Last night saw the BBC's premier screening of its drama-biopic The Gamechangers.
Starring Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe as Sam Houser, head-honcho of Grand Theft Auto developers Rockstar Games, it was billed as an insightful dramatisation of the controversy surrounding the best-selling game series, as it went through particularly testing times between the releases of Vice City and San Andreas. Radcliffe's Houser was to face off against Bill Paxton's Jack Thompson, the notorious anti-game lawyer who's been a thorn in the side of progressive game development for decades. Kotaku UK has a great piece up on Thompson's career crusade against games, if you want a little background.
Here's the trailer for the BBC's TV movie:
So, were the GTA devs flattered? Hmm...
@BBC Was Basil Brush busy? What exactly is this random, made up bollocks?
— Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames) September 15, 2015
ArrayIt's an unsurprising stance from Rockstar, who've already distanced themselves from the project, stating that they've had no input into its direction or influence over (from the dev's point of view at least) its credibility. In fact, its parent company Take Two is already taking legal action against the BBC for the portrayal. It wasn't long before GTA fans shared their thoughts:
— GTA GFX - Viboxing (@GTAGFX) September 15, 2015
— Gtamen (@Gtamen) September 15, 2015
— iTheftAuto (@Libertonian) September 15, 2015
— ✘ⓞⓐⓣⓗⒹⒸⓇ✘ (@oathDCR) September 15, 2015
— Young Ted (@iCrazyTeddy) September 15, 2015
— Mike (@187miken) September 15, 2015