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I became a vampire with a nightclub as my lair in a GTA 5 roleplay serverMay 20, 2019 - PC GamerThere's something beautifully pure about Downtown Los Santos. For me, it's the most intriguing urban snapshot of Grand Theft Auto 5's San Andreas map—with its clumsy network of neon-scarred thoroughfares, volatile nightcrawlers and cops so crooked they could swallow nails and shit out screws.  In Downtown LS, you live and breathe the city's seedy underbelly. Its traffic is louder, its alleyways darker, and its people tastier. Hang on. What? Admittedly, my GTA 5 roleplay adventures have entered dark territory before, but vampirism is a cut above the rest. And the worst thing about it? I got really into it.  Like, really into it. Like, standing behind my girlfriend in my real-world kitchen and trying to work out, hypothetically of course, the best angle I'd adopt to get the drop on her exposed neck.  Like, changing my eight-month old daughter's nappy and thinking: her wee leg is quite chubby, I bet the blood-thirsty vampire dude I've been roleplaying in GTA 5 would get stuck right into that.  Like, trying on those fake plastic fangs that you get at Halloween and thinking I genuinely looked better. Sexier, even. Wow.   To my family and the strangers I set my nashers on in-game over the last few weeks, I am truly sorry. I've created a monster.     Before embarking on my latest Grand Theft Auto 5 roleplay adventure, I was less certain of the slant I wished to pursue. One of the most exciting things about cultivating stories within FiveM's modified GTA world, is that interesting tales can be instigated without too much planning.  Having an idea, sowing the seeds among other roleplay enthusiasts, and then watching the pantomime unfold is often how each fable begins—and then it's up to you how much you lean into the fantasy, or how much you strive to steer it in a different direction.  This blood-thirsty tale, started with a meagre GTA: San Andreas comparison.  “I remember, years ago,” pondered one roleplayer I happened upon at Legion Square. “When San Andreas had Cluckin' Bells, Burger Shots and Well-Stacked Pizzas lining every corner.” This was, of course, a non-meta, in-character RP nod to GTA: SA's Eating system, whereby food was not only the 2004 game's primary health source, but also a basic necessity. Eating too much would cause your character to become overweight; not eating enough would cause them to lose fat, muscle mass, and ultimately, their life.  In Grand Theft Auto 5 and GTA Online, though, feeding is reduced to commodity-like snacks that can only be purchased from convenience stores. Which begged the question: if I were to properly survive in a reality-reflecting RP world, what would be my main energy resource, beyond Ego Chasers, P's & Q's and cans of ECola?  Humans. It was always humans.  But you can't just start chowing down on unsuspecting pl...Steam Charts: rats, rage, rain, and rendingMay 20, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Our former John (RPS in peace) has vanished in odd circumstances, last heard claiming he’ll be flying through the sky in a big metal snake, so I’m taking over this week. Not even an employee anymore and he’s still making work for me. Join me for a stroll down the hit parade to inspect last week’s top-selling games on Steam. (more…) This old BBC video about making the first GTA is a treasureMay 17, 2019 - PC GamerGrand Theft Auto was very much the talk of the playground when I was a kid, since the 1997 top-down sandbox game blew up in the UK before it got huge in America (that came with the later 3D entries). It was characterised as a cool, edgy game that featured shocking situations like stealing cars and running over pedestrians—if you kids of the late '90s thought Die Hard Trilogy and Syphon Filter were adult, wait until you see this!  Over 20 years later, Rockstar has sold more copies of GTA 5 than there are people in the United Kingdom, by quite a long way. This week, the BBC tweeted out a little snippet of archive footage that went behind the making of the original game in 1996. Rory Cellan-Jones visited DMA Design in Dundee, riding high on the success of the Lemmings games, to get the inside scoop on its newest project. In this video (via Ellen Rose on Twitter), you'll see (who I believe is) programmer David Kivlin talking about the premise of the game, then Craig Conner discussing GTA's music. Then you'll see Cellan-Jones meet QA testers Fiona Robertson and Gordon Ross, which the presenter refers to as a 'dream job'.  Cellan-Jones referring to the studio as a 'plant' is pretty funny, and each encounter is a bit awkward, which I can empathise with given how I react when people bother me at my desk. It doesn't help that he stereotypes the developers as nerds in one question, either, but developer Gary Timmons seems to take it in his stride. Cellan-Jones also seems convinced that someone there had to be paid to play games since he mentions it twice, which is an extremely dad take. The game was meant to come out in June 1996, but eventually arrived in October 1997.  The popular top-down sandbox game provided the basis for everything that would follow: stealing cars with a single button press, explorable fictional versions of American cities and the series' irreverent tone. I don't want to call these humble beginnings—DMA was already a success at that point, and had an office pool table for god's sake—but obviously no one would anticipate that GTA would be a phenomenon on the scale it is now. No one could've predicted GTA Online's heists, Niko Bellic's monologues, or Shark Cards! You used to be able to download the original GTA for free from Rockstar's website, but now it seems to be gone, and it's no longer sold on Steam either. Hopefully it and GTA London end up on GOG at some point, but you can download GTA: Chinatown Wars on pretty much any phone if you want a more modern version of what the 2D games offered.  Want some more retro GTA goodness? PCG's Andy Kelly linked me to this amazing behind-the-scenes video of the celebrities from Vice City performing their voice acting, circa 2002: GTA 5 has sold nearly 110 million copies May 14, 2019 - PC GamerGTA 5 is still selling well six years after it launched on consoles and four years after it finally appeared on PC. On a recent earnings call, publisher Take-Two noted that sales of GTA 5 have outperformed so far this year, while GTA Online continues to grow, with earnings exceeding expectations. Not bad for a game that came out in the last console generation. The open-world caper has nearly hit 110 million sales, which is an absurdly high number, but perhaps not all that surprising given how it never seems to leave the Steam top sellers list.  Take-Two pointed to GTA Online's continued updates, notably Arena Wars and After Hours, for keep players inside the anarchic sandbox. It's hoping the same will happen with the more disappointing Red Dead Online. Red Dead Redemption 2 has already raked up over 24 million sales, but its online mode leaves a lot to be desired. Take-Two is optimistic, however, and said that net bookings have grown. Unfortunately, the success of the cowboy game has not inspired Take-Two to announce a PC port. The publisher continued to be coy, saying the ball is in Rockstar's court. There are still plenty of reasons to expect it to eventually make its way over to our neck of the woods, though. Check out everything we know about Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC.  Steam Charts: Getting Dishy With The Fishy EditionMay 13, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun WARNING: If you’re reading this, there is a very strong chance you’re looking at news on your favourite game. Please, it’s imperative you click on to discover crucial information. (more…) Steam Charts: NOOOOOOOOOOOOO EditionApr 22, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Hello, and welcome to RPS’s weekly round-up of the top selling games on Steam for the last weeeeee… WHAT? (more…) Earn double rewards on GTA Online contact missions and Doomsday Heist until WednesdayApr 21, 2019 - PC GamerGTA Online players can earn double the normal cash rewards and RP for completing contact missions as well as the finale of the Doomsday Heist from now until Wednesday, April 24. Call up Gerald, Lamar, Ron, Trevor, Lester, Martin or Simeon to start contact missions—you can play them solo, but if you complete them as a group you'll get some bonus cash.  In the finale of the Doomsday scenario, you must infiltrate a mountain base to stop a nuclear warhead from launching, before escaping with jetpacks. It's a brilliant heist that the PC Gamer team worked together to finish last year. In addition to contact missions and the Doomsday scenario, players can earn double rewards in Occupy, Hardest Target and Juggernaut. There's also a 40% discount on some items from Maze Bank Foreclosures and Warstock Cache & Carry, including the Mammoth Thruster jetpack and the Pegassi Oppressor sports bike. Rockstar also announced that on April 25 any owners of a Biker Clubhouse will be given a $250k in-game cash bonus. To prepare for that, the Great Chaparral Clubhouse is now at an all-time low price of GTA$50K (75% off), and you can also buy the Grand Senora Desert Counterfeit Cash Factory for GTA$100K (89% off) until April 24. For full details, check out Rockstar's blog post. If you're after even more cash, here's our guide to making money in GTA Online. GTA 6 showed up on a Rockstar artist's resumeApr 20, 2019 - PC GamerOver on GTA Forums an eagle-eyed fan has posted a screenshot of a resume belonging to a 3D artist that listed, among other jobs, a position as a "Jr vehicle artist at Rockstar games". The description of their work? "Create vehicles matching with real world for Gta5 dlc and upcoming Gta6." Rockstar have yet to announce a sixth Grand Theft Auto game but considering how it sold it doesn't take a genius to figure there's a sequel in the works. This particular leak might not be legit, however. Previous leaks and announcements have turned out to be pranks, and even the forum poster responsible for highlighting this one has said, "In my opinion he is either trolling or this is some sort of mistake,there is no way a Rockstar employee would break NDA like that." The artist's resume no longer mentions Rockstar as an employer. Thanks, PCGamesN. GTA 5 roleplayers accidentally punching each other is my everythingApr 15, 2019 - PC GamerAbove you can see a Twitch clip of streamer sodapoppin roleplaying Kevin Whipaloo in GTA 5. Kevin is standing on the sidewalk while he waits for another player, who is roleplaying a tow truck driver named Jordan, to give him a damage estimate on his car. Jordan gets the car keys from Kevin, enters the car, pops the hood, gets back out, and carefully checks the engine and undercarriage. Then he pauses for a moment before suddenly and shockingly lunging onto the sidewalk and punching Kevin in the face. Naturally, it's an accident. Jordan didn't mean to punch Kevin. It's just something that happens occasionally. And despite everything else going on in GTA 5 roleplay—the drama, the heists, the chases, the relationships, the tragedies, the comedies, the stories—people accidentally punching each other is my absolute favorite thing. Note: there is a fair amount of loud screaming and swearing in the clips to follow, so mind your ears if you decide to unmute them. If I had to guess as to why it happens, I'd wager players alt-tab out of the game or switch focus to a second monitor, and when attempting to regain focus on the game, they click on the screen, which results in a melee attack on the nearest target. I know I've accidentally fired my gun in Sea of Thieves a dozen times when clicking on the screen after doing something on my second monitor. At any rate, it's common enough that other RPers usually excuse the attack after a brief reaction, unless they're badly hurt. You can't just ignore that it happened, because that would be bad RP. But you can't treat it as you would if someone in real life strolled up and punched you in the face, either. I haven't been watching GTA 5 RP for more than a month or so, but the way everyone treats a sudden punch in the face tells me just about everyone has had it happen at least a few times. A lightning rod for accidental punching is Brenda, a hospital receptionist, roleplayed by streamer ashlynn. Above, she reacts with extreme excitement at figuring out how to enter a house so Mr. Payne, a real estate agent, can interview her for an interior decorator position. In this case, she attempts a celebratory gesture and winds up punching Mr. Payne in the face, to the horror of both characters. And below, a minute later outside, Payne accidentally returns the favor while attempting to demonstrate the exact same thing. As a reminder, this is all happening during a job interview. And, on yet another occasion, Brenda is talking to a couple of police officers when one suddenly rushes over and clubs her with a baton. Sorry, sorry. I just brutally, yet accidentally, assaulted you.  It's just something that happens in this strange world these characters inhabit. Punching people isn't the only accident that happens in GTA 5 roleplay. I've seen roleplayers accidentally jump off rootftops and ladders and bail out of moving cars on the highway. All of u...Steam Charts: Grand Finale EditionApr 15, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun It has happened. The day spoken of in legend. After two years, I am finally to be set free of the Curse Of Steam Charts. All its taken is entirely leaving my job in four days time to end this purgatory. The only decision left is to whom I shall pass this vexation. That, and how to avoid mentioning the actual games for one more week. And this time I’ve come up with a self-indulgent doozy. (more…) Steam Charts: RPS's Greatest Secrets Revealed EditionApr 8, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun As this is my penultimate edition of Steam Charts, before I return to nuzzle into the warm infinite belly of Horace for all of time, I thought it might be fun to take a bit of a look behind the scenes of Steam Charts, to see how this weekly column comes together. So, hey, join me as we step behind the curtain, and learn a little bit about the magic of Rock Paper Shotgun. (more…) Steam Charts: Entropy EditionApr 1, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun As time inexorably ticks away, its guttural screaming horror counting down the seconds until our infinite deaths, it’s important we remember what really matters: that the game you like best isn’t as good as the game I like best. The game you like best, the game you like reading about the most, is indicative of how foolish you are, how you’re wasting your precious moments on this planet. Whereas I, liking my game, am making the most of it. (more…) I posed as a lawyer and tried to clear a serial killer of murder in a GTA 5 roleplay serverMar 29, 2019 - PC GamerCurt is a bastard. I know this because I watched him intentionally mow down three innocent bystanders in cold blood first-hand, before hopping out of his pickup truck, beating a woman to death with a baseball bat, and then chasing another down the street brandishing a knife and cackling as he went.    It's worth noting that while this is pretty standard behaviour in regular GTA Online, it’s a big no-no in the game’s player-built roleplay servers. The RP world is designed to reflect reality, to the point where even jaywalking, running a red light or speeding 5mph over the limit will land you a fine at best and, depending on the active officer—all controlled by real, fully-trained volunteers—jail time at worst, so harsh is the penal system in this city.      Before catching his fifth prospective victim, Curt was blindsided by a cop on-foot, nailed to the floor, cuffed, read his Miranda rights and rolled into the back of a squad car. He was duly whisked to the courthouse down the road, and, never one to shy away from opportunity, I decided to make my own mark on the unfolding drama.    This man, guilty as he clearly was, deserved a fair trial. I’d been dicked over by sentence-happy cops too many times in this town, so I made it my mission to represent him. We hold these truths to be self-evident. The law is not my area of expertise. That’ll become pretty clear further down the page, but for this very reason, I feel obliged to make that admission right off the bat. In fact, I know so little about the law that halfway through my latest Grand Theft Auto 5 roleplay expedition, I Googled "Can anyone represent you in court?" Given the fact you can legally represent yourself in judicial proceedings, I was of the vague understanding that so long as you agreed to accept counsel from another person, they too could vouch for you in front of a judge. It turns out I was really, really wrong about this.    So wrong, in fact, that here are the rules as per the Illinois Attorney Act : “Only lawyers can go to court for someone else. It’s the law.”   Erm… duh! Television court dramas have taught me nothing.  The Act continues: “No person shall be permitted to practice as an attorney or counsellor at law within this State without having previously obtained a license for that purpose from the Supreme Court of this State.”  In FiveM, the open-source community mod for GTA 5 that I roleplay within, I had not previously obtained said license, and it turns out Los Santos is governed by the same in-game rules as their real-world counterparts. What I do have, though, is a silver-tongue—and as my previous RP ramblings have illustrated , I ain’t scared to use it. I nipped round to the nearby Binco clothes store, strapped on the sharpest black suit I could find and cringed at the fact the server&#...Steam Charts: Extremely Jet Lagged EditionMar 25, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun John had the presence of mind to take today off, after flying back from San Francisco on Sunday. Young Matt and I got a red eye that took off on Friday night and landed on Saturday afternoon. I didn t sleep for 30 hours, then slept for 12, was wired for the next 16, and then slept for another four. Which brings us to today, when I am writing these charts, unsure which meal I should be having next and shaking off a lingering dose of The Fear, which I get from long haul flying more than I ever did from hangovers. With that in mind, it s me, back once again with the ill behaviour, to fill in doing the Steam Charts. I m very much flying by the seat of my pants here, so let s see what I come up with, shall we? (more…) Steam Charts: Devil May Die TwiceMar 18, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Oh hello! John is away in San Francisco gobbling up gum left on the underside of chairs at the Game Developers Conference, so I’m filling in for our regular rundown of last week’s top-selling games on Steam. As is customary for weeks where I need to take over, the charts are full of the surprises he grumbles they never have. What can I say, John – video games must make more of an effort for me. And for goodness’ sake, leave that gum. I don’t care if Sid Meier himself stuck it there. (more…) Steam Charts: Weeping Sore EditionMar 11, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Hahaha, I can’t believe you think the game you like is good! The game you like ISN’T good! Your liking the game you like makes you look just SO silly. Find out which games everyone else likes, and then start liking those games instead, with our handy Steam Charts guide. (more…) Steam Charts: Pretty Broken EditionMar 4, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun I’m nothing if not a hypocrite. Week after week I lament you utterly awful people buying the exact same five games again and again and again and again and again and again and again. This week I shall lament people buying games that barely even exist. Hold my hand, let me walk you through this most peculiar of weeks, and into oncoming traffic. (more…) Steam Charts: Historical EditionFeb 25, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Of course the original editions of the Steam Charts focused on those maps used by the early pioneers of steam-based exploration, so this week we take a historical look back at the origins of your favourite game series. For just one week, put aside your modern electricity-based computing, and come on a journey through time. (more…) I got the city high as a rogue paramedic in GTA 5Feb 25, 2019 - PC GamerHoly crap, I'm going to bleed out. I mean, having just taken a header off the Vinewood Hills sign, it's a wonder I'm still breathing. But here I am, dazed after colliding with the mud, defeated, destitute, and crawling around the shadowy undergrowth that hugs the bottom of this 50-foot-high, eff-off metal 'W'.  The emergency services will be here any minute now, I murmur to myself. Any minute now. Any minute now. What a way to go.  Like their real-life contemporaries, EMS workers in this GTA 5 roleplaying server prioritise crisis calls in order of perceived importance. Fallen players use Bleeter (the game-world's answer to Twitter) and/or their cell phones to alert medical professionals of their critical situations, and pre-trained and whitelisted volunteers respond with varying degrees of readiness.  Broken leg? Back of the queue. Hit and run? We'll get to you soon. Shot in the gut by a catatonic Russian mobster? Sit tight, we're on our way. I'm not quite sure where on the list being shoved from the summit of a 15-metre-tall hillside tourist attraction stands in the eyes of the paramedics, but I suspect it's near the top. For my sake, it really needs to be. I ain't got long left.     Given how efficient, punctual and prompt I once was as an opportunistic back-alley doctor-meets-medicine man, there is of course a dark irony about the situation I've wound up in now. If I told you I was aloft the VINEWOOD sign involved in a drug deal, you'd no doubt brand me a scumbag—but I swear I had the best interests of Los Santos' civilians in mind. Let me explain.  It all started with a delivery job, a bike accident and a helluva long wait. After taking on a courier position in the city, I was determined, more than ever before, to make an honest living in San Andreas. Onerous stints as a lumberjack, a clothes manufacturer and a fisherman failed to hold my interest in my newfound pursuit of classiness, and an inner-city delivery job paid well with minimum physical and mental effort. After one unremarkable shift, I was en route home on my trusty BMX, and was mowed down by a speeding Banshee in South Los Santos. The driver didn't stop after the collision—this is San Andreas, after all—and I was down and out. I flicked open my phone, dialled 911, and waited. And waited. And waited. And… well, you get the picture. Upon death or incapacitation in FiveM, the open-source community modification for Grand Theft Auto 5 that I roleplay within, players are made to wait a maximum of eight minutes for medical assistance. The call is placed, the designated individuals respond, administer meds, and you're sent on your way—it's as simple as that. If you run the clock down without receiving help, you awake in the nearest hospital and, as per RP server rules, are sworn to have blacked out and have forgotten the previous quarte...GTA Online gets ludicrous new supercar, Doomsday Heist pays double this weekFeb 22, 2019 - PC GamerWhy is it that GTA Online cars get me so damn excited when in real life, I don't even have a driving licence? I ponder this contradictory state of affairs while making heart eyes at GTA Online's latest vehicular addition, the Principe Deveste Eight. It'll set you back $1,795,000 from Legendary Motorsport. But hey, regular players can spend February's free GTA money to take the cost down a little. If you can't afford the car, you get a branded T-shirt for this fictional car just by signing in this week—making the whole thing perilously close to the plot of a Friends episode.  There are two sets of double GTA money/experience bonuses this week: Doomsday Heist finales pay out twice as much, as does the more recent Arena War series of multiplayer modes. I recommend looking at our guide on how to make money in GTA Online for the kind of payout you get from the Doomsday Heist, and whether you think the bonus makes it worthwhile versus the game's regular heists.  If you've never tried the Doomsday Heist—like GTA's equivalent of a high-level raid, I guess—facilities are 30 percent off this week. You can also save on hangars, handy for storing novelty aircraft, and giving you an excuse to use Fort Zancudo as your personal base.  Finally, the following vehicles are all 30 percent off, along with those available in the Arena War series: * Mammoth Avenger; * Imponte Deluxo; * Mammoth Thruster; * TM-02 Khanjali; * Ocelot Stromberg; * RCV; * Buckingham Akula; * Volatol ; * HVY Barrage; * HVY Chernobog; * P-996 Lazer;