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Overtime Rumble comes to GTA 5 Online

Rockstar just keeps smashing it, with their release of high-quality game modes for GTA5 Online. This time it’s Overtime Rumble in adversary mode. To put it simply its Car Darts!

Imagine the calm, rigorous fun of launching yourself through the sky at the centre of a distant target in a Ruiner 2000 with only the onboard parachute separating a top score from a deadly fireball. Well, Overtime Rumble is just like that, only you and every other adrenaline junkie in Los Santos are all hitting the accelerator at the same time. This can only end well.

This team-based vehicular remix of Darts is for up to 10 players, and has you trying to land your Ruiner 2000 on platforms of various sizes, each worth anywhere between 1 and 5 points.

Accuracy is rewarded with Double GTA$ & RP now through July 17th in Overtime Rumble.

The new game mode is incredibly simple, but quite difficult and immense amounts of fun! The TiX crew played and streamed this earlier in the week, and it was one of the most fun nights of multiplayer madness in a while! Catch the video here – TiX plays GTA5 Overtime Rumble

Rockstar have also been busy and have added lots of new features;

EXECUTIVE OFFICE DISCOUNTS

For those with the entrepreneurial spirit burning deep inside them, Rockstar have a bevy of discounts on Executive Offices designed to help make starting your empire a little easier. Owning an Office comes with its perks; become a CEO at any time and tap into Special Cargo and Vehicle Cargo business opportunities through the SecuroServ network. Or expand your sights from high-rise offices to underground bunkers – tap into Gunrunning Businesses as a CEO to start a lucrative arms trafficking career:

Maze Bank West – 25% off
Arcadius Business Center – 30% off
Lombank West – 35% off
Maze Bank Tower – 40% off
Executive Office Garages & Custom Auto Shop – 25% off
Executive Office Garage Renovations – 25% off
Custom Auto Shop Renovations – 25% off
PREMIUM RACE & TIME TRIAL SCHEDULE

Pad that Maze Bank account with these Premium Race & Time Trial events:

From July 11th – July 17th:

Premium Race – “Big Drop” (locked to Sports)
Time Trial – “Up Chiliad”
Launch Premium Races though the Quick Job App on your in-game phone or via the yellow corona at Legion Square. The top three finishers receive GTA$ payouts and all participants are awarded Triple RP. To participate in Time Trials, set a waypoint to the marker on your in-game map and enter via the purple corona. Sizable GTA$ & RP rewards await those who can beat par time.

 

 

GTA Online adds Tiny Racers on April 25th

The game that sold over 75 million copies and keeps going has released details of its next GTA Online content.  Coming on April 25th is Tiny Racers, a new game mode that takes some inspiration from the classic top down racing games of yesteryear.

GTA Online is a favourite pastime here at This Is Xbox, so be sure to keep an eye on our streaming channel for a close look at this new gameplay mode!

TiX Stream team is where all the fun is!

 

Who’s really gaming today?

You always think of Xboxers and gamers in general as teenage and male – at least, that’s the stereotypical image. Perhaps Xbox has a slightly younger profile than other consoles (though this is a moot point) but, generally, that’s the overall perception.

But is this accurate today?

Well, when it comes to consoles, there is a high degree of accuracy in the perception, but when we talk about gaming in general, the truth is very different.

In particular, the explosion in smartphones in the past five or six years has really changed both the gaming possibilities and the gaming stats. The stereotypes hold true no longer (if they ever did).

One recent UK survey by the Internet Advertising Bureau researched the online and overall gaming traits of the country. Somewhere in the region of 4,000 people were surveyed, so this is a reasonable sample of the country’s estimated 33.5 million gamers of all different types.

Now what’s really interesting here is that the females of the species took the lead for the first time ever in any such gaming surveys in the UK. In fact, just over half of all gamers today are women – with a score of 52 per cent, according to the survey.

And many of the players on smartphones choose to play games for real cash, including bingo and casino games. The former are certainly more popular with women than they are with men, and other surveys seem to suggest that the social aspects of the game and the sheer fun are more important to women than they are to men who are simply playing to win.

Most bingo sites have chat room facilities, but they also have progressive jackpot prizes and although the stats suggest that bingo is still predominantly female preserve – it is certainly true that more men are also playing. And with sites like betfair now offering Bingo games, along with the other likes of coral and mecca, which are generally male dominated, it gives an indication of the way things may be moving.

But perhaps the really big explosion in gaming in recent years has been the time-killing, fun games on smartphones or tablets – like mobile scrabble games, Dots or Threes, Monument Valley and many others.

In fact, according to the Internet Advertising Bureau survey, over half the ladies interviewed (56%, to be accurate) who are aged over 43 years old played mobile puzzle games as their number one choice of game.

These games have a couple of things in common that set them apart from others. First of all, they’re free to download as long as you don’t mind a few pop-up advertisements from time to time. Secondly, they can be played intermittently with ease – so they’re simple to play while you’re on the move or just from time to time whenever the moods takes you. This appeals to women leading busy lives.

But are there other reasons more females have developed an interest in gaming in Britain over the past few years? Well, the device certainly seems absolutely crucial – and the overall means of play. Over half the female respondents cite their mobile as the primary choice, followed by the computer, the tablet or the console.

But at the same time, other surveys suggest that mobile gaming is becomingly increasingly more of a family pastime. A survey from the U.S.’s Entertainment Software Association in 2013 suggests that 58% of gamers play video games with their kids once a month or more and over a third of all respondents play with their children once a week or more.

So perhaps gaming is becoming more of a family pursuit as opposed to solitary, young males. This certainly seems to reflect the ads for consoles, including Xbox, which seem ever more aimed at families. What’s more, the American survey also indicates that 16% of all respondents play games with their partners and just over a third of people play with other family members. In short, gaming on consoles is becoming increasingly a family / social activity.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the fence, the “supply” side, there seems to be a difference in the sexes that perhaps reflects more the nature of the gamers playing on consoles rather than mobile gaming etc. In the UK today, just 12% of all computer game designers are women. But this is a little chicken and egg. The most popular console games remain a male preserve but is that because of the guys who are designing the games or does it reflect the realistic demand? And if it’s the latter – why is that? Is it that action-based games tending to appeal more for some inherent reason to the testosterone fuelled amongst us? Because this certainly isn’t reflected in the trends of the mobile gaming world.

So maybe we’re on the verge of a sea change in console gaming too? Perhaps the relatively gentle introduction into the world of gaming will now mean that more women crossover into console gaming – particularly if it really is becoming more of a family and social pastime. So perhaps the future Xbox games will reflect this kind of change? Of course, this is all conjecture and it remains to be seen what will actually happen.

So it seems the age of the teenage males dominating gaming are over, or at least being whittled away. But when it comes to console games and particular types of console games aimed mainly at young males (Grand Theft Auto, combat games, various action spots etc.) the market is likely to remain dominated by this segment and again – the game-specific internet and TV ads certainly reflect this target demographic.

So what does the future hold? Well, it seems likely that the current trends will continue for the foreseeable future but the whole nature of this fast-moving world is that anything is possible. Techie developments tomorrow could change what we think we all “know” today – just as the smartphones have done.

Grand Theft Auto V Dated For Xbox One

Rockstar Games has finally announced that Grand Theft Auto V will arrive on the Xbox One (and other platforms) from November 18th, 2014 which was already rumoured thanks to various retailers. The PC version will follow on January 27th 2015.

Grand Theft Auto V for Xbox One will feature a range of major visual and technical upgrades to make Los Santos and Blaine County more immersive than ever compared to Xbox 360. In addition to increased draw distances and higher resolution, players can expect a range of additions and improvements including:

  • New activities
  • New weapons
  • New vehicles
  • Additional wildlife
  • Denser traffic
  • New foliage system
  • Enhanced damage and weather effects, and much more.

Grand Theft Auto V for Xbox One will also feature enhanced radio selections, with over 100 additional new songs and new DJ mixes from returning DJs across the game’s 17 radio stations.

All players who pre-order the game will receive $1,000,000 in-game cash to spend across Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online. A host of new, exclusive content also awaits for players returning from the Xbox 360 version including rare versions of classic vehicles to collect from across the Grand Theft Auto series such as the Dukes, the Dodo Seaplane and a faster, more maneuverable Blimp; activities, including wildlife photography; and new shooting range challenges, new weapons and more.

Enhancements to Grand Theft Auto Online include an increased player count, with online play now for up to 30 players. All existing gameplay upgrades and Rockstar-created content released since the launch of Grand Theft Auto Online will also be available with much more to come. Existing players on Xbox 360 will be able to transfer their current Grand Theft Auto Online characters and progression.

GTA V Independence Day Event Weekend LIVE

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Thursday July 3rd through Sunday July 6th. San Andreas will be celebrating the birthplace of freedom with big RP & GTA$ bonuses, patriotic discounts at Ammu-Nation, giveaways and lots more – all as part of the Grand Theft Auto Online Independence Day Event Weekend.

The all-new “Independence Day Special Event” Playlist will be a special selection of some of the brand new Rockstar-created Jobs published this week including specific Races for new vehicles like the Sovereign motorcycle and the super-sized Liberator monster truck. This weekend only (starting this Thursday), this Playlist will score you Double GTA$ and Double RP.

Rockstar Games will be giving away five exclusive prize packs of suitably patriotic and rare GTA gear in the Independence Day Gear Giveaway Sweepstakes. Each pack will include a GTAIV Aluminum Bat, Patriot Beer cup, GTAIV foam finger, Statue of Happiness figurine, plus a GTAV Los Santos Lifeguard tee and a Vice City beach ball. Ten runners-up will each get GTAV tee and stickers.

You can enter to win right now through Sunday at http://socialclub.rockstargames.com/events.