It's 2017, Let's Laugh At This Grand Theft Auto News Story

By Luke Plunkett on at

We’re a few years past laughing at the mainstream media’s reporting on video games, partly because we just don’t care anymore, partly because they’ve (for the most part) improved their game. This hilarious story from Australia’s Channel 7, though, is just too good/terrible to ignore.

To get an idea of what we’re dealing with here, while they at least explain (eventually) that is a Grand Theft Auto V mod, and not a standalone game, they explain to the handful of pensioners watching that the mod is the work of “underground computer geeks”, and that “the online world is virtually lawless”.

Cue interviews with a psychologist and the New South Wales Police Minister that could have been lifted from Tipper Gore’s playbook, followed by a vague threat the NSW Police plan to “take action against the designers”.

Unfortunately it also gets worse:

For reference, commercial television in Australia is circling the drain, hence this kind of sensationalised “current affairs” style hyperbole appearing in an actual news program broadcast.

Oh, and if you’re wondering about the mod itself, it appears to be LSPDFR—using Australian vehicle and uniform skins—which lets you play as a cop instead of a criminal. You can get it here.