UK Tabloid Journalist Reaches New Low – Inventing Games for Shocks

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If you’re unaware of the story of Raoul Moat, one that’s dominated the headlines in the UK earlier this month, I’ll fill you in. Raoul Moat, spurred on by jealousy, stupidity and quite possibly, years of torment from being a ginger shot his ex-lover and her new partner -killing him. He also blinded a police officer by shooting him in the face with the a sawn-off shotgun.

A week-long manhunt ensued, coming to a head with the burly psychopath taking his own life after a stand-off with police in the Northumbrian town of Rothbury. The Daily Star – paragons of journalistic integrity as they are – are reporting on the development of a Grand Theft Auto based on these events, using a poorly photoshopped game cover as “evidence.” It gets worse.

GTAR The Daily Star attributes the doctored image to several ‘games websites’, which it said ‘showed the cover of Grand Theft Auto Rothbury’, a game I’m pretty damned sure isn’t in the pipeline. Even worse is they, not happy with just making stuff up, questioned the 69 year old-grandmother of Moat’s wounded ex-lover what she thought of the game concept.

Unsurprisingly, she’s aghast! “It is sick – it’s blood money,” she said. “The game is beyond belief.”  Damn right it is, because it’s completely fabricated! This is, quite frankly, the most irresponsible, reprehensible and depraved “journalism” that’s been exacerbated by the “journalist” in question Jerry Lawton’s repugnant response to the backlash he’s received.

“Baffled by the fury of adult gamers,” wrote Lawton on hid Facebook page. “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!!!”

You sir, are a giant cock-bag.

Source : CVG

Last Updated: July 22, 2010

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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