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GTA 5 is Still Making an Insane Amount of Money

Grand Theft Auto 5 released four years and ten months ago but that doesn’t mean this giant money train slowed down. It was recently revealed that GTA 5 is still a big earner for both Rockstar Games and their parent company Take Two Interactive.

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Take Two announced today that GTA 5 has now shipped nearly 100 million units. This number is up from the 95 million figure that they announced back in May. According to Take Two, the game has outperformed their expectations for the quarter. To give a little context to the game’s insane success so far from its launch, GTA 5 was the number 3 selling game in the United States during June. It managed to outsell a number of new big name releases like The Crew 2.

GTA 5 Blowing Away Expectations

Not only did the base game do exceptionally well, but GTA Online had also managed to exceed Take Two’s expectations. “Grand Theft Auto Online continued to exceed our expectations in the first quarter, as it has in every period since its release,” Take-Two explained. (https://bit.ly/2LKazYG)

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The main reason the online portion of GTA 5 is doing well and continues to be so successful is because Rockstar consistently releases new and interesting content. The most recent substantial update was GTA Online: After Hours which Take Two said: “had a bigger week-one audience than last December’s Doomsday Heist, which went on to be a record-breaking update.” (https://bit.ly/2LKazYG)

Looking toward the future, the company says it has more innovative content planned for GTA Online in upcoming weeks and months. A big part of this online mode is the game’s plethora of microtransactions which have been performing extremely well. During an earnings call, The CEO of Take Two, Strauss Zelnick, said: “recurrent consumer spending” (microtransactions) performed better-than-expected this quarter.

GTA V continues to thrive and it doesn’t seem like there is an end in sight. The Gigamax Games crew is excited to continue following this incredible franchise and for the latest news, be sure to stop by GigamaxGames.com.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 Gets Yet Another Release Date

Red Dead Redemption 2 Gets Yet Another Release Date

Rockstar Games, the studio behind the beloved Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption series, confirmed that the latest installment of their wild west shooter will release on October 26th, 2018. This latest announcement comes from the Rockstar Games Blog where the company was quick to apologize for the most recent delay. Initially, the game was slated for a Spring 2018 release but according to Rockstar the extra time will help them fine tune the experience.

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The Official Word

The blog post reads “We are excited to announce that Red Dead Redemption 2 will be released on October 26th 2018. We apologize to everyone disappointed by this delay. While we had hoped to have the game out sooner, we require a little extra time for polish.” Continuing, “We sincerely thank you for your patience and hope that when you get to play the game, you will agree the wait will have been worth it. In the meantime, please check out these screenshots from the game. We look forward to sharing a lot more information with you in the coming weeks.” (http://bit.ly/2DTRI9I)

Rockstar has previously detailed that Red Dead Redemption 2 will follow the protagonist Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde Gang as they get into a variety of mischievous deeds all along the brutal land that was the great American West. The game will release for both the Xbox One and PS4 but as of now, the studio has not announced a PC version.

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The Wild West Is Alive In GTA Online

GTA Online recently played a big role in getting fans excited for the upcoming release with determined players quickly finding references to Red Dead related secret missions after a recent update to the game. All players of GTA Online received an in-game email that pointed them in the direction of a new mission that when completed unlocked the Double-Action Revolver.

It is always unfortunate to hear a highly anticipated game is being delayed, but these push backs are very necessary in an industry where polish makes all the difference. Gigamax Games is looking forward to Red Dead 2 so be sure to check back for all the latest information surrounding the game as the release date draws closer!

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GTA 5 Winter Update Brings the Holiday Cheer

GTA 5 Winter Update Brings the Holiday Cheer

To celebrate the holiday season, Rockstar just released a substantial GTA 5 winter update. In the latest patch for Grand Theft Auto’s insanely popular online experience, San Andreas got something relatively uncommon for California, a blanket of snow. Currently, there are free liveries and on Christmas day fans will be able to receive a free car.

Officially known as GTA V’s Festive Surprise Event, the blanket of snow it left behind is for more than just show. Players can put down the guns, pick up snowballs, and chuck them at each other. To throw the snowy winter staple click left on the d-pad on a console, or G on the PC.

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Free Rides For All!

The free car Rockstar is handing out is an Albany Hermes Muscle Car which players can claim by logging on Christmas day. The car also comes with 5 free liveries for the thruster. Rockstar is also giving away a free Krampus mask because let’s face it, evil Santa doesn’t get enough credit.  If you’re feeling extra festive, holiday-themed clothes are also for sale through in-game shops.

Players can also make their way down to Southern San Andreas Super Autos to purchase another brand new vehicle that was just added to the game. Called the Benefactor Streiter, this SUV is a powerhouse that combines a sleek sporty look with awesome off-road capabilities.

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Rockstar previously announced that GTA’s current premium stunt race is the H200, the current time trial is Sawmill which runs through Christmas day. On December 26th, Double Loop will become the stunt race and Cypress Flats will be the time trial. Every player that participates in the winter event races will receive triple RP and on top of that, the leading three racers will get a huge in-game money award. The time trial will also grant a bonus RP and GTA$ award for those that beat the set time. Let us know how you’re enjoying the GTA 5 winter update in the comments below!

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Where Did Cheat Codes Go? Let’s Find Out

Cheat Codes and Modern Gaming

Once a common feature in many video games, cheat codes have seemingly disappeared from the mainstream gaming scene. These helpful tools were meant to make a game more accessible to those that may not have had the skill to beat the experience as intended. Or for some that just wanted to have some fun after beating the game. As time went on, developers slowly stopped including these in their games and not many gamers have questioned why. Cheat codes can still be found in some rare cases but for the most part these unique workarounds are almost extinct.

Cheat codes are split into many different categories that would change a player’s experience depending on how they wanted to play. Some codes were intended to make the game simpler, they would give the character unlimited health or lives and make them invincible. Other cheats would make an experience tougher by giving the enemies better weapons or increasing their aggressiveness. In a lot of cases cheat codes could fundamentally change a game experience by replacing character models or adding in content that didn’t make the final cut.

The Early Days

During the early Nintendo days, it was common to see a game with cheat codes. Without the internet readily available, players would have to experiment with different button combinations to find the hidden gems. After discovering a code the only way it was shared was between friends or in the occasional gaming magazine. Eventually books were made that contained a list of games and their corresponding codes. Taking it a step further were pieces of tech like the Game Shark or Game Genie. These tools would essentially mod your game on the fly and were typically frowned upon by developers. This did not stop thousands of people from modding old school console games and making awesome workarounds the original creators never intended. For example, throwing a Game Shark into an old school Gameboy and modding Pokemon let the player get unreleased monsters like Mew.

When the PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii were released these easy to use mod tools disappeared and supported cheat codes were slowly being phased out. This could have been for many reasons, one being that games were becoming easier. With the internet becoming a larger gaming resource, gamers could look up guides and “how to” videos. The internet also increased the competitive nature of the industry. Gamers could now compare high scores and compete in online multiplayer matches and cheat codes would ruin these experiences. Achievements and trophies also saw life during this era. These bragging rights are show-offable milestones that have a specific task and value accompanied with them. Typically a player is unable to earn these awards when a cheat code is used, so most would avoid the use of them all together.

Slowly Fading Away

As the years went on, it seems that many developers took note of their fan base’s hesitance to use the cheat codes and stopped including the option. This could also be because story became a much bigger part of games. Games aren’t sprites running across a screen anymore, they are fully fleshed out worlds with epic stories attached to the experience. Maybe game creators fear the game could be broken by the use of potentially toxic codes. Although games like Grand Theft Auto still embrace the retro cheat code.

The new age cheat code seems to be mods, not like the ones mentioned earlier that were accessed by a device. These mods are created by hard working coders that will design their own experience inside a game. Many developers support mods, especially on PC and will release development kits to the public so that they can create all they want with no restriction. The mod community is slowly making its way to consoles with the help of Bethesda and their games Fallout 4 and Skyrim. Hopefully more developers add mod support to their games and gamers can see a new cheat code revolution.

It would be awesome to see more games include cheat codes. Making videos showing off wacky experiences would be great but it is not hard to understand why developers wouldn’t make them an option. It can be scary to let someone experience a game differently than originally intended. This can draw unwarranted criticism but ultimately I think more would appreciate the extra option.  

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