Week of July 2nd - July 8th
Welcome to the seventeenth issue of the GTAForums Weekly newsletter!
With the exception of Season 2 of the GTAF Snap Battle underway, not much has been happening in and around the forum. The OpenIV team released a new update in their infamous Take Two vs. Modding topic in the modding section. After thanking their fans and supporters for their very vocal and substantial amount of support, the update informed readers that the development of the OpenIV tool will continue, all while following the recent modding policy published by Rockstar themselves. Unfortunately, since they must comply with the policy, that means the Liberty City in GTA V mod had to cease production due to conflicts with the policy details. It's certainly a win-lose situation, as the LC in GTA V mod was highly anticipated and gathered support from all over the community.
In other news, Week 14 of the Weekly Vehicle Showdown is showing to be quite a battle.. at the time this is being posted, it's tied between both contenders! The reigning champion, the Pegassi Monroe, is battling the Albany Roosevelt Valor. Want to be the tie-breaker? Head to this topic and vote in the poll before it's too late.
GTAForums currently has a total of 14,917,749 total posts (+11,013 from last week) and 710,132 total members (+492 from last week) at the time this is being posted.
Welcome to the seventeenth week of Rockstar Central! I’m your host, Spider-Vice, and we’ll be highlighting this week’s happenings in the Rockstar Universe.
This week on GTA Online, the city of Los Santos continues to prosper as the city of madness, as more and more people get their hands on their researched technologies for Gunrunning, the brand new vehicles, and take a place for themselves in the top dogs of money in the state of San Andreas.. and speaking of money - the solution for last week’s reveal of the Alien Egg Gunrunning mission has been revealed! Gunrunners of Los Santos will need to do a whopping 500 (yes, five hundred!) supply sale missions in order to trigger the special supply run where you get the alien egg for yourself! The Guru Team has been trying to grind themselves to death with this (without exploits), and have been streaming it for a few days now, it’s worth a watch (but a very long watch!)
No new bonuses this week, as they all end on Monday this time!
You know Rockstar is great when they highlight GTANet on their Newswire! This week, our own uNi, one of the admins of GTANet, was featured on the Newswire along with his absolutely gigantic Rockstar and GTA goodies collection. uNi has done new updates on YouTube on whatever new stuff he gets, and this week, Rockstar has decided to give him some spotlight on the Newswire. Check it out here!
Created by Alaannnn a week before the release of GTA V for the PC, the GTA Editor Video Showcase allows you to show your skills with the included video editor in GTA V, whether it be on the PC versions, or in the current-gen console versions. Can you come out on top? It’s much more challenging than pictures! Simple rules – all footage must be captured in game and rendered with the Rockstar Editor. Post-editing is allowed, as long as this first rule is obeyed.
Nowadays, the competition is maintained by AxelEurope, and is keeping the same rules, with there being a new theme, but every month or so instead. Until the 25th July, the theme is Commercials, where you can make a snazzy or funny video to advertise any of the brands existing in the GTA world.
You can check it out through the link in the title, and check out the latest competition theme here!
Official GTAForums Crew muscle Rafae sat down with us for a brief interview for this week's issue.
Unbid: What initially brought you to GTAForums? You've been on the forum for almost three years.
Rafae: I used to lurk around here back in early 2012 when the massive GTAV "leaks" were going around, albeit fake lol. I always knew of this place but I never properly checked it out until March/April 2012. From then on I just lurked every now and then until finally deciding to register in Christmas 2013 as I finally decided I wanted to be a part of all the discussions going on here.
What's the history/context regarding your username?
Nothing special really, it's just my actual name. I think I went through three name changes since registering here until I finally decided on the username I have now. First it was my first name and the first three letters of my last name put together, then it was my full name and then now it's just my first name. I like it as it is right now the best, simple and to the point. Also looks clean.
What do you enjoy most about the GTAF community? Is there anything that you love/hate about it?
The vast array of things to discuss here and how easy it is to communicate my thoughts to the fullest around here. It seems like everyone has very common interests for the most part so it makes it a joy to be at this place. The thing I like the most is how GTAF is always the first for news regarding GTA and how they're literally always on the spot when any sort of major news regarding Rockstar/GTA pops up. I hate when people post for the sole sake of arguing/trolling and don't really put forth any constructive effort towards their posts.
The GTAF Crew is one of the largest, active groups around in the community, but how do you like it there?
I absolutely love it. I joined the crew more than three years ago but didn't really start actively playing with the entire crew until Bikers came out (October 2016). Being that it was an update that strongly encouraged teamwork, I found myself in GTAF crew sessions the majority of the time right after it came out both unintentionally and intentionally. From then on I just continued playing in these crew sessions and over time it just became a gradual thing to play regularly in crew sessions. Before this I used to play solo almost exclusively (VIP/CEO Work) and still ask myself to this day how I wasn't so active with the crew before Bikers. I guess it all just happened how it was supposed to and felt organic when it did. This crew is honestly like one big family that always sticks together, it feels much more than just a community, these people are an active part of my life in a way now. It's truly a blessing.
Which forum member do you feel closest to?
Not anyone in particular but I definitely feel the closest to my crew members above anyone else here.
Picture this; you've suddenly become an Admin here on the forum. What do you do first?
Not even sure. I don't think I'm even ready for a position like that yet as I have no idea what kind of specific responsibilities it entails.
What's your favorite Rockstar Games series or title?
Not even up for debate, Grand Theft Auto Online by a mile. Probably the singular most title in my entire gaming history that's had me hooked for this long and never gets old no matter how much I come back to it. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas comes very very close, but GTA Online has been my main steez since it came out and I'm pretty sure it will continue to be for the coming months and years.
Do you have any other interests, hobbies, favorite music, and so on? Tell us more about the person behind your alias.
Gaming is definitely my number one interest over anything else but as far as other interests/hobbies go.... hmmmmm let's see.
I really love going on long drives by myself with no destination or anything while listening to music. Really lets the mind wander off and relax and there's something soothing I find about driving with only myself and with no end point in question. I really love listening to music (lol who doesn't) and as far as my favorite artist goes... it would be have to be Travis Scott at the moment. Just the feeling his music gives off is indescribable. I don't really talking about myself much beyond the basic interests/hobbies shtick lol.
Any final comments? Do you have anything to say to our readers & the GTAF community?
Please continue to make this place a joy to be a part of
SAINT PEPSI - Private Caller
While Vaporwave and it's associated micro-genres may seem as a bit of an internet joke, some producers still manage to gain a cult following in the genre. One of them is Brooklyn based producer Ryan DeRobertis, formerly known as SAINT PEPSI, who has been a staple in the Vaporwave scene across his eight albums. He later went to produce his first proper studio album, "Prom King" which was released under the name Skylar Spence in 2015. "Private Caller" samples "Pillow Talk" by Lustt.
Release Date: May 11, 2013
Writer(s): Ryan DeRobertis, Michael Burton, Sylvia Robinson
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