In what could possibly be the most outrageous piece of video games reporting in a national UK paper, The Daily Star has today expressed its fury” at news that a Raoul Moat version of Grand Theft Auto is in production.
Apparently gaming websites” (though obviously not the ones we read) have shown the cover of a version of the XBox hit Grand Theft Auto”, supposedly called GTA Rothbury, that's based on the recent Northumberland shootings that dominated the news earlier this month.
It is sick – it's blood money,” the sister of Moat's ex-partner Samantha Stobbart told the paper. The game is beyond belief.”
MCV's guess? Someone somewhere in a dark corner of the internet mocked up the cover (pictured). Somehow this came to the attention of a sorely uneducated non-gamer at The Daily Star. The rest, minus any fact checking or common sense, is history.
MCV has contacted The Daily Star for comment.
UPDATE: It seems that The Daily Star has removed the story. A moment of sense, presumably. We're still awaiting comment.
UPDATE 2: For a screengrab of the Daily Star piece, click here.