Coding montages, clunky tech talk and Daniel Radcliffe’s horns – what viewers thought of BBC2’s Grand Theft Auto drama The Gamechangers

A dramatisation of the making of smash hit video game franchise GTA got Twitter talking...

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The story – or at least a story – of groundbreaking, blockbusting video game series Grand Theft Auto was told on Tuesday night in BBC2’s The Gamechangers.

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Daniel Radcliffe and Joe Dempsie were two of GTA’s Rockstar developers in a version of events that, even before it aired, was causing controversy, with some of the real-life protagonists less than happy with much of the portrayal.

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So what would viewers – some of whom included devs who had worked on the franchise – make of it? Well, the reaction was mixed…

When it came to the dialogue, some thought the scriptwriters could learn something from the games’ creators…

…or that they’d already been taking notes from a different show…

There was a lot of love for the programmer equivalent of the training montage…

But what’s coding really like? And would it make entertaining viewing?

Daniel Radcliffe’s performance was one of the more positively received things about the drama – although some people still didn’t quite buy him as a game developer…

…and others couldn’t quite get past his (or co-star Bill Paxton’s) previous roles…

One of the most entertaining things about watching The Gamechangers was the running Twitter commentary from developers who had been involved in the creation of the original GTA and shared some insider knowledge…

Then again maybe they were just jealous…

Now, what to do next…