Crew Cut: A Crew that Hand-Delivers IRL License Plates, Plus F.C.-Themed Squads and More

Posted 1 week, 2 days ago | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Games, Rockstar, Social Club

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).

 

D.I.Y. BATTLES

A couple of months back, we featured the CAP PILLAS (BANG) Crew's then-upcoming Head Hollowers Tournament as part of a feature on grass roots Crew events. After a month of battling that started with 21 Crews in the first round (divided into parts 1 and 2) and went on to some great semi-finals action, it got down to the Temple Drive Ballas (TDBG) and FVCK A NAME GANG (FANG) in the finals. Battling it out in not one but two close TDMs – playing the Rockstar Jobs Biolab followed by Governmental - and led by XxSaya-ChanxX's 27 overall kills, FANG took the day 2-0 and thus were crowned champs.

Congrats to FANG and all the participants as well as to HOT_KIMERA, HOT_LEDDY, HOT_PAiiN and HOT_TIGRE for putting together such a great tournament. You can check out highlights of the finals in the sizzle reel above. If the TDBG feel the need for a rematch, feel free to contact us at crewchallenges@rockstargames.com and we may be able to schedule you in an upcoming Crew battle at the official Rockstar Twitch channel.

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).

The Ageing Infidels (21UP) have come up with a banging GTA Online music video remake of the Beastie Boys' "Sabotage" video. Put your headphones on, turn the volume all the way up and prepare to get amped on this fantastic vid. Our only question is, where's Cochese?

Crew Battle veteran PaxSierraMike and the Australia Illuminati free-aim off-shoot the Highway Daemons MC (HDMI) pay tribute to the chopper that's beloved by many an MC, the Hexer. Appropriately set to "Blue Eyed Hexe" by the Pixies, this video certainly has a bad-ass, "don't F with us vibe" all the way through. 

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.

Previously:
Camera Clubs, Creator Collaborators and the Latest Crew Vs Crew Battles
Current Grassroots Events, Official Live Battle Scores and More
Latest Live-Stream Battles, Return of the Homage and More... 

GTA Fan Pics: A Lamar and Trevor Cross-Stitch Collaboration, Vintage Trio Portraiture, Trick Photography Snapmatics and More

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

In this week's gallery of fan-created GTAV art, check out awesome needlework renditions of Trevor, Lamar, and Chop, plus a couple of perfectly-timed trick photography Snapmatics, a centerfold's worth of Jobs from a prolific Creator and much more. 

As always, should you find (or create) any awe-inspiring GTA or Rockstar-related art or photos that you think other fans need to see, make sure to send them our way via Mouthoff and follow us at instagram.com/rockstargames for all our latest official pics.


Digital pixel art becomes tangible as Grace, aka Beast Heads, cross stitched these needlepoint renditions of Trevor and Lamar that are based on yiq's original pixel art dot by dot. Likely not the first time either of these characters has been under the needle.


A striking study of Trevor by Reuben Dangoor on deviantART – blood spattered and looking irascible under the punishing sun of the Blaine County desert.


"Don't stare at the sun" is sage advice we've all most likely received at some stage, though we'd bet that's safer than opening your eyes at Trevor the wrong way in this piece by Riley, aka aumikre on deviantART. Riley drew this scene entitled ‘It’s Not Creepy’ of Trevor invading a sunbathing couple's (perhaps Michael and Amanda?) personal space as a gift for her real life scooter brother.


A vintage and dignified bit of bust portraiture of Trevor, Michael and Franklin looking ready to Musket up - by Spanish deviantARTist Juan Muñoz.

 
 
In a similar vein to some of the pre-release travelogue postcards seen at the GTAV official website, German artist Koalindl has been publishing some very inspired and fun new ones at his deviantArt page, taking in some of the many locations and local businesses Los Santos and Blaine County have to offer.


Running away from trouble or towards it? Only Michael himself and Brazil's LRart1 - the creator of this smart action shot - can answer that question.


Some awesome trick photography by a couple of Snapmatic stalwarts. (Left) We're not sure which part is more impressive in the production of this shot: the aim of the person firing the rocket, the cajones of the guy it narrowly misses, or AlexSniperBullet's timing to capture it. As commenter 0lucaspc says, “THAT timing :)”; (Right) Another mindbender by MissQuickSkillz, combining perspective with insane timing to sell the illusion that a P-996 Lazer is but a toy in this bear-headed lady's hand. Amazing work!


So prolific is Aussie GTA Online creator enkionline of the Tumbleweeds Crew, that they comped them all up into this nifty image that looks straight out of a magazine. (Found on Tumbleweeds' Facebook page).
 

Previously:
Fan Art: The GTAV Animated GIF Artwork of Julia Scott, Trevor Gets Patriotic & More
Los Santos Bullet Street Art, Homemade GTA Action Figure Diorama, Franklin's Snapmatic
The Illustrations of AmandaLeab and Takengo, Space Monkey Mask Replica & More

Get Double RP in GTA Online This Weekend: August 1st - 3rd

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

Beginning tomorrow, August 1st and running all weekend long through midnight eastern on Sunday August 3rd, get 2X RP in GTA Online. All Jobs and other RP-gaining activities like Gang Attacks, Hold Ups, and Import/Export to name a few, will earn you double RP.

This will also be your last chance to pick up the limited-time Independence Day Special content, like the Liberator monster truck, Sovereign motorcycle, Musket and assorted patriotic apparel - so make sure to grab these items by Sunday.

Crew Noticeboard: 8492nd Squadron, 6 Star Street Racers and Others Now Recruiting

Posted 3 weeks ago | Author: R* Y | Filed Under: Games, Social Club

The Crew Noticeboard is our featured column of Crews actively seeking new members to join their ranks where we publish your recruitment pitches in your own words.

Crew recruitment pitches tend to come to our Noticeboard from all corners of the map and represent a diverse variety of styles and preferences. From the radical up and comers, to the established elite, many look to increase their numbers and influence across the Social Club. Our latest round of pitches here includes the flight-savvy flyboys (and girls) of the 8492nd Squadron and Banzai Bombers along with the fly whips of the 6 Star Street Racers. Read on ahead to see if one of these Crews is right for you.

Crew Cut: Camera Clubs, Creator Collaborators and the Latest Crew VS Crew Battles

Posted on July 17 2014, 2:46pm | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Games, Social Club

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.
 

CAMERA CLUBS


Just a few choice shots taken by the Snapmatic Art (SNAP) Crew's talented photogs.

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.

The Snapmatic Art (SNAP) Crew may be fairly new on the scene (founded just last month by Leader MissQuickSkillz) but already have amassed over 350 members and 1,652 total Snapmatic photos in their collective gallery. These guys seriously live up to their name with some beautifully framed shots from the iFruit's most popular app. In their first month of existence, they’ve already gained accolades and recognition via this spot-on recreation of the High Life art you may recall by McGoooo420 which was a winning photo in the recent #HIGHLIFE Event Weekend Snapmatic competition - and we've been enjoying other great snaps from this Crew like " Lago Zancudo" by Ivc0034, "Tongva Alley", a nature shot beautifully captured by Zenia_B, and tweekytina's voyeuristic "Mount Gordo".


A mini-gallery of beautiful Snaps by the GTAPhotographers Crew
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The prolific GTAPhotographers (GTAV) Crew also boasts somes recent Snapmatic photo competition winners (including this sexy rain-soaked shot of a Zentorno from repdek). And that's just one of thousands of amazing shots taken by this 1,000 member collective (they’re nearly at the 1,000 member limit so if you’re a fan or a fellow photographer who wants in, you’d be wise to request an invite soon) that also share some of their proudest member creations on their official Instagram account. They're led by community mainstay MAKAVELI, who in addition to being a prominent member of the free-aim Slaughterhouse (XSHX) Crew, also brought us this memorable shot of a rather unconventional houseguest in the De Santa bedroom a while back. A few other great snaps from this squad include "Los Santos International Airport" by berserkraptor, "Sabre Turbo" by Snapmatic contest winning member HairyHole and "РОКФОРД-ХИЛЛЗ (Rockford Hills)" by EVOLUT7ON.

 

CREATOR COLLABORATORS

The Creators Core Club (CRE8) Crew had the good fortune of getting their recruitment pitch published in one of our early Noticeboard posts here at the Newswire and have since seen a 40% increase in membership that has collectively published nearly 6,000 custom GTA Online Jobs. Along with their PS3-focused counterpart Crew, the GTA Content Creators (GCCC), they together form like Voltron and make up the Creator-focused web community conglomerate known as gtacontentcreators.com.

Their motto of "create, share and play" says it all, with 13 of the 90 Verified Jobs originating from members of these two Crews (not to mention being responsible for some fine throwback homages to past Rockstar titles recently featured here on the Newswire as well). Many of these creations, including GTA: That's My Rhino by RikkiVercetti and The Los Santos Riots by TIdoubleGGRR have been in regular prime-time rotation on our Crew Battles and Rockstar Broadcast Event live-streams. Check out their YouTube channel for a host of videos featuring some of their custom Jobs and their official site for recently-launched Playlists.
 

LIVE CREW VS CREW BATTLE RECAPS AND VIDEOS

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.


Previously:
Current Grassroots Events, Official Live Battle Scores and More
Latest Live-Stream Battles, Return of the Homage and More...
Film Crews Remake Fave Action Sequences, Plus Live Battle Recaps feat TRFK, KOPS, Freddie Gibbs & Hip Hop Gamer
 

The GTA Online Independence Day Event Weekend Recap: Snapmatic Contest Winners, The USA vs UK 'Rematch' Battle and More

Posted on July 9 2014, 12:52pm | Author: R* K | Filed Under: Games, Social Club

This past weekend, the citizens of San Andreas painted the town red, white and blue in the name of Old Glory over the 4-day GTA Online Independence Day Weekend Event celebrating America's birthday and last week's brand new seasonal Independence Day Special content update. RP and GTA$ bonuses were up for grabs in the official Event Playlist, our eyes welled at the patriotic beauty of the #IndependenceDay Snapmatic contest submissions and 'Team USA', represented by Lui Calibre and some of our Rockstar Devs (plus surprise guest player Vanoss from north of the border), took on the Old World - 'Team UK' in the form of the GTA V O'Clock Crew - in an epic cross-pond confrontation. Read on for a rundown of what went down, the winning Snapmatic pics, some additional weekend fan videos displaying true 'merican spirit and more.

THE OFFICIAL ROCKSTAR BROADCAST: "AMERICA VS GREAT BRITAIN - THE REMATCH" FEAT. SPECIAL GUESTS LUI CALIBRE AND THE GTA V O'CLOCK CREW

Whoever coined the phrase "let sleeping dogs lie" turned in their grave last Thursday as we opened up a 240-year-old grudge between America and Great Britain - The Rematch. This time, the score would be settled on the western battlegrounds of San Andreas in GTA Online. Team USA was designed to represent from sea to shining sea with esteemed YouTuber Lui Calibre live from his hometown San Diego bringing his heavyweight GTA Online skills to team up with our own crack squad of Rockstar NYC Devs - and just before we went live, we learned that Lui was bringing an a secret weapon to the table in VanossGaming fresh off his own Canada Day celebrations last week and playing live from the Great White North to help turn the American team into a true pan-North-American all-star threat. 'Team UK' was represented by the lads of GTA V O'Clock - Dan Dawkins, James Jarvis and Iain Wilson, aka the illustrious 'Mr Trophy'. Upper lips stiffened, their quartet was completed by Nick Reeves, event manager and boss of the GTA Fans Crew, whom they recruited via YouTube comments on the video announcing their involvement the day prior. Nick joined up with them from the good colony of Australia as Dan put it, ready to assist Team UK in claiming redemption for Queen and country. Watch the archived battle royale below and read on for some particular highlights you can jump to.

00:00:43 Mud, Sweat and Gears

The great Rematch began with this new Land Race featuring off-road beast, the Liberator monster truck. Oversized and way over the top, it came as no surprise when Team USA's Lui and Vanoss took an early lead. They never looked back and when GTA V O'Clock's Mr. Trophy threatened to take third place for the UK, our own GTADev2 pushed him out of the way to take the bronze. USA! USA!...

00:08:35 Raid: Bunker Thrill

Inspired by the great Battle of Bunker Hill, next up was one of the new Capture Jobs, Raid: Bunker Thrill. Though they put up a good fight (including an impressive flag delivery from James), things didn't work out so well this time around for the Brits, with the Yanks taking this game 3-1.

00:25:02 Americana

For this new Parachuting Job, Lui once again came out on top with 245 points displaying some ace technique. Repping the UK, Nick racked up a solid 195 points. Teammate Dan might have had some issues nailing those blue circle checkpoints, but on the other hand he did get a complimentary scenic tour of Vinewood.

00:32:35 Road Tripping

Sporting the new high-powered, long-range Muskets, next up was Road Tripping, one of the two latest Rockstar-created Deathmatches added to the game last week. On this one, the Red Coats came with an aggressive approach and went back and forth on the leaderboards. Unfortunately for them, they couldn't quite keep up with Lui's 21 kills and the US took the round.

00:45:35 Swamp Monster

The warriors took to their Liberators once more for another new Land Race. With Lui taking an early lead, James focused on keeping GTADev1 away from second place. After a couple of close calls, he was able to hold on to the silver with a time of 3:32 and Dan was just behind him to take third.

01:13:13 Del Perro Pier Free Roam

In between Jobs and after stopping off to try on some of the new animal masks, our own GTADev4 drove over to get some thrills on the Leviathan Roller Coaster for a bit of holiday diversion. 

Thanks particularly to the gameplay dominance of Lui, Team USA protected its national interests and while Team UK’s claim of a draw may be highly-contestedwe can agree an awesome time was had by all.

A hearty cheers to the always classy gents from GTA V O’Clock who were good enough to send us this salute live from the pub where wounds and pints were lapped up after the battle.

You can also check out some bonus footage courtesy of both Lui Calibre who posted a special edit of the broadcast incorporating some footage from his own perspective and an archive of the stream as it appeared live on GTA V O’Clock’s channel too.


THE #INDEPENDENCEDAY SNAPMATIC COMPETITION WINNERS

Here’s the 5 victors of the #IndependenceDay Weekend Snapmatic Contest who won us over with their originality, humor and/or beauty in showcasing brand new Independence Day Special content. These guys are all first-time winners, so good on them for taking home the kitty of GTA$1M and the AMERICA in-game license plate. Read on as well for lots of honorable mentions worth checking out as well.


"Palomino Highlands" by King_Leonidas_I of the Sons of Anarchy PS3x Crew
We've seen quite a few other attempts to re-enact the Revolutionary War this Independence Day Weekend, such as this shot of the Regulars by Kosevil that we featured during last Thursday's live stream and this one by Horokazu of the Yankees poised for battle. King_Leonidas_I's winning shot seen above, however, really takes the cake with a proper Redcoats versus Rebels Musket battle on the proverbial bunker hill of the Palomino Highlands. Don't miss the after shot as well - looks like the Redcoats may have taken this particular battle.


"Postrzelony Slub" (Wedding Shot) by VVeteran of the Rewolucja Crew 
It's wedding season in San Andreas and the Rewolucja Crew are the Musket-wielding patriotic wedding party to the happy bride and groom, complete with firework confetti to boot. An honorary mention-er back from the #ThanksCargobob Snapmatic Contest, VVeteran is finally the bride rather than the bridesmaid.


"LIBERATOR MAN!!!!!" by Dr_Nyan_ of the Killers Creed Crew 
This one is pretty rockin'. Perfect composition with The Liberator perched atop the Maze Bank helipad on a beautiful sunny day in Los Santos with red, white and blue fireworks aplomb and a screaming American eagle letting the July 4th celebrations fly.


"MERICA! F*CK YEAH!" by BsW93. of the Queens of the Damned Crew 
Leaping Liberators... There are a few awesome shots of these all-American power houses catching some major air including these by Streetsoul1001, caskillo, PartyZen and a star-studded bus jump by Fleisz. But BsW93. here went BIG for 'merica, pulling off an epic stunt leapfrogging a Lazer, snapping it at the perfect moment and then tying it all together with some appropriately bold Team America meme creator caption text. Says Crewmate and collaborator SublimeKen in photo comments: "The timing was really hard to get right lol. Turned out great though :) Actually don't think it would look so cool if the jet were directly below the monster truck. This way though, it looks kinda brilliant xD." Slow clap.


"Little Red Riding Hood" by MOTTZ_ of the VIOLATE YOU GET IT Crew
A very clever use of the new Independence Day Special wolf masks, perfectly composed here with the lupine predator peeking out from behind a tree at an unsuspecting lass presumably on her way to grandma's house in the countryside... MOTTZ_ also did similarly clever fairy tale photo shoots using the new animal masks: the Three Little Pigs (in MOTTZ_ version, wearing lingerie?) and Goldilocks and the Three Bears

SNAPMATIC HONORABLE MENTIONS

There were so many other great ones that nearly made the cut - check 'em out:

  • "Del Perro Beach" by sicaro12 - a patriotic & creative use of the crate props in the Content Creator. 
  • The Wolf of Wall Street hits Los Santos, with these well-done picture puns by Sacred__G of the Ganja Outlaws Crew and GTAPhotographers member BoIIockyBen's lone 'wolf' take. 
  • With the newly running Leviathan Roller Coaster in GTA Online, the Pleasure Pier was a hot spot this Independence Day Weekend making for some good old fashioned all-American amusement park fun. A few photographers managed to climb the coaster and capture the action: JuzSlayin, BrittaniJay and Newby-GTA went for the classic hands-in-the-air shot, while CaPn-bOnEs caught a selfie gone wrong and probably a Del Perro Pier theme park lawsuit waiting to happen.
  • The Guess Who would be proud of these sexy homages to "American Woman" by RowdeRCS and Franky5exy.
  • "Lift off!," another gem by RowdeRCS, shows a couple of revelers at the wrong end of a Fireworks Launcher rocket - great timing on this one. 
  • ラ・メサ” (La Mesa) by MILKFED: Los Santos by firework-light while the star-spangled banner waves proudly in the foreground - it's the most-liked Snapmatic from the weekend with 590 and counting and its visceral Americana patriotism is especially impressive considering MILKFED is in Japan! 
  • HairyHole, an acclaimed Snapmatic photographer and previous photo contest champion who was dubbed by commenter SLAP-FART as the "GRAND MASTER OF MEME ART" this time designed a shot that will have you thinking you're back in Liberty City. Titled "Lady Liberty," HairyHole craftily used the Meme Editor to bring The Statue of Happiness to Los Santos' shoreline.
  • Spread Eagle” at Mount Chiliad by GhostmanNo1 – crude and rude, yes – but pretty damn funny at that.


INDEPENDENCE DAY WEEKEND GEAR GIVEAWAY SWEEPSTAKES WINNERS 

Thanks to everyone who entered the Independence Day Gear Giveaway Sweepstakes featuring 5 special Prize Packs of rare and all-American themed GTA collectibles including a GTAIV Aluminum Bat, Patriot Beer cups, GTAIV foam finger, a Statue of Happiness figurine, a GTAV Los Santos Lifeguard tee and a Vice City beach ball. We’re still confirming some of the Grand Prize Winners (congrats to zBusa187 and quackmind so far) and runner-ups who will win GTAV tees and stickers so be sure to check your inbox of the email attached to your Social Club account (and make sure to update your Social Club account so that your most actively used email address is the one you have linked so that you don’t miss out on important confirmation mails such as this).


INDEPENDENCE DAY WEEKEND GTA YOUTUBE COMMUNITY FUN

As one would expect, the GTA YouTube community was alight with red, white and blue mayhem over the past week - here's just a couple of our favorites.

An eagle wearing a helmet and a pair of cocksure accomplices celebrate America’s Independence in high fashion in this Fourth of July video by WhosChaos presented by the Videogames Channel: getting 'lit', riding dirty on rollercoasters and showing a complete disregard for proper fireworks safety guidelines.

Posted on July 4th and culled from one of his always-epic HikePlays live-streams, our old friend HikeTheGamer puts on a grand finale of patriotic funny moments pandemonium, 'landing' the Liberator, setting off rockets and trying on all the new outrageous customization options in the Independence Day Special.


Stay tuned for the next GTA Online content updates as well as more Social Club Event Weekends to be announced very soon.
 

GTA Online Creator Jobs On Film: Creative and Challenging Custom Jobs as Demoed by NerdCubed, Olli43 and More

Posted on July 7 2014, 10:47am | Author: R* Y | Filed Under: Games, Social Club

For many GTA Online players, the Creator tools have not only been a great way to experience the best Races, Deathmatches and Capture Jobs created by fans, they've also proven to provide a platform for endless creative fun meta-games and other forms of impromptu GTA-style challenge mayhem.

If you're looking for some of these fun and original GTA Online creations to play with your friends and Crewmates, check out just a few of these custom Jobs that have been recently featured in videos from some of the GTA YouTube community's finest broadcasters such as NerdCubed, the GTA-Series gang and others.

Video: Little and Cubed: MotoJousting! - GTA Online by OfficialNerdCubed
Job: Lac15 by TheNerdCubed

Dan NerdCubed and YOGSCAST Martyn put on a regular collaborative series on YouTube called “Little and Cubed” where the two gentlemen get into all manner of over-the-top challenges made with the Creator tool. “Motojousting” above is certainly one of our favorites. It’s simple yet brilliant fun: two ramps strategically placed opposite one another on the Del Perro pier with a cache of motorbikes and shotguns available off to the side. The object of the game is - each player grabs a shotgun and backs up their trusty motorbike steeds to opposite ends of the pier. From there: JOUST! Both opponents must charge the center, launch off the ramps and attempt to dismount the opposing player in mid-air with a blast from their sawn-off. Watch the video above to see it in all its hilarity and glory.

Video: Vespucci Gymkhana Drift (GTA V Drift Map) by AyDeeJayProductions
Job: Vespucci Gymkhana Drift by Antechs

When it comes to drifting around the tight corners and alleyways of Los Santos, the Karin Futo is a very popular choice. Here, AyDeeJayProductions shows off a friends' specially designed drift Race around Vespucci in a stylish video presentation that runs from sun up to sun down, beginning and ending at the Smoke On the Water cannabis dispensary.

Video: GTA 5 Online: Ultimate Bike Challenge! (GTA 5 Custom Job Showcase) by Olli43 
Job: Moto SKILL TEST (bridge) by IxI-eZuLa-IxI

If you think you're among the best when it comes to two wheel racing in GTA Online, have a go at this grueling test of expert motorcycling skills from prolific stunt and skill Race Creator IxI-eZuLa-IxI. This trek leads you over the rooftops of southwest Los Santos down to the lowest recesses of the subway and back up to street level for an even crazier time maneuvering through narrow crevices and semi-ambiguous checkpoint locations. The final devastating stretch requires you to drive southeast along the narrow bridge supports of the La Puerta Freeway Bridge and make a leap of faith down to the final marker resting on a cargo ship below. Not for the timid or easily frustrated, and borderline masochistic at times - check out Olli43's attempt to see just how much patience and persistence is required to reach the finish line. Once you’ve mastered that one, have a go at IxI-eZuLa-IxI’s other fine ‘skill test’ trials series Jobs.

Video: GTA V - We Go Both Ways: Sandking XL Chaos! by swiftor 
Job: We Go Both Ways by MTL_RELLIK

Equal parts Race and demolition derby, this hectic Job from MTL_RELLIK will have you dodging head-on collisions as you travel back and forth on an enclosed stretch of the Highway 1 Bridge. In the video description, swiftor lists the three reasons that make this Custom Race amazing as: "1) Flexible for a wide variety of vehicles 2) There's a lot of opportunity for interaction between racers 3) Seeing others get totally effed up when they collide!" While this is certainly a great recipe for disaster, try this Job as a GTA Race to really multiply the mayhem.

Video: GTA Online: Race Review, Activity #01 by GTASeriesOnline
Job: Pure Insane Madness by AlphyX

AlphyX, a member of the GTASeries Crew and their spin off YouTube channel GTA Series Online, got together with fellow Creators from The Content Creator Club to review his four-way collision-fest Pure Insane Madness. The discussion itself is spoken in Italian but you’ll probably agree that the language of the action shown in this exquisitely made demo video is international. Give this Land Race through the dusty backroads of Sandy Shores a go – AlphyX recommends at least 5 or 6 players for optimal fun..

 

For much more, make sure you’re following us on Twitter where we share fun and creative GTA Online videos that feature gameplay of custom Creator Jobs on the regular.

And if you've got a Creator-made Deathmatch, Race or Capture that you think others would enjoy, then be sure to drop a link to it here in the Newswire Comments for the Social Club community to check out or feel free to let us know about it directly at mouthoff@rockstargames.com.

The Independence Day Event Weekend July 3-6: Bonus GTA$ & RP, In-Game Discounts, A Special Rockstar Live-Stream Battle and More

Posted on July 2 2014, 3:37pm | Author: R* K | Filed Under: Games, Social Club

Get ready to light up the skies with your all-new Independence Day Special fireworks, stars-and-stripes tees, and monster truck mayhem in a special 4-day Social Club Event this weekend, Thursday July 3rd through Sunday July 6th. San Andreas will be celebrating the birthplace of freedom with big RP & GTA$ bonuses, patriotic discounts at Ammu-Nation, giveaways and lots more - all as part of the Grand Theft Auto Online Independence Day Event Weekend.

GET DOUBLE GTA$ AND DOUBLE RP WHEN PLAYING IN THE INDEPENDENCE DAY SPECIAL EVENT PLAYLIST

The "Independence Day Special Event" Playlist is a special selection of some of the brand new Rockstar-created Jobs published this week including specific Races for new vehicles like the Sovereign motorcycle and the super-sized Liberator monster truck. This weekend only (starting this Thursday), this Playlist will score you Double GTA$ and Double RP. To access the Playlist, just go to Online > Playlists > Rockstar Created in the GTA Online Start Menu and select "Independence Day Event" from the options listed. Alternatively, hit the Event button in the GTAV loading screens to launch straight into the Playlist.

75% OFF AIRSTRIKES

Merryweather Security is also getting in on the celebrations with a 75% discount on Airstrikes all weekend. So if some left-leaning Belgian beer drinker asks for sparkling water at your Blaine County BBQ, you can call in cut-rate backup from friends in very high places. To call in an Airstrike, call Merryweather from your in-game phone, select 'Airstrike' and then drop a flare at your target position.

25% OFF HEAVY AMMO (FOR RPGs, GRENADE LAUNCHERS AND MINIGUNS) - COURTESY OF AMMU-NATION

The good folks at Ammu-Nation believe that all Americans should have access to military-grade firepower without a 'defense budget' price tag. All weekend, they're offering 25% off ammo for RPGs, Grenade Launchers and Miniguns, because packing enough personal firepower to wipe out a small nation is a right, not a privilege.

FREE PEGASUS DELIVERIES FOR EZ ACCESS TO THE LIBERATOR MONSTER TRUCK

Pegasus Lifestyle Management salutes your independence by giving you the freedom to call in any oversized vehicle at absolutely no charge. Take advantage of the weekend-long offer to get to grips with the brand new Liberator monster truck, and spend 4th of July Weekend crushing cars into the ground like you'd crush beer cans against your own head.

#INDEPENDENCEDAY SNAPMATIC CONTEST

However you're commemorating the Fourth of July this weekend, we want to see those Snapmatic pics showing your love for Old Glory. Whether you're rolling over foreign compact cars in the Liberator monster truck or setting off some fireworks in the yard of your new Paleto Bay abode, share your most creative, amusing or beauteous patriotic snaps for a chance to win GTA$1M and an AMERICA vanity license plate for your in-game vehicle.

To make your shots eligible for entry, simply log in to Social Club and tag them #INDEPENDENCEDAY between now and the end of Sunday.

See full rules and eligibility details.

THE ROCKSTAR BROADCAST "INDEPENDENCE DAY SPECIAL" LIVE STREAM: AMERICA VERSUS GREAT BRITAIN - THE REMATCH

Join us at 2pm ET this Thursday July 3rd for the revolutionary Rockstar Games Official Event Weekend Live Stream, showcasing a grudge match nearly 240 years in the making: it's America VS Great Britain - The Rematch. The US team will be represented by special guest Lui Calibre playing alongside our own Rockstar NYC devs - while the UK team will be represented by the one and only GTA V O'Clock Crew playing live from London - all hosted and commentated by Lazlow and the rest of the Rockstar Broadcast studio team. We'll be battling through a Crew Head to Head playlist featuring all new Jobs from The Independence Day Special. As always, we'll be streaming the show across the Social Club Events page, the Rockstar Games Twitch Channel and our YouTube Channel page. Make sure to subscribe and follow us on Twitch and Twitter to get the word as soon as we go live. Join us in the chat, and show your support, whether Yank or Redcoat.

INDEPENDENCE DAY GEAR GIVEAWAY SWEEPSTAKES

We'll be giving away five (5) exclusive prize packs of suitably patriotic and rare GTA gear in the Independence Day Gear Giveaway Sweepstakes. Each pack will include a GTAIV Aluminum Bat, Patriot Beer cup, GTAIV foam finger, Statue of Happiness figurine, plus a GTAV Los Santos Lifeguard tee and a Vice City beach ball. Ten (10) runners-up will each get GTAV tee and stickers. You can enter to win right now through Sunday at http://socialclub.rockstargames.com/events. See Official Rules.

As always, make sure you're following us on Twitter, Facebook and Twitch to stay up to date on this and other future Social Club Event Weekend announcements.

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