According to Miami attorney Jack Thompson it is. The bad news: Yet another idiot in this lousy world of ours. The good new: Someone else for me to laugh at.
http://gbxforums.gearboxsoftware.com/showthread.php?t=41282 and http://www.forumplanet.com/gamespy/topic.asp?fid=1422&tid=1708698
http://www.stopkill.com/ (tells you how to contact the idiot)
"How do you like your hot coffee? If you're Jack Thompson, you like it scalding game publisher's laps. The Miami attorney and antigaming activist has done his share to see that games don't fall into the wrong hands. And lately, those hands have belonged to almost everyone.
Thompson was among those who spearheaded the recent effort to slap an "Adults Only" rating on Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and he's often been on the forefront of many other gaming issues, several of which have targeted the crime-spree-based GTA franchise. In the past, he's represented defendants who have been the victims of GTA-inspired crimes, including the triple homicide of three police officers by an 18-year-old boy in Alabama.
His beef with San Andreas? Unused code in the game that depicts sexual acts. These minigames can be unlocked by using game-cheat devices or patches available on the Internet.
Thompson is on a roll...and he's not done yet. His latest goat is a game that doesn't involve guns, carjacking, or prostitutes: He's going after Electronic Arts' The Sims 2."
(This should be good.)
"In a manifesto sent today to press outlets, Thompson focuses on dismantling the Entertainment Software Ratings Board and exposing what he calls the industry's "latest dirty little secret." The secret's out now, and it involves nude sims."
(I take it back this should be great)
"In the statement, Thompson says, "Sims 2, the latest version of the Sims video game franchise ... contains, according to video game news sites, full frontal nudity, including nipples, penises, labia, and pubic hair."
The Sims 2 is a "life simulator." In the game, players steer their digital beings around their cyberlives. Actions include everything from the spectacular (getting married, having children, receiving promotions at work) to the mundane (cooking microwaved meals, going to the bathroom, mopping the floor). Such activities, as in real life, sometimes require nudity. EA circumvents inappropriateness by "blurring" out the nether regions, almost to a comical sense.
Knowing that the game is popular among all ages, EA has even taken steps to ensure that Sims fans aren't exposed to indecent depictions. In the recent expansion pack, The Sims 2 University, gamers can send their teenage sims off to college. However, instead of packing the expansion with "keggers" and "reefer," EA chose to use juice and bubble blowers.
Thompson doesn't seem to care. He cites a cheat code that can remove the blur that covers the nether regions. "The nudity placed there by the publisher/maker, Electronic Arts, is accessed by the use of a simple code that removes what is called 'the blur' which obscures the genital areas. In other words, the game was released to the public by the manufacturer knowing that the full frontal nudity was resident on the game and would be accessed by use of a simple code widely provided on the Internet."
(WOW you make the sims nude by downloading mods on the internet. LOL Yeah, you can also do that with GTA, Neverwinter Nights, the first Sims, and just about any other game that can be modded.)
"It's not just the adults that are liberated from their wardrobes. Sims kids can also be nudified, "much to the delight, one can be sure, of pedophiles around the globe who can rehearse, in virtual reality, for their abuse."
(LOL. Ok so he is mad that pedophiles can make the children in this game nude. Wouldn't looking at nude Sim children be better then them looking at real nude pics of children which would be very easy to find on porn sites and programs like Kazaa or them being around children in the real world?)
"Were this to be true, Thompson would have his smoking gun, and EA would be forced to recall all copies of The Sims 2. However, it's what's under the blur that Thompson's after. And what happens when the blur is lifted? A simple mannequin-esque smooth body, according to EA.
Jeff Brown, vice president of corporate communications at EA, in response to the accusations, told GameSpot, "This is nonsense. We've reviewed 100 percent of the content. There is no content inappropriate for a teen audience. Players never see a nude sim. If someone with an extreme amount of expertise and time were to remove the pixels, they would see that the sims have no genitals. They appear like Ken and Barbie."
Thompson doesn't buy it. "The sex and the nudity are in the game. That's the point. The blur is an admission that even the 'Ken and Barbie' features should not be displayed. The blur can be disarmed. This is no different than what is in San Andreas, although worse."
(Oh no, after this he better get started trying to ban barbie dolls)
"[UPDATE] Thompson this afternoon updated his earlier statement, saying he is aware certain mods only remove "the blur," but adds that "Electronic Arts has done nothing about this." Thompson's new conclusion: EA is "cooperating, gleefully, with the mod community to turn Sims 2 into a porn offering."
(LOL. What is EA supposed to do? Even if they did get rid of the mods on websites for game files they could still easily be found at other places. EA is evil but not that evil)
FROM THE GEARBOXSOFTWARE FORUMS AND POSTED ON GAMESPY
"This guy is has got to be one of the most immature prosecuters/lawyers I have ever met, or is a freakin idiot. After reading the post in this forum yesterday and gamespot.com's scoop yesterday, I took it upon myself to email him, even though I knew it probably wouldn't do much good (I just needed to vent on him ) So, here is the exchange of emails (please forgive my writing style...I've never been very articulate....and I also had to "dumb down" the technical speak for him)-"
Edit: due to the large number of people (even a mod ) PMing me for his email address, here it is:
"Originally Posted by Deja_Vu
Being a 23 year old gamer and recent Computer Science graduate who was brought up around Atari and the NES gaming systems, I can assure you I've spent more time around video games and the development of them than someone such as yourself. While it is still iffy that GTA:SA should've received an AO rating, your recent campaign against The Sims 2 is far more ridiculous.
In order for there to be nudity in this game, a programmer must go in "insert" breasts and genitalia themselves, unlike in GTA where the code simply had to be "unlocked." If you were to pass an AO rating on this game, you would basically have to pass it onto every other game, because it IS very possible to add breasts and genitalia to every single game character out there...even a Barbie game meant for 5 year olds. It is simply a matter of time and patience one is willing to spend adding these "features" to a game."
"Originally Posted by Jack Thompson
Allow me to make this very clear to all in the so-called "gaming community"
who continue to email me for the purpose not of sharing information or
engaging in civil conversation but for the sole purpose of harassing me,
with garbage like the below email:
In Florida we have a cyber-stalking law. There are federal statutes as well
that prohibit what many of you are doing to me. Some of you have emailed me
and threatened to kill me. How interesting that you claim that I have
infringed on YOUR First Amendment rights. Your lack of courtesy and your
utter lack of reflection prove my and others' points about the corrosive
effects of the games.
I am warning all of you whom I have not invited to communicate with me after
an initial contact by you that I shall consider any further emails from you
as violative of my rights and violative of the aforementioned criminal
There is nothing more hypocritical than a bunch of gamer thugs who harass me
and threaten me all in the name of "freedom of expression."
I have a constitutional right to talk, at the Senator's request, to the
staff of Senator Clinton. I did that. I have a right to point out that
Electronic Arts is engaged in a knowing conspiracy with the "mod community"
(what's next, "a pedophile community"?) to distribute porn to children. Any
of you who don't think that is what EA is doing need to get a law degree and
practice for 30 years, as I have. Then I'll be interested in your
"opinions" about The Sims 2 scandal.
(It took him 30 years of practice to become a moron)
If you videogaming thugs don't like what I do, then get off your rear ends
and talk to the media, talk to your representatives, and write articles for
your Internet game news sites. Don't flood my email inbox with your
petulant tirades which are neither welcome nor productive.
All they do is encourage me in my knowledge that normal people who have a
right to stop predatory video game companies' practices are going to succeed
in protecting children from those practices. Honestly, some of you email me
and threaten me because you say "You want to ban all video games." That is
reflective, by and large, of the perspicacity of the typical threatening
emails I get. Such people don't want facts. They want an argument. They
want to treat me as if I were some punching bag prostitute in GTA. I've had
it with this. I am going to stop it.
We won the "Hot Coffee mod" battle, and we shall win other battles. If any
of you clowns are still dumb enough to threaten me and harass me after
receiving this email, then contact your lawyers. You're going to need them.
(No you didn't, Rockstar was just lazy and left unused code in the game)
The clown didn't even bother reading my email
"Originally Posted by Deja_Vu
Perhaps if you would've read my ENTIRE email and actually replied instead
of reading the first line and sending back a copy and paste response, I
might've actually considered you to be a decent lawyer/prosecuter. But I
guess I should've expected as much considering you pretty much did the same
thing to Electronic Arts' letter regarding removing the "blur" effect."
"Originally Posted by Jack Thompson
(Great, another lunatic)
FROM THE STOPKILL WEBSITE
"Jack Thompson has appeared recently on a number of national television program with victims of two teenage Tennessee snipers whom police concluded trained obsessively on Grand Theft Auto to prepare for their sniping spree. Numerous others have been murdered by teens trained on this one game."
(How do you "train" to kill on a video game, shooting guns in unrealistic third person shooter games doesn't help your aim in real life)
"If you want to know more about the copycatting of violent video games occurring across the country, please contact Jack Thompson at 305-666-4366 or by e-mailing him, by clicking on the below link, at email@example.com.
Finally, you can write Jack Thompson, 1172 South Dixie Hwy., Suite 111, Coral Gables, FL 33146. May God bless you in the meantime. If you have kids, have them start shooting hoops instead of humans."
(LOL good we can call him now. What an idiot)
"ANOTHER THOMPSON PREDICTION CAME TRUE: Dateline NBC reported Friday, December 13, 2002, that the Beltway Sniper, John Lee Malvo, was compelled by John Muhammad to train on the sniper video game, Halo, switched to sniper-mode or God-mode, to suppress his inhibition to kill." Jack Thompson predicted, in an interview by Matt Lauer on NBC's Today show three weeks before the Beltway Snipers were apprehended, that one of the snipers "might very well be a video gamer as young as 15 trained on a game switched to sniper-mode or God-mode.""
(That didn't even make sense)