The main Grand Theft Auto games are developed, for the most part, in Scotland. So it shouldn't surprise you too much to know that a district in GTA V - Hawick - is named after a small Scottish town. It sure surprised Hawick, though.

In particular, it surprised Hawick councillor David Paterson, who the BBC reports is "absolutely disgusted" that his town is sharing its name with a fictional settlement that is in no way based on or reflective of the real place.

"I am absolutely disgusted - there is a lot of history and a lot of good things happening in the town," he said. "We have got a lot of good things planned for this coming year. It is going to destroy the good reputation of the town."

Bookmark this story, readers. So in 2019, when Hawick is a drug-addled shanty town, we can point to Paterson's prophetic comments as proof that a game set in a fictional Los Angeles destroyed the standing of a small town half a world away.


Grand Theft Auto role 'could destroy Hawick's reputation' [BBC]