Rockstar slams BBC’s GTA drama as “random, made up bollocks”

By Matt Martin, Wednesday, 16 September 2015 04:45 GMT

The BBC aired its docudrama based on Rockstar’s legal fight with lawyer Jack Thompson last night – and the developer isn’t too pleased with the way it’s been portrayed.

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The 90 minute movie, The Game Changers, didn’t paint either party in a good light. It focused on the singular visions of the disbarred lawyer Thompson and the obsessive, workaholic attitude of Rockstar’s boss Dan Houser.

The company fired a couple of shots at the BBC via Twitter, ridiculing the content of the movie, comparing it to cheap kids TV shows.

Rockstar had previously called in the lawyers on the BBC to protect its trademarks. The drama began with disclaimers that although the events depicted were based on real-life, many had been enhanced for “dramatic effect”.

It wasn’t just Rockstar that mocked the programme, which started Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe as Houser and Chet from Weird Science as Thompson. Ex-DMA Design staff (the original creators of the GTA series) and other developers were critical of the movie.

Some members of DMA posted what the creation process of the original game was really like, although the BBCs drama was based around GTA: San Andreas, which was released 8 years later.

If you want to watch the Game Changers, you can check it out on the BBC’s iPlayer.

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