Because It's Friday: Tapestries of Erin M. Riley

Posted on October 5 2012, 6:00am | Author: R* G | Filed Under: Rockstar

Taking inspiration from the lurid world of modern day camera-phone portraiture (particularly self-portraiture) and web-cam culture - mediums that tend to dwell on the pervasive themes of sex, drugs, and ego-run-amok - young Philadelphia-based artist, Erin M. Riley strikingly translates this often sleazy and disturbing imagery into the staid form of traditional woven tapestry art.

Having caught our eye originally with this piece entitled "Grand Theft Auto" derived from a somewhat ubiquitous photo that had made the rounds around the web of a pig-tailed blonde girl toking up in a room with a San Andreas poster in the background - we delved deeper into Erin's work to appreciate her brilliant collection of tapestry art.

You can check out more of her awesome work and find out where to catch exhibits at

Rockstar Desktops Collection: Splash Series

Posted on August 15 2012, 11:05am | Author: R* G | Filed Under: Rockstar

Offering some refreshing respite from the dog days of August, our latest in the collection of Rockstar digital designs to adorn your desktop, mobile device, social media backgrounds and avatars is the Splash series.

Style 1 above is a selection of colorways of the Rockstar logo impacting upon the surface of a dark pool (like so many Adrenaline Junkies); whereas Style 2 submerges in silver and gold. There is much more inspirational profundity to offer about the symbolism of water as it relates to the human condition - but it's just too damn hot for all that.

Get 'em now at

RGB Series
Comic Strip Series

Rockstar Desktops Collection: RGB Series

Posted on June 19 2012, 2:12pm | Author: R* G | Filed Under: Rockstar

As technology continues to progress and hurtle ever-forward, it's easy to forget that everything digital is a discrete combination of 1s and 0s - mind-blowing.
Similarly, all the millions of colors in the pics and flicks you see on your TV, computer, phone, etcetera are constructed from pixels, which are in turn built from combinations of red, green, or blue subpixels. The Rockstar RGB series pays homage to the building blocks of digital graphics in a series of three macro photographs.

You can download these lite, bright renditions of the Rockstar logo now at in a range of sizes for desktop, mobile, social and avatar use.




Textile Series
Light and Shadow
Comic Strip Series
Chronos Series

Because It’s Friday: Max Payne - The Mixtape by DJ Whoo Kid (2002)

Posted on June 15 2012, 1:30pm | Author: R* G | Filed Under: Music, Rockstar, Games

With the original Max Payne now available on both iOS and Android devices, here's a nostalgic look and listen at a direct by-product of that first game's release from over a decade ago.

In 2002, the trend of the hip-hop street mixtape was in full swing - inexpensively mass produced and released on CDs (no longer commonly available on cassettes and not yet made obselete by the Internet). DJs like Clue (heard on the radio in Liberty City Stories), Kay Slay, and Queens-based DJ Whoo Kid ruled the scene with releases chock full of rap exclusives and original freestyles. To up the showmanship and excitement around each of these CDs, DJs would often enlist high-profile hosts and theme up the mixtape with a homage or parody of popular sporting events or hit movies of the time like Final Destination, Unbreakable and more.

Owing to his own videogame obsessions and to his friendship with Grand Theft Auto III's DJ Stretch Armstrong, Whoo Kid was the first DJ to theme up popular rap mixtapes around our games - starting with Grand Theft Auto: The Mixtape (hosted by Capone of CNN) in early 2002 - and followed up shortly thereafter with this blockbuster Max Payne mixtape hosted by both N.O.R.E. and Baby aka Birdman of Cash Money and filled with then-heavily-anticipated remixes, freestyles and dis records.

Today, you can hear a crisp digital rip of this decade-old gunshots, Max Payne samples, and BulletTime sfx-laden mix at mixtape site - a nice, nostalgic treat for both hardcore Max fans and fans of early aughts street rap.

A few highlights to check out in there: 

  • Tracks 2, 18, 26 - Original samples from Max Payne 1 ripped by Whoo Kid from his PS2 copy of the game.
  • Track 7 - Lil Wayne's "Max Payne" - made custom for Whoo Kid specifically for this mixtape, a pre-YMCMB Wayne freestyles over Nas' "Ether" instrumental with lines like "They call me Bad Wayne / And I'm like Max Payne / The sickest shit to hit since anthrax came ... I come through and do my Grand Theft thing / my cran-ap, tan cap, slant back thing...".
  • Tracks 8, 15 - Some seminal G-Unit street cuts, hitting as part of 50 Cent's mixtape world domination before he would explode later that year as the hottest new rapper out (50 would host Whoo Kid's Max Payne 2 mixtape later that year, pre-dating the game's sequel itself).
  • Tracks 9, 16, 29 - The Lox aka D-Block have been mixtape staples since the heyday, and Whoo Kid made sure this mixtape had them present in full force. Keen GTA soundtrack fans may remember some vintage late 90s Lox mixtape freestyles licensed for an appearance on DJ Clue's Liberty City Stories radio station mix. Some of the most serious gamers and down to earth guys in the rap biz, we're still good friends with The Lox to this day and they've made cameos and soundtrack appearances in many of our games from The Warriors to GTAIV.
  • Track 27 - Big Noyd's "Maximum Payne" - the Mobb Deep affiliate rapper is responsible for a few street classics himself, and here blessed Whoo Kid with a little custom freestyle all about gunplay and bullet-time.

Coming Tomorrow: Max Payne 3 Multiplayer Gameplay Video Part Two

Posted on May 2 2012, 10:30am | Author: R* G | Filed Under: Games

Coming tomorrow, Thursday, May 3rd at noon Eastern, the second in our special two-part video series unveiling Max Payne 3 Multiplayer in action - with a deeper look at Bullet Time® online, persistent Multiplayer Crews, powerful Burst abilities and more.

Watch MAX PAYNE 3 MULTIPLAYER Gameplay Video Part One
“Welcome to the Delightfully Chaotic World of Max Payne 3 Multiplayer”: Hands-On Impressions from GameSpot, Vox Games, CVG and More...
“Bullet Time in Multiplayer Is Freakin’ Awesome” - More Max Payne 3 Multiplayer Previews from Destructoid, GamesRadar, 1UP and More

Announcing Max Payne 3 Multiplayer Downloadable Content Details

Posted on May 1 2012, 11:14am | Author: R* G | Filed Under: Games

Today we're happy to announce Max Payne 3 downloadable content plans with a full lineup of multiplayer content planned for release this summer and beyond, starting with the Local Justice Map Pack coming in June. Players will also be able to order the Max Payne 3 Rockstar Pass to get all of the upcoming DLC at a special discounted rate, compared to purchasing each pack individually. Starting today, the Rockstar Pass can be pre-ordered for Xbox LIVE and PlayStation Network from Best Buy or GameStop (PSN/XBL) in the United States (or pre-ordered for PSN directly from the PlayStation Store).

The Rockstar Pass grants you access to all upcoming Max Payne 3 DLC and will be available for 2400 Microsoft Points (Xbox LIVE), or $29.99 (PlayStation Network and PC) – over a 35% discount compared to purchasing the content individually. Once purchased, the Rockstar Pass enables gamers to download all DLC releasing through the end of 2012 via the in-game store as soon as it is made available on Xbox LIVE, PlayStation Network, or PC.

The Local Justice Map Pack, coming in June, will include the Police Precinct map for Gang Wars, Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch and Payne Killer multiplayer modes. The pack will also feature two additional maps for Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch and Payne Killer, new precinct-themed multiplayer avatar items, multiplayer challenges, and more.

Check out the current release schedule (individual release dates and pricing info will be announced soon) for Max Payne 3 downloadable content packs below and stay tuned for additional packs to be revealed at a later date:

June 2012
• Local Justice Map Pack

Summer 2012
• Disorganized Crime Map Pack
• Deathmatch Made In Heaven Mode Pack
• Hostage Negotiation Map Pack
• New York Minute Co-Op Pack

Fall 2012
• Painful Memories Map Pack
• Trickle Down Economics Map Pack

Because It’s Friday: C’était un Rendez-vous (1976)

Posted on April 27 2012, 12:00am | Author: R* G | Filed Under: Rockstar

A vintage, vehicular treat for a Friday afternoon. The 10 minute legendary short, C'était un Rendez-vous (directed by Claude Lelouch) shows a driver tear through the almost-deserted daybreak streets of 1976 Paris in a Ferrari 275 GTB. At once soothingly hypnotic and heart-racing, the seamless first-person long-take culminates with its driver arriving to meet with a beautiful blonde.

Upon release, the short-subject film was extremely controversial - people were outraged that the movie was shot illegally and without permits, endangering motorists and pedestrians alike. Legend is that Lelouch was arrested immediately following the first showing. There was wild speculation over who the driver was; rumors of an unnamed Formula 1 driver, a taxi driver, and Lelouch himself. 

Today, the film is recognized as a cult staple, and ranks with other great racing sequences. It turns out that the vehicle was actually a Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9, and the Ferrari was dubbed into the audio track during post-production. A special nod as well to our own Parisian street racing experience, which was released originally 9 years ago this month.


The Ferrari 275 GTB.

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