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Thompson Stifled by Take Two Suit

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the you-with-the-mouth-shut-it dept.

The Courts 55

Take Two has done something that many gamers have probably dreamed of: they've managed to make Jack Thompson shut up. In return for dismissing their suit against Thompson (and the dismissal of Thompson's counter-suit), Thompson has agreed to limit communication with Take-Two Entertainment. He's also barred for the time being from filing suit against games made by the company, ensuring we'll see a minimum of court drama around the release of GTA IV later this year. Ars Technica's Opposable Thumbs blog reports: "It appears that his once mighty roar is now to be temporarily quieted, as the well-documented case--which included numerous bold claims, outrageous scandals, and even a counter-suit--between Thompson and publisher Take-Two has reached a settlement ... Any statements or concerns that Thompson wishes to voice will now have to first go through Take-Two's lawyers."

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55 comments

Can I get a hell yeah! (2, Insightful)

Captain Splendid (673276) | more than 7 years ago | (#18812675)

About time somebody got that idiot to quiet down. Wonder if he can sit on his hands like a good boy or if he's just going to harass somebody else in the meantime. I'm not holding my breath.

Re:Can I get a hell yeah! (3, Funny)

JustNilt (984644) | more than 7 years ago | (#18812709)

I suspect he's currently preparing his lawsuit against his god for breach of contract.

Re:Can I get a hell yeah! (1)

CRCulver (715279) | more than 7 years ago | (#18812721)

If he can't harass Take Two, he'll probably turn up the public demogoguery, such as working on a sequel to Out of Harm's Way [amazon.com] (notice that it's one of the few books on Amazon with an average one-star review). Like the advertisements in a certain Halloween episode of The Simpsons, media whore waste away and die without someone to look at them.

Re:Can I get a hell yeah! (1)

LearnToSpell (694184) | more than 7 years ago | (#18812855)

Like the advertisements in a certain Halloween episode of The Simpsons, media whore waste away and die without someone to look at them.

Good thing you included a link to his book then! :-P

Re:Can I get a hell yeah! (1)

AndersOSU (873247) | more than 7 years ago | (#18813343)

Wow the tags are great.

Re:Can I get a hell yeah! (1)

AceCaseOR (594637) | more than 7 years ago | (#18813167)

About time somebody got that idiot to quiet down. Wonder if he can sit on his hands like a good boy or if he's just going to harass somebody else in the meantime. I'm not holding my breath.
Well, judging from his public statments after the Virginia Tech shootings, I'd say he's simply shifting his aim to, Counterstrike and other first-person shooters. Out of curiosity, has he gone after any light-gun games yet?

Re:Can I get a hell yeah! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18813991)

Well, I read that the police gathered PCs, CDs, and other things from the VATech idiots place of residence, but.... get this.... NO VIDEO GAMES. so Jack, and "Dr." Phil are eating crow now for their hasty speech on how violent video games glorify and breed this type of violence.

Re:Can I get a hell yeah! (1)

Shadyman (939863) | more than 7 years ago | (#18819549)

You never know, that Duck Hunt gun looks just a little TOO realistic. Might give kids the wrong idea.

I wonder if this is the best decision for Take Two (4, Interesting)

adam613 (449819) | more than 7 years ago | (#18812689)

Some of the best publicity Take Two has gotten for its games has come from Jack Thompson. I only noticed Bully when JT sued to stop it from being released; I ended up buying a copy and finding that it was a pretty good game. They should let JT continue to rant and give their legal department some of Marketing's budget.

Re:I wonder if this is the best decision for Take (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18813895)

I bought it, thought it was kinda interesting but not all that great. I didn't feel a bit bad about it though, because I figure I'm giving them seed money for the next GTA. No loss, and Jack is a tard.

Re:I wonder if this is the best decision for Take (1)

Guntram Shatterhand, (1078103) | more than 7 years ago | (#18831991)

Yeah, I was disappointed with Bully as well. It's a good game, but way too short and easy for the price. Sadly, if it was more like GTA, it might have done better despite the controversy that would have happened. That's probably why Take Two went after this Concern Troll Lawyer off the bat: if they're going to get the sharp end of the stick for doing a possible 'Columbine simulator,' they might as well do one.

haha (0, Troll)

dsraistlin (901406) | more than 7 years ago | (#18812691)

pwned time to wait to submit.

Awww... (4, Funny)

andrewd18 (989408) | more than 7 years ago | (#18812707)

I was really hoping for anything but definition #2.

stifle1 /stafl/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[stahy-fuhl] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation verb, -fled, -fling.
-verb (used with object)
1. to quell, crush, or end by force: to stifle a revolt; to stifle free expression.
2. to suppress, curb, or withhold: to stifle a yawn.
3. to kill by impeding respiration; smother.
-verb (used without object)
4. to suffer from difficulty in breathing, as in a close atmosphere.
5. to become stifled or suffocated.

That's it! (1)

NeuroManson (214835) | more than 7 years ago | (#18818537)

With all those violent definitions, it has to be the dictionaries that inspire violent acts! Quick, file a lawsuit against Webster!

Jack Thompson is likely an Industry insider anyway (4, Interesting)

trdrstv (986999) | more than 7 years ago | (#18812711)

You know, Jack Thompson is probably the best thing for the Video Game industry right now; and I'm not convinced he's not on Take Two's payroll already. Can you imagine what a competant lawyer could do? They could take the rampant paranoia of lawmakers who are uneducated (about video games) and get video games regulated in a manner that wouldn't be turned over by the courts.

Jack is actually our best friend because he's such a wack job that these things get overturned and set a precident for future legislation.

Thank you Jack. Don't ever change...

---S.

Re:Jack Thompson is likely an Industry insider any (1)

Clever7Devil (985356) | more than 7 years ago | (#18812727)

Not to mention his ability to shift focus off of their current financial and legal mess.

Re:Jack Thompson is likely an Industry insider any (3, Insightful)

Perseid (660451) | more than 7 years ago | (#18812977)

Jack Thompson's insanity is far older than TakeTwo. Remember the outrage about Body Count's Cop Killer song? That was Thompson.

Re:Jack Thompson is likely an Industry insider any (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18813109)

so everyone Jack Thompson has gone after has become incredibly successful partially due to the attention he draws. I'd still consider that he is just an effective marketing guy. That or just the worst lawyer, but if he is actually such a bad lawyer, how does he have any money? I see pictures of him wearing a suit and I don't believe that being a lawyer of his caliber got him that, even one on sale.

Re:Jack Thompson is likely an Industry insider any (1)

BobPaul (710574) | more than 7 years ago | (#18813717)

That or just the worst lawyer, but if he is actually such a bad lawyer, how does he have any money?
Lawyers generally bill hourly for the work they do on a particular case. Sometimes they are willing to do the leg work for free in exchange for a portion of the winnings, but often they are either paid strictly hourly, or hourly unless they win whereby it goes to a percentage scheme.

A lawyer does not need to be a good lawyer to make money, they just need a consistent stream of clients. The fact that he hasn't been successful in video game suits doesn't detract from the fact that he's the only one making these lawsuits, so in some clients eyes he is the field expert.

Re:Jack Thompson is likely an Industry insider any (2, Informative)

theonetruekeebler (60888) | more than 7 years ago | (#18813401)

Body Count, hell. Try 2 Live Crew and N.W.A.

He's been giving (well, helping give) Florida a bad name since at least 1990.

Re:Jack Thompson is likely an Industry insider any (1)

brkello (642429) | more than 7 years ago | (#18816435)

The only way anyone could hold his opinion and not realize the err of their ways at some point would be another nut job. Any sane, rational person is going to realize that this is the same thing that always happens. The older generation is uncomfortable with something they don't understand. A person who is competant would get shot down and then realize they were wrong.

Let me be the first to say... (2, Funny)

AltGrendel (175092) | more than 7 years ago | (#18812749)

...it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.

Please note: I tried to use the sarcasm tags, but the filter rejected them.

Re:Let me be the first to say... (1)

Zantetsuken (935350) | more than 7 years ago | (#18813981)

<sarcasm>...it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.</sarcasm> use & (ampersand) lt=less than or gt=greater, then ; (semicolon) - this basic html also applies to other characters such as printing an ampersand properly is "& amp ;" (without the spaces)

Re:Let me be the first to say... (1)

tsdw (937315) | more than 7 years ago | (#18821833)

thats because fucking sarcasm tags arn't real .. damn if you can't type coherently enough to convey and if your audience isn't intelligent enough to understand (sarcasm) then the comment is problably worthless.

don't perpetuate stupidity please

Indeed. (3, Insightful)

Shadow Wrought (586631) | more than 7 years ago | (#18812765)

For such a narcissistic egomaniac as him to agree to this, he must have realized just how hosed he was. Good for Take-Two.

Re:Indeed. (1)

Ant P. (974313) | more than 7 years ago | (#18812889)

Or maybe he has the new directors in his pocket, so no longer needs to do publicity stunts.

Does anyone know.. (4, Interesting)

robably (1044462) | more than 7 years ago | (#18812831)

where Thompson's money comes from? Wikipedia says he's an attorney but it's hard to see how he has spare time to do any actual "attorneying" for anyone. Does he make a living purely from interviews, or is there a sinister backer we should know about?

Re:Does anyone know.. (5, Informative)

bigbigbison (104532) | more than 7 years ago | (#18813007)

Jack wife is also a lawyer and she works for what is aparently a pretty well known firm in Miami. In is book Jack wrote that when his son was born he gave up actively practicing law to take care of his son because he was making less money. Now that his son is getting older Jack has more time to pursue his enemies. He is basically a house husband with a lot of free time on his hands.

Re:Does anyone know.. (3, Informative)

c (8461) | more than 7 years ago | (#18813857)

> Jack wife is also a lawyer and she works for what is aparently a pretty well known firm in Miami.

That must make conversations around the water cooler a bit awkward.

"So, I heard your nutjob husband's legal theories were ruled unconstitutional and cost [US state] $[legal bill]..."

Re:Does anyone know.. (1)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 7 years ago | (#18816249)

Partner: "So, I heard your nutjob husband's legal theories were ruled unconstitutional and cost [US state] $[legal bill]..."

Mrs. T: "Well it gives him something to do while I bring home the bacon. The tough part is turning him down when he wants to help with my cases. I tell him the firm can't afford someone of his caliber!"

Partner: "Yeah, can't afford to lose!"

Both: "Ha ha ha ha ha!"

Mrs. T: "But seriously, he has a huge johnson."

Partner: "Ah... I knew it wasn't his brains."

Re:Does anyone know.. (1)

c (8461) | more than 7 years ago | (#18818389)

Reason #471 c will not have children: to avoid having to explain his accidental involvement in the infamous Jack Thompson Slash Fiction thread of 2007 AD.

Re:Does anyone know.. (1)

DriveDog (822962) | more than 7 years ago | (#18814589)

Isn't there a nonviolent soap he could get into? Or maybe game shows--that's it! The Price Is Right!

He is already blaming video games for VT massacre (3, Informative)

krbvroc1 (725200) | more than 7 years ago | (#18812833)

He certainly isn't silenced beyond some limited Take-Two criticism.

Despite several folks, including dorm mates, saying the Cho never played computers game (he spent most of his time writing)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weG7A4lTGtg [youtube.com]

Re:He is already blaming video games for VT massac (2, Insightful)

Jaysyn (203771) | more than 7 years ago | (#18813203)

And this my friends, is how an evil, evil man uses a tragedy to advance his agenda.

Why'd they stop? (3, Interesting)

Zeek40 (1017978) | more than 7 years ago | (#18812933)

I would have much rather seen Take Two continue with their contempt of court case (which looked pretty strong) and get this attention whore thrown in jail. The guy acts like a madman when he gets on the subject of violent games and has a long history of frivolous lawsuits against the gaming industry, so I can't imagine it would have been difficult for them to succeed in their second filing.

Re:Why'd they stop? (3, Insightful)

OldeTimeGeek (725417) | more than 7 years ago | (#18813175)

Take 2 Games (TTWO, NASDAQ) is a publicly traded company. Most investors aren't terribly happy with lawsuits to put the smackdown on someone that's bothering them or "just to prove a point"

Re:Why'd they stop? (1)

FatMacDaddy (878246) | more than 7 years ago | (#18813253)

My thoughts exactly. This is kind of like the SCO/IBM thing, in that while an immediate resolution would be nice, there's probably more to gain by taking this all the way through the courts and getting things settled once and for all. The conditions he agreed to as a settlement could have been better enforced as a result of a court case, I would think.

I wonder what the penalty will be when he finally is unable to keep in compliance with this agreement.

oblig. (-1, Redundant)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | more than 7 years ago | (#18812991)

Jack ThompsOWNED!

Thompson is really a game industry plant! (3, Funny)

PFI_Optix (936301) | more than 7 years ago | (#18813269)

Think about it...what is the best way to marginalize a set of opinions? By being very radical in a very public way. Thompson's crusade has made him the poster boy for all those who would try to ban violent video games, and his status as a laughing stock means other like-minded individuals don't want to be identified with him and back down from their positions.

So could it be that Jack Thompson is really working for the game industry, out there embarassing into silence anyone who would voice a similar opinion if it weren't for his incessant babbling?

What's more, good ol' JT has done more to get consumers educated about game ratings with his public displays of affliction than the government and ESRB ever could have. Thanks to him and others like him, parents are aware of the ratings system that is the standard rebuttal by the game industry when they get airtime thanks to Jack.

I think we need to stop hating Jack Thompson and thank him. Thank him for crippling the efforts to ban or restrict violent games. Thank him for giving the game industry a voice in the national media in the form of rebuttals to his statements. Thank him for giving the media a reason to discuss how the game industry and retail stores already provide concerned parents with the ability to know what their child will be playing.

Thank you, Jack Thompson. Thank you. Your secret is safe with us.

Re:Thompson is really a game industry plant! (1)

nuzak (959558) | more than 7 years ago | (#18813407)

So could it be that Jack Thompson is really working for the game industry, out there embarassing into silence anyone who would voice a similar opinion if it weren't for his incessant babbling?

No, but he's certainly a useful idiot to have on the other side. He's been tilting at various culture-war windmills for his whole professional life. I wonder how much 2 Live Crew eventually pulled in because of him.

Industry Plant? (1)

NeuroManson (214835) | more than 7 years ago | (#18818501)

I for one would be happy to see Jack Thompson in a persistive vegetative state.

Wow (2, Interesting)

brouski (827510) | more than 7 years ago | (#18813463)

For someone filled with such righteous indignation, he folded like a cheap accordion.

It makes you wonder just how deep seated his convictions really are.

New MSNBC article highly critical of Jack (5, Interesting)

ulysses38 (309331) | more than 7 years ago | (#18813465)

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18220228/ [msn.com]

from TFA: "The shooting on the Virginia Tech campus was only hours old, police hadn't even identified the gunman, and yet already the perpetrator had been fingered and was in the midst of being skewered in the media.

Video games. They were to blame for the dozens dead and wounded. They were behind the bloodiest massacre in U.S. history.

Or so Jack Thompson told Fox News and, in the days that followed, would continue to tell anyone who'd listen.

Mod up (1)

LotsOfPhil (982823) | more than 7 years ago | (#18813641)

Lamenting lost mod points. Good article.

Lol, this article is funny (3, Interesting)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 7 years ago | (#18813943)

And in a letter sent to Bill Gates Wednesday, he wrote: "Mr. Gates, your company is potentially legally liable (for) the harm done at Virginia Tech. Your game, a killing simulator, according to the news that used to be in the Post, trained him to enjoy killing and how to kill."

He's talking about f'cking counter-strike.

What a dingus malingus.

Re:Lol, this article is funny (3, Informative)

AndersOSU (873247) | more than 7 years ago | (#18814447)

An when he says, "according to the news," he really means, "according to me, on the news..." I know of no other nutjob who uses the phrase "killing simulator."

Re:Lol, this article is funny (1)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 7 years ago | (#18815145)

Yes, the news that was in the Post, then mysteriously gone was sourced by Jack himself. A real lawyer must have tipped them off that printing outright lies (there's no evidence Cho ever played a video game in his life..) might open them up to legal action, say from Valve (or as Jack calls them, Microsoft).

Re:Lol, this article is funny (1)

Workaphobia (931620) | more than 7 years ago | (#18826417)

David Grossman. It was his term originaly if I recall correctly, but I'm not sure.

I read some of his book "On Killing" a while back, and he made some valid points, but I believe he certainly overstated the potential harm.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Grossman_(author ) [wikipedia.org]

Re:New MSNBC article highly critical of Jack (2, Informative)

AndersOSU (873247) | more than 7 years ago | (#18814171)

I also noticed that they quoted Isaiah Triforce Johnson in the fine article linked by parent.

Re:New MSNBC article highly critical of Jack (1)

Jaysyn (203771) | more than 7 years ago | (#18816413)

Wow, did he change his name or did his folks really, really like Zelda?

I downloaded the actual settlement agreement (2, Informative)

jhylkema (545853) | more than 7 years ago | (#18815205)

Apparently he settled out right before a contempt hearing was set in the state court. He was apparently about to get his ass slapped pretty hard for something. Since I don't have access to the state court file, I can't tell you what it is. I'll see what I can find out and let everyone know.

And all of God's Gamers said.. (1)

Foo2rama (755806) | more than 7 years ago | (#18818969)

JT STFU UB pwnzored by TT k thnx Bye!

Another facet to the story... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18820303)

Jack Thompson is suing the Florida Bar Association at this very moment. Initial complaint was filed on 3/30, and an amended complaint was filed on 4/15.

Maybe he's just too busy right now.

To whoever made this possible (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18836405)

I WANT YOUR BABIES! (lol jk)

but seriously, THANK YOU SO MUCH
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