Jack Thompson to 'strike back'

US antigame lawyer vows to make like the Empire in his ongoing saga against Manhunt 2 publisher Take-Two.

Last week Take-Two Interactive turned the tables on Miami attorney and vocal game critic Jack Thompson by filing a complaint against his efforts to state that Florida's public-nuisance law applies to video games.

The publisher is likely seeking to prevent a protracted legal battle to get its upcoming titles Grand Theft Auto IV and Manhunt 2 released, and to prevent Thompson from seeking injunctions against the games.

Thompson responded by e-mailing Web site GamePolitics with a statement saying that his prayers had been answered by the lawsuit. He said, "I have been praying, literally, that Take-Two and its lawyers would do something so stupid." He added that the company's "misstep" would now "enable me to destroy Take-Two."

The attorney continued in his statement to threaten that he would be "striking back" this week, although he did not detail what this would entail. He only said, "The pit Take-Two has dug for itself will be patently clear."

Last year Thompson filed a suit against the game Bully (Canis Canem Edit in the UK), attempting to get a judge to declare the game a public nuisance and therefore ban it from sale in Thompson's home state of Florida. The judge approved the game for sale, and later filed a complaint with the Florida bar over Thompson's behaviour in court.

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willimate
willimate

f**k him, he hate rap music, video games and everything, can he just kill himself

vito_128
vito_128

Let him burn himself with his own stupid comments

Mortis_Noctem
Mortis_Noctem

Hey guys, no need to go and actually physically harm Jerk Turdson, that would just be proving him right, I mean this guy is already dead and buried, after that flower incident, remember? Gamers sent him flowers and wished to politely discuss why he was against Video Games, do you know what Mr.Turdson said? "These flowers were sent to harrass me..." This is the man that visualized The Sims 2 as a home virtual porno maker, how SICK must you be to even consider that use for such a great video game? I say just let him burn himself...

Mortis_Noctem
Mortis_Noctem

Dum dum DUMB!.. Prepare for the ultimate courthouse action game. Platform your way through ridiculous and unfounded fears of virtual violence leading to massacres, choose from many power ups and equipment, such as random sue or insult and injury, and don't forget about your ultimate power/ final smash/ Ultimate Blast the ability to be one big HYPOCRITE! Take Two Interactive, associated with Nintendo, Sony, EA Games, Maxis, Midway, Konami and Microsoft, bring you a law game with more action then the Tenkaichi Series, more Objections then Phoenix Wright and more lies then the physical abilities of Mortal Kombat Characters. It's... Jack Thompson: Counter Attack!

AnFangs_Endes
AnFangs_Endes

Take-Two Interactive: The Thompson Strikes Back :P

puppet12ca
puppet12ca

After the compromise he issued a while back I thought this guy was developing some reason and common sense his previous compromise it actually sounded decent but now he is back to being his old self as his efforts towards Bully exposed him for what he was a BIgot and now this statement is going to label him further ironicly as a Bully I Think he believes that Take Two filling a complaint against him is essentially like throwing the first punch which leads him to believe that he will have a free card(if the complaint is deemed invalid) when it comes his turn to strike this will not be the case his actions are foolish and unwarranted and he will eventually have to answer for them

Ky02
Ky02

Well time to wait for what ole' Jack in the box has ready for us next.

samthesolidman
samthesolidman

the problems are the guns, not the games jack get a life

timdabrat
timdabrat

stfu n00b. face it Jack, YOU LOSE. There is no way 1 man can take down a massive developer like Rockstar, just give up.

A_FITZ
A_FITZ

Jack Thompson can go S*** a D****

DXfan1448
DXfan1448

His brain is always SUE ,SUe and SUE to Take-two. i wish hitmen came to cap Jack Thompson's HEAd OFF!!!!! and i saw billjacksonn's profile check it out he gave some bad scores in SA and Bully.

digimrm2004
digimrm2004

Oh really?? The little b*tch is at it again. So far its Take-Two (3) - Jackass Thompson (0).

Darth_A-skicker
Darth_A-skicker

Pay no attention to jack Thompson, he is a discredited attorney who almost got disbarred when he lied while making acusations against a prominent attorney in the Miami-Dade area. He'll never amount to anything other then being a pompous blowhard who gets his face on CNN and MSNBC.

trexnine
trexnine

Jack Thompson is stupid Take-two is smarter than Jack Thompson He will never win because even if its rated AO then dumb parents will still buy it for kids. easy as that

yariang
yariang

HAHA. Jack Thompson really keeps trying so hard. After that little incident with the complaint the judge issued and his failure at banning Bully and increasing list of games; he still continues to attempt to destroy an industry so powerful that it handles more money than he will ever have. I wonder what Penny Arcade has to say about this, after their obvious "racketeering" behavior.

payforaday
payforaday

I live in Florida and I agree with tengu7667. This guy is a real ass and if I knew where he lived...

samthesolidman
samthesolidman

THE GAME IS RATED M FOR A REASON. This guy seems to think that every nine year old is playing GTA, and is becoming influenced by it. I a nine year old is playing it then it is the parents fault that they aren't keeping a close eye on what their kids are doing. It also is the parents fault that the kids have a gaming system like an Xbox.

creativeminded
creativeminded

My goodness this man is an idiot and is probebly making a lot of money out of these law suits somehow. As long as age restrictions exist then there is no problem and if he really wants to sue he should attack the DUMB parents that go out and buy the MA15+ game for there 9 year old. Seriously, what gives? Read the damn label!!

americaonline
americaonline

Thompson cannot win. There are a hell of a lot more gamers than people against violent games and anything of the sort. Manhunt 2 and GTA IV ARE going to be released, if Thompson "destroys" Take-Two the fan bases of the GTA games and the Manhunt series are going to make sure the company comes back.

HavePainkillers
HavePainkillers

Title for this article should have been Jack Thompson: YOU'VE ACTIVATED MY TRAP CARD TAKE-TWO!

h3rb
h3rb

Haha, Jack's crusade indeed. I hope that Mcboogs's mission idea is not only present in GTA4, but also involves a new weapon called the BibleThumper. With a 50 caliber punch, it sends a projectile holy book at the unsuspecting law man and leaves him with massive paper burns.

mcboogs
mcboogs

Let's give a round of applause to good ole' Jack. He is nothing if not entertaining. I'm still waiting to see a parody of him show up in one of the Grand Theft games... hopefully GTA IV will see us getting to run a mission where we exact revenge on a pompous censorship advocate lawyer type.

The_Snog
The_Snog

To be honest, I admire Thompson's steadfast determination in his crusade against video games, but the man just cannot win. Thompson's arrogance in this most recent issue with Take-Two (as with all of his legal battles) will be the end of him, eventually. Every time this man brings a developer to court he only gets himself into more and more trouble.

Bnkrbstr
Bnkrbstr

Their is no god if this loser claims he is under our lords wing. What a motherf*****! I have every Grand Theft Auto game, Saints Row, a s***load of war games, and i'm under 17!?! This dips*** should rot in hell. P.S. I would so pawn this loser in halo, LOL!

Death2009
Death2009

May god have mercy on your sad soul, because we won't. You shall NEVER win!

Zkeptik
Zkeptik

Consider yourself lucky of Jack Thompson goes on the warpath against your game. It equals increased sales figures.

lvl60Hunter
lvl60Hunter

and do you can tell jacks full of crap is that he really doesn't care about keeping kids away frow these types of games here a list of all the games thompson has not gone after that are worse than grand theft auto and the top of the list is {saint's row} come on in this game yuo can rob banks do all kinds of drugs and drink achohol like there's no tommorow. and my heads hurting at the moment so i'll finish the list later.

lvl60Hunter
lvl60Hunter

jack thompson is one dick of a person why does one man believe he has no right to try and control the general public . if he's so big and bad and thinks this is what everyone believes why doesn't he ask for a state wide vote i'm sure there are enough gamers to vote against such a blow to the industry. if such a thing would come to pass (the trial not the vote) i would surely have to gather as many people as i can and protest. or move to canada . the worst thing about his actions is that i never really would have cared about manhunt but with all this publicity he's given it i'll probably pick up a copy

madvicker
madvicker

GreggD: trust me i was thinking of worse words but wasnt sure i would be able to post them.

luigi_maniac
luigi_maniac

this guy is an a** he needs to stop complaining, why doing this?! Ive been playing mature games since i was 12 or so, have they turned me into a violent psychopath?! NO! the people who commit such acts of violence and blame it on videogames are wussies, there was certainly something wrong with them in the first place, so in my opinion this guy is full of crap. A lot of people are gonna be angry at him if he bans videogame sales in some places thats for sure

GreggD
GreggD

madvicker: "games have ratings dont they?? what are ratings for if not to inform the general public of the games content. thompson is an idealistic twit in my opinion." I think you spelled one of those words wrong. It's spelled with an "a" not an "i" :lol:

Nickthegreat87
Nickthegreat87

I'm going to personally send down my crew to finish Mr. Thompson. This is madness he does not let mature gamers play mature based games.

platinumexile
platinumexile

Christian Consevative you say? I suppose thats the reason I never heard from him when (or before) the massively offensive Left Behind game was released. If you don't know what that is, its a game based on a book that basically has God killing everyone who is not Christian.

rety5
rety5

I dont agree with 5 year olds playing these video games but why sto pthe mature gamers from playing?

tengu7667
tengu7667

This guy is a douche!! I live in florida, and if something interferes w/ my purchase of GTA IV. There will be alot of angry florida gamers googling his ass to find out where to find him.

lil_d_mack_314
lil_d_mack_314

yeeah ill have to agree with you on that one, he really must not like M rated video games, i wonder why he does it?

madvicker
madvicker

games have ratings dont they?? what are ratings for if not to inform the general public of the games content. thompson is an idealistic twit in my opinion.

ArneZ
ArneZ

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whole_in_1
whole_in_1

I am just putting this out there. Mr. Thompson you are dumb and I dare you to fight me.

jkwasny9
jkwasny9

This guy could seriously learn quite a few lessons by picking up The Art of War. Anyone that has read that should know what I'm talking about. Flying off the handle like this is not the way to get things done. Hes hurting himself badly, and I would seriously have a HUGE party if this guy gets disbarred lol.

LinKuei_warrior
LinKuei_warrior

i dont think he sounds scary..i think he sounds stupid and uneducated

patrick1125
patrick1125

Jack Thompson is fighting video games by using the words strike back and even stating that he prayed to God that Take-Two would so something stupid. Which is ironic isn't it? He says he wants to ban violent video games but in his crusade to do so, he seems to want to do nothing other than "strike back" (violently?) at Take-Two as stated in the title of the article.

bullhed
bullhed

I don't mind that he doesn't like violent video games and wants them to stop. It's his oppinion. What I mind is that he is looking for a fight with anybody that he doesn't agree with. I love how he fights violent video games with violent words. "Destory, strike back, the pit Take Two has dug." It doesn't even sound like he cares about anything else but "destroying" video game companies that make violent ones.

Rudy25
Rudy25

This guy is a dangerous "Chirstian Conservative" Just sounds scary as hell. His 'do as I say' thinking sounds like all the rest of these old bitty political people that just spew their beliefs on everyone else. The president thinks he's speaking to 'God'. I mean what the hell is happening to America? All these old a-holes are just about to croak over so hopefully we wont have to deal w/ people like this soon. Long live GTA and whatever game any studio wants to make.

maoonparas
maoonparas

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Recharger
Recharger

Jack Thompson, you're a bad attorney. Why don't you go and actually do something constructive like getting a hobby that doesn't piss people off so much. Honestly, everyone hates you, and when you are so against something you should know what the hell you are talking about, as in if your going to tell everyone hoe terrible a games content is play the damn game. What gives yo the right to deem something unsuitable for the rest of the world? What right do you have to tell me what to do, I never voted for you, and I would never vote for you because of your arrogance.

_Crazylegz
_Crazylegz

What is fundamentalism?? When you take away the human-rights from a geographic or demographic assigned public. (example: Osama, Mussolini, Pol Pot.) If J.T. is successful in his attempt to ban any game for any platform. YOU as a gamer, and an independant thinker, should get up off your backside, and show exactly what fundamentalism is all about. Jack Thompson(1) vs. Gamers/Gamesindusty/retailers(millions) Please don´t forget our god given rights our forefathers fought for.