The Ballad of Gay… Me?

Being called Tony isn’t really up to much. There’s always a smart-arse who rhymes it with Pony or Bony or who “hilariously” spells it ending in an “i”. It’s not a name people associate with cool and hip people either. Off of the top of my head, here are a few famous Tonys, none of whom are exactly what you might call role models:

Tony Smart

  • Tony Smart (the idiot from Men Behaving Badly)
  • Tony the Tiger (advertising a cereal that is not so grrrrreat for your teeth)
  • Fat Tony from The Simpsons (he’s okay, but with my beer gut he’s not helped my cause much)
  • Tony Curtis (very cool back then, but his time has passed)
  • Tony Soprano (okay, so this guy is cool, but he is still a psychopath)

So you can imagine my delight when I saw a post here on the Ready Up forum entitled: “The Ballad of Gay Tony”. At first I thought that this could be some sort of evil rumour being spread around about me, perhaps claiming that I bat for the other team? Closer inspection revealed it to actually be fantastic news – it’s the title of the new Grand Theft Auto IV Xbox 360 downloadable content, available (as those crazy Americans say) this fall.

It seems a peculiar name for the DLC, especially as you don’t actually play as Gay Tony himself, but his assistant Luis Lopez. As fans of the series will remember, Gay Tony was a character who made very little impact on either the main game or the first pack of downloadable content, but it sounds like he’s going to be pretty damned important in this one.


Stepping away from the rundown buildings, gritty environments and biker beards seen in The Lost and Damned, the new expansion pack promises to show off the glitzy nightlife of Liberty City. In Rockstar’s words, the pack “injects Liberty City with an overdose of guns, glitz, and grime”. The logo for it certainly lives up to the name.

Of course, this being Rockstar, and this also only being the first time we’ve heard about this, there’s little else to go on. A logo, a couple of sentences, and that’s your lot. It’s enough. I can’t wait. Myself and the other Ready Up guys and gals who play GTA on Monday nights are hoping for some more interesting multiplayer modes, like the couple of corkers delivered with The Lost and Damned.

It’s going to be a long wait until Autumn, but I’m sure Rockstar will dole out more and more juicy morsels of information to tide me over until the release. I am quite impatient, though, so if you need me, I’ll be in the trees outside Rockstar’s offices spray-painting all the leaves red.







5 responses to “The Ballad of Gay… Me?”

  1. The Rook avatar
    The Rook

    The last DLC was alot more than what we are used to when it comes to additional content for games. So, we know we should be getting another long lasting episode and who knows what other multiplayer modes Rockstar can come up with that gets added to the monday nights.

    *passes Tony another spraycan*

  2. MrCuddleswick avatar

    I’m going to run out of hard drive space. And it’s seeming less and less likely that the secret next-gen GTA San Andreas that’s coming out this October only exists in my mind.

    You made me chuckle this morning just by reminding me of Fat Tony.

    “No…..I said he sleeps with the fish.”

  3. Jonah A McDoogl avatar
    Jonah A McDoogl

    I thought there might be more information at the microsoft press conference.

    And that’s a good point Cuddles, I barely have any more space on my hard drive as GTA IV and the Lost and Damned already take up about 12GB and I can’t delete GTA from my hard drive because the disc is so scratched it won’t work without it.

  4. Jake avatar

    You don’t need the HD space – there’s going to be a disc available with the two episodes on which will be released at the same time as Gay Tony. This disc doesn’t need GTA IV to play it – it’s like a stand alone disc. I think, from what I’ve read that the disc basically contains the two DLCs as playable from the off stories, rather than any GTA IV gubbins.

  5. Tony avatar

    Unfortunately, Jake, the new disc is twice the price of the new DLC, and both of these guys already have the original piece of DLC, and I imagine they don’t want to pay for it twice!

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