Week of August 6th - August 12th
Welcome to the twenty-second issue of the GTAForums Weekly newsletter!
It's been a quiet week for the most part, so there's not much to discuss besides the usual, unfortunately. The third round of the GTAF Snap Battle is still ongoing, and it's unknown when the polls will close exactly, but we assume it will be taken care of within the next few days. Fortunately, the delay means you still have plenty of time to cast your vote for your favorite snap, so if you haven't already done so, what are you waiting for? Click here to head to the poll.
This week we've also got Week 19 of the Weekly Vehicle Showdown featuring the reigning champion, the Stirling GT, up against it's new rival, the Elegy Retro Custom.. the Elegy secured it's strong lead within the first two days of the poll being created, so it looks like the Stirling will be dethroned! There's still plenty of time to vote, though, so be sure to vote for your favorite out of the two here.
And to top it all off, we've got Issue 16 of Customs, Cruisers, and Classics! The latest issue features information about the new HVY Nightshark in GTAO, an interview with a regular poster from the Custom Rides & Garage thread, and of course, Snapmatics from around the community. You can read a few more details in the Community Highlight section of Rockstar Central.
GTAForums currently has a total of 14,980,264 total posts (+11,568 from last week) and 712,855 total members (+528 from last week) at the time this is being posted.
Welcome to the twenty-second week of Rockstar Central! I’m your host, Spider-Vice, and we’ll be highlighting this week’s happenings in the Rockstar Universe.
New week, new bonuses, new vehicle and new adversary mode! This week, Rockstar has released the brand new HVY Nightshark vehicle, as part of the current Gunrunning package. A tough armoured car, sporting twin machine guns in the front, is a sure-fire way to prevent those pesky people trying to steal your shipments from bothering you.. (Well, as much as that is possible in the world of GTA Online..) It’s now available at Warstock Cache & Carry.
Moving on to Adversary Mode news, Overtime Shootout, the brand new adversary mode for GTA Online. This new mode that is all about accuracy. Use your Ruiner 2000’s parachute and jumping functions to land on the pad that yields the most points. Simple. Accumulate the most points, and you win. This mode, of course, hasn’t been released without some criticism, mainly how it’s just a rehash of the previous adversary mode, with a very slightly different twist, possibly a clue on how much Rockstar is struggling in making new adversary modes and having new ideas. As all new adversary modes, this week it’s got double GTA$ and RP through the 14th of August.
Because many citizens of Los Santos are still in the slums financially in comparison to most of the populace, any week with discounts and bonuses is always welcome. This week, citizens of Los Santos will find a 25% discount on the following:
- The Mobile Operations Center
- All of the MOC renovations
- All weaponized mods
- Mk II ammo types
- The Dewbauchee Vagner, at Legendary Motorsport
Employed citizens of Los Santos working for a CEO or a smuggler, will also be able to enjoy double salary this week! Work hard, play hard!
The Premium Race and the Trial Race for this week are the following:
Premium Race – “Mountain Drop”, locked to Bikes
Time Trial – “Maze Bank Arena”
Yesterday, 11 August, Rockstar held one of its weekly streams, but this time with celebrities. Some of the A$AP Mob and the Pro Era rap cliques in NYC were invited over to the Rockstar offices for some challenges within the world of GTA V. New York being the hub of rap and hip-hop it is, they couldn’t turn down the opportunity to celebrate A$AP Twelvyy’s new album release to do a celebrity stream.
You can check out the VOD on Twitch here.
Hosted by V4S, the weekly issues of Customs, Cruisers and Classics are the newest addition to the official GTAForums News sub-forum. With very good vibes of a good automotive magazine, this brand-new issue shows off brand new cars that have released in GTA Online, along with their respective spec sheets, suggestions, trivia, and pictures; but also, photographic highlights of the best.. well, customs, cruisers and classic cars!
As a real automotive focused magazine would, the issue doesn’t only contain spec sheets for new vehicles and the best Snapmatics of existing ones, it contains sections such as Arthur’s Pin-Up Pick, that highlights the pin-up girl of the week for the issue (everything is safe for work!); the Let Me Play You The Song of My People section that promises to tickle your brain with the best automotive engine noises for the week, whether it is a sports car, a supercar, or a bike, revving up or drifting; and the Featured Photographer for the week, which aims to interview a Snapmatic photographer every week.
You can check all of this out in the link in the Community Highlight title and give it a spin!
Last week, we forgot to mention that Get Modified is a bi-weekly segment, meaning that it isn't featured in this week's issue. Be sure to check out Issue 23 for the return of Get Modified.
The tables have been turned. We got to look at things from a different perspective this week while interviewing our own team member, unbid.
Android: What initially brought you here to GTAForums?
unbid: First time I was here was because I was looking for GTA IV game mods. I created my account back in 2011 just to lurk on some modding threads. Then came 2013 when I became more active in the modding section and gave my thoughts and inputs within that section. After that, I opened up to the other part of the forum, joined my first gang (R.I.P. LHS), moved to another gang, joined the OGA, and ended up interviewing people for a virtual forum magazine.
What a life.
As a member of the community for about 6 years, would you say that the community has changed for the better or worse?
I won't say it went completely downhill, but it's worse than it used to be. The petty drama, low-quality posts, members who always request ridiculous things in modding section and then become pushy whenever someone objects them, forum creeps, trolls, childish members, members who are full of themselves and will hissyfit at everyone who disagree with them, edgy memelords, salty members who still held vendetta against someone over something that has been over years ago, all of that sort have become more visible on the forums nowadays.
Or maybe it's because I've become more cynical that I can see all the bad side of the forum itself.
What's the history behind your username? Why did you choose it?
Anagram of my real name. Simple, yet original.
What do you enjoy most about GTAF?
Chilling with other members, finding people who have the same interests as me, checking out GTA modification showcases and then drooling over them, interacting with other modders and giving them feedback and suggestions for their work, the GTAForums gang life, watching forum drama, and looking at other members selfies : )).
What would you like to change regarding the forum?
Do more ban roulette.
What do you enjoy most about interviewing others?
The reason I started this interview section is to highlight the members of GTAForums. Get to know them more deeply rather than just looking who they are based from their posts, asking the most important questions that are related to their interests, hobbies, and contributions towards GTAForums, and collecting as many things that aren't usually known if you're just rummaging through their posts. Sort of like an AmA on Reddit but with more structured questions.
How does it feel to be interviewed when it's usually the other way around?
At first, I would be like "This is ridiculous. What's the point of interviewing the interviewer. unless the publication is very desperate because the deadline is very close and no potential guests have submitted their response?"
Then the last part actually happened.
Actually, I like it to be honest. Now I know how my guests felt when they get the chance to be interviewed; honored.
Also, very sorry that I have to become this weeks guest. Please don't lynch me.
Picture this; you've suddenly become an admin here on the forum. What do you do first?
Ban some people who deserve to be banned, ask Kirsty and Voodoo for selfie, and then change GTAForums.com to "Llamafarm.com".
What is your favorite entry in the GTA series? What about your favorite Rockstar Games title?
GTA IV is my favorite GTA of all time. The game captures the feel and ambience of New York City beautifully, and with the correct custom mods and scripts, the game become very immerse and mesmerizing at the same time.
Best R* games title; Midnight Club. Hands down. That title represents what street racing is all about. Plethora of cars, immerse customization, plenty of vehicle types to choose from, and the physics isn't half bad for an arcade-y racing game. It's a damn shame R* won't resurrect the title again.
Tell us more about the person behind your alias. Any favorite interests, hobbies, music, and so on?
I'm quite an extrovert in real life. Recently coming out as a homosexual, I became more confident than before knowing that I don't have to force myself into a denial state of "I'm actually bi, not fully gay". At least I'm happy with who I am now.
Other than that, I'm a petrolhead who loves food too much. I can go out binge eating on many restaurants if I have the budget. Sometimes, I cook for fun, and most people who have tried my food said I'm good at it. I'm also a borderline weeb who likes to watch anime, read manga, and listening to J-music. But I'm not a full degenerate weeb like those people who likes doing cosplay, having a waifu, hating my own country and wishing to live in Japan instead. I also draw sometimes, although not as often as I used to back in high school.
My music taste is very mixed. I like most genre, but not focused on only one of them. But if you ask who my favorite artists/bands are, the answers are; Jamiroquai, Kasabian, The Bloody Beetroots, Wavves, Squarepusher, and Plaid.
Any final comments? Do you have anything to say to our readers & the GTAF community?
Hope you all get banned soon
also, send selfies
Porter Robinson - Divinity
As the opener for Robinson’s 2014 debut album “Worlds”, this track is filled with energy delivered throughout hard hitting synthesizer beats and chilling chords towards the two drops, preparing the listener and setting the vibe for the album. The track features vocals from Canadian indie singer Amy Millan.
Release Date: August 12, 2014
Writer(s): Porter Robinson
Android - Editor & Publisher, Topics/Snaps of the Week