Thompson Warns Midway over Mortal Kombat Armageddon, But…

This whole user-created content thing is so confusing to some folks, apparently.

GamePolitics was cc’d on cease-and-desist letter sent by Miami attorney Jack Thompson to Midway, publishers of the recently-released Mortal Kombat: Armageddon. The letter reads, in part:

“It has today come to my attention that the newly recently Mortal Kombat: Armageddon contains an unauthorized commercial exploitation of my name, photograph, image, and likeness within the game.” 

“You are commanded to cease and desist immediately from the distribution of this game because of this unauthorized, illegal content…”

“It would appear that your company has done this at least in part because I sued you all in the Paducah school massacre case and further because I appeared on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 when your company came out with your profane, violent, and idiotic Blitz:  The League.”

However, Thompson seemingly fails to take into account that the depiction of him to which he is referring is not part of the published game, but rather user-created content. A utility known as Kreate a Fighter is included with the game and lets players make their own combatants.

The creation of the Thompson character is detailed at Gaming Target, which describes the various settings and rationales behind the design of characters depicting Thompson, Hulk Hogan, Silent Bob and others. Documentation for the Thompson character says:

Jack Thompson is all legs and is a deadly mid-range opponent.

Jack’s personality meshes perfectly with many of the Kreate A Fighter options. He fights with the Aggressive Shotokan stance as it gives him that puffed out self-important look…  His projectile is a big fireball known as the Chi-Blast because he’s always spouting flames on the Internet…    

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    Phil Harris says:

    Congrats, Jack. You’ve officially turned Mortal Kombat Armageddon into a instant greatest hit! Bravo! I made JT on the original Smackdown vs Raw and one of the moves is Poison Mist because let’s face it, Jack probably has old man breath. XD

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    Geddy says:

    God i hate polotics and this Thompson is realy ticking me off first he (it think) tried to shut down bully and now mk “i comand you to desist and Blah blah blah” reminds me of an alien invader some times 😛

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    Samantha ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Oh god, he just doesn’t get it, does he? One other item of irony here is that he leaps on inaccurate interpretations of material and yet is quite happy to demand in contempt of courts that they play a game in full before passing judgement.

    I bet I could make a JT variant in Soul Calibur 3, for crissake.

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    ZippyDSMlee says:

    any game can have JT in it from custom names to build your own characters to custom mods that have a parodied “likeness” of him,really any game CAN have him in it,and theres nothing he can do about it ^^
    well he can whine…

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    PHOENIXZERO ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    Do you have the formula for JT still or able to upload your save file? I was making my own version but I got bored with it and stopped working on it.

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    Brother Darqness(mane115) ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Has anyone noticed that the ONLY reason Jackio has had a crazy amount of publicity is because of user created content?

    Imagine, the real fight here is if we will be able to make mods and skins for our favorite games if possible.

    Imagine Neverwinter Nights without the dungeon mastering? Half life without counterstrike….

    user created content! CEASE and DESIST! Stop making fun of me or i’ll sue and yo’ll get such a pinch!

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    ZippyDSMlee says:

    Salen or anyone

    Can someone link me to info over the Marvel/COH thing I heard Marvel foudn out its own artists and such were making characters on it and marvel gave up,also when did marvel pick NC soft for their MMO I thought they were working with someone else 0-o

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    Zero Beat ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    When the case gets thrown out of court, someone MUST make an audio clip of Shao Kahn saying “Midway Wins! Flawless Victory! UNCONSTITUTIONALITY!” And insert the national anthem before and/or during UNCONSTITUTIONALITY. Or make it “CONSTITUTIONALITY” if that’s more appropriate. I dunno.

    That person will win fifty unclogged intertubes!

    @ Howell2751: I’d like to see a SC3 Jack Thompson go against the SC3 Chuck Norris. Yes, I realize it’s an old gag, but come on! It’s too awesome to pass up!

    Seriously though, how could anyone hope to have a case with this? It’s just beyond comprehension.

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    AgnostoTheo ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    Ah. It’s always fun to come and read the things Jack has done. That man’s funnier to me than stand-up Comedy. 😀

    Seriously, you foolish moron. Learn the difference between what a player can create on a whim, and what the company put in on it’s own accord.

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    Dustin1986 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I really hope someone asks Jack to explain what he was thinking here. He doesn’t react well facts get in the way of his delusions. I wonder if he would say that he’s sorry?

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    Derovius ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    An analogy to this would be to sue Bic or Crayola for slander if someone writes said slander with one of their products. Atleast if this goes to court, the judge can have a good laugh before throwing it out.

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    BTW says:

    Better yet, somebody else should copyright his actual image so that he can no longer use it. It’s probably not legal, but then again, Jack’s never been above finding loopholes in the legal system so why should we?

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    Thabor says:

    Maybe we can get someone to draft JT a a cease and desist…


    You are commanded to cease and desist immediately from any and all litigation involving games, movies, television, music, and any other artistic pursuit. Your costant use of the legal system as a bludgeon is both unconscionable and frankly embarrassing. You have damaged the image of the entire legal profession. If you do not refrain from such behavior immediately we will be forced to file a class action lawsuit for damages related to the negative image of attorneys you have fostered in the community..

    Hoo-yah Daddy

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    Verbinator ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Jack is a public figure. This is a parody of said public figure. Jack may find it offensive, but he has striven to create himself as both a media celebrity and a political figure (writing laws for other states, running for local office). You can’t go into a fist fight with the expectation that you’re not going to take a few punches. He needs to suck in his gut and take the punch like a man. While there are lines that can be crossed in using the appearances and names of public figures in parody situations … I doubt if it has been crossed here.

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    Salen says:

    No chance he’ll with this. With the whole Marvel suing City of Heroes, there was trademark potentially being infringed and stuff. This is just something that lets you make a character in the game that looks like Jack and I’m pretty sure Jack hasn’t trademarked himself or his likeness. So yeah, weee, more Jack wasting more of people’s times with stuff that has no meaning.

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    Zerodash ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I think he has the scream thing, too. I’ve had JT on my CAW Smackdown roster since day 1. Hell, he and I are tag team champions together XD

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    Kharne ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Now I don’t have MK Armageddon yet. So I don’t know if this is possible or not but…

    Shouldn’t they have dropped the chi-blast in favor of Sindel’s Scream?

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    Dustin1986 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Jack should admit that he’s wrong and apologize to Midway. Somehow I doubt this will happen. I would love to hear Jack’s thought’s on this situation now that these facts have been brought to light. Maybe he’ll just never mention it again and hope everyone forget that he said something stupid.

    Or maybe, just maybe, he’ll try to snap back with some reason why Midway is somehow in the wrong here anyway. “They should know better than to allow people to create their own characters! They willfully enabled these gamers to make fun of me!”

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    Boffo97 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Like I said in the other thread (and mentioned in the forum), I’ve had a Jack CAW in SmackDown vs. RAW 2006 for months… in fact, I think it was someone on the old LiveJournal site who provided a link.

    What next? Will he sue Bic if one of us draws a crude drawing of him using one of their pens?

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    Brainswarm ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    You forgot the best line, Dennis.

    And if he somehow manages to win the day, Jack has no victory pose because, let’s face it, he’s never won.

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    BTW says:

    I didn’t actually say anything about his kids (if he has them…I don’t know anything about the man’s personal life aside from that he’s married) that wasn’t hypothetical. I was merely saying God help us if they turn out to be jackasses like him.

    Thompson will probably still try to sue Midway under the claim that they purposefully put in the pieces to build him in the game.

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    Zerodash ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I wonder if, once JT learns about “user created content”, he would have the balls to try and sue anyone who creates (or at least tells how to) him in MKA.

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    mechboy ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Somehow I think that if one were to explain the concept of user created content to Thompson it would be an exercise in fultility. He seems to be of the belief that if it’s in the game it’s because the developers put it there intentionally.

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    Muetank ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    OMG! this is so funny! My school has a videogame club after school, and my friend brings in MK all the time. I am totally making JT just so people can wip the crud out of him. After this half-baked attack he needs a good crud wipping.

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    pokemaster2185 says:

    JT really has a screwed up sense of priorities. If I were in the middle of a contempt hearing, the last thing I would do is fire off a cease and desist order over a create-a-character mode.

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    GoodRobotUs ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    They’re probably having a good belly laugh at Jack at Midway right now, and deservedly so.

    Poor old Jack, he thinks its the companies that dislike him, most of the them couldn’t care less. The only people he’s really managed to annoy, apart from Blank Rome and numerous judges and Louisiana politicians, are ordinary, everyday people.

    Great work. LOL

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    rammsodat says:

    wow o anyone can be a lawyer in america huh? cos it seems like you’ll let any idiot be one from where im sitting.

    im waiting for the GP headline “jack thompson found dead, suffocated with head upown rectum”

    Sombody should school jack onuser created content, not that he would listen as he is an arrogant loud mouth but in most professions it helps to have at least a small idea as to what you’re doing.

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    Blitz Fitness ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    In other news, GamePolitics received an email from Hulk Hogan, which was cc’d to other various press, that he is ordering pop singer Brooke Hogan to cease and desist her use of his chin.

    Okay, that was mean, but that has a better chance of being successful.

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    Mnementh2230 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Laughter at Jack for making such an elementary mistake… AGAIN: going to legal action before checking his facts.

    Praise for Midway for nifty features in their fighters.

    And beer for the person(s) who made the JBT fighter.

    The hilarity here speaks for itself, no further need to mock JBT.

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    Terminator44 says:

    And to think, after all the contoversy MK has been through in the past, the only reason even Jack Thompson with attack it these days is due to a user-created character. Just shows what I’ve said about these people in the past. They have short attention spans and it’s only a matter of time before they move on to the next social evil.

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    Marshie says:

    Wait… So gamers everywhere can now take a swing at JT in the most violent fighting games franchise in the world? I’m probably not going to be picking up this game for a little bit (not with Guitar Hero II coming down the bend in a week) but I’m noting these settings right now… This makes me all warm and fuzzy.


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    BTW says:

    I literally laughed out loud on this one. This guy is just such a raging jackass, and yet how much of a jackass he is continues to amaze me with each new act of jackassery. Somebody neuter this guy so he doesn’t pollute the world with jackass kids…and if he has already…well…God help us all…

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    Dorkmaster Flek says:

    User created content, Midway did not put this in the game directly, no case at all, blah blah blah, nothing to see here. Honestly, are we at all surprised? This man has got to be one of the most desperate individuals I have ever seen in my life. Literally every other day I read about him threatening somebody with legal action. I’m willing to bet this is payback for having his head stuck in a toilet in elementary school. 😛

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    GoodRobotUs ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    To Thompson > To jump to an ill informed opinion and immediately revert to insults and irritating comments without bothering to check facts.

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    Al Wesker says:

    This seems like Jack Thompson’s typical morning to me:

    1. Wake up
    2. Google “Jack Thompson”
    3. Send harassing e-mail to anyone and everyone if the link titles bear the words “Jack Thompson” and “video games”
    4. Eat breakfast
    5. Gain respect in GTA: San Andreas

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    X1Commander says:

    Wow, just wow. Is this guy actually a lawyer? With all of these lawsuits, shouldn’t he be broke by now? Any judge worthy of his title would look at this and tell Thompson to get the heck out, and stop wasting the courts time with frivolous and useless accusations.

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    Boffo97 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    I’m not really sure how to make a template. The template I used used to be online, but I can’t seem to find it. Jack might have threatened the person who posted it.

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    Terminator44 says:

    @Brother Darqness

    The issue is that, like many other old fuddy-duddies, Jack still doesn’t seem to fully grasp what “user-created” means. The last games these people have played (assuming they have ever played any) were stuff like Galga and Pac-man, where such content was unheard of. Hell, a lot of politicians still talk about Hot-Coffee as if it were something you could access in the pause menu.

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    hayabusa75 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    His weapon should be a giant placard with the definition of assault on it. You can use it to taunt but not attack or defend. Alternately, the weapon could be a bullhorn with no batteries.

    His special move would be summoning a team of fighting “experts” who actually don’t know how to fight; instead they accidentally run over Jack and he loses half his health.

    He has no finishing move, although he can automatically lose at anytime by randomly shooting himself in the foot.

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    Brer says:

    Regarding both JT’s asinine letter and the last article on the “Hot Coffee” class-action lawsuit: To Dennis and everyone else with access to the non-gaming public via a widely-read blog, newspaper, or any other form of media…please, PLEASE get the word out to the ignorant masses that user-created content and user-made hacks to access incomplete code A) do not fall under the rubric of the ESRB because by definition they doesn’t exist or aren’t accessible until after the game’s been purchased by an individual and modded, and B) are not the responsibility of the game developer or producer. This disconnect is getting really, really tiresome, and as I and many others have pointed out again and again the ESRB has really, really dropped the ball on this one by re-rating games based on user-made hacks and mods when they shouldn’t have.

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    IanC says:

    “You are commanded to cease and desist immediately”

    Ahhh, his fave words!

    I love create a charecter modes, especially when you make someone you hate just for the purposes of beating the crap out of them :)

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    whiskeyjack ( User Karma: 0 ) says:



    Seriously though. It would have taken LESS time to look up the fighters available in the game on midway’s website or wikipedia or something than it would have taken to write a C&D.

    Verify first. Threaten later.

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    Jabrwock ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Wasn’t he going to sue Take Two over that whole “” email about being offended by “high school water sports” on teh interweb, and the mother who found a “Jack” in her son’s closet?

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