Presenting the winners of our most recent official Snapmatic photo contests, held over the past two weekends in celebration of Halloween and of the 10th anniversary of GTA San Andreas, respectively. Awesomely creative work as always from the Snapmatic photographer community and we can’t wait to see what you guys get up to with increased resolution in the next generation and with 30-player lobbies, First Person Mode and other new features of the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC versions that are around the corner. Look for a special PS4 and Xbox One edition Snapmatic contest on launch weekend to help celebrate that release and for now enjoy these fantastic and fun #TrickOrTreat and #GTASanAndreas winning shots which have each scored their creators a cool GTA$1M award and scored the San Andreas photogs a prize pack of S.A. collectibles as well.
#TRICKORTREAT SNAPMATIC WINNERS
The first of a few classic horror movie tributes is repdek_2's "Michael Myers" with masterful use of the meme creator to weave an illustration of The Shape. An honorable mention also goes out to HairyHole's well-done (and top voted) meme creator horror tribute poster for The Walking Dead.
"They're creepy and they're kooky..." A very cleverly orchestrated Addams Family portrait by heathyboy94. Great work in dressing up the whole crew as Gomez, Morticia, Pugsley, Wednesday, Uncle Fester and Lurch in front of an appropriately gothic manse at “Mount Gordo”– with classic B&W TV filtering to boot.
"Christine" rides again in UglyAssTurtle's fiery tribute to the sentient and malevolent titular Classic ride.
chriz_1 put in some work both at Los Santos Customs and with some inventive meme creator tricks to turn his "Turismo Halloween Edition" carriage into a pumpkin.
One of the early entries into the #TrickOrTreat contest was this fun photo shoot by CaPn-bOnEs entitled "Happy Halloween!!" of the iGrandTheftAuto Crew going trick or treating.
imsohood_lum's "Rochelle - GTASanAndreas" is a stellar re-creation of the signature Vinewood Chick artwork from San Andreas that has deservedly received quite a bit of love from the community. Editor’s note: While that artwork is not actually based on the ‘Rochell’le’ character mentioned at westcoastraplegends.com, it’s pretty fun to see how fans have envisioned her as being Madd Dogg’s one-time protégé and paramour.
If you're going to reference one of the most memorable missions (and popular memes) from San Andreas, it better be on point. Pre233's "Follow the Damn Train CJ," based on the Wrong Side of the Tracks mission with CJ and Big Smoke, passes with flying colors and then some.
Classic. Tharnuk is clearly detail-oriented - even going so far as to use the meme creator to simulate as close as possible the original heads-up display from GTA San Andreas. Entitled "Welcome Back" as a nod to the first few steps everyone took playing the game's first mission.
Looks like CJ's still got it in him. The sky's the limit in "Sun Grind" by SilverFox1, capturing some serious air on a BMX and framed in beautiful natural light.
"San Andreas Gang Warfare #1." Taken by Bjodjus_LXG, this photo is a nostalgic depiction of the original Los Santos family feud between GSF and the Ballas.
• "After ten years... it's time to come back". 0lucaspc holds a candle for CJ and company in "Brouge Avenue", a dramatic B&W that gets you right in the feels.
• The "Truth" is... well right here. Fantastic bullet art courtesy of sicaro12.
The stakes were high this past weekend as GTA Online players went all-in for the Last Team Standing Event, cleaning up with bonus RP, GTA$ and other exclusive rewards like the weekend-only unlockable Manhunt “Please Stop Me” throwback mask, making their own custom LTS Jobs with newly added Creator mode support in The Last Team Standing Update, and more. By the way, for those who didn’t get a chance to nab one of those coveted Special Crate Drops containing the rare Victory Fist tee, good news in that we’ve extended them to keep on dropping all the way until this Monday October 13th and also have increased the frequency so you have a better chance than ever of catching one. Read on for a recap of our livestream showdown, as well as the winning shots in the #LTS Snapmatic Contest and more.
THE OFFICIAL ROCKSTAR LTS EVENT BROADCAST: THE SIDEMEN VS MAE AND THE BOYS
With Lazlow and MLG's veteran competitive play-by-play expert Chris Puckett calling the action, the teams took advantage of the new Rounds system introduced in The Last Team Standing Update to go head-to-head in the “best two out of three” format across several new LTS Jobs.
After taking the first Job ("Mount Josiah") in straight sets 2-0, Mae and the Boys continued their winning streak into the first round of match #2 in "Hawick LTS", with Lui proving to be a virtual one-man-army nabbing four out of the five necessary kills. Despite doing his best to survive by way of hanging out beachside in round 3 at "Paleto Bay", last (side)man standing KSI couldn't avoid the inevitable and Mae's Crew found themselves up 3-0 and pitching a perfect game.
In "Del Perro Freeway LTS", things finally started to gel for The Sidemen as they came out guns blazing. Led by Vikk's dominating four kills, the guys were able to break their opponent's momentum and take the first round. Not taking well to the sting of mortality, Mae's squad buckled down in round 2 though and were completely flawless, forcing round 3 after a 5-0 domination.
With a 1-1 tie and only Lui left alive squaring off against all four of The Sidemen, it looked like Vikk’s squad might keep hope alive with their first match win, but Lui was having none of it. Going on a late round tear, Lui amazingly overcame 1v4 odds and picked off all four remaining members of Team Sidemen, finishing it off by capping MiniMinter to take the deciding round and ultimately the match. Though Puckett declared it the worst choke in recent competitive gaming history, it was all in good, epic fun.
In addition to parts one and two, we'll have episodes three and four of this LTS battle posted at the official Rockstar YouTube channel in the GTA Online Sessions Playlist later this week. Subscribe to get notified every time we post a video. Tremendous thanks to all eight of our guest players for being such amazing sports as well as to Chris Puckett, whose chemistry with Lazlow was on display from the get-go.
We'd also to like to take this opportunity to shout out our friends in the streaming universe that hosted some great LTS-themed live streams over the weekend. Check out Jade Jolie, Garrett of Jobless Gamers (who did an all-Furore car show), and Hike The Gamer. Make any killer vids with new content this weekend? Post them in the comments so the rest of the community can check them out!
AND THE WINNERS ARE...
The Snapmatic paparazzi took the new bikes, car, gear and best Last Team Standing memes and let their #LTS imaginations run wild in pursuit of fame and GTA$ fortune. Below are five of our favorites, all first-time Snapmatic photo contest winners who each will receive GTA$1M plus the BODYBAG license plate for their in-game vehicles.
This one really should be framed and hanging at the SAGMA. BushyArtwork captures the new LCC Innovation in striking and artful black and white fashion. Entitled “The Lights Go On”
We expected that there would be a fair amount of Manhunt tributes and re-creations happening, but the above “Manhunt” by SPLAP-FART, takes the cake. To truly appreciate it, you have to compare it to this classic screenshot from the original Manhunt release. Not only did SPLAP-FART nail an amazingly close re-creation of the pose, lighting and surrounding area, but also replicated the outfit and used the meme creator to simulate the efx including static – and intentionally shrunk the image down in the meme creator for total surveillance camera effect. Slow clap… We’d be remiss not to throw an honorable mention nod to veteran Snapmatic cameraman ZazDillinger who came damn close with his “Beg 4 Mercy” attempt, and this Kill Cam one entitled “He’s Behind You… (Manhunt)” by KiinGSTeR.
A gorgeous sunset drenched Furore GT perfectly composed against the San Andreas waves. So lovely. “Lago Zancudo” by Vinewoodonfire.
The very fun “How Many Ninjas Can You See?” by The_Monk52. We’ll be honest. We have no idea. Tell us, Monk. Although it may be a trick question as Has333 points out in the photo comments: “a true ninja is always stealthy, they don’t take selfies! xD”
On a steel horse he rides. “A Perfect Match” by that_VIP_guy – a very clever idea pitting an appropriately chromed-out Hakuchou beside the iconic Rockford Hills stallion statue. Honorable mention to SilverFox_2 who similarly juxtaposed the shark-like nose of the Furore GT beside the famous Vespucci Beach shark sculpture.
And a few honorable mentions for some other stellar snaps...
The somewhat abstract “The Last Man Standing” by Joe-_-Dalton - an artful suggestion that after all of the bloodshed on the streets of Los Santos, the only pedestrian left standing may be the one blinking in the crosswalk sign.
Congratulations as well to our 10 winners of the Event Gear Giveaway, each of whom will be sleeping tight in GTAV Bodybag Sleeping Bags, in addition to taking home a GTAV logo tee and Rockstar stickers. Confirmed winners include TrueViceGamer, Seltsem, XxNT160xX, sasrawks, pharoahdogo, LOPUZZZ, Jester-in-black, CWB493, zerohero2000 and PJBOYLOKS to be confirmed. Be sure to check your spam folder for an email from firstname.lastname@example.org in case you have been selected as a potential winner!
Finally another reminder to keep your eyes on the skies as Special Crate Drops with the rare Victory Fist tee will continue to fall through this Monday the 13th and also stay tuned for forthcoming Rockstar Verified Jobs to be announced soon including the 5 selections of the #LTS Creator Competition as well as selections from the previous #FlightSchool Air Races Competition.
In this edition of the Crew Cut, we highlight some standout flight Crews dedicated to aerial action including some real-life pilots who pull double-duty flying the virtual skies of Los Santos and Blaine County. Read on as well for a war report on the most recent Crew Battles and a couple of our favorite current Crews on Film videos.
The release of the San Andreas Flight School Update for GTA Online sent fleets of flight-centric Crews soaring with the new Besra. One such Crew is The Pilots Club (IFLY) Crew, a serious, super organized, detail-oriented outfit made up of some actual, licensed pilots. Run by Leader Pilot.Keegan, a Cadet Pilot in the Air Training Corps (part of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets), IFLY got its start when he couldn't find a dedicated flight Crew made up of serious aviators. So was born The Pilots Club, a community that parlay their love for flight for fun in the world of GTA Online while networking and making connections all over the world. In an interview conducted via email, Keegan had this to say:
“With members in places ranging from Norway, Saudi Arabia, Serbia and more, IFLY coordinates such activities as "air shows, role play flights with air traffic control and ground maps and detailed aviation flight maps."
Additionally, IFLY formed The Alliance, a group of Crews and airlines that follow a set of guidelines that aim to provide optimum safety and performance for pilots and passengers. "They work safely (thanks to a security company) and get paid (passengers are made to pay flying fees)," Keegan explained.The guidelines are part of their Federal Aviation Administration. "This is a set of rules that all pilots in the pilots club must follow, such as do not kill passengers, no bullying, no racism, no sexism and general mischief. Some are more aviation related such as do not dogfight unless both pilots have agreed, pilots should only fly if they understand basic radio chatter," he said.
IFLY have even created their own "flight school", so GTAV pilots can learn navigation and radio skills - and earn their Commercial Pilots License within the group. To learn more about this intricate Crew and their network, get flight training, or even just book a flight with IFLY, you can go to the site for Air Jaffa, one of The Alliance's airlines.
Another flight club, the 800-plus deep Originals Crew (ORIG), stay showing off their right stuff. In the video above, GTA-Wise-Guy (who pulls quintuple duty also holding it down in the more land-lubbing 6 Star Street Racers, the Slammed Community and other Crews) takes the nimble Besra through its paces in a spectacular stunt montage. They've got an active YouTube channel that features videos from their six person offshoot dedicated to making sky-high video magic dubbed The Originals Crew Elite Division (OCED). And in addition to being experts in the aerial arts, the Originals are also formidable on land - ranking high in Vehicle Deathmatches (35th on PS3; 214th on XBL) and Non-Contact Races (217th on XBL).
Ace pilot and ORIG Leader Original_Tonks takes control of the P-996 Lazer here and performs an array of death-defying maneuvers, navigating the narrow gaps of industrial girders and docking bays found in the Port of South Los Santos, La Puerta and the choppy turbines of the RON Alternates Wind Farm.
Formed in March, The ULTRAS AIRFORCE (USAF) Crew regularly participate in road trips around the Los Santos streets in all-black Grangers, their official Crew vehicle. Being a flight-based Crew, USAF naturally take time to practice their skills in the sky, participating in formation and convoy flights in the P-996 Lazer jet.
Coming up on their one year anniversary are the Dutch Jetset PS (DJET) Crew, 635 deep and quite successful. DJET are currently ranked 147th in Vehicle Deathmatches (66 Wins, 1,946 Kills), 220th in Races (10,866 Wins), 399th in Parachuting (570 Wins). 787th in Deathmatches (122 Wins, 1.09 K/D) and 874th in Tennis (519 Wins, 2,823 Points). Living up to the exclusiveness that the jet set portion of their name suggests, DJET are currently open only to fellow Dutchmen. The Xbox version of their Crew is even more successful, ranking 109th in Races (8,761 Wins), 175th in Team Deathmatches (1,287 Wins, 18,812 Kills), 188th in GTA Races (1,024 Wins), 323rd in Parachuting (402 Wins) and 336th in Deathmatches (114 Wins, 6,305 Kills). For interested pilots who’d like a boarding pass into DJET, be advised that you’ll need a Netherlands passport for this club, as these guys only admit fellow Dutchmen.
The most recent Crew Battles on the official Rockstar Twitch channel have included an all-racing competition as well as two MCs that were eager to prove their superiority on a large stage.
With a history of competition, the Malicious Intentt (MAIN) and Old School Punishers (HERO) Crews - both dedicated to all things racing - decided to take their friendly rivalry to the Rockstar Twitch stage. After HERO edged out MAIN in their own battle back in July, both Crews agreed to a rematch playing the same six Races (three created by each Crew). They agreed on lap count, non-contact, no traffic and the option to use custom vehicles. With that, we were off. Starting with MAIN Leader PlamenVT's Bike Race "Curves Circuit", it was actually two HEROs (saintedgryphon1 and IRISHMAN311) that took the early lead. MAIN racing phenom hashstone89 wound up taking and holding onto the lead, followed by Crewmate ---Lio--- and HERO's timelesssalmon. Because HERO had such a big pack in the middle, MAIN was up by a mere point with five races to go. With HERO up 92-86 just one race to go - "Summit" by HERO Co-Commissioner (and Skype guest) Bekjenet - it was anyone's game. HERO's kdemarcus, who had been racing strong all afternoon, took an early lead while hashstone89 and timelesssalmon battled hard for much of the time for second. kdemarcus held first to win it followed by Bekjenet. HERO wound up winning (again) but it was an exceptional matchup all the way through. Additional thanks to MAIN Co-Commissioner _BobMendez who, despite having Internet struggles that made him unable to play, wound up joining us on Skype from his van as well as a Crewmate's house - dedication!
The Motorcycle Club Battle we hosted between the Warlocks MC (WFFW) Crew and the Outlaws National Org (OFFO) was slightly less cordial. From almost the moment the Live button went on, WFFW Leader JJKoshane and OFFO's HassaNostra engaged in some intense trash talking via Skype. But it takes more than a silver tongue and some sass to win a Crew vs Crew battle; the superior squad would be decided over a combination of six Races, Deathmatches and Captures. Helped by a first and second place finish by Southernn_Outlaw and CriticalAcclaimX in the Bike Race "Power Trip", the Warlocks took an early lead. Though OFFO's XI-DESPERADO-IX had the most amount of kills in the Deathmatch "Vespucci Shoreline", WFFW gelled a little more as a team and thus widening the gap a bit. The Outlaws stepped it up tremendously over the last couple of Jobs but it just wasn't enough and the Warlocks won 329-312.
We're always on the lookout for competitive Crews to feature on Twitch, so if you're ready to throw down, hit us up at CrewChallenges@rockstargames.com and send us a link to your Crew page, let us know your preferred platform and any particular Crew you want to battle, plus why you think your Crew would kill it on the Rockstar stream.
CREWS ON FILM
We’ll leave you with just a couple of really standout Crew-made videos that are definitely worth checking out.
For those of who you live life a quarter mile at a time, you'll want to watch the Cemetery Rust Games (RUST) Crew's near-perfect reenactment of the final scene of the original The Fast and Furious, interspersed with actual scenes from the film. Excellent work, RUST.
In this latest edition of the Crew Cut, we take note of an exceptionally tight-knit Crew who’ve developed some real friendships by virtue of their GTA Online brotherhood, as well as some 1,000 member Crews bound together by their love for their local Football Club, plus the latest Crews on Film standout videos and more.
HILLBILLIES WITH HEART
Good chemistry in a Crew is essential. The better connected a clique is, the better they'll be out in the trenches of TDMs and Captures – or even watching each others’ backs in the sometimes mean streets of Freemode. Formed last September 17th, the Hillbilly Agenda (HBAG) Crew are probably as genuinely close knit as you can get. Each week, Leader KnoxNerd sends an encouraging email to HBAG's other sixteen members. Within each correspondence comes a stat sheet (like the one above) that includes current and previous Ranks and hours played, total RP and more - a great source of motivation to push one another towards excellence.
Then there's the matter of the custom license plates KnoxNerd had commissioned to match those from Los Santos Customs, his of which was just featured in our most recent fan pics gallery. Knox wrote in to tell us the recent story of when Tennessee resident j0hnnykn0x was attending a wedding in California a few hours away from where fellow Lieutenant BRAWNSON lives, j0hnny jumped in his car and raced down those proverbial Blaine County freeways to personally deliver his plate it to him. And despite living all the way in Norway, there are plans for HBAG Commissioner AcemanNOR to receive his Crew plate hand-delivered by KnoxNerd (also a Tennessean) later this year.
Truly incredible team spirit best summarized by this photo montage KnoxNerd sent our way:
F.C.s INVADE THE S.C.
With all the great subplots and action of this year's recent World Cup, it seems plenty of Los Santos residents have shown their allegiance to their favorite local footie teams via the Crews of Social Club. Here's a spolight on a few Crews dedicated to their teams that have either maxed out their 1,000-person roster or are well on their way. If you’re a fan of any of these FC’s, you may want to request an invite before it’s too late.
Paris Saint-Germain F.C., the French Club that just won their second consecutive and fourth total Ligue 1 championship, are the inspiration behind the Paris Saint-Germain (0PSG) Crew. Founded last August just after the start of the season, 0PSG are particularly proficient at Racing. Currently ranked 172nd in GTA Races (1,411 Wins), 246th in Rally Races (64 Wins/77 Matches) and 372nd in Races (8,220 Wins/14,868 Matches), 0PSG are helped by the likes of Brahimax93_Csl, who leads the squad in Races (337 Wins) and is second in GTA Races (73 Wins/1.40 K/D Ratio).
Two Argentinian Crews are also showing their footie love. Paying tribute to the Primera División league's Club Atlético River Plate are the CA River Plate (CARP) Crew. Racing seems to be CARP's primary strength, ranking 122nd in GTA Races (1,604 Wins/2,929 Matches), 173rd in Races (10,767 Wins/18,689 Matches) and 361st in Rally Races. Multitalented, CARP are also ranked 151st in Tennis (1,246 Wins/6,364 Points). Club Atlético Boca Juniors, 30-time winner of the Primera División, inspired the Boca Juniors (CABJ) Crew. Also solid at Tennis with a rank of 180th (1,005 Wins/5,441 Points), CABJ are also respectable racers across the board. In addition to ranking 265th in GTA Races (1,231 Wins/2,180 Matches), they rank 313th in Races (8,759 Wins/15,415 Matches), 498th in Rally Races (47 Wins/61 Matches) and 610th in Non-Contact Races (257 Wins/563 Matches).
Two other Tennis-savvy Crews both show their love for Manchester clubs. The Manchester City Crew (MCFC) are sitting at 22nd on the Tennis charts with 799 Wins/4,063 Points. Non-Contact Racing is also a talent, as MCFC's 284 Wins/460 Matches have earned them a rank of 479th. Despite everyone's respective tennis prowess, no other footie-centric Crew can seemingly match the Manchester United FC (MUFC) Crew on the courts, as they're ranked 127th with 1,223 wins and 6,462 points.
With 18 League titles, five European Cups and much more, Liverpool F.C. have won more European trophies than any English club. Paying tribute to them are the Liverpool Warriors (WARS) Crew, no slouches themselves in several categories. Their strongest suit is without a doubt Parachuting, currently ranked 156th with 703 Wins/2,079 Matches. WARS also are strong in the racing categories - 620th in Non-Contact Races (254 Wins/453 Matches) and 781st in Races (6,335 Wins/11,349 Matches).
Meanwhile, almost a year into their formation, the LS Mafia Family (LSMF) Crew are celebrating with a massive, 64-Crew birthday Team Deathmatch tournament. Currently underway in the 3rd round, participating Crews are in the midst of a series of best of three, ten minute battles. You can stay up to date on tourney progress here.
CREWS ON FILM Here's a look at a few of the most recent Crew-focused vids that grabbed our attention.
Brand new to the Social Club and already putting out awesome highlight vids are the Russian Girls Crew (G1RU) who have a simple motto explaining their common bond: “Russian speakers. Girls.”. Led by Nikacoma, you can check out their official VK profile page as well as this four-minute stylish action clip from erstwhile Commissioner Kokonitos (who is no longer rolling with G1RU and is these days aligned with MAKAVELI’s GTAPhotographers).
With the 2 Chainz/Wiz Khalifa collabo "We Own It" as the soundtrack, the SoITezRobo Racing (STRR) Crew is responsible for the above ode to Fast and Furious homage. The STRR host car meets regularly and are super active over at the GTAForums Online Meetups Lobby, painstakingly put this tribute capturing the film's essence together over several sessions.
In this latest edition of the Cut, we highlight some groups who not only game together but use Crew functionality as a means of expressing themselves and collaborating on creative Snapmatic photography and Creator Job development. Read on also for fresh recaps and archived video highlights from the most recent Crew Battle front lines including face offs with stalwart community Crews like The GTA Base and Los Santos Free Roam as well as special artist editions featuring Dan Croll, Big KRIT, and more.
For those who fancy themselves something of a Snapmatic shutterbug or simply appreciate the artistic work of those talented players who pride themselves on their iFruit aim-and-shoot abilities, there are some truly talented and very active photography enthusiast Crews out there worth your attention.
GTAV Soundtrack Edition Crew Battle featuring Dan Croll WINNER: Bandmate Jacob M Berry's ALIEN BATTLE Crew by a close margin
The most recent GTAV Soundtrack Edition Crew Battle featured the man responsible for the music in the latest GTAV trailer ("From Nowhere"), Dan Croll. Along with two of his band mates, Jethro Fox (aka Tabs n Cans) and Jacob M Berry (aka Wilted_spinach), they mixed it up and split up into opposite teams fighting alongside a couple of our Rockstar Devs in a few 'friendly' Deathmatches, Races and Captures. Showing initiative right out of the gate, Dan and friends (who formed a Social Club Crew known collectively as Alien The Musical) seized a decisive win during Contend: Salty Snatch with a 3 to 1 victory. They continued this trend in other rounds with Dan completely locking down first place in Down The Drain and nearly taking first in Senora Freeway (if not for getting hung up on a pesky crash barrier). Jethro had a great showing as well, going toe-to-toe with our Rockstar Devs on all of the TDM's, matching them kill-for-kill. A great time, and Dan even hung out for some overtime, playing off-stream with a few lucky fans.
theGTABase (G4SL) VS. Los Santos Free Roam (LSFR) WINNER: GS4L by the score of 527 - 407 The Battle between Los Santos Free Roam and theGTABase had been brewing for some time thanks to some good-natured smack talking via Twitter. LSFR Crew Leader and omnipresent community member iLewisGTA had been trading barbs with GS4L and MRGTAVInformer in the run-up to this one, but the GS4L gang went on the offensive right from the get go and wound up humbling LSFR in seven out of eight Jobs. Highlights included GS4L's renowned LambentBunny, a world record holder in over 20 Races, showing everyone how it's done on challenging courses like Baja Hangtime. Watch a highlight excerpt below, or a capture from The GTA Base’s perspective on their YouTube channel, or the full archived stream at Rockstar Twitch.
Sons of lost Souls (SOLS) VS. Untold Legendz (FAME) WINNER: FAME by the score of 889 - 710 The Sons of lost Souls faced the Untold Legendz in 10 hand-picked Jobs. SOLS go by the motto "never give up... never back down" and against a squad that had a standing record of 33-0 in Team Deathmatch at the time, they needed every ounce of that fighting spirit. Beginning the day with Contend: Adventure TEAM!!, SOLS came out swinging hard and took a 120-96 lead, but FAME turned the tables in the Smugglers Run Land Race, taking three of the top five slots. After winning a Max Payne 3-inspired TDM, the momentum shift was complete and FAME went on to win 889-710. Watch a clip below or the full video archive on Twitch.
Konsole Kingz Edition featuring Big KRIT, Sheneka Adams (KING) and the Weekend Work Shade 45 Crew (TERM) WINNER: KING in a clean sweep Our longtime friends at Konsole Kingz in Atlanta let us know their Crew was ready for a Battle and were eager to face off against the New York based TheTerminatorsCrew, otherwise known as CoachPR, DJ Caesar and DJ Explicit of Sirius XM Shade 45's #WeekendWork radio show. Repping KING and joining us live via Skype were founders CJ and Butcher Black, plus actress, model and bona fide and self-described #gamerchick Sheneka Adams along with special guest, renowned MC Big K.R.I.T.. We knew the Kingz always bring their A-game but this time around they really flexed on the competition (which included a Rockstar dev helping out the TERM Crew here in NY), crushing mode after mode - watch the highlight clip below to see Big KRIT and Sheneka take win and place respectively in the Midnight Club Race and watch the full stream archive at Rockstar Twitch. Stay tuned as well for more upcoming Konsole Kingz edition Battles as well.
A few great moments (including Big KRIT's 1st place Race win) from the Konsole Kingz Edition Battle we shared on Instagram.
Live from Konsole Kingz Crew HQ in Atlanta, Sheneka and CJ warn our Rockstar Dev (playing on the Weekend Work DJs team) that creeping on the come up will have its consequences.
Been beefing with a Crew lately? Or just feel the world needs to see what you and your squad are made of? Send a link to your Crew page, with info on your preferred platform and any particular Crew you'd like to challenge, plus why your Crew would kill it on the official Rockstar stream to CrewChallenges@rockstargames.com. We're curently lining up exciting Battles for the weeks ahead.
From all-new toasts to post-ironic fashions and haircuts, to the Antique Cavalry Dagger, Panto microcar and 6-wheeler Dubsta and so much more - the good people of the GTA Series Videos YouTube channel whipped up this groovy 20+ minute video comprehensively showcasing just about everything from The "I'm Not a Hipster" Update.
This past weekend, the painfully hip, faux bohemian masses turned out to take full advantage of limited-time double GTA$ and RP bonuses and lots of other opportunities to score rare collectible unlocks and goodies in the “I’m Not a Hipster” Event Weekend celebrating the release of last week’s brand new GTA Online content. If you missed your one-and-only chance to redeem the weekend-exclusive vintage GTA t-shirts for your Online character – stay tuned, as we’ve got lots of other great Events lined up ahead. Read on for a recap of some of the most awesome video highlights from the weekend as well as to see who the winners and honorable mentions were for the Event’s Snapmatic Contest and winners of the GTAV Hipster Prize Pack sweepstakes (stay tuned for Creator Competition Verified selections to be announced in the weeks ahead as well).
THE OFFICIAL ROCKSTAR BROADCAST "I'M NOT A HIPSTER" LIVE STREAM FEATURING SPECIAL GUESTS, THE SIDEMEN
If you missed the live broadcast of the “I’m Not a Hipster” Rockstar stream on Twitch and YouTube this past Friday, you’ll definitely want to give the archived stream a watch below – as we welcomed special guests from The Sidemen along with many other notables from the GTA and YouTube community to join us for 2 hours of all-out mayhem playing brand new Jobs as well as some ridiculous original metagame challenges.
Three of The Sidemen, a renowned collective of YouTubers who specialize in addictive GTA Online Funny Moments clips (a special shout to Vikkstar who recently celebrated his 100th ep), joined us for the 2nd hour of the show: Vik (aka Vikkstar123), Josh (aka ZerkaaPlays) and Simon (aka Miniminter). After a brief and fairly hilarious how-do-you-do, we got straight into the action - watch the archive below and read on for some particular highlights:
(00:54:24) Fantastic Hipster Fox Hunt This custom Point to Point GTA Race featuring the new Vapid Blade muscle car was played with some additional metagame challenge parameters: the designated titular ‘Hipster Fox’ (in this case, our own PlayRockstar) had to try and cross the finish line within 8 minutes - all while being hunted down by the other players. The fox being the only player allowed to use weapons, the hunters had to rely on their vehicles and their wits to get their target off the road. With PlayRockstar maneuvering through his hunters like a running back finding holes in the offensive line, it seemed the only way they'd get him was with some outside the box thinking. This came in the way of Vik picking up a Lazer with about a minute left in the match. Sure enough, such cleverness proved to be too sly for our fox and PlayRockstar was defeated with about 20 seconds to spare. See below for an epic freeze frame courtesy of Vik.
(01:20:58) King of the Roof In this rooftop demolition derby-styled game, players had to use their hipster cars to knock each other off the roof of a docking terminal in the Port of South Los Santos - last man driving wins. Initially at a slight disadvantage, due to the fox mask he was wearing, our PlayRockstar was the natural target of all contenders, PlayRockstar then removed the mask and was indeed the king, ramming every last player off into oblivion. Still needing to kill off each other, the originality award once again goes to Vik, who nabbed a Frogger from the dockside helipad, attempting to use its spinning blades to julienne PlayRockstar into pieces. Unfortunately that didn't work out, but MVP Josh did get the job done simply using the grenade launcher - match point goes to The Sidemen.
(01:28:43) Los Santos FC In honor of the World Cup, the Rockstar Devs took The Sidemen on in a soccer-inspired Capture-powered metagame in which players needed to grab a Panto from the center of the pitch and attempt to bring it back safely to their goal (and a bit unlike soccer, players would have to avoid the Molotov cocktails being launched at their heads and flaming patches of grass). Within the first minute, Josh got things going for his team, safely delivering two vehicles to take an early lead. Just a minute later however, our PlayRockstar and PlayRockstar2 were able to even the score. The match remained fairly even for the first half, until PlayRockstar and PlayRockstar2 barreled through their home goal right after each other, thus getting to eight delivered Pantos first and winning the game in the clutch.
(01:36:04) Coroner's Corners For the second custom GTA Race of the day (though this time with tight laps at the docks), players took each other on with nothing but Pantos and guns. As opposed to our Devs who kept blowing each other up, The Sidemen used excellent teamwork and communication to dominate the course - resulting in Josh and Simon trading off between first and second place throughout. PlayRockstar managed to take the lead and just as he was crossing the finish line, Vik (in last place and having nothing to lose) blew him up allowing Josh to take the win. PlayRockstar had to settle for second while Simon wound up in third.
(01:42:37) Dubsta Delivery For the last challenge of the day, using Lazers and Cargobobs, each team was to deliver two of the new 6-wheeler Dubstas each to the island drop zone - first to do it would prove the victor. Between Simon's dominance with eight kills and deliveries from teammate GTADev4, The Sidemen took this Job and sealed their overall W for the afternoon.
And just prior to our shenanigans with The Sidemen, we live-streamed udring the first hour with some additional special guest players from the GTA and YouTube community. Popular GTA Online YouTubers M3rkmusic, Who’s Chaos and Granty joined in with fan community mainstays and recent Crew BattlersGTAV Informer, GTAm3n and iLewisGTA to play some of the new Hipster Jobs before they got too mainstream.
GTAV Informer and iLewisGTA came in sporting the brand new Bitch’N Dog Foods T-shirts while Granty and Merk couldn’t resist rocking the brand new bugged out raccoon masks. In our first Job, the new TDM "Puerto Del Sol", GTAVinformer picked up 13 kills fighting through the narrow apartment blocks of Puerto Del Sol to take his team to a 25-22 victory. From there, we played through Jobs from the Double GTA$ Event Playlist, with a frighteningly quick "East Vinewood LTS" followed by a Pigalle-exclusive voyage in the "Beach Odyssey" Race. Check out highlights here from the vantage of the GTA Online spectator helicam. To finish off, PlayRockstar2 hosted a tour of the new garage to show before-and-after examples of how all of the vintage cars from The "I’m Not a Hipster" Update can be customized to stunning effect. Check out this clip to see all the bug catchers, ski racks, "Chaka Khan" exhaust pipes and roof racks o’ crap.
"I'M NOT A HIPSTER" COMMUNITY VIDEOS & STREAMS
Our friends HikeTheGamer and Swiftor, both GTA Online Event Weekend veterans who have hosted some great live stream moments with us in the past, decided to join forces for one epic broadcast on Saturday. Since they were on Hike's turf, Swiftor had to get customarily initiated - in this case, meaning by way of a grenade launcher to the face - but all in good fun. Once that was out of the way, the two (along with the rest of the lobby) spent the next hour and a half playing awesome themed metagames such as Hipster Hunt. An excellent collabo, gentlemen. Watch the archived show below.
An up-and-coming GTA Online live-streamer whose shows we’ve been enjoying recently for her good natured and genuine vibe is LadyMiss80s and her Awesome 80s Crew on Twitch. On Saturday, she turned up rocking the vintage Vinyl Countdown tee and did two special “I’m Not a Hipster” editions of her Saturday Bootcamp series, each over two hours long including their metagame Job “smash” (by Awesome 80s Crew member TIT4NS) and a full-lobby Hipster car show with some spiffy Blades, Pantos, Rhapsodys and more. Watch the late show embedded below and the matinee archived on Twitch.
The guys from the Poor Boi Racing Crew were among several (scroll down to the Snapmatic Contest honorable mentions) who figured out that the new Rhapsody vehicle is reminiscent of Garth Algar's ride and put together this amazing recreation over the weekend of the famous "Bohemian Rhapsody" scene from Wayne's World (intercut with clips of the original for good measure). You'll definitely laugh, but hopefully not cry nor hurl.
#IMNOTAHIPSTER SNAPMATIC COMPETITION WINNERS
The five winners of the #IMNOTAHIPSTER Snapmatic contest below (shown in no particular order) each took a unique and creative approach - from the use of the Panto microcar as an extreme sports mobile to some clever takes on the new animal masks - and more. As you can see in our quite lengthy honorable mentions list further down below, it was truly tough to narrow down just 5 winners so congrats to each of the talented photogs who will be receiving GTA$1M and the HIPSTER vanity plate.
"Haters Gonna Hate..." by CaPn-bOnEs This awesome aerial feat is brought to us via CaPn-b0nEs of the iGrandTheftAuto Crew, who’s also known for sharing some reliably great Snaps on the regular on Twitter. CaP spent a good part of this weekend with his friends at the Vespucci Beach skate park, where they took their customized Pantos for a literal spin in and out of the cement bowl. The above shot of a Panto catching some serious air, whilst a raccoon-faced Crewmember looks out is just epic – but also check out some other shots b0nes shared including this honorable-mention-worthy shot of a Panto leapfrogging another one and narrowly scraping by someone standing on its roof. These guys are some serious smart car tricksters.
"The Warreners" by DuPz0r Start clinking those e-Cola bottles together for this pun-tastic reference to one of our favorite cult film classics. The Warrener on the far right rocking the outrageous Shakotan exhaust tailpipe and Warriors-red racing stripe is another fine detail that seals this one for returning champion DuPz0r.
"LITTER BOX LOTTERY" by carsonclick9002 It’s the Internet, so cat pics FTW. There were lots of fun uses of the cat mask to choose from (scroll down for some great Catwoman honorable mentions as well), but the caption, the pose and the composition here combine to perfect effect. An additional honorable mention as well to “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” by GhostmanNo1 who had similar cheeky Cheshire notions of his own.
"HIPSTER IN THE HOOD" by ZazDillinger ZazDillinger’s character here is just such a quintessentially cute and quirky hipster, she stole our heart. The aptly titled "Roof Rack o' Crap" mod on top of the brightly sticker-bombed Panto really suggests she's off for a bit of hardcore antiquing, an artisanal cheese tasting, a weekend of emo-rock festival partying or another such certainly-not-a-hipster leisure activity.
With so many excellent photos to choose from parlaying hipster humor and crafty customization ingenuity, our list of honorable mentions this time is longer than ever. Here are a bunch of other favorites who bear mentioning...
• Several people had the clever idea of using the Declasse Rhapsody and new toasts to pay homage to Wayne's World, including this shot by Poor Boi Racing's Meth83 and this one by ChocoMongo.
“I’M NOT A HIPSTER” GEAR GIVEAWAY SWEEPSTAKES WINNERS
Thanks also to everyone who entered and a big congrats to the lucky five Grand Prize Winners of the “I’m Not a Hipster” Gear Giveaway Sweepstakes: vvenom23, xXxCarrick, CCFCRyan99, Kincaid1103, and Djcred456 who all won the ultra-hip Los Santos Trucker Hat, Republican Space Rangers & Trevor Philips Industries Tee and the GTAV Zippo Lighter. We’re still confirming some of the runner-ups to win GTAV tees and stickers so be sure to check your inbox of the email attached to your Social Club account.
Stay tuned for the next GTA Online content updates as well as more Social Club Event Weekends to be announced very soon.
Summer music festival season has begun and whether you’re a loyal Radio Mirror Park listener, a Channel X headbanger or a Radio Los Santos fan, chances are your favorite GTAV soundtrack artist is out on tour or appearing at one of the many music festivals happening across the world over the next few months. As a helpful guide, we’ve compiled the below tour listings calendar for you to see who’s coming to a venue near you – including a breakdown arranged by artists from the Original Soundtrack album as well as by radio station and some festival listings where other GTA soundtrack alumni will be performing. Feel free to drop a comment below if you know of any other GTA soundtrack artists' concert dates coming up or to let us know if you managed to catch any of these guys as the shows happen – we’ll also be updating this post with additional dates as they’re announced.
Droves of players and their Crews turned out rolling in style in new Pegassi Zentornos and wheelie-stunting on Dinka Thrusts during the Social Club High Live Event. There were weekend-only Double GTA$ payouts in High Stakes Impromptu Races, and Triple RP in both golf and tennis, plus other limited time in-game bonuses like increased $10K wages, valuable Event Crate Drops containing free weaponry, RP boosts, and GTA$ stacks. Read on for some highlights including High Life live-streams and other fun weekend videos plus winners of the #HIGHLIFE Snapmatic photo contest and more.
THE OFFICIAL ROCKSTAR BROADCAST HIGH LIFE LIVE STREAM
Friday afternoon, we joined up with special guest members of the esteemed Achievement Hunters outfit (part of the Rooster Teeth comedy and gaming community), along with other members of the Social Club community to get into some High Life action, Verified Jobs and metagame craziness all streamed live. Check out the full two hour episode:
Some highlights not to miss:
(00:16:13) Bullpup Buttondown Beatdown We invited the Achievement Hunter crew up to GTADev1's brand new apartment at the Tinsel Towers to get acquainted. Once the ice was broken, we asked them to join us in an impromptu challenge. The objective: With Dev1 (aka Goose) and GTADev3 (aka Maverick), AH split into two teams - the first side to get dressed to impress at Ponsonbys, acquire the new Bullpup rifle from Ammu-nation and make it to the Vinewood sign hilltop (to lay in ambush for the other side) would win the challenge. Dev1 and MLP Michael's team won handily - and once at the Vinewood hilltop, all bets were off and Bullpups, rocket launchers, and renegade helis ran appropriately amok between everyone involved.
(00:36:50) FOREplay The Achievement Hunters returned to mix it up with us in FOREplay, a custom Deathmatch we created in honor of the Triple RP in golf and tennis that was available all weekend. Consisting of an iron, sticky bombs, carts and ramps, it wound up being 15 minutes of explosive chaos beyond what even Carl Spackler would have been capable of. There were even a few hilarious “look behind you moments” that caught everyone off guard.
(01:11:40) Loss Leader In this High Life Land Race featuring the new Zentornos, there are more than enough hairpin turns and curves to ensure crashes aplenty. After a race which was heavily led by Piggjam and FeymHD, RNT.2412 of NFCX took the lead late and won with a tidy time of 2:52, followed by KILLER_99997 in second and DrunkxDemon pulling up the rear in third.
(01:27:42) Tinsel Towers House Party GTADev3 was generous enough to invite a whole lobby’s worth of players over to his new Tinsel Towers pad for a little housewarming soirée and tour. Setting the mood with a barechested celebratory air thrust, things would only get more unruly from there. After some uncomfortable sleep creeping and a bizarre encounter in the powder room, it was clearly time to head on out and round out the rest of the stream playing some more Jobs including AH's own Juggernaut TDM. Thanks to our A-list house guests for stopping by: GTAm3n, MRGTAVInformer, Piggjam, RikkiVercetti, GermanScientist (who snapped a little selfie at the house party below), FeymHD as well as GTA fan site Crew The GTA Base's Lambentbunny and Crew Leader TylerTGTAB
The High Life Event Weekend also saw some awesome new videos and live-streams having fun with the all-new cars, weaponry, toasts and even the car horns.
We mentioned earlier that Lui Calibre and some of his friends including Vanoss Gaming and H20Delirious held a little High Life Car Horns Orchestra last week – and then on Saturday, the always creative GTA Series Videos guys truly took it to the next level with their full-fledged 5+ minute “GTA Online Concert” performance which you can watch below in all of its glory. Performed at the Sisyphus Theater in Vinewood Hills, the GTA Online Concert features their renditions of “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes, “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King, the “Star Wars (Main Theme)” and even the “Soviet Connection” theme from GTAIV - to name a few. Slow clap, indeed.
On Saturday, there was also a full program of special featured guest live-streams hosted by some of our friends on Twitch and YouTube - including some where Rockstar devs were able to get in on the action:
Swiftor, who you may remember as having joined us in-studio during the last couple of Rockstar Broadcast Event streams, was kind enough to invite GTADev3 in to play with his community in some of the new Races and a couple fun minigames of his own. You can check out a segment of us chasing down each other's Zentorno's above..
Returning featured guest streamers from previous Event Weekends included HikeTheGamer and his Landed It Crew who did High Life Weekend broadcasts on both Saturday and Sunday - and Garrett Sutton (RedRobinz of Jobless Gamers) who did an epic 5+ hour stream on Saturday that was simulcast with fellow featured streamer and Squadcaster DatSaintsFan on his own Twitch channel. Watch Jobless’ full stream archive above to see us all getting down in some new High Life Races, homemade Captures, free mode car show fun and lots more.
Also check out the archived High Life stream hosted by one of the new faces in our featured guest stream lineup, MrBossFTW who broadcast some non-stop gameplay focusing on lots of the new Races and Zentornos with GTADev1 joining in a couple along the way.
#HIGHLIFE SNAPMATIC COMPETITION WINNERS And here are the winning Snapmatic photos from the #HIGHLIFE contest – each of these clever photographers walks away with GTA$1M and will get the exclusive in-game HIGHLIFE vanity plate as well.
"iGTA Off Off Broadway Play - Jazz Hands" by Ayreon01 The iGrandTheftAuto Crew really out did themselves with this imagined Off-Off-Broadway musical held at the Sisyphus amphitheater. Using the new High Life Jazz Hands toast to full Bob Fosse effect, the iGTA Crew were able to pull off one hell of a show. It was actually difficult to choose between a few of the Snapmatics that Ayreon01 posted from this musical performance, but the above one really stole the show. To check out the full gallery, including some behind-the-scenes rehearsal shots and some candids from the wrap party, check out the full image set posted on imgur.
"High Stakes" by shenizian Well, this one pretty much has it all. An airborne Huntley S and the Massacro and Zentorno all poised for a fast getaway from whatever was responsible for that raging explosion in the background. All while spectators from the ZWAME PT Crew cheer, salute and toast away by the roadside. A great use of the blur effect tool to capture a hectic and outrageous moment (the returning Snapmatic contest champion, shenizian also posted a blur-free version for those who may prefer that look).
"Pillbox Hill" by repdek An absolutely stunning entry that was taken by a member of the serious shutterbugs club of the 1,000 strong GTAPhotographers Crew. This SAGMA-worthy piece of Snapmatic art combines dramatic lighting to complement the heavy rain and an impeccably chosen Snapmatic filter that all play across the custom chrome surface of this Pegassi Zentorno.
"HIGHLIFE Plates" by HairyHole Also from the GTAPhotographers Crew, HairyHole was quite busy over the weekend with a few solid entries into the #HIGHLIFE competition including one that made it on to our Rockstar Broadcast live-stream on Friday. This one was truly sweet though - HairyHole cleverly used the Meme text feature in Snapmatic to simulate what the HIGHLIFE plate might look like on his own Massacro. Well, no need to fake it any longer, you’ve made it. Look for Hairy cruising around L.S. with a legit HIGHLIFE plate soon.
SNAPMATIC HONORABLE MENTIONS It’s always tough to narrow it down to just 5 winners, and here are some that we're pained to say just nearly made the cut.
"Welcome 2 the HighLife"- A perfect use of the new Face Palm toast and Snapmatic Meme generator to illustrate the pain of wrecking your brand new Zentorno, by YoungMottz.
"Cheatin' Like a Boss" - #1 most liked #HighLife shot on Social Club, ZazDillinger definitely deserves a shout out for this wonderfully framed shot admittedly using the in-game weather cheat to summon mother nature’s wrath at the Del Perro Pier, while watching from the safety of a Zentorno.
"Power Street"- An awesome light show effect coupled with space-age High Life text makes for one sweet and artful Snapmatic, by Banjabi.
HIGH LIFE SOCIAL CLUB EVENT SWEEPSTAKES WINNERS
Cheers also to all who participated and entered to win this weekend and of course to the V lucky grand prize winners of the High Life Event Sweepstakes giveaway - we are still presently confirming a few of them via email but for now we can congratulate mad2ko0l, stanggman75, iits.bee, jayjuttz and its_not_unusual. All of the final confirmed winners will be taking home the limited-edition GTA Five Iron Golf Club as well as official GTAV tees and stickers. There's also 10 Runners-up being confirmed who will each receive official t-shirts and stickers.
An important reminder to be sure to check your Social Club-linked emails account for possible notifications (check your spam folder as well to be safe) - and to make sure that your Social Club account is updated to be linked to your most actively used email account for just such occasions.
THE HIGH LIFE EVENT PLAYLIST
As an extended bonus to the High Life Event Weekend fun, you may have seen the High Life Event Playlist still live in-game. The Playlist is available from the Rockstar Playlists section of the pause menus, and contains the four new Races in the High Life Update so you can play through them back-to-back with the same group and find out who is the best player across a multitude of different car classes. With each Race locked to one of the new High Life vehicles, it’s a great opportunity to get to grips with the Dewbauchee Massacro, Enus Huntley S, Dinka Thrust motorbike and of course the Pegassi Zentorno. Keep an eye out for Event Playlists to play a part in future Social Club Event Weekends with some special challenges as well.
Stay tuned for information soon on the next content updates coming to Grand Theft Auto Online as well as more in-game bonus reward opportunities to be announced.
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