GTA Online High Life Event Highlights: Snapmatic Winners, Videos and More

Posted on May 27 2014, 10:26am | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Games, Social Club


Lui Calibre’s very thorough video tour of the new High Life content he posted before getting into such High Life weekend insanity as the Car Horn Orchestra and Jobs with Zentornos and Bullpups.

Droves of players and their Crews turned out rolling in style in new Pegassi Zentornos and wheelie-stunting on Dinka Thrusts during the Social Club High Live Event. There were weekend-only Double GTA$ payouts in High Stakes Impromptu Races, and Triple RP in both golf and tennis, plus other limited time in-game bonuses like increased $10K wages, valuable Event Crate Drops containing free weaponry, RP boosts, and GTA$ stacks. Read on for some highlights including High Life live-streams and other fun weekend videos plus winners of the #HIGHLIFE Snapmatic photo contest and more.
 

THE OFFICIAL ROCKSTAR BROADCAST HIGH LIFE LIVE STREAM

Friday afternoon, we joined up with special guest members of the esteemed Achievement Hunters outfit (part of the Rooster Teeth comedy and gaming community), along with other members of the Social Club community to get into some High Life action, Verified Jobs and metagame craziness all streamed live. Check out the full two hour episode:

Some highlights not to miss:

(00:16:13) Bullpup Buttondown Beatdown
We invited the Achievement Hunter crew up to GTADev1's brand new apartment at the Tinsel Towers to get acquainted. Once the ice was broken, we asked them to join us in an impromptu challenge. The objective: With Dev1 (aka Goose) and GTADev3 (aka Maverick), AH split into two teams - the first side to get dressed to impress at Ponsonbys, acquire the new Bullpup rifle from Ammu-nation and make it to the Vinewood sign hilltop (to lay in ambush for the other side) would win the challenge. Dev1 and MLP Michael's team won handily - and once at the Vinewood hilltop, all bets were off and Bullpups, rocket launchers, and renegade helis ran appropriately amok between everyone involved.

(00:30:02) The Los Santos Riots
Using their newly purchased Bullpups, the Devs teamed up with Piggjam, kwebbelkop and others on the recently Verified Deathmatch The Los Santos Riots, created by TIdoubleGGRR of the BMX bandit gang (BMXG) Crew. Matched up against the likes of the Killer Smoking AcesBeetle007KSA and other top-notch players, they were led to a decisive 40-23 victory by Los Vagos Banditos' Piggjam (17 kills, 3.40 K/D).

(00:36:50) FOREplay
The Achievement Hunters returned to mix it up with us in FOREplay, a custom Deathmatch we created in honor of the Triple RP in golf and tennis that was available all weekend. Consisting of an iron, sticky bombs, carts and ramps, it wound up being 15 minutes of explosive chaos beyond what even Carl Spackler would have been capable of. There were even a few hilarious “look behind you moments” that caught everyone off guard.

(00:54:20) GTA: That's My Rhino
We were honored to welcome the xxNoFatChicksxx (NFCX) Crew's RikkiVercetti into our lobby to do a live play-through with us of his very own Verified Capture Job, GTA: That’s My Rhino (a super intense Capture that we’ve also been playing in recent Crew Battles where two teams of Lazers dogfight over one coveted Rhino tank). We also welcomed community notables GermanScientist (cheekily dubbed “Japanese Scientist” during the game for his proclivity for kamikaze maneuvers) and MRGTAVInformer who popped in to take part - you can also watch highlights of the action from Scientist’s perspective on his YouTube channel.

(01:11:40) Loss Leader
In this High Life Land Race featuring the new Zentornos, there are more than enough hairpin turns and curves to ensure crashes aplenty.  After a race which was heavily led by Piggjam and FeymHD, RNT.2412 of NFCX took the lead late and won with a tidy time of 2:52, followed by KILLER_99997 in second and DrunkxDemon pulling up the rear in third.

(01:27:42) Tinsel Towers House Party
GTADev3 was generous enough to invite a whole lobby’s worth of players over to his new Tinsel Towers pad for a little housewarming soirée and tour. Setting the mood with a barechested celebratory air thrust, things would only get more unruly from there. After some uncomfortable sleep creeping and a bizarre encounter in the powder room, it was clearly time to head on out and round out the rest of the stream playing some more Jobs including AH's own Juggernaut TDM. Thanks to our A-list house guests for stopping by: GTAm3n, MRGTAVInformer, Piggjam, RikkiVercetti, GermanScientist (who snapped a little selfie at the house party below), FeymHD as well as GTA fan site Crew The GTA Base's Lambentbunny and Crew Leader TylerTGTAB


HIGH LIFE WEEKEND COMMUNITY VIDEOS & STREAMS

The High Life Event Weekend also saw some awesome new videos and live-streams having fun with the all-new cars, weaponry, toasts and even the car horns.

We mentioned earlier that Lui Calibre and some of his friends including Vanoss Gaming and H20Delirious held a little High Life Car Horns Orchestra last week – and then on Saturday, the always creative GTA Series Videos guys truly took it to the next level with their full-fledged 5+ minute “GTA Online Concert” performance which you can watch below in all of its glory. Performed at the Sisyphus Theater in Vinewood Hills, the GTA Online Concert features their renditions of “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes, “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King, the “Star Wars (Main Theme)” and even the “Soviet Connection” theme from GTAIV - to name a few. Slow clap, indeed.



On Saturday, there was also a full program of special featured guest live-streams hosted by some of our friends on Twitch and YouTube  - including some where Rockstar devs were able to get in on the action:


Swiftor, who you may remember as having joined us  in-studio during the last couple of Rockstar Broadcast Event streams, was kind enough to invite GTADev3 in to play with his community in some of the new Races and a couple fun minigames of his own. You can check out a segment of us chasing down each other's Zentorno's above..

Returning featured guest streamers from previous Event Weekends included HikeTheGamer and his Landed It Crew who did High Life Weekend broadcasts on both Saturday and Sunday - and Garrett Sutton (RedRobinz of Jobless Gamers) who did an epic 5+ hour stream on Saturday that was simulcast with fellow featured streamer and Squadcaster DatSaintsFan on his own Twitch channel. Watch Jobless’ full stream archive above to see us all getting down in some new High Life Races, homemade Captures, free mode car show fun and lots more. 

Also check out the archived High Life stream hosted by one of the new faces in our featured guest stream lineup, MrBossFTW who broadcast some non-stop gameplay focusing on lots of the new Races and Zentornos with GTADev1 joining in a couple along the way.


#HIGHLIFE SNAPMATIC COMPETITION WINNERS
And here are the winning Snapmatic photos from the #HIGHLIFE contest – each of these clever photographers walks away with GTA$1M and will get the exclusive in-game HIGHLIFE vanity plate as well.


"iGTA Off Off Broadway Play - Jazz Hands" by Ayreon01
The iGrandTheftAuto Crew really out did themselves with this imagined Off-Off-Broadway musical held at the Sisyphus amphitheater. Using the new High Life Jazz Hands toast to full Bob Fosse effect, the iGTA Crew were able to pull off one hell of a show. It was actually difficult to choose between a few of the Snapmatics that Ayreon01 posted from this musical performance, but the above one really stole the show. To check out the full gallery, including some behind-the-scenes rehearsal shots and some candids from the wrap party, check out the full image set posted on imgur.


"High Stakes" by shenizian
Well, this one pretty much has it all. An airborne Huntley S and the Massacro and Zentorno all poised for a fast getaway from whatever was responsible for that raging explosion in the background. All while spectators from the ZWAME PT Crew cheer, salute and toast away by the roadside. A great use of the blur effect tool to capture a hectic and outrageous moment (the returning Snapmatic contest champion, shenizian also posted a blur-free version for those who may prefer that look).


"High Life DLC Artwork by Snapmatic Art" by McGoooo420
We’ll admit we’re suckers for Snapmatic pics that faithfully recreate our official artwork – but especially when it’s done as spot-on as this one from a shining member of the Snapmatic Art Crew.


"Pillbox Hill" by repdek
An absolutely stunning entry that was taken by a member of the serious shutterbugs club of the 1,000 strong GTAPhotographers Crew. This SAGMA-worthy piece of Snapmatic art combines dramatic lighting to complement the heavy rain and an impeccably chosen Snapmatic filter that all play across the custom chrome surface of this Pegassi Zentorno.


"HIGHLIFE Plates" by HairyHole
Also from the GTAPhotographers Crew, HairyHole was quite busy over the weekend with a few solid entries into the #HIGHLIFE competition including one that made it on to our Rockstar Broadcast live-stream on Friday. This one was truly sweet though - HairyHole cleverly used the Meme text feature in Snapmatic to simulate what the HIGHLIFE plate might look like on his own Massacro. Well, no need to fake it any longer, you’ve made it. Look for Hairy cruising around L.S. with a legit HIGHLIFE plate soon.

SNAPMATIC HONORABLE MENTIONS
It’s always tough to narrow it down to just 5 winners, and here are some that we're pained to say just nearly made the cut.

  • "Welcome 2 the HighLife" - A perfect use of the new Face Palm toast and Snapmatic Meme generator to illustrate the pain of wrecking your brand new Zentorno, by YoungMottz.
  • "Cheatin' Like a Boss" - #1 most liked #HighLife shot on Social Club, ZazDillinger definitely deserves a shout out for this wonderfully framed shot admittedly using the in-game weather cheat to summon mother nature’s wrath at the Del Perro Pier, while watching from the safety of a Zentorno.
  • "Power Street" -  An awesome light show effect coupled with space-age High Life text makes for one sweet and artful Snapmatic, by Banjabi.


HIGH LIFE SOCIAL CLUB EVENT SWEEPSTAKES WINNERS

Cheers also to all who participated and entered to win this weekend and of course to the V lucky grand prize winners of the High Life Event Sweepstakes giveaway - we are still presently confirming a few of them via email but for now we can congratulate mad2ko0l, stanggman75iits.bee, jayjuttz and its_not_unusual. All of the final confirmed winners will be taking home the limited-edition GTA Five Iron Golf Club as well as official GTAV tees and stickers. There's also 10 Runners-up being confirmed who will each receive official t-shirts and stickers.

An important reminder to be sure to check your Social Club-linked emails account for possible notifications (check your spam folder as well to be safe) - and to make sure that your Social Club account is updated to be linked to your most actively used email account for just such occasions.


THE HIGH LIFE EVENT PLAYLIST

As an extended bonus to the High Life Event Weekend fun, you may have seen the High Life Event Playlist still live in-game. The Playlist is available from the Rockstar Playlists section of the pause menus, and contains the four new Races in the High Life Update so you can play through them back-to-back with the same group and find out who is the best player across a multitude of different car classes. With each Race locked to one of the new High Life vehicles, it’s a great opportunity to get to grips with the Dewbauchee Massacro, Enus Huntley S, Dinka Thrust motorbike and of course the Pegassi Zentorno. Keep an eye out for Event Playlists to play a part in future Social Club Event Weekends with some special challenges as well.


Stay tuned for information soon on the next content updates coming to Grand Theft Auto Online as well as more in-game bonus reward opportunities to be announced.

Crew Cut: Current Grassroots Events, Official Live Battle Scores and More

Posted on May 22 2014, 6:25pm | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Games, Social Club

For this edition of the Crew Cut, we highlight some dedicated squads organizing their own awesome grassroots events and tournaments, recap the most recent official Crew vs. Crew live-stream confrontations and check out some excellent and creative Crew vids.
 

GRASSROOTS CREW EVENTS


The CAP PILLAS Crew's official Head Hollowers Tournament trailer.

For those looking to join up with a Crew that has lots of activity, you’d do well to give a look to some of these well-organized Crews that have been hosting everything from grassroots tournaments to indie Crew battles and more.

The CAP PILLAS (BANG) Crew for one are also putting together an epic tournament where they'll be competing amongst 21 other Crews to see which one emerges as sole survivor. Organized by Leader HOT_KIMERA (who helped run a similar Max Payne 3 tournament last year), Head Hollowers is a Free Aim fight to the finish being held June 13th-15th. Watch the trailer above to see a line-up of who's participating and read the video's About details on YouTube for full info on dates, times, rules and other particulars.

The Reapers of Lyfe (REAP) quite frequently post Team Deathmatch battles on their YouTube channel and with over 80 battle vids since March, REAP have a prolific output that perhaps even 2Pac would have had trouble keeping up with in his heyday. Led by CallmeChaun, this outfit is currently ranked 48th in TDMs with over 2,700 wins and a 1.33 K/D. Feel free to hit 'em up, if you're not afraid of winding up another notch on REAP's belt.

Another busy bunch are the TURNTUPGANG (TTUG), who have posted 40 battle videos on YouTube. With a solid 167th ranking for TDMs, TTUG are a selective gang, requiring prospective members to fill out this survey, covering everything from personal Crew history to motivations for joining.

The PS3-based JAMESTOWN RANCHOGANG (JTRG) have also put up some of their bloody battles for the world to see. Always set to a blazing hip hop soundtrack, JTRG bring the pain to each and every shootout they post.

And in addition to projectile competitions of the expected heavy artillery variety, we’re happy to report that Darts tournaments also seem to be in vogue. The infamous Ganja Outlaws slung some miniature arrows recently on the heels of their anniversary, and the Ageing Infidels (21UP) notably held a 24-man darts contest for members only. Following a third place runoff between brothers BigDen454 and WrenchedOut24 (the latter won those bragging rights), conk12 edged out -Quper- for the big W. 21UP are holding all sorts of team building activities that members (and prospective recruits) may want to look into participating in, from a golf tournament to homebrewed Crew battles.
 

LIVE BATTLE RECAP: Highway Reapers VS. Aegis Legion (796-749 REAP)


Highlights of the REAP VS. EGIS Crew Battle courtesy of Aegis Legion.

Speaking of Crews known for grassroots competitive activity, the Aegis Legion (EGIS) are also no slouches in that department – known for hosting such events as their current Limitless 16-Crew TDM tournament (currently in its 2nd round of competition - full details here). So when the TDM stat strong Free Aim outfit the Highway Reapers (REAP) Crew reached out for a PSN Crew vs Crew Challenge, we knew just who to line them up against.

From the outset of the battle, Aegis looked to have a leg up on the Reapers in the initial Team Deathmatch on the Vespucci Shoreline. However, some player drops on both sides resulted in a mutually agreed-upon restart. This time, the resolute Reapers rallied with a calculated vengeance, nabbing a win in every other team-based game mode played for a final score of 796 over Aegis Legion's 749. The Reapers' BloodyWarlord was particularly valuable, taking a definitive lead to first place in the bike Race Farm Fresh and capturing the highly contested tank during the Verified Job, GTA: That's My Rhino. Aegis Legion can, however, walk away with their heads held high after taking the top six positions in Business Trip showing steering wheel superiority against the motorbike savvy MC. You can watch the stream in its entirety at the Rockstar Twitch archive.

LIVE BATTLES RECAP: Ganja Outlaws VS. LS Mafia Family (846-754 LSMF)


Ganja Outlaws proudly posted this excerpt from the very beginning of the battle where we introduced WEED’s historical glory.

  
You better believe that LSMF are much better at GTA Online than they are at Skype - as evidenced by their stunning win in the contest that followed the initial meet and greet proceedings. LSMF graciously posted this excerpt to their own YouTube channel.

After beating the Ganja Outlaws (WEED) in a private battle, the LS Mafia Family (LSMF) Crew had the opportunity to offer a public rematch as they went live on our Rockstar Twitch channel in the most recent battle. For the Ganja Outlaws, it was the perfect way to celebrate their two-year anniversary on the Social Club as one of the O.G. Founder Crews. In a playlist consisting mostly of newly Verified Jobs, LSMF took an early nine point lead straight away on Stream Racer, a point to point bike Race created by Refuso of the Red Rum Racing (RRR1) Crew. After three rounds, the score was tied at 257 and the turning point came in That's My Rhino, which saw LSMF increase their lead from 5 to 19. From there, they never looked back, eventually winning the match 846-754. It was a high-stakes outing filled with intensity and drama - thanks to both Crews for an action-packed stream. Above you can watch a couple of excerpts from the episode that each Crew posted to their respective YouTube channels, and you can also watch the entire archived battle at Rockstar Twitch.

Have a Crew beef you want to settle or just want to flex your muscle in front of the masses? Send a link to your Crew page along with your preferred platform and what makes your squad stand out to CrewChallenges@rockstargames.com.
 

CREWS ON FILM

And here are just a couple especially standout Crew-made videos that are definitely worth a watch this week.

The Chaos From Above (CFAL) Crew continued the popular trend of re-enacting Hollywood favorites in GTA Online and went down a less traveled road... "Holiday Road" a la National Lampoon's Vacation. Scored to audio clips from the movie and driving a customized Dundreary Regina that is pretty darn close to the Griswold's family station wagon, the only thing that seems to be missing is Christie Brinkley as they make their way across the countryside to the promised land of the Del Perro Pier amusement park - which is never closed for repairs. For more great vids from CFAL, including a chaotic car plant courtesy of that very same wagon, take a gander at their official YouTube channel.

You have to respect a Crew brave enough to admit their shortcomings - and the Shaolin Riders (GONG) do so in appropriately self-deprecating fashion with this charming low-lights reel, "Loser" that is essentially Crew Leader Oracle13 getting waxed again and again. GONG have other awesome videos to choose from as well including this shoot 'em up with a side of Wu.

 

Previously:
Crew Cut: Latest Live-Stream Battles, Return of the Homage and More...
Crew Cut: Film Crews Remake Fave Action Sequences, Plus Live Battle Recaps feat TRFK, KOPS, Freddie Gibbs & Hip Hop Gamer

GTA Online Creator: Fan-Made Rockstar Throwback Jobs

Posted on May 21 2014, 10:53am | Author: R* Y | Filed Under: Games

We recently took a look at a fan-made GTA Online playlist of created Jobs inspired by scenes from The Warriors and asked fans to share any Jobs they may have made in homage to favorite films or even our own games of yesteryear. For Rockstar fans feeling nostalgic, here’s a roundup of a few player-made Creator Jobs that came to our attention that have either been made in direct tribute to or are otherwise certainly reminiscent of classic Rockstar titles like Manhunt, Midnight Club, Smuggler’s Run and more. Check ‘em out and feel free to bookmark them for a play.

ALL EYES ON YOU

Carcer City by Zayvorne (Team Deathmatch)

By day, Textile City appears to be a colorful tapestry of fabrics and commerce. As darkness descends and the rain starts to fall, the lawless streets of this trader's square suddenly run red with bloodshed. Small arms weapons are gathered near the center of this map, but venturing further out to the eastern fringe you'll discover a few hidden surprises to aid you in putting on quite the show for viewers at home.

MANHUNT by staggeredguitar (Deathmatch)

Staggeredguitar invites players to "stab, bat and brutalize in this close quarters Manhunt style map". The narrow alleys and tight corners in downtown Rancho cement an unnerving atmosphere where you find yourself having to make careful choices about when and where to climb in pursuit of your prey. Touching down in someone's backyard, you may find yourself overrun by an enemy lying in wait or encounter a Molotov cocktail crashing down upon you, leaving no place to avoid the flames. If you enjoy this one, be sure to also check out Staggered's other Manhunt nods, MANHUNT (URBAN BEATDOWN) and MANHUNT (PIER PRESSURE).

DOWN & DIRTY

Smuggler's Run by Ackidapacki  (Land Race)

Drug smugglers are moving a larger shipment of product that has arrived in Paleto Bay. The thing is: the buyer is in Los Santos. First car there gets the payday of their lives.” There are four vehicle classes available for this endurance testing jaunt - Muscle, Off-Road, SUVs and Vans. While the Race begins on the smoothly paved west Highway 1 near Paleto Bay, things suddenly take a rural turn via a sharp left angle leading back into the Paleto Forest. Shooting straight up to the zigzags of the Chiliad Mountain State Wilderness, you'll find many opportunities to send an opponent spiraling off a hillside into an unforgiving ravine below. As you return to the civilization of Elysian Island and Banning you will literally smash through the gates towards the finish line but be mindful of the last few turns along the off-road trail in Rancho. You may be far from the northwest wilderness but you're just a sharp cut-off away from eating dirt.

Smuggler's Run by giftedhanz19  (Capture)

This dry and barren stretch of desert wedged between the West Vinewood Hills and the Zancudo River pits "two teams to fight over an already occupied bag of goods", per creator giftedhanz19. By "already occupied" he means you will be interrupting a transaction in progress and the local yokels will not take too kindly to two groups of interlopers invading from the northern and southern parts of the map. Use all manner of off-road vehicle to make your escape but avoid the open roads as that will make it far easier for greedy pursuers to close the distance and snatch back the goods you've stolen.

BRING THE PAYNE

 

Max Payne 3 by GroveSTHome (Team Deathmatch)

If you spent countless hours battling it out within the posh corporate hallways and spacious lobbies of Branco Headquarters or exchanging gunfire along the rooftops of Club Moderno in Max Payne 3, this Created Job located in the attractively modern and remote confines of the Kortz Center offers up some of the best elements from your favorite Bullet Time shooter. Whether you're posted up in one of the many exterior stairwells, doing strategic sweeps with the Buzzard Attack Chopper or creeping through the hedge maze you'll have more than enough ample opportunities to keep the blood flowing and the bullets flying.

Hold: Gang Wars by Hiroshio  (Capture)

Also channeling the spirit of Max Payne 3 Multiplayer is a clever Capture by Creator Hiroshio, who seems to have a clear vision for this intense West Vinewood to Chamberlain Hills battle. Hiroshio states, "Your initiation into the gang consists of stealing. We've gotten word that multiple shipments of weapons and cash have been delivered. Steal these shipments and drop them off at our HQ. These shipments will be heavily guarded. Our gang members don't know you yet so they will shoot you on sight. Also beware of rival gang members. We're not the only ones who know about this." Los Santos may be quite a bit northwest of São Paulo but the challenging bag placement and vicious NPC Gang factions will make you start fiending for pain killers in no time.

ROCKSTAR SoCAL CLUB

Midnight Club by Geordieboy89 (Land Race)

This large circuit around the city, appropriately set in the dead of night, contains many strategic jumps and potential explosions. Starting out in centrally located La Mesa, you make your way east from Murietta Heights past several landmark locations and end up going as far south as Elysian Island, rounding the trek back to the finish line near Los Santos International Airport. The course itself is littered with wreckage and has a few ramps that are mandatory for clearance to the next checkpoint. For two decidedly different Race experiences, switch to motorbikes on your second playthrough and watch out for those unforgiving highway road signs.

Midnight Club by Licky106  (Land Race)

This pedal to the metal, tire tread destroyer starts out in Rockford Hills, cutting a seismic fault line through West Vinewood, Burton, Richman, GWC and will even turn a few snooty heads near the Golfing Society if you opt to run this course during the daylight hours. Along this circuit, you'll encounter no less than four deceptively placed, razor sharp right turns that are specifically designed to promote car-on-car collision. If you are approaching one of those said turns amongst an armada of fellow racers, it may behoove you to let them race ahead directly into the turn and then nimbly skate by the twisted pileup unscathed.

SCHOOL DAZE

Bullworth by festivecave (Team Deathmatch)

It should come as no surprise that a Social Club member who is enrolled in the Bullworth Alumni Rockstar Crew would endeavor to recreate the campus hijinks of Bully in GTA Online. With the campus at the University of San Andreas Los Santos serving as the backdrop, you can duke it out with your most contentious classmates to prove who's the BMOC.

Bully by AVERIX72 (Deathmatch)

With plenty of melee weapons in plain view and only a few firearms scattered sparsely around this one, it'll be a recess-style mad dash to gain the upper hand in this chaotic DM. Lure opponents out to the center of the ULSA track-and-field stadium to show them the grass isn't the only thing getting mowed down today (you may also notice a cameo appearance from the Mower - a little nod to Jimmy Hopkins' many labored hours of detention).

 

If you’ve made or have come across any other fun homage Jobs whether based on a nostalgic Rockstar title, a favorite GTA mission or a classic film or TV show, share them with the community in the comments below – or send them our way directly to check out via mouthoff. GTA Online Creators can also feel free to tag #Throwback to your creation and we'll be looking at those in the future too to easily find and play them.

Previously:
35th Anniversary of The Warriors: Check Out the GTA Online Fan-Made Warriors Inspired Playlist

GTA Fan Art: The Illustrations of AmandaLeab and Takengo, Space Monkey Mask Replica & More

Posted on May 19 2014, 10:48am | Author: R* X | Filed Under: Games, Rockstar

This week's pictorial of awesome Grand Theft Auto inspired fan creations features some talented illustrators putting their own distinctive styles on characters and scenes from GTAV, plus an already-amazing work in progress real world replica of the Space Monkey mask, selections from one of our new favorite subreddits and more.

Of course, should you find (or create) any awesome GTA or Rockstar-related art or photos, make sure to send them our way via Mouthoff and remember to follow us at instagram.com/rockstargames for all our latest official pics.


Artist AmandaLeab has been sharing her fantastic original GTAV fan art over the past few weeks at loseranthems.tumblr. With some awesomely fun details (like the Billy Ripken-esque hidden expletive on Trevor's boot or Franklin's tats above) and a very distinctive style with bold use of color and a healthy obsession with Trevor's days as a pilot. Amanda recently tweeted, "never gonna stop drawin' trevor" and we certainly can't wait to see what else she has in store.  


This one could easily be mistaken for a Snapmatic photo at first glance, but "Public Transportation is art" above is actually a hand-made speed-drawing by deviantARTist Biohazard-kirby celebrating Cargobob hijinks in GTAV. "At some point when we were trying to free fall in a bus, my buddy Swag mentioned how 'majestic' the bus looked in the sunset... The drawing originally took about 33 minutes." Watch the speed painting video capture on YouTube to see how it came together.



Brazilian deviantARTist and longtime Rockstar fan H8orSaints took his infatuation with Space Monkey to another level when he commissioned local craftsmen Mundo Mágico Artes to build him a custom replica. Above is the already amazing work in progress bust for the mask along with an original piece of fan art H8orSaints  had drawn. Have a look through his DA gallery and you'll see some other awesome stuff he's made over the years including a munitions-based Rockstar logo treatment and this easy to assemble Bully Papercraft (give it a shot, we did!). We're looking forward to seeing how the final mask turns out.


A super fun GTAV tiling pattern by Kuneho on tumblr. In the spirit of collaboration, she's also shared the transparent original so you can toy with it and make your own edits, only asking that you please don't forget to source.  


Ash, known on tumblr as takengo, has a great, somewhat vintage comic strip style in these light-hearted renditions and scenes of Michael, Trevor and Franklin. In "mr. orange blue n green" above, takengo uses each of their special ability colors to depict them in Rat-Pack-esque fashion, and "trey n tracey doodles" is a piece imagining a silly moment between Trevor, toddler Tracey and Michael.

WASTED
Finally, we've really been getting a kick out of some of the fun 'Wasted' GIFs that have been floating around, and the r/WastedGifs subreddit is a treasure trove. Here's a couple below, but do hit up the subreddit for so many more.


Source: CynicalNsomniac


Source: Redditor hero0fwar

 

 

Previously:
Sniper Michael, T&M "Tea" Time, Mr. Raspberry Jams, & More

Innovative Photography Projects, Adventures of the r/GTAA Subreddit & More
GTA Online Homages to Classic Movie Scenes, Fratuzzi's "Humans of Los Santos" Series, Epic Panoramas and More

The High Life Event Weekend this Fri-Sun May 16-18

Posted on May 15 2014, 10:50am | Author: R* M | Filed Under: Games, Social Club

They say if you've got it - flaunt it. All this weekend Friday May 16th through Sunday May 18th, step out from your luxe Los Santos pad, and take that shiny new Dinka Thrust or Massacro out for a spin to reap special GTA$ and RP bonuses happening all around town as part of the High Life Social Club Event Weekend. In celebration of this week's High Life Update release, stocked with new apartments, high-end vehicles and weaponry and special new game features - we've got a slate of weekend-only opportunities to get bonus RP and increased GTA$ payouts plus chances to score rare gear and GTA$ prizes.

DOUBLE GTA$ PAYOUTS ON HIGH STAKES IMPROMPTU RACES

We've upped the ante especially for those who live in Los Santos' fast lane. Money doesn't grow on trees but it does hang from the helpless saps cruising the LS streets and all weekend, High Stakes Impromptu Races will make plucking it from them all the sweeter. Stakes and payouts to Impromptu Races will be doubled so lining up in your Pegassi Zentorno against a mark carries exhilirating big time risk and reward. You can start an Impromptu Race via the Interaction Menu and remember: you've got to accelerate to accumulate.

BET LIMIT INCREASED FOR ALL JOBS

Put your money where your mouth is. For all high rollers, the Max Bet limit for all Jobs will be raised to GTA$10,000 so you can lay both cash and cajones on the table.

TRIPLE RP IN GOLF AND TENNIS

And because even relaxation should come with an attractive rate of return, all golf and tennis RP bonuses will be tripled all weekend. That means a birdie will see you earn 600 RP while a cheeky hole-in-one on the short Hole 6 will put 3000 RP on your scorecard and turn your opponents greener than the fairway.

EVENT CRATE DROPS

Look for a windfall of valuable commodities dropping from on high with Event Crate Drops falling from the skies in such locations as the Vinewood Sign, the Observatory, Del Perro Pier, La Fuenta Blanca horse stables and the Vinewood Racetrack. The Crates will be stuffed with huge RP bonuses as well as GTA$ stacks, heavy-duty RPGs, miniguns, sticky bombs and more.

#HIGHLIFE SNAPMATIC CONTEST

Snap your flashiest shots showing off exactly how you're living the High Life between now and end of day Sunday and tag them #HIGHLIFE for a chance to win big. We're looking for your most epic, most creative, most amusing or most artfully composed moments over the weekend featuring any of the new apartments, luxury vehicles, toasts/celebrations, haute outfits, or weaponry from The High Life Update. We'll pick five (5) favorites to award GTA$1M as well as the exclusive 'HIGHLIFE' in-game vanity license plate to deck out your shiny new ride.

 
 
EVENT WEEKEND LIVE STREAMS
 
Tune in to a full slate of awesome High Life Weekend live-streams starting with our own official Rockstar Broadcast tomorrow, Friday May 16th from 4-6pm ET with very special guests Rooster Teeth joining us via Skype for two hours of live mayhem, hijinks, and playthroughs of the brand new High Life Update Jobs and gear. We’ve featured the Rooster Teeth gang recently for their incredible GTA Online metagame mayhem like the “Achievement Knievel” bus jump, their rooftop demolition derby Job, and their “Most Dangerous Game” manhunt – and tomorrow, they’ll join live with Rockstar to see what kind of trouble we can get into together wreaking havoc with the new High Life Update content. Something tells us Mental States may get blisteringly red.

We'll be streaming across the Social Club Multiplayer Events page, the Rockstar Games Twitch.tv channel and the Rockstar YouTube channel. Tune in and join us in the Rockstar-hosted chat at Twitch and at Social Club as well.

In addition to the Rockstar Broadcast tomorrow, expect a weekend full of featured High Life guest streams from friends of Rockstar on Twitch and YouTube – Rockstar devs may also be jumping in to join them in their lobbies too, so watch this space for an up to date schedule of streamers, dates and times. The lineup of featured High Life guest streams as of now includes:

Saturday at 1PM ET
Swiftor
at http://www.twitch.tv/swiftor

Saturday at 2PM ET
Jobless Gamers
at http://www.youtube.com/JoblessGamers

Saturday & Sunday at 3:30PM ET
HikeTheGamer
at http://www.youtube.com/HikePlays

Saturday at 4:30PM ET
MrBossFTW
at https://www.youtube.com/MrBossFTW

Saturday at 6PM ET
Dat Saintsfan
at http://www.twitch.tv/saintsfan711

You should also make sure to follow us on Twitter, where we’ll be tweeting and retweeting as featured streams happen all weekend.

 
SOCIAL CLUB EVENT SWEEPSTAKES
 
While Los Santos Country Club is handing out triple RP for golf bonuses this weekend, we'll also be giving away real life golf related goodies in our High Life Social Club Event Sweepstakes. Five (5) lucky winners will each win the limited-edition GTA Five Iron Golf Club as well as official GTAV t-shirts and stickers. 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 High Life Update for GTA Online Is Now Available

Posted on May 13 2014, 6:30am | Author: R* K | Filed Under: Games

The High Life Update is here – you can now download the latest update to Grand Theft Auto Online featuring tons of brand new content along with some exciting features added to the game experience.

The High Life Update gives you the chance to live large in Los Santos with the ability to own two properties at any one time, and the addition of five opulent new apartments. Add to your real estate portfolio with hot new listings at Eclipse Towers in Vinewood, Richards Majestic in Rockford Hills, Tinsel Towers in Little Seoul, 4 Integrity Way in Downtown, and Del Perro Heights by the beach. As always, just drive up to the new property location sale and follow the prompts, or head to Dynasty8realestate.com to look for your next purchase.

Now that you can store vehicles across two apartment garages, you’ll be looking to put something new and shiny in them and The High Life Update offers a trio of luxury cars and a blistering new motorbike to add to your collection. The Enus Huntley S (SUV), Dewbauchee Massacro (Sports), Pegassi Zentorno (Super) and Dinka Thrust (Motorcycle) are all now available to purchase from Legendary Motorsport. Remember, these vehicles can also be accessed from any garage in Story Mode, adding a new spin to your mission replays.

And because success breeds jealousy, the powerful Bullpup Rifle is now available in Ammu-Nation to help you protect your assets.

Gear up with the all-new vehicles and weaponry to take on brand new Rockstar-created Jobs in GTA Online, including 8 new Contact missions listed below. These new Jobs are now available to play and stay tuned as there are even more being published soon including Capture, Survival, TDM and Last Team Standing mode Jobs. For Contact missions, once you meet the rank requirement you'll receive a phone call from the associated Contact.

Contact: GTA Today (Simeon: Rank 12) | Artificial Scarcity (Madrazo: Rank 19) | Crime Scenester (Lester: Rank 20) | Hit ‘Em Up (Gerald: Rank 10) | Master Data (Lester: Rank 16) | Handle with Care (Madrazo: Rank 20) | On the List (Madrazo: Rank 18) | Denial of Service (Lester: Rank 14)
Land Race: Stock Market Crash | Loss Leader | Home In The Hills | Thrusting Motion

High Life also introduces many new game features and enhancements including some updates directly based on feedback from you, the GTA Online community (remember to keep your feedback coming to GTAOnline@rockstargames.com where we’re always reviewing your input for consideration).

  • With the new Mental State stat, we are keeping track of your behavior. If you seem to enjoy attacking pedestrians and terrorizing other players, then your blip will start to turn red on other players’ maps. The redder the blip, the more psychotic the player; the whiter the blip, the friendlier they are.
    The actions you take will have varying effects on your Mental State. For example, killing another player will turn your blip red faster than blowing up a car or taking out a random pedestrian. Killing a player with a white blip will push your Mental State into the red faster than killing more psycho players, while taking out full-on psycho players won’t cause your own Mental State stat to increase at all.
    Mental state also factors into matchmaking - you’ll automatically join Freemode sessions containing people more ‘compatible’ with your play style, and if a red-blipped lunatic does enter your session, you at least have fair warning!
     
  • Non-Contact Races are now an option. When you create a Non-Contact race, other racers appear as semi-transparent and collisions with them are disabled (although you'll still be able to collide with non-player traffic, structures and other scenery).
     
  • You now have the option to Friend Spectate – if you and a friend are in separate GTA Online sessions you can now choose to spectate that player through the Friends menu.
     
  • New player toasts and celebrations: Switch out your salute for jazz hands, a face palm, a slow clap and more. There are also paired toasts for celebrating with a friend, like a backslap, or a solid, manly handshake.
     
  • New clothing: It can be hard work finding the perfect ensemble to really make your character stand out, so we’ve done some of the hard work for you and put together some stylish outfits. Hit the town, dressed to the nines with an array of classy new suit sets available with a pret-a-porter jacket, trousers, suit vest and shoes.
     
  • 10 additional vehicles from Story Mode are now available for the first time in GTA Online – these will be marked on the car sales websites as new in the High Life Update so you can find them easily at southernsanandreassuperautos.com and legendarymotorsport.net:
    • Bravado Banshee Topless
    • Inverto Coquette Topless
    • Vapid Dominator Ocelot F620
    • Schyster Fusilade
    • Maibatsu Penumbra
    • Ubermacht Sentinel XS
    • Ubermacht Sentinel (Convertible)
    • Grotti Stinger Topless
    • Coil Voltic Topless

Today’s update 1.13 also includes some improvements and fixes including:

  • Based on feedback from the stunting community, the changes to bike physics in a recent Title Update have been reverted.
  • Fixed an exploit where players were able to shoot in their garages.
  • Fixed an issue where players would occasionally not be able to reclaim a vehicle despite it being insured.
  • Fixed an issue where the water cannon on the Fire Truck did not work correctly.

For the full list of fixes, you can view Title Update notes at the Rockstar Support site.

To download today's free update, fire up your connected PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360, start GTAV and download the automatic update (1.13) when prompted (Xbox 360 players will also be required to download an additional compatibility pack upon entering GTA Online).

Also stay tuned here at the Newswire for details on the High Life Weekend Social Club Event starting this Friday, with in-game bonuses, a special Rockstar-hosted live stream, rare gear sweepstakes and more.

#ThanksCargobob Snapmatic Photo Contest Winners

Posted on May 12 2014, 12:52pm | Author: R* X | Filed Under: Games

We asked Snapmatic shutterbugs and Cargobob pranksters everywhere to commandeer the versatile military helicopter and put it to use to capture the wildest, most creative and most unique Cargobob drop off shots in the official #ThanksCargobob Snapmatic Photo Contest.

Big congratulations go out to each of our five winners who receive a cool GTA$1M plus a Grand Theft Auto V Prize Pack of coveted game gear. Have a look below to enjoy these clever and skillfully dropped winning placements - and definitely keep an eye out for our next Snapmatic photo contest to be announced soon.


"Beer Run" by Jimmy.Desanta
Social Club member Jimmy.Desanta and the Bobby Dazzlas sent the Cargobob out on a Piswasser run for their Crew beach party. That's one seriously practical chopper.


"Pillbox Hill" by PADRINOxX
Not only is this one such an impressively stacked and packed arrangement of buses here, but it's also expertly composed with some lovely filtering to boot. We can't help but wonder now just how high others may endeavor to take this precarious game of sky-high bus Jenga in the future. Metagame alert.


"Del Perro Beach" by dukelito
"You must be this tall to drive on the Leviathan..." GTA veterans may recall the crazy effort it took to get a car on to the tracks of The Screamer in Liberty City. This time, the Cargobob swoops in to the Del Perro Pier to ensure everyone gets a ride.


"GTA Stonehenge" by KnoxNerd
There's one ancient mystery solved. #ThanksCargobob!


"Rockford Hills" by STEAM_P0WERED
Get it? Jacques Cousteau never had days like this.

Honorable Mentions:

 

Previously: 
#LSCarShow Winners 
#EpicPhotobomb Winners
 

10 New GTA Online Rockstar Verified Jobs: "The Watch Tower" Capture, "Criss Cross Dock Race" and More

Posted on May 8 2014, 1:51pm | Author: R* M | Filed Under: Games

With multiple game modes now to choose from, Creators have more tools than ever to make their Job stand out from the crowd. If you haven't already, don't forget to check out our tips articles on making killer Deathmatches and Races, and this week's tips to create smart, balanced Captures. Or if you want to find out firsthand what it takes to get Verified, head into GTA Online now to play this brand new batch of 10 in the Rockstar Verified section of the Pause menus, or follow the links to their Social Club pages to bookmark them for easy access.


Hit that ramp at top velocity in Criss Cross Dock Race.

Criss Cross Dock Race - Created by Wolfman211

Wolfman211 does his bit for Queen, Country and the English Pride Crew with this 8-player Land Race around the docks that picks up directly where previously Verified Job "4-way Madness" left off. With an interconnected network of paths and ramps amongst the shipping containers, Criss Cross Dock Race presents plenty of opportunity for mid-air collisions, head-on crashes and awesome drifts.

Welcome To LS - Created by Assassin2071

Assassin2071, a member of both the Creators Core Club and the GTA Content Creators Crews gets a first Verified nod with this high speed super car race at Los Santos Airport. Wide sweeping turns around the terminal approach roads allow you to keep pedal to the metal for much of the course. That is, until you meet one of the two tricky hairpin turns. Brake hard to get through these cleanly and the checkered flag will be yours for the taking. Watch out also for tight spots between the pillars - the slightest jostle from a competitor can send you to the back of the pack.

 
Stream Racer provides for a rip roaring tour through the countryside.

Stream Racer - Created by Refuso

Creator Refuso has picked out two quiet, bucolic streams in the Vinewood Hills unsullied by the dirty denizens of nearby Los Santos and decided to careen down them in noisy Sanchez dirtbikes. The result is a thrilling white-knuckle ride that requires wrestling your ride like a bucking mule through the overgrown bushes and tricky terrain. Lobby hosts should be sure to leave traffic turned on for an extra challenge on the on-road section that transitions between the streams.

Chickin' Drifting - Created by STOFFER222

2 Mile Lap Divided set the standard for Races that double back across the length of an entire bridge. STOFFER22 has taken that concept in a new direction via careful placement of chicken sheds along the bridge over Lago Zancudo. The layout beckons players to practice their bob and weave all the way along the bridge and back. A smooth satisfying curve can quickly be brought to an end if you spin out. Not to worry if you fall behind, there's plenty of options to exact retribution by cynically smashing into the leaders.

 
Protect the fort by all means in Strong Hold.

Strong Hold - Created by 420RayRay1983

This is a classic two team 'stronghold' map, with a fortified structure in the center and team start points on either side. The team to hold the fort has a defensive advantage but powerful weapons litter the grounds to help attackers flush them out. When not creating kick ass Deatmatches, 420RayRay1983 is the leader of the 92-strong GTA Marinez, who are a team looking to become an army. Enlist now.

Bad - San Andreas - Created by eMonstar420

eMonstar420 of the Ganja Outlaws, who are shortly to be featured on the official Rockstar Games Twitch Channel Crew Battle series, has created a tight and technical Race through the car parks of downtown Los Santos. An elusive and difficult course that will throw you off guard just when you think you've got it nailed. We recommend playing it through with the Albany Roosevelt, released with The Valentine's Day Massacre Update in February. It is the perfect vehicle to throw around the tight corners and into the short straightaways.

 
The cheekily titled Ew, You Stepped In Doody demands you be on top of your sh*t.

Ew, You Stepped In Dooody - Created by IckyDoodyPoopoo

Scatalogically minded Social Club member IckyDoodyPoopoo has put together this well-constructed land race using the on and off ramps of a couple of Freeways in downtown Los Santos. A highly technical course that will test your ability to brake late, drift smoothly and accelerate out of each turn. As you check out your opponents in the rear view mirror, don't forget to watch out for that doody.

The Academic - Created by Fachuro

On Twitter, Fachuro identifies as "a GTA Race creator". With 63 Races created across both platforms, as well as a Rockstar Verified achievement, who can argue? The Academic is a lap Race for Coupes through the faux-Spanish architecture in Rockford Hills. With little room to overtake, be sure to maximize the speed boost from the starting grid, and line up a slipstream on the wide downhill sections to slingshot you around the final corner of the lap. Keep an eye on Fachuro's YouTube page for videos of other great creations

 

 
The Watch Tower is the latest Rockstar Verified Capture creation.

Hold: The Watch Tower - Created by Barisico

The Watch Tower is a game of two halves - first, in four teams of 2, all players must attack the central area where the Capture bags are protected by heavily armed militia in strategic positions. Working with the opposition teams may be the only way to breach the defenses. Then, once the militia have been defeated and all the bags are in play, the game becomes all-out-war. Base defense will be key to prevent your hard-won bags being recaptured by the opposition.

The Los Santos Riots - Created by TIdoubleGGRR

A hugely enjoyable Deathmatch in the residential alleys of Strawberry. Creator (and part-time Twitter philosopher) TIdoubleGGRR has placed emergency vehicles and burnt out buses throughout the landscape. The rallying cry is loud and clear: "Wake up, grab a fistful of steel to raise hell on the streets of South Central Los Santos and take the power back!"

 

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

 

Previously:
#Captureweekend Verified Winners
Rockstar Verified: The Roads Less Travelled
Rockstar Verified: Power Users & Collaborative Crews

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