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You Can Now Play GTA V In Your Browser

GTA V on PC was the last version to be released following the initial launch on last-gen consoles and then the belated release on current-gen consoles. While the game’s outing on desktops carried with it a number of bonuses, such as the Rockstar Editor (which might be heading to current-gen consoles in a limited fashion) and mod support, the one most people seem to bring up is the significant visual superiority. However, you do need a pretty damn beefy PC to run GTA V on the higher settings, and not everyone has a 980 in their machines.

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But what if you didn’t need to have top of the line hardware? Well, you can find out right now! The developer of a video communication app called Instant Webcam has reverse-engineered his own code to create a game-streaming program which, seemingly by accident, turned out to surpass the developers expectations greatly.

Jsmpeg-vnc, as the creator has dubbed his wonder-program, is absolutely free and open-source, meaning you can try it out right now without paying a dime, and even review its source-code. The tiny program was put together in C, and can stream games at 60 fps to any browser. Basically, the program converts the captured game footage into a MPEG1 format, which it streams online. Then you take the device of your choosing, and simply hop on the stream from the device’s browser through WebSockets. The only hardware requirement on the receiving end is something strong enough to run JavaScript, which is used to decode the stream. Honestly, nowadays you’d be hard pressed to find anything not capable of that.

To top things off, the program can also detect input from the receiving device, so you can control GTA V from the machine you are watching the stream on. Now, all of this is well and good, but you still need a powerful machine to stream GTA V from, but if your friend or family member happens to own a beefy PC, you can now enjoy its performance too without bothering the owner!

GTA Online Double Event On Series A Funding Heist

Continuing their string of double GTA$ and RP events in GTA Online, Rockstar has recently announced that in between the 27th of July and 2nd of August, players completing the set-up missions and the finale of the Series A Funding heist will receive, surprise surprise, double GTA$ and RP.

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These event are an on-going campaign to entice players to turn to honorable means of acquiring in-game currency and RP, as opposed to hacks or mods. Rockstar hopes that by doubling the reward on select activities, players would rather actually play the bloody game rather than cheat and risk a ban. Why anyone would resort to underhanded idiocy such as attempting cheats and hacks in a multiplayer game (bending the rules in singleplayer is fine, especially when we’re talking about Rockstar’s cheats) is beyond logic, but we’re trying to shut down these bastards, not understand them.

Rockstar has also upped the bonus rewards on the challenges associated with the heist, which are optional objectives that net players additional gains and bragging rights. Completing the following challenges will stuff your wallets twice as much as they did before.

  • Complete in under 6:30
  • Kill 75 enemies
  • Nobody gets wasted

Once again like last time around, if your character hasn’t hit the level requirement for the heist, which is 12, Rockstar is doubling the RP reward on a number of regular activities you can complete in the over-world. The following jobs will get you where you need to be twice as fast.

  • Gang Attacks
  • Mission: Out of Harmony
  • Missions: Deliver a Package Bonus
  • Deathmatch: All Kills
  • Deathmatch: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place finishes
  • Deathmatch: 3, 6 and 10 Kills
  • Deathmatch: Power Player, Kill When Close to Death
  • Vehicle Deathmatch: Kill Power Player
  • Survival: Wave Reached
  • Capture: RP Rewards for Collecting Mission Package

And to finish things up, over the course of the event, Rockstar will once again be cycling through limited discounts on gear, starting off by slashing the price of the Meth Lab Suit by 50%.

Will you guys cash in on this opportunity?

GTA V’s Trevor Is A Better Joker Than Jared Leto

With the recent buzz around the upcoming Suicide Squad film, following the leak and subsequent reveal of the movie’s first trailer, the debate regarding Jared Leto’s depiction of the Joker has set the web on fire. Many fans are disappointed at how far removed this particular Joker seems to be from the character that appears in the comics. Those defending the new approach to the character often say that before the movie was released, everyone was skeptical of Heath ledger.

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And this is where GTA V comes into the picture. With the whole Joker debate going full steam, GTA V’s resident mass-murdering psychopath, Trevor, put a smile on his face. Using a host of mods, a player has transformed “his” Trevor into what seems to be a mix of Jack Nicholson’s and Heath Ledger’s Joker. Though Trevor/Joker does not seem to be having too much fun in his insanity induced rampages, which pretty much defeats the whole idea of being the Joker, the costume, if you will, is pretty damn authentic. The mix of the two quintessential psychopaths doesn’t bode well for the citizens of Los Santos and Blaine County!

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Trevor, much like the Joker but in a significantly more obvious way, is social commentary (something that comes up often in GTA V) molded into the shape of a human being, so their combination seems like an illogical but fitting evolution for both characters. This seems like perfect cross-over territory. Michael, a rich but dissatisfied and bored former-athlete witnesses the atrocities committed by Trevor/Joker, so he blows a fortune to body-mod a car into a poor Batmobile replica, and he starts chasing the psycho with an arsenal of heavy weapons, thus thoroughly disrespecting the source material because he doesn’t actually know anything about Batman. Fan-fic writers, you’re welcome! How good a Joker does Trevor make in your opinion?

Fan GTA V Map Better Than Official?

You just have to love the GTA V community. Between the plethora of great Rockstar Editor creations, creative and extensive mods, the masterfully shot snapmatic pictures, and the wide variety of fan art, GTA V fans have created so much community content, put so much effort into showing their love for the game, and helping fellow fans enjoy it even more, that it puts most other fandoms to shame. Fans have built LEGO replicas of vehicles from the game, they’ve made domino tributes and videos where they re-create the game in real life.

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Most recently, one particular fan of GTA V has made the lives of Los Santos citizens much easier by creating the most detailed and most extensive interactive map of the game’s massive open-world ever.

Tspoon’s map, Unofficial Map for GTA 5, has a host of useful features, making it the premier companion app for your GTA V experience… and it isn’t even an official Rockstar creation! The map can be downloaded from Google Play or the iTunes App Store, or it can be used directly from your browser. The map allows you to toggle between different views of the island, including atlas, road-map and satellite. The map also features the GTA V-equivalent of Google Maps’ street view feature, allowing you to find out exactly where a particular point of interest can be found. It also allows players to sync it with their progression in the game, and in a recent addition the map also includes peyote locations.

The developer recently announced that the next update will feature a search function where you can look-up any street in-game. While the GPS found in the game itself is adequate, this particular app has its uses, and can make your exploits in Los Santos that much more convenient!

Will you be making use of the Unofficial Map for GTA 5?

GTA V Meets… Dominoes?

If you thought you’ve seen weird fan art before, you’re in for a treat. One particular GTA V fan, who has criminal quantities of free time, has made a massive and extremely elaborate domino construction as tribute to Rockstar’s massively popular franchise.

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The artist used up a whopping forty thousand dominoes in this project, and set them up to draw out the GTA V and Rockstar logos, and minimalist depictions of the three protagonists. Now, getting to this part of the video most of you are probably amazed at why the hell someone would spend time with this, and be awed by the meticulous attention to detail. But wait! There’s more! Following the three protagonists, we see “Los Santos” written out in the stylized font, followed by famous landmarks and recognizable buildings made entirely of dominoes collapsing in elaborate ways. We even see multi-tiered domino constructions – it’s insane. Check out the video below!

The genius behind this feat of absolute time-wasting (we’re not serious about these jabs, we all have hobbies, and we genuinely admire the guy’s skills) is someone who goes by the internet moniker WebGuy1000, who runs a Youtube Channel called Domino Entertainment. It should be pretty apparent what kinds of videos go up on the channel. But for those among you who may have had a rough night and struggle with stringing cohesive sentences together (also, why are you on the internet if this is the case?), the channel is filled with various videos of dominoes falling over.

Now, if we think beyond small pieces of plastic set up with extreme care, only to be toppled soon after, we realize how poetic this all is. GTA V, at its core, is about chaos, mayhem and destruction, and that is what we see here too.

Have you crossed GTA V with one of your unrelated hobbies?

Rockstar Announces GTA V Snapmatic Contest Winners

After the launch of the 1.28 update for GTA V, which contained part II of the Ill-Gotten Gains DLC, Rockstar announced a series of events and competitions to celebrate the new content. One of these competitions had players use the in-game snapmatic feature to show off their new GTA Online bling. The event also involved an epic livestream, with two guests (who have a rather large following on Youtube) both showing off what the insanity of the event looked like from their perspectives.

For the players who couldn’t log in to GTA Online during the event, Rockstar has uploaded not one but two videos of the stream to Youtube, which can be viewed anytime. The videos are pretty flashy, and Rockstar has helpfully made a list of the jobs that were featured, should you feel compelled to recreate any of the sweet stunts Typical Gamer and HikeTheGamer pull off in their videos.

As for the winners of the GTA Online Snapmatic competition, Rockstar posted their entries on the Newswire and sent them a reward of 1 million in-game $GTA to freely spend on all the extremely bourgeois and expensive items added in the Ill-Gotten Gains Part II DLC. Check them out below.

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One winner recreated the legendary closing scene of the film Casablanca (a theme often recurring in mods and Rockstar Editor creations).  The player with an artistic flair in question is one Duffi 21.

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Showing off the stunts the newly introduced Dinka Vindicator can pull off, Vinewoodonfire, with the help of a winner from the snapmatic contest back when Part I of the Ill-Gotten Gains DLC launched, created an extremely impressive shot worthy of the reward.

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Two members of the Genuine Elites show off the two things that define life in Los Santos and Blaine County. The crew’s leader, HairyHole (not kidding here) took the prize for this one.

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This ridiculously flashy and over-the-top shot showing off the new Progen T20, arguably the fastest car in the game, comes to us from SilverFox2.

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And returning from the previous contest to bag in another victory, quaid86 brings to us an extremely stylish Western gunfight featuring the new Marksman Pistol.

Rockstar has also nominated honorable mentions, which you can check out in their Newswire post. Did you take part in the competition? Do we have some of the winners among our readers, perhaps?

King of the Hill remade in GTA V

Today we bring to you a Rockstar Editor video that recreates the opening sequence of a popular television series. The popular American animated sitcom, King of the Hill, was GTA-ified with the built-in video capture and editing software that shipped with the PC versions of GTA V. King of the Hill was the second longest running show of its kind at one point.

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Surprisingly, this time the culprit isn’t Merfish, who has been pumping these things out with a fervor, rather this creation is a collaboration between IGN and 8-Bit Bastard. The video carries the same mixture of authenticity and over-the-top GTA style violence as most other such videos do. For instance, since there are no children in GTA, Bobby is now a fully grown man who enjoys messing around on his bike on the street, and knowing his character from the show, this might be more than a little accurate. Check out the video below!

If the original opening scene isn’t fresh in your mind because you haven’t watched King of the Hill since it ended in 2009 ( or 2010, depending on region), take a look below for a comparison.

King of the Hill was an animated sitcom aimed at an adult, audience. The story revolved around Hank Hill, his wife and his son. They live in the fictional town of Arlen in the non-fictional state of Texas where Hank works as an Assistant Manager at a propane distribution company. The series derives its humor from satire, mainly of Southern American stereotypes, however uncharacteristically of similar shows, King of the Hill had cumulative plots running over the course of multiple episodes or seasons, and featured cliffhangers tying seasons together. The show ran for 13 seasons, and gained a large following over that time.

GTA Online Humane Labs Heist Giving Double RP

Rockstar is feeling generous these days. Last weekend they ran a four day event in GTA Online wherein players successfully completing the Prison Break heist would receive twice as much in game currency and RP. For GTA Online players who haven’t reached the required level, or couldn’t collect the three other players needed, Rockstar has also upped the payout of a number of other activities.

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However with Rockstar, the fun just doesn’t end. In a recent twitter post (embedded above), they’ve announced a week long GTA Online event centered around the Humane Labs Raid heist – which we conveniently have an excellent guide for right here. Once again, players who complete the heist will get twice as much in-game currency and RP, and once again Rockstar has also increased the rewards for a number of other activities in GTA Online. Since the Humane Labs Raid requires players to make extensive use of their flying skills, Rockstar has doubled the RP and money reward for many activities which involve – you guessed it – flying (and other stuff).

  • Plane Takedown
  • Flight School
  • Destroy Vehicle Targets
  • Complete a Gang Attack
  • Deliver an Export Vehicle to Simeon
  • Parachuting
  • Deathmatch: Kill 2 Enemies Within 10 seconds, Kill an Enemy Within First 30 seconds
  • Vehicle Deathmatch: Kill 2 Enemies Within 10 seconds of Each Other, Kill an Enemy Within First 60 seconds, Get a Killstreak, Get First Kill

Just as during the weekend GTA Online event, once again Rockstar will be discounting certain items and gear every day. What’s on offer will vary over the course of the week, and Rockstar is kicking things off by slicing the price of heist clothing in half for everyone.


Will you and your crew cash in on this event?

 

GTA V PC Fix Solves Framerate Issues, Once Again Kills Mods

You probably know that the newest update to GTA V, 1.28, which contained the second part of the popular Ill-Gotten Gains DLC was causing a plethora of problems on the PC due to Rockstar’s new anti-cheating mechanism. It included a large amount of dead code, making it harder for modders to find those portions of code that they need to get their mods working.

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However, this mechanism affects scripts globally, meaning the code of the game proper, and increases processing time, essentially killing performance even with an unmodded version of GTA V running on a particularly beefy PC. Naturally, players were pretty pissed when GTA V started chugging on their 980s and Titans, not to mention that the development of rather popular mods was delayed due to the modders having to sift through a ton of dead code.

Rockstar’s position on modding is unchanged. As long as you keep your mods in singleplayer, you’re good to go, but they won’t sacrifice the safety of GTA Online in order to make modding easier in story mode.

Our primary focus is on protecting GTA Online against modifications that could give players an unfair advantage, disrupt gameplay, or cause griefing. However, as a reminder, mods are still unauthorized and as such, Title Updates may cause Story Mode mods to behave in unexpected ways because they are not supported or tested, and players run them at their own risk.

The new patch, while fixing the performance issues in unmodded instances of the game, has once again broken most mods, so if you have any modifications running, expect to be downloading an updated, working version soon (provided they’re still supported – if not, you are out of luck). Many PC players have called out Rockstar on not shipping GTA V and GTA Online as two separate executables, as that simple change would solve the issue of GTA Online security measures conflicting with GTA V mods.

SHAREfactory Only Uploads GTA V Footage To Youtube

Playstation 4 GTA V players, attention! The SHAREfactory app for the PS4 console was subjected to a functionality restriction with the recent 2.55 system update, which is mandatory. The new build of SHAREfactory only allows footage captured while playing GTA V to be uploaded to Youtube, and no where else.

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Sony’s Stuart Platt wrote of the new restriction on Twitter in order to get in ahead of users mistaking this new “feature” for a bug.

SHAREfactory is Sony’s proprietary gameplay capture, video editing and sharing software used for the Playstation 4. It contains some simple editing options, special effects that you can add in, captioning, the chance to add images or stickers, adding music, and the placement of a face-cam with the help of the Playstation Camera.

The SHAREfactory™ app offers easy video-editing tools and effects to let you share your greatest moments, your way. Effortlessly combine, personalize, and share your favorite game footage with your own commentary, a soundtrack (included tracks or your original music), themes, stickers, text, even a picture-in-picture video with the PlayStation®Camera.

Normally, the app allows players to share the captured and edited footage to Facebook or Youtube, or to save it on USB as a file that you can share anywhere.

As of the newest system update, the footage you capture in GTA V will be uploaded to Youtube only, and all other options are unavailable. The reason for this, we do not know right now. There is an upcoming app update, 1.06, which will contain a number of bugfixes but no new features, however Stuart has said that 1.07 will contain more substantial additions.


How severely does this affect you?