No I’m not talking about the failings of the dual disc 360 version of the game, or the PSN version, I’m talking about the people in suits, government officials and the like.
The first complain comes from a local council official, David Paterson from a Scottish town called Hawick, who’s name is used as a district in GTAV, here is what the councillor says about the game:
I am absolutely disgusted – there is a lot of history and a lot of good things happening in the town.
We have got a lot of good things planned for this coming year.
It is going to destroy the good reputation of the town.
Why did they pick on Hawick? , It is a lovely town. It is perceptions, it is how people will perceive the town.
They might perceive Hawick in a bad light and Hawick is a lovely place – a lot of people are very, very proud of Hawick.
The councillors of the small town are so annoyed, that they have invited the games producers to visit the area, the towns MSP had this to say:
I, like many other Hawick residents, was shocked to hear that the name of the town had been used in Grand Theft Auto V.
Not only is it a game which includes violence, sex and drugs, but the game’s producers themselves describe the area of Hawick in the game as having a ‘drug addict hipster vibe’.
While some may take the view that any publicity is good publicity, I am sure that many local residents will see this as an insensitive move from Rockstar North.
You can read more here:
Grand Theft Auto role ‘could destroy Hawick’s reputation’