Recent News About GTA V Multiplayer May Shed Light On Previous Rumors

After Rockstar announced that Grand Theft Auto V was indeed in development, the internet was overflowing with rumors and speculation.  The first official trailer left us all wide-eyed and eager to have the game in hand but ultimately gave us little details about the title.  A few months ago, a forum post appeared that claimed to have inside knowledge about GTA V-knowledge supposedly originating from a former Rockstar employee who claimed his/her contract only imposed secrecy regarding future titles when he/she was employed by Rockstar.  Therefore, after being fired, the employee was legally allowed to divulge information about GTA V and apparently was eager to do so.  Again, all of this is second-hand information from a not-so-recent forum post-none of this information is official by any means.  The post included information about the protagonist, the game’s money system, vehicles, map size, customizable aspects, release date, wanted level information, and multiplayer features.  I heard about the post through youtube’s olli43.  Watch the video below.

As a fan of GTA, I found all of the information olli43 summarized very exciting.  But things got really interesting yesterday when Rockstar posted new information about Max Payne 3’s multiplayer.  Rockstar announced the ‘Crews’ feature for Max Payne 3 and added that this feature would carry over to GTA V.  The ‘Crews’ feature allows players to create groups of players that act as a ‘Crew’ and face challenges together.  Similar to Red Dead Redemption’s ‘Posse’ feature, ‘Crews’ will allow players to join other players online to cause havoc across the map.  What I find most interesting about this announcement is how the ‘Crews’ feature seems to confirm one aspect of the post that claimed to have inside information about GTA’s next title.  If this is the case, perhaps some of the other information from that post has bits of truth in it.  I must say, the wanted level revamp sounds amazing.  Riot shields and flashbangs?  Active searches for people matching your description for days after you lose your stars?  We can only wait and see.  As for the release date, the supposed leaker claimed a May 2013 date was in the works for GTA V.  Though, like most fans, I would love to play the game sooner rather than later, I can wait as long as Rockstar needs to make this game revolutionary.

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40 Years Later and Still in Exodus

40 years ago yesterday, the first Congressional Commission returned to Congress with the suggestion that marijuana should be decriminalized.  Today, only a few states have followed through.  Federal decriminalization remains elusive.  With the blatant hypocrisy in the prohibition of marijuana and legal status of alcohol, one must begin to ask deeper questions.  Who does it benefit to maintain the illegality of marijuana?  Wouldn’t taxing the plant be beneficial enough to outweigh the few health risks (far fewer than alcohol I might add)?  Perhaps the incarceration of hundreds of thousands-millions over time-of non-violent drug offenders benefits some in ways we often don’t see.  Is prison labor not the closest thing we have to slave labor these days??  Keep questioning

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interdependence is not new age nonsense

VS Ramachandran: The neurons that shaped civilization

A brief lecture by neuroscientist Vilayanur Ramachandran sheds light one of the brain’s incredible functions. Anyone seen James Cameron’s “Avatar”? Seems the idea that we have real, empirically identifiable connections with each other is legit. Beautiful I and I! ..Jah-hu Akbar..

3G Coverage

I’ve been saying I would do this for a while.  Journal or blog or something.  Something to let the air out.  Here’s my follow through.  I hope to make this a place where I share my thoughts or news about subjects that interest me and perhaps delve deeper into their relevance in our world and how they relate to my life.  I’d like to stick with a routine where I post things that relate to one of the three G’s.  That being said, I don’t always like coloring between the lines so don’t be surprised if that ‘blueprint de blog’ isn’t always adhered to.  I’d love to see this become a forum for in-depth discussion but keep in mind that this is primarily for me.  Shrinks cost too much.  Enjoy.