And you thought the meetings in your offices were awkward. GamePolitics.com is reporting that game-industry gadfly and antigame-legislation author Jack Thompson had a secret tete-a-tete with the newly installed chairman of Take-Two Interactive, Strauss Zelnick.
GamePolitics says it confirmed the meeting's occurrence with Thompson himself. However, the Florida attorney, who has accused the site of collusion with the game industry in the past, did not reveal any details of what was discussed to the site. Neither reps for Take-Two nor Thompson had responded to GameSpot's inquiries as of press time.
The meeting is notable because Take-Two owns Rockstar Games, developer and publisher of the Grand Theft Auto series. For years, Thompson has blamed the franchise for inspiring violent--even murderous--behavior. Following his vociferous criticism in the wake of the "Hot Coffee" scandal, Thompson decried the 2006 title Bully as a "Columbine simulator" and took legal action to prevent its release. He has also been involved in several suits against Take-Two, including a class action and a countersuit filed after the publisher sued him earlier this year. The two parties settled out of court in April.