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You can now play Grand Theft Auto V offline againSep 20, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun After Rockstar launched their new wee store client doodad this week, folks who wanted to play Grand Theft Auto V offline on PC were finding themselves unable to. Did Rockstar sneak in a new DRM measure when wedging the new Rockstar Games Launcher into the game’s guts? Naw, they say it was a bug, and now it’s fixed. The fix does involve going online one last time, mind. (more…) The bug preventing GTA 5 from being playable offline has been fixedSep 19, 2019 - PC GamerWhen the Rockstar Games Launcher appeared earlier this week the Steam version of Grand Theft Auto 5 suddenly stopped being playable in offline mode. Rockstar were quick to announce that this was a bug, and they hadn't made any changes to GTA 5's DRM. The bug has now been fixed, and there's a ticket for it on Rockstar's support site. Here's the full text of it. Question: Why can’t I set GTAV for PC to Offline Mode now that I have updated to the Rockstar Games Launcher? Answer: In order to Play GTAV in Offline Mode, players will need to: Run the Rockstar Games Launcher and update it to the latest version Sign in to the Rockstar Games Launcher Update GTAV to the latest version Launch GTAV via the Rockstar Games Launcher while online So there you go. You'll need to be online to launch it the first time, but after that you should be able to play in offline mode again. Rockstar has announced its very own games launcherSep 18, 2019 - EurogamerJoining the likes of Blizzard and Ubisoft, Rockstar has created its own games launcher allowing players to access its PC games from one place, regardless of what digital store you bought them from. The Rockstar Game Launcher is available to download right now, and also lets fans buy games directly from the developer via its shop. For a limited time, as an incentive to install the launcher, you can claim a free copy of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas when you download it, which will be permanently added to your Social Club account's library. Read more Rockstar says Grand Theft Auto 5's offline mode was disabled by a bug, not the launcherSep 17, 2019 - PC GamerRockstar rolled out a new game launcher for PC today, which came with a free copy of the great Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas—and, shortly after people got their hands on it—reports that it also changed the Steam version of Grand Theft Auto 5 to disable offline mode. Rockstar has confirmed that this did in fact occur, but said that it's a bug, not an intentional modification, and that no changes were made to the GTA5 DRM. The Rockstar support site says the studio is aware of an issue "that is affecting some players' ability to play in Offline Mode," and is looking into it. Unfortunately, that's all it says right now. I've reached out to Rockstar to see if a timeframe is available, and I'll update if I receive a reply. Rockstar launch their own Launcher, offering GTA San Andreas for freeSep 17, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Just when the Epic Games Launcher seemed like it might have been the final salvo in the launcher wars, along come Rockstar Games with a launcher of their own. The imaginatively-named Rockstar Games Launcher lets you launch Rockstar Games games, and also buy them. Okay? And? Why would I want that? Well, Rockstar are hoping to tempt people to install it by initially offering 2004’s Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas as a freebie. (more…) Steam Charts: Hard Boiled Wisdom EditionSep 16, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun We’ve had a few people asking how to get these stupid annoying articles out of the news feed for their favourite games on Steam. Read on to learn more… (more…) Steam Charts: Falsifiable Evidence EditionSep 9, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Exciting news! Steam Charts is proud to announce it’s to be an Epic exclusive! From now on you can read your favourite article about the top selling games on Steam exclusively on the Epic Store! But don’t worry, long-term readers – you’ll still be able to read the articles right here on RPS, after just one year. Everyone’s a winner! (more…) Where to find all the Action Figures in GTA OnlineSep 5, 2019 - PC GamerWhere are the Action Figures in GTA Online? Not dissimilar to the Playing Cards you had the option to find when the famous Diamond Casino and Resort opened, now you have the opportunity to pick up 100 GTA 5 Action Figures to help out comic store owner, Lester. You only needed to get 54 Playing Cards, so you'd be at this one for a long time, if it weren't for this guide, of course. The reward is certainly worth all that effort, though: your prize is GTA$150,000, 150,000 RP, the special Impotent Rage Outfit and hair, and eight collectable figurines with which to decorate your penthouse. So, below we're going to show you how to the start the relevant mission and include a video and map to give you all the information you need. All GTA Action Figures locations First of all, it'd be remiss of us to not get our thank yous in first: @FoxySnaps leaked information about the rewards for this task early, and produced the video and map shown below. To start the mission, all you need to do is login to your game, and a you'll get a message from the panicked comic book purveyor. That's all there is to it and, from there, the GTA 5 Action Figures should all be live in the world for you to collect. They come in different shapes, sizes, and colours, but you should know when you approach one because they glow nice and brightly.  Below you can see a useful video and map to help you track down each Action Figure in GTA 5 Online in no time. Happy hunting! Steam Charts: Paternal Doubt EditionSep 2, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun URGENT: Disparaging words have been said about the game you like by people who like the other game you don’t like. (more…) Steam Charts: Subdued EditionAug 26, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Why, what’s this? Oh I say, a Steam Charts you say? How intriguing. (more…) GTA Casino guide: how to win big in the Diamond Casino and ResortAug 23, 2019 - PC GamerThe latest downloadable content update to GTA Online sees the highly anticipated and long awaited Casino finally open for players to explore. The "Coming Soon" signs from 2013 have finally been taken down and it is well and truly open for business. But what does the DLC entail? What can you actually do in the casino and can you make any money from it? This article will go through it all.  However, and probably as expected when you introduce gambling into a game that previously didn’t have it, the introduction of the casino has not been without some controversy. With players in over 50 countries (such as Argentina, Greece, Poland, Portugal, and South Korea) not able to use anything in the Casino at all due to gambling laws where they live, not everyone is going to get the same experience from this update. Those in the affected countries will find that this update is merely just a selection of new cars to buy, with many other features of the casino that will be detailed here completely locked off from being experienced.  For those in countries that are unaffected, read on for a complete run down of what you can do with this new update. For those in countries that are affected, keep in mind that not all of this may be possible for you. The Diamond Casino & Resort The main part of the update is of course the casino itself, and Rockstar as usual has done an excellent job when it comes to modelling the exterior and interior of the swanky new building. You can drive up to the entrance and have the valet park your car for you in the new shared space that is the casino’s parking garage, an area where multiple players can congregate away from the hustle and bustle of the city (weapons are disabled in the parking garage). There is even a beautiful rooftop terrace, however this isn’t locked off in any way and in most public GTA Online session will likely just become a war zone.  Although the exterior of the casino has changed, and because of that has caused some issues for races and other jobs that were created around it, it’s nothing in comparison to the interior. In classic casino fashion, it’s almost like a maze where you can get lost in the bright lights, tables, slot machines, VIP rooms, bars and other people enjoying what the resort has to offer. This is also a shared space⁠—unlike the arena from the previous update, everyone who enters the casino in the same session will be in the same area, able to interact with and watch each other peacefully (again weapons are disabled). Penthouses What would a casino be without a place to live to keep you close to the action? The Diamond offers this in the shape of the Penthouse suite. This functions in the same way as other apartments/living spaces in the game, with each player gaining access to his own living area in which they can invite other players and customise how they see fit. A standard penthouse will set you back $1.5 million ...Steam Charts: Do As You're Told EditionAug 19, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Hi, it’s me! Yeah! No, nothing’s wrong, all’s good. I was just calling to see if you wanted some Steam Charts? … STEAM CHARTS … Yeah, that’s right. No, no it’s not. You don’t? Oh, um, I already sent them over. (more…) Video game corporate satire is really overdue an upgradeAug 15, 2019 - EurogamerIn Grand Theft Auto 5's final scene, protagonists Michael, Franklin and Trevor have odious billionaire Devin Weston trussed up like a turkey in the boot of a swanky car. It's time for some payback - Weston, a marauding tycoon of the Gordon Gekko school, has double-crossed Michael and attempted to hire Franklin to kill him. But first, a little speech from Michael on the subject of the "great evils that bedevil American capitalism". One of these evils, he says, is offshoring - the act of moving part of your business overseas to lower costs by, for example, paying less tax in the country where you're based. Offshoring is legal in many countries, but is widely regarded as a dirty trick, denying the society that supports you an appropriate share of your earnings - and in a moment of blunt poetic justice, Michael, Franklin and Trevor proceed to "offshore" Weston by rolling the car over a cliff into the Pacific Ocean. It's typical of Rockstar's brand of social satire, clownish and macabre and, in this case, spiced with hypocrisy. Six years after the game's release, the company's UK businesses stand accused by TaxWatch of moving billions of dollars in profits overseas in order to avoid paying corporation tax, all the while claiming back 47.3 million via a tax relief scheme for creators of "culturally British" art, and doling out large bonuses to UK-based executives. It's difficult to assess that accusation without knowledge of how development of GTA5 was distributed across Rockstar's various studios, but well, I'm not sure Michael would be very forgiving. Videogame "satires" of giant corporations have never rung that true for me, largely because some of the most prominent examples are developed by giant corporations. GTA aside, the field is led by Portal 2, a historical and architectural cross-section of a dysfunctional science company created by Valve, the owner of the world's largest PC game distribution platform. I don't think it's impossible to critique the upper echelons of the private sector while working for one of the Powers That Be - if I did, I wouldn't be writing this for a website owned by a million-dollar events business. But it's harder to laugh along to jokes about, say, brutal working practices or womanising CEOs when they come from those at the summit of an industry that worships crunch and has a lingering sexism problem. Read more Take-Two boss says linking videogames to gun violence is 'disrespectful' to victimsAug 13, 2019 - PC GamerSpeaking in a recent episode of CNBC's financial talk show Mad Money, Take-Two Interactive chairman and CEO Strauss Zelnick said the suggestion that videogames cause real-world violence is "disrespectful" to victims and their families. "This is a terrible tragedy, a senseless tragedy. It's fun to talk about entertainment, but lives were lost," Zelnick said. "The truth is, it's disrespectful to the victims and the families to point the finger at entertainment. Entertainment is part of people's daily joy, and it's consumed worldwide, and it's the same worldwide. Gun violence is uniquely American. And that has to change, and it will only change if we address the real issues." As the publisher of the Grand Theft Auto series (among others), Zelnick knows a thing or two about campaigns to blame games for violent behavior. Take-Two was a favorite target of disgraced former attorney and anti-game crusader Jack Thompson (Thompson once ratted out Strauss to Mrs. Zelnick, and I'm not making that up), until Thompson agreed in a lawsuit settlement to stop threatening to sue Take Two and attempting to block the sale of its games.  Zelnick's comments follow a statement made earlier this month by US president Donald Trump, who in the wake of mass murders in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, called out "grisly and violent videogames" for the influence they have on young people.  "It is too easy today for troubled youth to surround themselves with a culture that celebrates violence," Trump said. "We must stop or substantially reduce this, and it has to begin immediately. Cultural change is hard, but each of us can choose to build a culture that celebrates the inherent worth and dignity of every human life." Zelnick said that if evidence was ever found indicating that a game caused violent behavior, he would stop selling it, "in the same way that I wouldn't choose to market substances that cause people to get sick." Despite the absence of that evidence, the US government has continued with efforts to link videogames to gun violence, instead of, for instance, guns. Thanks, VGC. Steam Charts: Win A Free Car Edition!Aug 12, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Hello, I’m high school sweetheart, John Walker. Welcome, if you can, to Steam Charts. (more…) A GTA Online casino glitch lets players win chips fast on the horse racesAug 7, 2019 - PC GamerThough it sounds as if it may have already been patched out on console, there's currently a glitch in GTA Online on PC that will let you fill your pockets with casino chips quickly and easily. The glitch allows players to win the maximum payout on an Inside Track race while only risking a couple of hundred chips. Seeing as how this is basically an exploit, I won't explain how to actually do it, but you can find it pretty quickly if you search the internet. It doesn't require any bots or scripts: it's just about using your mouse in a certain way when placing your bet.  Be warned: We don't know if or how Rockstar will punish players for using this exploit, but you could be risking having your account banned or losing all those chips if you get busted. And it's probably not worth it, honestly, to win a bunch of fake money while you sit in a casino, though I myself have been doing it a bunch today because I'm a filthy cheater. The exploit only works with the Single Event betting option, not the Main Event (multiplayer) races. Essentially, you start the race having bet only 200 chips, but while the race is running your bet continues increasing, even though you can't see it happening. If you lose, you just lose the 200 you bet before the race started. If you win, you win whatever the maximum payout is. I just tried it this morning and it's definitely still working. The smart thing to do is not risk your account by using this exploit. But if you do use it, then the smart thing to do is to bet on the #1 horse, which always has the best chance of winning. The payout won't be massive if the odds are evens or 3/1, but you'll win more often than not. With even odds you'll get 20,000 chips with each win and only lose 200 if your horse doesn't finish first. Or, you could do what I do, which is bet on the #6 horse which usually has odds somewhere between 20/1 or 30/1. You won't win often and you'll be losing 200 each race, but when the #6 horse does win the payout is huge. I just won 270,000 on a 26/1 horse. It's a big payday for a lousy cheat like me.  I'll let you know if Rockstar takes away my ill-gotten winnings somehow. Proceed at your own risk for now. GTA Online's slot machines are rigged and the NPCs are winning all the damn moneyAug 6, 2019 - PC GamerI haven't been inside a real casino in years, but I remember enjoying the Wheel of Fortune slot machines. It was like any other three-reel machine, but if you got the special wheel symbol on the payline, you could then spin the big Wheel of Fortune on the top for a bonus prize. The machine would shout "Wheel! Of! Fortune!" and the big wheel would spin and anyone nearby would stop what they were doing to watch. A fun, satisfying, and extremely stupid way to give away your money. As I was walking through GTA Online's new Diamond Casino yesterday, I noticed a couple of the virtual slot machines had Wheel of Fortune-style wheels built into them, too. I sat down at one called Fame or Shame to see if I could win the chance to spin the big-ass wheel. Next to me was an NPC playing a different slot, so as I sat there I watched her reels, too, to see which of us would hit three matching symbols on the payline first. Sort of like a race to pass the time. I figured I'd win easily because I was spinning the reels much faster than she was—the casino NPCs tend to react, curse, complain, look around, and fiddle with their bets between each spin. Meanwhile I hit the button as soon as possible, so I was spinning my reels about three times for every one of hers. But she hit three sevens on her payline pretty quickly. And soon I began to notice she wasn't the only one. The casino NPCs are hitting three sevens suspiciously often. All of them. They're winning hundreds of thousands of dollars every couple minutes. You know who isn't? Me. An important person. I took a few laps around the casino, peeking over the gamblers' shoulders. Everywhere I went, I saw winners. And not just sevens on the payline! Below, I walk by five different gamblers and see lots of matching symbols on the payline. Three grapes. Three grapes. A miss. Three sevens. And three more sevens. At any given time, four out of five gamblers are hitting a damn jackpot. What gives? This isn't random. I played slots for two solid hours last night because in addition to having no life I wanted to gather evidence. I'm not saying I never won anything—each slot has a symbol that pays off even if you only get one or two of them, but in all that time I hit three symbols exactly once. About an hour in I got three grapes. That was it! Three lousy goddamn grapes. At the end of the night I was down 10 grand on a slot machine with a max bet of $25. All the AI-controlled NPCs, though? In that same period of time they won hundreds of thousand of dollars. Over and over again I'd walk past a gambler or park my ass next to one of them and they'd come up all sevens. Where are my sevens? Is it a conspiracy? Are these NPCs paid by the casino to sit there and win to convince idiots (me) that these are the loosest (and only) slots in town? Are they all part of a collective of cheaters who cracked these machines' algorithms and know how to hit the...GTA Online's casino update brought in the most players since launchAug 2, 2019 - PC GamerGTA Online's Diamond Casino has proved to be a popular destination. The once disused building opened its doors last week, beckoning players in with the promise of riches and lots of things to spend those riches on, including some new luxury apartments. According to Rockstar, GTA Online's citizens are wild for gambling, resulting in the game's busiest single day and week since launch, six years ago.  Rockstar hasn't revealed player numbers, though it once again shot to the top of Steam's top sellers. SteamDB also shows a spike in player numbers, the largest one since launch, so we can expect a similar trend on consoles.  It's impressive for a game of its advanced years, but GTA Online has been consistently drawing in players since launch and sees regular spikes. It helps that GTA 5 is one of the best-selling games of all time.  While GTA Online's in-game currency is used to purchase chips, netting you one chip for one dollar, Rockstar also sells that in-game currency. While Rockstar is no doubt enjoying the fruits of that right now, it has barred the update from launching in more than 50 countries with stricter gambling laws.  Chris Livingston visited the casino with a bag of money and big dreams, but he left unimpressed. To spice things up, he reckons GTA Online's casino desperately needs Red Dead Online's horses and poker, because right now it's a bit dull. I say it needs to go further. We're talking about a game where you can race cars in giant tubes suspended in the sky, so a regular casino seems a bit conservative.  Cheers, Hollywood ReporterTry this updated driver if GTA V is crashing on your Radeon RX 5700 graphics cardJul 29, 2019 - PC GamerAMD is pushing out an incremental GPU driver update that is supposed to fix an issue that is causing Grand Theft Auto 5 to crash or hang on systems with a Radeon RX 5700 graphics card. That is the main order of business for the Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.7.4 driver release. Beyond being a better driver for GTA V, however, it also introduces more than a dozen other bug fixes. Here's the list: * Some system configurations may experience green color corruption after install of Radeon Software when running Windows 10 May 2019 update. * Stutter may be experienced when Radeon FreeSync is enabled on 240hz refresh displays with Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products. * Radeon Performance Metrics may report incorrect VRAM utilization. * AMD Radeon VII may experience elevated memory clocks at idle or on desktop. * Radeon Overlay may intermittently fail to appear when toggled in game. * Audio for clips captured by Radeon ReLive may be corrupted or garbled when desktop recording is enabled. * Radeon RX 5700 Series Graphics may experience a black screen during uninstall on Windows7 system configurations. A work around is to perform uninstall in safe mode. * Recording clips with Radeon ReLive may result in blank clips on Radeon RX 5700 Series Graphics with Windows 7 system configurations. * Enabling Enhanced Sync may cause game, application or system crashes on Radeon RX 5700 series graphics products. This is AMD's second Radeon driver in less than a week. Just a few days ago, AMD started pushing out its 19.7.3 release that was tuned for Wolfenstein: Youngblood. According to AMD, users can expect to see up to a 13 percent performance boost in that game. That presumably applies to the 19.7.4 release, when comparing against the 19.7.2 driver as well. AMD has a habit of announcing driver updates before they are actually available to download. So it goes with the 19.7.4 release—at the time of this writing, it's not showing up on AMD's website, but is supposed to be there within the hour (and perhaps by the time you're reading this). You can check for (and download) the latest driver here. Rockstar North operate within capitalism, says reportJul 29, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Rockstar Games have paid 0 in UK corporation tax over the last ten years, despite making Actual Billions in profit, according to a report released by Taxwatch UK. Rockstar’s parent company Take-Two Interactive are using the Video Games Tax Relief provision to legally save an estimated 42,313,047 in corporation tax. Which is what it’s for. Sort of. (more…)