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GTA Online update 1.54 is best thing to happen to Grand Theft Auto since Heists

GTA Online developer Rockstar is getting ready to release a big new update on PC.

Grand Theft Auto Online loading times have always been a source of frustration, so it was exciting to hear that one fan had managed to cut times down by nearly 70%.

A fan going by the name of T0st recently discovered a way to reduce load times, and shared the news with Rockstar and the public.

“GTA Online. Infamous for its slow loading times. Having picked up the game again to finish some of the newer heists I was shocked (/s) to discover that it still loads just as slow as the day it was released 7 years ago,” reads a blog post by T0st.

“It was time. Time to get to the bottom of this.”

According to the blog post, the biggest problem is that the game runs a check for all of the 63,000+ items and upgrades players can purchase within GTA Online.

While it’s a bit more complicated than that, T0st was able to significantly reduce the loading times by patching the issue.

Indeed, after patching a couple of issues, T0st was able to get the loading times down to less than two minutes, representing a reduction of 69.4%.

Fortunately, Rockstar was paying attention, and has decided to implement the changes as part of the next major update.

“After a thorough investigation, we can confirm that player t0st did, in fact, reveal an aspect of the game code related to load times for the PC version of GTA Online that could be improved,” Rockstar told PC Gamer.

“As a result of these investigations, we have made some changes that will be implemented in a forthcoming title update.”

There’s no word on an exact release date, but GTA Online updates typically launch every week.

T0st also confirmed the news, and told followers that he had been rewarded with some cash.

“Got confirmation from R* that this is getting a fix soon,” T0st revealed. “Just got awarded $ 10k through their H1 in-game bounty as an exception.”

Despite the loading issues, GTA 5 has gone from strength to strength. Indeed, according to Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick, GTA 5 has now sold over 140 million units.

“In the history of the entertainment industry, there’s perhaps no experience that’s more loved, more expansive, more critically acclaimed and more successful than Rockstar Games Grand Theft Auto,” Zelnick explained.

“Grand Theft Auto V remains one of the most iconic titles ever released and continues to exceed our expectations, having sold in over 140 million units.

“In fact, in calendar 2020, more copies of Grand Theft Auto V were sold than in any other year except for 2013 when it first launched on PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.”

Watch Dogs: Legion Online Mode Launches Today

Starting today, Watch Dogs: Legion is giving players a new way to liberate London: teaming up with other DedSec operatives in four-player, open-world co-op. Out now as part of a free update for Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One, Watch Dogs: Legion Online mode unfolds separately from the single-player campaign, and takes place after the campaign’s events (without spoilers). Here, players build a new DedSec cell by recruiting anyone they see in the open world – this time with a quicker system using earned Influence points – and then freely explore London and take on new missions alongside other operatives.

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From the open world, players will be able to jump into a series of specially built co-op missions for up to four players. They can also dive into shorter side activities, or tackle PvP competition in the four-to-eight-player Spiderbot Arena, where armed spiderbots battle in dynamic, free-for-all deathmatch arenas. And starting on March 23, they’ll be able to take on higher-stakes Tactical Ops missions, which are endgame challenges that require at least three players and demand constant communication and teamwork.

Watch Dogs: Legion

In addition to Watch Dogs: Legion Online mode, today also brings two new single-player DLC missions for Watch Dogs: Legion Season Pass holders. In “Guardian Protocol,” DedSec discovers an algorithm that could enable AI to override human decisions, potentially turning weaponized drones into autonomous killing machines. And in “Not In Our Name,” operatives will track and confront a hacker group who’s using DedSec’s name to steal blackmail information for a tabloid owner.

Watch Dogs: Legion

Watch Dogs: Legion lets you recruit anyone from its open world, take advantage of their special skills, and build a team and a story that’s tailored to you. And with other players joining in via Watch Dogs: Legion Online mode, it’s time to team up and drive, hack, sneak, and fight your way to a better tomorrow.

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Get both the base game and season pass with the Watch Dogs®: Legion Gold Edition. Build a resistance from anyone in the world as you fight to take back a near-future London facing its downfall. Recipient of over 65 E3 awards and nominations. Season pass includes a major expansion with two episodes, extra missions, four iconic heroes, including Aiden Pearce, and access to the original Watch_Dogs® Complete Edition! Recruit and play as anyone from London. Everyone you see has a unique backstory, personality, and skills. Explore a massive urban open world featuring London’s many iconic landmarks and fun side activities. Team up with your friends to complete new four-player co-op missions and PvP matches in the new online mode.

Mikel Reparaz, Editor, Ubisoft

Online poll shows nearly 40% make personal investments based on Elon Musk’s tweets, 7% think he's a 'jerk’

Provocative tweets posted by Elon Musk that focus on cryptocurrencies have turned into a real call to arms for Americans taking their first steps in trading. An online poll reveals 37 percent of those surveyed follow his messages.

The survey, conducted by online platform Piplsay last month, shows that 37 percent of respondents made personal investments based on the tweets of Tesla’s CEO at least once. Sixteen percent reportedly invested many times following vague advice tweeted by Musk.

According to the poll, which sounded 30,400 people out, nearly half of respondents find Musk’s market-moving tweets ‘quite amusing.’ A quarter say that they are mostly uncertain, and 29 percent were not amused by the posts.

At the same time, 48 percent of the Americans polled say Elon Musk is a ‘genius,’ while seven percent think he is a ‘jerk.’ Nearly half of respondents reportedly admit they admire his ‘passion and commitment,’ while 35 percent noted they hate Musk ’s ‘arrogance.’
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Elon Musk has been persistently vocal on Twitter, posting his opinions on such hot topics as GameStop or turning minor digital assets like Dogecoin into another hot issue. The first tweets devoted to the meme-based cryptocurrency sent it surging 20 percent.

Three years ago, the tweeting habit got Musk into trouble, after US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) launched a civil probe over statements made by the billionaire on Twitter regarding the stock price of Tesla. As a result, the company was placed under investigation by the US Justice Department.
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Eventually, Musk managed to reach an agreement with the government that required the CEO not to post controversial tweets about his company that could influence investors’ attitudes, without pre-approval by Tesla’s management. Moreover, Elon Musk had to step down as chairman of the firm.

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Call of Duty servers DOWN: Connecting to online services update for Cold War and Warzone

UPDATE: Microsoft has posted a new update about the Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War and Warzone server issues.

Microsoft encourages players to check the Xbox status page for updates on the Call of Duty server issues.

“We are aware that users may experience issues with playing Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. We will update here and on xbox.com/status when we have more information to share!”

ORIGINAL: Call of Duty servers appear to have gone down, leaving thousands of fans unable to enjoy multiplayer.

The Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War and Warzone server status makes grim reading for fans, who have complained about not being able to access multiplayer.

Independent website Down Detector has received over a thousand reports that Call of Duty isn’t working.

The outage tracker monitors social mentions around certain topics to detect when services go down across the world.

The Down Detector outage map shows that the Call of Duty issues are affecting users in the UK, Europe and the US.

Fans attempting to login are being greeted by a message suggesting that servers may be undergoing maintenance.

“Cannot connect to Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War online services,” reads the login page.

“The servers may be undergoing maintenance, or you may be experiencing a network interruption. Please try again later.”

Activision is currently investigating the issue, and recommends that PC users clear their cache.

“Hi there! Sorry to hear about your trouble. Could you try clearing the cache to see if that helps https://bit.ly/2NpJLMn. If this does not work, DM your Activision ID, Email, Platform and Gamertag when you get chance.”

Needless to say, fans have been having their say about the server issues online.

“I put my 2xp and 2xp weapon tokens just minutes before they went down,” one fans tweets.

“Well. Call of Duty is down. Guess today is a video editing day,” another tweets.

The news comes just days after it was suggested that Call of Duty Warzone Season 2 could end with a secret new mode.

According to the reports, the Verdansk map could be bombed under a hail of Nuclear weapons.

Some fans have found audio files that include references to Verdansk being overrun by Zombies.

The new Plague Zones would likely be populated by Undead creatures and could include players having to exfil before being overrun.

The First Chancellor Returns to the Klingon Empire in Star Trek Online

In the year 2411, the Klingon Empire is in shambles. Chancellor J’mpok, having gone mad with power, has declared himself emperor, setting off a fracturing of the great houses that could spell the end of the great empire. With nowhere else to turn, you journey to the Klingon holy planet Boreth, intent on raising the one warrior who can unite the empire under her guidance. The empire’s first chancellor, L’Rell.

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Star Trek Online, the free to play online roleplaying game, has always lived in the place between Star Trek series. Now that there are three new Star Trek shows on the air, with more to come, we’re in an amazing position to be able to bridge different eras and different storytellers. The biggest example of this is probably the update that just launched on Xbox One (and playable on Xbox Series X), House Reborn. After a year of building up to this, the story of the Klingon Empire will take an exciting turn as we bring together Klingons of the past and present.

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Boreth, the Klingon holy world, has appeared in two Star Trek series. In “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” it was shown as a dark, cavernous place, where Worf journeyed to receive a vision of Kahless, the greatest Klingon. In “Star Trek: Discovery,” it was an expansive, medieval place full of light. The reason the planet seems so different on two different shows is obvious – television, and its ability to take us to far away worlds, has advanced a long way since we saw the planet the last time. But Star Trek Online is in a unique position to bridge that gap. Our artists have created a Boreth that is true to both eras. And our writers have created a story that bridges them all.

Star Trek Online

There are over 40 Star Trek actors in Star Trek Online, reprising their roles from the television show. House Reborn brings together the most Klingons from the most eras ever. J.G. Hertzler returns as Martok, possibly the greatest Klingon general to ever live. Robert O’Reilly appears as both the original STO character Aakar, and Gowron, the treacherous Klingon who appeared on both “The Next Generation” and “Deep Space Nine.” And two newcomers join us. Mary Chieffo is L’Rell, the Klingon Matriarch who brought the Empire together in “Discovery.” Her son, and the head Monk of Boreth, in that series was Tenavik, played by Kenneth Mitchell. Ken wasn’t able to record the return of Tenavik, but he was able to coach his hand picked replacement, Sam Witwer. You might have heard Sam’s voice screaming “Kenobi!” in the middle of a desert once.

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Never played an honorable warrior of the Klingon Empire before? Now is the absolute best time to give it a try. The entire Klingon starting experience has been remade. Take command of your own vessel by killing a traitorous captain in honorable combat. Unearth a conspiracy that threatens the entire empire, and journey to Grethor, the Klingon hell, to kill a god or three. You’ll find yourself screaming “Qapla’!” in no time. In fact, right now there’s a Klingon Recruitment Event going on, meaning your new Klingon will earn special rewards, as a mysterious benefactor directs you to destroy the Empire’s secret enemies.

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And one more thing – this release marks the 11th anniversary of Star Trek Online. We’re so grateful to everyone who’s been playing with us all these years, and we’ve got something special for you. Participate in the anniversary event to unlock the Temer Class Raider, a brand-new starship, the first ever built together by Klingons and Romulans. It’s a beautiful and terrifyingly powerful ship that can be yours absolutely free.

So sharpen your bat’leth, prepare your war songs, and get ready to conquer the final frontier. We’ll see you there, captains.

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Star Trek Online puts you in the captain’s chair of your own adventure in the Star Trek universe. You’ll be able to lead your ship and crew on adventures in space and on the ground in this ever expanding, completely Free-to-Play online universe. Key Features: 100% Free to Play: Free to download, free to play, no hidden pay walls, and all of our content updates are totally free. Intrigue in the Final Frontier: We have a rich story line that unfolds over 125 episodes that feature friends and foes from every part of the Star Trek universe. Celebrity Involvement: Star Trek Online features over 15 actors spanning every series of Star Trek. You’ll have the opportunity to party up with Worf, Seven of Nine, Tuvok, Harry Kim, and many many more. Choose your Faction: Explore with the Federation, Fight for Honor with the Klingon Empire, or rebuild your species with the Romulan Republic, the choice is up to you!

Mike Fatum, Community Manager, Star Trek Online

New GTA Online update is its best yet, despite not being developed by Rockstar

GTA Online’s excruciatingly lengthy load times could be a thing of the past.

If there’s one thing Grand Theft Auto Online fans agree on, it’s that the game’s loading times are far too long.

GTA Online can take anywhere between three minutes and ten minutes to load, which is a real problem for anybody looking for a quick game during lunch.

The good news is that a new update has significantly reduced loading times for the hugely popular action game.

The bad news is that the new update wasn’t actually developed by Rockstar, and isn’t currently scheduled for an official release.

Instead, GTA Online’s loading time update was developed by somebody who goes by the name of T0st.

“GTA Online. Infamous for its slow loading times. Having picked up the game again to finish some of the newer heists I was shocked (/s) to discover that it still loads just as slow as the day it was released 7 years ago,” reads a blog post by T0st.

“It was time. Time to get to the bottom of this.”

According to the blog post, the biggest problem is that the game runs a check for all of the 63,000+ items and upgrades players can purchase within GTA Online.

While it’s a bit more complicated than that, T0st was able to significantly reduce the loading times by patching the issue.

Indeed, after patching a couple of issues, T0st was able to get the loading times down to less than two minutes, representing a reduction of 69.4%.

T0st concludes by suggesting that the problem could be fixed by Rockstar within a single day of programming.

“If this somehow reaches Rockstar: the problems shouldn’t take more than a day for a single dev to solve. Please do something about it.”

With loading times this long, it’s a wonder Rockstar has managed to maintain the game’s popularity for so long.

In fact, GTA 5 and GTA Online are more popular than ever, selling more copies in 2020 than during any other year since launch. 

That’s according to Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick, who claims that GTA 5 has now sold over 140 million units.

“In the history of the entertainment industry, there’s perhaps no experience that’s more loved, more expansive, more critically acclaimed and more successful than Rockstar Games Grand Theft Auto,” Zelnick explained.

“Grand Theft Auto V remains one of the most iconic titles ever released and continues to exceed our expectations, having sold in over 140 million units.

“In fact, in calendar 2020, more copies of Grand Theft Auto V were sold than in any other year except for 2013 when it first launched on PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.”

Call of Duty Warzone update today: Servers online as Raven reveals 1.33 patch notes

A new Call of Duty Warzone update is out today

A new Call of Duty Warzone update is out today (Image: ACTIVISION)

UPDATE: Today’s new Call of Duty Warzone update is available to download across PS4, Xbox One and PC, but doesn’t do much in terms of adding new content.

That’s hardly surprising, but we do now know what are in the official Warzone 1.33 patch notes, and it appears to boil down to one issue.

According to Raven Software, today’s new Warzone – which appears to have caused server issues for some gamers – addresses an issue with Reactive Blueprints.

No other details have been shared, although Raven has confirmed that another update is coming to Warzone later this week.

This is likely to include changes to the Agency/GRU/Wrapped Suppressors, among other tweaks and playlist updates.

ORIGINAL: A new Call of Duty Warzone update is out now and appears to be causing issues across all platforms.

Raven Software shared news on Twitter, confirming that they were looking into the current problems. The message from Raven reads: “We’re aware of the connection issues on Warzone. The issue is being investigated. We will provide an update soon.”

This suggests we will find out more about today’s issues, which appear to be connected to today’s new Call of Duty Warzone update. This patch reportedly became available to download before the problems started and we are yet to find out what it included.

Gamers have been asking for more information, with some wondering whether it could be connected to the Agency/GRU/Wrapped Suppressors.

Raven added on Twitter that “We expect this change to live with an update later this week.”

In the leadup to tonight’s Warzone problems, COD gamers noted a new patch going live across PS4 and Xbox One platforms.

The new patch is reportedly around 240MB on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, 800MB on Xbox One and Xbox Series X, and 2GB on PC. And for now, we don’t know what has been included in tonight’s Call of Duty Warzone update.

If the new update is not rolled back, we should find out the full details via patch notes sometime later today. And as noted by Raven Software, another Warzone update is scheduled to go live later this week.

Call of Duty Warzone is currently hosting a Tournament that continues later today.

The Toronto Ultra $ 100K Payout is back on March 1 and 2, while Call of Duty League gears up for its first Major Tournament of the year with all 12 teams competing starting March 3.

The final day of the Call of Duty Warzone Toronto Tournament is being held later today and will include more well-known streamers.

Gamers interested in seeing the drama unfold in Verdansk can tune in starting at 10AM PT/1PM ET on the Call of Duty Twitch channel.

For gamers in the UK, this will mean watching the Call of Duty Warzone tournament at 6pm GMT on March 2.

Meanwhile, the Call of Duty League will be back in action this week, with all 12 teams competing in Major I Tournament matches that will get started on Wednesday, March 3, at 12PM PT/3PM ET/7PM GMT, all culminating with the Major I Final on Sunday, March 7.

All games will be live and on-demand on the CDL YouTube channel and the CDL website, with more news expected to be shared before everything kick-off.

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Warzone will also be receiving new playlist changes on Thursday, March 4, possibly replacing Plunder with something new.

The Call of Duty Store is also changing, with Activision confirming that more is being planned over the next week, telling gamers: “Make sure to head to the Store this week, where you’ll find the Maxis Operator Reactive Bundle starting March 4. Highlights include Samantha Maxis as a playable Operator and two Weapon Blueprints: the Ultra-rarity “Z-74u” Reactive SMG Blueprint and the Legendary “Neutralizer” shotgun.

“Then on March 7, players can get the Anime Pilot bundle, which comes with three Weapon Blueprints: the Legendary “Fly Boy” fast-firing SMG Blueprint, the Legendary “Talon Envy” tactical rifle Blueprint, and the Legendary “Strafe Run” semi-automatic shotgun Blueprint.

“Finally, on March 9, the Gilded Age III: Pro Pack bundle can be purchased directly from first-party stores. Included in this highly anticipated bundle are two Legendary Weapon Blueprints: “Carbon Composite” and “Carbon Steel.” Players will also score a nice haul of 2,400 Call of Duty Points.