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  1. I thought I better see about some REAL PPL updates here on the friendliest, most inactive gaming site in the World, and yes, I'm still alive, and not plagued by the Virus ... Just reporting via laptop in the park here, that I'm avoiding cabin fever I don't normally have by just getting away from my truly obnoxious neighbor who is also a Stay at home-body, seems he nearly never goes out, and his mom or main came over to vacuum! ARGH, terrible racket he makes from time to time, but both hands on the controller, firmly in-the-game, I've spent more time concentrating on missions in GTA5 than I ever have, Without much of any cheating, and a misplaced Brady guide I know I bought for the game, I've been infinitely exploring the game's virtual avenues of you will.

    It's been too long since I contributed, and Stay At Home virus mandates around the world did cause an actual spike in online gaming, making the news. So... What aspect of your gaming life changed recently? Comment for God's sake, people, don't leave this site home to the bots and mindless spambots.. I don't commune with them, EVER! haha

    GTA5 is still a breath of fresh air if you took the long way around in playing straight through ie. taking the scenic route. Trying out-of-mission chaos and run and hide, attack tactics, which help in the slower police response you tend to get in the actual missions... I find it strange, the same number of Wanted level stars, and yet the police response hindering progress is tangibly lightened, make no mistake, I'm not lodging a complaint. Missions can still be hectic, but fast and proficient gamers can likely be bored by the lack of frenzy at times.

    GTA5 having fair to total involvement of brother developer Dan Houser, no mentioned as retiring in a way... along with earlier leaving of Les (Leslie) Benzies... writing, elements, voiced characters will all take a creative hit in future games, how do you think we might notice their deficiencies? How do you think the gaming plot and dialog holds up over these now seemingly many years?? I find it refreshing that it cracks me up to no end, the dysfunction leveled on poor Michael Townley aka DeSanta from his own f'd up family, and Trevor's involvement, his hell bent destructive nature while just looking for a mate, it seems, or some love from...well, anybody! hahaha


  2. I mentioned in the CTW thread I got iPods dirt cheap at a thrift store in Minnesota called Savers, Don't know how wide spread the chain is, but they're usually better then the Goodwills in town.

    Also a non profit called Freegeek turned around donated Apple iPads, just first and second gens so far, but dirt cheap as noted above. The most I paid was my first Apple iPad from Savers for $80 bucks, turns out that's eBay's price as well, so no real steal there.

     Thanks to buying GTA3 for iPod Touch and having it work on 4th gen spec, I used my account on the first 2nd gen IPad I bought, white with the camera built in and IIRC 16GB of memory versus 32GB for the Ipod Touch. Anywho, it downloaded easily to the more powerful, newer iPad 2nd gen with bigger screen and more power to show off the ware.

    I will say that it's a quirky control scheme, but you can adapt, and it's neat it's so easy to use and DL was valid for both Apple product thanks to iTunes working favorably this time (versus the usual complaints about the proprietary system)


  3. I've still to buy a working PSP Vita, but I did get Apple iPad 1 and 2 the past year or so, and several IPOD Touch 4th gens, however, they did a sweeping change from 256MB internal operating Memory to 512MB and A4 to A5 processors as I understand it, thus the iOS updates and subsequent iTunes iStore compatibility are in turn effected.

    I do so hope again hope that Rockstar have a future plan to save Sony PS Vita, I'll keep advocating for the system!!


  4. Just my current musing shared here,. to add to the long drought of being away, my wish as I keep playing the old GTAs, etc. Is for some more thought of Rockstar adding DLC for single player, it seems with the goofy Hot Wheels tracks in GTAOnline and  everything else breaking away from traditional GTA into Saint's Row territory has lost most of my interest in what makes GTA and Rockstar more unique. 

    They are playing favorites when they try any favorable scheme, however, not against another Zombie spinoff for RDR2, however, it seems to me there is a strong horror reality vibe of sorts, and some SciFi leanings in it already.

    GTA as you know, as reality based as that series is, played to the idea of something 'Other-worldly'. The reason for this post is about lacking Single Player substance threat continuing despite the promise of more console power and ever increasing memory and storage. To me, Rockstar do spend the most, or brunt of their time at least, making a map to play in, thusly it can't have usable exploits based around the amount of missions in it's entirety, but one thought did occur to me for DLC, just as SIngle player mode had expanded with more music and cars-vehicles, Why not add new character NPCs to task missions in new locations left unexploited originally? For SP specifically


  5. I'm still alive and over 52 years of age now, as old as some of my heroes it seems, People I respected are usually older than I am, and a lot of the celeb heroes are dying the past few years. I'm alarmed, but my mission is to carry the flag for what they represented as long as I can. GTA and RDR don't often get the top game accolades by the general gaming press, but we know better. I'm back playing GTA5 in fact, and will soon the older games, in the fact that GTA4 celebrated it's 10th anniversary to nary any fanfare. I hope the forum stays up, GTAForums is at times too crowded and active for more one on one, family vibe. And the haters are still there as I've seen. Don't want to provoke more ire


  6. I'm starting a new thread given the extremely lax community here, including the managers and agents of TGTAP.

    I've been away only out of respect for the slow nature of this forum versus the other MAJOR GTA forum we shall not name anymore.

    I was a long vocal member of the other GTA forum but you just can't be as online all the time Twitter and Facebook wise here sadly. I wish you guys would step up your 'online game'

    Not just be a supporter, but practitioner .

    OK, rant outta the way, this is a late breaking Rockstar news report not coming from SLOW Rockstar itself, still spending mucho time promoting GTA5 Online, my guess 3 years in is it will sooner or later take a backseat to a new game online, GTA6 and or RDR2 [3]

    Here's what's not said, had the game come out, it would be a rare Rockstar entry into the first 3rd party developers' support for the newest platform, and best yet; Xbox One X formerly known as Scorpio

    http://www.trustedreviews.com/news/red-dead-redemption-2-release-date-news-rumours-and-trailers-round-up-2912356

     


  7. Very sad to hear of the nearly 90 year old Sir Roger Moore passing away, since I've been gone we've also lost Allman Brother founder Gregg Allman and others. Sir Roger Moore was Commander Bond when I started going to see the most successful cinema series in history. He was a favorite not only in the role but as other parts he played in his illustrious career.

    Near on 10 years ago, Sir Sean Connery was asked about reprising his role in a 4th (at the time) Indiana Jones, and he said he was having 'just too much damn fun being retired'!

    Keep in mind, Sean Connery, the seemingly older then the rest of the Bonds is nearly as old as Roger Moore was so we wish him the best of health, and yes, do something for the public if even a cameo, we love their winning charismatic charm on the big screen. Sorely missed already.

    RIP


  8. Grand Theft Auto 5 online updated this Tuesday without fanfare from this site, I've been Absent off playing with tech toys BTW, but Chris and the Mods here MUST be slippin'

    The landing page Updated with Rockstar New News is lagging seriously behind Rockstar's own Newswire.

    I get a text from Trip Mills saying that Red Dead Redemption is delayed until next year, Why am I not surprised?? Well, it seems Rockstar do bite off more then they can chew, but video gaming as a whole is better off for it. Just saying Trip was pretty upset. 

    Imagine the work needed for fleshing out just the AI and landscape, add in the story and characters, dialog... sans much music compared to GTA! You have 3 years of development on average, more then a lot of other studio's games.

    Not by much though, with today's gaming horsepower. While I'm on about RDR2 as an aside, the delay could mean more tayloring for the forthcoming Scorpio Xbox system

    GTAOnline had a massive update for ...as it seems, only PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Leaving out the older console versions, this is sad, but I think it's the step toward future fulfillment of the system tech heavy requirements to keep adding and fleshing out detail. Again though, online mode seems ever increasingly over-crowded compared to the bare-bones single player side of things. I was and am, always hoping they'll add in some offline extras in the mean-time. I believe GTAOnline does serve not only as promo add in life for the franchise's last gen offering, but also a way for developers at Rockstar to embellish with programming in real time, and hopefully that aids all the games going forward

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  9. There's been plenty of debate about Rockstar losing perspective on their own software lineage, it's one thing for a fan to forget the original game that got the ball rolling, but Rockstar should be proud of the fact, they attempting something fresh that wasn't being done in videogaming often. A Western interactive historical dramedy

    haha

    Also, the fact that since the PS3, and exclusive title we hoped might only be delayed a year was shelved for God knows how long, the suggested idea being a game of covert espionage or Cold War Spy game theme, perhaps a noire like James Bond set in the mid to late 70s, I forget the title proposed for that at the moment, but it was to be more or less exclusive to the PS3's Cell processor hardware, and now the MS Scorpio looks to bring about a platform sharing gaming divide again


  10. Not for new games, media, concerts, but for deaths of notable artists on TV, film, and in music, actually going on two years now, most of who I idolized growing up have passed on or retired from the arts genres. Bill Paxton and host of the seminal Turner Movie Classics' Robert Osborne have passed on recently, and we lost a founding member of Rock and Roll, Mr. Chuck Berry.

    I really long more and more for a past we can never recapture, but gaming will keep getting better, but hoping we don't lose sight of what made the classics classic in the first place!!


  11. Negan's company and oppression of Rick's group, our heroes of the series basically, begged the question of who will be picking up the pieces after a looming major conflict? And what will happen to old Trevor Philips?!? Are favorite voice character from GTA5 because he's lovably malicious, but not nearly as much as Negan appears to be....

    As I predicted however in The Walking Dead, even if you don't or didn't follow the graphic novel comics, of which I saw some printed up in the press for the show, I got an idea of some major differences between the two story versions, still I think the AMC show has the best possible version of the Walking Dead story to tell, and as more groups are discovered, the unlikely alliances could help Rick's group win back their soverienty


  12. Hey guys, gals;

    It's been too long without constant updates on a weekly basis. My current job has me in a magazine distribution center, I have access to whatever interesting reads come in the place.

    Not a lot, mind you, since it's more specialized reading and mundane and boring at best, BUT that doesn't exclude Porn, music, movies, and TECH! as well, for me, tech includes gaming!!

    Just this past week the latest Xboxc official magazine arrived (one copy only as well!) announcing big games anticipated in 2017, of course they toot the Microsoft horn but in an article announcing rumors from developers on MS's followup to Xbox One and it's BD revision; Xbox Scorpio due at the end of the year, if not delayed, will coincide more so incidently then they'd like to think.... with Rockstar Games' best title to date; Red Dead Redemption 2. Biggest question there is, will it be geared for the new system, will it disallow older PS4 and Xbox One?!

    Will it be offered in two technically capable versions as GTA5 was?? Well, speculate all you want here on the forums, OUT LOUD, please...but remember mums still pretty much the word on what will really happen. HOWEVER, even Maximum PC magazine predicts that Scorpio could rival most gaming PCs of the modern era, and they would never say something like that normally!!


  13. Yeah, it's been a week of crazy speculation and a map that leaked for RDR2 cited as coming out in April thereabouts.

     

    I saw one leaked image and in the trailer, the same location appears shown, so I had little doubt it was to be an RDR successor, but why call it RDR2. when it's in actuality part of the lineage began with Red Dead Revolver?

     

    No matter, it's closest relations will be RDR (1) and GTA4 and 5, I say GTA 5 in particular because Rockstar's gaming engine developed for GTA4 as I recall it, RAGE... Has basically become the fruits of labor for Rockstar San Diego and Rockstar North sharing what works from the separate projects to master the coding and design needed for all Rockstar's digital playgrounds.

     

    The Digital Sandbox and third person perspective continue... I believe most advances one can expect will be present, like swimming, boating to a greater extent, and more interacting with animals and peds. Also I wager there MAY be a chance we can switch in and out of more then one or two characters as GTA5 permits. The idea works rather flawlessly, and it broke new ground for Rockstar and video gaming in general. 

     

    So looking forward to NEXT Christmas.... This year's will be just another one


  14. Been away from the site so as not to post as frequently as I had and allow you all some extra time, but this is crazy, even worse then before, no one's contributing worthy new material and the spammers are taking over as Google yet again advises people to stay away from the site due to Malware links phishing for your personal information, identity theft or worse?!?!?!

     

    So, yeah, Chris and others Moderating might want to consider why users are being turned away from this site as though it were itself malware or malicious in intent. China or Russia hacking into the USA elections, it CAN and HAS happened, along with multiple legit business cyber attacks. Got to stay on top of it


  15. Yep, noted on that OTHER forum, then Googled, reports and rumors, and suggestions along with a sweeping mountain third-person view still image suggest that perhaps Rockstar will soon announce the long awaited Rockstar Games San Diego followup to Red Dead Redemption ... the 3rd. (joke refers to Saint's Row)

     

    Actually people think of it as the first western in Rockstar's canon, but obviously few remember Red Dead Revolver on PS2

     

    Anywho, reports seem to suggest Mafia the only contender to annual sports games franchises for this year, and a reveal of RDR successor or Grand Theft Auto 6 news.

     

    I'll leave you to speculate further

     

    ALSO, I am now 50 years old, nearly the oldest gamer active online anywhere these days it seems! Yesterday I turned the Big Five Oh


  16. Addendum Appending.... I hope Chris and his mod team will allow me some leeway as far as add ons to the posts I made, I hoped for some fluid conversation as always, but here it's like pulling teeth. Seems you guys always have your own agenda, mods for GTA, online gameplay with GTA5 or other. I will of course some of these postings were more inspiring to you all, but I feel as ardent diehard gamers, WE HAVE to show our support for the Sony or Microsoft hardware to get game makers on board and not jumping ship, petitions or vocal as hell, whatever means works is what's required.

     

    Don't sit on your hands with closed mouth as the gaming future passes by subject to the whims of non gamers!!

     

    The PS Vita issue is obviously important to me and I have to share this very interesting article on the matter...

     

    http://www.polygon.com/features/2015/10/29/9409697/playstation-vita-successor-changed-sony-shahid-ahmad-ps4


  17. The Tragically Hip out of Canada have been on the alternative rock scene for nearly 30 years it seems. Still a tight knit band rocking out there now, despite the lead singer's early 2016 diagnosis of having terminal brain tumor. After some months treating they are undertaking a short Canadian tour to see how things go and promote their latest album. I was a fan in the early 1990s of the bands major Up To Here release. At the time I was getting into Robert Plant's Now and Zen (out touring around that time) and the breakout success of the Black Crowes (Mr. Crowes Garden originally in the late 1980s)

     

    The Hip had a big following already and when they toured North America it was surprising to find their already built in support. You can see the press conferences on YouTube about how Gordon is doing, but surgery and chemo have reduced a good size of his tumor so he can integrate somewhat back into the life and career he loves, making music.

     

    Be sure to support him and the Hip if they tour near you and check them out as they continue to produce new music while they can. It is terminal and he is expected to have a year or more it sounds like, but eventually his health and life will decline.

     

    All God's love for Gord and his love of music and the need to keep it comin'!


  18. I've been offline forum wise to let you guys post some stuff, but one of my projects is to get Windows free 10 ASAP, but deciding on where to install it is a challenge, one of the best Savers store finds thus far, for me, has been a DV6 series Core i3 tech HP Pavilion, when I looked at variations on the DV theme from HP, I found many, branching in outward design to inside tech changing support. Like Acer's V series, it covers quite a bit of options. Worth a look for keeping a budget built or resto.

     

    The idea is to replace the reddish hue worn out 15'6'' screen with a touch capable version, there's an additional connector on the motherboard besides the standard VLDS (IIRC) cable, the LED I believe, 40 odd pin connection. Anyway, if anyone knows about touchscreens, worked on them, poked around under the hood, thought about an upgrade conversion, post here and let me/us know what you find.

     

    I love the fact the original RESTORATION Partition HDD was left inside of this laptop when I bought it, so it should be a straight forward upgrade to Win10 given it shipped with the Win7 OS already


  19. As it happens, I got a PSVita from the local Savers, discounted from $39USD, only to find the PS Vita Sony handheld market is slowly dying, if not fast in some people's minds. They reported to me the other day from game store Gamestop where I went for accessories. Only now do I have the right first gen (1000 vs 2000) charger for Vita!!)

     

    The guy tells me Sony will be exiting the handheld market and focus on tablets or other. The portable gaming on phones trend or tablets seems to have eclipsed more traditional routes. I feel iPad was the start of all that, and the shared multicore for portable evolution helping things along.

     

    I still have hope Rockstar will do something for Vita but they're considered an AAA games maker, and it might feel beneath them, so Gamestop's clerk seems to think.

    I'm of the mind that Rockstar will listen to their supporters and have already looked at the Vita as they mentioned in passing back in 2012 (circa)

     

    It's not THAT old. Anyway, as it stands, this one is cracked, but being the early Vita, has the OLED desirable screen and a white case shell, this may also be rare, but you wouldn't know that from the ones online! hahaha


  20. I read a review online about the new nVidia card series, introduced as their '10' series, but only word on the 1060s. Did you get that right or was it a typo? I didn't go beyond that article because I knew already it wasn't out yet, IIRC, and the prices range starting around $250USD

     

    I would love to get one as well, but last year I bought a 560GTX to replace the Asus ROG 460 already roughly 10 years old, Asus switched from the HD5870 at the time for the Republic of Gamers, the newest in the series of laptops is the 752 with maxed out 8GB of video RAM, only one model goes that high in spec, the others are about a thousand dollars cheaper with I think 3GB or 4GB video RAM, and one down model spec wise 

     

    (I was eyeing one up at Microcenter locally, and online obviously there's more reviews.

    I really want a Skylake Intel board to be ahead of the 8-ball for awhile


  21. My longest friend association with communication about GTA has been Trip Mills from GTAF. He's the most upright guy from my estimation since he's communicated even in bad times. He pretty much stays out of every malee that happens online between peeps. But he has gone to bat for me more then anyone. I am true to all friends like him, and as long as I'm welcomed here, I'll be here talking topics and gaming, ROCKSTAR, BTW, MUST get their own game on and get some new game projects info out there to the public, it's OVER-DUE at this point!!


  22. I assumed I'd gotten no response as this forum doesn't have any real active threads at all anymore, but in response to the last post directly, and forgive the delay....

     

    Donald Trump is 6 months that much closer to being the President of the United States. I've heard no gamers talking about their feelings one way or the other, but as to militaristic might, Trump has come out with one more brash statement about Geopolitics where most sane people think military ways and warring won't ever come to much good, if any, of course, DEFENSE is key...

     

    I think there are those directly effected who feel Trumps comments back them whereas with downsizing anything seems bad.

     

    He proposes nuclear weapons be held as a deterrent but not to actually use in a Nuclear War (WWIII???)

    Who really is mad enough to propose that option on the table, a reality??

     

    I think Trump's wrong on that point, but how much IS TOO MUCH? Good question. A war waged by individual radicalized groups rather then armies is the biggest threat that can cause mayhem anytime anyplace


  23. One of the little known aspects talked about is branching dialog and then story telling by way of multi-protagonist GTA V, Red Dead Redemption and GTA IV both benefit from new dialog introduction if you fail missions and attempt them again, and furthering game methods by allowing various tactics to accomplish the same goal, completing said mission.

     

    One of the things we've seen in Rockstar is fewer mentions of followups and my take has been that as the tech allows, vastly more developed gaming playfields and Artificial Tech to drive both the cutscene storytelling and user interaction, it could in fact be daunting to the programmers themselves. I think this is one driving factor for Les Benzies stepping down at Rockstar.

     

    He served about 16 years with them, I had also worked 16 years with one company until the recession, I would have continuing feeling pretty comfortable in that situation at that point, but factors mandated change.

    The company I worked for still lies dormant to this day, no one bought it and renovated the property as in repurpose it as had been proposed to City Council.

     

    Just some back story unrelated to gaming, but it shows as well the times we're in are also a factor as to how other companies are navigating business based on US Economy or other.

     

    I think the challange the Housers took on from DMA at the outset was a bold one, but what's instore at this point is hard to get a idea for. Games I see adverts on TV for still look like old school comic book graphics embellished for the big-screen at home. Up-rezzed for HD and UltraHD. 

     

    Doom is a good example of that, and how a first-person-shooter STILL looks and acts like the original premise. Games aren't so much reinventing the modern era (of 3D evolved 10 years or earlier. It was mentioned in the Jacked biography of Rockstar that at the time of GTA2 thereabouts, the evolving 3D game bar was being set by Lara Croft.

     


  24. I've been the most active by way of banned-for-life from GTAForums, Some even think any forum I take part in is then adversely affected by that account, I don't know what to think.

     

    The staff have said minimize or eliminate all GTAForums discussion here, and I can see why at times, but it's hard to ignore their headstart in the GTA related forum timeline and that accounts for their massive audience and why I joined there in 2003. I wanted insider gamer info on GTA as I was just then a die-hard fan for life.

     

    This forum and others around are most active for modders, I'm not one, but I do respect their computer prowess to be able to embellish games above and beyond the factory studio product. Sometimes just finding Easter Eggs is enough of a joy. I do miss my time in an active forum and as well, active online gaming communities within GTA and RDR

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