Jack Thompson, Video Game Legislation Make Next Gen’s “Gaffes & Blunders” List

They certainly like publishing lists over at Next Generation, and we enjoy reading them.

A feature listing Gaffes and Blunders in 2006 includes a section on Miami attorney Jack Thompson’s failed legislative effort in Louisiana. From the article, penned by Matt Matthews:

It just wouldn’t be the same business without perennial clown Jack Thompson to provide the tragicomic relief. This year, Jack can claim three spectacular achievements. First, he wrote legislation for the state of Louisiana to ban the sale of violent videogames. This stinker of a law… (was) killed with a permanent injunction in late November.

The Next Gen article reminds readers of Thompson’s well-publicized failed to block the release of Bully as well:

Jack’s second assault on the Gulf states took place in Florida where he waged a battle against the release of Rockstar’s schoolyard game for the Sony PlayStation 2, Bully. Thompson filed a suit in Miami-Dade circuit court…  A patient Judge Ronald Friedman watched Bully being played and subsequently deemed it no worse than nightly television…

Matthews also laments the continuing run of video game legislation, which saw 2006 laws passed – and defeated – in Louisiana, Oklahoma and Minnesota.

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