Online sales boomed on Black Friday

Black Friday shoppers hit the stores on Thanksgiving Day

Black Friday 2017 was all about digital sales.

American shoppers spent a record $5 billion in 24 hours. That marks a 16.9% increase in dollars spent online compared with Black Friday 2016, according to data from Adobe Digital Insights, which tracks 80% of online spending at America’s 100 largest retail websites.

Digital retail giant Amazon (AMZN) said Friday that orders were rolling in “at record levels.” More than 200,000 toys were sold in just the first five hours of the day, the company said. Amazon did not provide sales figures for Black Friday.

Meanwhile, malls and big-box retailers were left only slightly emptier.

Early estimates from ShopperTrak, a data analytics company that measures the number of shoppers at stores, said foot traffic “decreased less than one percent when compared to Black Friday 2016.”

A meager dip is good news for traditional retailers. As online-savvy businesses continue to gobble up more and more of the market share, companies like Macy’s (M)JCPenney (JCP)Gap (GPS) and Sears (SHLD) have suffered.

It remains to be seen exactly how much in-store shoppers were willing to spend. That will be a crucial data point in assessing retailers’ woes.

Related: Is this the last Black Friday?

But Brian Field, senior director of advisory services for ShopperTrak, is optimistic.

“There has been a significant amount of debate surrounding the shifting importance of brick-and-mortar retail, and the fact that shopper visits remained intact on Black Friday illustrates that physical retail is still highly relevant and, when done right, profitable,” Field said in a statement.

Looking at both Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday, however, in-store foot traffic was actually down nearly 2% compared to the same two days last year.

Field says that’s likely because “a greater number of brick-and-mortar retailers opted to close on Thanksgiving Day.”

We’ll know more about how it all shakes out in the coming months and early 2018, when big-box retailers post their next round of earnings reports.

In the meantime, there’s plenty of busy holiday shopping days to come.

Adobe predicts that Cyber Monday will be even bigger than Black Friday, bringing in as much as $6 billion in digital sales.

CNNMoney (New York) First published November 25, 2017: 5:08 PM ET

GTA Online Previews Doomsday Heist with an Intense Trailer

A new event is coming to Grand Theft Auto Online with the start of The Doomsday Heist, an adventure that’ll take you far outside of the Los Santos streets.

Revealed recently by Rockstar Games, the trailer for The Doomsday Heist will make you want to get back into GTA Online if you’ve been taking a break. Jetpacks, tanks, underwater fights, and stealth missions are just parts of everything that The Doomsday Heist has in store when it launches across all platforms on Dec. 12.

A description posted alongside the trailer on Rockstar Games’ site shared more details about the first heist even that GTA Online has had in a while.

“A billionaire tech mogul, an idealistic intelligence agent, a socially awkward conspiracy theorist and a neurotic supercomputer have been forced into an unlikely alliance to save San Andreas from total annihilation. As apocalyptic threats mount from enemies unknown, you and your criminal crew are enlisted to un-tangle mysteries and eradicate threats spanning from the bustling streets of downtown Los Santos to the ocean floor and all the way to the inner depths of Mount Chiliad in an epic new online adventure.

Since the reveal, the Twitter account for Rockstar Games has been sharing post after post with new screenshots and details on the heist. From land to sea to sky, The Doomsday Heist will cover all areas of GTA Online, but you won’t have to complete all of these missions alone. One notable Tweet from the account confirmed that when the heist event launches, you’ll be able to complete the missions alongside friends with groups of up to four players at once.

The Doomsday Heist launches on Dec. 12 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, but look for more detailed information from Rockstar Games leading up to the heist’s release.

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Rockstar Announced New Heist for ‘GTA Online’

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Recent reports have revealed that game developer Rockstar has announced a new heist for the online form of “Grand Theft Auto V” titled, “GTA Online.” The heist is called The Doomsday Heist and is the first co-op mission for the players of the game in the past two years.

“A billionaire tech mogul, an idealistic intelligence agent, a socially awkward conspiracy theorist and a neurotic supercomputer have been forced into an unlikely alliance to save San Andreas from total annihilation,” Rockstar said in a statement, explaining what to expect. “As apocalyptic threats mount from enemies unknown, you and your criminal crew are enlisted to un-tangle mysteries and eradicate threats spanning from the bustling streets of downtown Los Santos to the ocean floor and all the way to the inner depths of Mount Chiliad in an epic new online adventure.”

Aside from the announcement and a rather vague explanation of the new heist for “Grand Theft Auto Online,” Rockstar has also released a trailer that will feature The Doomsday Heist. The trailer neglects to explain what will cause the oncoming apocalypse, but it does feature the many things that the players will be tasked to do. From shooting at helicopters to strategizing the next course of action for the team, the heist looks to be worth the two-year wait.

Fans also pointed out that The Doomsday Heist seems to be made to feature the things that the players love about the franchise. The highly anticipated update is set to be released on Dec. 12. Although that is just a few days away, fans are advised to rediscover the world of “GTA Online” again so as to gain the much-needed experience in preparation for The Doomsday Heist on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC. More information about the new heist is expected in the coming days.

This Grand Theft Auto Online Player Meets With Community Members In Person

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The cool thing about playing in online communities is that you meet some really great people. This is particularly true with Grand Theft Auto Online, as it’s easy to form a crew and click with them once you complete several missions within the game.

Kotaku recently reported on such a crew, known as the Hillbilly Agenda, who actually act more as a family than a gaming clan getting stuff in the game. And they’re actually so close, the leader of the crew goes out of his way to meet others in person in real life, provided they’re loyal to said crew.

The crew actually consists of 30 players who mostly reside in the Tennessee area, and they’re looking for others to join them as they make their way across the game. While it hasn’t been established for long, it’s made up of members that look after one another.

A group called NoClip recently covered the adventures of the leader in a documentary series, who calls himself KnoxNerd, as he travels across the globe to meet these members in person and award them with gifts for being so loyal to the crew. As you can see in the picture above, these consist of fake vanity plates, similar to the ones featured in the game.

So how does KnoxNerd do this? With his own personal plane. He goes by the name of Warren Scott, and he’s actually shown quite a bit of devotion to his team, taking over 13 trips out of state and delivering over 30 license plates in all. You can watch the video below and see what this journey is all about, courtesy of NoClip’s YouTube channel.

Now, how does KnoxNerd know who his most loyal players are? Through stat tracking, according to the Kotaku piece. He’s able to see just how many hours players log in to Grand Theft Auto Online, as well as their rank and money earned. “Also, I’m a nerd,” he noted.

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It’s definitely a great way to reward community within the game, and leaves you wondering just where Hillbilly Agenda will strike next. We’re eager to see where they go from here.

Grand Theft Auto Online is available now as part of Grand Theft Auto V, for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

Drift & Are unsuccessful Compilation #2 | Assetto Corsa VR Gameplay [Oculus Rift]

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An additional little compilation of drifts, crashes and fails I have recorded through the final pair of months.

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Steam group:

Donation 🙂

Wheel: Thrustmaster T500RS
Shifter: Thrustmaster TH8RS/TH8A
Oculus Rift CV1
Recorded with Shadowplay
i5 4690k
GTX 1080

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