In a great wee story carried by todays The Scottish Sun, some sad Jambos are moaning that the designers of Grand Theft Auto IV have used the game to have a dig at Heart of Midlothian Football Club. They claim there are characters based on Hearts players as well as Jambo overlord Vladamir Romanov.
The game features a Russian money lender named Vlad (sound familiar?) who falls out with Roman – an Eastern European, suspected to be based on Roman Bednar the ex-Hearts striker. Rumours of a bloated, bitter, alcoholic politician named George appearing may be only rumours.
Hearts fans also claim the baddies wear maroon in the game. Don’t all baddies wear the combination of blood and faeces that makes maroon? It seems to me the game would be unrealistic if the bad guys were to wear anything else.
The person quoted in the Sun said “The references are really subtle but they are everywhere. There are too many, it can’t just be a coincidence.”
It’s quite possible too. A good few Hibbies worked on the game for Rockstar North, more than likely loads more than the number of Jambos. As we know, Hibs fans are more likely to work in cool industries like music, art, game design etc. whereas Jambos have a propensity towards working for the Cooncil or Scottish Widows.
These are obviously good guys, the one on the left even has a new away top.