Thompson, Take-Two meet in secret?

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...

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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.

Discussion

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vugseet
vugseet

wow.... u people argue A LOT cus this is the 8th page of argueing i think that when Jack Thompson was born he was dropped on his head.

Kill1390
Kill1390

He truly has nothing better to do does he? What an idiot. I have no clue why he would want this much trouble over a few video games.

Itachi1989
Itachi1989

if people wouldn't take these games so seriously then there wouldn't be a problem with lets hope they just continue making these great games

stanger277
stanger277

jack thompson will never win because big business will be all over him. have you seen how much advertising in video games helps? im talking companies like sony,sanyo,mc donalds,and coca cola.

hofstetter123
hofstetter123

I'd propose leaving this guy a car bomb, but that's a little blunt, (not to mention it would only prove his point...). but after years of hearing this, couldn't take two file some kind of harassment suit or something? just shut him up already!

adro125
adro125

Look he might think he's doin the world a favour but he's not. Why doesn't he just try to ban everything violent altogether, eg movies, guns, knives. I think this guy should just give up.

gtaiv93
gtaiv93

When it will go out right on 16 October Or?

gtaiv93
gtaiv93

People how the hero will be told in"GTA 4"?

MarcjinJaume
MarcjinJaume

if gta really makes people become murderers he should protect himself as much as possible

Duckers923
Duckers923

Jack Thompson : A wannabe POSER tyring to take Successful Company down to hell with him >(

coops12345
coops12345

tbh guys, this man is a very wise man, and i think he is right. games are the reason why people weird.*** go Thompson go *** take Rockstar and F*** it OVER! he is the best guy everrrrr

digimrm2004
digimrm2004

Jackass Thompson just needs to stfu and everything will be fine.

AnFangs_Endes
AnFangs_Endes

@Matt_Man oh he better play them or his lawsuits are somewhat un-grounded; I believe everyone may agree on this point...: ol'Jacko would make an awesome killable character in any T2 game

Matt_Man
Matt_Man

I wonder if Thompson has even played one of these games he's always protesting?

Nascarulz
Nascarulz

Nobody likes you Jack ,what makes you think we will take your side!

General_Lee45
General_Lee45

That Guy is a loser and needs a life besides trying to ban Video Games and everything that he personally doesn't like. All he ever does is complain and never hear anything positive out of his mouth that is almost as big as Boss Hogg's stomach and thats damn big too!

Nzeee
Nzeee

Thompson cant do a sh*t to stop GTA....

mr_killer_man
mr_killer_man

Bully and Colombine have nothing in common. There are no guns in Bully. No one dies in Bully. You either pass out from lack of sleep or no energy because someone beat it out of you. The toy guns that they use in this game don't seem to be real.

avoidonething
avoidonething

Jack Thompson, if you are going to come down on videogames with your legislation, you might as well restrict the release of violent art, books, music, and movies as well. Each one is its own creative medium, and you can't restrict one without trying to restrict the same content in another, or your accusations will be gravely flawed.

JFreezy02
JFreezy02

I was hoping when Thompson walked into the Take-Two building, he wouldn't come out again LOL!

LikwidX3
LikwidX3

this guys life is purely dedicated to messin over videogames, but since ive never heard of him actually winning a case, i assume he has no life. plus, hes one of the most disrespectful people i have ever saw in my life; like get ur point across but dont be a brick -b +p about it. whatever though, i sleep easily knowing this idiot doesnt really have any type of voice.

this_is_bentley
this_is_bentley

Thompson is an idiot. Nobody should give him the time of day. He has NO idea what he is talking about, and is just out to give gamers and the gaming industry a bad name.

Deugar
Deugar

I seriously hope Thompson gives up someday... He must have had some serious traumas of some kind, involving video games when he was younger.

A_FITZ
A_FITZ

Really...Thompson. Cmon. Out of all the problems in the world, you fight in court for VIRTUAL ENTERTAINMENT?!?!!?! What?!?! Retaard?!?! Jesus dude, you think GTA is bad? Look what they got in the blockbuster, TV and movies today. You are only making problems, not solving them. Go fetch thompson.

Cobra5
Cobra5

Wait... I thought we were done caring about what this guy does? This feels kind of like one of those Paris Hilton news stories.

smeags11
smeags11

bully...a columbine simulator?? is he retarded

benjaminjoel
benjaminjoel

JT is supposedly a lawyer, but he spends so much time preaching that video games are evil, I don't know how he ever passed the Bar.

supersonic49
supersonic49

Let's hope Rockstar makes a game called "Manhunt 3: The Jack Thompson Slaying Simulator".

supersonic49
supersonic49

**** you Jack Thompson. Give up. Everyone hates you. Adam Sessler hates you! All gamers hate you. Give up! Commit suicide! Drown yourself! Bring the M-rated video game violence to your own self, and be remembered as the most hated man by gamers in the history of mankind.

blahblahyakyak
blahblahyakyak

all this stuff reminds me of how before like way back before even 9/11 i used to play the flight simulator and that stuff i used to crash into the twin towers all the time and then it happened in real life and i was like wohhh

timdabrat
timdabrat

Why does he STILL go after Game developers, expecially Rockstar?! He's already been fired from his firm, he can never destroy the VG industry, and some more stuff. Just give up, face it. YOU LOOSE.

Aromon
Aromon

Did we elect Thompson to worry about videogames his whole tenure? Christ, this guy must have something more pressing than to fight violent vidoegames his whole career. I have played hundreds of rated M games, and guess what, my enemies in real life are still breathing and I have zero thoughts of running them over like I would in GTA or shotguning them like I do in GOW. Please Thompson, its a waste of time you doushe.

Aromon
Aromon

Did we elect Thompson to worry about videogames his whole tenure? Christ, this guy must have something more pressing than to fight violent vidoegames his whole career. I have played hundreds of rated M games, and guess what, my enemies in real life are still breathing and I have zero thoughts of running them over like I would in GTA or shotguning them like I do in GOW. Please Thompson, its a waste of time you doushe.

shaungnurse
shaungnurse

lets make a game based on him! and sue the makers for making a game that simulates and encourages people to be idiots for no reason!

Flint247
Flint247

This guy SUCKS. nuff said.

evilviolenceman
evilviolenceman

Meh he's not much of a threat except to kids who want to buy M games but need to get there parents to drive them. Even then they'll usually get the game.

interpolred
interpolred

Makes you wonder what was discussed...

jeordie015
jeordie015

afitxaxnxdx: "Shoot I was in like 7th grade when Columbine happened, back then it was blamed on tv and movies." I don't remember them blaming TV or movies. Just music and video games.

Fitzycent
Fitzycent

I hope they slashed his tires while he was in the meeting.

wiidominance
wiidominance

Cool .. people like jack thompson are necessary, to keep things fresh and exciting in the news section in GS ...

AnimeNewtype
AnimeNewtype

Bully doesn't even have guns, so how can it be like Columbine? Thompson is still going around making up this nonsense just so he can get some attention? The idiot should be thrown in jail for being a public nuisance. If he was shot dead on the street, not one person would give a damn. The man is pure scum.

RoboticZombie
RoboticZombie

the new game from take two "Jack Thompson: Game Attorney"

Unkillable
Unkillable

It's not the company's fault, those games are NOT meant for children, I think that he should be advocating a parent awareness program instead of pointing fingers, then he could really start to help-as opposed to making sitting around and blaming Take-Two. That's what I hate, sitting around and being useless, he's almost no different than the stone cold characters in GTA. Forget you Thompson.

andalore
andalore

Jack Thompson tries and fails, kinda feel sorry for him...Nah screw him

anamnawshad
anamnawshad

After the Virginia Tech. massacre this dumb@ss said Counter Strike is made by M$ and he'll sue Bill Gates!!!!........:o