‘Grand Theft Auto Online’ updates: Fighter jet included

A promotional poster for “Grand Theft Auto Online: Smuggler’s Run.”Facebook/grandtheftautov

Despite being released about four years ago, the developers over at Rockstar Games have still been consistently providing new content for “Grand Theft Auto Online,” which is the online multiplayer outlet for “Grand Theft Auto V.” On Oct. 10, players were given access to new goodies causing more mayhem and further enhancing the in-game experience.

In a run down by PlayStation Life, the possible biggest headliner for the recent update is the Buckingham Pyro, a fighter jet equipped with a more powerful engine and machine guns to boot. The special war plane will make any player feel like a baddie in the skies with its destructive capabilities and superior flight speed. Players will also be able to earn twice the in-game cash within this period.

Players will be able to fully customize the Buckingham Pyro at their personal hangars. Additionally, they can be further equipped with homing missiles and other miscellaneous upgrades such as armor and engine upgrades. Other vehicles that will be receiving a 25 percent discount are the Ultralight, the Rocket Voltic, Lampadati Tropos Rallye, the Armored Kuruma, and Benny’s Upgrades.

According to Gamespot, there is currently a discount for the Fort Zancudo Hangar 3499 property, as the developers slashed 25 percent off its original price. The hangar is a fitting place for players who have acquired the Buckingham Pyro to park their fighter jet. The Thomson Scrapyard Bunker will also have a 25 percent discount, and these deals will be available until Oct. 16. This means that players only have less than a week to avail these things upon launch date.

As always, players will have new race tracks that they will be able to join, and it has been revealed to be at Raton Canyon. The top three finishers of the premium race will be rewarded with in-game currency that will give players a significant advantage in the chaotic world of “Grand Theft Auto Online.”

Life in a one-person biker gang in Grand Theft Auto 5

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In Now Playing articles PC Gamer writers talk about the game currently dominating their spare time. Today Samuel goes it alone in GTA 5. 

In the slightly directionless world of GTA Online, where needy NPCs ring you with requests every five minutes and the map is strewn with task icons that mostly seem like busywork, the best thing you can do is own a piece of Los Santos that feels like yours. Aside from buying apartments or cars, there are now many ways to do this—the most appealing (and cheapest) of which is running your own biker gang. I spent just over $500,000 earlier this year to get a decent hangout in the middle of Los Santos, money I had from doing heists with the PCG team. I christen this new gang ‘Biker Grove’. Ha. I’m a cool guy. I’m also the only one here. 

Here’s my dilemma: I don’t want to just invite anyone into my biker gang, and the PC Gamer boys are all offline. So I’m a one-man biker gang—which isn’t really a gang at all. I have a two-storey clubhouse, and a foul-mouthed lady behind the bar who comes free with all the biker hideouts. I also have a bong, and a dart board. But these things aren’t fun by yourself. The point of a biker gang is you’re supposed to ride in formation with buddies. When it’s just yourself and a big empty clubhouse, you sort of feel like a dad having a midlife crisis.

In my head, I picture the scenario exactly like this. The kids have moved out, and your partner’s joined a silent religious sect because they’ve had enough of your near-constant bullshit (yes, I’ve been watching HBO’s The Leftovers). So you sell the house then buy a run-down garage, park your bike there, and hire someone to work there who won’t even play darts with you. I paid half a million hard-earned GTA dollars to experience this virtually. I could just live this in real life in 20 years’ time. 

The good news is I can still take on jobs that earn okay money. I go and steal a prison bus from a gas station, and drive the convicts across town away from the cops. It’s deliberately reminiscent of a brilliant singleplayer mission in GTA: The Lost and Damned, where protagonist Johnny Klebitz does the same thing. It’s a pretty exciting mission, which ends with you dropping off the cons at a couple of helicopters.

The biker update to GTA Online in general felt like a homage to that expansion—although the lack of narrative direction to owning a biker bar makes it feel a bit uneventful (which is also how I feel about the game’s other recent expansions). With friends, though, the co-op missions and driving in formation are fun. It’s not meant to be played solo, really. Having other friends join, then assigning them roles that give them extra abilities in combat, like calling in AI gang members for support, is the real reason you do it. You’re not meant to be a lone ranger, simply because it’s embarrassing. 

I get drunk and have a game of darts rather than run another mission. Next time PCG’s Phil Savage comes online, I’ll force him to join my club. Since I’m his line manager, I can probably make him do that.

Grand Theft Auto V’s Ned Luke Stars In Home Invasion Film American Gothic

The film American Gothic, which was filmed entirely in director Stuart Connelly’s house, will arrive on VOD services on October 24. It stars Ned Luke, who played Michael De Santa in Grand Theft Auto V, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2’s Slate Holmgren.

From the Press Release:
Author Stuart Connelly had an idea: what if he shot a home invasion feature film entirely in his house? The scenes would be absolutely unique because as the homeowner, he knows every inch of the house and how he could use its eccentricities to get an advantage during a break-in.

“Instead of just imagining a generic house and thinking ‘This happens, then this happens,’ I walked through a story room by room,” Connelly says. “My house helped write the picture.”

The resulting film, American Gothic – exclusively presented by ITN Distribution and directed by Connelly – will become available on all major American cable systems’ video-on-demand platforms starting on October 24… just in time for Halloween scares.

“Hair & Makeup, Wardrobe, and Special Effects were all in the guest cottage,“ says Rochelle Boström, a New York-based actress who plays one of the farm’s owners. “The horse paddock was crew parking! No part of the property was left unused.”

Connelly calls it a “narrative experiment, a dare,” but the final product is a straight-up classic thrill ride.

Down for the experiment were Ned Luke, best known as the voice of Michael in the mega-selling video game Grand Theft Auto and Slate Holmgren, just coming off a role on Broadway starring alongside Daniel Craig. “Usually on set there’s so much waiting, driving from one location to the other,” Luke says. “On American Gothic it was one scene to the next, no downtime.”

“I wanted to write a story that used every aspect of our house, which sits on twelve acres of farmland,” adds Connelly. “But that didn’t mean it just takes place on a farm. In my mind, Hollywood films are all about magic, and the magic here was to create a highway, a forest, a house, a dungeon… all aspects of the script.” In fact, Connelly reports the film’s plot was planned out based on the layout of the 300-year-old home.

“Their powder room was built over an old basement stairwell,” Holmgren says, “and that blocked off door behind the toilet became a plot point. When I read the script I thought it was clever, but I had no idea it was a real part of Stuart’s house.”

The attention to unique detail turned into efficiency, according to producer Mary Jo Barthmaier. “If Stuart had to write that scene and find a location or build it, that would kill the budget,” she says. “Instead, it was right there, and the scene becomes something we’ve never seen in another home invasion film.”

Shooting in the indie “guerrilla style” but having access and a plan meant that American Gothic, which was made very efficiently, could seem like a much more expensive film, Barthmaier says.

According to MovieMaker Magazine, American Gothic can “hold its own against indie horror films costing 10, 20 times the money.”

And the additional time freed up by this homespun strategy allowed the production to really focus on character, a rarity with lower-budget genre fare. “It has some of the best, most complicated characters I’ve seen in movies for a long time,” says Mark Barthmaier, who heads up the cast as an escaped convict desperately looking for a hideout. “Horror or otherwise.”

The film, which won the Best Horror Feature award at the 2016 Atlantic City Film Festival, has enough twists and turns to satisfy fans of thrillers and enough scares to give the most die-hard horror freaks something to sink their teeth into.

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Trump Irritated by Possible Theft of US Innovation in China

For every Uber there’s a Didi.

A Tujia for every Airbnb.

And an Alibaba up against every Amazon.

Yes, China has been famous — or should I say infamous — for its strategy of imitation. Especially of innovative foreign companies.

There’s practically a Chinese version of every well-known growth story.

As a game plan, it’s working for them.

For a brief moment on Tuesday, Alibaba overtook Amazon to become the world’s biggest e-commerce company.Im

And yesterday, Airbnb clone Tujia raised US$300 million to fund a rapid expansion plan. They’re looking to capitalise on a surge of Chinese families taking overseas holidays.

Imitation is nothing new in China.

It’s ingrained in the culture.

When I was in China five years ago, I noticed the glazed rooftop tiles around smaller city landmarks were the same as those found in Beijing’s Forbidden City.

The distinctive tiles were direct clones.

As I travelled around, there was a lot less regional variation than you get in other parts of the world.

Perhaps that’s just due to long term dynastic traditions?

Either way, seven decades of communist ideology — in theory at least — doesn’t create melting pots of independent thought.

Until recently…

At the world-famous Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in 2017, a slew of Chinese companies exhibited.

700 of the 1,575 Chinese companies were from the Shenzhen area. China’s own ‘Silicon Valley’.

A fresh focus on innovation is increasingly high on the ruling party’s agenda.

But it might be too late to ease tensions with the US.

The Trump administration is currently probing China’s intellectual property (IP) practices.

It’s adding more powder to the already volatile political mix.

It could even be the spark that sets off a trade war.

The US argues that Beijing forces US companies into giving away IP as the price for doing business in China. They siphon off the IP, and give it to state-backed companies like Huawei.

In the most obvious cases, Chinese clones of American companies then spring up.

Stealing business ideas is one thing, but it’s the deeper technology insights the US wants to protect.

Especially in the fields of artificial intelligence, big data and advanced technologies. 

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Daniel Patrick McGahn, chief executive officer of American Superconductor Corp. wants China to understand that American and Chinese companies ‘all should be subject to the same rules.

A level playing field.

China, for its part, is playing dumb.

We are quite confused and greatly concerned about the investigation,’ said Chen Zhou of the China Chamber of International Commerce.

It’s yet another front in a trade war simmering beneath the surface. Tensions will remain as each seeks to advance their own interests.

Everything from labelling China a currency manipulator to increasing import taxes are up for review under Trump.

No one wins in a trade war

So far, it’s mostly been words and accusations.

Not actions.

Which is good.

The two biggest economies going toe to toe would be bad for everyone.

Trade wars aren’t the sort of battle that you win. As the economist Adam Smith showed three centuries ago, trade is a win-win scenario.

You produce what you are best at, I produce what I am best at, and there ends up being more for everyone.

As China starts to grow its economy and wealth, it will need to start accepting a more level playing field.

Research costs are huge burdens on technology companies. There’s only so much ‘free riding’ they will take.

No doubt China understands this.

But it’s in their own interest to negotiate every inch. And in the meantime grow China’s wealth, its companies and its technological know-how.

How Trump reacts to this is the big unknown. As the great deal maker in chief, he’s unlikely to fall for such stalling tactics.

He would prefer a straightforward deal.

Perhaps that will come by way of a North Korean solution? Perhaps that’s been China’s bargaining chip all along?

Or perhaps Trump has other cards left to play?

I don’t know.

I’m not a master of the art of the deal.

But I do hope the two superpowers find a way through this impasse. Because it will be a win for Australia.

In fact, our future economic hopes hinge on it.

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SCVNews.com | Crime Blotter: Grand Theft Auto, Burglary in Saugus

SCV Sheriff's Deputy Christopher Craft

SCV Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Craft

Here is the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station’s Crime Information and Public Safety Report for Saugus (Zone 4) from De. Christopher Craft for September 25-October 1, 2017:

09/25/17
Vehicle Burglary – 28200 block of Houston Court
Person(s) unknown forced entry into the victim’s vehicle and stole a fragrance kit.

09/26/17
Grand Theft Auto – 32800 block of Bouquet Canyon Road
Person(s) unknown stole the victim’s vehicle which was parked near the above location.

09/27/17
Shoplifting – 28100 block of Bouquet Canyon Road
Person(s) unknown entered a business near the above location and stole display items. The suspect made no attempt to pay for the stolen items.

10/01/17
Residential Burglary – 22500 block of Tulip Court
One suspect was arrested after the victim heard noises in her downstairs living area. The victim called the Sheriff’s Department who arrived shortly after. Deputies searched the area and located the suspect with the victim’s property. The suspect was ultimately arrested.

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff Station Haunted Jailhouse Event
The 28th Annual Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Haunted Jailhouse & Community Open House event will be held on Sunday, October 29 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The popular event, which has become a yearly tradition, will include kids & adults jailhouse tours, entertainment, petting zoo, game booths and Sheriff’s Department displays.

There will be costume judging taking place at the following times: Under 2 at 12:30 p.m.; ages 2–4 at 1 p.m.; ages 5–7 at 1:30 p.m.; ages 8–10 at 2 p.m.; ages 11–12 at 2:30 p.m. and ages 13–adult at 3 p.m.

As always, please call or email me if you have any questions.

Thank you,
Deputy Christopher Craft
cwcraft@lasd.org
661-255-1121 EXT. 5161

Glitch Upends Grand Theft Auto V World Record Attempt

The Big Score is the sixth and final heist mission in GTA V. If they player selects the “subtle” approach, they’ll need to drive their car onto a tractor trailer at a certain point or the mission ends in failure. Unfortunately, there’s a rare glitch that can make doing so impossible.

DarkViperAU plays a lot of GTA V, and holds world records in most of the accepted speedrunning categories. Except for the “Classic%” category. The current best time for that type of run is held by ToriksLV at 6:36:48 with load times counted. DarkViperAU was on his way to beating it by a lot earlier this weekend however, until a series of unfortunate events completely demolished his run.

Previously having finished the run at 6:38:56, the Australian was on track to potentially complete the game in 6:33:29 if he did everything right for the remainder of it. Being a strange, gigantic, glitch-filled open world game though, GTA V had other plans. When DarkViperAU first approaches the underpass, gunfire from the police helicopter flying overhead shockingly takes out his back tire with only a few shots. Then the game mysteriously throws his car into oncoming traffic on the left side before he’s able to get back on the right side with the trucks in sight. But by then he’s already lost too much time and can’t make it into the back of the truck.

He fails the mission and respawns, fuming in disbelief. “My god-like sub 6:35 died to a fucking bug I’ve never seen before,” DarkViperAU says.

In a thread posted later on, he explained just how unlucky he was,

“The helicopter shooting out my tire was unlucky. The bug occurring that threw me into the air and over to the other side of the road was insane. The loss of my tire then prevented me from getting into the back of the truck was infuriating. It was all nothing compared to how sickening that softlock was. Even after the first fail I was still on pace to WR by 2 minutes. That run was easily the best Classic% run that has ever existed and I don’t think it will be topped by anyone for a long time.”

Unlike a normal Any% run, Classic% follows a few strict rules that make it more complicated. Players can’t fast travel using taxis for instance, or save warping. Most importantly, they must finish the game using Ending C, the game’s perceived true ending in which the three main protagonists kidnap and kill Devin before putting an end to their criminal careers and live to return back to their previous day-to-day existences. If DarkViperAU hadn’t gotten his tire blown off and encountered the bizarre bug that kept him from getting into the truck after failing the first time, no matter how many times he reset, his ensuing world record would have been a significant milestone in the game’s speedrunning history.

“I had not experienced this bug until recently when I was practicing that segment and trying to find an optimal route,” he said in a follow-up comment on the thread. “Once it occurred in the practice, no matter how many times I reset the truck would be just as bugged. I even blew up the truck and it still spawned the same way next time round. I am not sure specifically what causes it, or how often it occurs, because I don’t normally fail getting into the truck.”

DarkViperAU also speculated that he could have used Franklin’s driving ability to slow down time and try to optimize the first attempt to get on the truck, but that would have cost a lot of extra time, something he was leery of doing given the magnitude of time he was about to save because of how tight the earlier pieces of his run had been up until that point.

GTA NEWS: Nintendo Switch Update, new Grand Theft Auto 5 DLC, GTA Online Money discounts

GTA NEWS: Nintendo Switch Update, new Grand Theft Auto 5 DLC, GTA Online Money discountsROCKSTAR

GTA NEWS: Nintendo Switch Update, new Grand Theft Auto 5 DLC, GTA Online Money discounts

Nintendo Switch fans recently found out that LA Noire would be coming to the console on November 14 alongside a HD re-release for PS4 and Xbox One.

But fans were soon being teased at the prospect of GTA 5 also coming to the portable Nintendo console, when a NeoGaf user – who had inside info and correctly predicted that the developers were working on a version LA Noire for Switch – hinted at a possible Switch GTA 5 port.

In a post on a NeoGAF thread about LA Noire, Vern appeared to tease a possible GTA 5 release on the Switch when one user wrote: “Why isn’t this port GTAV. No one wanted this game lol”.

Vern quoted this post and simply replied: “Patience” sending the thread and large parts of the net into meltdown.

However, a follow-up explanation has tempered fan expectation:

“Heard awhile back more from R* is in development, from my most reliable source, but wouldn’t confirm what or when. Essentially was told it shouldn’t be a surprise what title it is. I personally fully expect a GTA title (whatever it may be) because it makes sense since you see everyone clamouring for it in every damn thread, and it’s the biggest game on Earth. It’s probably Table Tennis lol”

So in short, Rockstar may have another Switch game in the works, whether that turns out to be GTA 5 – which many hope it will be GTA – is still up for debate.

Fingers crossed we hear more this side of Christmas, but in the meantime at least we know Rockstar still have a steady stream of content coming to GTA Online, which we’ll come onto next.

GTA 5 Online fans were handed some excellent news this week as Rockstar promises “many exciting new additions” coming to the game in the coming months.

First and foremost Rockstar has revealed the “next evolution of Stunt Racing” in the form of a new mode called Transform Races.

This will supposedly mix land, sea and air vehicles for instant transitions over courses that span Los Santos’ streets, harbors, and skies.

“These new and unique stunt tracks will allow for transitions that run the gamut of vehicle types – from Supers and Off-Roaders, to Boats, Jet Skies, Planes and Helicopters – and will even include skydiving portions,” Rockstar explains.

We’ve been informed that Transform Races will launch later this month, with respective additions made to the Race Creator slated for later this year.

However, Rockstar also has plans further afield, including two new Modes.

The first, Condemned, where one player remains the target kill until they kill an opponent to pass along their marked status. and Dogfight, an aerial battle to the death.

There’s also Dogfight, an aerial battle to the death which will no doubt make the most of the recent DLC released for Smugglers Run.

Finally, there will also be new vehicle additions coming this Fall including the Hunter attack helicopter, Coil Cyclone supercar and Vigilante, which is basically the Batmobile.

There’s also plans for inventory updates at Legendary Motorsport, and new properties via Maze Bank Foreclosures.

GTA Online has also this week added a new plane – the Mammoth Mogul – which was made available on October 3 from the in-game Warstock Cache & Carry store.

The Mogul is a massive plane that features a heavy-duty turret that fires a ribbon of .50 caliber bullets and is armoured to the nines to boot.

Also, new this week is Stockpile, a spin on capture-the-flag with support for two to four teams and up to sixteen players, in which airborne teams compete to collect the largest bounty while defending themselves from opposing team.

To celebrate the launch of this exciting new aerial mode, Stockpile will be delivering double. Double payouts continue across all of Ron’s contact Missions, and massive discounts can be found on Hangar Workshops and a number of plane upgrades.

The following items also have discounts in-game as part of the on-going celebration of the Smuggler’s Run update:

• Hangar Workshop – 25% off
• Engine Upgrades (all vehicles) – 25% off
• Armor Upgrades (all vehicles) – 25% off
• Aircraft Handling Upgrades – 25% off
• Aircraft Weapons Upgrades – 25% off
• Flight and Air Racing Suits – 25% off

There are also new Premium Race & Time Trial events, too, which both offer GTA$:

• Premium Race – “Around The Docks” (Locked to Motorbikes)
• Time Trial – “Power Station”

You’ll need to be quick though, because all of the above is only available in game from now until October 9th.

Why globe-trotting Grand Theft Auto artist Stephen Bliss wants to return to Scottish roots

Stephen Bliss was lead artist at Rockstar games for 16 years, working on the iconic look of the Grand Theft Auto series, which originated in Scotland.

The 54-year-old actually landed the job at the world’s most popular games company thanks to a T-shirt label he ran called Steroid – which sold in Dr Jives in Glasgow – where the Scottish team spotted his work.

On top of that, Stephen actually spent part of his childhood in Rosyth, where his father worked – and has a pair of bizarre links with the Isle of Bute.

He explained: “I lived there when I was three til six years old, from 1966-69, in Rosyth, Dunfermline and I went to Inchkeith School.

“My Dad worked at the naval yard. I have who brothers that were born in Scotland, one named after Robert the Bruce.

“I’m 54 now so don’t remember too much about it; I can’t remember what happened 5 minutes ago either.

“My strongest memory from back then was the headmistress towering above me with a stick looking like the wicked stepmother in Snow White.

“Before we were born, my parents lived on the Isle of Bute, right on the loch.

“Milk would be delivered by donkey pulling a cart holding a large vat of milk, my mum would take the jug to the vat, fill up the jug and Bob’s your uncle – milk for the week.”

Stephen Bliss harks back to his wholesome childhood in Scotland
Stephen designed the iconic ‘Mad Professor’ album cover

But his fondest memory of Scotland is much more recent – yet still involves the island of milk cart fame.

“My strongest memory about Scotland is celebrating the Hogmanay 1999-2000 party at Robert Carlyle’s house on, ironically, Isle of Bute.

“Thanks for having me to stay Bobby! Fantastic party.

“Thinking about Scotland conjures up the beauty of the landscape and how everyone I met was super friendly.”

It’s hard to believe that the world’s biggest gaming franchise started out in Scotland – and is still made here.

Obviously Stephen jumped at the chance to be involved with Rockstar – but revealed corporate behemoth BMG passed on the chance to own the titles, Beatles-style.

He said: “Grand Theft Auto originated in Scotland, and is still being developed in Edinburgh at Rockstar North.

“In the nineties a small group of Scottish coders pitched a game called Race and Chase to Sam and Dan Houser (the genius British brothers that have developed the game over the past 19 years), who were heading the interactive gaming department at BMG records in London.

“They loved it and signed the game to BMG Interactive, which was bought then by Ryan Brant in NYC.

“Race and Chase became Grand Theft Auto and the rest is history.

“I’ve always thought that the feeling BMG must have had on witnessing the immense success of GTA paralleled the feeling Decca must have had when witnessing the success of the Beatles, after they had passed on signing them.”

After going to Brighton art college and working in London and Japan at fashion company Hysteric Glamour, Stephen founded Steroid in 1998 with his brother and also designed Massive Attack’s iconic Mad Professor album cover.

Stephen said: “I think Robert del Naja knew my work from Hysteric Glamour or Michael Koppelman introduced us, probably both.

“Rob said he wanted a cover similar in style to the Greensleeves and Mad Scientist album covers with the band fighting aliens/monsters.

“I’m going to be printing lithographs of the sleeve soon, collaborating with Pop gallery.”

Stephen describes games behemoth BMG passing on Grand Theft Auto as a ‘Beatles and Decca Records moment’
Stephen said he enjoys the “humour” in Vice City imagery

Rockstar spotted his Steroid artwork and the album cover, and he was snapped up to head up their art team.

Stephen was flung in at the deep end, spending is first day working for Rockstar desiging the cover for GTA 3.

“Rockstar really liked the Steroid work I was doing and of course the Massive Attack cover.

“I arrived and played GTA3 early 2001, then started painting… I was nervous, yes.

“It helped that I knew they liked my work and that I understood the cultural references that inspired the look of the cover.

“Later on there was a whole team of artists working together, all synced; Rockstar is a creative powerhouse of many individuals all contributing their speciality, I don’t want to take credit for anything specific, I was part of a team.”

Stephen moved to New York, fulfilling a lifelong dream, and worked on the games at the offices there.

He explained: “Ever since I was a kid I’d wanted to live in NYC and I’m very grateful Rockstar gave me the opportunity to move.

“It’s an interesting feeling when entering the front doors of the office while the police are holding back a group of 200 Peaceaholics, throwing fists into the air, holding placards and protesting against the company.”

Stephen insists he had no clue GTA would become such a phenomenon, he just enjoyed the work and the people he found himself teamed up with.

“I had no idea how mammoth GTA would become. It was extremely exciting to be part of such a pioneering company that was taking video gaming to the level of art and at the same time was so controversial.

“Vice City was my favorite of all the games, and Vice City Stories, mainly because there was a lot of humour in the imagery; the eighties was posers paradise, especially coming out of Miami with the fantastic colours, pastel suits, the Art Deco environments and great Lamborghinis inspired car design.

“All this flamboyance mixed with the edginess of the criminals was great inspiration, GTAVC was a lot of fun to work on.

“I worked on GTA until GTAV, there was a very talented team of artists there led by Anthony Macbain and Roxy Viscara, two amazing artists.”

Stephen has now moved on and is about two launch two new clothing labels, as well as working on new form sof art for his shows.

He said: “I’ve been working on solo shows since leaving and have two clothing labels being released very soon – one will is called Bliss Brood, which is Steroid redux, and will be selling in high end stores, the other is called Arcade.

“When I left Rockstar I wanted to take on any challenge that was offered, to create original experiences.

“I started painting murals, mainly in NYC and Miami, even though I’m not great with heights and hate people watching me work.

“I did a TED talk, which was terrifying, but exhilarating. I travel a lot and finance it all by doing freelance illustration.”

The big news is he is about to launch his latest solo show Mystery Of Doomed Romance at the hghly respected West Bank gallery in London.

His art is made by ripping posters and signs off walls and using them with other materials to form new pieces.

Stephen said: “The show’s title comes from cutting up story titles from vintage seventies romance / superhero comics.

“A lot of my pieces contain a narrative, with various details giving clues to the nature of festering relationships.

”I use a technique called Frankensteining, which is the process of taking disparate parts of images and piecing them together to make a coherent whole.

Stephen was lead artist at games firm Rockstar for 16 years and created GTA’s iconic imagery
Stephen’s favourite game was Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

“It also relates to the way I construct the backdrops for each painting, by ripping down sections of posters from the streets around NYC and reconstructing them.

“When I’m walking through the streets of NYC, or on the subway, I often find sections of walls that look to me like ready made pieces of art.

“Boardings and walls are plastered with advertising posters, large sections of paper have been ripped away or covered with paste ups, sprayed graffiti tags, stickers, etched protests and ramblings by anonymous people.

“Rips in the posters show underlying layers of posters from different eras: parts of model’s faces and bodies are exposed, random isolated letters and words from advertising taglines.

“These walls are simultaneously evolving and decaying, I love the beauty that emerges from this chaos.

“I really want to do the same thing in Berlin and Paris, although I’d be flying back to NYC trying to get huge wads of ripped human size posters through security. They’d think I was mental.”

What about Scotland – could our walls inspire a show?

“Scottish influenced work – that’s opened my mind, yes I think that will happen.

“There’s some rich imagery up there. Are there walls here that I can rip posters down from?

“I’d love to show in Scotland and get back to my young roots as well. No plans yet but I’m open to offers.”

Mystery of Doomed Romance opens on October 19 at West Bank Gallery, Notting Hill, London, see www.londonwestbank.com

To see more of Stephen’s art go to www.Stephenbliss.com/store

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‘Grand Theft Auto Online’ (ALL) Details Upcoming Races, Modes, And Vehicles

Switch between the interconnected lives of Michael, Trevor and Franklin as they embark on a series of heists across Los Santos and Blaine County in the biggest, deepest and richest open world experience yet, with game world enhancements that include new wildlife, upgraded weather and damage effects, and an array of new details to discover.

The new generation upgrades also extend to Grand Theft Auto Online, an ever-evolving Grand Theft Auto universe. Rise through the criminal ranks by banding together to complete Jobs for cash, purchase properties, vehicles and character upgrades, compete in traditional competitive modes, or create your own content to play and share with the Grand Theft Auto community.

Here are the first details for GTA Online’s many exciting new additions set for the coming months.

First up is the next evolution of Stunt Racing, Transform Races, which mixes land, sea and air vehicles for instant transitions over courses that span Los Santos’ streets, harbors, and skies. These new and unique stunt tracks will allow for transitions that run the gamut of vehicle types – from Supers and Off-Roaders, to Boats, Jet Skies, Planes and Helicopters – and will even include skydiving portions.

Transform Races will launch later this month, with respective additions made to the Race Creator slated for later this year.

Alongside this exciting new racing format, comes two new Modes; Condemned, where one player remains the target kill until they kill an opponent to pass along their marked status, and Dogfight, an aerial battle to the death.

New vehicle additions for the Fall include the Hunter attack helicopter, Coil Cyclone supercar, Vigilante and more, as well as inventory updates at Legendary Motorsport, and new properties via Maze Bank Foreclosures.

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GTA 5 Cheats, Codes and Free Money for the Extremely Lazy – Grand Theft Auto 5 Cheats PS4, Xbox One, PC, Xbox 360, PS3

First up, here’s a lazy way of generating mondo cash thanks to this money glitch. These GTA 5 cheats work on the PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC versions of the game. It requires a little effort to set things up, but once you’ve got both your characters in the right place, you can earn yourself as much money as you have patience. Once you’ve finished making use of this golden, once-in-a-GTA 5-lifetime opportunity, just continue to play the game normally. Read on for all the Grand Theft Auto 5 cheats for PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.

For more on GTA Online, head on over to our GTA 5 and GTA Online Guides Hub. Over there you’ll find info on GTA Online Heists and GTA Online Gunrunning.


The submerged hidden item here is worth $12,000 each time you pick it up.

If you’re also playing Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption and fancy an easier life, we’ve got all the Red Dead Redemption Cheats you’ll need.

Who doesn’t want free money?

Choose the two characters who you’d like to make rich. Drive one to each of the beaches closest to the locations marked on the maps above and below, swim out to sea and dive when you reach the marked location and look for the underwater wreck there.

Once you’ve found both, locate the glowing briefcases: the first is close to the airplane on the sea floor, and the second is on the wreckage, near the open hatch. The moment you swim up to an item and are credited with recovering the money, immediately switch to the other character and find the item at that location.

In similar style to the first character, swim up to the item, and the moment you’re credited with the money, switch back to the other character, who can grab the money that has now respawned in the prior location. Now you can switch back and forth triggering this same effect repeatedly until you generate however much money you want.

Manipulating GTA 5’s Stock Market

If you’re interested in making millions of in-game dollars, check out this in-depth article on how to get the most out of GTA 5’s stock market. It’s your key to huge wealth!

GTA 5 Online Guide: How to Play, Easy Money Tips, Build Rep Fast

Want to tackle GTA Online? This article will get you up to speed on the basics.

GTA 5 Cheats – Grand Theft Auto 5 Cheats

Now you’re rich, save your game and enjoy your ill-gotten gains. However, if you’re feeling lazy and just want to have some fun, here are a bunch of GTA 5 Cheats that let you do everything from spawn vehicles to immediately lower your wanted level. These classic cheats have been in GTA games forever, and GTA 5 is no exception. As always, remember that the moment you use one of the codes listed below, achievements are disabled, and you’re credited with using a cheat until you reload the game.

PS4 GTA 5 Cheats and PS3 GTA 5 Cheats

Note – Xbox One/Xbox 360 GTA 5 cheats are below this list

Get Weapons GTA 5 Cheats

  • Choose your weapon: ∆ – RT – LEFT – LB – A – RIGHT – Y – DOWN – X – LB – LB – LB

Speed-ups

  • Fast Run: ∆ – Left – Right – Right – L2 – L1 – []
  • Fast Swim: Left – Left – L1 – Right – Right – R2 – Left – L2 – Right

Ammo Booster GTA 5 Cheats

  • Explosive Melee: Right – Left – X – ∆ – R1 – O – O – O – L2
  • Explosive Rounds: Right – [] – X – Left – R1 – R2 – Left – Right – Right – L1 – L1 – L1
  • Flame Rounds: L1 – R1 – [] – R1 – Left – R2 – R1 – Left – [] – Right – L1 – L1

Player Tweaks GTA 5 Cheats:

  • Invincibility: Right – X – Right – Left – Right – R1 – Right – Left, X – ∆
  • Restore Health and Armor: O – L1 – ∆ – R2 – X – [] – O – Right – [] – L1 – L1 – L1
  • Recharge Special Ability: X – X – [] – R1 – L1 – X – Right – Left – X
  • Super Jump: Left – Left – ∆ – ∆ – Right – Right – Left – Right – [] – R1 – R2
  • Lower Wanted Level: R1 – R1 – O – R2 – Right – Left – Right – Left – Right – Left
  • Raise Wanted Level: R1 – R1 – O – R2 – Left – Right – Left – Right – Left – Right
  • Give Parachute: Left – Right – L1 – L2 – R1 – R2 – R2 – Left – Left – Right – L1
  • Skyfall: L1 – L2 – R1 – R2 – Left – Right – Left – Right – L1 – L2 – R1 – R2 – Left – Right – Left – Right
  • Drunk Mode: ∆ – Right – Right – Left – Right – [] – O – Left

Environmental GTA 5 Cheats

  • Change Weather: R2 – X – L1 – L1 – L2 – L2 – L2 – []
  • Low Friction: ∆ – R1 – R1 – Left – R1 – L1 – R2 – L1
  • Low Gravity: Left – Left – L1 – R1 – L1 – Right – Left – L1 – Left
  • Slow Motion: ∆ – Left – Right – Right – [] – R2 – R1

Spawn Vehicles GTA 5 Cheats:

  • BMX: Left – Left – Right – Right – Left – Right – [] – O – ∆ – R1 – R2
  • Buzzard: O – O – L1 – O – O – O – L1 – L2 – R1 – ∆ – O – ∆
  • Caddy: O – L1 – Left – R1 – L2 – X – R1 – L1 – O – X
  • Comet: R1 – O – R2 – Right – L1 – L2 – X – X – [] – R1
  • Duster: Right – Left – R1 – R1 – R1 – Left – ∆ – ∆ – X – O – L1 – L1
  • Limo: R2 – Right – L2 – Left – Left – R1 – L1 – O – Right
  • PCJ-600: R1 – Right – Left – Right – R2 – Left – Right – [] – Right – L2 – L1 – L1
  • Rapid GT: R2 – L1 – O – Right – L1 – R1 – Right – Left – O – R2
  • Sanchez: O – X – L1 – O – O – L1 – O – R1 – R2 – L2 – L1 – L1
  • Stunt Plane: O – Right – L1 – L2 – Left – R1 – L1 – L1 – Left – Left – X – ∆
  • Trashmaster: O – R1 – O – R1 – Left – Left – R1 – L1 – O – Right

Xbox One GTA 5 Cheats and Xbox 360 GTA 5 Cheats

Get Weapons GTA 5 Cheats

  • Choose your weapon: Y – RT – LEFT – LB – A – RIGHT – Y – DOWN – X – LB – LB – LB

Speed-ups GTA 5 Cheats

  • Fast Run: Y – Left – Right – Right – LT – LB – A
  • Fast Swim: Left – Left – LB – Right – Right – RT – Left – LT – Right

Ammo Booster GTA 5 Cheats

  • Explosive Melee: Right – Left – X – Y – RB – B – B – B – LT
  • Explosive Rounds: Right – A – X – Left – RB – RT – Left – Right – Right – LB – LB – LB
  • Flame Rounds: LB – RB – A – RB – Left – RT – RB – Left – A – Right – LB – LB

Player Tweaks GTA 5 Cheats:

  • Invincibility: Right – A – Right – Left – Right – RB – Right – Left – A – Y
  • Restore Health and Armor: B – LB – Y – RT – A – X – B – Right – X – LB – LB – LB
  • Recharge Special Ability: X – X – A – RB – LB – X – Right – Left – X
  • Super Jump: Left – Left – Y – Y – Right – Right – Left – Right – X – RB – RT
  • Lower Wanted Level: RB – RB – B – RT – Right – Left – Right – Left – Right – Left
  • Raise Wanted Level: RB – RB – B – RT – Left – Right – Left – Right – Left – Right
  • Give Parachute: Left – Right – LB – LT – RB – RT – RT – Left – Left – Right – LB
  • Skyfall: LB – LT – RB – RT – Left – Right – Left – Right – LB – LT – RB – RT – Left – Right – Left – Right
  • Drunk Mode: Y – Right – Right – Left – Right – X – B – Left

Environmental GTA 5 Cheats

  • Change Weather: RT – X – LB – LB – LT – LT – LT – A
  • Low Friction: Y – RB – RB – Left – RB – LB – RT – LB
  • Low Gravity: Left – Left – LB – RB – LB – Right – Left – LB – Left
  • Slow Motion: Y – Left – Right – Right – A – RT – RB

Spawn Vehicles GTA 5 Cheats:

  • BMX: Left – Left – Right – Right – Left – Right – A – Circle – Y – RB – RT
  • Buzzard: B – B – LB – B – B – B – LB – LT – RB – Y – B – Y
  • Caddy: B – LB – Left – RB – LT – X – RB – LB – B – X
  • Comet: RB – B – RT – Right – LB – LT – X – X – A – RB
  • Duster: Right ,Left – RB – RB – RB – Left – Y – Y – X – B – LB – LB
  • Limo: RT – Right – LT – Left – Left – RB – LB – B – Right
  • PCJ-600: RB – Right – Left – Right – RT – Left – Right – A – Right – LT – LB – LB
  • Rapid: GT RT – LB – B – Right – LB – RB – Right – Left – B – RT
  • Sanchez: B – X – LB – B – B – LB – B – RB – RT – LT – LB – LB
  • Stunt Plane: B – Right – LB – LT – Left – RB – LB – LB – Left – Left – X – Y
  • Trashmaster: B – RB – B – RB – Left – Left – RB – LB – B – Right

PC GTA 5 Cheats and GTA 5 Console Commands

PC GTA 5 cheats work differently to how cheats are entered on PS4 and Xbox One. First you need to bring up the console by hitting the tilde key “~”. Then type in one of the codes listed below and hit the Enter key.

  • Flaming Bullets: INCENDIARY
  • Explosive Melee Attack HOTHANDS
  • Give Parachute: SKYDIVE
  • Moon Gravity: FLOATER
  • Drunk Mode: LIQUOR
  • Recharge Ability: POWERUP
  • Slow Motion: Enter three times for full effect – SLOWMO
  • Launch into the sky: SKYFALL
  • Spawn BMX: BANDIT
  • Spawn Comet: COMET
  • Spawn PCJ-600 Motorcycle: ROCKET
  • Spawn Sanchez Dirt Bike: OFFROAD
  • Spawn Rapid GT: RAPIDGT
  • Spawn Limo: VINEWOOD
  • Spawn Trashmaster: TRASHED
  • Spawn Buzzard Attack Helicopter: BUZZOFF
  • Spawn Stunt Plane: BARNSTORM
  • Slow Motion Aiming: Enter three times for full effect – DEADEYE
  • Invincibility: PAINKILLER
  • Slow Down Gameplay: SLOWMO
  • Max Health & Armor: TURTLE
  • Fast Run: CATCHME
  • Raise Wanted Level: FUGITIVE
  • Lower Wanted Level: LAWYERUP
  • Change Weather: MAKEITRAIN
  • Slippery Cars Drifting: SNOWDAY

GTA 5 Websites list

GTA 5 includes a working in-game internet browser. You just visit whatever you like, so don’t go entering the URL for that Star Trek fan community site you love. We’ve got all the working URLs for you below. They’re good fun so if you want something to waste a few hours.

In order to access the websites simply open the in-game web browser on your cell phone and enter the URL.

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  • www.cultstoppers.com
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Cell Phone Numbers in GTA 5

If you’ve tried dialing random numbers in GTA 5 you’ll know you usually get a busy signal. There are a number of phone numbers that do work, though, connecting you to people, answering machines or sounds.

Character and business phone numbers:

  • Abigail: 346-555-0126
  • Al: 346-555-0109
  • Amanda: 346-555-0118
  • Barry: 346-555-0105
  • Beverly: 328-555-0139
  • Blimp: 346-555-0176
  • Brucie: 273-555-0185
  • Chasity: 611-555-0163
  • Cheetah: 328-555-0167
  • Cletus: 346-555-0174
  • Dave: 273-555-0132
  • Devin Weston: 328-555-0182
  • Downtown Cab Co: 323-555-5555
  • Friedlander: 346-555-0134
  • Edgar: 611-555-0146
  • Feminine Sexual Art Centre: 273-555-0164
  • First Lieutenant Kyle P. Slater: 328-555-0145
  • Franklin: 328-555-0156
  • Fufu: 346-555-0186
  • Infernus: 611-555-0184
  • Jimmy Boston: 346-555-0148
  • Jimmy: 346-555-0190 and 273-555-0143
  • Joe: 611-555-0128
  • Josh Bernstein: 611-555-0169
  • Lamar: 346-555-0141
  • Liz: 611-555-0126
  • Lester: 346-555-0102
  • Marnie: 611-555-0181
  • Martin Madrazo: 346-555-0188
  • Merryweather: 273-555-0120
  • Maude: 328-555-0185
  • Nigel: 346-555-0111
  • Nikki: 346-555-0183
  • Omega: 346-555-0162
  • Oscar: 273-555-0125
  • Patricia: 328-555-0110
  • Peach: 273-555-0189
  • Rickie: 611-555-0140
  • Ron: 328-555-0198
  • Sapphire: 328-555-0177
  • Simeon: 611-555-0120
  • Solomon Richards: 328-555-0123
  • Steve Haines: 328-555-0150
  • Stretch: 346-555-0122
  • Tanisha Jackson: 328-555-0180
  • Tennis Coach: 611-555-0191
  • Tonya: 611-555-0199
  • Tracey: 273-555-0168 and 273-555-0197
  • Trevor: 273-555-0136
  • Truthseeker: 273-555-0155

Phone numbers for answering machines for characters and businesses

  • 273-555-0117
  • 328-555-0122
  • 328-555-0142
  • 328-555-0153
  • 346-555-0160
  • 611-555-0152
  • 611-555-0160
  • 611-555-0179

Phone numbers for strange sounds and messages:

  • 273-555-0158: No longer in service message
  • 328-555-0119: Dial-up modem sounds
  • 328-555-0193: Music
  • 346-555-0155: Dial-up modem sounds
  • 346-555-0192: Mysterious message
  • 611-555-0195: Humorous prank call response
  • 611-555-0198: Mailbox is full message

Phone numbers that reveal a mysterious busy signal:

  • 273-555-0101
  • 273-555-0108
  • 273-555-0113
  • 273-555-0128
  • 273-555-0139
  • 273-555-0146
  • 273-555-0151
  • 273-555-0172
  • 273-555-0177
  • 273-555-0182
  • 273-555-0193
  • 273-555-0195
  • 273-555-0199
  • 328-555-0108
  • 328-555-0117
  • 328-555-0126
  • 328-555-0131
  • 328-555-0135
  • 328-555-0160
  • 328-555-0164
  • 328-555-0169
  • 328-555-0171
  • 328-555-0174
  • 346-555-0130
  • 346-555-0132
  • 346-555-0137
  • 346-555-0144
  • 346-555-0152
  • 346-555-0170
  • 346-555-0179
  • 346-555-0195
  • 346-555-0198
  • 611-555-0100
  • 611-555-0104
  • 611-555-0107
  • 611-555-0111
  • 611-555-0115
  • 611-555-0123
  • 611-555-0135
  • 611-555-0143
  • 611-555-0149
  • 611-555-0156
  • 611-555-0166
  • 611-555-0173
  • 611-555-0182
  • 611-555-0186

Elsewhere on USG we’ve got guides covering how to make the most out of the stock market, and all the info you need on GTA Online Gunrunning.

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