Grand Theft Auto V - (Philippa Warr)

Gunrunning brings upgrades to the Tampa

Let’s pretend for a moment that the best part of GTA Online [official site] isn’t seeing who can go furthest when leaping off the Hollywood sign and deploying a parachute to scoot to victory before having a little bike race to the foot of a hill. Have I lost you already? Fine. I’ll wait for you to finish the bike race.

Back? Okay. So there’s apparently an update called “Gunrunning” coming. I’m tentatively interested but only because of the running part and not the gun part. Running with guns sounds unsafe. Even more unsafe than running with scissors. … [visit site to read more]

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While sharply dressed CEOs trade Special Cargo from lavish air conditioned suites, and leather-clad Bikers own the roadways moving illicit consumer goods; new opportunities are opening in a highly lucrative and equally malicious network hidden underground ripe for takeover by the VIPs, CEOs, and Biker bosses of Los Santos and Blaine County.

Southern San Andreas' illegal weapons trafficking industry rises to the surface in Gunrunning, a massive new update coming this June to GTA Online.

Dotted throughout Blaine County are hatches - look into these mysterious properties on the Maze Bank Foreclosure site and you’ll find sprawling underground headquarters for sale, ready to be stocked with new military grade vehicles and weapons manufacturing equipment capable of developing highly sought after offensive and defensive technologies. As the residents of Los Santos know, the only thing more fun than crime is profit and should you choose to invest in this new business, some extremely shady customers are ready to pay top dollar for what you can deliver.

Stay tuned for more on Gunrunning, including specific business and research opportunities, details on the massive tactical, full-service Mobile Operation Centers complete with new weapon upgrades and deep customization, all new Weaponized Vehicles and more.

Target practice from the convenience of your own Bunker

The Tampa gets a weaponized upgrade

The APC is equipped to handle all terrain and water
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*Offer ends Tuesday, May 30th at 10AM Pacific Time

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - (Alec Meer)

Oh my Grodd

The Mac Dad will make you jump jump, for, as always, these are the ten games with the most accumulated sales on Steam over the past week. It’s an odd old chart this week: the mainstays continue to stay, but random discounts remix things quite a bit. … [visit site to read more]

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Grand Theft Auto 5 is years old at this point, but it’s found new life on Twitch thanks to one thing: roleplaying. On a secret third-party server, dozens of the most popular streamers are acting out the insane lives of criminals and the cops who are forced to bring them to heel. It’s bizarre, hilarious, and sometimes even outright offensive—exactly what you’d expect from Los Santos’ citizens.

“We started popping up in streams on Twitch months ago and it ignored from there,” Jim Kelly, the owner of the State of Emergency GTA 5 RP server, tells me. “The more it was streamed, the more it attracted new members, and the more bigger streamers started coming in. It's like 30 separate stories unfolding in one world.”

Built using the FiveM mod with a host of custom addons, State of Emergency is a private 24-person server that has exploded in popularity over the last few months due to its crazy antics. While the Evol PC Gaming community that runs the server has public RP servers where anyone can play, this particular server is for recognized Twitch streamers and a few regular players who have taken their roleplaying to the next level. Forget classic characters like Trevor or Michael—Avon Barksdale, Slappy McGaffy, and the Dankweed Brothers are the new faces of Grand Theft Auto.

Here’s streamer GiantWaffle busting out a rap of Dante Dankweed’s life story. 

Unlike my journey into Ark: Survival Evolved’s most prominent RP server, GTA 5 players make a (feeble) effort to lead normal, everyday lives. They’ll meet at restaurants, go on dates, and even work mundane jobs to make a little extra cash. Or they’ll call 911 and pretend they’re about to commit suicide unless the responding officer agrees to go on a date with them. 

Given the nature of GTA, it’s no surprise that most of the characters are criminals. But where GTA RP differs is that there’s some semblance of order to the usual chaos found in your average session of GTA Online. Many of the server admins and moderators have taken up the role of Los Santos police officers who patrol the streets doling out justice to any of the streamers caught breaking the law. The dedication to simulating actual police work is incredible, with cops using proper call signs and police codes when communicating with one another. No crime is too small either, as players are frequently pulled over for broken tail lights or failing to stop at red lights. It’s these mundane interactions that often spiral into hilarity.

Sheriff Eli Thompson is easily the server’s most famous cop. Channeling his past experience as an actual police officer, Thompson’s commitment to being a no-nonsense hard-ass has made him one of State of Emergency’s most beloved characters. Before then, Thompson had only appeared as a supporting character, but viewers loved his serious demeanour so much they rallied to help him upgrade his PC so he could begin his own stream. He’s only been streaming for little over a week, but already has more than 121,000 followers.

“I was beyond surprised,” Thompson told Kotaku. “I could not feel more humbled and lucky by the outpouring of support from the entire community.”

In a very rare moment of breaking character, streamer PmsProxy captured the moment Thompson learned that the community had raised over $10,000 to help fund his new PC. 

That moment of breaking character is strictly a one time thing. Otherwise, Thompson is known for his stern manner and amazing catchphrases. During one stream, Thompson tried to arrest a random NPC for driving erratically and ends up exchanging fisticuffs with him. “Nice try you son of a bitch, I’m going to beat seven shades of shit out of you,” he taunts during the brawl.

Another newcomer who is climbing the ranks thanks to his absurd character is Miltonpike1, who plays fashionista Kiki Chanel. This moment where he critiques anatanome outfit goes from mildly funny to alarmingly dark rather quickly. 

With some of the biggest streamers on Twitch now participating, it’s easy to find a character that appeals to your sense of humor. As a Canadian, I was a big fan of Gordie Whitman before his visa was revoked and he had to return to the true white north. I’m sure the fact that he assaulted a police officer during a field sobriety test had nothing to do with it. 

If you’re keen on participating, Evol PC Gaming has public roleplaying servers that you can play in—but only if you’re patient enough to wait for an open slot due to the server’s popularity. If your character is especially good, you could be chosen to play on the private server among some of Twitch’s biggest channels.

We’ll have more on Grand Theft Auto roleplaying in the coming weeks. 

Grand Theft Auto V

There's an AI driving on the streets of Los Santos. It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop. Ever. 

...Unless it drives into a tree, or a fence, or careens off an embankment and does a serene, elegant flip into the ocean. Which, it turns out, happens every two or three minutes. But such stops are only temporary for Charles, a "convolutional neural network that learns to drive through deep learning" on the Twitch channel sentdex. Right now, about 2500 people are watching the AI swerve in and out of traffic before inevitably getting stuck on a rock, flipped upside down or sunk underwater.

"At the moment, Charles learns and takes all actions based on single frames at a time, and bases his decisions on just pixel data," the Twitch page reads. "Charles only sees exactly what you see. In time, I intend to give Charles some short-term memory to hopefully improve his driving."

I've watched Charles long enough to see some genuinely impressive driving. The AI can weave between cars and mostly stays in the correct lane, making microadjustments to avoid completely stalling out or smashing directly into another car. But it's not so good at avoiding cross-traffic or taking corners—those usually result in some sidewalk pedestrian casualties. Charles seems to care much more about driving than human life. Let's hope our self-driving cars have slightly different priorities.

Charles' wrecks mostly come when the AI's attempts to avoid traffic send it unpredictably off-road at high speeds. While it may be pretty decent at quickly dodging cars, it doesn't quite have the logic necessary to navigate cramped spaces. Even the worst driver's ed students are better at parking than this.

After the AI determines it's stuck, it resets to a road and starts driving anew. Never tired, never hungry. I find myself oddly hopeful while watching Charles continue on so valiantly. Maybe someday it will get where it's going.

Thanks, Kotaku

Grand Theft Auto V - (Alice O'Connor)

You might have heard that some folks making self-driving cars used Grand Theft Auto V to help train their AIs. You might have wondered what that looks like. You… might not learn that watching this Twitch livestream of an AI learning to drive in GTA V. The compubrain, named Charles, is less advanced, though Charles sounds fancy in creator Harrison ‘Sentdex’ Kinsley’s description: “a convolutional neural network that learns to drive through deep learning.” Charles often ends up atop highway barriers, ramming walls, or battered in ludicrous police chases. This makes Charles no less fun to watch. … [visit site to read more]

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Get doubly rewarded this week for taking down the lucrative scores from GTA Online: Heists, as all five of these multi-tiered cooperative missions will be dishing out twice as much GTA$ and RP from May 9th - 15th.

For those yet to tackle Heists in GTA Online, here's a brief rundown of each one:

Fleeca Job - Prove your worth as a heist crew by taking down a small Fleeca Bank franchise on the Western Highway. Scope it out, get your getaway car, then take it down and get out clean.

Prison Break - Break a high value inmate out of Bolingbroke Penitentiary. To get him out, you'll need an inmate transport bus and a smugglers' plane. To keep him happy, you'll need to settle some debts and get him his car.

Humane Labs Raid - Go into a secretive research facility and come out with their data. Get hold of an EMP and get it into their grounds, get the Lab's key codes, and get yourself an attack chopper. Then half the team hits the lab and half holds off security until it's done.

Series A Funding - Help a smalltime dealer get the stock he needs to launch a bigtime distribution business. Raid some of the largest narco-operations in the state, take their product, and get it all together for the big sale.

Pacific Standard Job - Bring down the flagship branch of one of the biggest banks in the country. Find a transponder and tune it to the right signal to disable Pacific Standard dye packs, get hacking equipment, getaway bikes and thermal charges, then go in hard and come out with their holdings.

While being in a Crew isn't a necessity for Heists, communication and coordination are key to maximize pulling off a successful Heist with your jewels intact. So round up your best Crewmates and put that planning board in your luxury apartment to good use. If you're looking to squad up with some like-minded entrepreneurs, check out some recently featured Crews recruiting here on the Newswire or head over to Social Club to scout out potential partners-in-crime. 

And please note that while the payouts for special bonuses like the All In Order Challenge and Criminal Mastermind Challenge are still active, Double GTA$ and RP do not apply to them.


Don't forget to take full advantage of all the other discounts and bonuses currently active in GTA Online, from Double GTA$ & RP on Biker Contract Missions to bonus payouts on Special Cargo Deliveries, 25% off select Vehicles and more. Get the full rundown at the Social Club Events Page.


This week's Premium Special Vehicle Race is "Beach Party" - locked to the Blazer Aqua. Launch Premium Races through the Quick Job App on your in-game phone or via the yellow corona at Legion Square for a shot at big GTA$ payouts awarded to the top three finishers, and get Triple RP just for participating.

"Raton Canyon" is this week's Time Trial. Set a Waypoint to the marker on your map and enter via the purple corona. Beat par time to earn a sizable GTA$ & RP reward.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - (Alec Meer)

In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion checks to see which ten games sold best on Steam over the past week. He just can’t sleep until he knows whether Prey made it to number one or not. … [visit site to read more]


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