GTAV Soundtrack Artist Spotlight: An Interview with The Chain Gang of 1974

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


In our latest GTA Online Sessions YouTube episode, we chat and play with GTAV soundtrack's The Chain Gang of 1974 ("Sleepwalking").

We recently hung out with Grand Theft Auto V soundtrack's The Chain Gang of 1974 aka Kamtin Mohager - the act responsible for one of GTAV's most signature tunes, "Sleepwalking" as heard in the game's official trailer and original TV spot. Playing some GTA Online live together on the Rockstar Twitch channel, we chatted with him about Chain Gang and what he's been up to since "Sleepwalking" first exploded across the airwaves of Radio Mirror Park. Check out the GTA Online Sessions YouTube episode above for some great highlights and read on for choice excerpts from the interview.
 

On coming up with the name of his band...
"I started the band at the very end of 2006 and at the time I was listening to a lot of The Raveonettes - and they had a record called Chain Gang of Love. So I took that and took the birth year of another artist of mine that I love, Ryan Adams, and got "The Chain Gang of 1974". I did realize it's a bit long so I'm trying to retire the 'The' from the band name."

On Daydream Forever coming out on vinyl...
"We are working on it - I wish it was just a very easy thing. It's cool because I am a big vinyl nerd and vinyl is definitely back. But that also means production takes a very long time. I did get the rights for it and it's going to be coming into production very soon... its definitely going to happen this year."

And on its release on cassette...
"There is a kind of whole cassette thing going on right now and I just think it's a fun way to release music and continue to allow things to be exciting for the fans and listeners so we're just going to do a limited release of cassettes [in February]."

On what exactly "Sleepwalking" is about...
"Being emo and heartbroken, man [laughs].... No, I like writing music about that kind of stuff, its fun. I'm influenced by a lot of those kinds of bands and I think it's very universal and people can relate to it. But yeah, just about an ex-girlfriend, that's about it but... made it work. If it wasn't for her, I wouldn't have had a song in GTAV so there we go, round of applause to her."

On the writing process...
"The last two records I did [2011's Wayward Fire and 2014's Daydream Forever] I worked on with one of my good buddies, Isom Innis [of Foster the People]... him and I work in a certain way that's very quick. We basically moved to Malibu and I think I went into the studio with a couple of ideas, but we just brought all our own gear, lived in the house for a month up in the hills and we came back with an 11 song record."

On new project Teenage Wrist...
"We want to do this thing in a very organic manner so basically we put the first single out ["Teenage Wrist"] and we were very excited how things kind of developed with it. People took notice, just randomly Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance found it and was talking about it and it was just a really cool thing to have that happen. I collaborated on the project with my good friend Marshall [Gallagher, of Swing Hero], who I went to high school with in Colorado and our drummer Anthony as well. We're having fun with it, its cool to not be in an electronic band, just be in a kind of grungy rock band for a little bit. We're getting ready to put the second single out... and then we'll be announcing the album details pretty soon."

Big thanks to Kam for stopping by and also to the community for asking some really great questions in the Twitch chat. You can catch the stream in its entirety here and to keep up with Kam, check out Chain Gang's Facebook page and give a listen to Teenage Wrist's first single, "Afterglow," below:

Previously:
GTAV Soundtrack: Listen to Original New Songs Added from Flying Lotus, Jamie Lidell, Freddie Gibbs and More
The Music of Grand Theft Auto V: Limited Edition Soundtrack CD and Vinyl Box Sets Coming this December

Fan Pics: The iFruit L.A. Photo Project by GTAist, Unbelievable Action GIFs and More

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

In this week's roundup of excellent bits of GTAV and Rockstar fandom, check out an amazing L.A. vs L.S. iFruit photo project by GTAist, some pretty unbelievable action GIFs that  have been making the rounds on Reddit - as well as the latest masterpieces by GTA fandom illustrators of renown. Thanks of course to everyone who has sent their work for us to check out - please keep them coming via Mouthoff, and be sure to follow us on Twitter, where we often share great fan creations on the regular.






"What do you do when you live in Los Angeles (a city based on the latest Grand Theft Auto game), have a camera, and a few mornings/evenings of free time?" GTAist answers his own question with this remarkable gallery of interactive comparisons that showcase game vs. reality.




Dedicated GTA fan and Snapmatic photographer extraordinaire @DaniCallux tweeted out the finished version of her custom-made GTAV sneaks. Ready-made to stomp out on the streets of Los Santos.

 
Above are two awesome action gifs that we found on the Grand Theft Auto V subreddit. On the left, Thenamenononehas has GIF'd up an epic chase-sequence hole-in-one. For a bit of behind-the-scenes, check out the original video, and even one from the perspective of the guy getting hit. To the right, _Griggs_ posted this explosive GIF'd footage showing off his fearlessness in taking down an oncoming chopper.

 
In contrast, Parabellum used SA96HD's 'The Beauty of Blaine County' video to create these pastoral and peaceful nature GIFs.


Redditor KathyArt21 shared this awesome Trevor papercraft figurine she created for a college project. For anyone who'd like to fashion one for yourself, she helpfully shares the template files as well.

 

The talented OneRandomDolly hosts live art streams every Monday on her Twitch channel including this recent creation which was drawn live on air of her owl-masked GTA Online character she calls 'Neigh Neigh'.

 


Dutch artist Beltegoed sent over this strikingly stylized "360 Panoramic Night Image" of the 'world' of Los Santos via Mouthoff.


Veteran fandom illustrator Julia Scott is truly one of the greats and her latest work over at the ID & EGO tumblr continues with fan-fic inspired depictions of Michael and Trevor's imagined North Yankton days in her signature style.


Another fandom artist stalwart, Amanda of loseranthems.tumblr, imagines what Trevor must be getting up to in these winter months: bunkering down with plenty o' Piswasser.

 
A pair of the latest and greatest from DeviantARTist Krbllov: on the left, a stark line drawing depicting how a meeting between Niko, Luis and Trevor might go down; on the right, an awesomely detailed illustration of Krbllov's excitement for GTAV's forthcoming release on PC.


Longo Aurelien sent us this great tribute to The Warriors via Mouthoff: "I’m a young artist from Belgium and I am a big fan of your games, but I'm especially in love with 'The Warriors'! The game of my life! So I mix my two passions to make a masterpiece (I hope..)! A big illustration inspired from the game and also the movie (Discovered after playing your amazing game)." Make sure to check out the video to see some great close ups of this fantastic piece of art that took 150 hours to create.


Maxifen's original 3D painting of Trevor taunting Chop is worthy of close inspection to appreciate all the fantastic details. Head over to his deviantART page to see the piece in high-res.


Ruubzway drew this tribute for requester Space-Kabob - honoring original Townley-Philips criminal associate "Rad" Brad Snider.

 

Previously:
Snapmatic Panoramas and More
Festive Finery, GIF Wrapped Goodies and More
Halloween at Bullworth, Masterwork Miniatures, GTA Tats and More

Get Double RP in this Weekend's GTA Online Verified Playlist

Posted 3 weeks, 5 days ago | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

Starting today and lasting through Sunday, February 8th - get 2X RP in the GTA Online Event Playlist of new Verified Jobs. The Playlist features a selection of 5 Jobs to try out from this week's Verified selections:

 Bahama West Mama Mia!
 Border War
 Close Quarters LTS
 Contend: Zombie Town
 San Andreas Shootout LTS

To jump right in and start earning Double RP, just fire up GTAV and hit the "Event Playlist" button on the launch screen, or access it via the "Playlists" section of the GTA Online Start Menu.


Previously:
New Rockstar Verified Jobs: First LTS Creator Selections, a Zombie-Clown Shotgun Shootout and More

New Rockstar Verified Jobs: First LTS Creator Selections, a Zombie-Clown Shotgun Shootout and More

Posted 1 month, 1 day ago | Author: R* M | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

Today, we've got ten exemplary additions to the pool of Rockstar Verified GTA Online Jobs, including the first batch of creations utilizing the Last Team Standing mode. There are also five additional new Verified Jobs, including a fun and frightful Capture that's among the best we've seen to date. Each of these has a maximum of 16 players, so they are all available now to play across all platforms.

Congrats to all our featured creators, and a special acknowledgement is in order for those picks in our #LTS Creator Competition, the masterminds behind those Jobs will each receive a GTA$1,000,000 infusion and the exclusive BODYBAG in-game license plate.

We're also adding select Jobs from this latest round of Verifieds to Friday's new Featured Playlist, and will be showcasing them on our Twitch stream later this week at 4PM on Friday, February 6th.


The sun shines down on San Andreas Shootout LTS.

#LTS CREATOR COMPETITION SELECTIONS

Stealth Required! LTS - created by sgt-vaguepouch
An epic and exhilarating arena-style LTS in the woods around Raton Canyon. Teams face off across a gully and must either use the natural contours and cover to get close enough to draw first blood, or find themselves long-range weaponry and fight from afar. As with all Last Team Standing Jobs, your blip on the enemies HUD is always visible, so use your teammates to provide a distraction while you grab the central RPG and try to sneak behind enemy lines. Although limited visibility through the trees makes long-range sniping a challenge, you can find good positions to take out the entrenched opposition. As sgt-vaguepouch explains "Stay out of sight or approach carefully. Take your time to take the opposition out one by one."

San Andreas Shootout LTS - created by wafflemann
An excellent example of an LTS that presents different challenges for each team, much like the Rockstar Created Skyscraper. In this case, the "robbers" start on top of the parking garage, hunkered down with Molotovs, RPGs, Heavy Snipers and Advanced Rifles. Meanwhile the "coppers" approach from the GOH in FIB cars, the Police Riot armored truck, or the Buckingham Swift. Coordination and timing on the ground is key in order to outsmart the team with the height advantage – try to surround them and lure them out from their hiding place, but don’t get caught in the crosshairs!


Teammates shoot across the gulch in Stealth Required LTS.

Lumberjack LTS - created by MRPTHUGLIFE
MRPTHUGLIFE, leader of Free Aim Crew GTA United World, elected to use props sparingly over a wide area in this vehicle-focused Job. Each team begins with four Buzzards and four Rhino tanks at their disposal, but more treats are tucked into the hillside above the coastal road just south of Paleto Bay. The Buzzards can be used in two ways: protect the Rhinos as the ground assault team move in on their opponents; or take to the high ground and land next to the RPGs and Heavy Sniper. From there, bed in and wait for the right moment to strike. 

Close Quarters LTS - created by Matt-Conman
An excellent arena-style LTS that forces you to move fast and think faster in order to outwit your opponent. Stick with the default setting of 4 Rounds since each Round is short and brutal. Teamwork is key to cover all of the angles. Once everyone is posted up, move between cover spots to attack from both sides or overload the enemies with 2-on-1 situations at close quarters. The default weapon is the Combat MG, a rapid and powerful machine gun with the range to pick off heads peeping out from behind wrecked buses. Props to Matt-Conman for the balance on this Job, giving both sides different elements to play with, but equal opportunity to take the win.

Bowl Brawl LTS - created by coleco-vision
Already having been played an impressive 2.5k times, this one is a balanced and fun map with a high replay factor. Set in the Vinewood Bowl (a space we think has been surprisingly underused for Deathmatches and LTS Jobs), both sides spawn near SMGs, and must either make a break for the RPGs up in the nosebleeds, or put themselves center stage to collect the Minigun. Tip: stick to the side walls to minimize the chance of getting caught in the crossfire, and also to maximize the cover available to you.

 

ADDITIONAL VERIFIED SELECTIONS

 Contend: Zombie Town - created by count_poopula
Here, Blaine County's quiet moonlit farming village of Grapeseed is transformed into a zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic circus of death. On your way into town, abandoned military vehicles and artfully-placed pickup trucks provide smart visual cues evocative of classic zombie horror movies. Coulrophobes beware - in the center of town is a clown-infested circus where a Sawn-Off Shotgun will blow away the first wave of knife-wielding night terrors, but once you're surrounded there's no escape. Teamwork is crucial to battle your way through to the Capture bag, and protect you from the shots fired by the Team coming in the other direction. Make for a quick exit, but be sure to leave some of your Team behind, so that they are primed and ready for when the Capture bag respawns.


Be sure to watch your back in Contend: Zombie Town.

 Rodeo Loop - created by mozo15
An exciting, high-speed Super class Race around Portola Drive and the Vangelico Jewel Store. This crisscrossing track promises high speed collisions in any 16-player session, and allows anyone slipping behind the leaders to still make a nuisance of themselves. Neatly placed roadside props indicate a detail-orientated Creator in mozo15, although cynically placed tire stacks will punish any wildcards who don't respect the course layout. Be careful of the road's natural contours around the subway, as these could also spin out anyone falling foul of the "less haste, more speed" truism. A track for the mature racer.

 Border War - created by TRIPLE_extremo14
A moody and atmospheric battle amidst the undulating terrain of the Grand Senora Desert that's best played at night and with the rain pounding down to heighten the tension. Be careful in the ‘no man's land’ between limited clumps of cover: stay close to your team and communicate as you dash between cover to make sure you have all points accounted for. Powerful weapons & explosives litter the battleground and can easily be used to blast away stragglers. Note that the Buzzard placed near each team's spawn point does not respawn, so use it wisely. Also, there are RPGs on the battlefield but they're not Homing Missile Launchers, so be sure to set Weapons to Forced and Pickups - to ensure the Buzzards can't be picked off too easily. 


Sedans race past the eponymous nightclub in Bahama West Mama Mia!

 Bahama West Mama Mia! - created by bobchilli
A very short, very technical Race around the Bahama Mamas West nightclub in Del Perro. Tight turns, narrow alleyways and a 16 player limit make this race chaotic, difficult and a great challenge. The default vehicle class of Sedans is an inspired choice for swinging round the corners while not letting players pick up too much speed and lose control going through the alleyways. Stick with the default non-contact setting and aim for a clean Race to max out your chances of earning a W - you might even be able to lap a few stragglers over the course of 3 laps. Bobchilli is a Race Creator veteran, with 53 excellent races to his name - congrats on your first Verified, Bob! 

 The Slipstream GP - created by MossyTossy
Set in the heart of Downtown LS, The Slipstream GP has the look and feel of a real Formula 1 track. This high speed Race contains hairpin bends, tricky chicanes and quick changes in elevation that demand full concentration. Long straights will allow racers to really open up the throttle, but the Race will ultimately be won by skillful drivers who know when to tap the brake in order to hold the racing line. Stick to the default Jester vehicle for maximum enjoyment, and opt for the Race liveries to fit in with this professional looking course.

 

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 all 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).

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, Deathmatch, Capture or LTS that's been thoroughly tested by the community and refined into the most fun and fair experience it can be.

 

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

Snapmatics: Wild Locals, Local Wildlife and Scenic Vistas

Posted on January 30 2015, 11:20am | Author: R* Y | Filed Under: Games

True to form, GTAV fans have continued to share some phenomenal photos of Los Santos and Blaine County that at times nearly have us rubbing our eyes and scratching our heads in disbelief. Scroll down the page for some of our recent favorites, and be sure to keep a close eye on the Trending photos at the Snapmatic section of Social Club to stay up to date with the latest and greatest photographers, and perhaps even find inspiration for your next photo-scouting expedition.


A full moon shines through passing clouds to illuminate the city of bloodshed and broken dreams. Credit to akbar24601 for this ethereal nightscape of the Los Santos skyline.


We really love the play on colors in repdek's snapmatic showing off his hot pink Declasse Tornado on top of the Vanilla Unicorn.


sickbiyatch's Western Sovereign with a bikini clad patriot only brings one thing to mind... 'Murica.


Seeing Is Believing - baya88's Vapid Blade makes an unscheduled pit stop at a reputable and well-known location in a back-alley in Strawberry.


 hanzen2402 proudly represents the infamous Lowly Gentlemen Crew near the LSI tarmac.


ChaosZake shows that not everyone in Los Santos has the luxury of respawning.


Arioza perfectly captures the last rays of the day coming through the steel lattice of the El Burro Heights bridge. Check out a recent interview with Arioza about her particular style of GTA photography on the recenty featured illsnapmatix website.


Motorbike headlights pierce Cratoz911's cracked windshield in a creative and refreshing contribution to the recent trend of broken glass Snapmatics. 


.Bjodjus. captures this ancient relic: the public telephone.


An unlikely but determined sniper takes aim at oncoming headlights near West Vinewood. Taken by Duffi_21


FKJackFacial demonstrates that hiking isn't the only way to get to enjoy the majestic views from the top of Mount Chiliad.


Unfazed by the oncoming headlights, this sultry nocturnal urbanite got caught making eyes at FKJackFacial near Vespucci Beach.


You can run..... The LSPD birds corner a fugitive hiding under the big top at Del Perro pier. Taken by R1CHIEC


Hanging out at the half pipe near Chamberlain Hills, MrTohoto perfectly captures a BMX rider's silhouette against the setting sun .


Looks like there's still enough room on the back for a comfortable ride along. Taken by Riff_Raff_702.


This Bengal tiger looks as surprised as any to find himself laid out on the floor of a Rockford Hills mansion. Taken by SilverFox1


By contrast, this "tiger" looks perfectly comfy resting out in the open near Sandy Shores. Taken by JS516Hunter.


HairyHole grabs a quick shot of Los Santos' Finest leading a thorough investigation of the Smoke On The Water dispensary.


A Vinewood Hills resident enjoys an early evening swim in defense45's perfectly framed advertisement for the high life.


We're not sure if Randydevil26's Kraken is here to save the day or simply showing off its latest catch.


-Entre-axe-67's hunt to track down all the Monkey Mosaics in Los Santos just happened to lead him to this mysterious fellow squatting near Burton.


This shot of this fully customized Benefactor Panto overlooking Davis Quartz is appropriately dubbed "Endless Roadtrip". Glad to see ZazDillinger still rocking the HIPSTER license plate earned as part of the #IMNOTAHIPSTER Snapmatic contest.


ChaosZake arranges the perfect angle to pull off this shot titled, "Half Gangster". Great use of the Snapmatic filters makes for a cerebral shot. 


K1LL3R.BUST3R's snap indicates there may be something a bit more nefarious going down on Grove Street than just misplaced shoes.


In yet another creative silhouette, ChaosZake allows this Pegassi Zentorno to spread its wings.


Finally, ace photographer Kokonitos captures a great overhead shot of this P-996 Lazer zipping along Cassidy Creek. Keep an eye on Kokonitos' Twitter feed for regular tweets showcasing her best recent Snapmatics.

Have a great Snapmatic photo you'd like to share? Be sure to drop a link to it in the comments below for us and the rest of the Social Club community to check out. We'll certainly be keeping an eye out for the best and the brightest. And if you aren't already, make sure you're following us on Twitter, where we've been regularly sharing awesome shots from the community as well.

 

Previously:
Picturesque Profiles, Interior Decor and More Captivating Snapmatic Photography from GTAV on PS4 & Xbox One
Still Lifes, Car Shows and More Amazing Snapmatics

Fan Vids: Jaw-Dropping BMX Stunts from ErasableNinja, Santa Monica VS Del Perro POV and More

Posted on January 27 2015, 9:43am | Author: R* Y | Filed Under: Games

This week’s round-up of recommended viewing from the wide world of GTA video creators on YouTube showcases avid videographers using Los Santos as their creative backdrop. From action movies, to intricate stunts, to artful real-life versus game-world comparisons, check out the fantastic array of new fan creations below.
 



GTA 5 - Best of 2014 BMX Stunt Montage by ErasableNinja
Erasable's latest montage showcases some of his finest work to date. As well as insane chained grind combos and wall rides on just about every surface available, ridiculous power slides through impossibly tiny gaps will really have your eyes popping. The epic over-the-bridge backflip onto a moving truck bed at the 56 second mark is a stunt for the ages.
 



GTAV Car Meet and Drift / PS4 by 88:88 Productions
GTA Online car meets are a hugely popular free mode activity for casual vehicle enthusiasts and dedicated car clubs alike. This super stylish video of one such rendezvous hosted by a Representative of the PS4 Car Meets Crew is capped off by a spirited spin-cycle drifting session at an empty basketball court in which the front-wheel-drive Blista Compact makes a notable cameo appearance.

Also Check Out:
GTA V (XB1) car meet and cruise by TheCamberKing52
 



Trigger List - GTA 5 Online Machinima Short Film by Angros Creations
Angel Rosario's action-packed short film depicts "a professional hit man named Marcus Novak taking on the task of eliminating a narcotics dealer and smuggler named Roy Parker, who betrayed him a few years ago during a contract killing." With a slick cinematic presentation, we're hoping to see more episodes from Marcus Novak's "Trigger List" in the near future.
 



Like A Flying Boss (Skydiving GTA 5 Stunt Montage) by RedKeyMon
Back at it from the stunting scene, renowned fan favorite and Nomad Union alumni, RKM returns with a serious skydiving montage. Going above and beyond the typical dives, RKM flat-out raises the bar here. We won't give anything away but if the jaw-dropping passthrough in the grand finale dive doesn't make you a believer, nothing will.

Also Check Out:
FALCON GTA 5 Jet Stunt Montage by xxvLiiNEX
 



GTA 5 Santa Monica VS Real Life POV by Brett Rosenberg
In a poetic and serene presentation, bicyclist and actor Brett Rosenberg uses a GoPro and a game controller to intercut a leisurely ride along the Del Perro Pier boardwalk with its IRL counterpart in Santa Monica, CA. With cleverly, almost surreally edited pedestrian dialogue audio, enjoy the vistas, scenery and the daily comings and goings of the denizens of these dual beachfront worlds.


MORE RECOMMENDED VIEWING

Also don’t miss these fun vids as well that merit a watch – make sure you’re following us on Twitter too to see some great videos shared on the regular:

 

Of course, if you've got an excellent GTA or Rockstar themed clip of your own that you think the world needs to see, send it our way to have a look at mouthoff@rockstargames.com, and we may feature it in a future round-up here at the Newswire.


Previously:
A Clockwork Orange Montage, The Beauty of Blaine County vs. The Streets of Los Santos, Military Miniatures and More

Crew Cut: Tournament Time, Crews in Real Life and More

Posted on January 23 2015, 11:02am | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

In this edition of the Crew Cut, we cover an ongoing tournament that promises to be packed to the brim with action, more Crews meeting up IRL, a new Reddit squad causing chaos and a couple of awesome Crew propaganda videos that caught our attention. First up, a few of our favorite Crew Snapmatics from recent weeks:

 
 
Clockwise from top left: During production of Malicious Intentt's Reservoir Dogs tribute video, co-Lieutenant greatler took a moment to grab this behind-the-scenes shot of MAIN keeping their cool amongst the chaos; Efin Secsy Club Crew Leader ThunderChild09 has been updating this Snapmatic every time the 5EXY Crew member count reaches another century - not far til' the next one! GT69-Racing Crew look surprisingly intimidating with The Festive Surprise Stocking Masks on their head, in leader SANFORD55's menacing selfie; The Ganja Outlaws Crew celebrate the New Year with a bang.

TOURNEY TIME

Seasoned GTA Online tourney producers HOT_KIMERA and his CAP PILLAS Crew kicked off their GTA Online Body Bangers Tournament this past weekend and things got off to a banging start. Round one of this thirty-Crew Free Aim tournament on PS4 saw Crew Cut vets such as the CAP PILLAS and Ineffable Arts Crews and lots of newcomers including the SouthVinewood Ballas, SEVILLE DIABLOS, Underworld Mob Kings and many more. Congrats to all the first round winners: Ineffable Arts and CAP PILLAS, the DIABLOS and Mob Kings, iTS A Blurr, KiLLIN ALL ON SiGHT, CASHOUTGANGG, Masked Terror SquaD and TRAPMOBB BROUGE AVE. You can check out all the action from last weekend in the highlight vid above, plus part two here with a part three coming soon. Round two begins today at 4pm ET and carries on through Sunday - watch the battlin' live on Kimera's Twitch channel. Good luck to the remaining Crews! Have a tournament or special Crew event you're hosting or participating in that you think we should know about? Hit us up with the details at community@rockstargames.com.

CREW SPOTLIGHT: The LosSantos Aliens


Alien Nation: This "average Crew session" is total chaos with redditors The LosSantos Aliens (SNOO).

The LosSantos Aliens Crew caught our eye thanks to the ridiculous gif posted above, which shows exactly what a free roam Crew session should be all about. SNOO are the official Crew of the /r/GrandTheftAutoV sub-reddit and have strong ties to fellow redditors the GTAAdventures Crew who we've previously featured for their part in this sick Skyfall recreation and tilt-shift Toy Soldiers collab with 8-Bit Bastard. A quick glance at The LosSantos Aliens sub-reddit points to committed squad hosting regular meet-ups of all kinds on all four different platforms. If you need any more convincing to get involved, check out this vid filled with more Crew mayhem. It's easy to see why, in the 6 weeks since their inception, they've nearly filled their roster. With the remaining spots going fast, head over to their application form if you wish to join. 

CREWS IN REAL LIFE

Hillbilly Agenda Crew have been at it again, hand-delivering more custom Crew license plates across the country to their fellow Crew members. This time Crew Leader KnoxNerd and his son MarkusMerk flew themselves from Tennessee to Virginia to deliver a plate to co-Lieutenant IgnesousJester29. Exceptional effort guys! Merryweather IMF Crew have continued this trend, over an even greater distance. When Aussie co-Lieutenant the_killer_ewok was travelling through Europe, he stopped off in Germany to sample some "local culture" with Crew Leader NAVAL_SEABEE. After a few steins at a local brewery, NAVAL_SEABEE presented the_killer_ewok with a Crew T-shirt he designed himself. A noble gesture and just rewards for journeying such a distance.


Hillbilly Agenda (HBAG) Crew co-Lieutenant IgnesousJester29 is the latest member to get a hand-delivered custom plate from Leader KnoxNerd.

Merryweather IMF.JPG
Merryweather IMF (MIMF) co-Lieutenant the_killer_ewok shows off his new Crew tee personally delivered by Leader NAVAL_SEABEE.

CREWS ON FILM

Merryweather IMF's camaraderie is clearly evident in-game as well, with this follow up to last year's tongue-in-cheek recruitment video. As NAVAL_SEABEE explained it to us, in the past 8 months MIMF have culled down 1,000+ applicants to just over a hundred elite operatives, committed to protecting the Freemode city from red dot psychopaths, play crazy custom Missions, and overall have a great social experience. KDR hitmen, proficient gunners, expert pilots and great GTA cinematographers are all welcome to apply for second phase of the Crew: Gone Rogue. To find out more, check out the following recruitment video:

Reuchlin5 of the Merkalot Crew was sure to hit record in this Team Deathmatch Crew Battle against the MexicanMafia1MXx Crew that saw MERK shutting 'em down 3-0. Want to show off your Crew's battle skills? Hit us up on CrewChallenges@rockstargames.com to take the good fight to our official Twitch channel for a live Crew vs. Crew Battle. Keep an eye on our Twitter and the Rockstar Newswire for Crew Battle announcements in the future.

Finally, an awesome recruitment video from Social Club stalwarts the Ganja Outlaws - showcasing the organization and creativity we've come to expect from them. In this one, WEED take advantage of the expanded lobbies on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in this Toots and the Maytails inspired highlight reel that showcases exactly what you can expect from their next-gen Crew meets. We also enjoyed this montage of them Smokin and Ridin' their way around Los Santos. Keep up the good work fellas. If you've created a video showing off the best of your Crew, please post them in the comments below or send them to us direct via mouthoff@rockstargames.com.

Previously:
The Flight Crew Special
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Rockstar Game Tips: Scaling Up to 30 Players and Crafting Tense LTS Encounters in the Creator

Posted on January 22 2015, 10:53am | Author: R* K | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

Since the launch of GTA Online for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the community of Online Creators have gone to town to make the most of the expanded lobbies and create even more epic Deathmatches, Races, Captures and LTS to share with the world via Social Club. We've been playing and enjoying many of those new Jobs and in our latest edition of Rockstar Game Tips, we've got pointers on how to make sure your creations are properly set up to support and maximize the action for a large player count.

If you're new to GTA Online's Creator and looking for some fundamental instructions on getting started, you may want to brush up on some of our tips to building great RacesDeathmatches and Capture Jobs. You can also check out our official how-to PDF guides for making LTS JobsCapturesRaces and Deathmatches. And further down in today's article, you'll also find some of our specific strategies for creating nail-biting Last Team Standing Jobs (by the way, stay tuned for our Last Team Standing Creator Contest selections to be announced in the weeks ahead with a new set of Rockstar Verifieds).

Hit the jump to read these Creator tips for making awesome 30-player and LTS Jobs.

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