This was an honest to god story that was reported in the Daily Star "news"paper on Wednesday of this week. They really actually believed that Rockstar were developing a game called GTA Rothbury. They believed it so much that they even traumatised the 69 year old grand mother of one of the victims by showing her "Rockstars planned game". Needless to say it was an absolute load of sh*te and Rockstar never had any intention of developing a game like this (nor would any publisher in their right mind).
Anyway it seems that lawyers were hurled at the Daily Star by Rockstar and the Daily Star realising how stupid they have been have issued this apology :-
|QUOTE ("Very busy Daily Star apologist")|
|ON 21 July we published an article claiming that the video games company Rockstar Games were planning to release a version of their popular Grand Theft Auto video games series titled “Grand Theft Auto Rothbury”.|
We also published what we claimed would be the cover of this game, solicited comments from a family member impacted by the recent tragedy and criticised Rockstar Games for their alleged plans.
We made no attempt to check the accuracy of the story before publication and did not contact Rockstar Games prior to publishing the story. 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.
We unreservedly apologise to Rockstar Games and we have undertaken not to repeat the claims again. We have also agreed to pay them a substantial amount in damages which they are donating to charity.
Direct Link to Daily Star apology
The author of the original story though was less than apologetic and had this to say on his facebook page :-
|QUOTE ("Daily Star "reporter")|
|"These are grown (?!?) men who sit around all day playing computer games with one another who've today chosen to enter the real world just long enough to complain about my story slamming a Raoul Moat version of Grand Theft Auto!|
"You would think I'd denied the Holocaust!!! Think I'...ll challenge them to a virtual reality duel....stab....I win!!!""
Not sure who is the childish one here .
Edited by CharmingCharlie, 24 July 2010 - 01:35 AM.