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GTA Online players transform classroom into incredible heist setup

Published: 1/Jan/2021 11:27

by Alex Garton

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It’s always important you have a clear and concise plan before you head into a heist. A group of school kids has ensured they’re ready for their next big job, transforming their classroom into a GTA Online heist setup.

There’s no doubt the planning behind a heist is often just as important as the job itself. It’s key you know the exact layout of the area you intend to rob and have a clear plan to follow.

That’s why no GTA heist planning meeting is complete without a whiteboard and marker pens. There’s certainly something special about handwriting down your plan, it just wouldn’t feel like a proper heist without it.

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GTA Online’s Cayo Perico heist released on December 15.

A group of school kids certainly agree with this sentiment, using their whiteboard to turn their classroom into an amazing GTA heist setup.

GTA Online players create perfect classroom heist setup

A group of school kids has taken GTA heist planning to a new level with their classroom setup. It’s one thing to plan out the heist in-game, but it’s another to write up all of your objectives on a whiteboard in front of you. The thread showing the setup was posted to the GTA Online subreddit has over 2100 upvotes at the time of writing.

Their plan centers around GTA Online’s new Cayo Perico heist that released on December 15. The job involves robbing the ruthless drug lord El Rubio and his exotic tropical island.

It’s obviously a tremendous amount of effort went into drawing the island and labeling each of the key locations. The amount of detail is incredible, they’ve even noted exactly how they’re going to infiltrate El Rubio’s paradise and what key item has the most value.

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As you can see in the image, the group is set up and ready to start the Cayo Perico heist mission in front of the whiteboard. Although it must have taken them a long time to draw out, having the whiteboard plan above your screen is incredibly convenient. It saves pulling up the map and has all the key details you need with just a glance upwards.

While it won’t become the norm for all GTA Online players to invest in their own whiteboard, if you’re willing to put in the effort, it’s certainly one way you can take your GTA Online heists to another level.

Call of Duty

Warzone players outraged as stats change protects hackers & SBMM abuse

Published: 16/Jan/2021 14:41

by Connor Bennett

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Call of Duty: Warzone players have aired their concerns with the recent changes making profile stats private following the companion app drama, with some players pointing out that the change helps cheaters hide from punishment. 

Like many other multiplayer games, Warzone has had its issues with both hackers and skill-based matchmaking ruining the experience for some players.

While they’ve both always been an annoyance, players recently discovered that some were using an app from the CoDTracker site, and another called ‘SBMMWarzone’, that helped them pick and choose their lobbies. These apps were, initially, meant to be used to root out cheaters, but it backfired and SBMM abuse became the primary use. 

Changes were made to the app to help quell the abuse, and Activision even made every Warzone account private so that the data couldn’t reach similar apps. However, that has caused annoyance as well.

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SBMM in Black Ops Cold War & Warzone has been an issue for a while.

CoD YouTuber Drift0r pointed out that, given how annoying the new opt-in process is to share Warzone stats – and that it isn’t mandatory, either – players will simply choose to stay hidden. 

“Some of them (pro players and record holders) might not want to opt-in, or like me, might not be able too or it might take a while, which means that if anybody is cheating at a high level, either to get YouTube content or to stream tournaments, they can just opt out of all this and keep the cheating private,” he said.

The YouTuber noted that, while Activision might have the data on their end and could root out cheaters, it makes it harder for the community to assist them in that fight. 

Other players backed up Drift0r’s concerns about the cheating and SBMM abuse, with some offering up ideas for future changes. 

“They’ll literally do everything except just tone down SBMM, which would mitigate all these other issues,” said one player. “There’s an elephant in the room and its name is cheating. Activision just reopened the highway for cheating. Shameful,” added another.

Others, though, took a different slant, saying: “This officially ruined the game for me. I liked having public stats. It gave me something to work towards in improving… now what’s the point since no one can see them and I have nothing to compare mine to.”

As Drift0r notes, it could become a case where the opt-in process is made mandatory moving, as it seems to a situation that is majorly in flux – given that there have been two changes in quick succession.

It could also be the case that Activision decides to not do anything else, and this is their final move. Though, given the outrage from the community, that seems unlikely.