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Super Badnik
25-07-10, 20:49
The Daily Star has apologised "unreservedly" for printing a story which suggested a GTA game linked to killer Raoul Moat was being planned.

In a full retraction published today, the UK newspaper revealed it was to pay a "substantial amount" in damages to GTA publisher Rockstar - and that the games firm was passing the cash onto charity.

CVG broke the story of the article's existence earlier this week. We, like you, were a bit annoyed.

The newspaper subsequently removed the offending content from its website. However, the journalist behind the article instead chose to ridicule the adult gaming audience.



The full statement printed by the Star today reads:

'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.'

Source (http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=257019)

Wow, they actually believed there was gonna be a GTA: Rothbury. You can see the mock up box art here (http://www.computerandvideogames.com/viewer.php?mode=article&id=234764).

Phys
25-07-10, 20:54
*rolleyes* seriously, what is it about praising this man and making rumors about him? :confused:

Catracoth
25-07-10, 21:00
Ridiculous.

Minty Mouth
25-07-10, 21:02
Wait, if they are suing for damages, doesn't then giving that to charity kind of defeat the point, from a legal point of view?

xXhayleyroxXx
25-07-10, 21:05
Thats just really silly. And Rothbury is lovely! How dare they suggest it is anything like grand theft auto because of one man. *shakes head in despair*

Ward Dragon
25-07-10, 21:10
Wait, if they are suing for damages, doesn't then giving that to charity kind of defeat the point, from a legal point of view?

They're probably suing for punitive damages, basically punishment rather than covering an actual quantifiable bill for repairing the damage.

Trigger_happy
25-07-10, 21:39
I think its worrying that the Star could get away with such awful "journalism". The author of the article didn't check anything with anyone, and yet it was still published.

And as ward Dragon says, they probably sued to protect their reputation. Nothing says you are blatantly lying like a lawsuit. And it means some good comes of this all.

Minty Mouth
25-07-10, 21:40
They're probably suing for punitive damages, basically punishment rather than covering an actual quantifiable bill for repairing the damage.


And as ward Dragon says, they probably sued to protect their reputation. Nothing says you are blatantly lying like a lawsuit. And it means some good comes of this all.

Yeah, makes more sense. Sorry for my ignorance :p

Surely even the journalist didn't believe this story when he wrote it?

Trigger_happy
25-07-10, 21:46
Yeah, makes more sense. Sorry for my ignorance :p

Surely even the journalist didn't believe this story when he wrote it?

He didn't believe it, he totally made it up. He didn't talk to Rockstar, or check with any news sources, he just made it up and then used it to upset survivors from the horrific event.

xXhayleyroxXx
25-07-10, 21:49
He didn't believe it, he totally made it up. He didn't talk to Rockstar, or check with any news sources, he just made it up and then used it to upset survivors from the horrific event.

And after the cumbria shootings and the scare we had -- thats bloody terrible :(