Posted 29 September 2012 - 02:55 PM
Posted 01 October 2012 - 03:07 PM
Posted 03 October 2012 - 08:00 PM
Change the layout.
I have having the stretched page and have to pan left and right as well as up and down for a single paragraph.
But over than that, it's great! You can see the effort you place into this whole thing.
Posted 04 October 2012 - 02:36 AM
|QUOTE (Mr. Reaper. @ Thursday, Oct 4 2012, 01:30)|
| Just suggestion.|
Change the layout.
I have having the stretched page and have to pan left and right as well as up and down for a single paragraph.
But over than that, it's great! You can see the effort you place into this whole thing.
I always the collapse the side menu and scroll towards the right end. The images of the layout are perfect for my resolution with the whole screen covering the whole width of the newsletter.
Posted 06 October 2012 - 07:37 AM
|QUOTE (Master of San Andreas @ Saturday, Oct 6 2012, 07:28)|
|Time for Issue#7 I Think Or is it delayed?|
No, it's getting ready. Stay tuned.
Posted 06 October 2012 - 02:37 PM
Seems like conspiracy theory high season over in Gen. Chat. Although the 9/11 11th Anniversary went by smoothly, with only a few posts about conspiracy theories, the new topic Are we being brainwashed? by uzi 9mm has caused some members who were known for their conspiracies to return and call anyone who dares oppose them and their campaign for enlightenment on GTAForums a Mossad agent or a government shill. More on that and other Gen Chat related topics from shiva s, I suppose.
SOTW #45 has started and the entry thread is almost over with the topic 'Pixels', make sure to vote (as by the time this newsletter is published, the deadline will be over) for your favorites if you're interested.
Most of us know the GTAForums Top 100 Films 2012 Edition from Movies & TV. But now there's a new version in Gaming Chat, GTAForums Top 100 Games 2012 Edition, made by Master of San Andreas.
If you're a regular GTAF Weekly reader, you'll know that I've linked a lot of other topics that contain helpful programs for anything from writing to enhancing your GTAForums experience, but here's a great topic that ranged from Web/Forum Hosting, to Coding Tutorials and much more things that fall under the same category, kindly collected in a V2 version in the WD&P Mega Topic by Butters 2011.
Please, don't post anything game-related in Debates & Discussion, I've already listed a short guide (with links to other guides) about posting in D&D, but it's just another problem that I didn't directly address last time. D&D isn't for games.
Thanks for reading and have fun reading the other parts of this issue of GTAF Weekly!
He created a thread about this in GTANetwork Support subforums explaining about how he is treated in an unfair manner by some members around GTAForums. The thread was however locked by Waddy later. He later created a public apology thread in General Chat but no one seemed to care about this. It was again locked by Waddy. Continuous rants about him in the Grumpy Old Forumers thread. That's all about MIKEON8ERISBACK. Moreover, miromiro has made the October 2012 Update in his GTANetwork Newbie Guide. Here's the link:
Some new topics this week. The notable ones are:
- If you had 3 wishes.. by Master of San Andreas - If you were given a chance to make three wishes, what would you wish for? Post it in this topic.
- The Feast of Fear by Mr. Reaper. - It's a thread for posting scary, creepy and disturbing images and videos. So, if you have any, post it in this topic.
- Why is it so f*cking hot in october? by E.A.B - Do I even have to provide an explanation for this?
And, that's the end of General Chat News. Please, forgive me for the short amount of work here as I got only a tiny amount of time for writing this. Have fun reading the other sections.
- Rockstar is an “Organized Chaos”. At least this is what an anonymous Rockstar employee wrote on glassdoor in July 2011.
For those who are not familiar with the site, Glassdoor.com is essentially a repository of information on companies—anonymous reviews, salaries, interview questions, etc. contributed by former and current employees—for job seekers seeking an "inside look" into those companies. In addition to that primary purpose, Glassdoor might actually be one of the most compelling sources discussing the inner workings of the gaming industry You have the link here.
- GTA San Andreas was so great and had such repercussions that even there is sociological studies about this game. For example "The Meaning of Race and Violence in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" by Ben DeVane & Kurt D. Squire. "This research study investigates how youths actually play Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and what meanings they make from it." Interesting, right? Do you want a link? OK, just click here!
- The wonderful world of Rockstar (See: '"The Wonderful World of Disney"');
This week here, Dan Houser on the double standard in the GTA IV controversy.
"The 'controversy' story gets a bit frustrating... if this was a movie, a book, or a TV show, we wouldn't be having this conversation. We're an easy enemy to divert everyone's attention from the stuff that really matters."
"There's an argument that video games have caused this massive upsurge in youth violence--they haven't, it's actually gone down. So it's got nothing to do with the content; it's to do with the medium. The problem is that video games aren't the medium [of politicians and tabloid journalists]. Well, that's just a social change, and you're a Luddite if you challenge that."
Dan has some really good points here, what do you think?
That´s all for this week, see ya next time.
Wey hey, it's another issue of GTAForums Weekly and that means it's time for another View into the OGA. This week there will be a slight addition to the article which I think is quite exciting.
However we start with a follow up to a story from last week's issue. AMF members were quick to attack Edmachine after he declared himself the rightful Duke of the AMF. AMF put down his claims and thought of him as nothing but a mere old coot. After the news broke in this article last week, Edmachine sought my help in "exposing" the treachery of certain AMF members and leaked me a confidential folder of many IRC and PM conversations that if released, would be very embarassing to certain members such as Fnorg and Andrew. I have taken the action of not posting this information in my article as I wish to remain neutral in this conflict. My sources within the AMF suggest that a civil war is indeed brewing between Edmachine plus some followers and the rest of the AMF. Stay tuned, this could be a bumpy one...
A mysterious topic was up for a mere 10 minutes this past week in the OGA. Only a few members were able to glimpse it before it was taken down again. This prompted somebody to make a topic that speculated what the topc meant. It is said that the topic featured possible layouts for a new website...a website that was called "GTAForums". Is this a new skin for the forums? A brand new website all together? GTA V2.0? That remains to be seen. I have reached out to several mods and admins who remain schtum.
From now on, I will be taking time to focus one one particular gang. These will rotate each week. We will start off this week by looking at the Zaibatsu.
Zaibatsu ended their recent recruitment drive in which they pinpointed 7 potential members to join their ranks. If you have not been contacted by Waddy, do not fret as Zaibatsu are looking for three more members to keep tabs on. If you wish to be considered, PM Waddy with your interest.
A recent spat between #zaibatsu and #yardies on IRC turned ugly this week. The Yardies struck first blood when they spammed the Zaibatsu channel but then the Z didn't go down without a fight. They sent in somebody posing as a girl. This girl then gave lt_yao topless pictures and yao responded by giving away Admin rights to this "girl" who used them to ban everybody in the channel. Zaibatsu won this fight.
Thanks to Outcast for the suggestion to this section.
This week's article question is:
Which is the most essential feature that should be given to the V forums led bys?
"The feature to permanently ban members if it's necessarily needed. It was always bad in the GTA V section if it comes to trolling and flaming but the last days and weeks were the worst I have ever seen here on GTAForums. The worst example: Some guys create accounts here just to spread porn images. The V forum leaders are frustrated because they can only edit the posts that were made but they don't have the power to ban these trolls. They have to wait until an admin or a global mod goes online and "finish the job". I hope that the staff team find a solution for this problem soon. If the V forum leaders would have the ability to ban members then I think the job would be much easier and not a nightmare as it is right now."
"I would say that they should be given the power to ban or temp-ban posters.
Often times in the V section, we get terrible trolls; for example lately there is one individual that keeps creating/already has multiple accounts in order to spam pictures of porn over and over again throughout the V section threads. The forum leaders do their best to deal with this but if global mods and admins are offline they can't do anything but keep deleting/editing posts while the spammer continues. This happens to be the case many times because the porn spammer seems to do this whenever there's no one around and he taunts the staff with usernames like "Unbannable". There was one such incident where it was a half hour or so before he was dealt with. I think it would be a good idea to give the forum leaders the power to hand out - at minimum - temp-bans to at least stop spammers from posting until someone with the power to fully ban can log on and deal with it."
"Hmm, I think that they should be able to limit the amount of threads people can make a day (without actually banning the user). There are plenty of useless threads made by innocent new users who don't deserve a ban but just need to stop making new topics. It's these very threads that fill up the front page and drop the important topics to the bottom, possibly even the second page, where they become almost completely abandoned."
This section aims to highlight members who had been very helpful to the forums as well as members around the forums.
This week, we decided to ring Wolf68k, one of the Most Helpful Member in GTAForums for the interview. Have fun!
Shiva: How did you know GTAForums before you joined?
Wolf: I was playing GTA3 on the PC back in the day, this was soon after it's release to the PC, and had gotten stuck on a mission. I did a search to try to find some help and GTAF came up. I found what I needed in the forums and it really helped me out. I came back a few more times for more help. I noticed someone else asking for help on something and I knew the answer so I signed up and helped out. That is pretty much how I got started here.
Shiva: You're one of the most helpful members around GTAForums. How do you feel about that?
Wolf: I enjoy helping people. It can be big strain some times as well though, mostly from people that don't want to listen to the advise they are getting. But over all as long as I was able to give some kind of help or information that is helpful then I'm happy.
Shiva: How did you become a forums led by of Tech & PC chat section?
Wolf: I got the job pretty much because no one else was around enough or had the experience. I was the Led-by for GTAVC forums because of the Save-N-Play and that's pretty much what I stuck to in there. Then moved to the SA SNP when that came out. Then I pretty much stopped playing those games and stuck to the PC chat while I played other things.
Shiva: How did you develop interest in Tech ?
Wolf: I've pretty much always been interesting in how things work and even why they work the way they do. My first experience with a computer was back in the late 70s at my dad's office with a punch card machine. The first computer in our home was a giant NCR machine that took a forklift to get off the truck and 6 guys to carry it through the house. The only thing I was allowed to do on there though was something my dad showed me which was to make an ASCII rocket ship and "launch" it off the screen. First personal computer was an Apple.
At some point in the middle of all of that I was given a beginners electronic kit from Radio Shack. It had a bunch of wire that you used some springs to pull out a bit and stick the wire in and that's who you wired a circuit. Showed how to make even a basic AM radio receiver, although the antenna was so bad I never got it to work to hear anything.
From there I would time to time take something apart see how it works and then put back together. However some times I wasn't completely successful and it would have some kind of a glitch or worse be completely broken. But as with all things, with experience comes knowledge.
Shiva: It's pretty suprising to notice that you're not a member of any OGA Group yet. Did you serve in any clans or OGA Group before?
Wolf: I'm not much of a clan person. I'd rather be a part of a community than a clan. To me GTAF is a community it. While most of the people that come here is because of their love of GTA they also play other games and for other clans/teams and yet at the same time they don't have to a part of anything. To me with a clan you're committed to that clan. Most clans have a rule that any game you play you have to wear their clan tag and you can't be apart of another clan in any way, you can have friends there but you can't join their clan even though they play a completely different game even if it's a completely different genre.
I was a member of a BF1942/CODUO/Tribes clan once because I wanted to play a team base game with people that wanted to work as a team. I had a bit of a falling out with them and left. I then joined (officially) another BF1942 community [not a clan/team] (they do anything Battlefield) in 2007 and I'm still with them to day as a Senior Admin for Battlefield 3. I had also joined a MTASA clan for a short time until I learned that I couldn't be an in-depth part of that BF1942 community based on their rules. So I stepped out of being part of that clan but stayed on as part of their community of regulars.
I have been asked many times by various groups here to join them and I've always turned them down. Personally a clan within a community I just don't get. But then I also say, "to each their own."
Shiva: Are you a regular in any other subsections besides Tech & PC Chat?
Wolf: Not really. I've helped out here and there in the GFX request but wasn't as helpful as I'd like to be. And I've tried to get into the Gaming chat but it's all too much and mostly console games and I'm not a big console fan.
Shiva: Your favourite member in GTAForums?
Wolf: I can't really say I have a favorite of anything. But I do have to tip my hat to people like Stinky12, finn4life, Tornado Rex (who also was a big help to me in the SNP topics), SyphonPayne (someone I really got to know from that MTASA clan), and there are many others and I apologize for not mentioning them by name. Pretty much anyone that helps me out in the PC Chat by help those that need it. Without them my job would be a 100 times harder.
Shiva: Your opinions about GTAF Weekly?
Wolf: Since this if the first I've heard of it I can't really say how I feel about it. I'd have to see it before I can give my real thoughts. I think it could be a pretty good idea. Maybe even expand it to an audio podcast. I watch a lot of video podcasts and before that listened to the audio versions. I'm not sure this would work as a video podcast, that's not to say it couldn't, but an audio podcast I could easily see being do able.
Shiva: Are you excited about GTAF 2.0? Your suggestions for it?
Wolf: Another thing I haven't heard of until now. My only fear is how well it's going to run but seeing as how I know there are a lot of great coders working on the back-end then I'm not too worried.
Shiva: If you were given a chance to promote someone to a global mod, who would you choose?
Wolf: I don't really know. Never really thought about it. I'm not a big social person. It's took me a while to decide to do this interview, and hopefully I'm too late getting it back to you. So I'm not really sure who is really at what level any more. I'm also not exactly sure of the hierarchy either.
Shiva: Your plans for the future in GTAForums?
Wolf: As long as I can apart of this community I don't really plan on going any where. I pretty much just go with the flow. I take breaks from things, as everyone should, so I might seem to have suddenly disappear but that doesn't mean I'm gone.
Grand Theft Auto Vice City Mobile
Author: City_Poke912 | Category: Map
This mod is about exploring the hot 80's Vice City in mobile devices. This mod will convert the map, weapons, cars and missions. This mod was started by City_Poke912, one of the best modders in GTAForums on September 22, 2012 and the mod thread has already reached its sevent page. The team consists of him (City_Poke) and Frank.S. The screenshots of this mod looks promising and awesome. Feedbacks keeps coming in the topic. So, don't forget to check this out!
AV: So, to start off with, how long have you been playing GTA?
lol232: Well, I've been playing GTA for around 8-9 Years
AV: What was your first GTA you ever played? Where and when did it happen, and who introduced you to it?
lol232: It was GTA Vice City, on PC. It was my Cousin, who is 2 years older than me, who introduced me. I remember I used to live with him before I bought a home in Novi Sad. Well, when he got into the toilet, and he was playing Vice City at that moment, I got to the PC, made a few steps, jumped, I suppose it was next the Sunshine Autos, then he came, saw me playing and he was pissed - He said that anything I grab, I will destroy it... Now, he is calling me to fix his computer!
But the first GTA Game I got myself was GTA San Andreas back in 2007/2008. It was a Pirated copy of Cousin's CD, which was also pirated. Later my uncles friend cracked the game since I didn't know how to do it. First Original Copy of a GTA Game was GTA Vice City, in 2009/2010, but the CD got scratched in 2011, so this year I re-bought it. I didn't have a Manual, so I took the Manual from the disc of my cousin, since it was scratched, and put it in mine.
AV: So how did it feel - playing GTA for the first time?
lol232: It was an awesome feeling, I used to find all the video games amusing. I can't really recall much, I remember not being able to swim, jumping from the bridge on a boat, and the shape of the Rio boat, the Katana Massacre in North Point Mall, beheading people with Katana, walking on the Pool in El Swanko Casa, the Predator, the boat that could shoot, the fun with the Rhino Tank, the Afro-American guy with a Blue Jacket.
That's all I can remember.
AV: What made you go and buy or get another games from the series?
lol232: Well, the fact that I was interested to play games in more cities. So I bought more GTA Games.
AV: And what game made you fall in love with GTA overall?
lol232: What made me fall in love with GTA overall was the challenge, the mayhem, Storyline missions, it was a very unique game, where you could do almost anything you want.
AV: So as of now, what is your favorite game (or games) and why?
lol232: My favourite GTA Games are GTA Vice City and GTA III.
I just loved the 80's feel, the Storyline, it was incredible. I loved the sunshine, the action,
exploring the city, being the Boss, the Miami Feel... It just felt like I was there.
On the other hand, I love GTA III too. I loved flying the Dodo, remembering every centimeter of the city since there was no map, steam on the dark, gritty streets...
Those games just took my imagination to a higher level!
AV: What kind of gameplay you prefer? (for example, 100% completion, free-roam, casing mayhem, roughly completing the Storyline, using cheats or not using them etc).
lol232: I prefer doing GTA Games with 100% Completion and doing other Side Missions that are not needed for it. For example, the Securicar Cracker Garage in GTA III; Burglary Missions, Girlfriends, 2 Beat the Cock Triathlons in GTA San Andreas; Roman's Taxi Fares, Bonus Random Encounters, getting 100% Respect and Like, getting 100% Fondness for all Girlfriends in GTA IV etc. I try to collect as many Unique Vehicles as possible. I love the Fun and Challenge obtaining them. I try to keep Failures as minimal as possible and make sure I never get Wasted or Busted. I would spare all the Characters that are possible to spare in GTA IV, simply because you would usually get more Bonuses like Random Encounters, but even if there isn't a Bonus, I would still spare them. I never use cheats unless I am bored, or when I get Wasted, Busted or fail a Mission or something like that after a lot of progress made without saving, I type in some cheats and cause mayhem to show them how pissed I am, but of course - I never save after using cheats.
AV: So you own almost all GTAs! How long did it take you to collect them? And what games are still mission from your collection?
lol232: Well, I own all GTAs except LCS (Unless a Broken Disc Counts), GTA Advance and GTA Chinatown Wars (Which I have on an Emulator). It took about... 2-3 years to Collect. I am also planning to Upgrade my PC Specs for better gameplay on GTA IV and EFLC and to get prepared for GTA V.
AV: If there was one, what game did you want the most to finally come out (except for GTA V)?
lol232: I was never excited for GTA Releases, till GTA V, simply because I didn't hear it's coming out. Now that I completed all GTA Games, I simply want something new, so I am excited for GTA V.
AV: Do you consider yourself a GTA Addict? And do you consider yourself a professional player? Is it about one specific game or about all GTA games?
lol232: Well, I guess I consider myself a GTA Addict overall. And I also consider myself a professional player for GTA III, GTA Vice City, GTA San Andreas, GTA IV and GTA IV EFLC.
AV: Do you have a favorite vehicle or clothing from any GTA game you'd like to have yourself IRL?
lol232: My favourite Vehicle from a GTA Game that I would like to have IRL is the Stallion from every GTA 3D and HD Game plus GTA 1. I also love the Infernus from III, VC, SA and IV.
I would also Like to have Tommy's Clothing, especially The Shirt from GTA Vice City, and the Soiree Suit from GTA Vice City IRL.
AV: What are your favorite quotes from GTA?
lol232: My Favourite Quotes from GTA Series are:
Tommy Vercetti: I just wanted to piss you off before I kill you. (GTA Vice City)
Earnest Kelly: Tommy, rip that guy another asshole for me!
Tommy Vercetti: I'm gonna rip him two! (GTA Vice City)
Carl Johnson: Does the Pope sh*t in the woods? (GTA San Andreas)
Salvatore Leone: I see nothing but good things for you, my boy... (GTA III)
Niko Bellic: So this is what the dream feels like, this is the victory we longed for. (GTA IV)
Johnny Klebitz: Well here you are, you fork tongued bastard. I've been looking for you. (GTA IV: The Lost and Damned)
William Grey: The Faster we go, the harder we hit it, the more us brothers pull together! (GTA IV: The Lost and Damned)
Luiz Lopez: Gay Tony, you will always be the king of this town. (GTA IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony)
And Of Course!
Claude Speed: ... (GTA III).
AV: Now that was a great joke for an ending. Thanks for the great interview, lol232! I wish you all the best!
Posted 06 October 2012 - 04:27 PM
Posted 06 October 2012 - 04:49 PM
|Zaibatsu ended their recent recruitment drive in which they pinpointed 7 potential members to join their ranks. If you have not been contacted by Waddy, do not fret as Zaibatsu are looking for three more members to keep tabs on. If you wish to be considered, PM Waddy with your interest.|
Seriously, who tells you this sh*t?
Posted 06 October 2012 - 05:02 PM
|QUOTE (Master of San Andreas @ Saturday, Oct 6 2012, 19:57)|
| Excellent Issue! Keep Up The Good Work Shiva!|
Pfft, more than just Shiva.
Although I shouldn't be talking, I think he rest of the team is pissed at me because I send the issues in too late, I tried my best this week, but f*ck it. I've been really busy, and there's a high chance I'll have to take a break sometime in January because I doubt I'll have Internet after the move, hehe.
@Waddy: Again, Pandazoot writes all those. I doubt anyone will actually PM you (unless they did).
Posted 06 October 2012 - 05:22 PM
Posted 06 October 2012 - 05:46 PM
|However we start with a follow up to a story from last week's issue. AMF members were quick to attack Edmachine after he declared himself the rightful Duke of the AMF. AMF put down his claims and thought of him as nothing but a mere old coot. After the news broke in this article last week, Edmachine sought my help in "exposing" the treachery of certain AMF members and leaked me a confidential folder of many IRC and PM conversations that if released, would be very embarassing to certain members such as Fnorg and Andrew. I have taken the action of not posting this information in my article as I wish to remain neutral in this conflict. My sources within the AMF suggest that a civil war is indeed brewing between Edmachine plus some followers and the rest of the AMF. Stay tuned, this could be a bumpy one...|
I have nothing to hide. The AMF believes in total glasnost. What you see is what you get. "Peace and unity through love" is our motto but in Italian or Latin or something. Your threats are meaningless. Your fabrications - and that is what this supposed 'leak' is, mere lies - will do nothing to harm us.
Posted 07 October 2012 - 01:30 AM
Sorry for this inconvinence.
@Fnorg I understand, man. I'd like to apologise once again. I will talk to Pandazoot about this.
@Greenline No, we're not.
Posted 07 October 2012 - 02:56 AM
Posted 11 October 2012 - 12:14 AM
shiva s, clean out your PM box!
I can't respond to your PM if your box is full!! ( yes, I got your message and tried to respond.
Also, keep up the good work.
Posted 11 October 2012 - 12:18 AM
|QUOTE (ghost of delete key @ Thursday, Oct 11 2012, 00:14)|
| I hate to go offtopic, but...|
shiva s, clean out your PM box!
I can't respond to your PM if your box is full!! ( yes, I got your message and tried to respond.
Also, keep up the good work.
Sorry about that, godk. I've cleaned it now.
Posted 14 October 2012 - 05:33 AM
|QUOTE (Master of San Andreas @ Sunday, Oct 14 2012, 15:30)|
|So Issue 8 is delayed? It has been a day|
Chill. It will most likely be published within the next 24 hours.
Posted 14 October 2012 - 07:36 AM
Hello everyone, and welcome to the 8th issue of GTAF Weekly. October 8, 2011 - this date may not seem familiar to some, but many of us remember it as a day of darkness for our beloved forums. This tragic day - the day we lost our forum family member and a great staff, GTA3Freak-2001 which was sadly informed by adamcs in the Announcements subsection. This struck the whole GTAF Community. One year has passed and people are still paying their respect for him in the topic. This pretty much sums up the love and respect, they still have for him. He will definitely be missed but never forgotten.
Anyway, we're back once again to keep you all entertained. Have fun reading the issue!
The folks who turned up were myself, Seb (Outcast), Jack (JayC) and Scott (Papanesta). There were meant to be a few others but due to various reasons they couldn't make it unfortunately.
On Friday 28th of September, I, a small-time guy from Wales, was struck with awe as I entered this gigantic metropolis. I saw stress-laden men busy on their phones, cyclists defying physics by squeezing themselves between a gap roughly 1ft in width between the pavement and the National Express coach in which I sat. The forgotten architecture was screaming for attention, begging people to look up, yet everyone was looking down at their iPhones and Androids, displaying incredible intuition as they blindly navigated the busy crowds effortlessly. All the while, Helpless by Neil Young was playing through my headphones and, in a way, it felt incredibly appropriate.
As you may have guessed, I had never been to London before and was quite taken back by the whole thing. After I had found my hostel and got all the check-in stuff sorted out, I went to the Science Museum and spent a majority of my time in the section about space travel and the technology surrounding it all. I won't bore you with the details but I highly recommend paying a visit. During all this, Seb and I had been keeping in touch with each other, eventually bringing Jack into the conversation.
Skip a sh*t load of boring crap about me having the greatest shower of all time, a couple of Twix's and a quick nap.
It was around 7pm when myself, Jack and Scott finally met up in Piccadilly Circus. As we stood next to the worlds smallest car, we exchanged pleasantries and decided that what we needed to do was hit the pubs instantly. With everyone in agreement, we headed off to a little pub called The White Horse. It was a nice place. Busy, but nice. During our wait for Seb to show up, we had a few pints, a few smokes, and plenty of laughs. Unfortunately, being the deaf git I am, I found it hard to understand two Scotsmen but I eventually found my way around their accents. It was about 9pm that Seb finally met us and, as before, we all seemed to get along pretty well. I'm not sure who's suggestion it was but we eventually moved on to some underground pub that had a Matrix-like vibe and then to a casino in which we got pretty f*cking drunk. I don't think any of us realized how pissed we were until we all decided it was time to head home at roughly 3am.
On that same night, I had my very first White Russian which, in my weird little way, was in honour of The Dude. I also had my very first McDonald's. It was f*cking incredible*.
The next day, I woke up at roughly 1pm with one hell of a severe hangover. I sorted myself out with a shower and another McDonald's for breakfast. It was f*cking awful**. Eventually, myself and Jack met up in the same place as before and decided to head to the pub we were at the night before. Mainly because it was familiar and also because the woman behind the bar was seriously good looking. Anyway, Jack got in touch with Seb and we were both disappointed to find out that he wasn't going to be able to make it that night. Personally, I hadn't actually spoken to Seb that much the night before this (nothing personal, it's just hard to carry a conversation when you're pretty deaf and in a noisy environment) so I was hoping to make amends on the second night. Jack and I then went to some Canadian pub where we proceeded to drink pint after pint, all the while talking about the pro's and con's of women, the deep-frying culture of Scotland, and the post-coital shame that sometimes occurs (yes, I used an in-joke. Deal with it).
We eventually met up with Scott who didn't exactly look too perky. Suffering from a lethal cocktail of a severe hangover, very little sleep, and a lot of time spent at Eurogamer, the bloke rightly decided to call it a night. Jack and I were feeling pretty gritty but reminded ourselves that something like this doesn't happen very often. With that thought fresh in out minds, we set out to destroy our livers. We went to the casino we were in the previous night. Whilst at the bar, an attractive blonde slipped herself between the two of us and proceeded to make everyone within a 3-metre radius laugh their tits off with her quirky quips aimed at the bartender. As Jack put it, she seemed incredibly high-maintenance. After a while we decided to head upstairs to see if we could source some food but ended up failing in that quest. We stood at the bar conversing about something when I noticed a woman drinking Disaronno, a liqueur with a taste similar to bakewell tarts. I pointed this out to the woman who enthusiastically agreed and, after about 5 minutes, we stole her friend, the Hot Asian Girl.
Eventually, after hours of talking (Jack) and flirting (me) with this awesome woman, we realised it was now 5am and was probably time to head home. I had to be up at 9am to check-out in time and I'm pretty sure Jack was in a similar position. So it was at this point we decided to call it a night.
I woke up the next morning feeling rather uneasy, incredibly hungry, and still drunk. As I made my way to the McDonald's down the road to get breakfast***, the alcohol still had possession of my legs and was refusing to let them meet causing me to walk all over the place. With 8 hours to pass until I had to catch my coach, I went to Leicester Square Gardens, a place Jack had showed me the previous day, found a nice tree and slept against it. The sound of the water fountain provided a nice break from the noise of busy crowds and essentially provided a lullaby of sorts. Afterwards, wanting to use whatever credit I had on my Oyster card, I went to Victoria and continued my sleeping/tramping in Grosvenor Gardens. It was here I truly realised something and had quite a profound thought that has actually had an impact on me, but I'll leave that for another time.
This was a weekend that drained me physically and also financially, but all things considered, it was a pretty f*cking good weekend and one that I would gladly like to repeat in the future, albeit with some more of the OGA folk around. I'm glad to have met these three individuals who, before, were pretty much strangers. Now though, they are a part of a series of events that have ultimately lead me to make some changes in my life. I know, it sounds over-dramatic but, hey, that's the way it is. That weekend and a whole host of others events have made me realise a few things.
So there you have it, my summation. I hope it you enjoyed the read.
* I was drunk.
** I was sober.
*** It was still f*cking awful.
Hello again! This is lzw3 giving you a short but detailed and descriptive overview of the happenings around the GTA V Subforum within the last week or so. As usual there is no new information on Rockstar's next big title I'll be discussing three big threads that have blown up recently and what they contain. Some may be controversial whole others might be subtle. Here it goes.
The first big thread of October is the Official Rocktober Thread created in, uncoincidentally, October by The_Majestic. The thread is where all October-information discussion will be kept over the next month and this is due to the large amount of hope that GTA fans have (or had) for possible news in October. A few months ago the hype for a second trailer, or even a game release, in October was immense, now it has shrivelled up and a majority of GTAForums users aren't keeping there hopes up for anything. As Zee put it in the first post: "Here's to nothing!" The small amount of people that do believe we'll be getting big news in Rocktober are usually bashed for their posts and are instantly cursed at by non-believers.
The second big thread from the last week is the Do You Actually Like the Countryside? thread made by peanutbutterlover where he stated that he thinks it was a 'stupid idea' for Rockstar to include a countryside in GTA V and he'd much rather run amok in a 'non-rural area' (I'm guessing he means city). Most posters in the thread thought that the OP was a nut-Jon to think that desert or countryside is boring, and they proved this by posting some of the most beautiful video game landscapes of all time, namely from Red Dead Redemption. The OP did in fact return to his thread and seemed to have slightly eased up on hatred towards countryside and seemed to take other people opinions into account, something that doesn't happen very often around those parts.
The third and final thread that I'll be discussing for this week's issue of GTAF Weekly is another one of L-C-P-D's famous terrible polls. This one was called How Interested Are You? and was essentially asking GTAForums users how hyped up they were about GTA V's news and release. The poll was designed at a scale of 0 - 10 (0 being not hyped at all and 10 being fully hyped). The results, at time of writing, have 178 people saying they are fully hyped for the game (10), and 25 people voting that they were excited about the game whatsoever (0). The results were actually quite different to what I, personally, was expecting. I though that there would be more 8's and 9's but I suspect many users voted 10 just because they are very hyped.
Anyway, that brings us to another end of the GTA V Report. I will most likely be doing a similar thing next week as there most likely will be no new news in the next 7 days. See ya then!
A shocking news for all the regulars of General Chat, the Quotable Notables thread was locked due to the
continous wave of non-notable quotes by some members lately. The topic was locked by Girish. Here's the reason he left for the lock:
|Okay, I see this topic has gone in the direction completely opposite to what was intended. Majority of the quotes from the last few pages are nowhere near notable, so I'm gonna have to put this topic down.|
We're done here, folks.
The topic was considered as one of the best topics as it entertained a lot of people in the past. However, every rope has an end and Quotable Notables is done with General Chat.
Some new topics invaded General Chat this week. Piperka shared his home invasion incident with us in this topic
lol232 posted his 2k milestone thread. Coat tried to fool everyone in this topic by linking to the same topic and claimed that he has discovered a loop hole but lzw3 was clever enough to point out that the mainpost was edited as soon as it was opened.
Coat was punished with a topic lock.
Miamivicecity celebrated his 5th anniversary in GTAF in this topic. Feel free to congratulate our Aussie mate.
NationStates[[Map]] is back on track after Prominent Fate gave it a bump.
Ryder15 shared the unfortunate death of his two mates during an motocross race practise session in this thread.
That's the end of the General Chat. Have fun reading the remaining sections!
-The sad story of Steve Dotolli,the man who leaked San Andreas.
On October 15, 2004 some websites reported that Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas had gone gold without notification from Take-Two or Rockstar. Their source was one "Steve Dotolli" (actually, Stephen Dottoli) of Inside Gamer Online. Mr. Dottoli had assured the gaming public that San Andreas would be released soon, backing up his claim with pictures of the game's packaging, manual, and other production materials.
Working for a compact-disc pressing plant, Dottoli scored a couple copies of San Andreas hot of the press, literally. He then posted pictures of the game on his site, Inside Gamer Online. Stephen Dottoli paid the price. He was sentenced in federal court in Camden, NJ to two years' probation, including six months on home confinement and a $2,500 fine.
Dottoli was previously ruled out as a suspect in the Internet leak of the game's code.Steven,it was a bad move.
-This week I dusted off an old magazine .It contained two interesting interviews with The Benz and Aaron Garbut. I realized some interesting quotes which worth share here.
One is on the size of Liberty city in IV era. Since 2008,I didn´t find an official and explicit statement on the matter,so what Aaron Garbut said in this interview is the most accurate statement that I have.Aaron said this; "Liberty city is 3x the size of Liberty City in III era,but infinitely more dense and detailed.You can´t compare" So maybe GTA IV map is smaller than it seems.
The Benz give us some interesting inputs about the process to build a GTA,for example, "about 70% of the game is designed before you start working on it, the other 30% grows up within the project ";"We had televisions around the office(Edinburgh) showing different zones of NYC 24/7"; or" Definitely 3´5 years is too much time for an only proyect"
-Rockstar,I hate you. Rockstar Wives Complain About Working Conditions.
In early 2010 the wives of several Rockstar San Diego employees had banded together to write an open letter decrying what they say are deplorable working conditions at the studio.
Some jewels that you can read are......"The managers at Rockstar San Diego continue in their dishonesty, pushing their employees to the brink promising temporariness fully equipped with the knowledge of another deadline just around the corner." or "Initially, as work pressure in the office increases, so do the stress levels of employees. Recently, with the amount of stress that has been built up, there have been physical manifestations caused by stress making health a concern." Link to the letter.
[COLOR=orange]The official Rockstar response was....
-Website of the week; Ooh la la! ce site est formidable! .
is an unofficial fan-fiction version of the original liberty tree website, of course the website is in French language. Remember that "Toute ressemblance avec la réalité devra être imputée à cette dernière".Source;Rockstar newswire
-Quote of the week; This week was great for GTA fans,I guess you know why.
So this week the prize is for one of the guys who made this website possible,Andy McIlwain ,founder of GTANet.com,who has a theory; “There’s still been no hint of when the first GTA V preview will arrive. Once we know that, add six months and that will be our release date"We have our preview already, I hope Andrew is right. See ya next week folk.
Welcome to another view from the OGA. Last week there was some controversy surrounding my article and the saga that has engulfed AMF recently. Which is awkward for me as I have chosen the AMF to be focused on for this week's issue. If you have any problems with this article, please PM me rather than air your grievances within the GTAForums Weekly topic.
First of all, we take a look into the OGA where the mystery of the mysterious topic featuring a mysterious GTA website gets deeper and deeper. After eleven pages of frenzied discussion on what this website layout may mean for the future of GTAForums, the topic was locked. However it hasn't been deleted. I reached out to Waddy for a comment on this and he told me he was going to kick me in the proverbials. I will continue to push and hopefully I'll have something for you next week.
A graphics contest occurred in the OGA this week. The various gangs all submitted one piece of artwork depicting a scene from GTA5. The Connection won with a piece of art showing the two possible protagonists drinking beer and firing rockets at old people.
Finally, another GTA Trivia contest went down in IRC this week. This was a battle royal between 43 different members. Eventually BanghraStyle won the contest by successfully answering that Tommy Vercetti's favourite colour is orange.
The AMF civil war took another step up this week when Edmachine was stripped of his Admin rights and banned on IRC. Edmachine responded by setting up his own IRC channel called #NewAMF but it was short-lived.
I have received exclusive intel which suggests Edmachine still visits #amf on a new account called 'blackadder18'.
Elsewhere in the AMF, masterheadhunter has been reprimanded for his poor grammar. masterheadhunter responded by saying to AMF leader Andrew. "yeah! well: you can go screw yourself?!"
Finally, I have reached out to several AMF members who have told me that they plan on opening up recruitment very soon. They are waiting for the Edmachine business to die down before allowing more members to join.
AV: So tell me, how did you come across GTA III and what made you a fan?
cidamelo: Back in the day I used to buy a lot of game magazines, and they always said good things about GTA. So I bought the game. I was expecting to like it, because I love freedom in games, but I actually loved the game!! The first thing I noticed was the cover art, very cool, it reminded me "The Sims Hot Date"! I don't remember exactly what time it was, I guess it was around 2001 December...
So in a rainy night me and my children reunite around our TV to play the game. I loved it the moment I saw!! The gritty atmosphere really attracted me! I also noticed the main protagonist (now named Claude) looked a lot like my husband when he was young!! He is also tall, likes leather jackets and had sideburns
I took the Kuruma and kept driving around the city, then I went to the safehouse. It was one of the funniest moments in my life!! GTA III is the best!!
AV: And after that, what made you go and get another GTA game?
cidamelo: Since I loved GTA III, I knew I was going to love another GTA game! GTA Vice City seemed very fun, and so it was!! I completely love it too!
AV: So you loved it? But was there any other GTA that you loved almost as much as III?
cidamelo: No! I love all GTAs, but GTA III is special for me! I really doubt a GTA can be greater than it!
AV: Same thoughts really. And since you love GTA III, would you want to live in Liberty City if you could? Just to feel the game from inside?
cidamelo: Well, I love Liberty City, but in games... I wouldn't like to live with my family in a city known as 'The Worst City In America'
AV: If you had an opportunity, what vehicle and character's clothing you would like to have for yourself?
cidamelo: Claude's clothes are the most stylish! But I would like to keep all protagonist clothes, they are iconic too! There are a lot of cars I like, for example Stinger, Esperanto, Voodoo, Banshee and others!
AV: And are there any favorite quotes from any GTA?
cidamelo: 'My Mother's My Sister' Back in time I was really bad in English and I couldn't understand a word, this was one of the few pedestrian quotes I knew
Thanks for the great story, cidamelo! I wish you all the best! See you all the next week, with a special exclusive story!
This week's article question is:
One year has passed since GTA3Freak-2001's death. How will you describe GTA3Freak-2001?
"What I do know of Freaky is that he was a great member and a great mod as he was fair and always up for a laugh."
"GTA3Freak-2001 was a pillar of this community. Chris put his heart and soul into everything he did here, and was always ready to be a help in any of the many boards he posted in. Whenever I think of his name, it reminds me of the salad days of VC modding, and all the buzz around the Liberty City and Myriad TC projects. He has been and will continue to be sorely missed... I pray that wherever he is now, he will never "Run out of Cake"
"His dedication to this place was amazing. He'd been a mod for as long as I could remember, so it's likely he had been led-by of several forums and different gangs at various times. The best way to put it is when you're active for that long your contribution is so great that individual stuff isn't really counted anymore. It was almost like he was part of the forum software."
Welcome to the interview section, folks. This week we decided to ring Typhus for the interview. Let's hear his shout
Shiva: How did you know about GTAForums before you joined?
Typhus: Well, back in 2001, I was usually browsing around this place instead of doing my IT work at school. I guess that explains my poor results. This was the best site, although back in those days I was also fond of Gangs of GTA, sadly since deceased.
Shiva: Haha... Pretty funny
But, my question is, what dragged you into this place?
Typhus: Probably the BETA information about GTA III. I remember some heroic anonymous member (Well, not anonymous, I just can't remember his name) uploaded all sorts of images. Mike Forelli, the Butler, the perverts who steal El Burro's porn. I read those topics and decided to join up.
Shiva: Well, how was you start back then?
Typhus: Pretty bad, Mafioso86 called me an 'English c*nt', svip insulted me for misusing the German word 'bibliotek' and I managed to alienate and offend the entire Writers Discussion forum.
Shiva: I don't know, if those guys are still active but how do they treat you now?
Typhus: Most of them have simply stopped using the forums over time, it's quite sad really. I used to enjoy seeing what hilarious insults they'd trot out next. And these were some inventive guys, let me tell you. The best I get now is some easily offended scrote calling me a racist. It's just not the same...
Shiva: Did you serve in any gang/group before?
Typhus: No, I've systematically alienated every major gang on the forums. This one time, I asked about joining a gang and me and Big Gamer got into this whole protracted row which somehow ended in me being labelled a racist. God only knows what they say about me now.
Shiva: Oh ok. If you were given an offer to join an OGA group, which group would you choose?
Does Parcel Force count?
Shiva: Yeah. I thought you might say either Zaibastu or The Connection.
As far as I heard, PF seems to less active nowadays. Why do you say Parcel Forces anyway?
Typhus: Because they're more reliable than Royal Mail.
Shiva: Well, what about unofficial gangs? which gang would you choose?
Typhus Frankly speaking, I pay little to no attention to unofficial gangs.
Shiva: October 8. What comes to your mind when you hear this?
Typhus: It's the date my dog died when I was six. Thanks for reminding me.
Shiva: I'm sorry about your dog. But, that's not what I wanted to hear from you.
Typhus: Can't reply...too busy crying...
Shiva: October 8, 2011. It's the day when GTA3Freak-2001, one of the most respected staff of GTAF passed away.
Typhus: - and my dog.
Shiva: Your opinions about GTAF Weekly?
Typhus: Needs a comic strip.
Shiva: lol. Care to expand?
Typhus: Of course, I was being obtuse. It needs a weekly comic strip in which Otter visits a psychologist to discuss his various issues with women. Why? Because water-dwelling mammals and underrepresented in the media and their dalliances with humans are treated with derision. If you show the average day-to-day struggles of an Otter attempting to overcome his sexual problems and find a girlfriend, I think you can really do your bit for inter-species rights. Just because it's about a forum, doesn't mean it can't tackle hard hitting social issues.
Shiva: That has to be the best suggestion given to GTAF Weekly ever. Thanks anyway.
Shiva: Your favourite member around GTAF?
Typhus: Anuj, of course! When a man compares the size of your testicles to a honey roasted peanut, it creates an everlasting bond of trust and love that can never be erased.
Shiva: anuj,eh? nice! Most hated member?
Typhus: The inconsiderate twat who sent me porn via PM. And this wasn't just any porn, oh no. This was Rugrats porn. I didn't know it even existed, I was happier not knowing, it was a simpler, more innocent time. That guy singlehandedly transformed me into the bitter creature I am today. Thanks!
Our Ugly World
Author: universetwisters | Category: Map
Our Ugly World is an upcoming total conversion mod for GTA IV that takes place in the small Virignian town of Virginia and it's surrounding countryside featuring abandoned mines and forests full of secrets.
The protagonist of this storyline is Will Bauer, a loyal and wise gun runner with a bad case of ostaglie and an obession with model trains from Germany who wishes to rise the criminal leader. This mod features colourful cast of characters, tons of new vehicles, a powerful muscle car from the 1970's, new weapons, new radio stations and much more.
The author of this mod is now looking for Character Modellers, Voice Actors and SCO scripters so if you personally think you're a good candidate, feel free to send your application. The team consists of universetwisters (Leader), Frank.s, ALMOST610, Azio_Junior, 69_black_69, John Wyckoff, lumpy,flippy, Steff R, MrSmarter22, MegaMario1500, RoadRunner71, Chris_Lolwut, Bipin (Not on the forums).
You can find screenshots of the Protagonist in the topic. I'd like to wish good luck the whole team.
402 Bad Gateway crept in the forums once again. Be a little patient as Waddy is still working on it and he won't let us down.
Next issue is shaping up even much bigger and I promise a better one next week. I thus conclude this issue with an awesome portrait
of Niko Bellic by maxoS
See you all next week!
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Posted 14 October 2012 - 07:48 AM
Posted 14 October 2012 - 08:19 AM
|QUOTE (finn4life @ Sunday, Oct 14 2012, 17:48)|
|Didn't you forget to mention in the V section how next month there is a 10 page exclusive in Game Informer?|
I wrote the report before anything had been confirmed.
Loved the interview with Cida. She is a really great person.
Posted 14 October 2012 - 09:10 AM Edited by Gtaghost22, 14 October 2012 - 09:13 AM.
|QUOTE (shiva s)|
|Greetings! This is Arsen Vitiuk, bringing stories of people becoming GTA fans directly to you! This week, cidamelo will share her story of becoming a GTA III lover and a huge fan of Claude.|
Love this little interview with cida, glad i have her on my respect list, easily one of my favourite members on this forum, she is so nice.
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