NOTE: THIS IS NOT ABOUT GIRLFRIENDS! READ THE POST IN FULL SO YOU WONT MAKE A IGNORANT REMARK IN AN ATTEMPT TO DIS OR SOUND FUNNY.
I'd like to see R* add the ability to befriend NPCs online. What I mean is like single player you can have NPC characters (friends/girlfriends) and even call them up for jobs, benefits or just to hang out. R* could even make it so we can call our crew member's characters up to come hang wit us but for now lets just speak on regular charactes. Here is what I mean.
Jobs - These jobs should be done in free roam like Simeon's. You know the import that pops up on the screen and anyone can go get it and bring it to him Gerald's missions for example could be done in free roam like that. Some of Martin's as well for example the "Out of Court" mission.
Hangout - Same as in single player. They simply just ride with you and go along with whatever you're doing like help you on random free roam missions, back you up vs other players and maybe even speak some dialog. If you choose to take them to eat, play tennis, etc. then so be it but YOU DO NOT HAVE TO! Like single player, hanging out with them unlocks their benefits which I explain below.
Benefits - To unlock their benefits you have to get the characters like meter up by hanging out with them just like in single player. Again, you do not have to do any mingames. Just having along and doing stuff like shootouts will raise their like. Strip clubs, tennis, eating, erc will raise it faster tho. Benefits will be things like weapons being brought to your location like Lil Jacob in IV, back up like Dwayne sent you, etc. As for weapons I think it would be cool if you could only buy the smaller weapons at the ammunition and to get the big stuff like sticky bombs, sniper rifles, grenade launchers, etc you have to set up a meeting with the contacts like in single player.
Another benefit could be discounts at LSC. This could be Simeon's benefit after doing enough work for him or maybe have the LSC guy give missions.
Jobs - Again, these jobs should be done in free roam like Simeon's. They would be things like timed escort missions where you have to get her to a photoshoot in a certain amount of time or kill her stalker like Michael does for his daughter in single player. Maybe they get kidnapped and you have to go save them. lol I'm sure R* could come up with a bunch of stuff.
Hangout - Same as described above. The only difference here is some of the girlfriends wont back you up in a gun fight. We should also be able to take them to our crib too and get a health boost from ya know. Anyway, it could be fun having to protect her from the trolls in free roam trying to kill her or even from the other side trying to kill someone else's girlfriend. Ppl chase around female players in freemode so I'm sure they would want o kill your virtual girlfriend. lol
Benefits - Like in IV Carmen (SoBoHoe) had the health boost when calling her. Maybe in V a girlfriend could do that too but also when she's riding with you you can pull over in an alley and get a boost. Hey its quicker than having to find a prostitute and cheaper. lol Anyway, you also had Kiki (Lawchick) who could remove your wanted level. We have Lester for this now but maybe R* could make the Lawchick remove only 1-2 stars for free and Lester 3-4 stars for a cost. Lastly you had Alex (LiberatedWoman) who would give you a 50% discount at clothing stores. Another benefit is maybe they'll have a drug dealer brother so they could give you the inside scoop on a deal going on (side mission) or they could get you a hook price on drugs if my drug dealing system was implemented of course (read that here). Of course to gain these benefits you would have to get their like meter up by hanging out but once again YOU DO NOT HAVE TO DATE THEM, GO EAT, ETC. Them just riding around would raise the meter BUT doing activities with them will raise the meter faster.
I think allowing us to interact with NPC's in this manor would inhance online play. It'll not only add more to free roam and be helpful when your friends aren't online wether its having a little backup when multiple players are trying to gang up on you or if you want to do missions solo bcuz sometimes ppl dont know wtf they're doing or sabatoge the mission on purpose. Thoughts?