A 17-year-old New Zealander is working on a Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas mod which would recreate the US-based crime game in a New Zealand setting complete with recognizable Kiwi landmarks.
But, as Stuff.co.nz reports, local police are concerned that Stacy O’Callaghan’s GTA mod may violate laws restricting the unauthorized use of police insignia. The mod depicts police cars (left) and substitutes authentic looking New Zealand police uniforms for GTA San Andreas’ LAPD look-alike virtual cops.
However, according to O’Callaghan, no disrespect is intended, nor is he trying to profit from the New Zealand mod:
I am not doing this in any way to make money or sell this modification; it was originally for me because I got sick of all this American rubbish and wanted it to be more realistic.
[Actually,] I’d like to join the police. I don’t really see myself as a game designer, I want to get into computer forensics… It’s really just for fun and a chance to play it as if it was in New Zealand.