Crew Cut: Down Since Day One Founder Crews, Bullshifters Crew Spotlight & More

Posted on June 3 2015, 10:52am | Author: R* Y | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

Social Club Founder Crews Celebrate Three Year Anniversary

Where does the Bullet Time go? It seems only yesterday we were here writing up the first Crew Cut: Enlistment Roundup for our newly revamped and restructured Social Club Crew system. As players gathered Founder Crews in anticipation of Max Payne 3's debut in May of 2012, many guessed and speculated at how this new system to bring together your friends and community peers online would play out and how that would affect gameplay going forward as we moved to future titles such as Grand Theft Auto V. Let's check in on some well-established Crews from that era that still play actively today.


Still mercilessly shoot-dodging through the back alleys of São Paulo to this very day, OneEightSeven led by xmrnutts187x have continued to press forward in the rankings and have even surpassed larger Crews on the MP3 leaderboard to the number one spot for XBOX 360 independent Crews with a lean group of less than 200 members. Referring to themselves as the "Most Hated Crew in Max Payne 3" their TDM stats in GTAV aren't too shabby either, with 938 wins over 490 losses, and an active leader who holds down an impressive K/D ratio of 2.76. True to their motto, they've effectively "taken over". 

 


Led by the very determined LXG_No_Mercy, Lethal XBOX Gaming has worked like a well-oiled machine throughout the years and is no stranger to our past Weekend Events. In the earlier days, they franchised out their tag to multiple sub Crews but have since focused their efforts back to their central Crew and a smaller elite group dubbed the LXG Deathsquad. On the GTAV front, they appear to excel at Team Deathmatches, Rally Races and are still known to roll out in force when needed.

 


Unlike some veteran Crews who've retired from the public eye, this irie collective of rude bois (and gals) have gone above and beyond to keep themselves relevant on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and have even participated in a GTAV Crew Battle on our Twitch livestream against the LS Mafia Family. Proclaiming themselves the "Most High" residents of Los Santos you might want to think twice before bum rushing Smoke On The Water for anything more than a refill. 

 

And a big shout goes out to other active O.G. veteran Crews still rockin' the double stripes such as BrokenWhiskeyBottles, The Sevens, Slaughterhouse, GTAForums, Tennents SpecialAnge De la MortWE ARE REDEMPTION, and Fear The Wrath. Has your Crew been down since Day One? Give a shout in the comments below to let us know you're still alive and kicking.          
 

CREW SPOTLIGHT: The Bullshifters

 

Picture a classic car club, something that might set your mind back to 1960's American Kustom Kulture. Think the basement at the Detroit Autorama then maybe take some of that imagery and set it to some tunes like Social Distortion's Machine Gun Blues, or George Thorogood's Who Do You Love, and then you'll get the basic gist of where The BullShifters Crew is coming from. Not satisfied to rest on their laurels simply mimicking this Motor City counter-culture of yesteryear, Crew Leader Ed Venture has rallied die hard enthusiasts to meet up and roll out in style for the simple pure love of vehicle customization and classic drag strip style Racing.


Inspecting the goods in the Del Perro Pier parking lot.

The Bullshifters hold regular themed events which are advertised on their Social Club Crew wall as well as at GTA Forums. The sessions are recorded for posterity by Crew Lieutenant Petti The Yetti, so we checked out the footage from their first two Events to see what these guys get up to. The first hosted meet was a Muscle Car show and Cannonball Run. They met at Beeker's Garage in Paleto Bay and cruised down to the Del Perro Pier parking lot, a popular locale for many Car Club gatherings. After inspecting and respecting each other's rides, the Crew played leader Ed's original Race "Cannonball Run": a Race from Del Perro to the abandoned Blaine County Motel in Sandy Shores with no set routes or checkpoints, just a start line and a finish line allowing individual racers to determine their own route. 

Heading out to the jet-black asphalt of the LSI tarmac the Crew finished up with some classic drag racing co-ordinated and captured by Petti, who even goes so far as to follow racers up and down the runway in a helicopter so he can get the best footage of the race itself. To the Crew, he has been integral in shaping how they cover their Crew events.


 "Now, the drag racing has really become a staple for us. It's probably the meat and potatoes of the whole... well, meet." - Ed.Venture

The second meet's centerpiece was a Custom Race for Sports and Sports Classics simply dubbed Bullshift Meet 2 GT. The Race is a winding trek starts near the Vinewood Casino and runs towards the RON Alternates Wind Farm, before looping through Sandy Shores and back down to the streets of Los Santos.


On Creator Jobs, these consummate cruisers prefer clear weather conditions and traffic off so that the line-up can simply enjoy the great open stretches going up to Blaine County and Paleto Bay with little hassle.

Concluding the actual car show at the Vinewood Casino, the Crew drove in formation up to the runway at Sandy Shores for more drag racing, as well as more custom Creator Jobs and some drifting in the Del Perro parking lot and on the winding dirt roads behind the Vinewood sign.


Crew Representatives are considered the "heart and soul" of the Crew and the main ingredient when it comes to fun during Events.

In addition to Petti The Yetti, some other notable members include the "indispensable" Slosten, another clean racer who gets what the Crew is about and comes up with some seriously amazing custom cars and promotional shots. Then there's the one and only uNi.GTANet who gives the Crew a leg up on social media and is another one who will trail vehicles during the drags in his trademark Dinka Jester. Keeping things in the family, lobby coordinator and brother-in-law to Ed, Deathdime keeps sessions running smoothly while his sister (and Ed's wife) Milfrah gets in on the automotive fun as well.


For the Bullshifters' 3rd event, they were joined by inbetweendays and exqlusive who took several great screen shots and gtuned who put together this completely kick-ass event video in GTAV PC's Rockstar Editor.

With an Open Crew invite stance, outsiders are welcome to join these meet-ups but the upper tiers of the Bullshifters Hierarchy do take careful note of who is helpful and who is disruptive to determine priority placement for the next session. Definitely check these guys out if you're looking to hang out and show off your favorite customized whip for the next round.

 

COMPETITIVE CREWS



Right out of the gate, these industrious PC Crews have shown they have what it takes to consistently bring the heat to their enemies' doors and perform well together under the pressure of a Team Deathmatch. We specifically looked for Crews who run lean on their roster, while avoiding 1-10 person powerhouses whose results would have skewed the data. Shout out in particular to eXXXitium who took the top spot in three of the four categories, with most wins, highest win percentage and most average wins per Crew member. White Skeleton Unit are the most active and persistent in TDMs, with 423 under their belt collectively. Team Magnum Dong deserve an honorable mention for the most memorable name, while eenvyuss and uL - Urban Legends are also showing strong in PC Team Deathmatches.    

 

OCPC - THE WALKING PEDS

Prolific Crew Leader Socketz reached out to us recently to let us know his RoboCop inspired Crew Consumer Products (aka OmniCorp) have recently updated their official Crew website and have been actively making short films in GTA Online. Known for their past efforts in Max Payne 3 and some truly superb emblem art, film projects are now taking the creative lead amongst OCPC with presentations such as Fear the Undead Part 1 & Part 2 and the excellent action-packed short dubbed The Great Escape which displays fully that this squad still has a poignant flair for the dramatic.

 

CREW EVENTS CALENDAR

If you're looking to gather a group of like-minded individuals for a GTA Online play-session, we've gathered together forthcoming Crew Events from some well-established Crews together in one easy to digest calendar:

If your Crew is organizing a play-session, tournament or meet-up, whether in-game or IRL, let us know via mouthoff@rockstargames.com or in the comments below and we might add it to future versions of this calendar.

Similarly, if you feel your Crew deserves the spotlight in the Crew Cut, send us a detailed profile of your Crew via mouthoff@rockstargames.com. Remember, including descriptions of Crew events, member profiles, Snapmatics, high-quality screenshots, videos, websites and any detail you feel is relevant will aid us in telling your story and putting you and your compatriots out there in future articles. We'll be keeping an eye out for ya.
 

Previously:
The Top Street Racers on PC, Crew Joyriding with the Rockstar Editor & More
The New Wave of Motorcycle Clubs, Crew Battle Report and More
Tournament Time, Crews in Real Life and More

Rockstar Editor Tips: Camera Effects & Soundtrack

Posted on May 27 2015, 4:04pm | Author: R* M | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

In our second selection of Rockstar Editor focused tips, we're honing in on how to use some of the Camera Effects and Soundtrack settings to your advantage. If you missed our initial write-up on Capturing Footage from last Friday, be sure to check that out, along with our Rockstar Editor tutorial guide on Social Club


Experiment with different camera effects, but be sure to make the camera effect fit the action.

CAMERA EFFECTS 
There are a wide array of camera effects that can really make your scene unique. We've highlighted just a few here, but take the time to play around with different effects to see what works for you. Once you've found the perfect combination, try to keep some consistency throughout your film - constantly shifting between different filters and styles will only disorientate the viewer, and might make your film seem unpolished.

Blends are an excellent cinematic tool, and only possible in the Rockstar Editor. There are a couple of options for Blends which you should be clear on: “Easing - Off” will move the camera the same speed through every frame of the blend, which you might want in a fast action scene with fast cuts to make the movements more sudden and jerky. On the other hand, "Easing - On" will increase and decrease camera speed as the camera moves in and out of the blend for more fluid movement. You also have a choice between Linear and Smooth Blend. A Linear Blend will move the camera directly between the Blend Markers so you know exactly where the camera will be and what will be in the frame when it reaches a Marker. A Smooth Blend will make the camera travel in a curve to go to the approximate positions of each Marker on your Blend, but there will be no sudden change of direction when it hits intermediate Markers.
 
If you find that during a Blend your subject matter goes out of frame, you can add in an extra Marker at the point where the subject is out of frame and use that to reposition the camera slightly (while editing in Free Cam). You can see a good example of how to do this in Olli43's tutorial video. For even more precision editing, try putting the scene in slow motion to nail down the perfect timestamp for your Marker.

Get to grips with the Depth of Field tools available; these allow you to draw the viewer’s eye by focusing on specific areas and blurring out others. Resist the temptation to overuse it though as it won’t have the same impact when used sparingly.

SOUNDTRACK
Score intensity changes can sound really epic, and when paired with the action in your film make the whole piece feel more cinematic. Note that Music intensity settings only work for scored instrumental tracks, but if you're editing to a track like "Leave" by "Wavves" (for the current Rockstar Editor contest), you may wish to raise and lower the volume to add extra weight to the scenes in your video. Have an action scene with explosions and gunfire? Crank up the SFX for that scene and drop down the music and dialogue. Silence can also be useful in places to catch the viewer's attention. Check out Spike Jonze' video for The Beastie Boys' "Don't Play No Game that I Can't Win" to see how music levels and sound effects really change the action.

For entrants to the contest, don’t forget to use the Skip To Beat function to make sure your editing keeps up with the beat. Timing a particular cut to match up with a change in music can have a dramatic effect on the punch of that edit.


Previously:
Rockstar Editor Tips: Capturing Footage

Crew Noticeboard: The Off-Road All-Stars, Cycle Cycos, Vinewood Locos and Others Now Recruiting

Posted on May 25 2015, 10:22am | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

The Crew Noticeboard is our featured column of Crews actively recruiting new members to join their ranks. We publish Crew recruitment pitches in their own words so that you know exactly what they're all about.

This edition of the Crew Noticeboard showcases pitches from motorcycle clubs, off-road mountain scalers and gas mask-toting madmen – as well as Crews actively drafting players to tackle Online Heists, Daily Objectives and to shoot Vinewood blockbusters together with using the Rockstar Editor. So whether you're new to the world of GTA Online and looking for like-minded individuals or a seasoned player looking for some new partners in crime, you're sure to find a bunch to fit the bill here or by browsing previous editions of the Noticeboard

 

Rockstar Editor Tips: Capturing Footage

Posted on May 22 2015, 5:16pm | Author: R* M | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

Presenting the first in our series of tips devoted specifically to the Rockstar Editor, which is currently available exclusively with the PC version of GTAV and coming to the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game in a forthcoming update. Today's feature focuses on advice for capturing footage, with info directly from the developers of the Editor, as well as effective examples from YouTube creators and Social Club members. And if you're searching for additional tips on some of the basics before attempting to craft a clip worthy of garnering top prize in the Rockstar Editor video contest currently running, you can always check out our tutorial pages on Social Club


Use filters to give your movie a unique style. Proper use of the available filters can change the whole look and feel giving your masterpiece a more polished look.

For a truly unique video, plan out your action before starting to record, just as any film director would. It’s very easy to record a Grenade Launcher rampage in Los Santos, and then add some slow-motion before you upload it – but a well-thought out sequence can set you apart from the crowd. And if something spontaneous happens, don’t forget you can always use the Action Replay feature to record it retroactively.

If you are shooting for a specific scene, make sure to take several takes of each scene (including one or two in First Person for extra editing options). The chances of the shot being ruined by a passing pedestrian or sound effect are far less if you have multiple takes! Of course, sometimes the ambient world can work to your advantage: when shooting, try to think of the random citizens of Los Santos as unpredictable extras in your scene, each one with flawless acting abilities. Their individual characteristics and reactions can contribute immensely to setting the scene and atmosphere. bugbutts' 'Being Trevor' focuses almost exclusively on the reaction of a bystander to great comedic effect.

In fact, the city and surrounding areas have so much life that you may not even need to be the star in your own movie. You could try a documentary, cinéma-vérité approach to capturing the essence of Los Santos. Get to know Southern San Andreas; it’s a big world out there.

While the camera must stay close to your game character for technical reasons, you can "cheat" this slightly by using stunt doubles. For instance, in 'Running, Man' by 8-Bit Bastardthis shot of Trevor running along the mountain ridge in front of the sunset is actually not the notorious Mr. Philips, but in fact a stunt double created in GTA Online. Clever editing makes the shot seamlessly fit into the narrative of the clip. You can transfer captured Editor footage between players, so collaborate with friends on large projects if that will save time, or allow you to circumvent camera limitations.


You can assemble a colorful array of characters using the Rockstar Editor's Director Mode. Each one comes complete with actions and short lines of dialogue.

In Director Mode, Settings such as Explosive Melee and Slidey Cars are fun to play around with for sure, but go easy on them unless it really adds something to your scene. 'Super Clown' by Boris The Blade is a great example of how the Super Jump Setting can be used to distort reality just enough to enhance the themes of fear and dread in a scene. Also, carefully consider the ideal Time of Day and Weather as this can add heaps of atmosphere to your project.


These are just a few tips for capturing footage, of course feel free to share any tricks of your own with the community in the comments below. Also, keep an eye out in the days ahead for some strategies on soundtrack and camera effects, and best of luck to all those attempting to achieve cinematic glory in the inaugural GTAV Rockstar Editor contest.

 

New Rockstar Verified Jobs: A 40-Story Deathmatch, Woodland Chaos, Body Snatching and More

Posted on May 14 2015, 12:12pm | Author: R* M | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

Today, we have 10 brand new Rockstar Verified Jobs created by the Social Club community, stamped with the Rockstar seal of approval, and now live in-game for everyone to play across all five platforms - PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Among them are some of the most unique and creatively themed Deathmatches, Captures, Last Team Standings and Races in the Verified collection to date. We've also Verified three bonus Races for PC, PS4 and Xbox One that were designed with support for larger lobbies and making use of the additional props placement that those systems make possible. Check out all the Jobs below and head over to Social Club to bookmark them, or find them in the Rockstar Verifieds section of the GTA Online in-game Pause menus.

10 New Verified Jobs available on all platforms


Chaos erupts in Forest Mayhem

 Forest Mayhem - Created by Titlito
Perhaps taking inspiration from his homeland's natural terrain, Switzerland's Titlito has created a chaotic and fast-paced Deathmatch for up to 10 players in a hilly section of dense forest just south of Paleto Bay. Tightly packed trees and boulders can make visibility tricky, particularly when players go off-piste around the side of the arena-style barriers. A narrow gulch separates the sides, which can make for some interesting opening exchanges, as each team tries to dominate the sides and make headway over the two bridges. Watch out when taking cover behind explosive containers - the centrally placed Grenade Launcher could prove your undoing.

 GTA: Stealing a Dead Person - Created by joeACdude43
"Martin Madrazo has ordered you to crash the funeral of recently deceased Forelli crime family member Johnny Pacino and steal his body so he can hold it for ransom." Two Teams go up against the grieving members of the Forelli gang to gain control of the Romero hearse carrying Johnny Pacino's last remains. The graveyard will become the centerpiece location as players shootout against NPCs to get behind the wheel of the hearse. It's a long way back to each Capture Point, and with each team driving Jackals for support, you can expect the body to change hands several times before it reaches its final destination. Tip: Two-handed weapons such as Assault Rifles can't be used while driving, so hustle to pick up one of the Micro SMGs for maximum versatility.

 RoC Santos - Created by D.A.R.K.N.E.S.S.
Mastery of the settings in the Race Creator can really change the look and feel of your Created Job. D.A.R.K.N.E.S.S., leader of the Reapers 0f Carnage Crew, has created a Race for Supercars set in the dead of night, with Traffic turned off. The effect is one of a classic streetcar race - Midnight Club style. Well-placed checkpoints make the route easy to follow, but intelligent prop placement make it challenging to master. There are classic hallmarks of street races, including a hairpin bend on the freeway and an awesome fast-paced jump to see you past the checkered flag. If you're way out in front and feeling confident, feel free to troll those in your wake with a flip through the finish line.


A forty-story fight breaks out in Triphasic

Triphasic - Created by DimiBarcelona
Catalonian YouTuber DimiMoon puts his own spin on a skyscraper-based Deathmatch: The three wings of the Arcadius building Downtown have been linked up with ‘bridges’ made from Shipping Containers. DimiMoon has clearly put a lot of effort into tweaking prop placement to get things aligned and stacked just right. There's a smart risk-vs.-reward balance at play as well – the most powerful weapon pickups are available to players brave enough to risk death and run across the top of the containers on top of the Arcadius business building. Oh - and watch out for Sticky Bombs.

 Contend: Gas 'N' Go - Created by Wraith-Of-Vern
Wraith-Of-Vern
has set up a Capture very similar in location to previously Verified Job "Contend: Zombie Town", but this has a radical departure in style. Key to victory will be stocking up on weapons while at your Team's Capture Point to prepare for the vicious battle for Bags at this rural gas station. This is very much a classic Contend-style Capture that requires each player to navigate asphalt and off-road terrain in intelligently-chosen vehicles. The gas station provides a strong focal point for the action to take place, with a few NPCs dotted around to keep things interesting.

 The Great Adventurer - Created by DeadRooster
DeadRooster
of the illustrious GTA Adventures Crew delivers a fantastic high speed point-to-point for Supercars that takes in the scenery of Downtown Los Santos, the LS Freeway, Vinewood Hills, Grand Senora Desert and the Alamo Sea; all in a Race that can be completed by ace drivers in a little under 3 minutes, 30 seconds. We're glad to say that all of DeadRooster's creativity isn't totally spent on the Race itself, saving some for a Description as good as any that we've seen: "You've always claimed to be an outdoors person and that one day you're gonna climb Mt. Chiliad. Today your adventure finally begins. So here you are at Los Santos International Airport, in a super car paid for by your rich Liberty City mob boss father, heading to the base of the mountain the only way you know how; driving like an ass with no regard for the environment and those around you. Super car Race for up to 16 players from LSIA to the first dirt road north of the Alamo Sea."

 Life Invader Circuit - Created by The_Twilicane
The_Twilicane
 describes this one best: "Tight turns, narrow and wide roads, a smooth hairpin, and fast adrenaline pumping sections are sure to please those who are more serious about racing." This is a fairly simple Super car Race around Rockford Hills, Little Seoul and Vespucci. Props are placed well adding to the professional feel of the track without interfering with the route.


Cars go flying in Ramps! Ramps! Ramps!

 Ramps! Ramps! Ramps! - Created by GTA_Fan_82
This is a short track, set entirely on the bridge over Lago Zancudo. Players jump over small ramps as they criss-cross their way to the end of the bridge, before turning around and repeating the process in the opposite direction. There are sure to be lots of collisions and near-misses as the pack thins out and cars are flying into each other from different directions. Don't forget to flick down on the left analog stick in midair to maintain a level position for your car. Also, work hard to master the hairpins at either end, where there is prime opportunity for vindictive stragglers to knock you out of position.

Shotgun City - Created by Uniqueash
Shotgun City is a Last Team Standing that takes place in a dark alleyway beneath the Del Perro Pier. The alley is filled with Props at regular intervals, making for a very claustrophobic map which requires combined skills of stealth and timing. The Props provide plenty of cover allowing each team to advance forwards fairly safely - just as well since you’ve got to get very close to your enemy to kill them with the default Shotguns. Just one clean shot will do it - you may soon find yourself in a tense war of attrition where any false move will immediately be punished.

 Project Z Grand Prix - Created by Zenzi23
Zenzi23
 is another dedicated racer, belonging to four different pre-eminent racing Crews including Verified Race Creator hotbed Red Rum Racing. Project Z is a Grand Prix style circuit requiring multiple skillsets to manage intricate technical sections, challenging high speed corners and hidden chicanes. Pick a car to match your skills whether you're a rally-style drifter, technical wizard on the racing line or you just prefer to throw caution to the wind and accelerate away from any trouble.

 

3 Bonus Races designed for PC, PS4 and Xbox One
 

 Casino Royale - Created by parksguard
Parksguard's penchant for racing is proven by his membership of two of the top racing Crews around: Nonchalant Dominance PS4 and Sweat Buckets. Combine this with the fact that 11 different versions of his newly Verified race Casino Royale have been published and it's no surprise that this memorable and exciting track is full of brilliant prop placement - clearly the work of a true perfectionist out to turn Mirror Park into a real racetrack.

 Cheetah Grand Prix - Created by gun1t123
Committed GTA racing luminary gun1t123 has put together a high speed Race for Super cars in the Downtown and Rockford Hills areas of Los Santos. We've seen many Races in these areas before but gun1t1233 (aka Shaggy) carved a unique route with props forming additional tight bends and chicanes. This is a Race that works brilliantly with a full lobby so gather your Crew together for a session and make sure to crank the number of Laps for the full experience. For a preview before you get involved, you can see a playthrough recorded by Shaggy himself.

 B.I.T.C.H. - Created by LadyMiss80s
As the description says, this Race has it all - Beach. Industrial. Track. City. Highway. Class act LadyMiss80s has created a lengthy Motorcycle Race across a number of different locations in LS. It's a difficult route, one which take several laps to truly master. Watch out in particular for high speed jumps into the Los Santos Storm Drain as well as a tight 270-degree turn / staircase combo. Long narrow sections along the train tracks are ideal for popping a wheelie in your Hakuchou and ripping past 29 other players all jostling for position.


Please note that in addition to occasionally changing Job names due to taste, copyright or other reasons - we also from time to time will make other small edits to players' Jobs before making them Rockstar Verified. This includes, but is not limited to modifying spawn points, improving checkpoints or increasing/decreasing the amount of weapon picks ups for a particular Job. Once Jobs are Rockstar Verified, they become available for play across multiple platforms, so you'll have all these newly Verified creations available in your next Freemode session (and you can always bookmark them at the Social Club for easy access in your next session).

Also – tune in tomorrow Friday May 15 at 5pm ET for a special Rockstar Games Twitch live stream where we'll be playing through all of the above Jobs with members of the Rockstar community including invited Creators themselves. Keep an eye on our Twitter, or join us in the Twitch chat for an opportunity to get involved in the lobby as a player.
 

Previously:
Cloud Piercing Air Races
Close-Quarters Confrontation, Pure Racing and Major Props

Rockstar Editor Contest: Create the Official Music Video for “Leave” by Wavves

Posted on May 12 2015, 5:39pm | Author: R* M | Filed Under: Music, Social Club, Games

Calling all budding directors of Vinewood: You've had several weeks to get to grips with the Rockstar Editor (and we've seen some mighty fine works published already) - and now's the time to pitch your editing skills against the rest of the Grand Theft Auto V PC community with the inaugural Rockstar Editor video contest. This is your chance to create the official music video for the track "Leave" by Wavves, off the Alchemist & Oh No Present: Welcome To Los Santos album and the new in-game radio station The Lab.


THE CREATIVE BRIEF

You may have heard the lads from Wavves on your Los Santos radio dial as the hosts of Vinewood Boulevard Radio or caught them recently when they guested on the Rockstar Games live stream. Now, Wavves have commissioned the Social Club community to create their official music video for "Leave". Wavves themselves along with Rockstar Games will be reviewing the finalists and deciding who wins, so here's a bit of direction on what they are looking for:

The song is about leaving a bad situation. Whether that means a criminal enterprise or activity, or a bad romantic relationship, or something else entirely is up to you to interpret as the music video director. Just have fun with it and don’t be afraid to get a little weird along the way. 

To fire your creative juices, here's the track for you to listen to:




THE PRIZES

As well as the prestige of having your masterpiece selected as the track's official music video, the grand prize winner will receive a custom G910 Orion Spark Gaming Keyboard and G510 Proteus Core Gaming Mouse both of which come laser engraved with the Rockstar Editor logo as well as your own personal Social Club ID to make it a truly one-of-a-kind bit of kit. 

The G910 Orion Spark Gaming Keyboard features ultra-responsive mechanical keys and Logitech’s Intelligent Illumination. Fully supported by GTAV PC, the backlit keys match the signature color of the character you’re playing as while in Story Mode dynamically (blue for Michael, green for Franklin, orange for Trevor), the function keys flash red and blue when you have a Wanted Level, and a custom profile can be setup to backlight only the relevant keys while using the Rockstar Editor. The G510 Proteus Core Gaming Mouse features 11 programmable buttons, customizable weight and five selectable DPI settings, from headshot-precise 200 DPI targeting to lightning-fast 12,000 DPI maneuvers.

As if that's not enough, the Winner also receives a deluxe prize pack of awesome official GTAV gear and a $100 gift card at the Rockstar Warehouse - which can be used on anything currently available, including rounding out your Rockstar Digital Download collection, expanding your Rockstar wardrobe, or upgrading your GTA Online vehicle fleet with a Megalodon Shark Card.

Two runners-up will each receive a $100 Rockstar Warehouse gift card and a deluxe prize pack of official GTAV gear.

The winner and the two runners-up will also be featured here at the Rockstar Newswire.


HOW TO ENTER

Entering the competition is easy. Simply create a video in the Rockstar Editor using GTAV PC and publish it to Rockstar Games Social Club via the in-game menu. From there, head to the My Videos page on Social Club, and tag your video with the word "leave" to enter it into the contest. A few important points:

  • The video must feature the song "Leave" by Wavves as its soundtrack, and only that song.
  • Your video must be between 3 and 5 minutes in length.
  • The video must be published to Rockstar Games Social Club and tagged with the word 'leave' between now and 11:59pm ET on June 8th to be eligible.
  • For legal reasons, only residents of certain countries are eligible to win.
  • The video must be made entirely using the Rockstar Editor. We know that many advanced Rockstar Editor video creators like to use additional third party editing software but in order to keep this competition fair for all entrants, we require that you only use the Rockstar Editor in producing the video.

UNLOCKABLE T-SHIRT FOR EVERY EDITOR (REDEEMED THIS JUNE)

Even if you don't win, every Social Club member worldwide who uploads any video to Social Club (not just entries in the competition) during the contest period will unlock an in-game t-shirt bearing the logo of the Vinewood blockbuster hit The Loneliest Robot in Great Britain. Please note that the t-shirt will be awarded after the contest ends in early June, so please don't expect it to appear as soon as you upload a video! And for those who haven't seen it yet, The Loneliest Robot in Great Britain is on an extended run at the Tivoli, Ten Cent and Oriental Theatres in downtown Los Santos right now.

Wavves and Rockstar Games will pick the winning clip taking into consideration adherence or interpretation of The Creative Brief mentioned above, entertainment and artistic value, editing quality and overall creativity. Watch the Social Club contest page to see how other Social Club members think your clip stacks up against the competition and stay tuned for the winners announcement this June.

Void in certain countries and where prohibited. See www.rockstargames.com/socialclub/events/contests for official rules and eligibility details.
 

Crew Cut: The Top Street Racers on PC, Crew Joyriding with the Rockstar Editor & More

Posted on May 12 2015, 12:15pm | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

In this latest edition of the Crew Cut, we take a look at the top performing racing Crews in these first few weeks of PC release, as well as the activities of some quite unique squads such as the Heist-themed Lufthansa Collective, plus Crews utilizing the Rockstar Editor to showcase their adventures and more.
 

TOP PC RACING CREWS


Members of 2ch PCA, currently the #1 PC racing Crew, at one of their regular car meetups.

Since last month's release of Grand Theft Auto V and GTA Online for PC, elite Crews have been off to the Races, hopping in their customized rides and racking up wins to prove who are the most feared street racers of the latest generation to invade Los Santos.

We can report that as of press time, the top racing Crew on PC is Japan's 2ch PCA led by H_I_R_O with an astounding 7,091 wins amongst their 854 members. 2CPC are also proper car enthusiasts - frequently posting car meetups on their Steam page and they're also collectively responsible for hundreds of Creator Races including the recently published “SHUA” on PC by member HyyyAngYi which has already racked up over 300 plays in just about one week’s time.

Ranked second, and not by far, are Axe X Executioner with 6,199 wins. Created by RaymondWai and with a leadership of Lieutenants who all hail from Hong Kong, AXER also have numerous Creator Races under their belt (check out the popular PC Job "100" by Lymark).

Rounding out the top 3 worldwide racing Crews is Taiwanese Fraternity with 5,769 wins. Led by Phoenix_Kuo, TWFC maintain a Crew social page on popular Taiwanese gaming site gamer.com.tw and also are responsible for some very popular custom Races. Lieutenant Joker68ui most notably has crafted a Land Race called “刷勝場” with an amazing 4.2K plays in just a few days since being published.

Might we see an all-Asia battle for supremacy between these proud Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan based racing Crews? Time – and the global leaderboards – will tell.
 

THE HEIST-THEMED LUFTHANSA COLLECTIVE


Gangsters take selfies too. Lufthansa Collective Representative seb_85 incriminates himself with some Crewmates in the background.

Any fan of Goodfellas worth their salt remembers its dramatic depiction of the well-connected crew behind the infamous Lufthansa heist. Social Club's MrRuggiero recently wrote in to boast about his Lufthansa Collective (ZIPS), a roleplaying mafia Crew named after the biggest cash heist in American history.

Founded this past January, ZIPS seem to have been casing Los Santos just in time to pull off those five big scores you may have heard about. And – like budding Scorseses – they’ve been quick to document their Heist exploits cinematically as you can check out in the video below. Catch up with these friends of ours at their Crew page or at lufthansacollective.clanwebsite.com – just don’t forget your shine box.


 

THE ELITE SHRED BMX TEAM

Founded just shy of one year ago, the elite SHRED BMX TEAM has garnered renown as one of the most elite BMX collectives in the stunting scene. “The top BMX riders, racers and creators on PS and PC” as their official Motto states, is backed up with proof-in-the-pudding team-tages of amazing footage as seen in the video above, and Crew Leader sbmxplex has stacked SBMX to the brim and forged alliances with some of the most talented BMXers and Crews out there even boasting such legends as Freestyle BMX’s Crew Leader erasableninja and Evolve Stunting’s BMX stunting pioneer FishyDizzle. And if you’re looking for some great Creator Races, tailored and tuned specifically to be played with bikes, you’ll do well to browse the SHRED team’s collection knowing that Crew members are always making and perfecting some awesome ones together.


THE ARTFUL HEISTERS: CRAZY BLAMMERS

The Crazy Blammers (SNAP) were founded on the eve of GTA Online’s launch, September 30th 2013 and the tight-knit 18-man Crew are still going strong especially as a well-oiled machine taking down Heists together.

Crew Leader, UK-based artist Matthew Hogben aka HoggyHogben, celebrated SNAP’s criminal exploits with the fun bit of Heist Crew art seen above showing everything from their mission briefings to their fiery getaways and sky-piercing aerial maneuvers. As Hoggy states at deviantART, “The Heists on GTA Online are just amazing so I had to do some fan art for it with me and my Crew, the Crazy Blammers. Feel free to join my Crew at: http://socialclub.rockstargames.com/crew/crazy_blammers.”


FROM DEL PERRO TO SANTA MONICA WITH THE VICE CITY CRIME MOB IRL

It's always amazing to see Crews who not only bond on the streets, beaches and countrysides of southern San Andreas – but who wind up forming true friendships in real life. There are some highly-respected Crews out there known for being just as tight IRL as in GTA Online such as Hillbilly Agenda and Merryweather IMF - and now add to that list the thriving Vice City Crime Mob (VCCM). We recently gave them a recruitment nod at the Crew Noticeboard especially in light of their well-organized Heists sessions, and seeing this post and photoset at the vicegamers.com Crew website from Rep nikkievercetti will really get you in the feels:

“About a year ago I joined VCCM on PS3 (as Sabrotage) and I instantly felt very welcome and at home in this Crew. I loved playing the game and felt lucky to find myself in a community full of mature and fun players. At the time I didn't know that the game or the Crew would have such an impact on my life.

After joining I met a bunch of great people including @King Duncan [aka King_Duncan_VII] who at the time was KiddKash. Over the last year he has become my very best friend in the world. It's no secret that we're often partners in crime in the game but we also became super close in ‘real life’. I was extremely fortunate to get the opportunity to fly across the country (From Maine to California, literally across the whole country haha) to meet him last week. We hung out in the real world Los Santos of LA and had a blast.

The whole thing made me think about how insanely lucky I was to happen upon this Crew in a promotional subreddit and to become a part of this group. We may have different play styles or preferences, I may not always make it to events, but this Crew has given me several amazing and lasting friendships and provided a very necessary escape for me from real world drama and tragedy. GTA is just a video game but this crew is a family in its own way and I just wanted to make a mushy post to let you all know how grateful I am that I found it, all of you, and my best friend. Thanks for being an awesome Crew. :]”
 

THE FULL LEATHER JACKETS JOYRIDE WITH THE ROCKSTAR EDITOR

Longtime Social Club member berduu and members of his Full Leather Jackets captured some of that Crew magic in "Joyridin'" - a Rockstar-Editor-powered video (one of many recent fine creations from the prolific berduu aka Berdu on YouTube) documenting a beautiful day spent BMXing with FLJC, enjoying the San Andreas sunshine and the simple pleasures of stopping to smell the flowers (or pound the Piswasser as it were). As berduu puts it, "Ain't nothing like riding with your boys."


Previously:
The New Wave of Motorcycle Clubs, Crew Battle Report and More
Tournament Time, Crews in Real Life and More
The Flight Crew Special

Asked & Answered: The Rockstar Editor, GTA Online Updates, PC Mods and More

Posted on May 7 2015, 12:00pm | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

“The real question is: on what are we going to spend the money from the Heists? (For those who have practically everything)” – vens243
“What’s coming next [for GTA Online]…??” – Nilix
“Will there be more [Heists] added with future updates?” – carl0winer

To vens243 and others who are excited to show off their Heists spoils, beyond the many new vehicles and items that arrived to GTA Online as part of Heists, we are also working on another update coming soon that will feature some very cool new toys for you to enjoy and flaunt with your ill-gotten gains. For now, the screenshot above provides just a glimpse... For those asking for more Heists, please understand that Grand Theft Auto Online Heists were a tremendous undertaking so it’s not the sort of thing where we can easily create and publish additional Heists like other Job modes and missions. We are, however, working on other cool updates for GTA Online that you can expect over the coming months.


“I would like to use [the Rockstar Editor] but I’m on PS4. Hey Rockstar, can you do something please for PS4 players?” – Black_Pawn_01
“When’s [The Lab radio station] coming on next-gen consoles?” – GRUNSKY
“Is [The Lab radio station] ever gonna come out on PS4?” – sn3jku

The Rockstar Editor is an advanced tool requiring additional processing power so it would not be compatible with GTAV on the older systems, but we are currently working on a version tailored for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles – and we hope to release that sometime this summer, or as soon as it is ready. We are also planning to bring The Lab radio station to all four consoles in a forthcoming title update. Please stay tuned for more information.


“Will there be any more updates for [GTA Online] on Xbox 360?” – @ColtsPacersJosh

We want to support the older consoles with new content for as long as we possibly can. As we mentioned previously, we always knew there might be a point where we would reach the technical capacity of what the older generation of consoles can handle as each downloadable update requires additional memory both for assets and for additional scripting.  We have continued to optimize the entire game over time in order to squeeze as much memory as we possibly could out of the last-generation hardware and at some point, continuing to add content for those systems could cause the risk of instability to the game overall. As of now, we are planning on releasing the next big content update for all five systems and we will continue to squeeze as much as we possibly can onto them.


“Why is [Self Radio] not possible on PS3/PS4?” – Destroy_Ger
“How about creating something like that in PS4/3 and Xbox platforms?” – Osprey11
“Can you put this on PS4 or Xbox 1 at least?” – RayzRBlayde1229

The GTAV PC Self Radio experience that plays your personally curated playlist of mp3s in the game as a fully featured and properly integrated radio station just wouldn’t technically be possible on the consoles as it requires more than the consoles allow at this time.


“I’m having soo much fun with GTAV on the PC but I just have one question about it, how come you are not allowing mods for it?” - @ClarkMatthew63
“Will I get banned from GTA Online for using a FoV Mod or Oculus Rift mod?” - @Mattophobia

We have always appreciated the creative efforts of the PC modding community and we still fondly remember the awesome zombie invasion mod and original GTA map mod for GTAIV PC among many other classics. To be clear, the modding policy in our license has not changed and is the same as for GTAIV.  Recent updates to GTAV PC had an unintended effect of making unplayable certain single player modifications. This was not intentional, no one has been banned for using single player modifications, and you should not worry about being banned or being relegated to the cheater pool just for using single player PC mods. Our primary focus is on protecting GTA Online against modifications that could give players an unfair advantage, disrupt gameplay, or cause griefing. It also bears mentioning that because game mods are by definition unauthorized, they may be broken by technical updates, cause instability, or affect your game in other unforeseen ways.


“We want to play GTAV with joystick. Will you add joystick support for PC? There is a huge difference between gamepad and JS.” – @eniyikotuadam
“Just wondering if there’s a possibility of including joystick support for GTAV in any upcoming patches or updates?” – received via Mouthoff
“Rockstar friends, GTAV PC version would be significantly enhanced if players could use their steering wheels.” – received via Mouthoff

Thank you for the feedback! We understand that many PC players out there would like to see enhanced peripheral support for specialized controllers such as flight sim joysticks and steering wheels. No promises, but it is something we are investigating to see if possible in a future update.


“Can I play GTAV on my Mac?” – received via Mouthoff
“Why this game isn’t [available for] Mac?” – Jaalloav

While GTAV isn’t technically released for Mac, you can actually play the PC version on a Mac by running Windows 7 or 8 through Boot Camp. You can find instructions along with some other requirements over at Rockstar Support.


“Hi Rockstar! Please report these guys on YouTube who destroy your game. Look at all the cheats they promote in their videos… I’d be grateful for answers on what you plan to do with about this?” – Aleek94
“Okay, so I've let this slip under the carpet, but now I'm really starting to get pissed off with the whole situation. I can accept people grinding Capture or Rooftop Rumble, what I can't get over is the amount of people doing money and RP glitches, and the YouTubers who are feeding the community with them... I suggest you take action on the YouTubers who are promoting these glitches… they need dealing with, because they're the ones starting to destroy GTA Online...” – ilewisgta

We are tremendous fans of the vast majority of YouTube content that fans post using footage from our games – everything from original machinima movies to funny gameplay moments to hypnotizing time-lapses and so much more – but we obviously do not support or condone any videos that attempt to instruct people how to cheat their way towards illegitimate RP, counterfeit GTA$, duping vehicles without having earned them and other things along those lines that compromise the fairness of the game’s ranking and economy systems. We have a long-standing policy on posting copyrighted Rockstar Games material over at the Rockstar Support website, and to make things clearer on this front, we’ve just added a bulletpoint about this particular type of content there. Just like our other long-standing rules about not posting pre-release leaked footage, spoilers or entire in-game television content episodes – anyone who posts videos that encourage and promote ways to cheat your way towards gaining illegitimate RP or counterfeit in-game money or duplicating in-game items without having earned them may have their videos flagged for takedown with YouTube. Thank you again to everyone in the community (and especially the hardworking and creative GTA YouTube community!) for helping to bring this matter to our attention. Thanks also to everyone in the community for your ongoing efforts since the launch of GTA Online in reporting glitches, bugs and exploits to us via the Support website – it’s invaluable information that helps inform fixes in Title Updates and via dynamic tuning to help keep GTA Online as fair as possible for everyone.


“Are you guys doing anything to fix godmode/invisibility and unlimited ammo [in GTA Online]?” - @TacticalTaco5

Absolutely. We have always taken this issue very seriously and have people dedicated to addressing these problems when they arise. Unfortunately even a tiny minority of people cheating can have a negative impact on a larger population. In addition, solving this problem requires a different approach on each platform. We have been regularly rolling out fixes for specific exploits and tools to enable us to combat cheating with each patch and we are going to continue to do so. While it’s unrealistic to say we can solve the problem of cheating forever and for everyone, we believe we are making significant progress on this issue and we will continue to work aggressively to stop these griefers in their tracks as best we can.


Asked & Answered is a special feature here at the Rockstar Newswire rounding up a selection of popular frequently asked questions with official responses from Rockstar. Have another question for us? Feel free to send it to our attention at mouthoff@rockstargames.com where we can have a look for consideration in an upcoming edition. As a reminder, if you have suggestions specific to GTA Online, you can send them to GTAOnline@rockstargames.com and if you have a technical customer support question of any sort, please visit​ http://support.rockstargames.com and consult our knowledge base to find help.

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