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

Posted on July 31 2014, 11:19am | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

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 on July 30 2014, 10:53am | Author: R* Y | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

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: Social Club, Games

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: Social Club, Games

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: Social Club, Games

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: Social Club, Games

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.

GTA Online "I'm Not a Hipster" Weekend Recap: Videos, Snapmatic Winners and More

Posted on June 27 2014, 1:09pm | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Social Club, Games


From all-new toasts to post-ironic fashions and haircuts, to the Antique Cavalry Dagger, Panto microcar and 6-wheeler Dubsta and so much more - the good people of the GTA Series Videos YouTube channel whipped up this groovy 20+ minute video  comprehensively showcasing just about everything from The "I'm Not a Hipster" Update.

This past weekend, the painfully hip, faux bohemian masses turned out to take full advantage of limited-time double GTA$ and RP bonuses and lots of other opportunities to score rare collectible unlocks and goodies in the “I’m Not a Hipster” Event Weekend celebrating the release of last week’s brand new GTA Online content. If you missed your one-and-only chance to redeem the weekend-exclusive vintage GTA t-shirts for your Online character – stay tuned, as we’ve got lots of other great Events lined up ahead. Read on for a recap of some of the most awesome video highlights from the weekend as well as to see who the winners and honorable mentions were for the Event’s Snapmatic Contest and winners of the GTAV Hipster Prize Pack sweepstakes (stay tuned for Creator Competition Verified selections to be announced in the weeks ahead as well).
 

THE OFFICIAL ROCKSTAR BROADCAST "I'M NOT A HIPSTER" LIVE STREAM FEATURING SPECIAL GUESTS, THE SIDEMEN

If you missed the live broadcast of the “I’m Not a Hipster” Rockstar stream on Twitch and YouTube this past Friday, you’ll definitely want to give the archived stream a watch below – as we welcomed special guests from The Sidemen along with many other notables from the GTA and YouTube community to join us for 2 hours of all-out mayhem playing brand new Jobs as well as some ridiculous original metagame challenges.

Three of The Sidemen, a renowned collective of YouTubers who specialize in addictive GTA Online Funny Moments clips (a special shout to Vikkstar who recently celebrated his 100th ep), joined us for the 2nd hour of the show: Vik (aka Vikkstar123), Josh (aka ZerkaaPlays) and Simon (aka Miniminter). After a brief and fairly hilarious how-do-you-do, we got straight into the action - watch the archive below and read on for some particular highlights:

(00:54:24) Fantastic Hipster Fox Hunt
This custom Point to Point GTA Race featuring the new Vapid Blade muscle car was played with some additional metagame challenge parameters: the designated titular ‘Hipster Fox’ (in this case, our own PlayRockstar) had to try and cross the finish line within 8 minutes - all while being hunted down by the other players. The fox being the only player allowed to use weapons, the hunters had to rely on their vehicles and their wits to get their target off the road. With PlayRockstar maneuvering through his hunters like a running back finding holes in the offensive line, it seemed the only way they'd get him was with some outside the box thinking. This came in the way of Vik picking up a Lazer with about a minute left in the match. Sure enough, such cleverness proved to be too sly for our fox and PlayRockstar was defeated with about 20 seconds to spare. See below for an epic freeze frame courtesy of Vik.

(01:20:58) King of the Roof
In this rooftop demolition derby-styled game, players had to use their hipster cars to knock each other off the roof of a docking terminal in the Port of South Los Santos  - last man driving wins. Initially at a slight disadvantage, due to the fox mask he was wearing, our PlayRockstar was the natural target of all contenders, PlayRockstar then removed the mask and was indeed the king, ramming every last player off into oblivion. Still needing to kill off each other, the originality award once again goes to Vik, who nabbed a Frogger from the dockside helipad, attempting to use its spinning blades to julienne PlayRockstar into pieces. Unfortunately that didn't work out, but MVP Josh did get the job done simply using the grenade launcher - match point goes to The Sidemen. 

(01:28:43) Los Santos FC
In honor of the World Cup, the Rockstar Devs took The Sidemen on in a soccer-inspired Capture-powered metagame in which players needed to grab a Panto from the center of the pitch and attempt to bring it back safely to their goal (and a bit unlike soccer, players would have to avoid the Molotov cocktails being launched at their heads and flaming patches of grass). Within the first minute, Josh got things going for his team, safely delivering two vehicles to take an early lead. Just a minute later however, our PlayRockstar and PlayRockstar2 were able to even the score. The match remained fairly even for the first half, until PlayRockstar and PlayRockstar2 barreled through their home goal right after each other, thus getting to eight delivered Pantos first and winning the game in the clutch.

(01:36:04) Coroner's Corners
For the second custom GTA Race of the day (though this time with tight laps at the docks), players took each other on with nothing but Pantos and guns. As opposed to our Devs who kept blowing each other up, The Sidemen used excellent teamwork and communication to dominate the course - resulting in Josh and Simon trading off between first and second place throughout. PlayRockstar managed to take the lead and just as he was crossing the finish line, Vik (in last place and having nothing to lose) blew him up allowing Josh to take the win. PlayRockstar had to settle for second while Simon wound up in third. 

(01:42:37) Dubsta Delivery
For the last challenge of the day, using Lazers and Cargobobs, each team was to deliver two of the new 6-wheeler Dubstas each to the island drop zone - first to do it would prove the victor. Between Simon's dominance with eight kills and deliveries from teammate GTADev4, The Sidemen took this Job and sealed their overall W for the afternoon.

And just prior to our shenanigans with The Sidemen, we live-streamed udring the first hour with some additional special guest players from the GTA and YouTube community. Popular GTA Online YouTubers M3rkmusic, Who’s Chaos and Granty joined in with fan community mainstays and recent Crew Battlers GTAV Informer, GTAm3n and iLewisGTA to play some of the new Hipster Jobs before they got too mainstream. 

GTAV Informer and iLewisGTA came in sporting the brand new Bitch’N Dog Foods T-shirts while Granty and Merk couldn’t resist rocking the brand new bugged out raccoon masks. In our first Job, the new TDM "Puerto Del Sol", GTAVinformer picked up 13 kills fighting through the narrow apartment blocks of Puerto Del Sol to take his team to a 25-22 victory. From there, we played through Jobs from the Double GTA$ Event Playlist, with a frighteningly quick "East Vinewood LTS" followed by a Pigalle-exclusive voyage in the "Beach Odyssey" Race. Check out highlights here from the vantage of the GTA Online spectator helicam. To finish off, PlayRockstar2 hosted a tour of the new garage to show before-and-after examples of how all of the vintage cars from The "I’m Not a Hipster" Update can be customized to stunning effect. Check out this clip to see all the bug catchers, ski racks, "Chaka Khan" exhaust pipes and roof racks o’ crap.

 

"I'M NOT A HIPSTER" COMMUNITY VIDEOS & STREAMS

Our friends HikeTheGamer and Swiftor, both GTA Online Event Weekend veterans who have hosted some great live stream moments with us in the past, decided to join forces for one epic broadcast on Saturday. Since they were on Hike's turf, Swiftor had to get customarily initiated - in this case, meaning by way of a grenade launcher to the face - but all in good fun. Once that was out of the way, the two (along with the rest of the lobby) spent the next hour and a half playing awesome themed metagames such as Hipster Hunt. An excellent collabo, gentlemen. Watch the archived show below.

Our friend and fellow Social Club Weekend veteran live streamer, Garrett Sutton aka RedRobinz of Jobless Gamers held a super sized Dubsta-exclusive car meet with some of his followers on Sunday. gta1358233 had one of the most popular customized Dubstas with what people in the chat dubbed "The Superman Car."

An up-and-coming GTA Online live-streamer whose shows we’ve been enjoying recently for her good natured and genuine vibe is LadyMiss80s and her Awesome 80s Crew on Twitch. On Saturday, she turned up rocking the vintage Vinyl Countdown tee and did two special “I’m Not a Hipster” editions of her Saturday Bootcamp series, each over two hours long including their metagame Job “smash” (by Awesome 80s Crew member TIT4NS) and a full-lobby Hipster car show with some spiffy Blades, Pantos, Rhapsodys and more. Watch the late show embedded below and the matinee archived on Twitch.



The guys from the Poor Boi Racing Crew were among several (scroll down to the Snapmatic Contest honorable mentions) who figured out that the new Rhapsody vehicle is reminiscent of Garth Algar's ride and put together this amazing recreation over the weekend of the famous "Bohemian Rhapsody" scene from Wayne's World (intercut with clips of the original for good measure). You'll definitely laugh, but hopefully not cry nor hurl.

 

#IMNOTAHIPSTER SNAPMATIC COMPETITION WINNERS

The five winners of the #IMNOTAHIPSTER Snapmatic contest below (shown in no particular order) each took a unique and creative approach - from the use of the Panto microcar as an extreme sports mobile to some clever takes on the new animal masks - and more. As you can see in our quite lengthy honorable mentions list further down below, it was truly tough to narrow down just 5 winners so congrats to each of the talented photogs who will be receiving GTA$1M and the HIPSTER vanity plate.


"Haters Gonna Hate..." by CaPn-bOnEs
This awesome aerial feat is brought to us via CaPn-b0nEs of the iGrandTheftAuto Crew, who’s also known for sharing some reliably great Snaps on the regular on Twitter. CaP spent a good part of this weekend with his friends at the Vespucci Beach skate park, where they took their customized Pantos for a literal spin in and out of the cement bowl. The above shot of a Panto catching some serious air, whilst a raccoon-faced Crewmember looks out is just epic – but also check out some other shots b0nes shared including this honorable-mention-worthy shot of a Panto leapfrogging another one and narrowly scraping by someone standing on its roof. These guys are some serious smart car tricksters.
 


"The Warreners" by DuPz0r
Start clinking those e-Cola bottles together for this pun-tastic reference to one of our favorite cult film classics. The Warrener on the far right rocking the outrageous Shakotan exhaust tailpipe and Warriors-red racing stripe is another fine detail that seals this one for returning champion DuPz0r. 
 


"LITTER BOX LOTTERY" by carsonclick9002
It’s the Internet, so cat pics FTW. There were lots of fun uses of the cat mask to choose from (scroll down for some great Catwoman honorable mentions as well), but the caption, the pose and the composition here combine to perfect effect. An additional honorable mention as well to “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” by GhostmanNo1 who had similar cheeky Cheshire notions of his own.
 

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"HIPSTER IN THE HOOD" by ZazDillinger
ZazDillinger’s character here is just such a quintessentially cute and quirky hipster, she stole our heart. The aptly titled "Roof Rack o' Crap" mod on top of the brightly sticker-bombed Panto really suggests she's off for a bit of hardcore antiquing, an artisanal cheese tasting, a weekend of emo-rock festival partying or another such certainly-not-a-hipster leisure activity.
 


"HOLE CAT IS WATCHING YOU MASTURBATE" by Ayreon01
If you watched Friday’s live stream, then you know that this one was an early favorite. An absolutely inspired tribute to the classic “Ceiling Cat” meme, there was zero chance that Hole Cat was not going to win. Props to Ayreon01 who had been an honorable mention bridesmaid in both the Valentine’s and the Business Event Weekend Contests and now enjoys back-to-back wins.

 

SNAPMATIC HONORABLE MENTIONS

With so many excellent photos to choose from parlaying hipster humor and crafty customization ingenuity, our list of honorable mentions this time is longer than ever. Here are a bunch of other favorites who bear mentioning...

• Several people had the clever idea of using the Declasse Rhapsody and new toasts to pay homage to Wayne's World, including this shot by Poor Boi Racing's Meth83 and this one by ChocoMongo.

• "Hipster's Vacation in the 70's" - Perfectly set with the sepia tone and hippie vibe, by AnimB_015.

• "Raccooon Burglars on the Run" - A very inconspicuous scenee by AlexSniperBullet.

• Two very stylish tributes to Cat Woman by Francky5exyhere and here.

• "The Panto Mime" - A literal play on words by SomeLegend.

• "Go Go Panto Rangers" - We've seen some fun Power Rangers tributes in the past, but the Pantos really drive it home - by Thr33X.

• "Hipster Rules" - A decidedly incomplete list by Hotack.

• "East Vinewood" - An appropriately stylish Los Santos Hipster lineup at East Vinewood by SPLAP-FART

• "Innocence Blvd" - An “I’m Not a Hipster” double handlebar mustache selfie by t0msmudgey.

• "Capture The Moon" - A brilliantly posed photographer toast used to crush the moon by AngelOfArkham.

 

“I’M NOT A HIPSTER” GEAR GIVEAWAY SWEEPSTAKES WINNERS 

Thanks also to everyone who entered and a big congrats to the lucky five Grand Prize Winners of the “I’m Not a Hipster” Gear Giveaway Sweepstakes: vvenom23, xXxCarrick, CCFCRyan99, Kincaid1103, and Djcred456 who all won the ultra-hip Los Santos Trucker Hat, Republican Space Rangers & Trevor Philips Industries Tee and the GTAV Zippo Lighter. We’re still confirming some of the runner-ups to win GTAV tees and stickers so be sure to check your inbox of the email attached to your Social Club account. 


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

10 New GTA Online Rockstar Verified Jobs: Drift Paradise, Hipster Rage and More

Posted on June 25 2014, 12:56pm | Author: R* M | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

The newest round of Rockstar Verified GTA Online Jobs features a mixture of Land Races, Deathmatches and Captures that have caught our eye recently. Ten new Jobs have been given our stamp of approval, including Races perfect for drifting (and some of the retro rides included in The "I'm Not a Hipster" Update), a Deathmatch on a wasted bridge and a Capture Job featuring a gang of angry hipsters stashing contraband in 24/7 stores.

Read on for all the details on these new Verified Jobs and click each Job title to add it to your game's bookmarked Jobs. And keep an eye out for more Rockstar Verified Jobs in the very near future, including the chosen selections from our #ImNotAHipster Event Weekend Creator Competition.


Taking in the view in Holy Drift Mountain

Holy Drift Mountain - created by Heavy Magic
This Lap Race for Sports cars takes us along a picturesque route from downtown Vinewood, through Vinewood Hills and back again. Ambient traffic is disabled by default so that you can really carve up the winding, high speed corners in search of perfect lines - just don't get too distracted by the stunning view on the way down. Before getting Verified, Holy Drift Mountain had been played nearly 6,000 times and its popularity is entirely justified.

Far Out LOOP - created by Pakelikea
This technical road Race twists around the vineyards of Grapeseed and has Supercars as its default class. Several tight turns and hazards such as farm equipment and drainage ditches create plenty of opportunities to tangle with the opposition, and a looping section maximizes the chances for collisions as the pack spreads out. A great spectacle, don't be surprised to see this one in our live streamed Crew Battles soon.


Sky high combat in Maze Bank Fight

The Maze Bank Fight - created by N7 - Devestator
A Contend Capture of epic proportions, this Job sees two teams battle it out in Buzzards over a single Capture Object on top of the Maze Bank Tower. As if that weren't a tall order in itself, RPG wielding goons on the helipad won’t make it any easier. Once players have collected the package, they can either get back in their helicopter and fly back to their base, or parachute off and race back at ground level.

Hipster Happy Hour - created by Foghat1977
A shining example of quality over quantity, Hipster Happy Hour is only the second Job Foghat1977 has published, but this exciting Sports Race through Downtown and Vinewood shows considerable talent. Bearing some similarity to the popular Rockstar Created Race “Downtown Underground”, it works well with Traffic off and features excellent Prop placement to form a couple of unexpected corners.


Fighting over a loose bag in Hold: Shopping Spree

Hold: Shopping Spree - created by Skilledscout
Skilledscout, the leader of the Sir In A Suit Crew, gets down to business with this sprawling Hold Capture set around the beachfront villas of Chumash. The coastal town is really brought to life by dangerous Actors occupying shops and protecting the Capture Objects at all costs. Once you've managed to elude them, the escape path to each Capture Point is a breezy dash along the Great Ocean Highway. Just hope an opponent isn't waiting for you when you get there.

Marios Race - created by Fifides
Set in downtown Los Santos this short Lap Race sends Sports cars weaving through highway and street-level traffic, and features a solid mix of sharp turns and wide straights for overtaking. It's also well suited to Compacts. A savvy racer might want to hang back in second place going into the final straight and use slipstream to power over the small ramp just before the finish line.


A wasted bridge is the setting for an intimate shootout in Quarantine

Quarantine - created by Raymond Calitri
"The bridge is dead. Fight to survive." reads the description for this Deathmatch set on a section of the Elysian Fields Freeway that comes from a regular on GTAForums’ content subforum. Fitting the ‘quarantine’ theme quite nicely, weapons and ammo are limited and the road is littered with wrecked vehicles so tactical play and ammo scavenging are crucial.

Obstacle What? - created by GSXR01570
GSXR's motto is "Work Hard, Play Hard, Game Harder" and it's clearly paying off judging by this challenging obstacle Motorbike Race. You start out in downtown Los Santos, and race to the edge of the Grand Senora Desert and back. Along the way you’ll have to deal with high speed chicanes, obstacle jumps and up to 15 other players vying for position.

Rattlesnake Run - created by a_smitty56
Nonchalant Dominance Crew member a_smitty56's Supercar Race takes place on the road section around the El Burro Heights oil field. We used part of this route in Rockstar Created Race “Dock Ring” but it's a surprisingly underused location among the Creator community. Lots of twists, turns and wooden fences that you can push other players through make for a competitive Race where aggression is a virtue.


Taking to the surf to score some kills in Sonuva Beach

Sonuva Beach - created by Handcuff Charlie
Handcuff_charlie's first Verified Job Pier Pressure II has already seen plenty of play time in our Rockstar live-streams. Sonuva Beach is another creation showcased on GTAForums - a tight little Deathmatch that’s been marked out entirely with user-placed Props on the Palomino Highlands Beach. Clearly a lot of thought has gone into Prop placement to give this DM a central ‘focus’, choke points and alternate routes. Weapons are restricted to shotguns but grenade and Molotov pickups are placed around the map to spice things up and provide tactical variety.

 

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 both platforms, so whether you're on Xbox 360 or PS3, you'll have all these newly Verified creations available in your next Freemode session (you can also bookmark them at the Social Club for easy access in your next session).
 
Go ahead and post your Job below in the comments (only once, please don't spam) with a punchy explanation of why it's worth checking out. We're always looking for new player-created Jobs to add to the Rockstar Verified program and the best way to get noticed is to have a solid Race or Deathmatch that's been thoroughly tested by the community and refined into the most fun and fair experience it can be.

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