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GTA Online Gets the “Massive” Gunrunning Update in June

Calling it a “massive new update” where the Southern San Andreas’ illegal weapons trafficking industry rises to the surface, Rockstar Games has announced that the Gunrunning update for Grand Theft Auto Online will arrive in June. Here’s what Rockstar had to say about the Gunrunning update: Dotted throughout Blaine County are hatches – look into these mysterious properties on the Maze Bank Foreclosure site and you’ll find sprawling underground headquarters for sale, ready to be stocked with new military grade vehicles and weapons manufacturing equipment capable of developing highly sought after offensive and defensive technologies. As the residents of Los Santos know, the only thing more fun than crime is profit and should you choose to invest in this new business, some extremely shady customers are ready to pay top dollar for what you can deliver. Expect details on the business and research opportunities, full-service Mobile Operation Centers complete with new weapon upgrades and deep customization, all new Weaponized Vehicles, and more included in Gunrunning soon. As announced earlier this week, Grand Theft Auto V has reached 80 million copies sold since launch in 2013. [Source: Rockstar Games] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!


I Can't Stop Watching A GTA V AI Learning How To Drive On Twitch 

Right now, a little over 1,000 people are watching an AI drive like a maniac on GTA V. I can’t look away, even as the AI causes pandemonium across the streets of Los Santos. [embedded content] Hosted on the Twitch channel sentdex, “Charles” is a neural network that learns by throwing shit at a wall and seeing what works, basically. Advertisement Advertisement Charles “takes all actions based on single frames at a time, and bases his decisions on just pixel data,” the Twitch description states. “Charles only sees exactly what you see.” So far, in my time watching this automotive abomination, Charles sure loves to go against traffic, if not speed right into the ocean. I have no idea why it believes that driving in this way is “good,” but we also have to consider that it is trying to learn in a world where the computer seems to have nefarious intent against the player: GTA Online Players Have A New Conspiracy Theory That NPCs Are Out To Kill Them Recently, a paranoia has taken a hold of some GTA Online players, who READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Someone Actually Ate That Famous (And Giant) GTA San Andreas Fast Food Order

GIF Last year, some people became obsessed with an old fast food order that happens in GTA San Andreas. And now, a competitive eater tracked down all the food in real life, ordered it, and then tried to eat it all in one sitting. Advertisement Matt Stonie is Youtuber who creates food challenge videos, such as eating a giant bowl of Cheerios. At some point, he came across an internet post that detailed exactly what a GTA character named Big Smoke ordered in-game, and decided to use that as inspiration for one 9000+ calorie mega-meal that spans multiple fast-food restaurants. Behold: In GTA San Andreas, during the mission “Drive-Thru”, you and a few other characters go through a Cluckin Bell drive-thru. Big Smoke, one of the leaders of the Grove Street Family gang, proceeds to order a ridiculous amount of food. His complete order is: Two number 9s A number 9 large A number 6 with extra dip A number 7 Two number 45s One with cheese And a large soda It’s one thing to figure out what the real world version of this order would look like, but READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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GTA V's Police Are A Danger To Themselves And Others (But Mostly Themselves)

GIF You thought Grand Theft Auto V’s firefighters were bad? The police would like to have a word with you. Advertisement Documenter of incidental GTA chaos and disaster artist extraordinaire Merfish turned the police into their latest muse. Unlike GTA V’s firefighters, the police had to be provoked a little, but once they turned aggro, things quickly spiraled out of control. Simply beautiful. I could watch this bit for days: GIF Obviously I’m gonna need you to share your GTA V cop stories now. You should probably get to it, unless you want these poor virtual officers to harm themselves even more while struggling to arrest you. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Take-Two Licensing Games for Films, Wants Creative Control

Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick told MCV that the company has licensed some of its existing properties for future films. Take-Two is the publishing distributor that owns Rockstar Games and 2K Games, two of the largest video game companies. This means that beloved properties such as Grand Theft Auto, XCOM, and Borderlands could see a big screen adaptation one day. Zelnick is aware that films based upon video games haven’t always been great. “The track record of the conversion of video game IP to motion pictures is spotty at best,” he told MCV. Due to this, he’s against Take-Two using their own money for these films, and instead wants to have a level of creative control on the product so it doesn’t end up like the Super Mario Bros. film. “We are certainly not going to use our own balance sheet to invest in motion pictures and TV. If other people want to license them and we can retain creative control, we are open-minded.” While several properties have already been licensed, Take-Two wasn’t ready to announce any of the deals. Films can often take years before they enter production (if they ever do), so it makes sense to not announce something as big READ…

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Take-Two: Grand Theft Auto V Is at 75 Million Shipped, Red Dead Redemption at 15 Million

During the Take-Two earnings call yesterday, CEO Strauss Zelnick revealed that Grand Theft Auto V has now shipped over 75 million copies across all platforms since launch in September 2013. It was at 70 million as of November 2016. “Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online continue to outperform our expectations as they have in every quarter since their release,” Zelnick said. He later added that Rockstar Games has “many more” updates planned for GTA Online, which saw a record number of players in December 2016. Take-Two also said in the call that NBA 2K17 is nearing seven million copies shipped (up 10% over NBA 2K16), and they think it’s “poised to become our highest selling sports title ever.” During the Q&A section of the call, numerous people asked about Red Dead Redemption 2. After revealing that Red Dead Redemption is “around 15 million units” lifetime right now, Zelnick talked about how he doesn’t think Red Dead Redemption 2 and Grand Theft Auto V’s online modes will compete with each other: […] I’m fond of saying entertainment is an unusual animal. And that entertainment properties don’t really compete with other entertainment properties and that you never need entertainment. Entertainment is something that you want to have, but it’s not a need READ FULL…

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Crazy Stunt Brings Rocket League To Grand Theft Auto V

That…is not how cars are suppose to work. Or bridges, for that matter. Or physics. Advertisement But we’re not here to worry about that. We’re here to check out this GTA V stunt video by EvolveStunting, and in particular, the bridge trick I’ve set the clip below to auto-play at. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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GTA Online Gets New Vehicle Vendetta Adversary Mode, Pegassi FCR 1000 Motorcycle and More

The new year has brought with it a new motorcycle, fresh wave of bonuses, and a new adversary mode in Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto Online. You can now snag the “uber-customizable” Pegassi FCR 1000, which the developer describes as follows: This fully-featured beaut of a bike treads the fine line between old-school, no-frills engineering and a tight-trousered hipster’s delight. An instant classic, this bike will be the envy of your grandpa, even if he did disown you. The Vehicle Vendetta adversary mode will pit players against other motorized opponents competing for the power-ups below: Beast: Automatically transforms you into a Rhino Tank. Detonator: Removes obstacles and objects from the arena. Bomb: Place up to three bombs around the map to destroy trailing enemies. Rockets: Fire rockets at oncoming drivers to incapacitate them. Repair: Returns vehicle back to max health. Ghost: Become translucent, allowing you to drive through enemy vehicles to steal their power-ups. Jammed: Forces the accelerator on for the enemy team’s vehicles. Flipped: Reverses the enemy team’s steering, acceleration and braking controls. Zoned: Slows down time for all players. Deadline: Automatically switches you onto the Nagasaki Shotaro complete with devastating light trail. Random: Chance to collect any power-up except Detonator. From READ FULL STORY…

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Grand Theft Auto’s Biggest Mod Comes as The Titanic

The Creation of a GTA V Titanic Shows How Far Modding Has Come There’s just something about modding that brings out the creative genius in people. GTA V modder MkElite, aka Muhammad Khan, has demonstrated the ingenuity that can come from deep aspiration. And deep is exactly where his latest creation ends up. Because, somehow, Khan managed to recreate the catastrophic sinking of the Titanic, based on Jame’s Cameron’s movie of the same name. All we have to do now is wait for GTA V Titanic to be the most downloaded mod in history. Khan, however, was not alone in this endeavor. He had help from 3D modeler Kyle Hudak, Kyle who’s working on his own game: Titanic: Honor and Glory, a standalone mystery-adventure that takes place on the ship. Then, utilizing the skill set of modder KAFAROS, delivered the gigantic ship to Grand Theft Auto V. So thanks to the collaboration of these three creative individuals, we get to relive the epic conclusion of a master-piece within Rockstar’s IP. Which also means you’ll see Jack and Rose this time around, too. Yep, Khan went so far as to add the lovers’ plight to the game. From the events leading up to sinking, to how…

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YouTube Blocks Samsung's Takedown Of GTA V Note 7 Bomb Video

Yesterday, Samsung filed a copyright claim on a viral video of a Grand Theft Auto V mod that turns the notoriously explosion-prone Galaxy Note 7 into, well, a bomb. The video got taken down, even though it clearly wasn’t in violation of any copyrights. Advertisement After the video got taken down, the video’s creator, who goes by the handle sdaddy345, said he’d filed a counter-claim against Samsung, noting that the video had done great things for his fledgling YouTube channel. It appears to have worked. The video is back up, and sdaddy345 has posted his correspondence with YouTube on the issue to show how it all went down. YouTusaid they’d review the counter claim, and now, one day later, the video’s back. Sorry, Samsung. Granted, if you didn’t want everybody making fun of you, you probably should’ve tested your phones to ensure they didn’t fucking explode first. Just a thought! READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Samsung Gets GTA V Video Taken Off YouTube, Because It Turned A Note 7 Into A Bomb

Earlier this month, a mod that added Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 to Grand Theft Auto V started making the rounds. The twist? In the game, it was meant to be used as a bomb, because the real Note 7 can get a little explode-y from time-to-time. Samsung, apparently, did not love the joke. Advertisement If you try to watch one of the most popular videos of the mod, you’ll find that it’s been taken down via copyright claim. The culprit? “Samsung Electronics America, Inc and its affiliates.” Other videos of the mod, however, are still fine and dandy. Perhaps Samsung was trying to file more claims, but the device they were using exploded before they could complete the process. The original video’s uploader, who goes by the handle sdaddy345, isn’t happy about the situation. His YouTube channel, Modded Games, had just started gaining some traction thanks to the Note 7 parody video. In a thread about the situation on Reddit, he said he’s filed a counter-claim, but he could have to wait ten or more days for anything to happen. Advertisement “Pretty bummed out,” sdaddy345 wrote, “that Samsung copyright take downed a video that I made 100%… No logo, image…

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Latest GTA Online Bikers Update Includes New Cars and Purchasable Property

GTA Online’s roster of vehicles expands by two today, after Rockstar Games confirmed that the Western Daemon Custom and BF Raptor are bound for the streets of Los Santos. Adding to last week’s sizeable Bikers update — an update that introduced 13 new vehicles, Clubhouse Properties, Business properties, Member Challenges, Club Work, along with a new Adversary Mode — these newcomers arrive in tandem with news that Grand Theft Auto Online players will be able to purchase a sixth property starting today, October 11. Lastly, from today, Rockstar is hosting a full fortnight of discounts and Biker bonuses. It also opens up double GTA$ & RP in the all-new Slipstream Adversary Mode, while you can glean more information regarding events and such, below. PREMIUM RACES: FOREST (OCT. 11TH – 17TH) & DOUBLE LOOP (OCT. 18TH – 24TH)During the bonus period there’s two Premium Races on offer. Now through October 17th, zip through the trees at top speed in “Forest” (locked to Bikes). Don’t worry about opponents forcing you into the nearest tree trunk as the Race is also locked to Non-Contact. Then from October 18th through 24th, it’s the gravity-defying “Double Loop”, locked to the Super class. All Premium Race participants earn…


HBO’s Westworld Series Mined Inspiration From GTA, BioShock

Even after only two episodes of the inaugural season, there has been hushed chatter that HBO’s Westworld could go on to become a staple on the network, potentially reaching the lofty heights of Game of Thrones. Not bad for a series that endured a trying development, one that included HBO pumping the brakes on mid-way through production to allow the creatives involved time to map out future seasons. And though it’s an overt redo of the Westworld of 1973, inspiration for the hot new drama spans much further than Michael Crichton’s futuristic sci-fi. Speaking at New York Comic Con — as relayed by Polygon — co-creators and executive producers Lisa Joy Nolan and Jonathan Nolan spoke about how video games such as Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption creatively informed the set-up of Westworld. Said Jonathan Nolan: “The way that we act in our simulations is not […] how we act in the real world. That binary aspect of [The Man in Black’s] personality is something we’re exploring.” NPC characters and non-linear storytelling go hand-in-hand with the likes of GTA and Red Dead, and Jonathan Nolan believes that a personality such as the Man in Black speaks to “the game-like aspect of it” of HBO’s freshman…

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The Video Game Horror Of HBO’s Westworld

HBO’s new series Westworld has probably got a lot of people reconsidering their most recent Grand Theft Auto V murder spree. Advertisement Reconsidering, though probably not regretting. On the one hand, the first two episodes of HBO’s new sci-fi drama have asked us to at least entertain the idea that the computer-controlled civilians we just mowed down have personalities and inner lives. On the other hand, it comfortingly shows us a fictional form of entertainment so far advanced beyond modern video games that we won’t lose much sleep over the virtual citizens we just killed. Our current video game moral quandaries remain safely abstract and philosophical. GTA’s androids do not yet dream of electric sheep. Westworld’s setup, briefly: At some unclear date in the future, enterprising content creators have devised a wild west theme park populated by remarkably lifelike androids. Human “guests” pay an astronomical fee for the freedom to walk amongst the synthetic “hosts” and do whatever they want, which usually means screwing or murdering everything in sight. Advertisement As the show begins, the hosts have begun to exhibit erratic behavior as the result of a software update. By the end of the first episode, it’s clear that the…