Grand Theft Auto drama is “bollocks”

A drama based on the story of how former US lawyer Jack Thompson campaigned against Grand Theft Auto recently aired on the BBC in the UK.

Called The Gamechangers, the docudrama is set in 2002 and stars Daniel Radcliffe as the co-founder of Rockstar Games, Sam Houser. Thompson is portrayed by Bill Paxton.

The film focuses on the period between GTA: Vice City and its sequel GTA: San Andreas, when Thompson filed a number of lawsuits against various parties – including GTA publisher Take Two Interactive, Sony Computer Entertainment, and Wal-Mart.

During the 90-minute film, Rockstar sent the tweet below.

Rockstar vs BBC on The Gamechangers
Rockstar vs BBC on The Gamechangers

Rockstar was not involved in the production of The Gamechangers, and the BBC said it drew on court documents and interviews for the film.

The Gamechangers switches between the Rockstar crew planning what would become GTA: San Andreas, and the mounting legal crusade orchestrated by Thompson, Cnet reported.

Thompson is shown as being pushed into action after a young gamer steals a car and murders several police officers. The crime is depicted by the drama in the over-the-shoulder viewpoint style of GTA.

Former members of studio DMA Design (which later became Rockstar North) who were involved in the development of early GTA games took to Twitter to point out inaccuracies.

Steve Hammond shared photos of the early days of DMA Design and pointed out that The Gamechangers’ assertion that GTA was the first open-world game was false.

“Oh here we go… changing history… claiming to have invented the open world thing,” said game designer Mike Dailly.

“The open-world thing came a lot from DMA’s own Body Harvest,” Hammond responded.

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