As a part of this fall’s nationwide Make It Digital initiative that is meant to promote coding skills and interest kids in the digital sciences, BBC will give away one million Micro Bit computers and produce a documentary that slanders video games and praises Jack Thompson, the 90’s version of Anita Sarkeesian. This documentary will be yet another assault on our senses with tired old phrases and made-up studies that try to connect violence with video games, backed up only by weasel words.
Scheduled for release later this year, BBC’s docu-drama with the working title “Game Changer” is said to star Daniel Radcliffe and Bill Paxton (Pvt. Hudson from Aliens), but Rockstar has stepped in and is currently trying to legally block the documentary on the grounds that it presents the company in a bad light, uses proprietary material and they weren’t consulted in the making of it. BBC described the documentary as a “90-minute factual drama for an adult audience” featuring a “formidable campaigning lawyer Jack Thompson.”
One possible scenario is that BBC will not be allowed or will restrain itself from using any GTA logos, symbols, footage, imagery or even mention Rockstar and its employees, which will make “Game Changer” a truly strange exercise in pantomime, as viewers try to guess what the hell is going on. Actually, when I think about it, that makes it the perfect material for British TV.