Crew Cut: Latest Live-Stream Battles, Return of the Homage and More...

Posted on May 1 2014, 12:07pm | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Games, Social Club

This edition of the Crew Cut features recaps of our latest rounds in the live-stream Crew vs. Crew series, along with more Hollywood inspiration and re-creation, plus all the latest Crew-themed videos.

LIVE BATTLES: THUG VS. ORDO

Crews have been coming out in force looking to settle their differences and prove their supremacy over each other in the official Rockstar Twitch channel live-stream Crew vs. Crew Battle Series. After a fun, but somewhat lopsided skirmish between the Traffickers (TRFK) and Le Kops (KOPS) we were recently treated to a faceoff between a couple of Crew Cut vets from opposite corners of the globe: France's Shine Thugz (THUG) and the Australia Illuminati (ORDO).

ORDO Leader PaxSierraMike was up and at 'em at 6:30 am local time to not only play with the rest of his Crew but to also chat with us on Skype, sharing photos and videos while letting us know what they're all about. When these gangs got down to the action though, THUG emerged as the favorite in any Job requiring guns and ORDO seemed to have the leg up on Races. THUG took the first Job in a tight one at 41-32 (the Land Race Stars in Your Eyes) and from there, THUG continued to build up momentum and a growing lead. Despite some solid racing work from ORDO down the stretch, THUG came out the victors, 953-625. Much respect to the blokes in ORDO who acted with nothing but graciousness and honor in defeat.

LIVE BATTLES: KOAR VS. PBNK

After an unofficial, unsanctioned match of their own in which they dominated the ALL BOUT PAPER (ABPG) Crew in a series of Team Deathmatches, the Los Vagos Banditos (PBNK) wanted to take their skills to a larger stage against the Killers On A Rampage (KOAR). With PBNK ranking 50th in TDMs and KOAR ranked 55th (both in Free Aim), this looked to have all the makings of an intense Crew Battle. However, KOAR lived up to their name, dominating from the start and winning all 10 Jobs in this Capture-heavy playlist en route to a convincing 973-713 victory.

LIVE BATTLES: GTAF VS. XKSA

This past Friday, the stream saw the folks from the popular GTAForums (GTAF) fan forum take on the Killer Smoking Aces (XKSA) in a series of 10 handpicked Jobs. Despite a tough exterior and a big endorsement from member-for-a-day PlayRockstar2, XKSA fell behind GTAF right from the start and never quite recovered. After Desu_Nei killed XKSA Leader trill81 in Kortz LTS it was official - GTAF won 938-794. 

Think your outfit should be given a shot on the next live-stream broadcast? Send us a link to your Crew page, preferred platform and what makes your squad stand out at CrewChallenges@rockstargames.com.

GOIN' VINEWOOD 2: CREW CUT BOOGALOO

As noted in the previous edition of the Cut and a recent collection of fan pics, the world of Los Santos and Blaine County has served as fertile ground for some fun recreations from iconic film scenes and album covers.

First up, the Warriors Gang (1IWI) give us this trippy ode to the 1998 cult fave Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - an adaptation of the 1972 Hunter S. Thompson book. It's as if IWIKongZilla and company were actually on ether. You can also check out their homage to Top Gun with P-996 Lazers, set of course to the recognizable sounds of "Danger Zone" from Captain Loggins himself.

And as seen below, the LXG Crew (LXGC) recently posted Snapmatics of their own interpretation of the famous walking scene from Reservoir Dogs. As cool as it is in isolation, watching their behind the scenes footage of the photo shoot will give you an even better appreciation for the effort that goes into these.

Meanwhile, the SOYAPANGO (SOYA) Crew decided to take on something a bit more obscure. Inspired by a Honda Odyssey commercial with an old school feel, SOYA created their own Respect the Van vid - complete with action shots and the theme song from The A-Team. While their version might not match the original shot for shot, the Crew certainly took a good idea ran with it... hitting every barricade and stunt jump along the way.

Hit the jump below for the latest Crew-themed music videos in this edition's CREWS ON FILM.

Tech Update: Gamespy Server Closure Transition is Underway

Posted on April 29 2014, 5:07pm | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games, Social Club, Support

We want to give everyone a quick update on the actions we’re taking in light of GameSpy and GLU Mobile’s decision to shut down their backend servers this coming May 31. While Grand Theft Auto V is unaffected, our teams are currently working to patch specific older titles to keep the transition as smooth as possible and minimize the impact to online-enabled play and your in-game experience. The majority of changes will be in the form of Rockstar Games Social Club services, including stat tracking and leaderboards.
 
For a full list of the changes, please head to the Rockstar Support page.

New Rockstar Verified Jobs: GTA Online #CaptureWeekend Selections

Posted on April 29 2014, 2:56pm | Author: R* Y | Filed Under: Games, Social Club

Congratulations to the #CaptureWeekend Award selections, the first four GTA Online Capture Jobs to be recognized as Rockstar Verified. Chosen from among the scores of creations submitted by fans following the release of the GTA Online Capture Creator Update, these Creators each receive a cool GTA$1,000,000 plus an exclusive in-game CAPTURE license plate and the opportunity to join us on a future Rockstar Games live stream broadcast to play through and talk about their creation. Here are all the details on these new additions, which are now playable across both platforms and easily accessible from any GTA Online session:

Contend: Corrupt Cops - Created by JuzSlayin
Competing Police divisions race across the banks of Procopio Beach in Paleto Bay to take on a large gang of knife-wielding Ballas and confiscate their goods as "evidence". The fun you'll have launching vehicles off ramps to crash down on to the unsuspecting heads of these purple-clad gangbangers cannot be understated, but make sure you don't stop to take in the scenery when you're collecting the bags - the Ballas numbers are high and they certainly know how to close the distance between the end of their blades and the center of a corrupt officer's ribcage. 

GTA: That’s My Rhino - Created by RikkiVercetti
Here, two groups of pilots in a flock of P-996 Lazers square off over The Alamo Sea in hot pursuit of a single Rhino Tank. Whether you are flying in from Grapeseed in the north or the Grand Senora Desert in the south, you'll want to be mindful of the armed ground level mercs guarding the tank that won't take too kindly to your incursion. The Creator of this Capture, RikkiVercetti is a member of the Creator’s Core Club Crew and has created a total of 37 Jobs so far.

GTA: Payback Time - Created by MaximilianR18
"Just grab a bike and pedal! Even you ain't forgotten that." - BMXs will take you into the Vespucci Canals, but hopefully one of the prized vehicles will take you back out. With each squad aiming for different vehicles, the central head-to-head bloodbath that often occurs in GTA Captures will be minimized, but tough AI characters guarding the waterways will still give you ample opportunity for some trigger time, along with any confrontations with the opposition as you come back across the bridges with your bounty.

Contend: Adventure Team - Created by Organlegger
This epic relay to the top of Mt. Chiliad gives you a large variety of vehicle options to choose from, and once you get there, you're given a parachute to make your way back down to the Capture point. Savvy players might want to pair up in the Maverick heli to make those return trips a bit easier, but in the end a freefall leap of faith from the cliff side is still likely to be the fastest way down.

 

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:
GTA Online Rockstar Verified Jobs Update: The Roads Less Traveled
GTA Online Capture Creator Update Now Available - Plus #CaptureWeekend Award Details

Fan Art: Sniper Michael, T&M "Tea" Time, Mr. Raspberry Jam, & More

Posted on April 28 2014, 3:29pm | Author: R* X | Filed Under: Games

The latest collection of impressive GTAV-inspired fan art includes Michael as an introspective sniper, adult tea time, Trevor and Mr. Raspberry Jam's complex relationship, tributes to Wade, and more.

As always, if you find (or make) any awesome GTA or Rockstar-related creations, make sure to send them our way via Mouthoff and remember to follow us at instagram.com/rockstargames for all our latest official pics.

deviantARTist demitasse-lover has been sharing some anime-inspired GTAV fan art on starfleettrambo.tumblr, including this one of Michael waiting for an opportunity to snipe.


Formerly featured for touching scenarios involving GTAV characters, ringelrei.tumblr continues to deliver. With the caption had a mighty need to draw them on tiny plastic chairs, Amanda catches Michael and Trevor's "tea" time.    


Somebody save that teddy bear. Korean artist 6 myrtle on Tumblr has been making some awesome GTAV character fan art, including this hilarious depiction of Trevor and Mr. Raspberry Jam's complicated relationship. 


Dutch illustrator Menno Wittebrood, known on Social Club as Tapirus and the leader of the MUDSTICK Crew, created this awesome advert for his created Deathmatch "Hell Hole in One". Definitely give it a try - when Trevor Philips sends you an invitation, you better make sure you accept it. 


Radiopappa, featured previously for an elaborate GTAV x Bullworth alternate universe, imagines a young Trevor, Michael and Amanda heading to their first Love Fist concert. 


Wade-crazy artist and self-proclaimed member of the "Wade Defense Squad" Peepeeinmybumhole highlights one of GTAV's unsung heroes in these inspired pieces


"...No problem kid..." ArtistBlockHead on Tumblr shared this contribution to radiopappa's GTAV High School Alternate universe with Wade and Trevor's first meeting. 


A simple moment between Michael, Tracey and Jimmy way before all of the family drama of GTAV, imagined by artist WHOLAHAYOLA on Tumblr.  


Illustrator and Graphic Designer Juan Manuel Orozco's mock logo for Franklin Dog Training Academy. 

 

Previously:
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
Radiopappa’s GTAV Bullworth Alternate Universe, Plus Spirit Animals, GTA Online Comic Strips, Helpful Maps and More

The #ThanksCargobob Snapmatic Photo Contest

Posted on April 23 2014, 1:42pm | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Games, Social Club


A big shout out to KidneyTheft, redditor halfpastbored and Kivlov- for their epic Cargobob snaps seen above.

We’ve seen all manner of hijinks being pulled off with the trusty help of the Cargobob military helicopter. Motorboating inside of Fort Zancudo, HVY dump trucks precariously perched atop the Maze Bank Tower – and many other clever ‘how’d that get there??’ Snapmatic moments…

Now’s your chance to put your hook-drag-and-drop skills (and photographic prowess) to the test. Your mission: pick something up with the Cargobob; drop it where it absolutely doesn’t belong; snap the most creative, impressive, beauteous or amusing Snapmatic photo of it that you can.

Whatever load you fancy, we want to see your best Cargobob drop photos.

From now through end of day Monday, April 28th, capture your wildest and most unique Cargobob drop offs and tag them with #ThanksCargobob on Snapmatic. Don't be afraid to think outside the box - strange drops are encouraged. Our five favorite Snapmatic shots will be featured here at the Rockstar Newswire and the winning photographers will receive GTA$1M and a deluxe Rockstar Prize Pack including GTAV tees and hoodies, a Los Santos trucker cap, a GTAV Gold Bar USB Drive, official stickers and an iFruit phone case.

To enter, Social Club members can upload photos from the in-game iFruit phone to the Snapmatic page at socialclub.rockstargames.com/gtav/snapmatic. When logged in at the Snapmatic page, you can go to "My Photos" to find your photo and add the hashtag #ThanksCargobob to automatically have it considered for entry. We advise that you check that your contact email information is up to date in your Social Club account settings and encourage you to link your Facebook and/or Twitter accounts to your Social Club profile so that we can easily contact you to send prizes should your picture be chosen.

Contest is void in certain countries and where prohibited. See www.rockstargames.com/socialclub/events for official rules and eligibility rules.

Previously:
The #LSCarShow Snapmatic Photo Contest

GTAV Fan Pics: Innovative Photography Projects, Adventures of the r/GTAA Subreddit & More

Posted on April 18 2014, 8:51am | Author: R* X | Filed Under: Games

In this week’s round up of awesome fan pics and Snapmatic wizardry, check out some truly inventive GTAV photography projects, as well as the continuing photoshoot adventures of the prolific r/GTAA (GTA Adventures) subreddit.

As always, if you've got something great that you think deserves recognition here at the Newswire, make sure to send it our way via Mouthoff and follow us at instagram.com/rockstargames for all the latest official pics.


Crossroads of Reality is an innovative GTAV photography project by Quebec artist Benoit Paillé (who also made that hypnotic 'Hyper Timelapse' video recently featured here at the Newswire), blurring the line between real world still life photography and the virtual atmosphere of Los Santos. In the words of Paillé, "The photographic performance of this project is to overlay a material reality with a virtual one, erasing the border between the two worlds. It is a response to the proliferation of visual projects that take place in virtual spaces. It is a questioning about the notion of border and territory. A mix of two distinct realities into a single image. I want to show that we can use a virtual space in conceptual photography and approach these areas with the same sensitivity as the physical space." Very cool stuff and the results, as you can see above, are stunning. To learn more about his process, check out full digital installation at Behance and watch the documentary on Vimeo.


Also making innovations with GTAV photography is blogger and artist, Stoic Decay who stitched together Snapmatic photos to create these striking panoramas with a fish eye lens effect. Click the images above to appreciate them in high-res.


And now check out just a few of the incredible photoshoot productions of the r/GTAA (GTA Adventures) subreddit (aka the GTAAdventures Crew on Social Club), who've been challenging each other to recreate some of their favorite scenes from movies, TV shows, album covers and more. Here, they epically stage the final scene from Gone in 60 Seconds (2000) and posted to Reddit an impressive frame-by-frame comparison.


Recently featured at Kotaku and jokingly dubbed Park Side of the Moon by commenter LiteralPhilosopher, P1zzaBagels from r/gtaa takes car art to another dimension in honor of Pink Floyd.


Even the Little Miss Sunshine poster gets the GTA Online photoshoot treatment. GTAA redditor, Kyle_Skinner was kind enough to share some of the fun behind the scenes moments from the making of this well-synched shot.



Lightning struck at least twice here as both lemurdecatta of the Vice City Crime Mob and r/GTAA's Kyle Skinner suited up to take on a Tarantino classic. The redditors even played out the tip scene in the comments as a bonus. 


We've seen a few well-played recreations of the iconic Beatles' Abbey Road album cover - above is a great version shared on Instagram by  mrrauf_98 aka VelievRauf of the Lastalay Crew - and also check out Decimation_Jones' modern take and P1zzaBagels' accurate depiction.

 

Previously:
GTA Online Homages to Classic Movie Scenes, Fratuzzi's "Humans of Los Santos" Series, Epic Panoramas and More
Radiopappa’s GTAV Bullworth Alternate Universe, Plus Spirit Animals, GTA Online Comic Strips, Helpful Maps and More
The GTAV Art of Morgenty and Saskia, Stunning B&W Landscapes from Dead End Thrills and More 
 

GTA Online Rockstar Verified Jobs Update: The Roads Less Traveled

Posted on April 17 2014, 1:19pm | Author: R* K | Filed Under: Games, Social Club

In the latest round of Rockstar Verified commendations, we've highlighted some Jobs that either break new ground or approach some of GTA Online's beaten paths from a fresh perspective - among them the first Verified Air Race, the latest take on high speed highway jumping and a reminder that the light at the end of the tunnel just might be an oncoming train.

Check out all the details on these new Verified Jobs below, and stay tuned for the next batch to be announced soon including the very first Verified Capture Jobs selected from our #CaptureWeekend submissions which we're currently playing through for consideration.

 

Final Destination - Created by TonyResta
Congrats to TonyResta for creating the first ever Air Race to be Rockstar Verified. It is certainly no easy task to make an Air Race that is challenging but not impossible, or one that uses the skyscape of Los Santos in such a dynamic and interesting way. The Leader of the four-strong Italian Connection has done just that with this race that features plenty of opportunities to showcase your flying skills as you're directed under the bridges of the Los Santos storm drain.

2 Mile Lap Divided - Created by Family1974
With 43 Jobs published, FAMILY1974 is already a grizzled veteran of the GTA Online Creator tool. Practice has paid off with this riotus Land Race that maximizes the chance of head on collisions (much like the previously Verified 4 Way Madness). In fact, in this one it's practically unavoidable, so buckle up... The starting grid is split by the central reservation of a highway, dividing the cars in half all the way down the long straight. At the end the carnage begins, as there's a hairpin turn that sees each half of the grid forced to face each other head on, at high speed. Our advice? Go hard or go home.

 

Alleyways - Created by omgsamurai
Creators Link Crew member omgsamurai is also no slouch when it comes to the Creator with 30 published Jobs to their name. All in all, this Japanese Crew of nearly 500 have amassed almost 3,300 creations, and omgsamurai's "Alleyways" is the first to earn a Verified nod. In this motorbike race you'll have white knuckles clinging to the handlebars all the way through the tight and twisting alleyways of Morningwood. Describing this one as challenging might be an understatement - moto pros only need apply.

Break out the Brakes - Created by IckyDoodyPoopoo
Wearing a two-striped Crew Tag that indicates membership in a Social Club Founder Crew (in this case the GTA Racers), the offbeat-named IckyDoodyPoopoo is responsible for this short but challenging Land Race that features "grand prix style turns". Break Out The Brakes was selected for Rockstar Verification thanks to its clever use of props to carve a new path in the Downtown Los Santos area of the map that has been well worn by other Job Creators.

 

Riding the Tracks - Created by Ben.Stock96
11 miles of pure, unadulterated tension await in the longest Race we've ever Verified. Running along the entire length of the railway line, this thrilling Race travels against the grain into oncoming locomotive traffic, so at at any moment you may find yourself staring into the lights of the express from Blaine County Train Depot on its way to Downtown Los Santos.

Simply Sanchez - Created by Refuso
A daring and original Race for off-roaders and dirt bikes, through the Vinewood Hills. We are impressed by the use of certain off-road sections that have rarely been used or seen in Races before, with some exhilarating jumps over the rolling landscape for extra thrills. Race Creator Refuso has been kind enough to share some tips in the Job description: "You should slow down at the big orange juice stand so you don't overshoot the turn on to the mountain ridge. Make sure you line up properly for the finish." Take heed.

 

The Dirty Maze - Created by dannyar21
The Dirty Maze is a point-to-point Land Race for dirt bikes that spirals down into the center of the Davis Quartz quarry. Like the best off-road bike tracks, this one is full of tight turns and bumpy terrain. There's been surprisingly few Jobs created around this area despite the pre-made track and the dynamic changes in elevation, so we're glad that dannyar21 has taken advantage of an underappreciated spot on the map.

White Cars Can't Jump - Created by Therealxstacide
With White Cars Can't Jump, Creator Therealxstacide has nailed the art of the highway jumping race that was popularized in Races like Jumps Jumps Jumps. The format here is similar - evenly spaced Jumps along the Great Ocean Highway - but the placement of train carriages to jump through makes for added element of danger. You either smoke or you get smoked.

 

Little Seoul Park - Created by Phipparama
Phipparama gives a whole new meaning to "recreation area" in this Team Deathmatch at the communal park in Little Seoul. Send the skaters and b-ballers running for cover with a host of incendiaries including RPGs, Grenades and carefully placed Gas Cylinders. This is a great Job for small sides - 3v3 or 4v4 is our recommendation - and yet another Created Job in an area thus far seemingly overlooked by GTA Online Job Creators.

Area 53 - Created by giuli0207
Another fun Team Deathmatch for small sides in an unusual and underappreciated location, this time at the "alternative" art installation on the outskirts of Sandy Shores. Creator giuli0207 gives a narrative context to this close encounter in the Job description: "Someone has proof that an UFO crashed in Sandy Shores next to Omega's cabin. And now the FIB and LSPD fight against the military because both sides want to get the case. To get some extra cash from the government."

 

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:
GTA Online Rockstar Verified Jobs Update: 10 New Additions by Power Users & Collaborative Crews

Crew Noticeboard: Flight Pilots, The Highland Rebels, Unusual Fellas and Others Now Recruiting

Posted on April 17 2014, 10:16am | Author: R* K | Filed Under: Games, Social Club

The Crew Noticeboard is our featured column of Crews actively seeking members to join their ranks where we publish your recruitment pitches in your own words.

Previously featured squads like The Mojo Jojo Crew have seen their legions swell to nearly 1,000 members and in this week's edition, Crews looking to follow suit include a group of bilingual aviators, some ethereal beings looking to level up in Los Santos and a collective of unusual gents who are determined to stand out in a crowd.


Hit the jump to read this week's edition of the Noticeboard.

Social Club Crews

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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