Grand Theft Auto developer Rockstar Games has issued a series of sharp social media retorts in response to its portrayal in BBC drama The Gamechangers.
Aired on BBC Two the night of Sept 15, the factual drama starred Daniel Radcliffe as Rockstar co-founder Sam Houser and Bill Paxton as (eventually disbarred) US attorney Jack Thompson.
"This new Rentaghost isn't as good as I remember," was the message sent out by the official Rockstar Games Twitter account, in reference to a British 1970s and 80s children's comedy show.
Comparisons to a wildly flailing fox puppet with delusions of grandeur came next.
The studio network, which made its name on the lavish production values and blockbuster success of an often controversial Grand Theft Auto series, has also received accolades for detective mystery L.A. Noire, cowboy revenge tale Red Dead Redemption, and the high school heroism of Bully among others.
Latest release Grand Theft Auto V debuted in 2013 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, in 2014 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and again in April 2015 for Windows PC.
Rockstar parent Take-Two Interactive issued a legal challenge against the BBC in May.
"Some scenes and the order of some events have been altered for dramatic effect," the programme states during its opening sequence.
"It is based on court documents and interviews with many of those involved." — AFP Relaxnews
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