Gay Tony is back in today’s Grand Theft Auto Online After Hours update

    
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Rockstar has a big update coming today for those of you more into glamorous thuggery than the sci-fi exploration GTAO will be competing with this week. It’s called After Hours, and yes, it brings back Gay Tony, the titular star of The Ballad of Gay Tony, GTA IV DLC that charmed audiences not quite a decade ago.

“Los Santos is a city of bright lights, long nights and dirty secrets, and they don’t come brighter, longer or dirtier than in GTA Online: After Hours. Partner with legendary impresario Tony Prince to open and operate a top shelf Nightclub featuring world-class DJ acts Solomun, Tale Of Us, Dixon and The Black Madonna, and use it as a front for the most concentrated network of criminal enterprise ever to hit San Andreas.”

“Tony, I don’t think you can say Gay Tony anymore,” a trailer character quips (and you can just imagine a Rockstar exec saying this before greenlighting it anyway, can’t you?). “It’s not PC. The internet will go crazy.” Get to the disco today when it launches.

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memitim

The Ballad of Gay Tony was brilliant and if you didn’t play it you missed out! As for this I probably won’t bother, Online is too much of a grind-fest…also why exactly am I buying cars in a game called Grand Theft Auto? :S

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xpsync

Agreed, it wasn’t something any gamer should miss.

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Sorenthaz

Really? I remember giving up on it because the helicopter missions were ridiculously frustrating. In general GTA IV felt like an exercise in stress/frustration management to me because the game constantly throws you into vehicles yet made those vehicles incredibly painful and hard to drive for serious chases/combat bits.

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looks like a really nice update with lots of stuff to buy and progress with, as well as seemingly centralizing ALL your business ops under one roof…

at least that’s what the trailer seems to imply (the latter bit)… will have to see.

unfortunately my gtao crew is split by rockstar’s over zealous false positives and overzealous removal of all funds even hinted at being touched at all by a modder… which ofc there’s an active element of the “player”base that hates the game and spends all their time (and seems a fair bit of irl cash) trying to ruin the game for others including by showering them with modded money (despite what r/gaming claims in their weekly circle jerks rockstar will action the fuck out of you for recieving modded money).

so ultimately it’s unlikely i’ll be able to play this as intended with friends but i may shark card it up to get my bling in a game i still keep installed to regularly hop into for 5-20 minutes to derp around in style. lol

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Schmidt.Capela

trying to ruin the game for others including by showering them with modded money

This is typical behavior; make many unsuspecting players the receivers of “generosity” from cheaters so that if the publisher does a crackdown a lot of innocents will be swept with the cheaters and cause huge headaches for the publisher.

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deekay_plus

The worst part is that in the weekly r/gaming shitpost people actively promote seeking or even spending real money on modders to gave them money.

Like how is that even a thing on a major gaming forum like that?

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Schmidt.Capela

It’s part of the reason I really dislike the business model of selling Shark Cards on a game like GTAO. It becomes an incentive for hackers to find ways to “undercut” R*, and for players to get their in-game money from hackers instead as it’s much cheaper.

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deekay_plus

Its naive and wishful thinking to suggest that hackers wouldnt cheat in everyway possible if there was no shark cards

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Schmidt.Capela

It assigns a monetary value to the cheats, though, which makes it easier for “for profit” hackers to operate; every player is aware of the possibility of purchasing in-game money with real money, and more so because R* won’t ever let us forget the possibility exists.

It also throws away any balance justification for pursuing hackers*, what with rich players being able to do the same with a virtual swipe of a credit card, thus making the behavior of hackers that create money out of thin air more acceptable in the eyes of the community; R* already compromised the integrity of the game with their business model, after all.

* edit: referring to just creating money from nothing here.

So, while hackers would still exist and operate in game without Shark Cards, their existence makes life easier for hackers that want to make a profit.

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deekay_plus

that’s a nice theory that ignores the mountain of games without anything monetized being cheatable in which hackers cheat all possible angles because that’s what they like to do with their time and gaming money.

also the price that gtao modders “charge” for tens of millions of gtao cash is like $5. i really doubt there’s much of a profit motive from the people doing it. it’s really more of a tip for going through the friending and game joining process.

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mr_gibbins

Most of the people I know that got caught in the false positive wave got their accounts and cash back within a week after making an appeal.

Anyhow, good legit money making crews are easy to find. Hit me up on steam if you want tips on where to look for a crew Deekay.

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deekay_plus

people get all but 200k taken away from them if they get modded money.

i have friends i like to play games with. if they’re not playing gtao regularly than neither am i, but i keep it installed to derp around in :P

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rer read and had misread you comment about people getting their accounts back… never heard of getting money back. several people in the guild have been dinged by modders and then lost all their money.

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Schmidt.Capela

The irony of it all is that R* doesn’t have a good track record of finding cheaters; those that are smart, discreet, and not too greedy can keep cheating for years without being caught.

Seems like R* relies too much on player reports to find cheaters, which both can’t get the less conspicuous cheaters and is prone to false reporting (and, thus, false positives).