Recap from the GTAIV & Max Payne 3 Doubleheader Multiplayer Event (August 30)

Posted on September 11 2012, 2:08pm | Author: R* M | Filed Under: Games, Social Club

On August 30th we bid farewell to our Summer season of Social Club Multiplayer Events with an epic, all-day double header featuring back-to-back sessions of Grand Theft Auto IV and Max Payne 3 Multiplayer. First up, congratulations are due to the winners of our sweepstakes who have earned themselves prize packs including Rockstar collectibles and other gear. The GTAIV winners were richard_hung-lo, MicBlaze, Andy315x, Skankasaurus and JasonDeadly, and our Max Payne 3 winners were thedutchpitbull, Jinxyman, VoiD88, TheCloven and PaynePillPopper.

We began the day in our old haunts of Liberty City, with four Rockstar Devs out in full force, taking on all comers in various gamemodes. GwRockstar2 got warmed up on Xbox LIVE with a Deathmatch at the Docks. Our Dev got up close and personal with a knife and had moderate success with this surprising tactic against R3tardedLi0n69 and Ne0nDarkness16. ORIGINAL SMOKEY proved a tough competitor however, wasting us in successive shootouts. In a vengeful rage, GwRockstar2 turned to using trusty molotov cocktails to burn the place down.

Hit the jump for more videos, details, some screens and also a list of participants according to our records. And make sure to check out the new fall calendar of events so you can plan ahead - starting with this Thursday's Triple XP Red Dead Redemption event on PSN and Xbox LIVE.

Crew Cut: The Mavericks

Posted on September 7 2012, 4:58pm | Author: R* M | Filed Under: Games, Social Club

This week on the Crew Cut, we're featuring several Crews and emblem artists who buck the trends on Social Club and really stand out from the crowd. 


The impressive accomplishments of the aptly named 'Unfair Advantage' Crew. Watch your back if you run into any of these folks playing Max Payne 3 during this weekend's Double XP session.

Sometimes you find a Crew who has just got it all. Unfair Advantage surely takes the prize for the best All Round Crew on Social Club right now. Their 89% Feud win percentage is difficult to match by most Crews, but combine this with a great emblem and the fact they've entered the top 100 Crew on the Xbox 360 leaderbaords despite having just 26 members and only being one month old and you've got yourself some serious world-beaters that look like a force to be reckoned with. With prominent player EelsInCaves having sounded the call, expect them to be challenging for the top after this weekend's Double XP.

RoyalL_Genius is a committed Social Club community member who rose to prominence as a key part of oft-featured Crew the RoyalL_Legends. He's since formed a splinter group of Max Payne 3 players called the Contract Killerz Crew. After switching to Open Enrollment last week, the Crew has ballooned in numbers to dwarf the roster of RoyalL_Genius' former running mates. The surge in recruitment may have something to do with a fantastically detailed and imaginative emblem that captures their name and spirit quite well. RoyalL_Genius is committed to making it into the top 10 - so if you're looking for a new Crew of dedicated PSN players to roll out with, these might be your guys.


From Left to Right: The Contract Killerz Crew emblem, the Zombie Zuckerz mosaic emblem gallery, Emblem Addicts take on Red Dead Redemption and the Lawless Gangstas honor John Hillcoat's latest.

On the logo front, we spotlight a Crew who has done amazing things with not one, but all 12 of the emblems on the front page of their gallery. Zombie_paste was astute enough to see the potential for publishing emblems in a specific order to make an entirely new mosaic in the gallery of his Crew the Zombie Zuckerz. Full marks for ingenuity; we're interested to see how other Crews can take this idea further...     

Inspired by the unique visual energy of Red Dead Redemption, stealthyassassin has contributed a stand-out effort into the gallery of emblem super-Crew the Emblem Addicts. With a stark economy of color and a clear aesthetic, this emblem is a worthy tribute to John Marston's adventures in West Elizabeth and New Austin. It seems apt to feature alongside the emblem of The Lawless Gangstas, which refers to the latest film from veteran director John Hillcoat, who's responsible for one of our favorite westerns (2005's The Proposition) and also directed a fantastic short film using the world of Red Dead Redemption to re-imagine John Marston's pursuit of justice and salvation.

Finally we'd like to again showcase a range of emblems from one artist in particular. Noru 112 is a user who clearly takes a purist's joy in the emblem editor, showing off a consistent yet dynamic style while filling his own Crew, the Hidden Daggers' gallery with his creations. While the Crew currently lack Feuds and points on the board, Noru112 has made an impassioned appeal for more members and greater ambition. With the Crew now set to open enrollment, Xbox LIVE players looking to a splash a stylish emblem across their victim's death screens may want to consider this squad.

 

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Crew Cut: Storming the Castle

Posted on August 31 2012, 1:59pm | Author: R* M | Filed Under: Games, Social Club

The long running major players on the Social Club Crew leaderboards have thus far been well-documented here in the Crew Cut. But this week we noticed a significant shift on all three leaderboard as a host of Crews we've not yet featured have got the established guard looking over their shoulders.

     

Paper In My Pocket have recently taken the PSN leaderboards by storm, joining Underground Thugs and the Death Bringers as Crews infiltrating the status quo in the top 20. While they're certainly grabbing all the XP they can, Paper in my Pocket still has a less than stellar Feud win percentage though. Crew leader lonestar_playa may wish to tighten up by trimming the fat from their bloated ranks, taking a leaf out of the book of Dutch Stoner from 11th placed Ganja Outlaws Crew who aims to kick out ten dead-weight members every day. Pro Kill You were once the biggest threat to the throne for top PSN Crew Pick Your Poison, but have fallen drastically out of contention. Situated in 27th, they are now two places behind plucky upstarts Bag Em And Tag Em Crew who have a killer emblem to go with their solid Feud win percentage. Props also to DrugsMoneySex in 28th place whose 107 members have been 'Dealin' Murder Since Creation' and whose Crew leader Vandelizm187 is always a strong presence in our Social Club events.

LXG Crew continue to reign as best private Crew on the XBox 360 leaderboards. Crew leader LXG Silencer created the video above commemorating their recent achievement of 100,000,000 XP and bigging up the LXG Crew, who '"like Time itself, never stop". Intent on taking them on are Killer Smoking Aces and Mob Squad. These Crews have been around since the launch of Crews on the Social Club and what talent they may lack in designing emblems they more than make up for making wives into widows. Killer Smoking Aces also have got stuck in to a tremendous amount of Feuds considering their sub-100 membership; these boys obviously roll together on the regular. Mob Squad Crew might not have the same dogged persistence, but are certainly more clinical, having beaten Killer Smoking Aces 30 - 11 so far when these two face off in Feuds.

      

The Illuminatti Crew are establishing their own New World Order on the PC leaderboards, having recently snuck in to 13th place overall. Committed to showing up in force with their mesmerising emblem in our Social Club events and bonus XP weekends, this secret society trusts no-one. Further down the ranks, a new contender has emerged: The Gallant Psychos, a Crew created just at the start of August that has leapt immediately up the ranks into the Top 30. They've risen five places in the past three days show no signs of slowing down. Perhaps because they are run by the ruthless Evilinkoff, a player so good we assumed must be cheating at our most recent SC event (we've since realized our error and reinstated him as the event winner). Incredibly, his talents extend beyond Max Payne 3 multiplayer to the emblem editor as well. It was difficult to pick just one of his emblems from The Gallant Psychos gallery, so we went for three of the best:

      

Elsewhere on the emblem editor scene, YourTaxesAtWork seems to have found a partner-in-crime for his emblem expertise in bold faced newcomer odd_one. Together the dynamic duo lead a dynasty of Emblem Addicts who are collectively responsible for the creation of emblems for around 20 Crews in Social Club. Odd_one's Villainz Crew are "still taking requests" for those in need of a bespoke emblem apparently. We are particular fans of this effort for Newswire regular DeafAtheist's Xbox-only Crew the Callipygous Killers, as well as odd-one's very own artist tag.

        

Besides these Odd_one has also created emblems for, amongst others, The Sunday SlayersInsane AsylumDead RabbitsNerds With AttitudeThe Lynch MobDead End GangstersFox Hound unitSky Hi, and 25 To Lyfe Crews. Which means there's a strong possibility you've already seen one of his emblems before in Max Payne 3 Multiplayer. Here's five of our favorites; have a look and see if any jog your memory.
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Crew Cut: Rising to the Top

Posted on August 26 2012, 3:06pm | Author: R* M | Filed Under: Social Club

This coming week marks the last event in our summer calendar of official Social Club Multiplayer Events, so before we announce the fall schedule, this week's Crew Cut takes a look specifically at which Crews have been represented well by their members on the Event Leaderboards throughout the season's heated Max Payne 3 online battles. While bragging rights over Feuds, KDR and Kills are always well and good, there's a special victory and prestige in representing your Crew at the peak of a viciously competitive blood-and-guts Social Club event with Rockstar. You can browse the leaderboards of each event dating back to June 3rd at http://socialclub.rockstargames.com/multiplayer and here's a summary by platform of a few notable Crews of late that have been showing and proving to make the most of the timed format by racking up the XP as high as their pile of dead enemies.

PC PLAYERS

Much respect is due again to Pro and Deadly, a Crew we featured just a few weeks back for their impressive KDR. It seems these steely assassins have not taken well to having the second-best KDR on PSN: their Feed is littered with signs that they are doing everything they can to raise that bar even higher by recruiting only players with a KDR above 2.0. Members abrokian and aimstylR finished 1st and 4th respectively on the Leaderboard for our most recent Social Club event (with aimstyleR racking up a 3.28 KDR). Of course the really scary part is that abrokian and aimstylR aren't even the best players in the Crew....

The Crews represented at the top of the leaderboard for the 8-17 PC Event

Not only did the Turkish Police Crew have the honor of placing second in our most recent Crew Cut Crewlympics, but one of their distinguished officers, Carnage694, placed third in our PC event just two days prior. As if to celebrate these achievements, Istanbul's finest have published an awesome new badge with which to stamp down their authority. Further down the leaderboard, placing just behind MaxPayneDev1 was go4live of CounterAlkisOntour - a Crew created just days prior to the event. Having already recruited 16 players in the past three weeks, it could be worth jumping on the CounterAlkis bandwagon now, so you can say you were there before they got big.

 
CONSOLE CREWS
 
After our most recent Xbox LIVE event in July, Legends Of Red Dead Crew scored an unprecedented coup, recruiting the first and second place players on the event leaderboard, Kenshirio360 and Xstormer1 (unsurprisingly, these were also the only players to hit over 400 kills on the day). Careful though, you have to send a naked picture of yourself to one of their members if you really want to join. Seriously.
 
Prominent member of super-Crew Pick Your Poison Jessup20 came in a very respectable third in our last PSN event at the start of August. With the Pick Your Poison roster bursting at the seams, Jessup20 recently took it upon himself to set up PURP recruit Crew, an open enrollment feeding ground "that allows dedicated PURPs to vet recruits". A neat idea, and an indication of the standards which this Crew can now maintain.
 
 
Similarly on Xbox, LXG Crew have not one, but two supporting Crews to pick new recruits from: LXG 2 and LXG 4. (Of course, this only begs the question, what happened to LXG 3?!). During our July Event round-ups, we documented a nail-biting game of Gang Wars that took place between hordes of LXG Crew members and our Devs, as well as some excellent showings by The Heavy Hitterz Crew and The Elite Gamer Crew. Looking at the event leaderboard, it's interesting to note that despite the fierce gameplay of the LXG Crew players we faced, their highest player was only at 170th - strong proof that there is strength in numbers when it comes to Max Payne 3 Multiplayer.
 
 
You can expect a detailed round up of how our crack team of Devs fared in the most recent Social Club PC event in the coming days. Note that during our Fall events, we plan on giving out some Social Club unlocks to the top placed Crews and players in our Social Club events, so now's the time to get on board and start practicing. Keep an eye on the Rockstar Newswire for more information soon along with the announcement of the fall calendar.

CREW SESSIONS AT ROCKSTAR NYC

Our guest Crew series of multiplayer events here on the Rockstar Rooftop has being going strong of late with some of our game-enthusiast friends from the worlds of music, radio and more stopping by to jump online for some Max Multiplayer with fans. The Official Hot 97 Crew is now swollen up to 270 members, Feuding away with rival Crew Goal And Zeus Arena; special shout to the top-ranked players in that Crew by platform who are spartan117bryan (360), kwk… (PS3), and speedyfun7 (PC). To celebrate, Hot 97’s DJ Enuff, Peter Rosenberg and Laura Stylez came through recently to throw down in Max Multiplayer on the Rockstar Twitch livestream with and against some of the biggest gamers from the rap world, our friends from The Lox, Sheek Louch and Styles P (who appeared on the official remix of Emicida's "9 Circulos" from the Max soundtrack) along with Young Chris. Watch the video highlights of all that action and props to Social Club members Backlo of the DemiGods Crew, thoughtfulcorn86 (aka Vault Master 101 on XBL) of the GameStop NY-NJ Crew, and DBHADSWAG (aka zombie boy 2369 on XBL) of his lone wolf Team Swagg Crew all of whom you can see in the recap vid getting much kills that day, mostly at the expense of an unfortunate Rosenberg. Also a shout to Chris Webby and his DJ Jay Cash both of whom beat Max Payne 3’s single-player story earlier this summer and have been honing their chops in Multiplayer since; they came through this past Tuesday for a live-streaming play session opting to represent the almighty official Payne Killers Crew. Look for a few more special guest rooftop Crew sessions including one with some notable gamer friends from the NYC area this week…

Previously:

Crew Cut: Olympian Efforts from International Crews

Posted on August 17 2012, 1:25pm | Author: R* M | Filed Under: Social Club

In the wake of this week's closing ceremonies in London and in honor of the spirit of international competition, this week's edition of the Crew Cut pays honor especially to some of the nationalistic themed Crews out there - some of whom we'd previously featured earlier this summer along with many other new squads who've been letting the blood, sweat and tears flow on the multiplayer tracks and fields of Max Payne 3. We've pitted these Crews against one another by comparing standings across several statistical categories and with no further ado, we proudly hand out our own Social Club Crew-lympic medals to the top three international pride Crews across specially chosen disciplines:

PSN CREWS: XP

The Spaniards are not traditionally major players at the Olympics, but the SoldiersSpainKillers fly the flag for Spain at the top of the XP podium of PSN international Crews. Impressively, the Iberians are also the fifth ranked overall private Crew in terms of XP, and have some serious back-up in THIS IS SPAIN Crew, placed not far behind. Olé The Italian Job shouldn't be too disheartened taking Silver on our Social Club Crewlympic podium given that they are currently neck and neck in Feuds with the SoldiersSpainKillers. We'll be keeping a close eye to see who takes the lead in the next round of fighting. Currently in line for the Bronze medal amongst international PSN Crews are Shine Thugz Crew, the "1st French team." Their YourTaxesAtWork designer Tupac emblem won a lot of praise from Social Club users when we featured it several weeks ago, and it's great to see the guys are getting it out there and stamping it on some corpses. The Gauls have some intimidating reinforcements in the francophone Crew x-Justice For All-x, who are also well inside the top 10 places on the international Crew XP leaderboard.

PC CREWS: KDR

While the Russian Crews dominate the Crew XP leaderboards on PC, their high-head-count ranks do them no favors when it comes to the Crew KDR. With just 7 members, ARGENTINA Crew take a Social Club Gold Medal for their impressive 1.65 KDR - the best out of all active international Crews on the PC platform. Like ARGENTINA, the Turkish Police Crew also keep their roster spartan, a tactic that pays off as their 6 members take the Silver medal with a 1.46 KDR. (Interestingly, the Turkish Police can also claim bragging rights for the best Game Win Percentage out of our top international PC Crews - their Crew members finish on the winning side in 62% of games they play.) Multi-platform French Crew jeuxvideocom XB have their full quota of 300 players, which makes it that much more impressive that they take the third tier on our Social Club Crew-lympic podium, with a combined KDR of 1.41.

XBL CREWS: WIN PCT

The 57-strong Crew of French Jokers claims the Xbox LIVE Social Club Gold Medal for France with a fantastique Win PCT of 60%. They've also shown "No Mercy" in the 900 feuds they've fought, and have clocked up over 2K first place finishes, cementing their position on the Xbox 360 Platinum leaderboards. RUSSIAN MOB take Silver with an impressive 58%, showing that their hearts are as cold as a Moscow winter. Although Payne Capitale proudly carry a 55% Win PCT in any given game, Social Club Crewlympic rules state that no nation (in this case, France) can win two medals in the same category. Therefore, third place goes across the Channel to multiplatform UK Crew representing the host nation of the London 2012 Olympics with a Game Win PCT of 53.5%. UK Crew have fallen away from the leading pack after a bright start on the overall Xbox 360 leaderboards; here's hoping their Bronze spurs them to restore their former glories.

EMBLEMS 2012

We've dug through the galleries of the best international Crews on Social Club to see who's been taking as much pride in spraying paint as they have in spraying bullets. Given their nation's rich artistic history, it is little surprise that Gold goes to the The Italian Job. With any number of emblems in their gallery being sufficiently impressive to feature, we've opted for this sexy, dangerous and, well, detailed effort from CyberMagik. It was only a matter of time before a rendition of Nyan Cat showed up as a Social Club emblem, but such is LaCrimeSD's painstaking attention to detail in copying every pixel, that we've decided to award Silver Medal to Russian EBCA Clan. The final medal in our Crew-lympic round-up goes to little known Taiwanese Crew Bahamut-Taiwan for their monochrome moon-riding dragon which shows an almost professional economy of line and a unique style that is thoroughly deserving of the Emblem Bronze medal.

Max Payne 3 Social Club Multiplayer Recap: July Events

Posted on July 23 2012, 1:00pm | Author: R* M | Filed Under: Social Club

The summer calendar of live-streaming Social Club Multiplayer Events has been burning up this month with Social Club players teaming up with and taking on our crack squad of Rockstar Games developers in Max Payne 3 multiplayer. As we prep to close out July with a return trip to the wild west of Red Dead this Friday, here's a rundown of the action from our Max events.

On July 6th, we expanded the session to take place across all three platforms - starting with a bloody tour of the new maps from the Local Justice DLC pack on PlayStation Network, when we entered the 55th Battalion HQ with a trusty mini-30 for a game of Gang Wars. The central parking lot became the focus of an intense battle throughout the war. During a game of Short Fuse, our MaxPayneDev1 could get nowhere near the bomb sites due to fearless work from YoungJrBaby. The Policia de Cidade having abandoned their offices, MaxPayneDev1 and the Tropa Z moved in during a Turf Grab to control all three checkpoints. Not even miltarypicture5's RPG couldn't clear the amassed Tropa Z who claimed a resounding win. Going into the final Showdown with two wins apiece, the margin for error was small. After a long battle, flavio2212 got the final kill for the Cracha Preto who claimed a well-earned victory.

Check out MaxPayneDev2's stream from our July 6th Event. Video uploaded courtesy of Social Club's ShenmueSaga.

Playing on PC in Free Aim mode, MaxPayneDev2 kicked off a Gang War in the Bus Depot. Utilizing a super light Loadout with minimal armor, MaxPayneDev2 was able to use the increased speed to collect several bags during a round of Grab. Later, Dev1 was selected as the assassination target and headed straight into a house overlooking the ditch in the far corner of the map. As MaxPayneDev2's team took up strategic lookout points around their leader, the other gang closed in using smoke grenades from khlaa007 to try to smoke out the rat. Dual-wielding an M972 and PT92, MaxPayneDev2 was able to lead from the front to survive the hit, taking out three people in the process. We moved onto a round of all out Warfare. MaxPayneDev2 again used close range weapons and increased speed to good effect, hiding in the Depot garage waiting behind cover to surprise the enemy. After a 5 person kill streak, MaxPayneDev2 deployed a level 3 Trigger Happy burst and rained down hell from an elevated position with the grenade launcher. Within 2 minutes, MaxPayneDev2's Tropa Z leapt to a 21-7 lead, and the Cracha Preto were never able to recover from such a deficit. Dev1 picked out Hadghog of the leaderboard high-flying Crew Russian Bears Team as a stand out player on the opposing team. However despite such pedigree, the Cracha Preto weren't able to take more than one checkpoint during a round of passage. Tropa Z won the round and subsequently the War.

flavio2212militarypicture5 and Tha_Punisher take fire from MaxPayneDev1 across the 55th Battalion car park.

Our MaxPayneDev2 was not so successful during a Deathmatch in the Favelas, when Snieps187, leader of the all-German Crew Killer Without Mercy triumphed. Other stand out players on the day include GTAIV_KingFlight666, Multiplayer event regular tehLito and 911 Crew's Cky4life. Much props to G_R_I_M_M_E_R for a 29-to-6 KDR during a Team Deathmatch in the alleys with MaxPayneDev1. Our Devs were less impressed by the suicidal tendencies of MrFoxNik and Nakilevy who both walked into a gunfight while marked during an assassination defense. Those watching at the Social Club live stream and our Twitch.tv page also saw Kuichi inhabit the role of the sneaky sniper to perfection. Shouts as well to gulliblewritingMarvelnerdIbarry2k, and krazedsoldier who stood out from the masses while playing with MaxPayneDev4 on Xbox LIVE. Also on XBL, MaxPayneDev3 found it heavy going against Hoopdreamz030 and jusjay who were rolling all over the other players. These two represent for The Heavy Hitterz Crew, who have recently entered the top 100 overall Crews on XBL hovering around the 50-mark - we'll be keeping a close eye on them in the near future.

MaxPayneDev1 defends a primed bombsite in the Docks from Dave_KnoxvilleDeegee10secondmouth78087 & Moore81

Hit the jump for a recap of our July 12th event as well as the roll call of attendees...

 

The Crew Cut: The Highly Accomplished

Posted on July 20 2012, 5:00pm | Author: R* M | Filed Under: Social Club

                        

HIGHLY ACCOMPLISHED

This week, we take a look at the Accomplishments section of Crews' profile pages to see which squads are working together to reach their targets. Ghostface_Killas Crew's roster of 92 players have clearly put the time and teamwork in as they recently racked up 5,000 Crew assists in Max Payne 3 Multiplayer on Xbox LIVE. With extra XP gained for acting as accomplice to a Crewmate's kill, it's no surprise they've also crossed the 5,000,000 threshold and gained an XP IV Accomplishment in doing so. As well has having a killer emblem, Los Santos Police Crew have an even more impressive Crew-members-to-Crew-Assists ratio. Their 45 members have crossed the 1,000 mark for assists, achieving the Solidarity III Accomplishment. These PlayStation Network players are currently recruiting, so if you fancy joining up with a Crew on their way up, talk to their leadership triumvirate of PUREOWNAGE760jessejames26 and "main Boss" kenny_fromLV.

Ghostface_Killas Crew exhibit an impressive trophy cabinet of Accomplishments.
 
                             

PC players looking for a talented and fun Crew to join could do worse than the CyberKillers. Not only do they have an awesome Daft Punk inspired emblem but their 14 players have put more than 1,000,000 points on the board, earning them an XP III Accomplishment. They are encouraging new users to "join today", so get involved. We also found one Crew who has set their own specific Accomplishment to target: Rampage Crew, led by FisFis, are out to "Kill 25 Crew members in 2 minutes!" Best of luck guys - let us know how you get on and who winds up serving as your foil.

 
MANGA & TOON EMBLEMS
 
We've come across two very nicely detailed emblems that pay homage to the Gekiga style of Japanese Manga drawing. The genre is characterized by gritty, bleak storylines featuring dangerous and often violent characters battling against dark demons both literal and metaphorical - an influence that some Social Club Crews apparently are finding apt to represent the mayhem and gunfire of Max Payne 3 Multiplayer. The pistol-wielding heroine on the left is an effort by ZeroFoxFK of The Faceless Knights Crew who we featured a few weeks back. The Faceless Knights gallery indicates that ZeroFoxFK is a keen tinkerer will go back and revise emblems, adding new layers to find the perfect combination. We particularly like the Faceless Knights initials tattooed onto his heroine's arm - nice touch. To the right, is an emblem designed by leonpoly for his Argentinian Crew, Leon De Monos. The boys from Buenos Aires are currently six-deep in membership, get in touch for your chance to sport this bad boy as your emblem.
 
   
 
Cartoons are also proving to be a prime source of inspiration for Social Club Crew emblems, with many users opting to strategically amuse their enemies into distraction and then follow-up laughter with pain. An impressive recreation of the beloved Towelie has turned up as the emblem for the high-minded Chronic Vengeance Crew, and despite several subsequent submissions to their gallery, quite rightly remains the Crew's active emblem. HitmanForum Crew make up for a woeful Feud win PCT with a retro and oddly pensive portrait of Sesame Street's mono-browed Bert, designed by Hungary's Nashoba. It seems that Mercs Inc Crew leader Time_Victim, featured previously on the Crew Cut, now has competition for title of best artist in Ponyville: the bronies of the 130-member strong Str8 Outta Equestria Crew have filled their gallery with various representations of Pinkie Pie et al. Check out their current active emblem, inspired by Twilight Sparkle, in the line-up below. Turning back the years are The Magoo Crew who we can only hope are mimicking Jim Backus' famous catchphrase over the comms everytime they notch another kill on Max Payne 3 Multiplayer: "Oh Magoo, You've Done it Again!".
 
   
 
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An Interview with Crew Emblem Artist-in-Demand: YourTaxesAtWork

Posted on July 19 2012, 2:23pm | Author: R* M | Filed Under: Social Club

     

Helping to set the standard for Crew Emblem Editor excellence at the Social Club is YourTaxesAtWork - the first Emblem artiste to be featured twice in our Newswire Crew Cut report. With a great vision and keen eye for proportion and color, he first made a name with his own Crew, Emblem Addicts ("Emblematic of Obsession") and soon found himself taking requests and becoming ubiquitous for joining Crews and blessing them with a fine custom creation. We decided it was about time we got in touch with YourTaxesAtWork to ask him about his work, and how he gets such incredible results with the editor.

Which of your works are you most proud of?

The Kong Whiskey emblem is by far my favorite. It really wasn't complete until I added the fly in the glass because it helps tell the story of Max Payne. The guy just can't catch a break.

How long does it take you on average to complete an emblem?

If I'm copying an image as I did for the Tupac and Bachelor Frog emblems, it takes about an hour because the idea is already in front of me. I don't have to imagine what it ought to look like. Shine Thugz took about 4-5 hours total, but  most take 2-3 hours. Half of that time is spent getting the emblem within 90% of the finished product, but tweaking, correcting, and polishing takes up the other half. That usually takes place in 20 minute increments. I'll take a break, look at it with fresh eyes, have an idea, make the change, then walk away again. Rinse and repeat until I'm satisfied. In fact, I had to come back to Shine Thugz AFTER it was featured because part of the banner (Viva) was in Spanish, not French!

As well as your own Crew Emblem Addicts, you've created custom emblems for a lot of other Crews such as DOGS OF VVAR, Epic Ninjas and Bachelor Frogs. You must get a lot of requests. Why did you decide to do emblems for the Crews you did?

I get a lot of requests. It can be hard to keep up, but generally speaking I don't discriminate. It's just a matter of whether I have time or not, which I usually do. Sometimes I like to do them on my own then surprise the crew with the finished product. I'll do that for a crew like Sterling Cooper because I love the show Mad Men and it also relates back to Rockstar because of the Mad Men-inspired cast of L.A. Noire.

How do you get the minute detail like the unicorn being abducted in your version of Mona Lisa?

Detail is tough once your shape gets overrun by little blue squares but the ability to type in the value of your X and Y scale is invaluable. You can also do this to define the coordinates and rotation of the shape, which helps especially when you're trying to maintain a level of uniformity like in lettering.

If you press Escape while in the Emblem Editor it will remove those little blue squares while still giving you the ability to control the shape. 

Thanks for the tip. I did not know that!
 

And now, in what may be considered his debut solo exhbition, we are proud to present a selection of YourTaxesAtWork finest emblems - all created from the ground up with the Crew Emblem Editor: 

 

   

    

 

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For Max Payne 3 to Grand Theft Auto V and beyond, Crews are groups of Social Club members who form persistent teams to compete and earn rewards in-game and on the Social Club website. Create a Crew or join one now - here are some Crews we've featured in the Crew Cut here at the Newswire:

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