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The Funniest GTA Bugs Of 2019

Whether you're still enjoying the open sandbox of Grand Theft Auto 5 or parading around with your pals in GTA Online, there's no denying that Rockstar's ever-popular satire of the criminal underworld continues to be a staple of the gaming community. Of course, with the constant updates that the game gets, we're bound to run into a few interesting bugs across the years, especially in the online realm.

More often than not, these bugs are simple inconveniences; a mission marker doesn't work correctly, or a mission doesn't give you a reward upon completion. These sorts of run-of-the-mill bugs are common not just in GTA 5 but in other games, as well. However, every now and then, we get some pretty choice bugs in GTA make you shake your head and say, "Did that really just happen?"

This year, we saw a few bugs like that, so let's take a stroll down memory lane and check out some of the funniest GTA bugs we found in 2019.

Lester gave away millions

Early in 2019, GTA Online players found a bug that made them millions of dollars practically for free. All they had to do park a car in an airplane hangar.

If you're itching to fly over Los Santos, you can call Lester and throw a few bucks his way to spawn an plane. However, if the plane fails to appear because of one reason or another, the game refunds players $2,000. So some players decided to park a car in a nearby hangar, coincidentally ruining the plane's ability to spawn. As long as players hit the gas in their car while calling Lester, this plane wouldn't appear, giving the player $2,000.

And then another $2,000. And another. As long as the player didn't move away from the hangar and kept GTA Online running, they'd earn $2,000 every couple seconds.

Lester pretty quickly became the community's favorite NPC, and for good reason — money talks, after all. And this bug has technically existed in GTA Online for a while now, but no one really tried it until this year. Rockstar patched out the bug, so we can't use this anymore. It was fun (and lucrative) while it lasted, though.

Always bet on karma

This year, Rockstar introduced a casino in GTA Online, where players could virtually gamble for money and supercars. It also happens to be the site for the game's newest heist mission, but really, players have been stealing from The Diamond Casino & Resort for months now. That makes this bug feel like karmic revenge.

In the casino, players can spin a wheel for a chance to earn prizes ranging from more chips to the coveted showcase supercar. By late August, players started reporting a bug where the wheel would say they won something but give them something completely different. In other words, you could finally roll that sweet supercar, and in the midst of your celebration, you find out you only got a couple chips.

Funnily enough, weeks beforehand, players found various ways to exploit the casino, including getting unlimited spins on the wheel. Just a couple weeks later, players found a surefire way to get the supercar. So if that's all they wanted, they didn't even have to bother with the unlimited spins glitch. This bug feels like some sort of divine retribution; a punishment for those who abused the system.

Outrage over nothing

It wouldn't be an understatement to say that the current state of the digital PC gaming market is a touchy subject. From always-online DRM to controversial business practices, there's always something negative to point to in the landscape. Because of this, the internet is very quick to make snap judgments about anything that could look bad.

Grand Theft Auto 5 was a victim of that snap judgment this year. When Rockstar released its own PC launcher ahead in September, players noticed that it changed something about the way GTA 5 runs. If the launcher isn't connected to the internet, the game won't run at all. Even if you just want to play the story mode, you needed to have a connection to Rockstar's servers, effectively turning on a form of always-online DRM.

It's funny to see how people immediately assumed the worst of Rockstar, despite the fact that the reality is far less grim. The alleged DRM was simply a bug with the launcher, and Rockstar swiftly provided a fix for the issue