Rockstar decries The Gamechangers as 'bollocks'

September 16, 2015 // 12:34 p.m.

Tags: #bbc #bill-paxton #daniel-radcliffe #dma-design #docudrama #jack-thompson #make-it-digital #rockstar #rockstar-games #sam-houser #take-two #the-gamechangers

Rockstar, the company responsible for the Grand Theft Auto series, has declared the BBC's recent docudrama The Gamechangers to be 'random, made up bollocks' following its premier on BBC 2 last night.

Commissioned as part of the BBC's new Make It Digital initiative, the programme was billed as looking at the origins of Rockstar Games and its most famous creation. Reviews of The Gamechangers, starring Daniel Radcliffe as Rockstar's Sam Houser and Bill Paxton as anti-violence campaigner Jack Thompson, have not been kind, and now Rockstar itself is on-record with its distaste for the drama.

'This new Rentaghost isn’t as good as I remember,' the company posted to its Twitter account part-way through the film's premier on BBC 2 last night. 'Was Basil Brush busy? What exactly is this random, made up bollocks?'

Critics have panned the programme for its poor writing, stilted dialogue, and bizarre scenes including one of Houser and a team of associates nearly getting gunned down by gang-bangers in the US before making instant friends by revealing themselves as the creators of Grand Theft Auto. The programme also ignored arguably the most important part of the story: DMA Design, the UK-company that would become Rockstar, and how it moved from Lemmings to what Thompson continually referred to as 'murder simulators.'

The BBC is currently being sued by Rockstar's owner Take-Two Interactive, over the broadcaster's use of Grand Theft Auto assets in the making of the programme - in particular an ending scene in which Radcliffe as Houser steals a car in the real world only for everything to fade into the graphics of the game he worked to create.
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