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GTA Online Week Long Event Announced

Thanks to a small news leak, we knew this was coming.  With the Be My Valentine event just having ended on the 18th, Rockstar wasted no time kicking off the next one. GTA Online occasionally is graced by weekend and week-long special events, usually commemorating a holiday or DLC launch (same thing for some of us, right?). As acquiring cash in the game is notoriously hard, these events often offer players with a chance to gain twice as much in-game currency via doubling the GTA $ payout on certain jobs.

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The event that launched yesterday, Friends in High Places, focuses on the game’s Contact Missions. Through GTA Online, as you level up you encounter various figures of Los Santos’ seedy underworld. These characters will be handing out your missions, and you may remember them from the single player campaign.

Each day, a different contact’s missions will be rewarding players with twice as much RP and cash when completed. The event started off with Simeon and Ron in on for today. Following them while the event lasts is, in order, Trevor, Martin, Lester and Gerald. On the last day of the event, meaning next Thursday, all Contact missions in the game will yield double rewards.

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Each day also features a different discount, except for Simeon’s day, where his special import/export requests also pay out double. Today, Blazers cost half of their original price. Tomorrow, seeing as Trevor will be the special contact, Jerry Cans will be 50% off. As you can see, the additional discount is always in some way related to the contact in question.  On Monday, Stilt Houses will be discounted, Lester’s Services on Tuesday and finally Micro SMGs/Machine Pistols on Wednesday.  Ammo, grenades, sticky bombs and body armor is also discounted during the whole event.

Which GTA Online contact’s day are you looking forward to the most?

GTA Online Cars Come To Single Player Without Mod

You better get on to this GTA Online glitch before it’s patched right up.

GTA Online has been getting an endless stream of free content updates over the years, expanding the list of available vehicles extensively. The single player mode, however, was stuck with the same number of rides as it had on launch, which stuck out as odd for quite a few players.

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On PC, the modding community swiftly began porting Online only DLC vehicles over to story mode with some success, however the console players were still out of luck.

Until now. The GTA V community is on a never-ending search for glitches which may be exploited to the player’s advantage. These aren’t mods, cheats or hacks, these are bugs or mechanical loopholes which players can use to circumvent the game’s own rules.

A particular glitch which allows players to warp Online vehicles into single player has recently been found and it works on consoles as well. You’ll need to have unlocked Trevor in single player and have access to his garage in Sandy Shores, preferably empty.

This is as easy as glitches get. Load into a private or invite-only lobby in GTA Online, drive your vehicle of choice into the Sandy Shores garage, switch to single player picking Trevor and voila, the ride is there.

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Initially, it will be locked. Just cause some minor damage to the car, leave the are and go back. Not only will the car be repaired, it will also be unlocked.

This glitch has been confirmed on PC, Xbox One and PS4 by various users. Players on Xbox 360 have yet to succeed and there is no word on testing result from the PS3, meaning that is might not work on last-gen.

Which GTA Online vehicle will you be glitching over into single player?

GTA V Meets The Suicide Squad

2016 is shaping up to be quite the year for superhero movies, meaning it’s going to be quite the year for GTA V trailer recreations using the Rockstar Editor. Deadpool broke records just recently and a number of highly anticipated films are heading to cinemas soon. Dawn of Justice is DC’s heavy hitter this year competing with Marvel’s universe-wide grand slam in the face of Captain America: Civil War.

Batman vs Superman isn’t DC’s only racehorse however as the super-villain team-up film Suicide Squad is also dropping this year. As far as publicity goes, it may have even stolen the spotlight from Dawn of Justice.

Despite being worlds apart on first glance, GTA V and Suicide Squad are pretty similar when we get down to it. A group of horrible people team up against even worse people, forcing the audience into identifying and empathizing with murderous insane psychopaths. Did we get that right?

While this is hardly the only GTA V recreation of the Suicide Squad trailer, it is among the best of them. As things usually go with these the recreation is faithful to the original scene for scene. The outfits are pretty authentic, as are the set pieces – all done without mods as far as we can tell. That’s quite the seal of quality there since most Rockstar Editor recreations rely on custom assets to authentically recreate characters, vehicles or other props.

The recreation make full use of the cinematic opportunities of the Rockstar Editor. The team working on this recreation didn’t only pay attention to staying true to the source material, they also made sure their recreation looked good even on its own merit. The action shots might feel more game-y, but the more passive ones have a distinct cinematic and professional feel to them.

What other upcoming big-budget superhero flick would you like to see get the GTA V treatment?

GTA V Meets Captain America: Civil War

It seems that the new direction Merfish has taken his humorous GTA V fan videos is working well for him. Until now Merfish, eldritch abomination and lord of darkness, has specialized in using the Rockstar Editor and various mods to recreate the opening sequences for popular children’s shows – and defiling them in the process. The trademarks of Merfish are violence, turds and dildos, so you can more or less imagine the kinds of mind-numbing horrors he has brought upon this world. Most recently he’s taken a liking to the trailers of AAA superhero blockbusters.

While not an actual Avengers title, the next installment in Captain America’s personal series is bringing the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe on board, not to mention adding some never before seen characters too. Iron Man’s fight with Cap might be the biggest focus but the large scale hoe-down between the best known faces of Marvel is plenty to be excited about.

With the SuperBowl, that marketing fair masquerading as some sort of sport event, not far behind us the new trailers are still fresh in everyone’s minds. Merfish took his chance and remade the first Civil War trailer in GTA V.

All the typical Merfish-isms are present here. Captain America’s shield is made up of turds, Falcon’s wings are made of dildos and everyone is constantly wanking. Considering the original trailer is full of punching, shooting, exploding and more punching, citing violence doesn’t do much here – which is why Merfish focused on his other assets.

GTA V’s Michael makes a surprisingly good Tony Stark but that’s where the genuine similarities end. All the rest of the characters are complete misfits. Cap is Trevor, a Canadian, Black Widow is an elderly lady and Franklin really doesn’t fit Falcon’s strong facial features. Granted, this is Merfish so these are entirely on purpose.

Which superhero movie would you want to see Merfish recreate in GTA V next?

Control GTA V With Your Eyes (Mod)

As far as niche GTA V hardware-reliant mods go this one might be the first one that’s actually useful and not just a fun novelty. In the past, a few particularly industrious modders and GTA fans went the extra mile and hooked up special Arduino creations to the game and other devices. One allowed you to control the in-game smartphone from an actual real-life smartphone. Another had a small LCD display and a few LEDs working like the in-game HUD, except in physical form. Both of these were undeniably cool – but rather useless.

Gaming technology has been advancing rapidly in recent years. With graphical advancements slowing down to a crawl, the industry has turned back to hardware. While visually the difference between games from 10 and 5 years ago is gargantuan, games didn’t look all too different five years ago from how they look now.

Blurring the line between game and reality is the new fad, with Virtual and Augmented reality being the craze. One direction being explored is partially using your eyes to control a game and appropriate hardware has already been developed.

So what happens when a GTA V fan and modder gets his hand on such hardware? The GTA V Eye Tracking Mod is what. If you happen to have the surprisingly affordable Tobii EyeX Controller (or the $3000 MSi gaming laptop that has it integrated…), this mod will allow you to make use of it in GTA V.

With this installed and configured correctly you can use your eyes to aim and move the camera while in-game, allowing for swifter response, better accuracy and better immersion. Specialized hardware like this is still rather niche but in a year or two all standard webcams will have this technology. This may be a cool little mod today, but it will be gaming industry standard tomorrow.

Do you guys use any special hardware while playing GTA V?

Running GTA V On Lower End Rigs

GTA V’s PC version is lauded as the game’s definitive edition. While the popular and versatile Rockstar Editor has since made its debut on current-gen consoles, the PC version still enjoys the advantage of the superior visuals, modding and tweakability. Those superior visuals come at a pretty high price however.

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While GTA V has been optimized well enough that it technically can run on extremely low-end machines, you’d need to twist the settings all the way down and even then the game would only just chug along. Not all of us run several thousand dollar rigs with a couple of Titans in SLi.

If you’re a gamer on a budget, you’ve probably already become quite familiar with the methods of squeezing the best performance out of your hardware. Tweaking the options of the game to find the best possible performance while upping whatever settings aren’t too taxing is just the first step. From tweaking system settings, overclocking hardware and configuring your display, you can do a dozen different things to get a better FPS.

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Not everyone is all that tech savvy though and might need help with optimization. 60 FPS purists avert your eyes – this will probably cause a seizure.

These numbers are based on a particular PC build, so they will be different for you and might need a bit of fiddling to get right for your situation, but the method is what is important. Depending on your display, either with the settings or with third party software, you can alter the refresh rate.

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One user with pretty low settings took his refresh rate down to 50Hz, freeing up GPU capacity to push his FPS up to 50. The human eye cannot differentiate between 50 and 60 FPS, however the performance increase was significant. This allowed other settings to be turned up, improving overall experience.

What tips do you have for GTA V fans playing on a budget?

Yet Another GTA V Easter Egg Uncovered

Even three years after its initial release date GTA V continues to surprise its fans.

The GTA franchise is legendary in terms of easter eggs, with many being discovered years after launch. GTA easter eggs usually fill up top ten lists, like the beating heart of the Statue of Liberty or the “no easter eggs here” sign at the top of the de-facto Golden Gate bridge in San Andreas. GTA V has its share of easter eggs strewn about with a whole subculture trying to solve their mysteries.

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One of the most recent easter eggs to be found was related to cell phone cheats. Black Cellphones has yet to be explained, though it has been documented extensively. Even though that discovery proved that there is much more to the phone than we thought, this most recent easter egg isn’t related to the phones.

Near the Alamo Sea there is a small industrial waste area filled with graffiti and abandoned equipment. Here, there is a rather inconspicuous sign with 78 and 10 on it and train tracks nearby.

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This goes a tad beyond a Back to the Future reference regarding 88 mph, as some graffiti nearby depicts a small image of legendary video game icon Pac-Man, with the word “bubble” under it with stylized B’s in the shape of 88.

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If we do a bit of math (or plug the numbers into a chart generator), it will tell us that 78+10 is indeed 88. Groundbreaking!

The interesting part is that we’ll get a pie-chart identical to the ratio of Pac-Man’s body-to-mouth ratio in the original designs, as well as the graffiti seen at the site. Sure, this is all circumstantial and not particularly fascinating, but we all know how Rockstar gets when hiding easter eggs. It’s nice of them to pay homage to one of the pillars of gaming history with a bit of detective work thrown in.

What other inconsequential yet charming easter eggs do you think you’ve found in GTA V?

GTA Online’s New Roosevelt Versus The Old

Valentine’s Day may be behind us but the celebrations in GTA Online continue full swing. The weekend event won’t be over until Thursday so you’ll have plenty of time to cash in on the double RP and $GTA promo going for the new Adversary Mode. Most importantly however, for the first time in the history of thematic DLCs the special items are here to stay. You don’t need to buy up all the special Be My Valentine DLC content before some arbitrary deadline after which they’re gone until next February.

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Among these special items, the first of the DLC’s content to be leaked, is the all new Albany Roosevelt Valor. The old-timer evokes the feeling of the retro beauties people used to ride around in around the 50’s. If you’ve gotten yourself a Gusenberg Sweeper and a matching tux, this ride is essential to complete your retro gangster look.

Some of you may remember the Roosevelt from last year’s Valentine’s Day DLC, albeit in a slightly different form. Rockstar had given the ride a bit of a facelift, owing to the previous version being last-gen. The new Roosevelt Valor has a more detailed model and more visual polish all around.

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It’s also more expensive by GTA$ 220K. Rockstar has also made the old Roosevelt available for purchase once again, and the price difference stood out quite a bit. Are a few visual changes worth that much cash?

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Technically, the Valor does have a minute performance advantage. The Valor hits top speed 2 seconds sooner and has an optional spare tire that can be added which acts as a spoiler, improving traction. The wider range of visual customization options may also account for the increased price point. Unfortunately, it seems that the fan theory regarding the Valor making its way to Benny’s fell through.

Have you guys picked up a new Valor, or are you riding around GTA Online with your older Roosevelt from last year?

GTA V Mod Makes You King Of The Beasts

One of the few advantages GTA V’s single player mod enjoys over Online is the vibrant and diverse wildlife that populates the game world. Despite Trevor’s best efforts at wiping out anything that lives there are plenty of creatures out in the wild, some of which may even be dangerous. Many players have been requesting a feature in GTA Online that allows you to keep pets, ranging from regular cats, dogs and fish all the way to luxury animals like tigers costing several million as end-game content.

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Mods allow you to do even more. TheOriginalNic took the basic idea of keeping pets and applied the good old GTA mentality. Why keep regular pets or even luxury trophy animals if you can have a whole troop of wild cats following you? Better yet, why not have your predatory followers fight along side you?

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The Predator Companions mod allows you to enlist the assistance of various dangerous animals as bodyguards. Ranging from the threatening such as Rottweilers, through the terrifying such as lions and coyotes all the way to the humorous like pugs, this mod as it all. With an ever expanding list of species that you can call upon, it seems that GTA V’s modding community beat Far Cry Primal at its own game before it even had a chance to play.

Recent updates have added an in-game menu so the mod won’t hog your keyboard, plus now your companions respawn with you if you happen to die in spite of their valiant assistance.

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This mod, while not geared for filmmaking like so many others, would make a great addition to the arsenal of any Rockstar Editor user. What could be more epic than charging into battle with mountain lions, and what could be more funny than doing the same with poodles?

What kind of animal interaction features would you like to see in GTA V and Online?

GTA V PC Discounted On Amazon

The sky is blue, the grass is green and GTA V is on sale. A different platform and different retailer, but discounted nonetheless. These sales are being handed out like candy as retailers know for a fact that GTA V sells really well when the price is slashed a tad. Of course it sells really well at full price too, since, you know, it’s GTA V.

We’re talking about a game that has sold over 60 million copies and rates are only going up. This is a three year old game outselling the newest AAA massively hyped releases consistently. Hell, the game’s soundtrack is bringing in massive profit.

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Next in line for the daily discount duty is one of, if not the largest online store fronts in the world. Amazon ships everything everywhere, has been around for two decades and has an ever growing customer base. They stock every version of GTA V be it physical or digital, along with all available Shark Cards.

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Currently there is a 30% discount on the PC version of GTA V on Amazon, meaning the price has gone down to $39.99 from $59.99, a $20 decrease. The shipping is also free for the duration of the sale and if you order it within 17 hours the game will be delivered by Tuesday, February 16. The game is still full price on all other platforms and if bundled with any Shark Cards, so this is a standard edition PC fare only.

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GTA V is expected to continue moving units well beyond 2020 and these sales are what make that a realistic figure. Many players are still only now migrating from last-gen to current or re-purchasing the game on multiple platforms. The PC version is seeing adopters even among current-gen console players due to the modding opportunities in single player.

Any of you guys upgrading to current-gen GTA V during this sale?