GTA Online Player Uses Childhood Toy to AFK Grind

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Grinding up oodles of money is pretty standard practice for GTA Online players at this point, especially with a new update containing a bunch of fresh content set to drop today.

Strategies allowing those who wish to invest in a new car or property vary depending upon the preferences of the player involved, but for many, using AFK exploits to help build up a stock of guns or drugs that they can then sell is the method of choice.

One player has been engaging in this tactic to prepare for the Criminal Enterprises update’s arrival and has found an interesting way of ensuring that they don’t get kicked from sessions for inactivity.

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The thread concerning this event in the GTA Online subreddit began with a post from user WahedAli, who shared an image of a toy digger being used to hold the joystick of a controller in place, captioning it: “After years, (found) this old toy from my childhood, (gave) it a new purpose. Farewell, messing around with rubber bands and hair ties.”

Sadly, other GTA players didn’t seem very impressed by this solution, with user Kalimander asking: “isn't that bad for your controller?” and carzylol153 adding: “say hello to controller drift.”

Some offered alternative methods of going AFK without being kicked, with user SaltyZean suggesting: “Just drive into (the) LS Car Meet, enter the test track and immediately back up to leave, then leave your game on that ‘Exit LS Car Meet’ window and you're set”, leading raginglasers to reply: “On Xbox last gen, you can even shut off your controller. You won’t get kicked. You’ll need to change some power-saving settings for both the console and controller.”

Meanwhile, user difforz said: “Just AFK by using the security monitors in any of your businesses or nightclub”, a strategy which WahedAli alluded to having used before in a reply to their post.

A few other users shared their preferred methods for stripping themselves from being kicked, with Aynonohmus saying: “I just plug in my 3rd party controller with chronic Joystick drift. Problem solved” and Kecske29 admitting that they invoke the power of nature by somehow using a rock to hold down their A and S keys.

Meanwhile, user lifesnotworthitsrsly’s day was made by the post, with them gleefully announcing: “Yoooooo, no fricking way, I’ve got the exact same excavator just (in) all blue.”

Regardless of whether you’ve got a toy digger at hand, make sure to follow us for more GTA Online and GTA 6 updates as new content is released.