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Jack Thompson's Letter To Take-Two Exec's Mother

timothy posted more than 6 years ago | from the an-insult-to-actual-slime-molds-everywhere dept.

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debatem1 writes "Apparently, anti-violent-video-games crusader Jack Thompson is at it again, this time writing a letter to the mother of Strauss Zelnick, Chairman of Take-Two, the company that produces the GTA series of video games. In it he compares Zelnick to a member of the Hitler Youth, advocates beating the young Zelnick, and contemplates the existence of a Ted Bundy merit badge for boy scouts."

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Like herpes (5, Funny)

mikesd81 (518581) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294370)

He's like herpes. The symptoms go away, but it really never goes away.

Re:Like herpes (5, Funny)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294394)

If I were Zelenik, the next iteration of GTA would have a character that looked exactly like Jack Thompson that a little old lady blows away with an Uzi.

Just a thought.

Re:Like herpes (3, Informative)

mikesd81 (518581) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294440)

How fast you think it would take for him to file a lawsuit? I'd settle for the ability to blow up "Law offices of JT and partners".

Re:Like herpes (4, Funny)

eebra82 (907996) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294542)

He would also make an excellent GTA hooker since you'd most definitely feel obliged to blow his brains out after the session, thus getting the $5 back.

Re:Like herpes (1)

daffmeister (602502) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294724)

On my screen the first line came out as:

"have a character that looked exactly like Jack Thompson that a little old lady blows"

Now that'd be sticking it to him.

Re:Like herpes (4, Funny)

ScrewMaster (602015) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294760)

I'd say he's more like syphilis: if you don't get your JT infection treated it will eventually turn your brain into Jell-O.

call jacks kids/family (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23294372)


and see how they feel about their dads conduct

fairs fair right ?

Re:call jacks kids/family (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23294874)

My lord! Are you saying that Jack Thompson has had sex? With a woman? And has reproduced?

Gah, I don't believe it.

Re:call jacks kids/family (4, Funny)

falsified (638041) | more than 6 years ago | (#23295112)

Me either. Jack Thompson grew from spores, and so would any of his offspring.

I hope (3, Funny)

Idiot with a gun (1081749) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294384)

Strauss Zelnick presses charges against Jack Thompson, claiming this was a threat. Mostly because it would entertain me.

Re:I hope (5, Insightful)

Akaihiryuu (786040) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294398)

The more I think about it, the more I'm convinced that Jack Thompson is on Take 2's payroll. He's the best advertising they could possibly ask for.

Re:I hope (4, Informative)

Faylone (880739) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294716)

Re:I hope (3, Interesting)

Lord Ender (156273) | more than 6 years ago | (#23295030)

That's interesting. As you know, no publicity is bad publicity. Jack is just trying to keep his company in the news so his share prices rise! Clever man...

Re:I hope (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23294880)

You're right. Before his appearance I've never heard of GTA.

Re:I hope (3, Insightful)

FuturePastNow (836765) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294910)

If the letter is at all threatening (I'm not going to read it), he should certainly be able to get an order of protection preventing Thompson from contacting his family again.

Let me be the one to say (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23294392)

Behave yourself or I'll tell your mom on you!

Re:Let me be the one to say (2, Insightful)

Akaihiryuu (786040) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294422)

This is so absolutely utterly ridiculous that there are only 2 possibilities: 1) Jack Thompson is dangerously insane, like he needs to be put in a room with padded walls and a straight jacket YESTERDAY, or 2) He's on Take Two's payroll, and this is just another method of advertising for them. I'm really leaning toward #2, more and more as time goes on. It's the only thing that really makes sense...he's the best advertising they could ever ask for.

Re:Let me be the one to say (2, Informative)

Samari711 (521187) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294462)

Given his track record doing the same kind of stuff to Howard Stern and Janet Reno among others it's a safe bet that the guy should have been locked up 20 years ago

Re:Let me be the one to say (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23294708)

According to Wikipedia, some of the stuff he was doing in florida resulted in him being ordered to have his sanity officially evaluated. He was found to be sane.

Jack's utter lack of a sense of irony (5, Insightful)

nyet (19118) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294402)

Hey, Jack. I'm fairly certain the Hitler Youth would not approve of violence against the authorities. In fact, they would more likely be on the side of authority, decrying any subversive activities that advocate violence against a police state.

Re:Jack's utter lack of a sense of irony (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23294494)

Wasn't the Hitler Youth basically just pre-war Germany's version of the Boy Scouts anyway? Pretty much every kid was in the Hitler Youth.

Re:Jack's utter lack of a sense of irony (-1, Troll)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294632)

The comparison is more than apt, since the Boy Scouts is a Christian organization which exists as much to promote a supposedly-Christian ethic (won't get into it now) as it does to provide wilderness skills. Which has done more damage to the world through ideology is up for debate.

Re:Jack's utter lack of a sense of irony (5, Funny)

cp.tar (871488) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294644)

Wasn't the Hitler Youth basically just pre-war Germany's version of the Boy Scouts anyway? Pretty much every kid was in the Hitler Youth.

... including, apparently, the Pope.

Go figure.

Re:Jack's utter lack of a sense of irony (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23294738)

... including, apparently, the Pope.

Did he have a choice? And was there really anything fundamentally wrong with the group that would be obvious to a 14 year old child at the time? At the time, Hitler wasn't considered all that bad in Germany. Until the late 1930's he wasn't considered too bad by most of the world.

Actually, it's claimed that Ratzinger was pretty defiant and avoided going to meetings, but I suspect that's something made up by the Vatican's PR people.

Re:Jack's utter lack of a sense of irony (1)

kitsunewarlock (971818) | more than 6 years ago | (#23295132)

Well, forgiveness is a cardinal virtue of the church in the first place. Some of its greatest "saints" have apparently been at one point or another great enemies of the church (if not just plain "immoral" people, by the churches standards).

Re:Jack's utter lack of a sense of irony (5, Insightful)

clichescreenname (1220316) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294766)

Wasn't the Hitler Youth basically just pre-war Germany's version of the Boy Scouts anyway? Pretty much every kid was in the Hitler Youth.

... including, apparently, the Pope.


Go figure.

Listen; I'm an atheist, and I understand why people hate the pope. After all, he's probably responsible for a hell of a lot children being molested and teenagers giving birth to unwanted children.

That being said, the Nazi deal just doesn't stick. He was basically forced into the Hitler Youth, and he ran away when they tried to enlist him in the army.

So please, can we just stay on target and let this stupid argument die here?

Re:Jack's utter lack of a sense of irony (1)

cp.tar (871488) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294856)

Listen; I'm an atheist, and I understand why people hate the pope. After all, he's probably responsible for a hell of a lot children being molested and teenagers giving birth to unwanted children. That being said, the Nazi deal just doesn't stick. He was basically forced into the Hitler Youth, and he ran away when they tried to enlist him in the army. So please, can we just stay on target and let this stupid argument die here?

Oh, my.

Really, I just wanted to add him to the list like the cherry on top of a sundae, with no real intent to troll.

Though OTOH, living in a very Catholic country, I despise the guy and the organization under his rule one iota more than the average Muslim terrorist.
This, however, has very little to do with Hitlerjugend.

Re:Jack's utter lack of a sense of irony (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23295060)

After all, he's probably responsible for a hell of a lot children being molested and teenagers giving birth to unwanted children.
This pope? It was under JPII's leadership that child rapists were swept quietly under the rug. I think you can blame them both for helping continue the AIDS epidemic, though.

Re:Jack's utter lack of a sense of irony (1)

91degrees (207121) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294656)

Yes, more or less. After a while, membership became mandatory, so very few kids avoided membership.

Re:Jack's utter lack of a sense of irony (2, Interesting)

Warll (1211492) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294670)

Yes, except it was a lot more army oriented and was mandatory for most of the population. The exceptions were minorities like those of Jewish ancestry, they didn't have to attend. Lucky eh?

Re:Jack's utter lack of a sense of irony (1)

p0tat03 (985078) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294622)

You were under the impression that Jack Thompson makes sense?

Re:Jack's utter lack of a sense of irony (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23294634)

The Hitler Youth probably would have been against drunk driving, too. Does advocating safe rides home make you a Nazi?

What's more... (2, Interesting)

jd (1658) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294682)

I'm fairly certain that authoritarian, despotic organizations would ALSO advocate beating children. Are we to assume from the lack of a contemporary reference that Jack Thompson feels safer using historical references most people never experienced - and those that did would barely remember? That references to, oh, any of the truly major world-horrifying cases of true, ultra-pure evil in Austria or Belgium would be too risky owing to the similarity between advocated mindset and the truly monsterous? That anything people could meaningfully comprehend would be more likely to be seen as condemning of the Jack Thompsons of the world?

Don't get me wrong - I regard Take Two as an excellent representation of Dante's Inferno, given the way they treated David Braben and others, and shock/gore games strike me as very childish, but amoral "moralists" (Mary Whitehouse was another) who use cultist techniques to "program" the more easily-swayed segments of the population to believe their propoganda are far far worse than those they seek to suppress. It seems to me that of the Four Horsemen of the Apocolypse, Famine has retired in favour of FUD. There really are some fates worse than death, and perverted mind-control games would be one of them.

Oblig moral question (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23294404)

If you had the power to go back in time and beat Strauss Zelnick in front of his mother, would you?

Re:Oblig moral question (3, Funny)

Actually, I do RTFA (1058596) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294564)

If you had the power to go back in time and beat Strauss Zelnick in front of his mother, would you?

Is that the only reason I can go back in time? Can I take a few periodicals and mail them to myself? Because if answer to both questions is "yes" I would definately do that. I could always buy him France later to make it up to him.

Re:Oblig moral question (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23294756)

If you had the power to go back in time and beat Strauss Zelnick in front of his mother, would you?

Is that the only reason I can go back in time? Can I take a few periodicals and mail them to myself? Because if answer to both questions is "yes" I would definately do that. I could always buy him France later to make it up to him.

Back To The Future reference, nice!

Chutzpah (5, Informative)

Ian Alexander (997430) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294414)

The pornography and violence that your son trafficks in is the kind of stuff that most mothers would be ashamed to see their son putting into the hands of other mothers' children, but, hey, your son Strauss has recently assured the world that he is "a Boy Scout, everybody knows that." I'd love to see the merit badges that Scout Troop handed out. Is there a Ted Bundy merit badge? If so, your loving son deserves one now. It should be red and green, for obvious reasons.
This guy's got some fucking chutzpah, and not the good kind. This is out-and-out harassment.

I had that badge! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23294416)

But they took it back after they found out what I used for bait.

tattletale (2, Informative)

shadylookin (1209874) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294420)

Shouldn't he have stopped trying to tattle on people to their mother a few decades ago? It's kind of funny when their little, but once you become a grown man it's kind of childish

Stop submitting Jack Thompson stories. (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23294430)

Please stop submitting Jack Thompson stories. He's got nothing if you ignore him. Leave it to Shacknews, keep it off Slashdot.

Re:Stop submitting Jack Thompson stories. (2, Funny)

urcreepyneighbor (1171755) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294842)

Why? It's fun documenting the downfall of a deranged sociopath!

Glory Hole (3, Insightful)

Frosty Piss (770223) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294450)

No one really cares abount Jack Thompson anymore. No one that counts. The only reason Jack Thompson does what he does is because he likes to watch the stink that get's made at sites like Slashdot. The lesson here is to not allow Jack Thompson to get his glory here. This is done by IGNORING Jack Thompson.

There's an advantage to keeping him around (4, Insightful)

Akaihiryuu (786040) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294518)

He is seen as the de-facto "spokesperson" of the anti-videogame agenda. And he's dangerously insane, to the point that noone takes him seriously at all. The plus of having such a buffoon "in charge" of the anti-videogame agenda is that no sane person would dare speak up on his side, for fear of being associated with him.

Re:Glory Hole (3, Funny)

couchslug (175151) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294588)

I find him useful.
Jack personifies the sort of person who objects to video games in the way that Fred Phelps personifies hardcore Christianity.

We need people like them to remind us of what people who want to micromanage our personal behaviors are really like.

Re:Glory Hole (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23294798)

Jack personifies the sort of person who objects to video games in the way that Fred Phelps personifies hardcore Christianity.
Fred Phelps has very little at all to do with "hardcore Christianity". You are an idiot.

Re:Glory Hole (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23295006)

Yeah, everyone knows that the Catholic Church and its scores of pedophile-priests represents true "hardcore Christianity" Phelps is just a poseur compared to the Pope.

Re:Glory Hole (3, Insightful)

hardburn (141468) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294650)

He still gets on Fox News/CNN/60 Minutes/etc. People around here have heard of him, sure, but to the world at large, he's just another guy being quoted as an expert on TV. Ignoring him won't discredit his semi-regular TV appearances.

Re:Glory Hole (4, Interesting)

peipas (809350) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294786)

Indeed, he was brought into a discussion about GTA IV on NPR's Talk of the Nation last week. I had never heard him, just read about him. He came off like a total jackass, scoffing at the end, "I'm done?" "Yes, you're done."

Re:Glory Hole (4, Informative)

LrdDimwit (1133419) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294898)

Well that's kind of what happens when the interviewer asks you a question, and you respond by saying "I'm not going to tell you that". (I believe it was 'which law enforcement agencies are you working with?') I mean, the whole point of appearing on the show in the first place is to answer the interviewer's questions! You shouldn't be surprised when, after you say you're not answering their questions, they throw you off the show.

Bully 2 (2, Funny)

wiredlogic (135348) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294460)

I think for Bully 2 they need to have a hot coffee mode where a young Zelnick beats up on a young JT. That would be sweet justice.

Re:Bully 2 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23294696)

...where a young Zelnick beats up on a young JT


Would "young Zelnick" be referring to the Chairman or the mother?

JACK THOMPSON DEAD AT 56 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23294466)

Shot to death in an attempted car-jacking. Goodnight, sweet Prince.

Re:JACK THOMPSON DEAD AT 56 (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23294516)

don't we all wish this was true.

Re:JACK THOMPSON DEAD AT 56 (2, Insightful)

Vectronic (1221470) | more than 6 years ago | (#23295074)

I don't, that would make him a martyr, and basically prove his (invalid) point...

Just face it guys (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23294486)

The GTA series of games are getting worse and worse. They're practically training courses in how to break the law. You can choose - live in a civilized world or live in a world where anything goes. It's your choice, but don't complain about the consequences, like when your car is hijacked and your wife and children are murdered because they got in the way.

Re:Just face it guys (3, Insightful)

Akaihiryuu (786040) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294522)

All I can say to that is...lol. You need to turn the TV and computer off and go outside.

Re:Just face it guys (3, Insightful)

CarAnalogy (1191053) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294800)

I'm not sure if it's funny or just sad to see this post modded informative and insightful.

Re:Silly troll (yup, IHBT... *sigh*) (5, Insightful)

cduffy (652) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294838)

[sarcasm] Yup. I couldn't possibly figure out how to rob, murder or carjack someone if I hadn't played GTA1 back in the day -- and the knowledge that driving a car [any car, even a stolen one] through a spraypainting facility will magically get the cops off my trail for anything I've ever done sure is handy. [/sarcasm]

GTA isn't for kids, and I certainly think that cases where children are playing it are troubling (particularly for hours and hours on end, but that's true of any video game regardless of content), but the whole violent-videogames-cause-RL-violence meme is silly. It's much more defensible that individuals who are violent in nature are attracted to violent video games -- but I don't see how that's an argument for any kind of a ban, certainly not a strong enough argument to overcome the first-amendment counterpoint. Any rational individual knows that actions taken in real life have real consequences attached to them, and so evaluates such actions using a completely different metric than one might use in playing a game.

So -- I won't complain about the consequences of violent video games being available for sale to adults, because I honestly believe that there are no substantial negative consequences on the scale described. If my family is (against all probability to the contrary) murdered in a random act of violence, I'll do the rational thing and blame the person who pulled the trigger, rather than searching for scapegoats. That said, violent videogames have permeated our society to the point that any real effects on the level of random violence should already be highly visible -- and while there's a highly publicized shooting spree here or there, (1) there's no clear causal correlation, and (2) the death rate from those isn't even close to background noise in the grand scheme of things; it's far, far more likely that my family will die in a random traffic accident, and that's a risk we willingly accept every time we get in the car to watch a movie or go to the store.

Keep your fearmongering. If you want to live in a world where you're afraid of every kid who owns an Xbox, you're welcome to -- but me and mine prefer to go about living our lives (and facing much more real and present challenges), unworried by your imaginary and unrealized fears. I imagine those who were afraid of D&D or rock-and-roll felt similarly to you earlier in this century -- every generation finds some reason to worry needlessly about their youth -- but history proved those fears out as unfounded, and will do so again.

seriously now (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23294498)

6 billion internet dollars to the man who kills jack Thompson.... offers on the table.

Mental Health (4, Insightful)

Herkum01 (592704) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294506)

I have to seriously wonder, is this man mentally ill? The only reason he receives any attention now was due to his previous work, but as the things he says and does keep getting stranger and stranger I have to wonder.

In the US, people are only forcibly evaluated for mental illness under the most obvious conditions. If you have a person who is slowly slipping off the edge no one will do anything until he becomes an obvious problem. Even then it is usually be ignored unless he harms someone.

It is quite possible that Jack Thompson is out of his mind. But no one will step in until after he has practically killed someone.

Re:Mental Health (4, Insightful)

Akaihiryuu (786040) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294652)

Read the letter. There are only two possibilities: 1) He's dangerously insane. As in, he needs to be put in a room with padded walls and a straight jacket, and be drugged up on antipsychotics or 2) He's secretly on Take Two's payroll, and they're having him say/do outlandish things to get them publicity. He really is the best advertising they could ever hope for.

Re:Mental Health (1)

dreamchaser (49529) | more than 6 years ago | (#23295038)

I think you've hit the nail on the head. RTFA and at the end you'll see how he compares himself to John the Baptist. The man needs help before HE hurts someone.

Whatever (3, Insightful)

retro128 (318602) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294510)

John the Baptist wasn't a crank who got disbarred for filing frivolous lawsuits. Thompson is delusional. He seems to think that video games, and nothing else, is responsible for all of the world's evils. And when scripture starts getting quoted, you know you're in for some nutjobbery. The Bible verses were just over the top. And going to the mom? What the hell, is he trying to say "Hey Zelnick, I know where your mom lives. Muhahhaa"

I'm sure there's going to be fallout from this. I eagerly await Zelnick's reply.

Re:Whatever (1)

Akaihiryuu (786040) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294562)

His mom should send back a picture of her playing GTA4.

Re:Whatever (3, Interesting)

NTmatter (589153) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294848)

For factual reference, Thompson claims to not have sent it directly to the mother:

"I sent it to Strauss Zelnick's attorney. I would never send it to his mother," Mr. Thompson told me.
I'll take Thompson at his word that he sent it through the attorney...however, I suspect that this is not good-will, but a byproduct of the plausible notions that he was unable to find the address by any reasonable (eg, non-stalker) means, and that he probably realizes the potential PR nightmare that could be caused by actually sending the letter directly to the said family member.

I think (1)

Trikenstein (571493) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294530)

He's crossed over into the realm of stalking.

JT (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23294548)

Does anyone even listen to Jack anymore, or is he becoming the boy who cried wolf?

Free will and GTA (3, Funny)

viking80 (697716) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294584)

In GTA, you have free will. You can stay at home, go to work, maybe as a taxi driver?, drive to church on sundays, and never hurt anyone. That Jack Thompson becomes a criminal thug with disregard for the law and life, shows more about him than the game.

Re:Free will and GTA (0)

clichescreenname (1220316) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294694)

In GTA, you have free will. You can stay at home, go to work, maybe as a taxi driver?, drive to church on sundays, and never hurt anyone. That Jack Thompson becomes a criminal thug with disregard for the law and life, shows more about him than the game.
I'm sorry, but this is terrible logic.

The game was designed to let you kill, steal, etc. Also, I don't know if ol' JT has even played GTA; he's probably just basing his view of it off of what other people do in it.

That's not to say that he isn't a total douche, or that GTA should be banned (or whatever), it's just that your reasoning is failed.

seriously now... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23294600)

6 billion internet dollars for the man who kills jack thompson.

Re:seriously now... (1)

Kredal (566494) | more than 6 years ago | (#23295032)

Brings up a good question. If you were to kill Jack Thompson, then blame it on things you saw in a video game, could you use Thompson's own prior court statements as grounds for dismissal, because the video game made you do it? I mean, it would be like having the dead lawyer rooting for his own killer!

Letter to Barbara Bush (5, Funny)

copponex (13876) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294602)

Dear Mrs. Bush:

Your son, as you may know (or maybe you don't know), is the President of the United States, whose most popular foreign policy adventures are killing hundreds of thousand of people. Though they are a different color, I do believe they are still people.

Your son last week was reported to have said the following about Iran: "A nuclear Iran must not be allowed."

Taking your son's thought, I would encourage you either to join the Marines, or encourage all of your grand-children to join up, especially Jenna and little Barbara.

What you will see in the next war, if this iteration of war is anything like its predecessors, is incredible interactive violence aimed at everyone (whom you can shoot in the head and see the blood spray), innocent bystanders (whom you can run over with your Humvee or tank just for the heck of it), and of course the plentiful indigenous female prostitutes you can have sex with and then filet with a knife or stomp with your feet in order to get your money back. Experts note that the recent plethora of killings is caused in whole by your darling son's Administration and philosophical flunkies. There are four thousand dead soldiers in Iraq, and perhaps almost a million dead civilians. No, really - it was on 60 Minutes. I hope Bush has provided you with a flat screen TV to see the grief of the bereaved families that fills the screen. I mean, if reporters were allowed to say such things.

The violence that your son trafficks in is the kind of stuff that most mothers would be ashamed to see their son putting into the hands of other mothers' children, but, hey, your son Bush has recently assured the world that he is "a Boy Scout, everybody knows that." I'd love to see the merit badges that Scout Troop handed out. Is there a Colonialism merit badge? If so, your loving son deserves one now.

There's hundreds of thousands of mothers you would do well to talk to. They have a grief they carry every day that only a mother can know. There are other such mothers in the heartland of Iran whose inhabitants your son simply sees as commercial targets.

Your son, this very moment, is doing everything he possibly can to sell the new Iran war, to "defend" a country in which your son claims you raised him to be "a Boy Scout." More like the Hitler Youth, I would say.

Happy Mother's day, Mrs. Bush, which this year is May 11, and who knows how soon until your son or his predecessor unleash actual death and violence upon other mothers' boys. I'm sure you're very proud.

Re:Letter to Barbara Bush (4, Insightful)

pembo13 (770295) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294686)

More Insightful than Funny if you ask me.

Re:Letter to Barbara Bush (0, Flamebait)

EdIII (1114411) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294952)

I don't know how you got modded funny at all. It's not funny, and I don't know if you intended it to be.

Please don't mistake me for the rapidly dwindling 30% that still approve of this asshat either.

If I were you, I would actually send the letter.

Oh Boy. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23294618)

Slashbots like to rag on Thompson because they want to convict by association all people who think that videogames have a bad effect on people. He's like a flesh-and-bones strawman that allows them to feel like they've refuted the folks they don't agree with.

Re:Oh Boy. (2, Funny)

cduffy (652) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294860)

Yup -- isn't it great?

I really don't see what your point is. We know this is true, and we still have plenty of fun doing it.

Ignore this fool! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23294640)

Lets stop giving this guy what he wants: publicity. If we ignore him and don't report on his antics, he will go away.

Thompson = Saint of violent video games (2, Insightful)

Yogiz (1123127) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294642)

As long as Jack Thompson exists, violent video games will have nothing to fear. We should only worry when he's gone.

Payback (2)

clichescreenname (1220316) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294660)

Dear Mrs. Thompson,

I don't know if you've noticed it or not, but your son is a real asshole.

Also, I believe that he has an object roughly the size of baseball bat crammed up his ass, seeing as this is the only possible way that he could be this fucking annoying. I suggest that you get it removed as soon as possible (if not for his sake, than for for ours).

I would wish you a happy mothers day, but I think this a probably a time of mourning for you, as you must constantly be reminded of the terrible choice you made in not having an abortion.

Sincerely,
-Strauss Zelnick

This is cross lines now (0, Flamebait)

pembo13 (770295) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294676)

I fully advocate a good old fashion beating for this Jack Thompson character. When you bring a guy's mother into you're making it personal.

John the Baptist? (1)

Xogede (1064902) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294692)

"draw parallels between his [Thompson's] own actions and those of John The Baptist." -the Letter

I knew that man had been out in the desert for too long!

umm (1)

nomadic (141991) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294742)

How is this news? He sends a rambling, pointless e-mail to Zelnick's lawyers, not his mother. He's not introducing anything new, it doesn't reveal anything about him we already didn't know, so why does this get on slashdot's front page?

So what? (1)

exp(pi*sqrt(163)) (613870) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294744)

Really, so what? Why are you publicising this guy?

Godwin's Law (1)

thegux (892222) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294754)

Does anyone else think this should be tagged "godwinslaw"?

Re:Godwin's Law (1)

Concerned Onlooker (473481) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294824)

Oh, I always thought that was Godwin slaw. No wonder they looked at me funny at the deli.

A bit late (1)

ShawnCplus (1083617) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294772)

It's OK, this story is only like 3 weeks old, that's still fresh enough for the front page of /. right?

Now... (1)

E. T. Moonshade (591333) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294778)

I'd like to see an open reply from Ms. Zelnick to JT. Preferably something that tells him what a moron he actually is for sending this to her in the first place, like she doesn't know what the hell is going on. If she's anything like most mothers I know, she knows damn good and well what her son's doing, and probably understands what Jack doesn't - it's a game. =p

Just ignore him (0, Redundant)

MLCT (1148749) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294794)

He shouldn't be given the oxygen of publicity for his personal (and entirely unfounded) obsession.

Attention Whore (1)

Bubbahyde (660894) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294816)

Frankly this guy simply likes being paid attention to. He finds something that can be seen as controversial and then goes around telling anyone who will listen why its supposedly bad. Most likely this results in paid speaking engagements to those who can't form a simple opinion on their own. For what its worth I believe that the 'video games' don't make a person violent, that they are already that way and when they finally do something people like the above scurry off and try to find any link to their viewpoint just to verify their opinions. Someone should send a letter to Thompsons mother saying what a obvious crackpot he is, quoting physiological text to prove the assuption, and see if he appreciates it. Doubtful.

I don't see what all the fuss is about (4, Funny)

gozu (541069) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294820)

He sent a letter to the mother telling her that her son's game got perfect reviews. I stopped reading the article after that but I can only assume the remainder of the letter were Thompson's heartfelt congratulations and good wishes.

Sheesh, can't Jack Thompson do nice things every once in a while?

Have you no shame, Jack Thompson? (5, Insightful)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294864)

Bluntly, that was the first thing that came to my mind. The question that McCarty was asked by Joseph Welch when he drove his communist witch hunt too far. Have you no shame?

There are certain limits you don't cross. There are certain things you don't do, no matter what your agenda may be. Writing the mother of one of the people you 'fight' against and likening her son to Baldur von Schirach is one of them.

If this proves anything, it's not that computer games, no matte what content, are bad, but that Jack Thompson is on a witch hunt. It has become obvious that his agenda isn't anymore to protect anyone. This isn't an attempt to end the sale of violent games. It is a direct attack on a person which isn't even in any way connected to the problem he allegedly has with those games. He claims he tries to protect people from psychologic damage these games allegedly do, but he himself caused psychologic damage to a person who doesn't even partake in the whole process of creating those games.

So far, I didn't care too much about Jack Thompson. So far, he was a nut that tried to stop games from being sold. So be it. Whether those games exist, I don't really care. Now he is causing emotional harm to people who don't even have a connection with the game industry, except through some relative. Should we start harrassing his kids about their father's witchhunt?

I wouldn't go down to that level. Punishment for the sins of your kin have been abolished in Germany since... well, given his choice of comparisons, Jack Thompson seems to know since when.

+1 (1)

Jane Q. Public (1010737) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294926)

Any lawyer who writes to a businessman's MOTHER over what is basically a political issue, deserves to be taken out and shot.

Wow, just wow (1)

meist3r (1061628) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294870)

He doesn't talk to the adult person he wants to adress (who holds a responsible position in a big company) and instead tries to work it out behind his back talking to his mommy? Can one be any more disrespectful? Can one make himself look any more retarded? If he actually had a point his arguments should be able to last through a face-to-face discussion with those concerned. Instead he behaves like the fucking sunday school teacher he is and tries to abuse parental authority. Jeez, when does this idiot Thompson die? I'm just asking, he's pretty old already.

Does anyone find it odd and funny? (1, Insightful)

linesma (869062) | more than 6 years ago | (#23294896)

Does anyone find it odd that someone who against violence uses it by way of a letter? It has always been a conundrum to me that people protesting war, violence, nuclear weapons, etc... seem to resort to violence themselves. Maybe I think too much, but wouldn't they be more effective if they lived what they preached? Just a thought.............

Fishy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23295042)

Hmmmmmm

This dude is so awesome! (1)

SOOPRcow (1279010) | more than 6 years ago | (#23295108)

"Taking your son's thought, I would encourage you either to play this game or have an adroit video gamer play it for you. Some of the latter gamers are on death row, so try to find one out in the civilian population who hasn't killed someone yet."
Classic!

Do you want your little son to play GTA? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23295118)

I played GTA. It allows to kill innocent pedestrians, including women, and take their cash. You can also rob houses of random people at night. Very moral, indeed.

And they say that it is OK to sell these games to children? What will a little kid learn after playing GTA? To buy a gun and shoot his classmates? Unfortunately that has been happening very often over the last years.

:p (1)

sikrooster (1284172) | more than 6 years ago | (#23295144)

And what was the name of that violent video game Hitler used to play?
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