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CAPPING A THOUSAND
Clockwise from top left: Nexxus Shoot My Ass (NXXZ), Crew Quoty (0410), The Procrastinators (NERD), Devastation (DNYT), Landed it HIKE (HIKE), Italian Figa Hunters (FIGA), The Meat Department (MEAT), Monster Drift Team (DRFT)
A round of applause for the very first batch of Crews to skyrocket up to the new member cap of 1,000 people. Out of the millions of Social Club Crews in existence, only about 50 were powerful enough to attract enough new recruits to hit the new cap within a week’s time, many of which are led by popular YouTube broadcasters who rallied their viewers to officially join their Crew ranks.
One of the very first to reach that benchmark were the Nexxus Shoot My Ass (NXXZ) Crew of Spain, led by the renowned YouTube broadcaster NexxusHD who’s been prolific with a constant stream of GTA Online videos lately, including clips playing through some of their own custom-made Jobs like “Base Maritima”. NXXZ has the distinction of reaching maximum capacity within only an hour or two of open season. What’s more, the Nexxuz army has an array of other affiliate Crews, ALL of which amazingly have rocketed up to the new Cap. Saludos to: PELOTON DE NEXXUZHD2, Nexxuz Shoot My Ass, Nexxus on Fire, Nexxuz Move My World, Nxxz Drive Me Crazy and Nexxuz lol my body who are all currently at 1,000 members strong, and there's other Nexxuz community Crews ever growing and under cap for others who want to join in.
Another mega-Crew making waves and maxing out is LANDED IT (HIKE) from the HikeTheGamer YouTube channel, whom you may have seen over this Valentine's Social Club Event weekend taking the Albany Roosevelt off-roading with the Crew. From the looks of it, there are at least seven other HIKE affiliate Crews topping off at a thousand and several others that are packing the seats as well. Some other Crews bolstering their numbers impressively include the Italian Figa Hunters (FIGA) headed up by YouTuber YTCapoBastone, VintageBeef's cheekily titled The Meat Department (MEAT) and Crew Quoty (0410) and its vice versa twin Quoty Crew (0410) led by popular YouTuber Mr Quoty.
The Devastation (DNYT) Crew were another to quickly hit the new 1K threshold, led by YouTuber and Twitch streamer DomisLive who also did some Valentine's Event live-streaming this weekend. Definitely check out DomisLive’s regular Top Stunts video series, highlighting incredible feats submitted by Crew members and followers. As long as we're on the subject of burning rubber, the seriously packed Monster Drift Team (DRFT) headed up by bl00df3lla and its twin Monster Drift Team 2 (DRFT) is for serious racers and encourages its members to "smoke tires not drugs".
The Procrastinators is another fully subscribed Crew led by YouTuber Mattophobia, and with a meticulously organized Hierarchy with just two trusted Commissioners, three Represantatives and a mass of 994 Muscle keeping them strong on the streets.
LIGHTS, CAMERA, BATTLE
WINNER: [UFAV] 793 / [AGNT] 749
Once we announced that we'd be hosting GTA Online Crew-versus-Crew Battles live on Twitch, the requests from camera-ready, feuding Crews came flying in. Our first televised grudge match was broadcast on February 7th, pitting the xVX-The Agency-xVx (AGNT) Crew against rivals the UNFAIR ADVANTAGE (UFAV) Crew.
To keep things fair and to facilitate streaming, two of our devs, PlayRockstar and PlayRockstar2, signed on to be part of the good fight each joining a side as we played through a ten round Crew Head to Head Playlist that included Races, Capture, Team Deathmatch and Last Team Standing to see who would emerge victorious. Winning the first couple of Jobs in the Playlist by demonstrating cunning, savvy group tactics and solid racing skills, momentum seemed to be going with The Agency to start. Hanging in there, UFAV eventually won some rounds and showed off their excellence in deathmatch where gunplay was front and center. UFAV floored The Agents on one of the final battles on Vespucci Beach, ultimately giving AGNT the beatdown, 793 - 749.
You can check out an archive of the battle in its entirety at our Twitch channel and, if you and your Crew are brave enough to step in the arena and put your pride on the line on the stream, give us a shout at CrewChallenges@rockstargames.com and make your case - be sure to include a link to your Crew's Social Club page and what console you'd be playing on as well as info on any specific other Crews you may have a rivalry with that you'd like to settle. Please keep in mind that we’ll only be hosting a couple of these per month, so be patient as we schedule select battles throughout the spring, summer and beyond.
Hit the jump for a look at Crews from down under making noise, some rival "families" taking umbrage and a collection of Crews on film.
This week, check out an amazing original Rockstar-inspired digital art creation that's been four years in the making, a gallery of illustrations by artists seeking to depict off-camera sequences that were referenced in GTAV’s storyline, and some truly spectacular Snapmatics - plus some homemade Valentine's cards made by fans who carry a torch for Trevor Philips.
As always, if you see (or create) an impressive Rockstar or GTA themed piece that you think the world needs to see, be sure to send it over to us to have a look via Mouthoff and you can drop it in comments below as well for the Social Club community to enjoy. Also follow us at instagram.com/rockstargames for all of our latest official pics.
For the past four years, graphic designer and Vancouver native Shawn Sepehry has been working on this meticulous labor of love collage entitled "Rockstar Games Legacy" which recreates and carefully arranges logos and other iconography from practically all of our games.
“I have been inspired by the attitude and personality of Rockstar Games ever since I played GTA2 for the first time… In the years that I have been working as a designer, many of my sensibilities and styles have been influenced by the grand body of work that Rockstar Games has created over the years. This is not in itself rare as they make some of the most popular games on the planet and there are many fans. I, however, found myself drawn to their branding, illustrations, style and attitude that are present in all of their games. My concept for this project was to encapsulate all of the elements and bring them together to create the iconic symbol that is the R and Star. Since its inception, I have been working on this project for over 4 years, collecting, recreating and arranging all the elements. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed making it.”
We truly did, Shawn – it’s a stunning and humbling bit of work and it’s our honor to feature it here for all fans to enjoy.
We came across an impressive array of GTA-inspired pieces at ringelrei.tumblr, including a moody portrait of Niko Bellic solemnly burying something (or someone) and this vision of Michael, Trevor and Franklin in an 80s band, inspired by a buddy's quick-glance interpretation of official GTAV art. The above pieces envisage Trevor and Tracey playing in the snow during more innocent times (entitled "M's Busy") and an alternate version of GTAV's prologue called "Join me, Townley" and tagged #thentheywenthomeandnobodygotshot.
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The moment when Trevor scrawled his own characteristically base take on Floyd and Debra's 'Live, Love, Laugh' wall art, while never actually seen during GTAV, is captured here by Japanese artist ritsukaa.
This gorgeous panorama by GermanMidgetPran is just one of many postcard-perfect snaps by the good folks over at the GTA Photography Reddit group, whose slogan is 'Anything From Normal to Trevor'. Fellow Snapmatic enthusiasts should feel free to join their ranks as they’re constantly sharing wonderful stuff and even have taken to hosting their own photo contests.
GanjaOutlaws, one of GTA Online's most prolific Crews, has been having fun with Snapmatic since day one and currently has over 8,000 photos amassed. Here, MadMcGregor87 holds up a convenience store using unconventional and excessive (but effective, judging from the clerk's reaction) methods.
Making the rounds on Tumblr over the past week have been a variety of precious Valentine's Day cards - mainly featuring the unlikely heartthrob, Trevor Philips. Feel free to send these to the unhinged special someone in your life. A shout out to the Trevor Philips themed Tumblr, TrevorPhilipsInc, A Haze of Patriotic Fervor, and twitter's @AProphecyx.
"It's... dripping. Uh, thanks, T." Blogger and avid fan artist SimpleMachines imagines a bloody Valentine's day for Michael and Trevor.
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Sparing a thought for those going through trouble in paradise this Valentine's, longtime Social Club community member, Sprunk1995 Instagrammed his real-life re-creation of the fridge note left for Michael by Amanda in GTAV.
Fan Pics: GA Study of Trevor in Wool, Los Santos Noire and Tributes to GTA San Andreas
Fan Pics: V Reimagined in 80s VC, Homemade Infographics, Fun with Filters and More
Fan Pics: Famous Rides of Film and TV Invade GTA Online, Uncanny Jimmy Hopkins Look-alike & More
Grab your partners in crime this weekend for a hot and heavy Valentine's getaway to Los Santos. This Friday February 14th through Monday February 17th, jump into GTA Online to make sure you redeem the limited-time-only Valentine's Day Massacre Special content and also reap four whole days of in-game rewards, discounts and happenings in the Valentine's Weekend Massacre Social Club Online Event. Tailor up in a new double breasted suit or flapper dress from the Valentine's Day Massacre content pack, grab a trusty Gusenberg SMG and pick up your loved ones in an Albany Roosevelt to paint the town red all weekend long.
In addition to the limited-time-only Valentine’s Day Massacre Special content that can only be redeemed between Friday, Valentine’s Day through the end of February (but once redeemed, you can hold on to it for good), we’ve lined up lots of special in-game rewards exclusively for players this weekend to help you paint the town red.
Finally, enter to win sweet prizes in our Valentine's Weekend Event Sweepstakes. 5 lucky winners will score a deluxe Grand Prize Pack featuring the Valentine's-red Bugstars jumpsuit to role play in style along with a huggable Chop stash stuffed animal doll along with official GTAV t-shirts and stickers. 10 runners up will receive an official GTAV t-shirt and stickers for themselves (see Official Rules). Congratulations to the 5 Grand Prize winners of our previous Event Sweepstakes who each won the rare V Varsity Jacket: calirob1129, Stonyboy16, MatthewFinger, FilmorPencilboy and lazyb3123.
Valentine’s Day in Los Santos is almost here, and the Valentine's Day Massacre Special update for GTA Online is now available, featuring some surprise gifts for all you lovers and lotharios. This includes a variety of fun Valentine's themed extras for Story Mode and GTA Online like the Gusenberg Sweeper machine gun, the new Albany Roosevelt ride and a host of new attire options like double breasted suits, flapper dresses, sexy undergarments, novelty t-shirts, hats, masks and more. These items are all available to purchase in GTA Online right now until the end of February - and once acquired they're yours to keep in your inventory for good.
After reviewing tons of entries, including everything from stunning snaps of souped-up sports cars to vintage framed dirt-dusted dune buggies, we've selected our five favorite vehicle-themed photos from the #LSCarShow Snapmatic Photo Contest. Well-deserved congratulations to each talented shutterbug who will receive a deluxe Grand Theft Auto V Prize Pack, and definitely stay tuned for our next Snapmatic photo contest to be announced soon.
"Boulevard Del Perro" by Chuttbeeks: This shot of a Grotti Carbonizzare looks like a still from out of a Vinewood major motion picture - and is so stunning that it prompted an argument in the photo comments over whether or not Photoshop was used. Nope, just a masterful use of the recently released Snapmatic filters.
"Pacific Bluffs" by DrakkarV794: Wish you were here. A postcard-perfect snap of an eggshell and blue two-toned Declasse Tornado against the Pacific Bluffs coastline, making for sublime and serene photo.