GTA Player Hires Cheater to Save Him From Another Cheater

Rev Drucifer loves Grand Theft Auto V Online. It’s the only game he plays, clocking up about 80 days, real time, of time on it. It is his life. But there is one obstacle tainting his adoration, something that pushed him into taking drastic measures: cheaters.

“I wanted to start a new character/account that specifically focused on killing and keeping a high [kill/death ratio],” Drucifer told Kotaku. “I’m in a car with this guy and money bags start raining down. I realise my account is filling up FAST, so I jump out of the car… money is shooting out of my character’s arse. I’m yelling on the mic for him to stop, [but] he’s not stopping then all of a sudden [he] starts killing everyone in the lobby over and over.”

The player responsible had hacked the game in order to launch a malicious money honeytrap. Not only does such a bizarre event tempt players into picking up the spawning money, it tricks some into picking up too much, something that flags them to Rockstar Game’s automated monitoring system as a cheater, resulting in a ban. The fact the money was spewing from Drucifer’s character looked incredibly suspicious; despite him not being responsible for the event, he was kicked out of the game’s lobby.

“Normally, you’ll get a warning when other players start voting to kick you, but there was no warning, I was just OUT,” Drucifer said. “When I hit X to continue, it brought me to a Bad Sport lobby and I had $102,000,000 in my account. I had maybe a couple hundred thousand previously.”

After explaining the events to a Rockstar employee over the phone, in an effort to get his “bad sport” ranking abolished, Drucifer received the following e-mail in response:

You are receiving this automatic reply because you recently submitted a ticket to Rockstar Games Support with the term “Bad Sport” found in the text. If your tickets is not related to Bad Sports or you believe you are receiving this message in error, please feel free to respond and we will address your question.

We are sorry to hear that you are having a problem related to the Bad Sport pool in Grand Theft Auto Online. The Bad Sport pool is triggered by things like quitting games early, blowing up other people’s vehicles, and being reported manually or voted out by other players from the in-game pause menu.

The Bad Sport pool is temporary and ends after a certain period of time that is displayed when entering GTA Online. Please note that the duration of the Bad Sport period may increase if further violations occur while in the Bad Sport pool, including being reported by other players.

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Drucifer was alone, and quite angry. He decided to take matters into his own hands. He sought out the most ethical modder he could find and offered them money to fix the situation for him. “I shot him a message telling him the situation,” Drucifer said. “He said he’d give it a try but didn’t promise anything. Fifteen minutes later, I was out of Bad Sport.”

Aptly Mafia-esque, it seems the community really does take care of itself.

Thank you Kotaku for providing us with this information.

GTA Online Players To Get $500,000 In GTA$

As a compensation to the players who have had to deal with Grand Theft Auto Online’s technical issues, Rockstar has announced that they will be giving half a million GTA$ (the in-game currency) into the players’ GTA Online bank accounts in two “payments”.

Although they still have to maintain an economic balance in the current game world-wide economy, they will be providing the GTA$ is two deposits of $250,000 each. An announcement regarding the deposit dates  is to be published next week, along with the first deposit ( hopefully ). Rockstar officials have also said that the second deposit of a quarter of a million is to be made available next month.

“For players who experienced cloud server errors, connection issues, and lost game progress and characters in these first days of GTA Online, we hope this GTA$ helps to facilitate a fresh start or makes your continued life in Los Santos and Blaine County extra sweet.”

Here are a few details on who will get the deposits and how it will work;

· You must play or have played Grand Theft Auto Online at any time during the month of October 2013 in order to qualify for the GTA$500,000 deposit in your in-game bank account.
· Players will first have to install a forthcoming GTAV title update which we expect to happen next week. That title update (1.04) is expected to fix the remaining instances of issues that have caused vehicle purchase loss and will also enable the functionality through which we’ll be providing this GTA$ stimulus cash to players.
· We will announce at the Rockstar Newswire when each deposit is made.
· Each of the two GTA$250,000 deposits will be made by Rockstar and should automatically appear in the in-game GTA Online bank accounts of eligible players. Beyond downloading the forthcoming title update mentioned above, there should not be any additional special action required by eligible players to redeem.

Thank you NextPowerUp for providing this information.

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Rockstar Games Working Around The Clock To Fix GTA Online Issues

Engadget reports that the roll-out of Rockstar Games’ GTA Online did not go as smoothly as planned. On Tuesday many were unable to connect to the service, some of those who connected couldn’t complete the tutorial and some of those who got into the game ended up losing their created characters. Rockstar Games says it is now working “around the clock” to fix the problems with GTA Online. Rockstar Games have already fixed an issue with PSN users that limited the number of users and unblocked users who cannot get through the tutorial. Rockstar Games also disabled in-game micro-transactions with real money that were recently introduced.

“For PlayStation 3 users, a PlayStation Network server issue was detected that was limiting the amount of possible concurrent users. This was preventing most players from accessing GTA Online altogether and as of this morning, that problem was resolved.
There is an issue that is preventing some players from getting through the first tutorial mission across both platforms. Many players have been able to get through this with repeated retries, and we are working on unblocking this for everyone as soon as possible.
This morning, we experienced some instability across the GTA Online services which is affecting even people who have progressed beyond the tutorial mission. We are identifying these issues now and are working to restore stability for users as soon as possible.
For the time being and until we have been able to get everybody access to GTA Online and things are running smoothly, we have disabled the option of purchasable GTA$ cash packs. Players can however keep on earning GTA$ by pulling off Jobs and other profitable gameplay activities rather than purchasing cash packs.”

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Grand Theft Auto Online Delay Is Explained

Rockstar Games’ decision to delay the release of Grand Theft Auto V’s multiplayer mode, Grand Theft Auto Online, has been known for a while. From previous information we saw that GTA V would be released on September 17th, which it was, and that Grand Theft Auto Online would be scheduled for October 1st, which it still is. Though a lot of people were asking why is Grand Theft Auto Online delayed by 2 weeks, up until now Rockstar Games has remained relatively quiet on that. Speaking with Polygon Rockstar Games’ co-founder Dan Houser spoke about the reasoning behind that 2 week delay.

The first main reason is that Rockstar Games’ believes the single player component is more important and it wants to get people playing that single player before they jump into the multi player.

“I think the well executed multiplayer game clearly attracts a big audience, but it doesn’t attract as big an audience as in a single player game, It just doesn’t do that yet….Not everybody, not even with Call of Duty, not everyone is playing the multiplayer, there’s a huge audience for people who love single-player adventures.”

The second reason behind the delay was that Rockstar Games simply didn’t feel they could complete both the single and multi player components in time for the same release date. Hence they decided to release the more important single player first and have the multi player come after.

“On the practical reasons it was simply on the scale of: ‘Why not simply get these two enormous things done completely at the same time, finished completely seamlessly and in a box? Well, because its nearly impossible. To make games on this scale is very, very hard and anyone you speak to who works on those big games will, if they’re honest, admit that there are a lot of moving parts. So, we were concerned that trying to finish them both for the same day would lead to a compromise in quality. On a practical level, it was very important that they each get a period when they can be really focused on by large numbers of the team to iron out as many problems as possible.”

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GTA Online Has Crew Hierarchies Via Social Club

Rockstar Games have detailed an interesting new feature of the Grand Theft Auto Online multiplayer aspect of Grand Theft Auto V. Apparently a feature called crew heirarchies will be introduced into GTA Online and is arranged by Rockstar Games Social Club. This crew heirarchy feature allows you to organise your online “crew” into different ranks each of which has different responsibilities. The ranks are as follows:

  • Crew Leaders can assign special rank to any and all members (Crew members will otherwise all be defaulted to the designation of Muscle) across the following four tiers:
  • Commissioners:  The Crew’s most trusted member(s) – that essential right-hand man or woman that the Leader relies on for Vice Presidential advisement and executive action. Commissioners have the power to manage and administrate all aspects of the Crew on behalf of the Leader, including the ability to promote members internally or invite new members in.
  • Lieutenants: Made members with specific privileges to keep the Crew in check and hand out promotions or demotions amongst sub-ordinate ranks. Crew Representatives and the mob of Muscle would be wise to keep their Lieutenants (and above) sweet.
  • Representatives: A tier of Crew members who have shown and proved their commitment to the clique – whether with ace performance in competitive modes, or just by rocking their Crew’s emblem faithfully since day one. Crew Leaders can assign these special players as Representatives who will have basic permissions to aid recruitment efforts.
  • Muscle: The rank-and-file mob of Crew members who are happy to play their position of causing some havoc Online, doing their Crew’s emblem justice and fighting for its good name. Muscle-level members may not have nor want any administrative power but they’re often the heart and soul of what makes your Crew fearsome. Ambitious Muscle who are looking to prove themselves to the Crew Leader and rise up the ranks may even prove a threat to their Crew superiors, if any are deemed to be slacking on their responsibilities or performance.

The feature is also being labelled as very flexible and Rockstar Games state that:

“There is no limit on how many Crew members you can designate to any one tier – so decide whether your squad will be a communal and anarchic free-for-all or a rigidly structured and exclusive Hierarchy designed to reward the chosen few and keep the Muscle thirsty for recognition?”

The feature will be brought in with Grand Theft Auto Online which launches two weeks after the actual launch on September 17th which is coming to current generation consoles only.

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GTA V To Include Torture, Drug Use, Sex, Offensive Language And More

If you were hoping that Grand Theft Auto V was going to be a clean and friendly game then you were wrong, and probably stupid for ever thinking such a thing could happen in the first place. Grand Theft Auto V will come back with a bang later on this year and what better way to spice things up than to add in some torture, drug use, sex and offensive language to really make GTA V a controversial hit.

Grand Theft Auto’s ERSB states that:

“Players use pistols, machine guns, sniper rifles, and explosives to kill various enemies…Blood-splatter effects occur frequently, and the game contains rare depictions of dismemberment…players are directed to use various instruments and means to extract information from a character; the sequence is intense and prolonged, and it involves some player interaction…The game includes depictions of sexual material/activity: implied fellatio and masturbation; various sex acts that the player’s character procures from a prostitute…nudity is present, however, primarily in two settings: a topless lap dance in a strip club and a location that includes male cult members with exposed genitalia in a non-sexual context…TV programs and radio ads contain instances of mature humor…Some sequences within the larger game allow players to use narcotics”

The full ESRB gives much more detail but I guess it isn’t surprising to see that GTA V will have all the traditional hallmarks of a GTA game, I don’t know about you but I can’t wait to play it!

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Grand Theft Auto 5 Achievement List Is Revealed

Xbox 360 Achievements have just revealed the full achievement list for the upcoming Grand Theft Auto V title. The launch to Grand Theft Auto V is really heating up and you can see all the latest information right here. This latest achievement list gives us a solid idea of what kind of things the GTA Online multiplayer experience will involve though 11 achievements about the single player campaign have reportedly been excluded. GTA V will be released on PS3 and Xbox 360 on September 17th. You can see the full achievement list below:

Solid Gold, Baby! (50 points) – Earn 70 Gold Medals on Missions and Strangers and Freaks.
Career Criminal (100 points) – Attain 100% Game Completion.
San Andreas Sightseer (30 points) – Explore all of Los Santos and Blaine County.
All’s Fare in Love and War (10 points) – Purchase Downtown Cab Co. and complete a private fare.
TP Industries Arms Race (10 points) – Purchase McKenzie Field Hangar and win the arms race.
Multi-Disciplined (30 points) – Attain a gold medal in all applicable hobbies and pastimes.
From Beyond the Stars (15 points) – Collect and return all spaceship parts.
A Mystery, Solved (15 points) – Solve the mystery of Leonora Johnson.
Waste Management (15 points) – Purchase the old dock and collect all nuclear waste.
Red Mist (20 points) – Complete all Rampages.
Show Off (30 points) – Complete all Stunt Jumps.
Kifflom! (30 points) – Complete your path to enlightenment… or not.
Three Man Army (20 points) – Survive 3 minutes on at least a 3 star Wanted Level with all three characters together off mission.
Out of Your Depth (5 points) – You’re gonna need a bigger boat…
Altruist Acolyte (5 points) – Deliver an unsuspecting victim to the Altruist Cult.
A Lot of Cheddar (20 points) – Spend a total of $200 million across all three characters.
Trading Pure Alpha (10 points) – Make a profit over your total investments in the stock market.
Pimp My Sidearm (10 points) – Fully mod a weapon.
Wanted: Alive Or Alive (10 points) – Deliver a bail bond target alive.
Los Santos Customs (10 points) – Fully mod a vehicle.
Close Shave (20 points) – Complete all Under the Bridge and Knife Flight challenges.
Off the Plane (5 points) – GTA Online: Complete the Introduction.
Three-Bit Gangster (10 points) – GTA Online: Reach Rank 25.
Making Moves (30 points) – GTA Online: Reach Rank 50.
Above the Law (80 points) – GTA Online: Reach Rank 100.
Numero Uno (20 points) – GTA Online: Obtain first place in all competitive game types.
The Midnight Club (20 points) – GTA Online: Use custom vehicles to win 5 races.
Unnatural Selection (20 points) – GTA Online: Complete all 10 waves of a Survival.
Backseat Driver (10 points) – GTA Online: Direct a driver to 1st place as co-driver in Rally Mode.
Run Like The Wind (20 points) – GTA Online: Survive for a day with a Bounty on your head.
Clean Sweep (10 points) – GTA Online: Finish a Gang Attack without dying and kill at least 10 enemies.
Decorated (50 points) – GTA Online: Earn 30 Platinum Awards.
Stick Up Kid (10 points) – GTA Online: Hold up all 20 Stores.
Enjoy Your Stay (20 points) – GTA Online: Participate in everything Los Santos has to offer.
Crew Cut (5 points) – GTA Online: Complete a Job as a member of a Crew.
Full Refund (10 points) – GTA Online: Kill the thief that mugged you.
Dialling Digits (5 points) – GTA Online: Call for gang backup for the first time.
American Dream (10 points) – GTA Online: Own an Apartment, Garage and an Insured Vehicle.

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GTA V Online Screenshots and Gameplay Trailer Revealed

Grand Theft Auto V is one of this year’s most hotly anticipated gaming titles, and we’ve covered it quite extensively here. The most recent developments come as Rockstar Games has revealed screenshots of the online gameplay for the new title. While the single player campaign is expected to bring most of the attention the multiplayer is going to be an important part of this new GTA title.

Grand Theft Auto Online will be Rockstar Games’ separate multiplayer part of the Grand Theft Auto V game. Rockstar Games have decided to separate out the single player and multiplayer components instead of trying to forcefully integrate them like they did on Grand Theft Auto IV – which didn’t exactly work that great.

Grand Theft Auto Online is due out on October the 1st as a free update for Grand Theft Auto V which launches on September 17th. You can see all the screenshots for the new GTA Online gameplay mode below, please click on the images to see enlarged versions. You can also see the official GTA Online gameplay trailer below:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olEGtoYs_8A[/youtube]

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