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How to slash GTA Online load times with easy trick in GTA 5

A method has been found that can drastically cut GTA Online’s load times with one easy trick in Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto 5.

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Thanks to the efforts of one modder, players now have the opportunity to reduce the load times for GTA Online and make loading screens almost non-existent.

Grand Theft Auto 5 is a stunning showcase of modern-day technology and is legitimately one of the greatest video games ever created. One minor caveat that comes with getting to explore this unbelievable open-world game is the overly-long load times.

Next-gen has managed to improve load times for GTA V and make them quicker, but only to a point though, as even technology has its limits. GTA Online has so many qualities that draw millions of people to it such as weekly updates, cool Easter Eggs, and more. This is slightly hindered, as sometimes it can take a while to boot up the game.

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That is until now as one GTA modder has been able to locate one file that is responsible for the majority of GTA 5’s loading time. Do be warned, if you do use this guide, Rockstar may not take too kindly to players manipulating the game’s files.

How to make GTA Online load much faster

Rockstar’s GTA Online contains an awful lot of data. From its vast array of vehicles, weapons, buildings, player accounts, and so much more, so it’s natural to assume this would contribute to longer wait times.

However, tostercx has stumbled across a peculiar file that actually provides an insight into the bigger picture. At the end of a huge page of findings and jargon, it’s determined that the excessive loading times are being caused by the following:

  • There’s a single thread CPU bottleneck while starting up GTA Online
  • It turns out GTA struggles to parse a 10MB JSON file
  • The JSON parser itself is poorly built / naive
  • After parsing there’s a slow item de-duplication routine

In Laymen’s Terms, it means that this one process hasn’t been coded correctly, and is forcibly checking what content you have, which causes a huge delay.

If you want to risk changing the game’s files, then you’ll need to do the following:

Use tostercx’s Github download, and your load times will receive a significant decrease as a result, and it will bypass the mandatory checks.

tostercx even addresses Rockstar directly saying, “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.”

“You could either switch to a hashmap for the de-duplication or completely skip it on startup as a faster fix. For the JSON parser – just swap out the library for a more performant one. I don’t think there’s any easier way out.”

We imagine that the simplicity of the action and the ensuing results will inevitably make their way to the desk of Rockstar. It remains to be seen if they will publically acknowledge this.

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Apex Legends players slam “trash” Ranked system and matchmaking issues

Apex Legends players have called out the game’s “trash” Ranked mode, arguing that the matchmaking is ruining their experience.

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Apex Legends players have called out the game’s Ranked matchmaking, claiming it’s placing them in unfair matches against opponents well out of their league.

Apex Legends Season 14 has been well received by the community, with the new character Vantage and other quality of life changes bringing the feel-good factor back to the battle royale.

Unfortunately, it hasn’t all been smooth sailing, and fans have been quick to point out a number of issues in the new season. Wattson’s fence is still broken despite the fix that was supposed to come in Season 14, while the Battle Pass has also come under fire.

Now, although Respawn did make some welcome changes, players have slammed Apex Legends’ Ranked mode for putting together lobbies with a huge skill gap.

Reddit user Azrael462 started a thread criticizing the state of matchmaking in Apex Ranked, arguing the wide range of ranks that can make up a single lobby make it less enjoyable for those in lower brackets.

“If I am in gold I should be fighting gold people, NOT F*****G PREDS OR MASTERS,” the user ranted. “You can actually say it’s a skill issue here because clearly it is, gold is the third rank below masters and fourth below pred, now fix your f*****g system.”

Apex Legends Ranked mode, like most similar modes, is supposed to work on skill-based matchmaking, where only players of a similar rank are put together to make for an even fight. However, players are noticing that this doesn’t seem to be the case.

The OP seemed to point the blame at streamers, as they felt that the current matchmaking system was designed to give full-time players in higher ranks more chance of finding a lobby, rather than being lumped together in every match.

“I’m tired of getting 1k damage and 3 kills only to still lose 30 RP because OF A F*****G PREDATOR STREAMER,” the Redditor continued. “Listen to the community and not the streamers because clearly they don’t know a f*****g thing.”

Other comments seemed to agree that Ranked mode is becoming more punishing, especially if you happen to be in the Bronze, Silver, or Gold tiers. “Never seen a game with worse matchmaking IMO,” argued one reply. “No other game made me feel so fucking helpless like apex did, not even League [of Legends],” said another.

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This has been an ongoing frustration among the Apex community, and players will be hoping to see Ranked mode’s matchmaking given some tweaks during Season 14 or in the Season 15 update.


For more on Apex Legends, be sure to check out our review of Season 14, as well as the Season 15 Legend found in the game files.

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How to watch Gamescom Opening Night Live 2022: Start time & game announcements

Hosted by Geoff Keighley, Gamescom Opening Night Live 2022 will deliver major gaming news and premieres so here’s how to watch.

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Here’s how to watch Gamescom Opening Night Live 2022 including the official start time, so you don’t miss a single game announcement or reveal from host Geoff Keighley.

If Gamescom 2022 is anything like Gamescom 2021, then gamers are in for a ton of pleasant surprises as the event gets set to showcase upcoming titles across the globe. The event will be hosted by Summer Game Fest’s very own Geoff Keighley from Cologne, Germany.

While in-person attendance is available this year, you can also check out the biggest and best the gaming industry has to offer via live stream. Here’s a helpful guide on how to watch Gamescom as well as the official start time for the event.

With presentations for Hogwarts Legacy, Sonic Frontiers, and yet-to-be-revealed games on the horizon, you won’t want to miss Gamescom Opening Night Live.

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Gamescom Opening Night Live 2022 start time

Gamescom Opening Night Live 2022 will take place on Tuesday, August 23 at 11:00 AM PT / 2:00 PM ET / 7:00 PM BST. The entire Gamescom event will run from August 23 to August 28, but the most highly anticipated presentation will occur on the opening night, as the name would suggest.

You can catch Gamescom Opening Night Live 2022 on The Game Awards’ official YouTube and Twitch channels. Don’t forget to catch the remaining presentations on the following days, after you’ve taken in everything Opening Night Live 2022 has to offer.

Expected announcements at Gamescom

Of the confirmed games to appear at Gamescom Opening Night Live 2022, Hogwarts Legacy and Sonic Frontiers have generated the most excitement amongst fans. Hogwarts Legacy’s release date has been delayed to February 2023, but fans are still hoping to get another look at the wizarding world it will create.

Here’s a list of games with confirmed Gamescom Opening Night Live announcements:

  • Hogwarts Legacy
  • Sonic Frontiers
  • The Callisto Protocol
  • Dying Light 2 DLC 1
  • High on Life
  • Goat Simulator 3
  • Return to Monkey Island
  • Unnamed sci-fi IP from Unknown Worlds Entertainment

Gamers can still expect a ton of surprises from Gamescom Opening Night Live as Geoff Keighley has promised that 30+ games will be showcased during the nearly two-hour live event. You can expect world premieres as well as several major game announcements.

Of the over 500 gaming companies involved, titans of the gaming industry including Ubisoft, SEGA, Bandai Namco, 2K, and Xbox will be involved in the event, so keep your eyes peeled for a ton of exciting news.


For more, check out everything you need to know about upcoming titles like Modern Warfare 2, FIFA 23, and Pokemon Scarlet & Violet.

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Apex Legends leakers discover Season 15 Legend in game files

Apex Legends leaks have discovered a brand-new character name in the Season 14 game files, which could be the Season 15 Legend.

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An Apex Legends leak may have possibly revealed the name of the Season 15 Legend, which some will remember from a previous huge Legend leak.

Apex Legends Season 14 has just got underway, giving players a brand-new Legend to enjoy, which pro player ImperialHal has some strong opinions about.

A new season of Apex doesn’t just mean a new Battle Pass, Collection Event, and buffs and nerfs in the patch notes, it also means that dataminers have a new game version to sift through and find unreleased information.

As always, these leakers have found new information on Apex Legends Season 15, including who the new Legend could be.

In a YouTube video from Apex Legends content creator bobz, it’s highlighted that dataminers have found a Holospray in the Season 14 game files that has Catalyst in the code: “hspray_epic_v22_catalyst_01.”

Back in Apex Legends Season 12, there was a massive leak that revealed a variety of unreleased Legends. At the time, Legends like Newcastle and Vantage were discovered, giving legitimacy to the leak as these Legends are now available.

In this leak there was also a Legend called Catalyst, who can reinforce cover and create structures with “ferro fluid.”

The fact that this name has popped up in the Season 14 game files as well further suggests that Catalyst will be seen in Apex Legends, and it could even be for Season 15.

It’s obviously a long way out until Season 15, and these are just leaks, so take them with a pinch of salt. However, it would make sense to see Catalyst in Season 15 considering the devs have added a Holospray with the character’s name.


For more on Apex Legends, check out why Apex Legends players are calling for the devs to remove Arenas.

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