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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