We’re a few years past laughing at 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”.
For reference, commercial (ie, non-cable) television in Australia is circling the drain, hence this kind of sensationalized “current affairs” style hyperbole appearing in an actual news program broadcast.
UPDATE: Oh no it gets worse.