Red Hook Crit Brooklyn No. 8 Recap

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

The 8th annual Red Hook Crit at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal featured some of the finest racing in the history of the series, as experienced athletes and ambitious newcomers all fought for a place on the podium at the kickoff event for the 2015 Championship Series. 

 
Ivan Ravaioli celebrates his dramatic win in the Men’s Criterium at this weekend’s Red Hook Crit Championship Series opener at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. [Photo: Takuya Sakamoto]

Victory in the men’s criterium was earned in breathtaking fashion by one of the favorites, Ivan Ravaioli of Italy. While a relative newcomer to the Crit, Ravaioli came to the start line with an impressive racing pedigree, which includes being a World Tour rider as well as starts in classics such as the Milan - SanRemo and a grand tour start at the Giro d’Italia. He displayed his strength and ability in his debut at Milan last year and bested Luis Junquera of Spain by a mere wheel length after an impressive attack in the final sprint to the finish. The race was transformed with three laps to go when a crash took out the first prime winner Mario Paz Duque, top antagonist winner Chas Christiansen and many other pre-race favorites.

 
This year’s top finishers gather on the podium. [Photo: Takuya Sakamoto]

Mexico’s newcomer, Raul Torres, finished in a close 3rd. Professional mountain bike racer and 2014 Series ChampionThibaud Lhenry, earned pole position after fastest qualifier and previous Red Hook Crit winner Stefan Vis crashed out with a broken collar bone. Lhenry earned a sixth place finish after an incredibly strong race. The Rockstar Award for Top Antagonist from the men’s field was taken by San Francisco native Chas Christiansen representing Mash SF.

 
Ivan Ravaioli beating out Luis Junquera by a wheel length at the finish line.

 
Team Cinelli Chrome’s Alfred Bobe Jr. during the afternoon’s qualifying session. [Photo: Takuya Sakamoto]

For the Women’s Criterium, Kacey Manderfield Lloyd, who most notably won the inaugural Red Hook Crit in 2008, qualified in pole position and placed third behind Fleur Faure and winner Ainara Elbusto Artega. With the win, Artega positioned herself as this year’s rider to beat in the women’s field. She also won the 2014 women’s series after sweeping both primes and taking the win at Barcelona, and securing a prime before taking 2nd in Milan last year. She is also a UCI World Cup contender and multi-time podium finisher at the Spanish National Championships. Her constant attacks on the front, and phenomenal strength earned her the Rockstar Award for Top Antagonist in addition to the win.

 
Artega crosses the finish against the backdrop of the winner’s podium and the Statue of Liberty. [Photo: Takuya Sakamoto]

 
Turn seven of the women’s criterium. [Photo: Takuya Sakamoto]

Congratulations are in order to all the athletes who competed in the day’s events, including Eliud Ngetich, who won the 5k race with a blazing 14:21. Also, a huge thank you to all the Red Hook Crit staff who work tirelessly to make these events happen, as well as the Red Hook Crit volunteers without whom none of this would be possible.

 
Men’s qualifying group 1 on the starting grid. [Photo: Takuya Sakamoto]

 
Distance runner Eliud ‘Heldy’ Ngetich sets a blistering pace in the 5k race that preceded the finals for the Women’s and Men’s Criterium. [Photo: Takuya Sakamoto]


Previously:
Rockstar Games Presents the Red Hook Criterium Brooklyn No. 8

The Alchemist and Oh No Present: Welcome to Los Santos Out Now

Posted 2 weeks, 2 days ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Music, Games

The Alchemist and Oh No Present: Welcome to Los Santos, the outstanding collection of brand new tracks with top-flight collaborators created for and inspired by the world of GTAV, is available now via iTunes, and on CD.
 
Take a look at the video below to hear Alchemist, Oh No and some of the guest artists discuss the creation of the album.
 

 
Here’s what some of the music press have been saying about the singles released from 'Welcome To Los Santos' so far:
 
Freddie Gibbs and Curren$y, “Fetti”

"Yet another gem from the record’s star-studded tracklist” – XXL

“Phenomenal” – Okayplayer
 
MNDR Feat. Killer Mike, “Lock & Load”

“MNDR slowly delivers piercing gunplay over drums with clothes-shaking knock and slow-winding synth bass. Killer Mike comes through and empties the clip with a sixteen that murders everything — literally and figuratively.” – Stereogum (Named one 5 best songs of the week)

“Mixes MNDR’s dreamy vocals with Mike’s expertly composed and spat verses” – SPIN

“At once brazen and ethereal, the track capitalizes on both artists’ strengths. Here, like a tag team bringing the heat, the Atlanta MC spits pulverizing rhymes while MNDR weaves a glowing, dreamlike backdrop.” – Consequence of Sound
 
E-40 – “California” feat. Dam-Funk & Ariel Pink

“The legendary Bay Area rapper E-40 going head-to-head with lackadaisical LA pop weirdo Ariel Pink on “California” — somehow they balance each other perfectly.” – Stereogum

 
If you’re playing GTAV on PC, tune your radio to “The Lab” to hear the album as a full-blown station, complete with call-ins from the album’s guest artists and featuring Alchemist and Oh No as your science-dropping hosts, “Dr No and the Chemical Bro.”


Previously:
Welcome To Los Santos Album Now Available to Pre-Order

Rockstar Games Presents the Red Hook Criterium Brooklyn No. 8

Posted 2 weeks, 3 days ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Rockstar

This Saturday marks the return of the Red Hook Criterium, the world's premier track bike criterium and Rockstar Games is proud to once again to be the presenting sponsor. 

From its roots in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn, the race has exploded within the cycling community and sports world. What sets the Red Hook Crit apart from traditional road and track bike racing is the unique format: athletes sprint through a short 1.25km “Formula 1 style” racing circuit riding brakeless, fixed-gear track bikes, traditionally raced in an oval-shaped velodrome. Cyclists must navigate hairpin turns, winding chicanes, and each other over the course of 24 laps in an attempt to be the first across the finish. 

Here is the full schedule of events:

SATURDAY, April 25 (times subject to change)

Qualifying: 12:00pm – 3:50pm
Last Chance Race: 6:00pm – 6:30pm
5K: 7:00pm – 7:30pm
Women’s Criterium: 8:00pm – 8:45pm
Men’s Criterium: 9:00pm – 9:45pm 
Podium Ceremony: 10:00pm – 10:30pm

The Rockstar Award for Top Antagonist returns for both the men’s race and women’s race, awarded to the athlete who without consideration for their final position, most affects the outcome of the race through a combination of tactics, determination, and sheer strength.  

For those of you in the NY area, admission is free for the full day of events. We hope to see you down there!

For more details, visit redhookcrit.com or check them out on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Enter to Win a Deluxe GTAV Custom Digital Storm Velox PC

Posted 2 weeks, 6 days ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

To commemorate this week's launch of Grand Theft Auto V on the PC, we worked with our friends at Digital Storm to create a one-of-a-kind, handcrafted Velox Custom Performance GTAV PC with the express purpose of giving it away to one very lucky fan.

The design features a satin metallic black automotive paint finish, a laser engraved tinted window showcasing the Grand Theft Auto V logo prominently, plus software controlled LED lighting. And it's not just a looker, this custom machine is armed with a six core Intel® Core i7 processor, an ultra-fast Intel® SSD 750 Series, dual Nvidia® Titan X graphics cards and custom rigid tube liquid cooling, so you'll have what you need under the hood to run GTAV at a blistering 60 frames-per-second and at 4K resolution.

Enter before May 1st at the Rockstar Games Social Club for the chance to win this awe-inspiring rig: http://socialclub.rockstargames.com/events

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void in certain countries and where prohibited. Must be 18 years or older. See Official Rules and Privacy Policy for eligibility details. Ends Friday, May 1st, 2015.

The Rockstar Editor: Check Out the First Video “Running, Man” by 8 Bit Bastard

Posted 3 weeks, 2 days ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

We’ve been admirers of the work of the 8 Bit Bastard GTA movie-making troupe on YouTube for quite a while now – including such memorable and creative vids over the past year as “Into the Deep”, “Toy Soldiers”, “Bird Stunts”, “A Whole New (Gen) World” and their clever GTAV re-enactments and parodies of Boardwalk Empire and more. So when we recently discovered that one of the members of the four-man team (Shoalts) lived here in our hometown of NYC, we jumped at the chance to invite him to Rockstar NY to test out the Rockstar Editor and commission a cool little demo video from them. 

Shoalts, in collaboration with us and with his 8 Bit Bastard brethren Chaney, Gordy and Sonny, created this fun piece you can watch above entitled “Running, Man” – depicting the loneliness of the long-distance Trevor set to the tune “K.Y.S.A.” by Phantogram featuring Bass Drum of Death (from the new GTAV PC radio station The Lab and the forthcoming LP Alchemist and Oh No Present: Welcome to Los Santos).

Read on for a bit more on how the video was made and some insight direct from Shoalts of 8 Bit Bastard that may help inspire your own directorial efforts as you begin creating with the Rockstar Editor move-making tool.


On favorite features of the Rockstar Editor:

“The ability to vary depth of field during a shot is amazing. There's nothing more satisfying than balancing the depth of field and tuning the new filters to get the perfect shot.
The filters are totally customizable and can completely change the feel of a scene.”

On the creative possibilities that the Editor now provides for:

“Before the Rockstar Editor, we were pretty restricted in what we could create because we could only record what was on screen.
Now you can take the camera anywhere you want, I think we're going to see some awesome machinima that just wasn't possible before.
The new Director Mode is a huge deal for the creative community.
The freedom to change weather, time of day and turn off cops is really useful. It also lets you choose from a huge list of playable characters, including animals, so I can't wait to see the kind of videos that'll start surfacing.”

On his experiences making movies ‘on location’ in Los Santos & Blaine County:

“What it comes down to is the ability to stage things that simply aren't possible in other games, or even in the real world.
GTAV's map is huge, diverse and alive, so there really is no limit as to what you can pull off. Now that we can take the camera off the rails in the Rockstar Editor, the sky's the limit.”

For much more detail on the Rockstar Editor, check out the full user guide at the Social Club website and feel free to share links and info on your own debut Rockstar Editor creations here in Newswire comments below.

Grand Theft Auto V Is Now Available for PC

Posted 3 weeks, 2 days ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

Grand Theft Auto V is now available for PC at retail stores and via digital download.

Grand Theft Auto V for PC offers players the option to explore the massive world of Los Santos and Blaine County in resolutions of up to 4k and beyond, as well as the chance to experience the game running at 60 frames per second
 
GTAV for PC offers players a huge range of PC-specific customization options, including over 25 separate configurable settings for texture quality, shaders, tessellation, anti-aliasing and more, as well as extensive support and customization for mouse and keyboard controls. Additional options include a population density slider to control car and pedestrian traffic, as well as dual and triple monitor support, 3D compatibility, and plug-and-play controller support.  
 
Grand Theft Auto V for PC also includes Grand Theft Auto Online, with support for 30 players and two spectators. Grand Theft Auto Online for PC includes all existing gameplay upgrades and Rockstar-created content released since the launch of Grand Theft Auto Online, including the recently released Heists and Adversary Modes available on day one.
 
Grand Theft Auto V for PC also brings the debut of the Rockstar Editor, a powerful suite of creative tools to quickly and easily capture, edit and share game footage from within Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online. The Rockstar Editor’s Director Mode allows players the ability to stage their own scenes using prominent story characters, pedestrians, and even animals to bring their vision to life. Along with advanced camera manipulation and editing effects including fast and slow motion, and an array of camera filters, players can add their own music using songs from GTAV radio stations, or dynamically control the intensity of the game’s score. Completed videos can be uploaded directly from the Rockstar Editor to YouTube or the Rockstar Games Social Club for easy sharing.  
 
Soundtrack artists The Alchemist and Oh No return as hosts of the new radio station, The Lab FM. The station features new and exclusive music from the production duo based on and inspired by the game’s original soundtrack. Collaborating guest artists include Earl Sweatshirt, Freddie Gibbs, Little Dragon, Killer Mike, Sam Herring from Future Islands, and more. Players can also discover Los Santos and Blaine County while enjoying their own music through Self Radio, a new radio station that will host player-created custom soundtracks.
 
Existing players can transfer their Grand Theft Auto Online characters and progression to the PC from any current platform. 
 
For more information about Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online for the PC, including minimum and recommended system specifications, please visit www.rockstargames.com/V/pc.


For any technical issues with GTAV whatsoever, please head to https://support.rockstargames.com. As with all major online game experience launches on new platforms, please bear with any temporary stability or other technical teething issues that may occur during the initial release period. For a list of known issues related to GTAV PC and GTA Online, please consult the Grand Theft Auto V Support website knowledgebase where you can subscribe to articles for automatic updates.

GTA Online Heists TV Spot

Posted on April 3 2015, 9:58am | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

When GTAV arrives for PC in little more than a week, it will include the recently launched Heists, along with all the existing gameplay upgrades and Rockstar-created content released so far for Grand Theft Auto Online. Today, check out the new Heists TV Spot shot entirely on PC, that will begin airing this weekend.


Previously:
GTA Online Heists Now Available

Watch the GTAV 60 Frames-Per-Second PC Trailer

Posted on April 2 2015, 9:57am | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

On April 14th, Grand Theft Auto V arrives on PC with a range of major visual and technical upgrades to make Los Santos and Blaine County more immersive than ever. Today, catch a glimpse of it in action - running at 60FPS with the official Grand Theft Auto V 60 Frames-Per-Second Trailer

For the best viewing experience, please make sure to watch on the most recent generation device and/or browser.

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