If you’ve ever played GTA Online, you probably won’t be surprised to learn that its most dedicated players will do their best to get the brightest news on offer. In last month’s update of Los Santos Tuners, which added new clothes and painted cars, players discovered that one of the best ways to get ahead is to simply not play. Or, more specifically, go to AFK and play the game to think you are still playing.
AFK farming is not new to GTA Online, but thanks to a recent patch that affected the most common AFK methods (players usually just watch TV in the apartments and the cold), players have had to be a little more creative to passively win the Tuner XP and unlock the new clothes and free cars from the upgrade. Many, as they have noticed Dirty_Worka on Twitter, they resort to a classic: walking your character in circles for hours and hours.
It's great to see so many people enjoy the #tunersdlc 🙃 # gta pic.twitter.com/Mkbpkwe14xAugust 1, 2021
To cultivate Tuner XP, players must gather in a "Car Meet" and exploit the small XP bonus obtained every few minutes simply to be there. Car Meets are supposed to be multiplayer lobbies to show off the ridiculous hydraulics of your trip, talk about who’s faster, and make lines for races like that part of every Fast & Furious movie. But if you have AFK farmers in your car, you will only see that there are very confused people coming into the walls. Some fans have pointed out that this is one extremely slow way to level up the tuner rep once you pass level 100 (winning real races will get you there much faster), but hey, free is free.
What methods do players use to keep moving? I’m partial to a classic rubber band around a bracelet approach, but Reddit user ElsonDaSushiCheff was thinking outside the box when they went placed a single battery on the W key., heavy enough to hold it in place. As for the double-stick rubber band tactics shown in the image below th3d0wnfa11 used to grind on two different platforms at once, I have to say simply: bravo.
Rockstar’s latest nerve in AFK farming was understandable, but I’m not sure it will be that easy to stop a tire. Circle walkers don’t exactly hinder other players from doing what they want, but it must be pretty lame to throw yourself into a car meeting to have a legitimate time and find a pack of nonsensical car zombies. There is another way to cultivate Tuner XP that requires coming out of a test and creepy on the start menu, but Rockstar will probably do it someday.