Saturday, July 24, 2010

This is why you avoid the tabloids.

I'm in a no writing mood. Not that there is nothing to discuss in the gaming universe. Rather the explosion of crap at work has pushed me into not wanting to type. You push a bunch of buttons all day long you get tired of it after a while.

Earlier this week Daily Star, being such a reputable news source as it is, reported that Rockstar is making of version of Grand Theft auto based on the life of Raoul Moat. If you don't know who that is, Wikipedia will be happy to oblige. According to Daily Star, the title of the game would be Grand Theft Auto Rothbury, and even claimed to have found a picture that was circling several credible gaming websites.

Look at the article! "And last night gaming websites showed the cover of Grand Theft Auto Rothbury - a version of the Xbox hit Grand Theft Auto."

Clearly, the writer fails at any form of research. And that's probably why he works at Daily Star. But that's not all! Apparently the writer went so far as to get a comment from the grandmother of Moat's ex-girlfriend (who was killed, by the way). And of course she was furious about the idea.

Needless to say, Rockstar be pissed. And something amazing has happened. They retracted the story! I here the choir of angels singing again~ From today's Daily Star edition:

"We made no attempt to check the accuracy of the story before publication and did not contact Rockstar Games prior to publishing the story," admits The Star. "We also did not question why a best selling and critically acclaimed fictional games series would choose to base one of their most popular games on this horrifying real crime event.

"It is now accepted that there were never any plans by Rockstar Games to publish such a game and that the story was false. We apologise for publishing the story using a mock-up of the game cover, our own comments on the matter and soliciting critical comments from a grieving family member."

I really wonder how much of this story Mr. Jerry Lawton (the writer) completely bullshitted, and how much of this he believed. Because that's a pretty crappily photoshopped picture of the so-called "game." If he truly found it on a gaming website, it was probably on a forum where people were making fun of GTA and bad spinoff ideas. I'm hoping that there is some ounce of sanity in this man's head and he knew he was bullshitting the entire thing. Otherwise, this world just got a little bit more depressing. Either way, this man needs to rethink his career path.


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