Silly Jack Thompson

Darkside 10-18-2005 05:32 PM
Generalissimo D 10-18-2005 06:47 PM
Can we say Jack ThompsOWNED?

Edit: Friend just showed me this. ROFL.

Jack Thompson!
David Ryder 10-18-2005 08:46 PM
lol Awesome. Cool
IanC 10-19-2005 06:52 AM
He is threating to sue PA now ya know.

Unjustified imo
Volt 10-19-2005 04:56 PM
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Originally posted by The 10th Doctor
He is threating to sue PA now ya know.

Unjustified imo


For what? Giving to charity? Roll Eyes
IanC 10-19-2005 05:11 PM
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Originally posted by Volt
For what? Giving to charity? Roll Eyes



see Penny Arcade for more on this.
Volt 10-19-2005 05:22 PM
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Originally posted by The 10th Doctor
quote:
Originally posted by Volt
For what? Giving to charity? Roll Eyes



see Penny Arcade for more on this.


Yeah, I had already actually seen it, but my point was he has no valid reason. I also love how professional his fax is. Roll Eyes
IanC 10-20-2005 12:04 PM
Well things are getting intresting. First of all he is been investigated, and may get his license revoked, and then he goes and posts this:

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John B. Thompson, Attorney at Law
1172 South Dixie Hwy., Suite 111
Coral Gables, Florida 33146
305-666-4366

October 20, 2005

Alan B. Bookman
President
The Florida Bar
Tallahassee, Florida Via e-mail

Entire Board of Governors
The Florida Bar
C/o John Harkness and to Governors Directly
The Florida Bar
Tallahassee, Florida Via e-mails

Re: Targeting of Jack Thompson for Criminal Harassment by “Gamers”

Dear Mr. Bookman and All Governors of The Florida Bar:

As you know, eighteen years ago I commenced efforts against the entertainment industry’s illegal distribution of adult entertainment to minors. That fledgling effort resulted in the first decency fines ever levied by the FCC.

The broadcasters struck back with Bar complaints. One happy result of that is that The Bar’s insurance carrier had to pay me money damages for The Bar’s having taken the bait offered by the SLAPP bar complainants. SLAPP is the acronym for ”strategic litigation against public participation.” Filing such a complaint violates certain federal civil rights statutes and state laws as well.

As you also know, the Philadelphia law firm of Blank Rome, which is lead lawyer and chief lobbyist registered in the US House of Representatives and in the US Senate for Take-Two Interactive, has chosen to use the SLAPP approach in our wrongful death case in Alabama by asking the Alabama state judge to kick me off that case because 1) I have been so effective in telling the American people about the reckless activity of their clients, Take-Two and Sony, through 60 Minutes and Reader’s Digest that they can’t now get a “fair trial,” and 2) I have a “colorful history” of pornographers filing SLAPP bar complaints against me, which indicates I am unfit to practice law.

Interesting logic, but remember: this is Blank Rome talking. Blank Rome has a very long history of “opposition research” through partners such as “Barbara Comstock,” who was called by the Washington Post a “one-woman wrecking crew” for her brilliance in character assassination on behalf of her clients.

Blank Rome’s Comstock is the US Congressman Dan Burton staffer who was doing his “work” for him when he was clandestinely keeping a mistress on his federal payroll staff in violation of federal law.

Blank Rome also has been recently caught up in the scandal of securing Department of Homeland Security contracts for its clients allegedly because of its massive campaign contributions to former DHS Secretary Tom Ridge, Bush-Cheney, and the RNC. This has been covered in the mainstream media. Blank Rome is clearly the most powerful law firm, right now, in America, because of its tight personal and financial relationships with Jeb and George Bush. Blank Rome likes to make stuff up to run over people who are in the way of their clients. Pretty standard stuff, really. But don’t you love the fact that a bunch of “family values” Republican loyalists to George Bush are representing Take-Two/Rockstar and fraudulently smearing a conservative Christian Republican who has got Rockstar on the run? But this is wha the GOP has become: the lap dog for corporate America, the parents who provide the party’s base be damned.

I hear today, then, from the Internet-based “enthusiast video game press” that “gamers” are going to file or have filed new SLAPP Bar complaints against me. Here’s why:

An outfit in Seattle called “Think Geek” is marketing a t-shirt emblazoned across the front of which are the words “I Hate Jack Thompson.” That kind of tells us where they are on the subject of me.

The parent company is an outfit called Penny Arcade. In the last several days, the folks at Think Geek provided, improperly, Penny Arcade with my email address, which had not been widely circulated (I had to get rid of the last one because of death threats and the like). Some idiot at Penny Arcade foolishly emailed me and told me, in effect, of the amusement that comes from going after me, and then he foolishly explained on the Penny Arcade site how they were going to do it.

Penny Arcade put out a “news story” that was wholly false, and the purpose of it, of course, was to generate the sort of Internet-based gamers harassment of me that has caused me to coin the useful phrase “pixelante.” Blank Rome is just a highly-paid pixelante. I was not getting this harassment at my new e-mail address until Penny Arcade did this.

The result of Penny Arcade’s intentional targeting of me is that I almost immediately started receiving emailed and phoned death threats, many of them referencing Penny Arcade. Penny Arcade has every right to express their warped bizarre opinions, but they don’t have the right to use the Internet to orchestrate criminal harassment of me, which is precisely what they did.

I asked to speak with their attorney, which I did yesterday, and this guy is a perfect fit with Penny Arcade, because his position is that this is all my fault.

I have written the Police Chief in Seattle and asked that their department investigate this matter, as I believe this constitutes a criminal act by Penny Arcade. Penny Arcade has thus ramped up the harassment, and now there is a campaign among gamers to go to The Florida Bar to “discipline” me for trying to protect myself and my family, as well as my right, under the First Amendment to try to get the video game industry to start acting like something other than a bunch of sociopaths.

I was on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 two nights ago because there is now a new game out in which pro footballers send prostitutes to the other team’s players’ hotel rooms. Quaint stuff. I think I have a right to complain about that, which CNN wanted me to do when they contacted me. Anderson Cooper was more negative about it than I was. I am making progress.

But I especially appreciated the computer-generated call last night that said “We are coming to get you, Mr. Thompson.” This is from the Penny Arcade faithful. That is precisely what Penny Arcade wanted, and I have received similar computer-generated calls threatening me.

I am quite certain that lawyer Daniel Horowitz would advise me to take such threats seriously, aren’t you?

Several weeks ago some gamer idiot (sorry to be redundant) managed to email me thousands of death threats from a blast e-mail service based in Ireland using the following e-mail address: georgewbush@whitehouse.gov. The Secret Service shut that pixelante right down. It’s probably too much to expect the Secret Service to shut Blank Rome down. That’s a joke, by the way.

Now, let me be clear. Any Bar complaint coming from these morons arising out of the above incident is baseless and itself constitutes a violation of a specific federal civil rights statute.

If The Bar proceeds with any of these, it does so at its own peril. The Bar paid me once. I am certainly willing it pay me again, along with others.

Regards, Jack Thompson


From here:
http://www.joystiq.com/entry/1234000427064233/#c535307

Cant the guy write a letter without insulting us gamers?

Plus, what the h-e-double hockey sticks is he doing on a Games blog anyway?

And why did he post his office address?
David Ryder 10-20-2005 07:37 PM
damn this guy is crazy. He can't write a singal letter, note or editorial without bashing us gamers. it's becoming really tiresome.
Wreck-Gar 10-22-2005 01:02 PM
I've been following Jack Thompson rants for a while now and starting with his video game proposal he's really been blown up in the current internet media recently. It seems like this whole thing has blown over now, most recently he's claimed that he's going to get the "Feds" to go after Penny Arcade. No one can take him seriously anymore and that's just hilarious.

Right Jack... Right... he picked the wrong people to attack this time. He had no idea how much support from the gaming community that Penny Arcade has and he doesn't have much of a chance against them with his nonsense legal claims that no court in the country will recognize.

If he keeps it up he'll have to start calling himself "ex-lawyer Jack Thompson" since the Florida Bar Association isn't really pleased with his media grabbing tactics.

And for anyone who hasn't seen it, Jack Thompson's website http://www.stopkill.com is hilarious. He doesn't know the first thing about HTML.
Hienrich Ele 10-22-2005 02:38 PM
Ah, Jack Thompson.

I agree with him on some points.

First off, Grand Theft Auto is a stupid game. Yes, all it is is a cop killing game. Don't give me the whole "There are other things!" Yes yes, how dare I forget those hookers! Or the civillians. It is a stupid game and stuff like that is not needed. Should it be outlawed? Maybe, to children especially. To adults, no. There is still freedom in this country.

His comments on the Sims is probably just not needed. I have not played the game, but I am sure it is not a training video for perverts and killers.

Overall do I want him to suceed? No, he is taking it too far. Do I want a lesser version of him to suceed? Perhaps. Let's see where the gaming industry takes us next. If it goes to more mindless games such as GTA, than more power to the smaller Jack Thompsons.
Sharpshooter005 10-22-2005 02:59 PM
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And why did he post his office address?


So he can lure someone into doing something innocuous (or not) then frame it so he's the victim.

His other hobby is responding to emails, attempting to provoke the authors into then responding to his response. Then he tries to invoke some Floridian cyberstalking law.

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First off, Grand Theft Auto is a stupid game. Yes, all it is is a cop killing game. Don't give me the whole "There are other things!" Yes yes, how dare I forget those hookers! Or the civillians. It is a stupid game and stuff like that is not needed. Should it be outlawed? Maybe, to children especially.


It already is, it's called the ESRB ratings. If the parents of the kid are dimwitted enough to think Vice City is fine for little timmy, then really the hell with them. I see no inherent obligation on the behalf of manufacturers or retailers to raise your children for you.


edit: I assume you also think we should have outlawed the song cop killa. Being as thats ALL it was about...murdering police officers. Or does music get some kind of automatic pass, and we can censor other things but not what basically amounts to arranged noises on a plastic disc.

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If it goes to more mindless games such as GTA, than more power to the smaller Jack Thompsons.


Mindless games aren't anything new. Anyone remember "custer's revenge"? Heres the premise of it.

A nude George A. Custer navigates past arrows being fired at him, to rape a woman tied to a post. No I'm not kidding, no I'm not exagerrating, this is a real game

This game is from 1982, I'm not even sure rockstar games existed in 1982. So no, this isn't some gradual decline from a once pure industry full of non-stop hits or something.

There will always be dreck, there will always be tripe. If it screws up your kids mind, it's because you're a lousy parent.

We don't need failed ambulance chasers (I'm pretty sure Thompson used to do medical malpractice suits..."see that smudge that looks like my thumbprint? No, THATS WHIPLASH!!!") trying to protect us from all the "bad things" out there
Dingo 10-22-2005 03:27 PM
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Originally posted by Sharpshooter005
We don't need failed ambulance chasers (I'm pretty sure Thompson used to do medical malpractice suits..."see that smudge that looks like my thumbprint? No, THATS WHIPLASH!!!") trying to protect us from all the "bad things" out there


God bless Simpsons references!
Sharpshooter005 10-22-2005 04:01 PM
I couldn't remember any Lionel Hutz catchphrases, so yeah.
Dingo 10-22-2005 04:31 PM
Will this work?

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Pfft. Doctors. Doctors are idiots! There is no telling what type of permanent injuries he might have. You might have to wait on him hand and foot for the rest of his natural life. That's the down side. Now here is the good part. You can ching ching ching cash in on this tragedy.


or

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Mr. Simpson, the state bar forbids me from promising you a big cash settlement. But just between you and me, I promise you a big cash settlement.
Sharpshooter005 10-24-2005 07:46 AM
Lionel Hutz no longer exists. SAY HELLO TO MIGUEL SANCHEZ!
C.R Foxhound 10-26-2005 03:21 PM
I thought Jack Thompson died, got shot in that new 50 cent game...nevermind
Sharpshooter005 10-26-2005 05:49 PM
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Originally posted by C.R Foxhound
I thought Jack Thompson died, got shot in that new 50 cent game...nevermind


I'm starting a committe to ban terrible games. It'll be exposed as a fraud when documents are found explicitly stating I'm only doing it because "I'm sour there might not be a max payne 3".

edit: But really. I like the idea of holding the industry hostage until I'm assured max payne 3 and silent hill 5 will be made and done correctly..

Well..they've already said a silent hill 5 is being made. So the mere threat of this worked! If it's not out for the ps3..there will be hell to pay. I need my fix of bludgeoning zombie...things..while a radio blasts static.
Xel 10-26-2005 09:35 PM
Words of wisdom.

Man. This guy is totally batsh*t.
Sharpshooter005 10-29-2005 04:33 AM
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Originally posted by Xel
Words of wisdom.

Man. This guy is totally batsh*t.


I find him curiously uplifting.

After all, if HE made it through law school..you know...then theres probably hope for anyone.