Tivo Alert: Jack Thompson on ABC's Nightline

December 13, 2006 -
Controversial Miami attorney Jack Thompson has contacted GamePolitics to say that he will be profiled tonight on ABC's Nightline program.

Nightline airs at 11:35 PM in the Eastern United States.

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that was awesome. Jack had to make a new line. "they are no longer reporting the crimes to the authorities" LOL.

just wow. they actually ripped everything he said apart.

I'm watching it right now and I love how Bill Weir asks about how the FBI study on juvenile crime rate went down and J.T. gives a bullshit answer (reduce "reportage", whatever).

Overall, Bill Weir did a good job covering the basic stuff, but seemed to miss out on massive blunders like the Louisiana Bill and his recent trouble with judges (two judges at least). To be fair, I guess you can't cram every little detail into a 7 minute report.

Link to video anyone?

To Pixelantes Anonymous. It just went off, so expect a wait, but here's the basic of what he said.

http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/story?id=2722827&page=1

I just sent this to the people at Nightline:

I recently viewed your feature "The Virtue Vigilante" on tonight's Nightline. I have to say, I am absolutely enraged by the unbiased nature of this report. Further, I cannot believe that you have attempted to make credible a man who is as much of a bully as the game he rails on.

Blatant ommissions and unresearched facts litter this report. For example, Jack Thompson issued the challenge for a game developer to make the "I'm OK" video game in return for a donation of $10000. When the game was actually made, he called his challenge satire and withdrew his donation. It was left up to video gamers, "pixilantes" as Jack Thompson describes, to fill in this glaring error, and the creators of Penny-Arcade (http://www.penny-arcade.com), a popular gaming website, donated the money to a charity in his name. Jack Thompson would later file charges against them for this. He filed charges. Against people donating money. To charity. Think about it.

In a recent congressional hearing, Doug Lowenstein of the IDSA reported that out of a large market of video games, only 9% receive the M for Mature rating by the ESRB. 63% of the market of video gamers are aged 21 and up, with over a 125 million Americans playing them daily. 43% of this market are comprised of women, so the idea that these "murder simulators," as he says, are targeted to adolescent boys is preposterous.

Our children are not at risk from copying these games, they are as likely to copy a video game as they are any form of violent television or movie. It is up to the parents, not the government, to protect their children. Through good parenting our children can discern fact from fiction, what is right and what is wrong, and ultimately what is a game and what is reality.

The First Amendment does not offer any protection for obscenity, but in the same vein, video games are traditionally categorized at artistic, political speech. Thusly, the video game falls under strict scrutiny and is thoroughly protected. There is no overarching law banning violence in the media, and further there should not be. In order to ban violence out of media, we, as Americans, must give up our right to listen to speech, even if it is a little. If we give an inch, we give a mile.

If these restrictions and regulations that Jack Thompson clamours for enter our law, then we have given into prior restraint (which is, historically, something the Supreme Courts hates to do) and applied Christian conservative ideals to a country that is strikingly, as of late, against such. We cannot allow anything this man says come to fruition, for if we do, we have set a precedent for speech and media to be regulated in the future -- not just in video games, but also in television, movies, and print materials.

We would give up rights, and the rights that our children have to view media as well. If we, as Americans, have to give up rights in the name of protecting our children, then we have seriously damaged our nation. Video games might seem like a small hill to die on, but in the name of free speech, nothing is too small.

^Small note: Being unbiased is a GOOD thing. I think you meant biased.

http://En.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bias



E pluribus Wiki

Proof reading for the win, I suppose. My bad.

If you go to the Nightline article, theres a video link.

They put some of the Jack parodies in there

Wait. He really claims that fewer people are reporting violent youth crime now? If so, that is the #1 craziest thing he has EVER said.

I could go on a news show and talk about the epedemic of Nuns killing babies. The reason no one knows about these killings is because nobody reports them...

I just went over to Kotaku for a sec and I noticed that kcaj (that's what they call him now, hehe) is at is usual "I was on TV! You're Not!" rant again. So basically, THIS is his new 60 Minutes bragging rights.

Wow, I haven't seen that much recycled material since I stopped buying the newspaper. How many times have we heard about the pioneer taking the arrows? How many times have we heard about T2 going down? Give it a break Jack. Is it too early to say that he's just a one-trick-pony?

So basically, THIS is his new 60 Minutes bragging rights.

...crap. We're never hearing the end of this.

I just had a bit of a "revelation" about JT after speaking to a hardcore-Christian co-worker of mine. Her life is constantly out of control (helplessness, abusive spouse, etc) yet always talks about the glory of her Lord and her rewards waiting for her in Heaven.

The point is, she uses her faith as a form of ESCAPISM from the real world. She does the same thing that JT (a hardcore Christian) says about video game players.

Hypocrite +1

I thought the interviewer was surprisingly non-biased. There were a couple of times I got the impression he was thinking "You can't really believe that!" but stayed professional anyway.
Did anyone else notice that Thompson hesitated before he said the word "homosexual"?
It looks like Thompson's finally learned what vigilante means, or else no one told him what the segment was called.

@Zerodash

That's something I've often noticed about a lot of these Born-Agains. Many of the hardcore ones, the ones who are really into it and have "devoted their lives to Jesus" etc. before they got "saved" used to lead really out of control lives (drug addiction, alcoholics, abusers, etc.) It is because of this that I have long believed that religion is mainly for people who can't control their own lives, and thus use it as a crutch. As Karl Marx said, "Religion is the opiate of the masses."

Likewise using their faith as a form of escapism, I have to wonder if the real reason they hate stuff like video games Harry Potter, Dungeons & Dragons and any other form of Science Fiction or Fantasy-based entertainment is because they see it as competition. Really, if you look at the Book of Revelation, and all the stuff that's been based on it (the Left Behind series, The Omega Code movies, et al), their religious themes notwithstanding, they could also be classified as either Fantasy or Sci-Fi.

My diatribe insult to ABC Television when their free video streaming was not available to me as a Canadian.

You self-righteous American assholes have decided that Canada can't get your abc shows online because you only want to give to Americans. Well I as a Canadian have watched American tv since I was born in 1964 and I have American values but nowdays I hope Al-Quaeda wins the war against you mother fuckin' pigs. Fuck you and your Republican shit. You sell your product all over the planet but then put restrictions on who can get what online because we weren't born in America. Fuck you because Men in Trees is filmed in my country and we will boycott you and all of your fucking bullshit American products if you want to sell to us but deny us the same priveledges online that you give to American citizens. You need to fuckin' grow up in the States and realize that Mexicans and Canadians live on the same continent and consume the same products as you fuckers. Moron idiot ABC assholes.

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