Sunday, 2 August 2009

Niko Bellic In iPod Touch

One bright young illustrator from Germany decided to use his beloved iPod Touch for something creative. After combining his artistic personality with his love of GTA IV, he came up with an incredible portrait of gagster from Serbia, Niko Bellic.

David Müller was using his iPod Touch to make art for some time now, and it’s unbelievable what can be done on a new generation mobile phones these days. I personally never thought that multimedia device could be used to make such magnificent art. I would advice everyone to check David Müller’s gallery blog to see more of his latest creations. Here are some comments from the artist himself:
A little fanart I did today, again on my iPod Touch using "brushes" and my left forefinger tip. Allow me to introduce ... Niko Bellic, an illegal immigrant and veteran. Put simply, GTA IV is still stunning! Hope you like my version of that caustic Serb - a sketch has long been overdue.

Just to complete it, here's a little description for you: I tried to capture a mood that fits to him - there's a reason for B/W (morally he's already dead - war and the mob-life ruined his humanly), his look (he's forearmed and got a freezing ice-cold intend), and for the threatening clouds and red/purple skyline (not only the sun is going down, the big city also dies with him "onboard"!).


Thursday, 23 July 2009

Episodes From Liberty City

Rockstar Games announced that they will be releasing Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City. The pack includes both The Lost and Damned, and The Ballad of Gay Tony together on disc exclusively for Xbox 360. Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City will be available worldwide October 29th 2009 for $39.99 and will not require a copy of the original Grand Theft Auto IV to play.
Rockstar Games is proud to announce the fall release of both the second episode of Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony - exclusively for download on Xbox LIVE online entertainment network, and Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City, which will include both episode one The Lost and Damned, and episode two The Ballad of Gay Tony together on a single disc exclusively for Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.

Grand Theft Auto IV's second downloadable episode, The Ballad of Gay Tony injects Liberty City with an overdose of guns, glitz, and grime. As Luis Lopez, part-time hoodlum and full-time assistant to legendary nightclub impresario Tony Prince (aka "Gay Tony"), players will struggle with the competing loyalties of family and friends, and with the uncertainty about who is real and who is fake in a world in which everyone has a price.

Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City delivers two games on one disc - the all-new episode The Ballad of Gay Tony and the first episode, The Lost and Damned - together on disc for the first time - for Xbox 360 for $39.99 and will not require a copy of the original Grand Theft Auto IV to play.


Monday, 22 June 2009

Max Payne 3 Fan Wallpaper

Very interesting and largely original fan made wallpaper for the soon to be released big hit from (in)famous game developer Rockstar Games, Max Payne 3. The wallpaper is made by a deviantART’s newcomer, jackoozy. The size of this wallpaper is 1280x1024 pixels.

To get the full size wallpaper, simply click on the small preview image below.


Wednesday, 27 May 2009

The Ballad Of Gay Tony

Liberty City is about to get a little more fabulous. Rockstar Games has announced The Ballad of Gay Tony, the second episode for Grand Theft Auto IV. This episode's focus on high-end night life contrasts with the biker gangs portrayed in The Lost and Damned, whilst giving us a lot of new gameplay possibilities.

The Ballad of Gay Tony stars Luis Lopez, a "part-time hoodlum" and "full-time assistant to legendary nightclub impresario Tony Prince," better known as "Gay Tony." As usual, he'll have to juggle competing loyalties while also trying to determine who is "real and who is fake in a world in which everyone has a price."
Rockstar Games is proud to announce the fall release of both the second episode of Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony - exclusively for download on Xbox LIVE online entertainment network, and Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City, which will include both episode one The Lost and Damned, and episode two The Ballad of Gay Tony together on a single disc exclusively for Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.

Grand Theft Auto IV's second downloadable episode, The Ballad of Gay Tony injects Liberty City with an overdose of guns, glitz, and grime. As Luis Lopez, part-time hoodlum and full-time assistant to legendary nightclub impresario Tony Prince (aka "Gay Tony"), players will struggle with the competing loyalties of family and friends, and with the uncertainty about who is real and who is fake in a world in which everyone has a price.

Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City delivers two games on one disc - the all-new episode The Ballad of Gay Tony and the first episode, The Lost and Damned - together on disc for the first time - for Xbox 360 for $39.99 and will not require a copy of the original Grand Theft Auto IV to play.

The Ballad of Gay Tony will release on Xbox LIVE this fall for $19.99 or 1600 MS points and requires players to have Grand Theft Auto IV for Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE membership to download.


Monday, 18 May 2009

Mr Wong's Laundromat

Rockstar Games finally released the new feature for GTA Chinatown Wars, Mr Wong's Laundromat. The newly opened webgame will allow Social Club members to earn and transfer cash/multiplayer skins back to their linked Nintendo DS.
Today, we’re excited to announce the grand opening of Mr Wong’s Laundromat on Rockstar Games Social Club. This webgame allows players of Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars to log onto Social Club and test out their money laundering skills in an effort to win cash and unlockable multiplayer costumes that can then be used in their copy of Chinatown Wars for the Nintendo DS.

Players can earn up to $10,000 per day working for Mr Wong, a local Chinatown 'businessman' who's helped more than his fair share of cash trickle seamlessly and undetected through the streets of Liberty City over the years.

If you need to add your Nintendo DS Friend Code to your Social Club account (needed to transfer any money/multiplayer costumes you earn from Mr Wong back to your game) you can click here to visit the Social Club account linking page and follow the detailed instructions. You can also play Mr Wong’s without having a DS Friend Code linked to your Social Club account and submit scores to the top 50 leaderboard.

Once you have successfully linked your account with the Social Club, all you need to do to receive your rewards from Mr Wong is sync your Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars’ game save with the Social Club. To do this, visit any safe house and click on your “Pink Fruit Laptop”. Once in the “Pink Fruit Laptop” screen you will see an option to “Sync Stats” which requires a valid Wi-Fi connection. Any money and or costumes that you had accumulated in your piggy bank will be zero’ed out on the Social Club and added to your game save during the sync process.

As soon as your sync is complete with the Social Club, please make sure to save your game. If you have retrieved money and/or a multiplayer costume but do not save your game, they will be unrecoverable if your DS loses power or you reload your save game. Users can only accumulate up to $10,000 dollars within a 24 hour period from Mr Wong. Once this limit is reached, a user will no longer earn money that can be pushed back to the Nintendo DS for that day but will still be able to submit high scores to the leaderboard.

Finally, multiplayer costumes are earned in succession and if you earn a new multiplayer costume your old one will be overwritten.


Saturday, 18 April 2009

New TLAD & CW Artworks

Patrick Brown strikes again with two new Grand Theft Auto related artworks. The first one features Johnny Klebitz from the recently released The Lost and Damned, who wasn’t entirely happy with the progress of the race and decided to “remove” some of the competition the only way he knews how. The hit made the poor soul to collide with an oncoming traffic.

The second image is of Huang Lee from the brand new Chinatown Wars. Looks like our new friend run into a "little" trouble and as a result earned himself 6 star wanted level. Each piece took the author a long time to complete, but they were worth it. Both look just amazing, as every artwork from the P-Meistar.


Monday, 23 March 2009

Max Payne 3 Is Coming

Rockstar Games dropped a bombshell by announcing that May Payne 3 is currently in development and can be expected to be released as soon as winter 2009. There aren’t much information yet available about the game to speculate on, but many people would agree that it wouldn't disappoint. The official web site is already online so feel free check it out.
Rockstar Games is proud to announce that Max Payne 3 is currently in development and scheduled for a winter 2009 release on the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION 3 computer entertainment system and PC. Developed by Rockstar Vancouver, Max Payne 3 tells the story of a retired police detective embroiled in a world of corruption, turmoil and intense violence. The award-winning Max Payne franchise put players in the role of Max Payne, a hard-boiled New York City detective with a penchant for violence, out to avenge the death of his family. The latest installment delivers more of the classic elements and hyper-intense action that fans have come to love, while moving the story of Max in a new direction. "We're starting a new chapter of Max's life with this game," said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. "This is Max as we've never seen him before, a few years older, more world-weary and cynical than ever. We experience the downward spiral of his life after the events of Max Payne 2 and witness his last chance for salvation." Since leaving the NYPD and New York itself behind, Max has drifted from bad to worse. Double-crossed and a long way from home, Max is now trapped in a city full of violence and bloodshed, using his weapons and instincts in a desperate search for the truth and a way out.


Tuesday, 17 March 2009

GTA CW Reviews Are In

The first online reviews of Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars are in. We are very proud to announce that as the dust settles, critics appear to be united in heralding Chinatown Wars as the best game ever to hit the Nintendo DS.
“On a system currently overpopulated by cake sims and puppy adoption, GRAND THEFT AUTO: CHINATOWN WARS IS THE EXPERIENCE EVERY HARDCORE HANDHELD GAMER HAS BEEN WAITING FOR… the portable transition holds its own as a stunningly unique entry in the Liberty City canon, all the while harnessing its platform for everything it's worth. Shameless developers trotting out shallow minigame anthologies and SNES era RPGs should stand in embarrassment at just how much potential Rockstar Leeds managed to wring from a console this late in its lifespan. Gentlemen, it’s time to beg your girlfriend for that DS back.” - 10/10 (PERFECT SCORE) GAMESRADAR

“Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars demonstrates how a great concept can translate to any platform and still feel fresh. This newest installment of the drive and gun series isn’t just a great game for any fan of GTA, it’s A TITLE THAT ANY DS OWNER (OVER THE AGE OF 17) SHOULD HAVE IN THEIR COLLECTION… You’ll run into a world filled with drug-crazy cops, psycho family members, and practically everyone vying to become the new Triad boss… the DS hasn’t dulled GTA’s signature sharp wit or ability to mold interesting characters… This would make for a lengthy console game, let alone a handheld one… It’s a great comfort to know that Rockstar Games not only makes great games, but understands what makes them great. Chinatown Wars is the culmination of years of work as well as the spirit of ingenuity to bring one of the biggest series to the smallest screen. Nothing in the game feels half done or forced. If anything, the game feels like a development team having fun with a concept. Everything from being able to ram police cars, rampage missions, the touch screen mini-games, and even the story has this sense of fun underlining every bullet fired. Even if you are not a fan of the series, you will be doing yourself a favor by taking this tiny terror out for a spin.” - 5/5 (PERFECT SCORE) G4TV

“Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto game for the Nintendo DS is a masterclass in handheld video games design… a remarkable achievement. Chinatown Wars is a big fat raspberry to the competition; a masterclass in not only hand-held development, but video game design as a whole, exploring exactly how to craft Liberty City around the console’s unique strengths without compromising the series’ character… The missions in Chinatown Wars are some of the most imaginative the series has had… All the hallmarks of GTA’s world, with none of its pomp and excess lost in translation to the smaller screen… Rockstar have produced a game that isn’t just the DS’s premier technical achievement, but is a title that will stand as ONE OF THE BEST GAMES YOU’LL PLAY THIS YEAR. So, just how do they do it?” - 10/10 (PERFECT SCORE) THE TELEGRAPH

“This isn’t just a DS version of GTA; this is a fantastic game that advances the series by introducing a number of great new features… Perhaps what's most amazing about Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is that it doesn't feel like a scaled-down handheld version of a GTA game. Rather, it feels like a logical and somewhat experimental progression for the series, introducing a handful of great new features that seem destined to become standard in future iterations. …ONE OF THE BEST GTA GAMES YET.” - 9.5/10 GAMESPOT (EDITORS’ CHOICE)

“…can a GTA game on the DS, with all the attendant limitations and gimmicks, feel ‘real enough’ to people like us today, people who just a few months ago were deep in GTA4? Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars says "yes." Simultaneously constrained and elevated by the limits of its platform, Chinatown Wars proves that the heart of the sandbox experience can thrive outside of a big-budget blockbuster. My highest recommendation: Though I'm done with my review, I’M FAR FROM DONE PLAYING… I CAN’T GET ENOUGH of this crazy little unregulated dystopia where you can get heavy assault weapons delivered to your doorstep.” - 4.5/5 GAMESPY (EDITORS’ CHOICE)

“Citizens open umbrellas when it rains, run for cover when you let your guns do the talking, and become fruitful money-giving red stains when you “accidentally” park a fire truck on top of them... the city itself is gorgeously rendered with familiar locales and the smallest of details. You can see chunks missing from concrete walls, years of wear and tear on store signs, colorful graffiti in dark alleys, and beautiful landmarks like a dragon statue on a Chinese restaurant…Hardly any concessions were made in bringing GTA to the DS. THIS IS A FULL-ON GRAND THEFT AUTO EXPERIENCE. Don’t let the diminutive size or nostalgic look fool you, this is just as complete of a Grand Theft Auto experience as any of the console iterations.” - 9.25/10 GAME INFORMER


Thursday, 26 February 2009

Chinatown Wars Site Launch

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is coming exclusively to Nintendo DS on March 17th 2009. The debut of the Grand Theft Auto franchise on Nintendo's handheld has been generating shock.

In less than one month's time, you will be able to get your hands on Chinatown Wars. Follow through on Huang Lee's search for honor, riches and revenge in the most dangerous and morally bankrupt city in the world, Liberty City. With epic storyline and missions, addictive mini-games and hidden collectibles, Wi-Fi head-to-head and co-op multiplayer mayhem, built-in replay feature, and much much more.

Make sure to visit the official site to see the brand new Official Chinatown Wars Trailer (the trailer can also be watched below), the first in a series of Game Feature Clips, set of new Wallpapers, an entertaining Screensaver that features the game's iconic original artwork and lots more.

Official Debut Trailer


Wednesday, 4 February 2009

GTA Legends III Art Piece

Another year and another astonishing art piece by Patrick Brown. It’s been some time since we saw anything from this skillful Australian, but the wait was worth it. In this artwork we can see every single protagonist from the entire Grand Theft Auto series so far. Even the ones we haven’t played with, yet. Unbelievably it took Patrick only 25 hours of hard work to finish this incredible scene.

- So as you can see Tommy Vercetti (Close left) is acting like he is THE BOSS! Haha that's because he is, he owns The Malibu, remember back when playing Vice City?

- As for Niko (behind Tommy) he's working for Tommy and is asking him if he wants Vic dead for a price (remember, if it pays, Niko does it...) No one should fool around with Tommy's girls.

- CJ (third) is fighting with Claud Speed from GTA III, if you remember back in San Andreas at the end, CJ gets a call from Catalina who had a little thing for CJ. She dumps him over the phone and says she with Claud now...

- BUT Claud trying to tell him how she's a back-stabbing bitch for blasting the crap out of him with a shotgun in GTA III.

- Now Toni (back) is about to beat the crap out of Claud for killing Salvatore Leon back in GTA III...

- Vic is basically just trying to have a good time and stay out of trouble (just like in Vice City Stories) but trouble always finds him.

- Now the two new guys Huang Lee and Johnny Klebitz, I couldn't actually have them doing much because I don't know anything about the games yet... But basically they are trying to get pissed.
Here’s a bit older masterpiece by the same artist. As you can see the styles and color schemes in both are very similar. Both illustrations also fine examples of how magnificent and exiting Vice City is.


Sunday, 1 February 2009

Liberty City In HD

A very talented 3D modeler at GTAForums, OnePiece, started a very exciting project. The idea was to make an improved high detail version of all original Grand Theft Auto III vehicles. With some help OnePiece remade all models from the scratch with brand new HD textures. The attention to the details is simply amazing. Everything is sculptured to the perfection. The badges, keyholes, grill, engine you name it. Every single model has everything in 3D. Even with all these detail the polygon counts are comparably low and can be supported without any problems by older systems.

Due to a popular demand OnePiece also made those models compatible with Vice City and converted them for San Andreas.

It’s unbelievable how much effort went in to every single model. Each of them is an individual piece of art. These are a MUST have for every GTA III and San Andreas owner.

 This pack includes:
Diablo Stallion
Camo Patriot (5 different paint jobs)
Police Car
Beta Police Car (NYPD blue)
Yakuza Stinger
Yardie Lobo
Mafia Sentinel
Line Runner
Barracks OL
Cartel Cruiser
BF Injection
Mule - Fish Van
Mule - Wongs
Pony - Panlantic
Pony - Toyz Van
Rumpo - Hoods
Corpse Manana
Fire Truck
RC car
Police Chopper
Cuban Hermes
Bloodring Banger
OTHER (GTA III Exclusive)
HD Claude
HD wheels
HD weapons
HD icons
HD radar
HD fonts
HD particle system
New handling.cfg
New collision files


Friday, 23 January 2009

GTA IV Sweepstakes Winner

About one year ago prior to the release of GTA IV last April, Rockstar Games Social Club website was launched and Grand Theft Auto IV Custom Portrait Sweepstakes was one of the very first competitions to be announced.
The potential winner(s) will be determined in a random drawing on or about 5/5/2008 from among all eligible entries received. The drawing will be conducted by Sponsor. Sponsor's decisions are final and binding. The potential winners will be selected at random from among all valid entries received. Potential winners will be notified by email on or about 5/7/2008.

One Grand Prize Winner will have their portrait illustrated by Rockstar Games in the Grand Theft Auto style. The winner will receive a digital copy of the portrait and a cropped version of the image will be used as the avatar for the winner’s Social Club membership. Winner will be required to prepare and submit a series of reference photographs upon which the portrait will be based. The winner’s reference photos will become property of Rockstar Games and may be used to publicize the Sweepstakes.
Some of you might have forgotten about it, but people at Rockstar Games Social Club didn’t. In fact one year later they actually came up with the winner.
Congratulations to Louis Bojko of Devon, England - our winner of the Grand Theft Auto IV Custom Portrait Sweepstakes. All early adopters of the Rockstar Games Social Club who registered accounts prior to the release of Grand Theft Auto IV last April were entered in this once-in-a-lifetime prize for true GTA fans: to have their likeness custom drawn by the same illustrators at Rockstar Games responsible for all of Grand Theft Auto's iconic character art. Louis received the final illustration digitally, as an exclusive avatar for use at the Social Club, as well as on canvas in a striking 34 by 44" print.


Thursday, 22 January 2009

Lost And Damned Website

Rockstar Games has launched the official website for GTA IV: The Lost and Damned. The website now has two new mini-trailers ("Billy Grey" and "Malc"), over 30 new screenshots, a detailed character and game description, a list of exclusive features and an official box art.
Game Information

Johnny is a veteran member of The Lost, a notorious biker gang. Johnny has been creating business opportunities for The Lost in Liberty City, but his first loyalty must be to the patch he wears on his back and to Billy Grey, the club's President. However, when Billy returns from rehab hell-bent on bloodshed and debauchery, Johnny finds himself in the middle of a vicious turf war with rival gangs for control of a city torn apart by violence and corruption. Can the brotherhood survive?

Developed by series creator Rockstar North and set in Liberty City, Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned features a new main character, Johnny Klebitz, and plot that intersects with the storyline of Grand Theft Auto IV; new missions that offer an entirely fresh way to explore Liberty City with new multiplayer modes, weapons and vehicles; and a diverse soundtrack with additional music — all with the incredible production values that are the trademarks of Grand Theft Auto.

Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned is the highly-anticipated first episode of Grand Theft Auto IV downloadable content for Xbox 360 and will be available exclusively on Xbox LIVE on February 17th, 2009 worldwide.

Exclusive Features
  • All-new missions and a new storyline that interweaves with the original story arc of Grand Theft Auto IV.
  • Play as Johnny, a member of The Lost Motorcycle Club. Experience Liberty City now with the perspective and lifestyle of a member of a biker gang.
  • Added range of weapons - including the all-new grenade launcher and sawed-off shotgun. New weapons will be available for use in single-player and in all new multiplayer modes.
  • New vehicles - featuring a collection of bikes that include Johnny's own customized heavy-duty chopper.
  • New and improved bike handling and physics.
  • Set of new action-packed multiplayer modes - details coming soon.
  • All-new in-game TV, internet and radio content featuring new radio shows and original music.
  • Plus new side-missions and Xbox 360 Achievements...
  • How To Buy

    Starting February 17th, 2009, simply go to Xbox LIVE Marketplace with your connected Xbox 360 console and purchase the Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned download for either $19.99 or 1600 Microsoft Points.

    Note that to play Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned requires a copy of the original Grand Theft Auto IV release for Xbox 360 - but you can play it even if you haven't finished Niko's story.

    If you haven't registered an Xbox LIVE account, you can do so online here.

    If you need a copy of the original Xbox 360 release of Grand Theft Auto IV, you can browse online retail options here.


    Lost And Damned Previews

    Gaming sites across the web and around the world recently got a chance to ride with Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned.
    "The new levels not only extend the appeal of GTA IV as a game, but also widen the possibilities of storytelling within the video game format." - Telegraph

    "Rockstar Games, having already taken a sawed-off shotgun to single-title sales records with last year's Grand Theft Auto IV, has figured out how to save downloadable gaming content" - Esquire

    "If our time with "The Lost and Damned" taught us one thing, it's that we just can't spend too much time in Liberty City... we feel like we were born to ride with The Lost." - Gamespy

    "..the first downloadable episode looks like a sound investment at just $20." - Kotaku

    "Liberty City returns in all its impressive glory in this first
    Grand Theft Auto 4 downloadable episode for Xbox 360" - 1Up

    "This is what DLC is supposed to be! Rockstar, who over the last decade have consistently stood at the tip of the gaming spear as it thrusts ever forward into bolder and broader areas, has yet again delivered a landmark moment in the evolution of our gaming culture." - Gameplayer

    "Downloadable content is about to get a major kick in the ass. The release of GTA IV: The Lost and Damned on February 17 is going to change the way people think about DLC." - IGN

    "Everything from the presentation to the content is up to the standards Rockstar established with GTA IV. In some ways, it's even better." - Game Informer

    "GTA 4's first downloadable episode, The Lost and the Damned, is the most epic DLC weve seen yet." - UGO

    "The Lost and Damned gives you a chance to go back to this virtual place you love and see it through fresh eyes." - Team Xbox


    Tuesday, 20 January 2009

    Chinatown Wars Previews

    Several gaming websites had a chance to be the first to try Grand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars, the next installment of GTA for the Nintendo DS. Strong hands-on impressions across the board from the gaming sphere... A selection of quotes below...
    "Stay tuned, because this game is going to be a hot one... The city is sprawling, massive and fully explorable... the game will be as in depth and ambitious as any Grand Theft Auto game has ever been." - IGN

    "Chinatown Wars is packing an absurd amount of gameplay into the tiny machine... With the vastness of Liberty City contained inside of Chinatown Wars, it already seems a bit bigger than any Nintendo DS game has a right to be... Chinatown Wars feels like a Grand Theft Auto bounty." - Gamespy

    "This is GTA, people, and it looks like Rockstar's doing it right... This game has jumped to the top of my most anticipated DS games list." - UGO

    "The thought and energy that has gone into creating an experience that's unlike any other DS game is instantly noticeable." - Game Daily

    "Chinatown Wars' stylized look immediately grabbed my attention... Simple, memorable, and satisfying in a twsited way... From what I've seen, developer Rockstar Leeds has put big-time effort and thought behind this release." - 1Up

    "We've played Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars and it's our new favorite game." - Games Radar

    "If one of the main aims here was to combine the best elements of various GTA titles, then based on our first in-depth hands-on, Chinatown Wars may just pull it off." - Kikizo
    Along with some new screenshots and information Rockstar Games released three new characters artworks.


    Monday, 5 January 2009

    Niko Bellic Statue

    An 8" sculpture of Niko Bellic from Grand Theft Auto IV by Jaime Margary.
    My sculpture of Niko Bellic, measuring at about 8", is finally done. Basing it off the familiar promo shot, I used Sculpey clay, a metal skeleton made of screws (needles for finger bones) and acrylic paint.

    Multiple shades of each color were used to prevent it from having a toyish look. I based the pose on the promo shot but the details on the in-game model.