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Redmess Redmess from Netherlands
Redmess
Jan 10th 2019 at 6:33:51 AM

I discovered something annoying: apparently you can't buy special ammunition (like explosive rounds) from Ammu Nation. In fact, you can't even access a MKII weapon there. You also can't stock up on special ammo from mission screens. You can ONLY buy it from your mobile operations centre. Which, of course, is not available during missions.

Why does Rockstar like to annoy us so much lately?

Oh, and don't start missions from inside your MOC. You'll start the mission inside the trailer shell, and can't get out.

Redmess Redmess from Netherlands
Redmess
Feb 7th 2019 at 12:24:10 PM

Modder is fined 500.000 dollars for GTA Online cheat engine.

The mod in question is the cheat program Elusive.

The height of the fine probably has to do with the mod in question being sold for 10-30 dollars to users. Making a mod for free is one thing, but making money off of it at the expense of the company is quite another, it seems.

Redmess Redmess from Netherlands
Redmess
Mar 6th 2019 at 2:18:10 PM

Ars made a list of the most popular games based on trophy data. GTA V Online came in first with a wide margin at 128.000.000 players.

blkwhtrbbt The Dragon of the Eastern Sea from Doesn't take orders from Vladimir Putin Relationship Status: I'm just a poor boy, nobody loves me
The Dragon of the Eastern Sea
Mar 6th 2019 at 2:36:04 PM

That doesn't really surprise me. For sheer variety of gameplay, I have yet to see any game beat GTA online.

Granted, it's usually not the best in its field at each gameplay element, but it seamlessly combines so many genres all together.

How many games let you hop in a fighter jet and interfere with another player's gang fight and someone else trying to heist a bank?

Say to the others who did not follow through You're still our brothers, and we will fight for you
Redmess Redmess from Netherlands
Redmess
Aug 17th 2019 at 9:09:18 AM

Nice garden chess set you got there... would play better if it had other pieces besides pawns, though. grin

Redmess Redmess from Netherlands
Redmess
Sep 9th 2019 at 2:35:10 AM

If you hadn't noticed the 52 collectible playing cards, there are now also 100 collectible minifigs to hunt down.

I like the idea of collectibles for extra bonuses, but 100 seems a bit excessive. Well, at least you get to see some interesting locations, though I detect a certain laziness in just going for a lot of the same landmarks over and over again.

I am however glad that these collectibles are generally in straightforward places that are easy to spot once you are there. No excessive climbing or helicopter shenanigans required (though bring a chopper if the guide you are using doesn't bother with going in any particular order).

Oh yeah, you earn a grand total of 150k by finding all 100 figures (the same 8 over and over, really), as well as an Impotent Rage costume. I'd rather have gotten a proper superhero costume instead of the parody one, but oh well.

Edited by Redmess on Sep 9th 2019 at 11:41:36 AM

Redmess Redmess from Netherlands
Redmess
Sep 30th 2019 at 8:38:22 AM

Single player stores still seem to be broken for me. Can't buy anything, can't rob them either, they just stand there and do nothing, or walk away when you try to buy anything.

Redmess Redmess from Netherlands
Redmess
Oct 2nd 2019 at 8:36:37 AM

I worked out some statistics on horse racing for anyone interested.

I have run 100 consecutive (single player) horse races and taken note of who won and of turnouts. The “odds” listed for each horse have no bearing on how often it will win, instead, this number only determines the multiplier for the cash pay-out on winning. Instead, the win chances are fixed per horse number.

I have also timed the race, from pressing the start button to the victory screen (at which point control is returned to the player. This time was 33 seconds. I have estimated a (generous) 17 seconds for setting up another race, for a total of 50 seconds per race.

Amount of wins per horse over 100 races:

Horse number:Wins:
149
227
314
46
52
62

For ease of calculation, I have shifted the top three outcomes slightly to obtain the approximate odds of winning, as I expect this to even out easily over time:

Odds per horse in percentage:

Horse number:Odds:
150 %
225 %
315 %
46 %
52 %
62 %

I have also noted the range of “odds” (really just prize multipliers, which I will refer them as from here on out) for each horse. Note that for horse 3 and 4, 11 does not seem to appear at all. The multiplier indicates how many times the bet money will be multiplied (discounting the original bet being returned in the win total, which evens out to 0). I have calculated the average multiplier for each horse (assuming each odd occurs equally, which may not be the case), by dividing the sum of the multipliers through the amount. This will indicate the average number the bet will be multiplied by on winning.

Horse numberPrize multiplierAverage win multiplier
11-53
21-53
36-10, 12-149,875
48-10, 12-1511,57
516-2922,5
618-3024

On losing, the bet money is lost, which can be represented with a loss multiplier of -1.

Now to calculate the average multiplier per horse when taking losses into account. This is done by multiplying the win multiplier with the chance of winning, and the loss multiplier with the chance of losing, adding the two to get the average amount of profit you will see per horse.

HorseWin %Win mpWin avgLoss %Loss mpLoss avgProfit
15031,550-1-0,51
22530,7575-1-0,750
3159,8751,4885-1-0,850,63
4611,570,7094-1-0,94-0,24
5222,50,4598-1-0,98-0,53
62240,4898-1-0,98-0,5

So, on average, horse 1 will see a profit of exactly 1 times the bet made. Horse 2 will break even, while horse three will see a smaller profit margin (thanks to having a larger win multiplier average). Horse 4, 5, and 6 are all net losses.

In effect, this means that you will double your bet on average by betting on horse 1. Note that this can be skewed considerably, for instance by betting a minimal amount on evens. This will effectively add a multiplier of 0,5 to horse 1, for a profit of 1,25.

So, practically speaking, since the maximum bet is 10.000, you will make an average profit of 2,500 pet bet on horse 1, remembering to put in a minimal bet on evens.

So how much money can you make per hour? Since the race turnaround is about 50 seconds, you can do about 72 races an hour. With a bet of 10.000 each (except for evens), this will net you a profit of 180.000 dollars per hour. This means you can earn 1.000.000 in about 5,5 hours on horse races.

I suggest muting the sound and turning on a podcast or something while you grind away.

Edited by Redmess on Oct 2nd 2019 at 8:20:00 PM

SgtRicko from Guam, USA Relationship Status: Hounds of love are hunting
Oct 2nd 2019 at 12:28:23 PM

Outstanding work, Redmess. Where'd you pick up those math skills?

Would you believe I never fully watched the original Indiana Jones trilogy? I gotta correct that someday.
Redmess Redmess from Netherlands
Redmess
Oct 2nd 2019 at 1:43:11 PM

At Brilliant.org. :p And the math is not all that hard once you get the idea.

Redmess Redmess from Netherlands
Redmess
Oct 8th 2019 at 6:36:01 AM

If you haven't already, you should probably start taking advantage of horse racing, because it flat out breaks shark cards. I'm easily making a million in a few hours. Compare that to paying 15 bucks for the same amount.

It's only a matter of time before they pull the plug on us.

blkwhtrbbt The Dragon of the Eastern Sea from Doesn't take orders from Vladimir Putin Relationship Status: I'm just a poor boy, nobody loves me
The Dragon of the Eastern Sea
Oct 8th 2019 at 8:44:43 AM

Oh shit u rite

thanks for the headsup

Always put money on horse 1 right?

Say to the others who did not follow through You're still our brothers, and we will fight for you
Redmess Redmess from Netherlands
Redmess
Oct 8th 2019 at 10:49:00 AM

Yes, and reroll on evens. It's a bit more complicated than I initially thought, but overall, just sticking with horse 1 is the winning method here.

Redmess Redmess from Netherlands
Redmess
Oct 15th 2019 at 4:35:41 AM

I've seen several new deals for bonus cash for shark cards. I think they are already starting to feel the pain from the casino.

Redmess Redmess from Netherlands
Redmess
Oct 21st 2019 at 2:52:41 AM

Well, I think it happened. I can't get on Inside Track anymore. Is anyone else being booted from it?

It says "this feature is not available right now, please come back later".

Edit: I can't play any casino game now, it appears. What the heck is going on?

Edited by Redmess on Oct 21st 2019 at 11:55:22 AM

blkwhtrbbt The Dragon of the Eastern Sea from Doesn't take orders from Vladimir Putin Relationship Status: I'm just a poor boy, nobody loves me
The Dragon of the Eastern Sea
Oct 21st 2019 at 6:46:09 AM

Might be a glitch. Try verifying game integrity

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Redmess Redmess from Netherlands
Redmess
Oct 23rd 2019 at 3:06:46 AM

I put in a ticket, and all I'm getting is that I just have to wait until the service is available again. Support seems to avoid calling it a ban, and doesn't explain why it happened, but yes, it seems to be a ban for the high crime of winning at horse races too much.

It's honestly all a little Kafkaesque. They suddenly restrict your services (if not outright ban you) without notice or explanation, and when you try to get answers, you're just told to wait, with no confirmation or denial of what happened.

Also, I just won a mystery prize at the Lucky Wheel, which asked me to pick a garage, so I figured it's the podium car, right? Nope! It's just a random mediocre bike. Great.

Edited by Redmess on Oct 23rd 2019 at 1:06:20 PM

Redmess Redmess from Netherlands
Redmess
Oct 25th 2019 at 9:30:48 AM

Hello Redmess,

Thank you for contacting Rockstar Support. We understand that you been waiting for the features of Casino Mini Games.

As of now we do not have any details of Casino mini games feature. All the information is being shared. Once the feature is launched it will be updated accordingly.

If you need assistance on any other details, please feel free to contact us.

Best regards,

Enrique J Rockstar Support

... What? Did this guy even read the ticket? Also, suddenly a different tech support guy once I start pressing for details. And the Kafka continues...

Redmess Redmess from Netherlands
Redmess
Oct 28th 2019 at 3:22:37 AM

Well, whatever it was, it seems to be fixed now. It was exactly seven days, so I suspect it was indeed a ban.

It's still weird how tech support wouldn't even admit or deny it being a ban. It really is just like Kafka.

Nikkolas from Texas Relationship Status: Anime is my true love
Oct 28th 2019 at 5:17:42 AM

I dunno who or where to ask this but we don't have a General GTA thread, do we?

I've been thinking of making one. I haven't played a GTA game in over a decade but it is such a foundational part of my childhood and I wanna get back into it. But not GTAV, at least now now. But, again, there is no general GTA thread I don't think.....

Do you all talk about other GTA games in here like how the Fallout New Vegas thread has other Fallout chat?

Edited by Nikkolas on Oct 28th 2019 at 5:20:23 AM

Redmess Redmess from Netherlands
Redmess
Oct 28th 2019 at 5:20:59 AM

Sounds good to me.

Redmess Redmess from Netherlands
Redmess
Dec 15th 2019 at 5:24:54 AM

Well, it happened, they made horse racing a little more complicated. Now odds are in random order, so you have to look what you have to pick each time, instead of simply picking the top one.

Luckily, the odds still seem to be the same.

It's basically throwing up another hurdle for grinding, and it makes spotting patterns all but impossible. On the plus side, it makes races more visually interesting, since they had a tendency to finish in order of their odds, which looked rather unnatural.

Oh, and the most crucial change: it doesn't re-roll odds when backing out any more, which was clearly the biggest issue for Rockstar.

Edited by Redmess on Dec 15th 2019 at 2:56:22 PM

blkwhtrbbt The Dragon of the Eastern Sea from Doesn't take orders from Vladimir Putin Relationship Status: I'm just a poor boy, nobody loves me
The Dragon of the Eastern Sea
Dec 15th 2019 at 4:02:26 PM

Also you can now heist the casino

Say to the others who did not follow through You're still our brothers, and we will fight for you
Redmess Redmess from Netherlands
Redmess
Dec 15th 2019 at 4:28:25 PM

Yes, and you can buy an arcade to set it up.

How does that make sense, though? Don't you kind of own the casino after the casino missions?

blkwhtrbbt The Dragon of the Eastern Sea from Doesn't take orders from Vladimir Putin Relationship Status: I'm just a poor boy, nobody loves me
The Dragon of the Eastern Sea
Dec 15th 2019 at 10:58:52 PM

As far as I'm aware you just steal some paintings...

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