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Jack Thompson To Face Contempt Charge

Zonk posted about 8 years ago | from the hahahahahahahah dept.

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Gamasutra has the story (by way of the currently-down GamePolitics) that Jack Thompson could be facing a contempt charge over his antics during the Bully fiasco. From the article: "According to the report, the contempt of court request could find Thompson facing jail time, though it is more likely that 'fines, judicial admonishment or censure' would result from this most recent turn of events. The report also notes that attorneys representing the Philadelphia law firm Blank-Rome have filed a 'Petition for Order to Show Cause,' which requires Thompson to illustrate to a judge why he should not be held in contempt."

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Rights (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#16550468)

I know people have the right to freedom of speech, but I wish he'd use his right to remain silent for once!

Re:Rights (2, Funny)

IcyNeko (891749) | about 8 years ago | (#16550600)

Oh yes Oh yes oh yes! [photobucket.com] Jail that tard.

Is it just me? (5, Funny)

Fozzyuw (950608) | about 8 years ago | (#16550498)

This guy has some issues. Problably from playing too many games as a kid.

Re:Is it just me? (5, Funny)

rjung2k (576317) | about 8 years ago | (#16550608)

"This guy has some issues. Problably from playing too many games as a kid."

I think his problems come from not playing enough games as a kid, actually.

Re:Is it just me? (5, Funny)

Nimey (114278) | about 8 years ago | (#16551264)

He probably had to play with himself a lot.

Hmm.

Every time you masturbate, Jack Thompson sues another game publisher. Please, think of the publishers.

Re:Is it just me? (3, Funny)

goodenoughnickname (874664) | about 8 years ago | (#16551520)

Please, think of the publishers.

But publishers make me horny! What am I to do?!

Re:Is it just me? (4, Funny)

X0563511 (793323) | about 8 years ago | (#16551634)

Hmm, whats that noise? A slightly thunderous applause sounding as if just over the horizon...

Re:Is it just me? (4, Funny)

Mister Whirly (964219) | about 8 years ago | (#16552104)

"It's as if millions of gamers all laughed out loud at once and then said 'ha-ha'."

Re:Is it just me? (5, Funny)

Fozzyuw (950608) | about 8 years ago | (#16550680)

HA! From another article linked from the orignal article...

He also commented in the course of his email to GamePolitics: "When kids start showing up in ERs with slingshot wounds at the hands of Bully enthusiasts, don't blame me."

I play D&D and I can tell you... slingshots do crap damage!

Re:Is it just me? (4, Funny)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 8 years ago | (#16550840)

I play D&D and I can tell you... slingshots do crap damage!

Yes, but level 0 children only get 2d2-1 hit points. (No idea really, just making this up - for the one purist who actually knows how many hit points level 0 children get.)

Re:Is it just me? (1)

Jaysyn (203771) | about 8 years ago | (#16550978)

Depends if you give full HP for the first 4 levels (house rule)

Jaysyn

Re:Is it just me? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#16551932)

jaczsyn?

Re:Is it just me? (3, Funny)

Admiral Justin (628358) | about 8 years ago | (#16551118)

I play D&D and I can tell you... slingshots do crap damage!


Yes, but level 0 children only get 2d2-1 hit points. (No idea really, just making this up - for the one purist who actually knows how many hit points level 0 children get.)


They may have low hit points, but they have extremely high stamina and charisma.

Re:Is it just me? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#16551954)

...they have extremely high stamina and charisma.

Ewwwwww...!

Re:Is it just me? (2, Funny)

ral8158 (947954) | about 8 years ago | (#16551998)

Or, y'know, constitution. Which is directly directly directly related to how much HP they have. And they don't have much HP. So they... don't really have stamina.

Re:Is it just me? (5, Informative)

wgaryhas (872268) | about 8 years ago | (#16551238)

1d4 + 0 to -3 (depending how much their constitution is reduced for their age)

Re:Is it just me? (1)

wgaryhas (872268) | about 8 years ago | (#16552246)

with a minimum of 1 hp

Re:Is it just me? (2, Interesting)

Control Group (105494) | about 8 years ago | (#16551742)

Nah. Level 0 NPCs with a class get an automatic max roll on that class' appropriate hit die. Level 0 NPCs without a class get 6 HP (default hit die is 1d6). Yes, this does mean that a non-classed NPC will have more HP than a level 0 or 1 magic user, but them's the breaks.

At least, that's how it work at my table.

Re:Is it just me? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#16552162)

There's no such thing as a non-classed NPC (nor a level 0 of any kind) in 3rd edition D&D. If they're not appropriate for anything else, they're a Commoner.

Re:Is it just me? (1)

Kingrames (858416) | about 8 years ago | (#16552092)

Not the vorpal kind! ...they can qualify as a slashing weapon...

Wow. He has officially flipped. (5, Informative)

MuckSavage (658302) | about 8 years ago | (#16550504)

In an email to GamePolitics, Thompson has responded to this request, writing, "You want to play hardball...? You want to try to throw me in jail? You have no idea what you are unleashing in doing this. You're at the brink..."


Jesus.

Re:Wow. He has officially flipped. (4, Funny)

MarkGriz (520778) | about 8 years ago | (#16550716)

"Jesus."

Nope, don't think even Jesus can save him.

Re:Wow. He has officially flipped. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#16551460)

Because Jesus is a figment of our imagination?

Re:Wow. He has officially flipped. (1)

WilliamSChips (793741) | about 8 years ago | (#16551624)

Even if he wasn't he couldn't--and wouldn't if he has a brain--save Jack Thompson.

Come out of the closet, Jack Thompson. (5, Funny)

Tackhead (54550) | about 8 years ago | (#16550722)

> In an email to GamePolitics, Thompson has responded to this request, writing, "You want to play hardball...? You want to try to throw me in jail? You have no idea what you are unleashing in doing this. You're at the brink..."

"You don't know the history of barratry! I do! You're just being glib!"

Since "jump the couch" is taken by Hollywood UFO-cultists, I hereby declare that Jack Thompson has officially "thrown the chair".

Re:Come out of the closet, Jack Thompson. (1)

MBCook (132727) | about 8 years ago | (#16551408)

Sorry, Steve Blamer owns that one.

"Stole the car", perhaps?

Re:Come out of the closet, Jack Thompson. (4, Funny)

jb.hl.com (782137) | about 8 years ago | (#16551888)

How about "drank the coffee".

Re:Come out of the closet, Jack Thompson. (0, Offtopic)

Kozar_The_Malignant (738483) | about 8 years ago | (#16552110)

>Sorry, Steve Blamer owns that one.

I thought that was Bobby Knight [wikipedia.org] , a man who has done more damage to team sports than any other human being.

RTFA - This was the lawyers, not the judge (4, Insightful)

billstewart (78916) | about 8 years ago | (#16552126)

This wasn't the judge accusing Thompson of contempt of court - this was Take-Two's lawyers asking the the judge to do that. They rattled Jack's cage, and he snarled at them. If they thought there was any realistic chance of the judge taking them up on it, it *would* have been hardball; the much more normal thing for them to have done would be to file some motion about frivilous lawsuits and ask the judge to award them legal costs. If Jack were a brighter guy, he'd have filed some response about "See, Judge, this just shows what Bullies these gamerszzzz are, and why they're a threat to society", but no, he's just snarling.


(I wanted to write "no, he's just snarling like the shark he jumped" or something along those lines, but you can only twist a metaphor so far, given that sharks don't actually snarl....)

Re:Wow. He has officially flipped. (2, Funny)

kinglink (195330) | about 8 years ago | (#16550752)

I was going to quote that because it sounds like he's a bad super villian, or a horrible hero saying stuff like that. He makes Static Shock look like a good idea for "super hero".

Hell, isn't this just another threat? I have used this type of phrase before, but it's usually when every single fact backs me up and usually it's one of those times I'll flame back someone who's completely made fun of me, and willing to scorch the earth. But who actually attacked Jacko? Who made him look stupid in public except himself.

I nominate Thompson, to be known as Wacko Jacko, giving Michael Jackson a rest from the nom de plume. He certainly has the insanity to go the distance.

In other news Jack Thompson is crying bloody murder about the fact Bully allows the main protagnist to kiss boys. Because of this he thinks it has to be a Mature game now? I really think someone has to put his foot down and say "stop bothering us". It can be the press, the public, the politicians, the courts, or the companies. Hopefully this is the first step.

Re:Wow. He has officially flipped. (0, Redundant)

drzhivago (310144) | about 8 years ago | (#16550764)

Sounds to me like he's been playing too many violent video games.

Re:Wow. He has officially flipped. (1)

Wilson_6500 (896824) | about 8 years ago | (#16550886)

There's a guy out there who made a few hilarious short parodies called "Metal Gear Awesome," and "Awesome the Hedgehog."

I think he could do a terrific Jack Thompsome.

Re:Wow. He has officially flipped. (1)

notea42 (926633) | about 8 years ago | (#16550900)

I read this post and thought you were making up a quote to be funny. Then I read TFA. I wonder if such an e-mail can be submitted as evidence at his contempt hearing?

Re:Wow. He has officially flipped. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#16551858)

IANAL, but I can't see how it could be relevant. Contempt of court usually means the judge said either "Do X" or "Don't do X", and then the person did the contrary in violation of the order. For lawyers, it is more challenging to come up with an excuse why, because they are supposed to know the law (pleading ignorance of the law or the meaning of the order is a weak defense when the lawyer could have asked the judge for clarification). Maybe if the judge said to Thompson: "Don't be crazy"? :-)

In that respect, though, I wonder if Thompson could "plead insanity" to a contempt charge, in which case his thinly veiled threats to others could be relevant after all :-) :-)

Re:Wow. He has officially flipped. (4, Interesting)

Keith Russell (4440) | about 8 years ago | (#16552284)

IANAL, but I can't see how it could be relevant. Contempt of court usually means the judge said either "Do X" or "Don't do X", and then the person did the contrary in violation of the order.

Well, there's a sort of Zeroth "Don't Do X" Law in any courtroom: Don't go off on a foaming-at-the-mouth rant about the judge's decisions/competence/parentage, or your whiny ass is headed to jail.

Re:Wow. He has officially flipped. (5, Funny)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | about 8 years ago | (#16550922)

"You want to play hardball...?

No, Jack, I don't. It's a violent sport which, through the constant throwing of small but unyielding missiles toward children, and supplying them with large club-like weapons, would only inspire mild-mannered old me to become a crazed bat-wielding psychopath who goes on a rampage through my school.

Re:Wow. He has officially flipped. (4, Funny)

nuzak (959558) | about 8 years ago | (#16550950)

"You're at the brink..."

The brink? The brink?? The brink of what?!?!

Curse you Jack, for keeping me in suspense! Come rant some more! Please?!?

Wow. He has officially busted his pants. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#16551426)

"In an email to GamePolitics, Thompson has responded to this request, writing, "You want to play hardball...? You want to try to throw me in jail? You have no idea what you are unleashing in doing this. You're at the brink..."

Who knew that the Hulk was a lawyer?

I dislike him as much as the next guy... (4, Insightful)

faloi (738831) | about 8 years ago | (#16550506)

The report also notes that attorneys representing the Philadelphia law firm Blank-Rome have filed a 'Petition for Order to Show Cause,' which requires Thompson to illustrate to a judge why he should not be held in contempt."

But can someone more legally inclined tell me why his response shouldn't be "because I'm innocent until proven guilty"?

It sounds like they've issued a petition to force Thompson to show he did no wrong.

Re:I dislike him as much as the next guy... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#16550568)

Because you are a dumbass who doesn't know a fucking thing about law? I'm just guessing here.

Re:I dislike him as much as the next guy... (5, Informative)

UbuntuDupe (970646) | about 8 years ago | (#16550630)

Not a lawyer (won't use the abbreviation, because it's gross), but a "contempt finding" is a separate matter from a criminal conviction. Basically, as a means to allow courts to "take care of their business", judges are given wide lattitude in punishments they can use to keep people in line while they're in the courtroom. All that is necessary is that a judge issue a finding of "contempt of court" and he can issue a variety of usually-lower-grade (compared to criminal convictions) punishments. Now, you can certainly say it's wrong that judges should have this power, but as it stands, most contempt findings don't need a jury trial, so to ask that, he'd be asking to overturn quite a bit of tradition.

Re:I dislike him as much as the next guy... (1)

voice_of_all_reason (926702) | about 8 years ago | (#16550892)

Now, you can certainly say it's wrong that judges should have this power

Wrong? More like horrifying.

Non-elected position having no checks and balances? Gee, where have we heard this before?

Re:I dislike him as much as the next guy... (2, Informative)

'nother poster (700681) | about 8 years ago | (#16551016)

But it does have checks and balances. There are other judges, and panels of judges, that can, and do on occasion, overturn a contempt citation from another judge. That said, the laws governing the powers of a sitting judge in his courtroom were set by the legislators and the Constitutuon of the United States.

Re:I dislike him as much as the next guy... (3, Informative)

c_forq (924234) | about 8 years ago | (#16551210)

There is a check and balance system: appeals courts, superior courts, and supreme courts. Now the structure varies state to state, but every state has an system to appeal cases and charges.

Re:I dislike him as much as the next guy... (2, Informative)

Nimey (114278) | about 8 years ago | (#16551234)

Are you going to scream about activist judges?

Re:I dislike him as much as the next guy... (4, Informative)

DDX_2002 (592881) | about 8 years ago | (#16551276)

It would be pretty sad if judges DIDN'T have the power to take immediate action against parties to litigation they're hearing and their counsel. Most every system of justice recognizes that courts have the inherent power to control their own processes.

There are plenty of checks and balances, most notably that the normal citizen going about his business is never in a position to be bound by the order so he can't be in contempt of it. If you're subject to the court's order, you're either a party, or one of the parties' lawyers, or a third party that has been dragged in to this mess. Third parties generally don't get orders made against them without the right to appear and argue why the order should or shouldn't go. Usually, people get added to these things when it's a question of implementation of orders made against/between parties - the court orders A to do X for B, but C actually holds the money and isn't doing jack squat without an order requiring them to.

You do occasionally get John Doe orders against any and all people currently illegally occupying a property, or whatever, but they're not especially common outside the labour context and environmental protests.

Re:I dislike him as much as the next guy... (1)

bunions (970377) | about 8 years ago | (#16551584)

Oh calm down. The penalties for contempt are typically just a talking-to and a slap on the wrist. I'm not aware of any pattern of abuse, either current or historical. If you are, please share with the class.

Re:I dislike him as much as the next guy... (1)

jdgeorge (18767) | about 8 years ago | (#16551848)

Non-elected position having no checks and balances? Gee, where have we heard this before?

Hmmm. In my state, the state judges are elected. (Here [pbs.org] is some explanation of how that came about.)

If I were disturbed by check & balance issue, though, it's not clear to me how a lack of check and balances for a judicial power should make me feel better than those who live in states where the judges are appointed, though.

Re:I dislike him as much as the next guy... (1)

PieSquared (867490) | about 8 years ago | (#16550640)

Because the *full* term is "innocent until proven guilty in a court of law." The judge is giving him a chance to defend himself. If he fails to the judge can find him guilty, as contempt is pretty much offending the judge.

From what I've heard his response comes down to "if you put me in jail you'll pay" which is pretty much more contempt of court. I get the feeling he's going to jail.

Re:I dislike him as much as the next guy... (1)

AceCaseOR (594637) | about 8 years ago | (#16550750)

I really hope Jack finally gets disbarred for this.

Re:I dislike him as much as the next guy... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#16550810)

You're asking for too much.

Re:I dislike him as much as the next guy... (1)

nuzak (959558) | about 8 years ago | (#16550982)

Careful -- he might just decide that politics is more up his alley and actually get something accomplished.

On the other hand, his colorful outbursts would see greater public exposure...

Re:I dislike him as much as the next guy... (4, Interesting)

AceCaseOR (594637) | about 8 years ago | (#16551124)

He tried that when he ran for Florida State Attorney General against Janet Reno and lost. He then tried to get Ms. Reno to admit she was a lesbian being blackmailed by the mob. He failed. He accused her of it (being a lesbian that was being blackmailed by the mob) anyway.

Re:I dislike him as much as the next guy... (4, Informative)

Babbster (107076) | about 8 years ago | (#16550728)

Well, it depends on the exact reasoning behind the petition, which the referenced news bite (can't call it an article) admits it doesn't have. For example, if I walk into court and call the judge a flaming asshole, I can be held in contempt of court and put in jail. There's no necessity for my guilt to be proven further because what I did was right there in court and on the record. The same might apply to a situation where a lawyer is under a "gag order" and goes on TV in defiance of the order. That lawyer can be held in contempt and, again, there's no trial involved once the violation of the judge's order is in evidence. Such situations can still be eligible for appeal, but a trial per se isn't necessary for the judge to make the initial decision.

Again, I don't know the details of this specific claim, but there's a reason why many (most?) lawyers want to be judges. A lot of power comes with the robe, even in this age of "mandatory minimums" and the like.

Re:I dislike him as much as the next guy... (5, Insightful)

smooth wombat (796938) | about 8 years ago | (#16550738)

My legal education is a bit fuzzy but your last sentence hits the nail on the head. The petition does exactly what the article states: Thompson has to tell the judge why he shouldn't be held in contempt for doing whatever it is the court told him not to do.

I haven't read the details but for the sake of argument let's say that the judge told both parties they couldn't do media interviews. Jack then turns around and does an interview with a family-friendly web site. That would be a contempt of court issue. The law firm is now trying to force Jack to explain why he shouldn't face whatever penalty the court said it would impose if either party talked to the media.

This is different from whether Jack has been shown to be guilty. In essence, the law firm is telling the court, "Jack did what you told him not to do. I want you to force him to tell you why he shouldn't suffer the penalty."

The judge didn't say this - Take-Two did. (4, Informative)

billstewart (78916) | about 8 years ago | (#16551912)

RTFA. This wasn't the judge telling Jack the Dripper to show cause that he shouldn't be thrown in the slammer for contempt. This was Take-Two Games's lawyers filing a motion to ASK the judge to do that. IMHO, it's a bit tacky, but then this *is* Jack Thompson they're asking it about, so he's not in any position to take the high road here.

Re:I dislike him as much as the next guy... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#16550774)

By that wording I have to agree with you... On the other hand, we do have an appeals system, perhaps this Petition is sort of an appeal for someone who's in contempt of court. Ie: Jack has already been proven guilty, and now he needs to prove the court was wrong and he was actually, innocent. Sounds like he might need the Chewbacca Defense [wikipedia.org] .

Re:I dislike him as much as the next guy... (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#16550870)

And if contempt of court were a criminal offense, you'd be on the right track. Basically, the judge is asking Thompson to demonstrate that his actions were appropriate in, or relevant to the case. Most likely, Jack will either, a) claim he didn't break any rules, which the record refutes, or b) respond with a vituperative rant, which won't address any of the issues but will give the court a good reason to hold him in contempt.

This isn't the judge, it's Take-Two requesting it (1)

billstewart (78916) | about 8 years ago | (#16551990)

RTFA. This isn't the judge telling Thompson to prove he's not in contempt, it's Take-Two's lawyers filing a motion to ask the judge to do that. A vituperative rant at Take-Two (not at the judge) would be perfectly appropriate at this point, if it were anyone other than Jack, but what we got instead was a wimpy quasi-threatening vituperative rant instead of a better-thought-out rant along the lines of "See, Judge, this just shows what bullies those eeeevilllll gamerrrrzzzz are!" Plaintiffs and defendants can contemn each other all they want, as long as they don't contemn the judge or the court.

Re:I dislike him as much as the next guy... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#16551804)

A good example may be:

You are playing in a basketball game. You continue to pester the referee over calls the referee is making. The ref finally gets annoyed and sites you with a technical foul (and a free throw for the other team).

Re:I dislike him as much as the next guy... (1)

spiritraveller (641174) | about 8 years ago | (#16552028)

As others have pointed out, this is not a criminal charge we're talking about, so the burden of proof is different. There's no right to a jury trial, et cetera.

But it's important to point out that the determination is made by the judge. So far, the lawyers have filed a petition for order to show cause, and that's it.

The judge has not signed an order to show cause. So we don't even know if he's inclined to agree that Mr. Thompson's actions are contemptuous.

Re:I dislike him as much as the next guy... (1)

capologist (310783) | about 8 years ago | (#16552328)

But can someone more legally inclined tell me why his response shouldn't be "because I'm innocent until proven guilty"?


He isn't being asked to provide evidence that he didn't do what he's accused of doing. There is nothing to "prove" here, as there is no dispute over the facts of what he did. He's simply being given an opportunity to provide a justification for his contemptuous behavior toward the judge.

Prison Sodomy! (5, Funny)

Fuckin ROBOTS! (999276) | about 8 years ago | (#16550508)

Huzzah for the overcrowded US Prison System! JT is certain to have his hoop stretched to an uncomfortable size 9 by someone who was imprisoned for Grand Theft Auto!

Joe Pesci (4, Funny)

Don'tTreadOnMe (686201) | about 8 years ago | (#16550544)

I want Joe Pesci to play Thompson in the upcoming movie, "Game Wars".

Can you imagine Pesci saying, "You want to play hardball...? You want to try to throw me in jail? You have no idea what you are unleashing in doing this. You're at the brink..."

Re:Joe Pesci (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#16550768)

Can you imagine Pesci saying, "You want to play hardball...? You want to try to throw me in jail? You have no idea what you are unleashing in doing this. You're at the brink..."

You have no chance to survive make your time.

Re:Joe Pesci (1)

rts008 (812749) | about 8 years ago | (#16550812)

LOL! BTW- Damn you!- now I have that "clip" playing on a loop in my head-everyone is looking at me strangely as I sit here giggling like a school girl-Thanks!
Oh s*it- Boss coming in now *opens fake spreadsheet*

I wan a Jack Thompson video game (1)

quincunx55555 (969721) | about 8 years ago | (#16551700)

...I've been waiting for one, thinking that someone would at least make a simple mod using Jack Thompson graphics to beat upon. Heck, after looking at his quoted e-mail, maybe he should be the main character!

Seriously, a Jack Thompson game would be hilarious. It could have characters like judges, geeks, thinkofthechildren, something to really disturb others by showing "the truth of it all" ;)

Re:Joe Pesci (1)

nuzak (959558) | about 8 years ago | (#16551728)

I dunno, when you really want a hellfire and damnation rant, you gotta go to the master: Al Pacino.

Re:Joe Pesci (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#16551940)

No no no, James Gandolfini, ala Tony Soprano.

One can't help but think (1)

Kelz (611260) | about 8 years ago | (#16550546)

That he is the most brilliant guerrila marketeer the world has ever seen. A crazed laywer making claims about things he knows nothing about, all in the name of protecting the children. Its like trying to get the KKK to vocally vote for your opposition!

Disbarring? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#16550586)

Why hasn't this mental midget been disbarred yet?

Re:Disbarring? (1)

creimer (824291) | about 8 years ago | (#16550942)

The court is waiting for the Mad Hatter to return from his tea break and the Red Queen is still sharpening her axe to take his head it off.

This is an outrage (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#16550692)

This is the thanks he gets for looking out for the children.

Something has to be done about these judges.

Re:This is an outrage (1)

'nother poster (700681) | about 8 years ago | (#16551154)

Not. Jacks. Job. Thank you very fucking much. Bye.

For the love of christ (5, Funny)

Hubbell (850646) | about 8 years ago | (#16550742)

Never before have I advocated a severe beating for another person until I discovered who Jack Thompson was.

Re:For the love of christ (4, Funny)

MarkGriz (520778) | about 8 years ago | (#16550782)

"Never before have I advocated a severe beating for another person until I discovered who Jack Thompson was"

See??! Jack Thompson was right.... look what video games are doing to you.

Re:For the love of christ (1)

SomeoneGotMyNick (200685) | about 8 years ago | (#16550968)

See??! Jack Thompson was right.... look what video games are doing to you.

Yes, I'm forever scarred from all those Holey Moley [arcadeflyers.com] games.

Re:For the love of christ (4, Funny)

AceCaseOR (594637) | about 8 years ago | (#16550796)

For the sake of irony, it should be with a baseball bat.

Re:For the love of christ (1)

Hubbell (850646) | about 8 years ago | (#16550874)

Even better irony would be beating him to death with a box set of Bully + all the GTA games.

Re:For the love of christ (2, Funny)

KDR_11k (778916) | about 8 years ago | (#16551222)

For the sake of irony I'd suggest an iron.

Re:For the love of christ (1)

AceCaseOR (594637) | about 8 years ago | (#16551368)

An metal baseball bat, perhaps?

Re:For the love of christ (1)

Alzheimers (467217) | about 8 years ago | (#16551510)

Ten thousand balls, when all you need is a bat...

isn't it ironic, don't ya think?

Re:For the love of christ (2, Funny)

WilliamSChips (793741) | about 8 years ago | (#16551786)

Ten thousand disappointing situations, when all you need is an actual irony...

Tagging Beta: Neener neener neener (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#16550762)

That's all I have to say.

How to make JT blow his top (1)

DrXym (126579) | about 8 years ago | (#16550834)

Tell him about the red hot gay action [kotaku.com] to be had in Bully.

Re:How to make JT blow his top (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#16551876)

is 'blow his top' the best choice of words for that particular scene? :P that he swings *that* way is news to me.

I want to play hardball! (2, Funny)

RyatNrrd (662756) | about 8 years ago | (#16550948)

...but it was banned due to violent content.

Sweet, Sweet Irony (1)

Brigade (974884) | about 8 years ago | (#16551006)


Rockstar releases this: http://www.joystiq.com/2006/10/22/boy-on-boy-kissi ng-in-bully/ [joystiq.com]

Jack goes to jail for making a ruckuss about 'Bully'
Rockstar bribes warden of Jail, installs cameras and arranges 'special accomodations' for dear ol' Jack.

Jack gets to spend some quality time with some new friends (Read: Bullies)

Rockstar includes some great vid captures of Jack in their new game .. (just innocent boys experimenting in their element)

This guy clearly....... (4, Funny)

8127972 (73495) | about 8 years ago | (#16551082)

.... Needs some hot coffee.

Re:This guy clearly....... (1)

Peter Trepan (572016) | about 8 years ago | (#16551314)

This guy clearly needs some hot coffee

No, that lawsuit has already been done. We'll need some other way to keep him occupied.

Know who you're dealing with (5, Funny)

ENOENT (25325) | about 8 years ago | (#16551252)

From Wikipedia:

"In sending documents to opponents, Thompson would frequently attach a photocopy of his driver's license, with a photo of Batman pasted over his own, just to make sure they knew who they were dealing with."

Re:Know who you're dealing with (0, Troll)

DrXym (126579) | about 8 years ago | (#16551326)

"In sending documents to opponents, Thompson would frequently attach a photocopy of his driver's license, with a photo of Batman pasted over his own, just to make sure they knew who they were dealing with."

Is that Batman or batshit?

Re:Know who you're dealing with (1)

eddy (18759) | about 8 years ago | (#16552244)

So he's a known copyright-infringer?

THANK YOU! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#16551340)

Jack Thompson seriously had this coming. Good riddance.

Jack Thompson works for Take 2...... (4, Interesting)

onkelonkel (560274) | about 8 years ago | (#16551554)

His guerilla maketing campaign for Bully has been nothing short of brilliant. Thanks to Jack, Bully has been at the top of the headlines for weeks and weeks prior to its release.

Well done, I say.

Someone fed the mogwi after midnight (1)

Son.Of.Dad (1010199) | about 8 years ago | (#16551852)

Wow. This guys has a true niche in crazy, eh?

Those semantics take me back to another talking head, making ultimatums: "If I don't raise $600M, a 900 foot Jesus will kill me!!!"

Give this man a coke and a smile, ASAP!

Oh, this it too funny (3, Insightful)

dthree (458263) | about 8 years ago | (#16551964)

In an email to GamePolitics, Thompson has responded to this request, writing, "You want to play hardball...? You want to try to throw me in jail? You have no idea what you are unleashing in doing this. You're at the brink..."

Does he think Blank-Rome is some kind of hick law firm in a backwater town? I seriously doubt they are underestimating what Thompson can "unleash" at any given time. How many different ways does everyone have to tell this guy to STFU?

It gets *even* *weirder* ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#16552078)

According to an article at GamePolitics.com, Thompson has apparently announced his intention to run for Eleventh Judicial Circuit Judge in Miami in 2008 [gamepolitics.com] .

My, what a busy fellow.

I expect the next move in his cunning plan, after 2008, is to get his name officially changed to "Jack Dredd".

Anyone else getting the idea that.. (4, Funny)

DeadboltX (751907) | about 8 years ago | (#16552142)

Jack Thompson must have had some severely traumatizing experience with video games as a child.

Maybe he had a brother that played too much pacman, chowed down on some pills and then ate his mother.
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