stream Rockstar-hosted broadcast. Make sure to follow us at Twitch , Twitter and Facebook to get the word straight away when the broadcast begins. Members of Rockstar Games will also be online during the broadcast playing on both Xbox LIVE and PlayStation Network as PlayRockstar, PlayRockstar1 and PlayRockstar2, so feel free to look for us.
Races and Deathmatches will be free entry all weekend to help you check out loads of the epic new Jobs created by the Social Club community. Claim an edge in Capture Jobs with 25% discounts on the Adder, the Dinka Double-T and the Buzzard, plus 50% off all Armor vehicle upgrades. If you've been weighing up an investment in high-speed engineering or some airborne firepower, this is the weekend to do it. And Event Crate Drops are back - frequent deliveries, with more than double the usual amount of RP, high-powered weapons and bonus cash.
In the Social Club Event Sweepstakes, five lucky Social Club members will score a Grand Prize of Grand Theft Auto V gear including the rare GTAV Varsity Jacket as seen below. It's definitely one of the more on-the-money ways to ward off those winter chills. Five runners-up will get Grand Theft Auto V Prize Packs consisting of official GTAV t-shirts, stickers and more. You can enter to win all weekend from Friday December 20th through Sunday December 22nd at http://socialclub.rockstargames.com/events. See Official Rules.
Congratulations to the 5 Grand Prize winners of our previous Event Sweepstakes: Serranogun, TNasty1223, hitman8ff, Ms.Shithappens, xXShakeyXx. We're still confirming the runners-up so be sure to check your inbox and spam folder for messages from the Rockstar Webmaster.
We look forward to seeing you and your creations in GTA Online all weekend. Take advantage of the special limited-time only vehicular deals to edge out victory in Capture and tear up a virtually endless buffet of of free-entry original player-created Deathmatches and Races. Also remember - if you've seen or published a Race or Deathmatch that you think the world needs to play, be sure to tag it #CreatorWeekend and feel free to drop a link in the comments so that other Social Club members can check it out.
If you're looking for some last-minute gift ideas for fellow GTA fans, or ideas on how you might spend that post-holiday loot, the Grand Theft Auto V Collection at the Rockstar Warehouse has been updated today with new arrivals like the Body Bag Sleeping Bag, the iFruit iPhone Case and more. Delivery on these and all other items are guaranteed to arrive in time for Christmas if you order by December 19th and choose the UPS 2nd Day Air option in the US or the UPS Express option for the EU.
Body Bag Sleeping Bag
Bearing a striking resemblence to one used to smuggle Michael into the IAA building in 'Dead Man Walking', the GTAV Body Bag Sleeping Bag features screen printed L.S. County Coroner lettering along its left zippered edge, an ergonomic hood with the official Grand Theft Auto V logo, and an upper zipper seal with the Rockstar Games logo.
iFruit iPhone Case
This ultra-thin, elegant soft touch feel and rugged Snap Case delivers four-corner protection for your iPhone (4, 4s, 5, and 5s) and features the iFruit logo on the back, “V” logo on one side, and Rockstar logo on the other.
Power Magnet Pack
Each magnet in this set of three is lightweight, but highly potent, has a diameter of 1.25" (3.175cm) and features an etched Grand Theft Auto V logo on one side and the Rockstar logo on the other.
Los Santos Lifeguard Tee
Available in either yellow or white, this long-sleeve, soft, 100% cotton tee features a small “Los Santos Lifeguard” logo on its left chest, a large “Los Santos Lifeguard” logo on its back, and “LIFEGUARD” lettering down both arms.
Also Available from the Rockstar Warehouse:
Chop Plush Collectible & Bullet Whistle Set | Chop Leash & Collar Set | GTAV Hoodie | GTAV Beach Towel | Republican Space Rangers Tee | Bugstars Tee | Zippo Lighter | GTAV Poster Collection | LS Sheriff's Cap | GTAV Logo Tee | GTAV Tee
Update: Due to ongoing technical issues preventing some players from joining, we have removed the Vespucci Beach Party Event Playlist for the remainder of this weekend. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please note that the Event Crate Drops with extra RP in Free Mode and the Sweepstakes are still in effect through the end of the weekend.
This weekend, Friday November 22nd through Sunday November 24th, hit the beaches of Vespucci, Chumash and Paleto Bay for the very first Grand Theft Auto Online Social Club Event Weekend.
All weekend long, plunge into a special Social Club Event Playlist of brand new Jobs from the freshly landed Beach Bum Pack, a hand-picked selection of ten of our favorite new Jobs. Drop some sea shells, go for a fuel-injected run on the beach, and take in some of the most spectacular stretches of coastline in the Los Santos Bay area in modes including Sea Race, Parachute, Team Deathmatch and more. The best performers in the Social Club Event Playlist on each platform will score themselves a special vanity license plate reward for bragging rights and to commemorate their achievement.
In Free Roam, look out for an influx of special Event Crate Drops dropping frequently all weekend containing more than double the usual amount of RP plus high-powered weapons, bonus cash and clothing. They'll be unlocked for every player to help you pack more than just sunscreen on the blazing sands.
This inaugural GTA Online Social Club Event also features exclusive sweepstakes giveaways of beach-ready GTAV collectibles, a very special live stream broadcast on Friday and more. We'll be on the lookout for your sun-kissed Snapmatic pics all weekend so be sure to tag them #VespucciBeachParty so that we can find them easily and we might feature them next week here at the Newswire.
Hit the jump for a full detailed rundown of all the Event action.
A real live bunch they may be, but getting The Warriors back to Coney is no cakewalk, not with 60,000 Flashed-up street soldiers baying for retribution. Here are our tips to surviving the night - and remember that The Warriors is now available to download from PlayStation Store as part of the PS2 Classics collection.
Hit the jump for more tips including a breakdown of which actions yield the most Style Points.