Posted by: Edward Fairclough | October 5, 2010

Rockstar 1 – 0 Daily Star

Anyone remember back in July when the rubbish that is the Daily Star published an article claiming that Rockstar, the developers behind the hugely successful Grand Theft Auto series, were to produce a game based on the events carried out by killer Raoul Moat.

Well, after huge criticism from both gamers and non-gamers alike, and a court battle between Rockstar and the Daily Star, it’s been ruled that the article, which was written by journalist Jerry Lawson, was (obviously) untrue and that the Daily Star must pay a ‘substantial’ amount to Rockstar due to the damages caused.

The article itself, which included a made-up cover art for the false title, claimed that Rockstar were developing a game which was based on the shooting that primarily took place in Rothbury, Northumbria. The Daily Star even contacted a family member of one of Moat’s Victims to see what they had to say on the matter. All this took place with the Daily Star not even thinking to contact the supposed developers; Rockstar.

During the court hearing, the defendant admitted that Rockstar never had any intent to make such a game, and that the Daily Star published a completely false article, which was described as a ‘mistake’.

Now in my view, how the hell can you publish a full fledged news article on a news site by ‘mistake’? If anyone can tell me the answer please let me know, because the only one I can come up with is that journalist Jerry Lawson must have had either a lot of spare time on his hands, or he must have run out of pure rubbish to publish for the Daily Star!

How can people really say that games developers bring out such violent and offensive games when people like Lawson have to make up stories like this in order to provoke a negative reaction. All I can say is, if you bullsh*it about the games industry, it’ll cost ya’!


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