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

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

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

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

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

75% OFF AIRSTRIKES

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

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

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

FREE PEGASUS DELIVERIES FOR EZ ACCESS TO THE LIBERATOR MONSTER TRUCK

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

#INDEPENDENCEDAY SNAPMATIC CONTEST

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

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

See full rules and eligibility details.

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

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

INDEPENDENCE DAY GEAR GIVEAWAY SWEEPSTAKES

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

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

The GTA Online Independence Day Special – Now Available

Posted 3 weeks, 1 day ago | Author: R* K | Filed Under: Games

From Paleto Bay to the Port of Los Santos and everywhere in between, it’s time to celebrate the birthplace of freedom with The Independence Day Special (in association with Ammu-Nation) for Grand Theft Auto Online.

Demonstrate your exceptionalism and own the road from sea to shining sea with two new star spangled rides, the Sovereign motorcycle and the super-sized Liberator monster truck. And protect your rights the same way our Founding Fathers did with the latest addition to Ammu-Nation's antiques collection, the high-powered Musket... or channel your inner Jack Howitzer with the spectacular Firework Rocket Launcher.

Seven new properties have also been added to the Dynasty 8 rolls, including locations in Paleto Bay and Vinewood Hills that provide plenty of yard space to scorch the grass with your very own Fireworks show. Use up to 12 varieties with different fuse lengths to create a spectacle that would make even the most battle-hardened Republican Space Ranger shed a tear. If you prefer rickety amusements operated by minimum wage teenage workers over incendiary lawn displays, then venture down to Pleasure Pier where you can now ride the Ferris Whale and the Leviathan Roller Coaster.

This limited-time update also features an overabundance of patriotic flare: show off nationalistic pride with a "Made in the U.S.A." t-shirt, a backwoods mullet or let the eagle soar with an animal mask featuring this great nation's most fearsome and majestic creatures.

CRATE DROPS

For the duration of The Independence Day Special seasonal content period, Special Crate Drops will contain 6 different Beer Hats and an exclusive Statue Of Happiness t-shirt. Keep an eye out for messages about Crate Drops in your in-game feed and watch for the plane on the map in the pause menus to find the drop zone.

NEW JOBS AVAILABLE TO PLAY

The Independence Day Special includes 17 new GTA Online Jobs to play. Three New Contact Missions are available from the Start Menu (once you meet the rank requirement you'll receive a phone call from the associated Contact:

Hard Labor (Contact: Gerald, Rank 19, 1-4 Players)
"I’ve got some competition based at a construction site in La Puerta. If the head of the crew had an accident, maybe they won’t be so competitive, you get me? Go to the site, clap the dude, I’ll make it worth your while."

Time to Get Away (Contact: Madrazo, Rank 20, 1-2 Players)
"The cops have my cousin, El Estupido, surrounded. He’s under siege at a farm in Paleto Bay. Two of you get him, and escort him to his chopper at McKenzie Airfield in Grapessed. You’ll be rewarded."

Pickup Sticks (Contact: Madrazo, Rank 21, 1-4 Players)
“I’ve got my hands on one of my rivals’ delivery lists. You’re going to be provided with a helicopter, and you’re going to collect all their product after they drop it off, then I can sell it instead. Bring me the packages, I’ll cut you in.”

There are also 14 new Jobs across various game modes:

Across the Wilderness (Rank 1, 1-8 Players)
Discover the great outdoors like your pioneer ancestors did before you, even if that means killing whoever gets in your way. An off-road point to point Race through the Paleto forest with a large jump.

Americana (Rank 20, 1-8 Players)
You’ve been illegally downloading albums for years, so why not finish off the music industry for good. Skip the ticket line, and parachute into the Vinewood Bowl from 6,000 ft.

Contend: Pyrotechnics (Rank 1, 4-16 Players)
Fight for what really matters at the Vinewood Bowl. The team waving the most flags for freedom at the end gets the award for patriotism. The other teams get deported to the land of bad teeth and worse food.

Falling Fast (Rank 11, 1-8 Players)
Parachute from 4,210 ft. and try to land on the roof of the Burger Shot in Vespucci for 4th of July burgers.

Grand Senora Desert LTS (Rank 19, 2-16 Players)
USA! USA! USA! Only one side can win this desert Last Team Standing, but if you back America you’re sure to pick the winner. Head for the rocks if you want to put on a good fireworks display, and try not to get caught out in the unforgiving open.

GTA: Land of the Free (Rank 1, 4-16 Players)
Every 4th of July party needs red meat, beer, heart disease, and a monster truck. Only there’s just one monster truck, and you’re not going to share it (you’re not French). Four teams with off-road vehicles fight to get the truck, and make their BBQ one to remember.

Guns and Gasoline (Rank 11, 1-8 Players)
Parachute jump for beginners. Starts at 4130 ft., takes in views of the Land Act Dam, and lands between a gun shop and gas station. Kind of perfect.

Mud, Sweat and Gears (Rank 8, 1-8 Players)
Fill your cooler with some Logger Lites, grab your hunting rifle, and throw them in the back of your monster truck. It’s time to go back to nature and remember what this nation is all about. Point to point race on dirt roads crossing creeks and going over Mount Josiah.

Panic Attack (Rank 1, 2-16 Players) 
Hot dogs! Get your hotdogs! And by hotdogs we mean bullets to the face. This will be a tailgate party to remember in the Maze Bank Arena parking lot. Explosive Team Deathmatch for up to 16 players.

Raid: Bunker Thrill (Rank 1, 2-16 Players)
It’s a holiday, it’s hot outside, you’re drunk, of course your not-so-historical re-enactment of the Battle of Bunker Hill is going to go “method” and turn into a real battle with real dead bodies. A team with a monster truck try to hold the hill, while another team with a Mesa try to raid the camp.

Road Tripping (Rank 1, 2-12 Players)
Road trips aren’t just three gallon energy drinks, sex with truck drivers, and voiding your bowels on the side of the highway. They’re a great American tradition. Celebrate it with this death match along Route 68 - frantic team skirmish among motor hotels of Southern San An for up to 12 players.

Swamp Monster (Rank 15, 1-8 Players)
America isn’t just a place, it’s an idea. Show nature who’s boss by crushing it under your sixty inch tires, and spewing exhaust in its face. Lap Race for monster trucks in area of natural beauty, but not for much longer, Lago Zancudo.

Tour the Lake (Rank 8, 1-8 Players)
From sea to shining sea - appreciate the scuzzy, meth ravaged, recession-beaten beauty of this great nation with a point to point for Sovereign bikes. Starts at the Alamo Sea and ends at the Alamo Sea.

We Have Lift-off (Rank 8, 1-8 Players)
The cops watch the roads for drunk drivers every holiday, so keep to the hills with this lap Race on the desert slopes outside Sandy Shores. Use monster trucks for the terrain and for crushing cop cars if they do find you.

This special seasonal content will be available to redeem in-game until Mid-July (we will announce a specific redemption expiration date soon). The automatic update for the Independence Day Special also includes additional game tuning updates and other adjustments, including the new On Call Matchmaking function. This new option allows players to accept a Job invite and continue playing in Freemode until that Job fills up, reducing time spent idle while waiting for a Job to start. For the complete list of all the fixes and tuning updates, visit the Rockstar Support site.

To download the Independence Day Special, fire up your online-connected PS3 or Xbox 360 and start GTAV. You'll be prompted to download the automatic update (1.15) and Xbox 360 players will also be required to download an additional compatibility pack upon entering GTA Online.

And look for details about the upcoming celebratory 4-day Independence Day Weekend Event tomorrow.

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

Posted 3 weeks, 5 days ago | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Games, Social Club


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 4 weeks ago | Author: R* M | Filed Under: Games, Social Club

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.

Previously:
3 New Deathmatches and a New Capture plus a Few Familiar Faces
The Watch Tower, Criss Cross Dock Race and More

The GTA Online "I'm Not a Hipster" Event Weekend This Fri-Sun: Unlock Exclusive Vintage Shirts, Get Bonus GTA$, RP & Much More

Posted on June 18 2014, 1:19pm | Author: R* K | Filed Under: Games, Social Club

All roads lead to Los Santos this weekend, Friday June 20th through Sunday June 22nd, for an entirely unpretentious festival of huge in-game rewards, exclusive unlocks, ways to amass lots of bonus GTA$ and RP, special giveaways, competitions, live-streams and more as part of the official GTA Online "I'm Not a Hipster" Event Weekend.

EXCLUSIVELY UNLOCKABLE THIS WEEKEND: REDEEM DAILY 'VINTAGE' TEES FOR YOUR CHARACTER

Social Club members, collect three exclusive vintage t-shirt as seen in the flyer above that will only be available to redeem for one day each on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. As long as you play at some point during each of those three days, you'll then get to keep the tees in your inventory for good.

  • Friday June 20th - The classic Bitch’N Dog Food tee - your favorite pet food brand since your halcyon days back in Liberty City.
  • Saturday June 21st - Show your friends that you're willing to pay more for music that sounds worse, with the Vinyl Countdown tee.
  • Sunday June 22nd - Pick up the Homies Sharp tee - perfect attire for those lazy and hazy daze with your Crew.

Each t-shirt will be available in clothes stores and your inventory as a wardrobe option after you enter GTA Online on the specified day. Make sure to play each day this weekend for your only chance to redeem and keep them all.

GET DOUBLE GTA$ WHEN PLAYING IN THE "I'M NOT A HIPSTER" EVENT PLAYLIST

Whether you're part of a tightly organized Crew or one that couldn't organize a debate on postmodernism in a microbrewery, the I'm Not a Hipster Event Playlist makes it easy to dive into some of the new Jobs included in the "I'm Not a Hipster" Update - and you'll get Double GTA$ this weekend only to boot. To access the Playlist just go to Online > Playlists > Rockstar Created in the GTA Online Start Menu and select "I'm Not a Hipster Event" from the options listed.

GET TRIPLE RP FOR ENEMY KILLS AND QUADRUPLE GTA$ INSIDE GANG ATTACK CRATES WHEN PLAYING THE THREE NEW GANG ATTACKS THIS WEEKEND

Gentrification has its critics and recently the Mirror Park, Chumash and East Vinewood areas have been teeming with unsavory characters who have taken umbrage against anyone wearing too-tight jeans. Three new Gang Attacks are now available to play in these areas and exclusively during the event weekend, they will yield 3X RP for each enemy kill as well as a 4X GTA$ bonus inside Gang Attack Crates upon completion. Consider it just rewards for protecting your right to individualism.

DOUBLE RP FOR KILL STREAKS AND HEADSHOTS IN DEATHMATCHES

You know that it's all about form and function, so attack with panache - aim for your enemy's funny haircut in Deathmatches to get Double RP bonuses for Kill Streaks and Headshots.

BET LIMIT INCREASED FOR ALL JOBS TO GTA$10K

Risk showing everyone that you're actually trying and put your money where your mustache is by laying a bet on yourself or another player. The Max Bet limit for all Jobs will be raised to GTA$10,000.

EVENT CRATE DROPS

Look out for Event Crate Drops, each one a smorgasbord of huge RP bonuses as well as GTA$ stacks, heavy-duty RPGs, miniguns, sticky bombs and more, falling from the skies in the city's most painfully hip locations such as Mirror Park.

THE #IMNOTAHIPSTER SNAPMATIC CONTEST

Submit your most creative, most amusing and/or most artfully composed shots of the new content in The "I'm Not a Hipster" Update for the opportunity to win GTA$1M and a HIPSTER vanity license plate for your in-game vehicle. We're looking for your best costs-a-fortune-to-look-broke outfits; effortlessly artful poses with your disaffected Crewmates next to your fleet of Glendales, Blades and other brand new vehicles; and anything else that proves you are definitely, absolutely (not) a hipster.

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

See full rules and eligibility details.

THE #IMNOTAHIPSTER CREATOR COMPETITION

If GTA Online's Creator tool is your preferred creative outlet, we'll be on the lookout for standout Jobs (whether Races, Deathmatches or Captures) that feature the new vehicles and weapons in The "I'm Not a Hipster" Update to also reward with GTA$1M and the HIPSTER vanity plate. Just tag them #IMNOTAHIPSTER in Social Club between now and Sunday night to be eligible in the competition.

See full rules and eligibility details.

EVENT WEEKEND LIVE STREAM

Check out the official "I'm Not A Hipster" Event Weekend live broadcast happening this Friday June 20th from 4-6pm. The stream will feature two hours filled to the brim with playthroughs of new Jobs, special challenges and more as we play live with select members of the GTA Online community and with special guests THE SIDEMEN featuring Vikkstar123, ZerkaaPlays and MM7Games.

We'll be streaming across the Social Club Multiplayer Events page, the official Rockstar Games Twitch.tv channel and the Rockstar YouTube channel. Be sure to join us in the Rockstar-hosted chats at Twitch and at Social Club as well - we often check in directly with viewers there over the course of the stream.

"I'M NOT A HIPSTER" GEAR GIVEAWAY SWEEPSTAKES

We'll be giving away five (5) exclusive GTAV Prize Packs featuring the Los Santos Trucker Hat, Republican Space Rangers & Trevor Philips Industries Tees and the GTAV Zippo Lighter.  Ten (10) runners-up will also score Rockstar Prize Packs of an official t-shirt 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.

The GTA Online "I'm Not a Hipster" Update Is Now Available

Posted on June 17 2014, 7:23am | Author: R* K | Filed Under: Games, Social Club

Express your incredible individualism and stand out from the herd with The post ironic, artisanal, organic, entirely independent, 100% re-claimed “I’m Not a Hipster” Update now available for Grand Theft Auto Online. This new content update features new retro print tees, skinny jeans, hairstyles, tattoos, animal masks and more, as well as additional enhancements to general gameplay to ensure the world is constantly evolving.

Choose from seven new vehicles including classic nostalgia rides like the Glendale, Warrener, Blade and Rhapsody – affordable cars that seem casual on the surface, but have hidden potential to be unleashed with a few modifications. The environmentally conscious set can check out the Panto microcar, while those looking to roll with their Crew in more ostentatious style can add the massive 3-axel, 6-seater Dubsta (unlocks at Rank 100) to their fleet.


A tuned up Rhapsody and Warrener hit the streets.

Even Ammu-Nation is getting in on the latest non-ironic trends with the Vintage Pistol and Antique Cavalry Dagger now in stock. Make sure to try all these out in the slew of new Jobs, as part of your long arduous journey to become one of Los Santos' effortlessly cool.

Along with today's update, gear up for 12 new Jobs across an assortment of game modes, including Races that provide showcase opportunities for these new retro rides, a Deathmatch in Puerta Del Sol, two new Captures and more. There are also three new Gang Attacks in Chumash, East Vinewood and Mirror Park.

Parachuting Airwaves (Rank 15, 1-8 Players)
Students of style know that what comes up must go down. Drop 4,370 feet while imagining you're over all the bands you listen to on Radio Mirror Park, as you twist and turn sharply down to the pond below.

Race Beach Odyssey (Rank 15, 1-16 Players)
Nothing says artistic credibility like a grainy image of trash next to a burnt out RV, so get your butt off a nice beach, and go to a nasty one. This is a Point to Point Race for Sports Classics starting in Chumash, ending in Sandy Shore, mainly on-road with opportunities to hit top speed.

Race Before It Was Cool (Rank 15, 1-8 Players)
Any skinny jeans wearer will tell you, sometimes things just don't fit. Try and squeeze up to eight compact cars around the tight corners of this lap Race in Mirror Park.

Race Caffeine Rush (Rank 1, 1-8 Players)
If your friends caught you drinking anything except a flat white at an independent coffee house it would be social suicide, but when you need java, you need java. This is a Point to Point Sedan Race from Del Perro to Mirror Park passing by four 'Cool Beans' coffee shops.

Capture Contend: Condo-monium (Rank 1, 2-8 Players)
Make a statement about late capitalism or income equality or art or pointless statements or something by trashing condos in Puerto Del Sol. This is a Contend style Capture going for the last of the party supplies in the courtyard between two identical apartment blocks.

Last Team StandingEast Vinewood LTS (Rank 9, 2-16 Players)
They don't know how it started, maybe two girls got the same tattoo, or reposted a Snapmatic without giving photo credit. What they do know is sides have been chosen and East Vinewood's gone to hell in this two team Last Team Standing.

Race Embracing America (Rank 1, 1-8 Players)
All your friends are going East in search of the last un-gentrified patch of turf in the country, and you're heading West. Load up a so-uncool-it's-cool Sedan, and race toward Little Seoul. Lots of straights and a few tight turns at the end of this point to point track.

Capture GTA: Grab a Cab (Rank 1, 2-8 Players)
After twelve hours 'rolling' at your local post-industrial techno-house night, your tattooed friends will be too wide-eyed to drive themselves. Pick up some taxis for them in this two team GTA-style Capture based around the Downtown Cab Co depot in East Vinewood.

Race Hip to be Cool (Rank 1, 1-8 Players)
Because driving around Rockford Hills in nice cars is too mainstream, and going through Vespucci Beach in low riders is kinda yesterday... This Compact class Race takes you back and forth over the Los Santos Freeway and in and out of the Casino parking lot.

Survival Legion Square Survival (Rank 25, 1-4 Players)
Freedom of speech is dead as the cops crack down on Legion Square protesters. Battle the police on foot, in SUVs, and eventually in Buzzard helicopters. And remember that the real bad guys are the bankers looking down on the action from their office windows.

Team Deathmatch Puerto Del Sol (Rank 1, 2-8 Players)
Every artist wanted to die young, then they wanted to mock their predecessors with an ironic statement about dying young, now it's a post-ironic statement and they might end up actually dying.

Race Trend Setting (Rank 1, 1-16 Players)
A Lap circuit Race with muscle cars around Mirror Park for simple people who want to seem complicated.


The brand new Dubsta unlocks at Rank 100 and can accommodate up to 6 players, perfect for rolling out in force with Crew members.

There are also tons of tweaks and updates made to Grand Theft Auto Online as part of this update. A few notable ones include:

  • Ten existing GTAV vehicles have been added to the southernsanandreassuperautos.com website for purchase, including Story Mode characters’ vehicles:
    • Albany Primo
    • BF Surfer
    • Bravado Buffalo
    • Franklin's Bravado Buffalo S
    • Bravado Youga
    • Cheval Picador
    • Dundreary Regina
    • Karin Rebel (clean version)
    • Trevor's Nagasaki Hot Rod Blazer
    • Michael's Obey Tailgater
  • Pure Gold and Brushed Gold paint colors have been added to LS Customs in the ‘Metals’ category. These unlock at Rank 100.
  • A new Pure Black window tint has been added to LS Customs, along with four new jazzy vehicle horns (including one which loops and speeds up / slows down as you drive).
  • Eight new individual player celebrations and four new paired Celebration animations have been added.
  • Players will no longer be charged Insurance costs if their vehicle is destroyed by another player who does not have enough GTA$ to pay.
  • Fixed an issue where, if an insured Personal Vehicle was destroyed, both parties had to pay the insurance costs.
  • Fixed an issue where some four-wheel drive vehicles had reverted to two-wheel drive.
  • Players are now able to bookmark Jobs whilst in a Playlist from the Pause menu.
  • Tear Gas now does more damage and lasts longer.
  • A small tick has been added to the first screen in the corona if a player has played a Job before, much like in the pause menu or Next Job Voting Screen.
  • The level of difficulty is now displayed when pressing D-pad down when playing Missions.

As always, in Story Mode the new Weapons are deposited straight into each of the three characters’ inventory with a full clip of ammo and you can visit the garage property to access the new Vehicles. The new Hairstyles, Facial Hair, Tattoos, Masks and Clothing are only available in GTA Online.

 

This update also includes a host of other adjustments, game tuning and exploit fixes. For the complete list, please visit the Rockstar Support site. To download the "I'm Not a Hipster" Update, just boot up your online-connected PS3 or Xbox 360 and start GTAV. You'll be prompted to download the automatic update (1.14) and Xbox 360 players will also be required to download an additional compatibility pack upon entering GTA Online.

Stay tuned for details on future GTA Online content updates in the weeks to come - as well as info on the upcoming "I'm Not a Hipster" Event Weekend with lots of special additional bonuses and contests happening this Friday through Sunday.

GTA Fan Pics: Los Santos Bullet Street Art, Homemade GTA Action Figure Diorama, Franklin’s Snapmatic

Posted on June 16 2014, 10:35am | Author: R* X | Filed Under: Games

In this week's roundup of awesome Grand Theft Auto inspired fan art, the GTAAdventures subreddit puts on a Daft Punk tribute concert in Los Santos, an Italian artist shows off his amazing custom-made GTA character action figures and dioramas, plus dispatches from the fan fic San Andreas Alternative News, an illustrative imagining of Franklin's Snapmatic feed and more.

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


Social Club member schoolboy129 gives new meaning to the term "shot for shot remake" here, using the AP Pistol  and some very accurate targeting to muralize a few familiar faces on the streets of Los Santos. In addition to popular GTA characters like Trevor and Ryder seen above, there are also some fun tributes to Springfield's most notorious problem child and lots of others amidst schoolboy's Snapmatic gallery.


Daniele D'Adamo, known as DDJunior on the Italian GTA-Expert fan forum, has been working on a GTA-inspired miniature series for quite some time. Following the release of the limited-edition Claude action figure as a part of the Grand Theft Auto III 10 Year Anniversary Collection a few years back, Daniele worked to provide Claude with a proper habitat by recreating the original Portland safe house from GTA3. Daniele then took it to the next level with homemade Niko Bellic and Michael De Santa action figures seen above, along with a highly detailed diorama set based on the Vangelico Heist mission in GTAV. Source: GTA-Expert.it


Shanen, the talented artist formerly known for the radiopappa tumblr (now epsee.tumblr) responsible for the GTAV Bullworth Alternate Universe continues to amaze with her original creative pieces. Enjoy the above illos of Franklin's imagined Snapmatic posts, and she's also been featuring a very fun 'GTAV anime' series as well. Source: epsee.tumblr.


"Oh Show me the way to Sandy Shores I've spent all my money on meth and whores." Illustrator Rotzlöffel did this striking piece at loeffeldraws.tumblr entitled "What a Trevor dreams of" - originally in black-and-white, then brought to an appropriate fever pitch with awesomely vivid coloring as seen above.


The /r/GTAA community has been pulling off some legendary Snapmatic homages for quite a while now, and there's no signs of them slowing down given this recent photo shoot combining the motorcycle masks, the Jazz Hands toasts coming from the audience and the orange exhaust smoke (cleverly emanating from an offscreen car) to make for an epic Daft Punk tribute concert. Via redditor: Shiftex


Graphic designer Ollie Hoff shared his stylish GTAV fan art with us on Twitter that also received some love on reddit as well. Hoff even made a handy portrait version that works very nicely as a mobile wallpaper


Looking for all the latest news the San Andreas "mainstream" media doesn't want you to know about? Check out the San Andreas Alternative News, a nice bit of ongoing Liberty-Tree-style fan fic hosted on Wordpress by Social Club member Bronxjackass


Previously:
The Illustrations of AmandaLeab and Takengo, Space Monkey Mask Replica & More
Sniper Michael, T&M "Tea" Time, Mr. Raspberry Jams, & More
Innovative Photography Projects, Adventures of the r/GTAA Subreddit & More

Grand Theft Auto V Coming this Fall to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC

Posted on June 9 2014, 11:10pm | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

Today we're proud to announce that the critically-acclaimed and record-breaking Grand Theft Auto V is coming this fall to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

Grand Theft Auto V will take full advantage of the power of the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC with across-the-board graphical and technical improvements to deliver a stunning new level of detail. Increased draw distances, finer texture details, denser traffic, and enhanced resolutions all work together to bring new life to the cities, towns, deserts and oceans of Rockstar North’s epic reimagining of Southern California. 

Switch between the interconnected lives of Michael, Trevor and Franklin as they embark on a series of heists across Los Santos and Blaine County in the biggest, deepest and richest open world experience yet, with game world enhancements that include new wildlife, upgraded weather and damage effects, and an array of new details to discover.

The new generation upgrades also extend to Grand Theft Auto Online, an ever-evolving Grand Theft Auto universe. Rise through the criminal ranks by banding together to complete Jobs for cash, purchase properties, vehicles and character upgrades, compete in traditional competitive modes, or create your own content to play and share with the Grand Theft Auto community.

All new content and gameplay created since the launch of Grand Theft Auto Online, including an extensive array of new Jobs, an arsenal of new weapons, scores of new vehicles, new properties and player customizations will also be available for the PlayStation 4 system, Xbox One and PC with much more to come. In addition, the current community of players will have the ability to transfer their Grand Theft Auto Online characters and progression to their choice of PlayStation 4, Xbox One or PC.
  
Grand Theft Auto V for PC will also feature a video editor designed for advanced movie-making.

Check out the new video that debuted tonight during Sony's E3 press conference above, and visit rockstargames.com/V/order to pre-order.

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For Max Payne 3 to Grand Theft Auto V and beyond, Crews are groups of Social Club members who form persistent teams to compete and earn rewards in-game and on the Social Club website. Create a Crew or join one now - here are some Crews we've featured in the Crew Cut here at the Newswire:

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