Rockstar, DMA staff heap criticism on BBC's Gamechangers

Dramatisation of Thompson/Houser conflict is "random, made up bo****ks"

Several key developers, including Rockstar Games itself, have taken to Twitter to heavily criticise The Gamechangers, the BBC dramatisation of the conflict between the Houser brothers and disbarred lawyer Jack Thompson, which aired in the UK last night. Although clearly labelled as a dramatisation, the program is also listed by the BBC as a "factual Drama." If you're a UK resident, you can watch it here.

The 90 minute program takes place during the period in which Rockstar was creating San Andreas, the game with which GTA became the world's biggest selling entertainment product. Rather than looking at the creative process, it focuses on Sam Houser as a workaholic renegade and the antagonism of Thompson, who believes he is protecting the innocence of children and society at large. Despite an all-star cast including Daniel Radcliffe and Bill Paxton as Houser and Thompson, The Gamechangers has met with a roundly negative industry response.

Decried as being at once poorly written, completely unrealistic and totally unrepresentative of the development process, the high-profile TV movie has been given scant praise from any industry quarter, instead inciting the ire of those it was depicting.