New Video Game Legislation in Massachusetts …Drafted by Jack Thompson

If you thought the video game industry’s uninterrupted string of federal court victories might discourage states from proposing further legislation, think again.

GamePolitics has confirmed that the Massachusetts legislature will soon take up consideration of a video game bill of the “harmful to minors” variety. This is the same legal concept traditionally used to block distribution of pornography to minors.

The proposed legislation, which does not yet have a primary sponsor, would block underage buyers from purchasing any game which:

  • depicts violence in a manner patently offensive to prevailing standards in the adult community, so as to appeal predominantly to the morbid interest in violence of minors
  • is patently contrary to prevailing standards of adults in the county where the offense was committed as to suitable material for such minors
  • and lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value for minors.

According to spokesperson Lynne Lyman of Boston’s Office of Human Services, about a dozen members of the Massachusetts House of Representatives are prepared to sign on to the bill, as are some state senators. The bill enjoys the backing of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino as well as other influential community members.

Lyman told GP the bill is patterned on Utah’s, which Massachusetts officials believe has the best chance to succeed. However, the Utah bill, which failed to clear the state legislature in 2006, is very similar to Louisiana’s video game law, which was declared unconstitutional by a federal judge. The legislature in Utah is expected to reconsider the video game bill in 2007, albeit with a new sponsor.

Lyman also confirmed that controversial Miami attorney Jack Thompson assisted in drafting the bill. Thompson was the author of the Utah and Louisiana bills.

Of his involvement, Thompson told GP:

The Mayor of Boston asked me to draft a bill, on his behalf, for the Massachusetts legislature. Mayors get to do that in Massachusetts. Secondly, it is very much like Louisiana. The difference is that these people intend to win the court fight, unlike the knuckleheads in Louisiana. That bill was constitutional. They took a dive because of (ESA boss Doug) Lowenstein’s threats.

Thompson’s “knuckleheads” reference pertains to the ugly feud which developed between the activist attorney and Louisiana officials, particularly Attorney General Charles Foti and Deputy A.G. Burton Guidry. The “threats” comment apparently pertains to remarks made by Doug Lowenstein to the effect that, “Signing this bill into law would no doubt hurt the state’s economy, essentially hanging up a ‘Stay Out of Louisiana’ sign on the state’s borders for video game companies.”

Speaking of Massachusetts, GP readers may recall the recent controversy there involving the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) in which a number of local officials and prominent citizens successfully lobbied for a ban on M-rated game advertisements on buses and trains.

GP: We originally broke this story on Monday evening, but we’re bumping into Tuesday’s coverage due to its impact on the gaming scene.

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    Anonymouse says:

    I hope Thompson wins this war and all this filth gets banned. Turn to Christ and true salvation. You will never find it spending your time playing this corrupt evil and when judgement day comes what will you have to mark your name by?

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    -Jes- says:

    @ Arion

    I disagree with your pose on Jack being a ‘decent guy’ outside of his self-delusional antigame war..

    The man has proven himself uncapable time and time of upholding a civil level of conversation and behaviour when someone disagrees with him, be the subject games or not.

    In other words, he’s the kind of person who’d get angry at you for leaving greasy shoe-marks on HIS part of the sidewalk.

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    Jotun says:

    It’s sad that dolts like Jack Thompson tend to compare violence with porn. That’s 100% hogwash. Does Resident Evil have porn? Play any Resident Evil games to find out, and you will see that violence does not equivalent to porn.

    “and lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value for minors.”

    It depends, but in the case of a 15-years old like x(wai)x had said, or even a 14 years old, it won’t take long for both the ages to know the difference between fantasy and reality.

    But as the sentence said, violent horror or any genre games has serious literary, artistic, politicalor scientific value, maybe not for the children but it can be made possible though, for the teens and adults. But what about porn? Ah yes, porn lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value.

    People tend to abuse movies and games with porn (Hot Coffee mod). Cannibal Holocaust and Cannibal Ferox and Don’t Answer the Phone! (AKA Hollywood Strangler) are porn (due to rape, sex and torturing of naked women, that’s sick).

    At least Saw movies are expert than the ones above. I know Saw III has nudity but at least it doesn’t contain any rape or sex.

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    x(wai)x says:

    and lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value for minors.

    And who gets to make the decision on which games “lack serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value for minors?” And how can they apply the same standard to all minors? There are plenty of fifteen-year-olds that can appreciate an M-rated game with a deep storyline that a nine-year-old might not be able to grasp…

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    Eville1 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Oh, and one more thing..Your assertion that game developers are all innocent is a fallacy. How do you know? The majority of them possibly, all of them? Probably not. Only the artist can know his own intent behind a work. It’s up to others to take from it what they will. And in this case they have. We all take away something different and that is part of what is at the heart of the issue.

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    Eville1 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @ Daniel;

    You’re 20 right? You’re roughly one year away from a large part of your life changing. You might need to examine a few things before that happens. I understand that games are great. I play them myself (and I also understand that this is “Gamepolitics”) but just by reading your statements I have to say that really, there are far more important things in life. How about war? Famine? The people dying non video game linked deaths? I too think it’s bad that people are attempting (if I could underline attempting I would.) to link pornography and video games but why get furious over it? I can understand Mr Thompson’s drive even if I disagree with his methods. I don’t want to see legal action take the place of a parent’s responsibility any more than you do but invectives and tirades about the injustice of it all are not going to change a single thing. We can do our best to calmly dissuade our nations political figures as much as possible. That is all we can do; try. Write local politicians, write state and federal folks too. Don’t sink to his level. And please keep in mind that even if you don’t remember the things you say (Like Mr Thompson.) two seconds later, others will.

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    Daniel says:

    @ Brokenscope

    You’re right. Jack Thompson will lose and Massachusetts will be sorry they listened to Jack Thompson. He will lose again and his record as a lawyer will look even worse. I hope people stop listening to him soon. I just get furious when I hear that he is trying to say that violent video games are as bad as pornography. That makes me angrier than anything else ever could. Nothing can get me nearly as mad as the lies of anti-game activists. They need to lose more fights.

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    Brokenscope ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Daniel, calm down man. If you react with anger like that you get yourself nowhere and raise your blood pressure. Calm down grab some popcorn and laugh as another state provides us with quality entertainment.

    @Mass residents
    Sorry your money is going to be wasted.

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    Daniel says:

    @ Chuma

    I am twenty and I guess I overreacted there. I just hate Jack Thompson and his lies. He is a bum and I have been against the idea that these games are bad for a long time. I have been fighting it for eight years and I could never tolerate someone saying that these games are bad, in any way. I couldn’t stand it. It pissed me off worse than anything. I defended these games more than I defended myself even. Sometimes, when people said negative things about me, I could take it, but I could never let a negative comment about violent video games go. I think that about explains why I react the way I do.

    @ Grahamr

    I didn’t actually have to throw up. I said that to add emphasis to what I was saying. I hate this proposed legislation because I can’t stand it. Anti-game legislation is bad.

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    Gray17 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    Ok, I’ll give it a shot.

    The Mayor of Boston asked me to draft a bill, on his behalf, for the Massachusetts legislature. Mayors get to do that in Massachusetts.

    First of all it’s got this arrogant condescending tone that’s just hilarious to imagine. It’s like one of those cases where someone’s attempting to sound superior, but just ends up sounding ridiculous.

    Then there’s the fact that if the mayor of the smallest town in Massachusetts asked a random out of state lawyer to draft legislation on some random issue and they began shopping it around to the state legislature, they’d be laughed out of the state’s political circles. The only reason they’re getting listened to is because it’s the mayor of Boston that’s pushing for this. That JT doesn’t seem to realize this is amusing.

    Then of course there’s the little fact that I’m fairly sure that the other 49 states don’t have laws forbidding mayors coming up with legislation and talking the state legislature into giving it a look. Only most of the time it’d be the mayor themselves drafting it, or more likely talking about their idea with one of their buddies in the state legislature, and the two of them draftings something. I mean, when you’re enough of a politician to become a mayor of some place, you usually know a lot of the guys higher up the food chain. You used to work with them when they were mayor of some place, you’ve chatted with them at parties, you’ve golfed with them, etc.

    Which kind of brings me to my last point. ANYONE can draft legislation and talk a lawmaker into pushing it. People do it all the time when they write their senators and congressmen to urge that action be taken on something. Of course most don’t go further than “There ought to be a law about this.” but it’s not like they’re forbidden from suggesting language. The real trick of the matter is getting the face time to explain your idea for a new law, and getting the politician you’re talking to to agree that it’s a good idea and they’ll get it into committee and back it.

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    Ed Gardner ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    We have a fairly vigourous game development community in Boston Metro and a decent number of studios represented in the State.

    I for one, do not intend to take this one lying down, now that its actually in a place where I can do something about it.

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    Arion ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Re: Daniel
    —“No one makes me madder than an anti-game activist!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m hot!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m super PISSED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The video game industry is INNOCENT INNOCENT INNOCENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! “—

    laughing too hard. That needs to go on a t-shirt.

    seriously, Jack thompson is no big deal. Whatever he does eventually gets canned and its only his psuedo celebrity status that keeps him around. Despite his half brained ideas on video game censorship and the occasional non sensical insults, he really seems to be a decent person. He hasn’t killed or robbed anybody. He is a better conservative christian than those far-right nutjobs who are spouting “god hates f—” signs, blaming liberals for the everything bad under the sun, postiing pictures of dead fetuses on Myspace, and misplacing George Bush as the voice of God. And he is not a real anti-gamer any more than he is an anti-music person for attempting to shut down 2live Crew/explicit rap lyrics a long time ago.

    I don’t hate or praise JT. But I think its hilarious his own obsession is matched by so many obsessed gamers.

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    “is patently contrary to prevailing standards of adults in the county where the offense was committed as to suitable material for such minors”

    And furthermore, since when is Parental Discretion directly enforced? If the game is marked widely as socially unacceptable, concerned parents would isolate it anyway.

    But after all, thats the problem with any anti-game bill such as this.

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    Eville1 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Can anyone get me in touch with Mr Thompson? I would like his help in banning all college football. I believe it has been suggested here (or elsewhere) that by his reasoning it should not exsist. More college age women have had violence done to them by football players (players of a violent sport) than kids have killed others after playing video games.

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    BearDogg-X says:

    “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”

    “Those who don’t learn from history is doomed to repeat it.”

    And once again Jack Thompson proves that, like the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, video game legislation is highly overrated.

    I seem to recall reading on here that:

    1) The Federal judge reviewing the Louisiana “law” found no difference between that and the other legislation that was already found to be unconstitutional;

    2) Thompson withheld his alledged “experts” from helping defend the bill, because he wasn’t given total control of the defense(I’m using that term rather loosely here, as the bill had no logical defense).

    But rebuilding Louisiana after two major hurricanes clipped the boot-shaped state from toe to heel within a month, rebuilding New Orleans, rebuilding the Ninth Ward, rebuilding SW Louisiana, rebuilding the levees, building levees for places that don’t have hurricane protection levees(like Terrebonne Parish), rebuilding our increasingly eroding coastline, rebuilding the wetlands, refurbishing the Louisiana Superdome, etc. makes us Louisianians “knuckleheads”, according to the Metropolitian Moron of Miami.

    Jack’s the real knucklehead. And a pork rind that idiot politicians in Massachusetts want when they’re stoned and just want garbage.

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    […] According to GamePolitics, Jack Thompson has drafted some legislation in Massachusetts, apparently on behalf of the Mayor of Boston. It should be no surprise that Mr. Thompson is confident that this attempt at drafting legislation to regulate the sales of violent video games will succeed. However, by basing his draft on the premise that violent video games are “harmful to minors,” Mr. Thompson seems to be on a path that will once again lead him beyond the limits of the Constitution. […]

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    GoodRobotUs ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Sad thing is, I don’t even find it annoying any more, obviously these states don’t particuarly care what they spend your money on, after all, it’s not out of their pockets, so all their little prejudices are funded by you.

    We all know it’s unconstitutional, time and time again we’ve seen judges agreeing with us completely.

    From reading through, there’s no reason whatsoever why this one won’t go down the toilet with the others.

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    sabin_blitz says:

    Truly amazing, I tell you. If JT is anything, it’s persistent. Well, persistent up to a point at least, that point being if it seems he may lose. Then he backs out like a coward, leaving hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees for the state to deal with in his wake. Worst part is that he shows no signs of stopping.

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    cat says:

    Is he trying to draft these stupid bills in every state? At the rate of these failures I think he could work the other 46 states in the continental US by the end of the year.

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    Terminator44 says:

    I’m going to bring out a saying we used to describe this kind of news in the past, back when GP still had the LJ format (Ahhh the good old days…):

    We’re going to be 51-0 folks. It’s only a matter of time.

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    Chuma ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Daniel: Seriously. How old are you? Apart from the excessive use of exclamation marks and references to fecal matter, your posts have really just lost all sanity of late.

    You are the target audience for Jack’s tauntings because you just react. What none of us want to see is people giving Jack any ammo and frankly these hysterics I am fearful will end up with phone calls or whatever. Take a step back and think a moment. Jack is a joke to us because of the way he conducts himself in a supposedly gentlemanly profession. It is up to us to ensure we don’t live up to his low expectations and to speak rationally.

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    AgnostoTheo ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Alright Ladies and gentlemen, taking all bets! When will Jack’s bill fail this time? Dead in committee? Permanent Injunction? Or Maybe even unconstitutional ruling. 3, 6, or 12 months? Who knows! *GRIN*

    Seriously. Why does this man insist on wasting our time and money on such frivolous lawsuits? Not that I have any legal knowledge, but can’t the ESA sue for this sort of thing at this point? HEY JT! RETIRE ALREADY. YOU LOSE.

    And Daniel. They have this wonderful new plan. It’s called lay of the caffeine.

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    Dustin1986 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    He doesn’t take responsibility for his own mistakes. He’s incapable of it, he can never admit when he’s wrong. There were a million different ways he could have handled the Louisiana bill, but he refused to work with other people. He’s proven again and again how completely unprofessional he is. The Louisiana state Legislature are a bunch of “knuckleheads”? Does this sound like an appropriate thing to say? What about his Bully case? The judge bent over backwards for him, and ordered Rockstar to deliver the game to him for review. This was unprecedented! And after the judge examines all of the evidence and decides in Rockstars behavior Jack calls the judge an idiot. I believe his contempt hearing is still unresolved since the judge recused himself from the case. I believe he said that the whole matter would have been quickly resolved if Jack had behaved in a more “professional” manner. You know what? I think I’m psychic. I think that this Massachusetts thing is going to go bad. And somehow it STILL won’t be his fault! His first two bills and both states are full of a bunch of idiots, what are the odds?

    There are so many worthwhile things this man could be doing, why he wastes his life on this I’ll never know. I’m taking a modeling and animation course in college right now and I’m hoping to build amazing worlds for people to explore and have fun in one day. What are you doing with your life Jack?

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    geekwad says:

    Re: “Fingers crossed that never happens, because unfortunately whatever America does, Australia is soon to follow.”

    I had the impression that Australia was quite capable of drafting and passing their own suppressive laws.

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    Jer ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    calm down. crying like that isn’t going ot help anyone. our best bet is to counter all of Mr. Thompson’s lies and conjecture with truths and facts. Demonstrate that we are all civilized individuals and groups with the patience and knowledge to know what we are doing with our past time.

    Would it be advisable if people start emailing the mayor and legislators of Massachusetts about the facts and cost of the bills presented to them?

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    Jotun says:

    By the way, I hope Jack’s knuckleheads will kick him off his license and he will lose everything, even his property and he will regret taunting us gamers.

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    aniki21 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Does JBT have a bad home life or something? It seems he’s never actually in Miami any more. Maybe we should let him win one, so he can see his family for a bit – it might make him less cranky.

    Oh well… keep setting up them pins, Jackie. Just don’t be surprised when the ESA gets another strike.

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    aniki21 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    x(wai)x Says:
    January 9th, 2007 at 1:51 am
    There are plenty of fifteen-year-olds that can appreciate an M-rated game with a deep storyline that a nine-year-old might not be able to grasp…

    Fifteen-year-olds shouldn’t be playing M-rated (17+) games, though.

    The problem is that kids are getting a hold of these games that, according to the industry (via the ESRB ratings) are not suitable for them. Since so many retailers slip up in the odd Secret Shopper survey, it’s being painted as the industry failing to take proper steps to “protect” kids.

    If there was a more watertight system to prevent children buying games that they’re too young for, then the industry could go on the offensive and start pointing out the parents who buy the games on their child’s behalf – which I’m sure counts for the majority of the M-rated games that children end up playing.

    But realistically, the games industry needs to step up its education campaign, especially when it comes to the parental controls on the machines. Encourage parents to watch what their children play, and suggest that they take anything away if they don’t think it’s suitable.

    All of that’s common sense for a responsible parent, but the industry needs to show itself as being proactive in the whole process, rather than kicking back and saying “it’s on the box”. That doesn’t cut it.

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    Daniel says:

    OHHHHHHHHHHHH This makes me SICK!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m tired of Jack Thompson, that piece of CRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He just doesn’t know when to QUIT. Let me clarify. When you’ve lost repeatedly, quit you piece of DUNG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hate Jack Thompson!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He keeps this going and it pisses me off in the worst way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can’t stand it when people attack innocent violent video games like this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That man’s lies reek of a pile of POOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He is a PIECE OF DUNG AND CRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think this SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve never gotten madder about anything in my life than the notion that these games are bad or evil in some way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I’m FURIOUS about all the BS laws that that RETARD is trying to pass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No one makes me madder than an anti-game activist!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m hot!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m super PISSED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The video game industry is INNOCENT INNOCENT INNOCENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can’t STAND IT ANYMORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This makes me want to THROW UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Mr.Pat says:

    Hmm, this hits me in quite a few ways interestingly enough. I live in Connecticut right now, but by this time next year I hope to live just outside Boston myself. Second, I haven’t taken any days off from work in a long time, and I’ve been itching for a reason to go back to Boston for a day (aside from stocking up on snacks and tonkatsu sauce from a market I frequent on Newbury St.). Heck, this could be fun if I can get there.

    Dennis, would you be willing to email me any details as they come along concerning when the bill may be brought up in the city? I wouldn’t mind getting this on tape if I can coincide one of my future days off with it.

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    Mnementh2230 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Another waste of tax-payer dollars, courtesy the commonwealth of Massachusetts, and Jack Thompson.

    The law is unenforcably vague. It equates games to porn. It violates first amendment rights. It violates equal protection.

    How Jacko thinks this would be constitutional is beyond me – he’s obviously deluded. That he still has a license to practice law is a tragedy.

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    Gray17 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Anyone else find this part funny?

    The Mayor of Boston asked me to draft a bill, on his behalf, for the Massachusetts legislature. Mayors get to do that in Massachusetts.

    I mean, there are just so many things ridiculous about that line that I don’t know where to begin.

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    Jezebeau says:

    … but ‘Bully’ *has* socio-political value, as does the much-maligned SCMRPG, even if the most they might do is get someone talking about the real issues. That’s the point.

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    Andrew Eisen ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Thompson’s proposal (linked by nightwng2000 above) is not new or original. Walsh from NIMF has proposed the same thing. The reason it won’t work (besides being completely unnecessary) is because auditing your own members results in discoverable information that can be used against said members in a civil court case. Would you open up your members to civil court attacks in this anti-game climate? Of course you wouldn’t. (linked again for convenience)

    By the way, Thompson’s wording shows that he has little understanding of what the ESA and ESRB are for and can and cannot do.

    Andrew Eisen

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    Jotun says:

    To aniki21,

    That depends though, on how the parents control their kids. And whether the latter is a 15 years old or any age, I would recommend parents to buy Teen rated and Everyone rated games for them and if the parents feel that they should take the risk and felt that they had done enough to teach their kids the difference between fantasy and reality, then the M-rated game will be their choice though.

    I had to say, the behavior and attitude of children lies on their parents shoulders. And don’t expect the police force to be full-time babysitters for your children and don’t expect legislators nor the game industries to do that, it will be a shame thing to do.

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    MaskedPixelante ( User Karma: -1 ) says:

    So… when this bill fails like the rest of them… who do you think Jack will blame his failings on?

    Seriously though, it’s kind of obvious this bill will fail.

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    Bigman-K ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I actually very suprised to see a bill like this in Massachusetts. Esspecially with all the other failed bills before it and even more so esspecially one that is written by Jack Thompson. I always though Massachusetts politicans were pretty level headed but i guess i was wrong. They’re just as idiotic as the politicans in the deep south, esspecially for teaming up with a fanatic like Thompson. Lets hope this bill doesn’t get passed the committee phase and dies a quite death.

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    Muetank ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Seing as i live in Massachusetts, i can safely say that Mayor Menino isn’t exactly the brightest bulb on the tree. So he’s not a huge problem. The only real problem is that if the judges ok this bill. I wouldn’t see that happening though, judges around here seem pritty level headed and would see though the BS.

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    thefremen says:

    The democrats won so why do they feel the need to manufacture problems? could it be that they don’t know how to fix poverty/crime/the war in Iraq?

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    Bissel ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    So do you think people should start emailing the legislature in Mass and point out the whole failing in other states and having to pay the game industry thing?

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    barfo ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    JT: ‘The difference is that these people intend to win the court fight, unlike the knuckleheads in Louisiana.’

    “And I would have gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for you meddling kids!”

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    Father Time ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    and lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value for minors.

    Isn’t that one of the prongs of the miller test involving pornography? It was ment for pornography and not violence. Let’s see they had artistic so art can’t be deemed obscene, scientific so sex ed stuff wouldn’t be banned, and political and literary. . . for good measure? IF they are SERIOUS about doing a Miller test for minors (even though I doubt it would work) then they should add something that could only apply to violence and not to porn . . . HISTORIC values, that way WWII things wouldn’t be banned if they accurately depicted the violence there. Also we should never forget the fact that our country started with a violent revolution and didn’t just spring out of the ground.

    Anyway I have a message Jack thompson’s career is not spiralling out of control ready to crash people are taking him seriously, WHY? because he calls himself an expert and it seems no one knows what he has done in the past. Picture a man who fell off a cliff but has some rope attached to him and was able to lasso the rope onto a rock saving himself from death, now the man is slowly climbing the face of the cliff, this is jack thompson and eventually he will climb out of the cliff and make progress with his ultimate goal. We make think his career will self destruct but think about it so far he has said and done some incredibally stupid things and has this slowed him down? No not really. We need to fight him not ignore him because refusing to acknowledge his existence won’t help anything. We need to cut the rope he is using to climb the face of the cliff (and give him a nice push) How? by e-mailing those senators and whoever who buy into his garbadge and remind them of Lousiana. Also we need to urge the ESA and whatnot to file legal action (if not bar complaints) against Thompson for every lie and every slander he makes, if nothing else it will be more productive then sitting here insulting him.

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    Gabriel Celesta ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Is it just me, or did Jack pretty much draft the exact same bill as in Louisiana, only worded a little differently? What on earth makes him think this bill will survive the MA courts?..

    Oh, and by the way… Jack Thompson “and lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value for” EVERYONE. ^_^

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    Lost Question ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    And so the cycle starts again.

    we know how this go’es
    1. buddy buddy
    2. the bill is challenged
    3. one day passes and jack starts making unreasonable demands
    4. the partnership sours on jacks side
    5. jack jumps ship with some claim, leaveing those who signed the bill stranded
    6. jack gets vexed over the fact that it failed saying his “partners” did’nt bail the water out fast or hard enough
    7. he moves on to his next host… erm… partner
    8. rinse and repeate

    someone should make it so jack sinks with his figurative ship.

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    Gamer says:

    Here’s how it starts:

    1) JT drafts bill which equates violence to porn.

    2) He brings in his bogus “experts” to claim games are “harmful”, or “games are used by the military blah blah blah” nonsense, which even John Stossel proved was a lie on 20/20

    3) He claims brain scan studies prove a “harm” is shown

    Here’s how it ends:

    1) Courts have already stated that violence does not equal porn

    2) The so called “experts” that JT is referring to have already been shown to be irrelevent. Craig Anderson – whose theories have been debunked in court in virtually all the video game bill cases. ex-Lt Col. Grossman, oh boy, where do I begin with this guy. He claims games are used by the military for desentization – lie. Grossman bases all his nonsense on some guy who wrote a book about military men not being able to fire their weapons on the battlefield – which has already been proven to be nonsense. Grossman has also called Henry Jenkins of MIT a “prostitute” for allegedly receiving money from the video game industry, but Jenkins has stated he hasn’t received anything. Ironically, Grossman asks for a $3,500 fee when he presents his views on video games (proof: Who is the prostitute again?

    3) Brain scan studies have never shown a “harm” to anyone. These studies were even used in Illinois and were shot down by other experts in this field, and they were shot down by the court as well. Besides, these studies have never been done on other mediums (books, newspapers, etc) so there is no justification for singling out video games for regulation – which is one of the flaws with all the previous video game bills. If you can’t prove video games should be singled out, the MRI studies conducted by narrow-minded “researchers” ain’t gonna do it.

    4) Bill will be thrown out

    5) Jack makes bogus claims like activist/liberal judges, and claims the knuckleheads in the Mass. legislature didn’t fight the bill in court, or that his “experts” weren’t used properly/at all. Just because you have “experts” doesn’t make a bill constitutional.

    6) Some knucklehead legislator in another state asks Jack to draft yet another unconstitutional bill, which kinda makes you wonder, if these are truly “lawmakers” why does Jack have to do their job for them? Aren’t they the ones that should write the bills, rather than have someone else do it for them?

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    sanfran216 says:

    Well, on the bright side, it doesn’t have a sponsor yet.

    Let’s hope the legislators in Massachusetts aren’t as stupid as their counterparts in Louisiana.

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    Jabrwock ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    I think it’s just a matter of time. Notice that not a single one of those states slapped with 1/2 million dollars in legal fees has even *proposed* doing it again (not seriously anyway, there’s always dreamers). Eventually JT won’t have any ears to bend…

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    Yuki says:


    This is exactly why the Industry needs to fight back. It’s cause of there inaction that he’s allowed to keep trying failed efforts over and over in the hope that one of them gets through.

    If the industry started taking him to court every time he started spouting lies and defaming them, eventually he’d be the equal to legal poison, no Politican would dare work with him.

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    Jabrwock ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    JT will write another letter that reads “…the knuckleheads in Massachusetts.”

    My bet is about 20 seconds after the AG refuses to let JT score all the limelight. At which point JT will take his “experts” and go home to sulk again…

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    KungFu-tse says:

    “…unlike the knuckleheads in Louisiana.”

    I have a feeling that somewhere in the not-so-distant future, JT will write another letter that reads “…the knuckleheads in Massachusetts.”

    No offense to the people in Massachusetts mind you.

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    Jabrwock ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    eventually the politicians will realise that tax payers hate to see half a million dollars flushed down the drain

    Bwahahahahahaahahahahaahah! 😀

    *wipes tears away*

    Oh, I needed that.. thanks. :)

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    Tony Selby ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    and this is the perfect example of why the video game industry doesn’t need to fight back against JT, he pushes the exact same bill in another state, which will be found unconstitutional as before, Jack defends the bill, loses, the industry sues for legal fee’s, tax payers end up paying for it

    eventually the politicians will realise that tax payers hate to see half a million dollars flushed down the drain to defend an unneccessary, and unconstitutional bill, and stop contacting JT

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    Jabrwock ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    The difference is that these people intend to win the court fight, unlike the knuckleheads in Louisiana. That bill was consititutional. They took a dive because of (ESA boss Doug) Lowenstein’s threats.

    Funny, if it was constitutional, why did it lose miserably in court?

    Oh right, activist judges, silly me. 😉

    Is this man capable of EVER accepting the fact that he can’t just override the highest law in the land willy nilly? Where does he think he lives, Canada? 😛

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    Juggernautz ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Sigh. He just doesn’t give up, does he? The industry really does need to fight back eventually, but in the meantime I guess we just have to put up with these constant challenges. I’m a little worried that JT will have spent enough time trying to find loopholes and weasel/threaten/bribe his way into passing one of these bills one day and it could start a chain reaction.

    Fingers crossed that never happens, because unfortunately whatever America does, Australia is soon to follow. :(

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    Verbinator ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Newsflash: City of Boston to Flush Half Million Dollars down city Sewers. When asked about other recent cases in which similar laws were found to be unconstitutional, city officials were quoted as saying “Louisiana? Is that state?”

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    Darth Fracas says:

    by who’s definition do games lack “serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value” Alex?

    The Political Machine could lack political value to Republicans since, heaven forbid, you can win the election fairly with a democrat.

    In regards to literary value, if you can’t realize that many games have a plot very similar to books and movies, you head down a very slippery slope. This also covers the artistic aspect. If books and movies get protection as art, so do video games.

    The only question now really is how much will the industry be awarded in legal fees to be repaid when this bill goes down in flames.

    As for scientific value… what form of entertainment do the majority of people engage in that could be considered ‘scientific’? that one is BS.

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    Siftr says:

    Didn’t JT pen the Louisiana bill? in other words. he just admitted all his bills are unconstitutional.

    I’m going to find the email address of the mayor to verify that the mayor actually asked him

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    Chuma ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Unless the bill goes into more details about what the standards are then it will fail even before going into 1st amendment grounds by being far too vague. Will be interesting to read the bill in full so as to judge it on it’s merits. If Jack is just repeating the same old rubbish in the hope that a different state will defend it with more vigor, then I wouldn’t worry. Just sit back and wait for the Unconstitutional stamp from the next judge, who will no doubt be accused of bias from Mr. JT.

    One thought related to the subject: Jack is up for 2 charges of contempt of court I believe? When do those come into play and does anyone know what impact that will have on his ability to promote or defend the bill if found guilty?

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    Andrew Eisen ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    What’s the definition of insanity again? Isn’t it:

    “Trying the same thing over again and expecting different results.”

    Or is that abject stupidity? I can never remember which.

    Andrew Eisen

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    Beacon ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    JT still never told us how his LA bill was so bullet-proof in the first place. For all his talk of being sufficiently “narrowly tailored” is was incredibly vague.

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    Grahamr ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    Theory? and my dad are going to be in Boston!!!!! (Well, theory? lives there)


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    David says:

    As with all of these bills that mention the “prevailing standards in the adult community”, how does one determine what those standards are?

    Does the bill layout a method that does not include the ESRB for determining these standards?

    If not, and the bill is then meant to rely on the ESRB ratings, it automatically becomes unconstitutional (IIRC, laws cannot be used to enforce private standards [like the voluntary rating system of the ESRB] with regard to public consumption).

    Wasn’t that one of the general arguments that struck down the LA and Utah bills (other than the fact that the laws could not realistically be enforced)?

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    Alex ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    “and lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value for minors. “

    Is it just me, or does that really cover pretty much every game?

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    Wow, so Jack’s a bigger dullard than I first thought. If he thinks he can pass the same bill in a different state he’s pretty dumb. ESPECIALLY when he calls an entire state “Knucklheads”.

    His crusade is nothing more than a means to keep his name in the papers.

    The sad thing is, Hillary Clinton will probably help him if he comes to New York.

    I doubt that Mass would be dumb enough to alienate some of its better paying job markets.

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    sqlrob ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @aniki21: “Since so many retailers slip up in the odd Secret Shopper survey, it’s being painted as the industry failing to take proper steps to “protect” kids.”

    Yet the movie industry (DVDs) is doing significantly worse than video games. Why are video games demonized, and movies not?

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    geekwad says:

    Problem is, the bill doesn’t have to pass for Jack to be “successful.” He’s not paid on a contingency basis. He could shit on a page of vellum, retroactively charge hundreds of dollars an hour for the time he spent digesting a burrito, and walk away laughing. He’s a cynical prick. If he really gave a damn about the various causes he pretends to champion, he would not be a lawyer. When was the last time a lawyer made things better?

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    Yuki says:


    Spelling never was my strong suit, unlike history and technology, but I digress.

    You make some good points, and some not so good points.

    You do have a good point, the industry could do more in regards to enforcing it’s self policing policy, as while the big box stores are doing great jobs, the smaller retaliers are not. However, and forgive me for paraphrasing as I’m away from my notebook and don’t have the Ruilings infront of me, but each judge in each case has made the following or similars statments.

    ” Given the industries efforts as self policing, when compared to similiar efforts by other media industries, it is a violation of the 14 amendment to single them out for further restrictions without including music or movies in that demand.”

    Again, not an exact quote, but one like it has appeared in every ruling thus far. SO, again, until the anti gamers start targeting other industries, there argument is flawed and doomed to death from the get go. The industry has done it’s part, until the other industries are in line, then I say leave the games alone.

    Now, on your second point we can agree somewhat. Games are being unfairly targeted. But as far as I’m concerned, part of the problem is that the industry has never made an effort to point out the hypocracy of the attacks on them. As an example. Leeland Yee attacked games until his bill got put in injunction, yet failed to mention that he gets millions in campaign dollars from the Movie industry. Hypocracy.

    As to the effect of violent media, while there may be an effect, theres no evidance as to there being any direct link to violence. If there were, these laws wouldn’t be shot down all the time.

    As for my argument about JT, ask the PTC what a slander suit can do to you. They had to pay the WWF millions for slander. The industries image is already tarnished ,and wont get fixed by PR and Education at this point, the industry has to stop the lies and critics first, then pr and education can fix there image.

    The whole point of the lawsuits is not money, it’s to stop the lies and BS, the industry has 10 billion dollars a year in revenue, more this year from what i hear. It’s not like they have to worry about the money. They should use that financial and legal muscule the got to put the hurt on JT and MSM to get the lies and BS to stop. Then they can use pr and other methods to fix there image.

    Overall, it’s not that your ideas about Pr and such are bad, but the time for that passed years ago. Right now theres to much lies and bs in the MSM and from JT for such ideas to work. We need to shut the liars up first.

    I”m not trying to be mean man, but the fact is, playing nice nice is what go the industry into this spot in the first place. They sat around for so long doing nothing to counter there critics that now the critics have a massive edge .

    But hey, everyone has there own opinion. Agree or not, we dont’ have to fight about it.

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    Chris W ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I wonder what Jack’s billing rate is for ‘drafting legislation’? Essentially the good people of MA are paying Jack by the hour to draft something that will ultimately be rejected.

    There is more than enough evidence to show any person that this legislation will never pass.

    If I were a resident of the city of Boston and MY money went to pay some failed lawyer to draft some legislation that has failed time and time again…. well, I might just have to call the mayor’s office and the local press…….

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    gs2005 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Remember, there is a serious generational disconnect with some politicians. Because video games are “new” to them, they will easily be convinced based on emotional arguments, and will ignore facts.

    As a federal employee, there are people I work with daily who somehow were able to graduate from high school…

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    Salen says:

    Oh goodie. More bad legislation on the way. Should we just call this Loiusiana Part 2? Seriously Jacko, if Louisiana says something isn’t constitutional when it comes to games, then they’re probably right.

    So yeah, I can’t wait for this law to be shot down, in flames, again.

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    point09micron ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Where the taxpayers of MA really get shafted is that he’ll be billing for the time it takes him to Find-Replace Louisiana with Massachusetts in the Word doc he used last time. Being a lawyer must be the best job in the world. Nowhere else can you get paid twice for doing the job once.

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    PHOENIXZERO ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    That proposal that Jack gave is rather moronic since it’d hurt publishers more than it would stores. So, Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer for videogames screws up (which I’m sure happens on a daily basis) and sells a M rated game to someone under 17, so now the publishers are going to with hold copies of a product they want to sell? What are they going to do with games the store has already ordered? Refund their money? With stores like Gamestop/EB, they’d still probably get plenty of copies from people trading games in, which of course is where they make their money anyway so how’s that going to really hurt them?

    As for this whole stupid thing in Massachusetts, I can’t wait for it to blow up in their faces and if they make to to the point Louisiana did, I hope they lose a lot money on this doomed to die bill. If they’re smart, it’ll be withdrawn and won’t even make it to a actual vote… Can’t wait for Jack’s ranting and raving when he loses…….. Again.

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    aniki21 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    sqlrob Says:
    January 9th, 2007 at 10:04 am
    Yet the movie industry (DVDs) is doing significantly worse than video games. Why are video games demonized, and movies not?

    That’s really irrelevant when it comes to defending against these kinds of legislative attacks. Whining that someone else gets away with it is not going to help anybody in this situation, just like pointing out the kind of sexual material books get away with wouldn’t help the movie industry get past the wrath of legislators.

    It’s the responsibility of each industry to watch it’s own ass and take the steps to ensure it’s as well-defended as possible; pointing out the failings of another entertainment sector is an even bigger waste of time than these laws.

    Jotun Says:
    January 9th, 2007 at 8:04 am
    I had to say, the behavior and attitude of children lies on their parents shoulders. And don’t expect the police force to be full-time babysitters for your children and don’t expect legislators nor the game industries to do that, it will be a shame thing to do.

    It’s unreasonable to expect the industry to babysit people’s children, but I don’t think it’s too much to suggest that the games industry take every reasonable step to make sure that they can defend against accusations of irresponsibility.

    Educating parents isn’t going to be a difficult thing to do, and if they’d taken the initiative a few years ago and made more of an effort in POS information about ESRB ratings and game content – as well as a bigger effort from retailer chains to prevent sales to minors – we’d be in a much securer position and be better placed to argue against accusations of peddling violence to children.

    Yes, it’s ultimately the parent’s responsibility to raise their children and monitor their entertainment intake, but that’s not to say that there’s nothing resting on the industry’s shoulders. There’s a limit to the games industry’s sphere of influence, but it needs to be much more active and effective within that sphere if we’re going to see an end to these legislative efforts.

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    DoggySpew ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    So Mr. John Bruce Thompson has learned to “copy and paste” so it seems.
    This to will fail, and this to will cost US taxpayers money.

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    Theory? ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I get my mail in the state of Massachusetts, so I guess I’m a resident, and with that I shed a tear for this poor state.

    I hope you didn’t have any social benefactors who needed that money guys because this one is going to hurt you.

    It’s really funny because the city just spent an insane amount of money redoing the ticketing system on the T. They built brand new Charlie Ticket stations at every T stop, as well as new scanners on the trains. On top of that there’s an exorbitant amount of reconstruction going on in Boston, and that’s outside “The Big Dig” which will never be finished.

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    Black Manta ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    That “proposal” he made echoes a similar one he made almost a year ago. Anyone remember that “peace can only be had through me” piece he once sent? It has that same kind of tone to it. It’s even more bizarre that he makes this gesture while at the same time he drafts this bill. Just which way does he want it exactly? Does he on some level realize this bill might fail as well and offer this so-called “olive branch” as some sort of contingency plan?

    While JT may not show any signs of giving up, I’m at least somewhat comforted in the knowledge that he’s being increasingly viewed as a crank – albeit a crank with a law degree that seems to use the legal system like a blunt instrument. He can tout his recent Nightline appearance all he likes, but in the end it really didn’t do anything for him. If anything, it only showed to most of America how much of a nut he is and how idiotic his “crusade” really is. We keep saying here how he shouldn’t be allowed any kind of platform from which to spout his lies, but upon refelction, I say give him all the airtime he wants! If it means that more people will finally see how much of an idiot he really his (and we all know how good Jack is at shooting himself in the foot), the faster his career will self-destruct.

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    Spicyragnatz says:

    Two things…

    First off, does anyone actually have a record of Jack Thompson’s career? I’d be interested in seeing exactly how many court cases he has actually won and how much legislation he has successfully drafted that was passed. I just would like to see what makes politicos actually think that he can be of service to them.

    “and lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value for minors.”

    I actually would LOVE to see that pass. When laws made it illegal for strip clubs to allow full nudity (thus the stickers over the nipples) unless it was art, at least one strip club started doing “naked shakespeare” so that it was okay. Well how about some shakespeare games? That would have literary or artistic value. Titus would be a good example.

    Or political? Well then, lets create the most offensive war situation ever. Scientific? How about a realistic depictation of what happens to the human body when flayed.

    I dare Massachusetts to challenge our industry as such. It will be the goriest revolution EVER.

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    BustermanZero ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    The question becomes how many ignorant political morons does it take to pass an unconstitutional bill? The real question is how many people believe a bill is constitutional because a knucklehead from Florida says it is depite not having a reliable test method.

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    Jer ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Why don’t we attempt to come up with a Interactive Media Legislation bill that would protect the video game industry from these attacks? have on there
    a ban on producing legislation that is made to prevent/censor games unconstitutionally, getting retailers to have more enforcement on the handing out of video games (i.e. enforcing the ESRB and having parental consent for individuals attempting to get a game not for their age group), and educating the public on video games and the ESRB.

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    Grimm22 says:

    Well, I doubt this will pass

    Although this IS the same state that continues to re-elect people like Ted Kennedy and John Kerry to represent them, so its not out of the question

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    Verbinator ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @ cat
    “Is he trying to draft these stupid bills in every state?”

    I think JT is “gaming” the court system … and looking at the longer strategy (yes, I just attributed the ability to develop a strategy to this man). States may be irrelevant. The failed court cases he has championed (and/or abandoned) around the country have taken place in different federal court districts. Just my opinion, but I think he is shopping for a sympathetic federal court (not just a judge) … hoping to find an activist federal judge of any persuasion (con, neo-con, or liberal) who will support his Point of View when a law (if passed) is challenged in court.

    I think ultimately, he is looking for the following situation: Pass a Law. Have it survive a federal constitutionality challenge at the federal court level (possibly due to judicial activism). The industry would of course, appeal any verdict that went against the industry, possibly going straight up to the Supremes. He may have some belief that a more-or-less morally conservative Sumpreme Court would either decide in his favor or decline to take the case, in which event, he wins.

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    DeusPayne ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @jer: Uh… a ban on producing unconstitutional things…. isn’t that a little… you know… redundant. Unconstitutional by definition is illegal, you don’t need to ban something that’s already illegal. That’d be like saying that we need laws to ban felonies.

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    Gary says:

    Lets further legislate religious ‘morality’, as we all know how moral religion can be. As long as you ignore the.. crusades.. inquisition.. burnings.. witch huntings.. book burnings.. beheadings.. vatican sanctioned/hidden child rape.. the list goes on and on. These idiots should read their own bible sometime and comment on the level of violence in that alone. If they did, they’d be forced to ban their very own source of ‘morality’. Heck, lets ban anything and everything and we can live in a clean whitewashed, brainless, follow the leader society loved so dearly by the zombified spoonfed theocratical masses.

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    Namrepus221 says:

    Does Mass. have a thing where you can go the the hearings on these laws and acctually speak on them as a resident of the state?

    I remember someone speaking about something like that in Louisana, all you had to do was fill out some sort of card and you could speak at the capitol on an issue.

    Maybe get a few dozen gamers down there to speak on why this will end up hurting the state and it’s residents in the long run. Of course only intelligent gamers should attempt this (god knows they don’t want to hear from some 12 year old gangsta gamer or something like that)

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    Black Manta ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @ Verbinator

    That has essentially been his strategem. If you remember, in previous interviews, he has often compared his tactics to those that lawyers had used to eventually take down big tobacco years earlier; claiming that while similar lawsuits against them had failed, eventually one passed. He has stated that he believes that the same thing will happen against the video game industry, that all it takes is for at least one law to pass and then, as he put it, “the floodgates would open.”

    Now while this may sound good on paper, personally it sounds dubious to me, at least where video games are concerned. If only because of the fact that, despite what JT continually claims, there has been no hard demonstrable evidence that video games cause tangible harm, unlike cigarettes which were conclusively proven to have tangible detrimental effects on one’s health. At least the lawyers going up against big tobacco had the backing of the Surgeon General’s report, not to mention medical evidence, which was a lot more compelling as opposed to the “evidence” Jack and his like profess, which has been shown to be tenuous at best.

    I would be interested to know, however, from any of the legal experts here, about how valid Jack’s strategy is and if it is as likely to succeed as he claims.

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    Hank the Tank ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @ Gary


    This has nothing to do with religion. I’m so sick of hearing sh*t like this. Most people are passively religious anyway.

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    Muetank ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    I’ll have to look into that. If there is a way to get in I deffanitly would go. I might be able to get some of my friends to go to. The more the merrier right. ^_^

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    Sigma 7 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Yet another “block-minors-from-buying law”.

    The way to break a bad law is to follow it to the letter. If a game has any form of any “serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value”, then the law is a carte blanche to sell the game, including Grand Theft Auto.

    Taking this law out is easy – write to your congressmen and state that this law does the exact opposite of what it claims to do, and state exactly why. There’s more than enough cut-n-paste material available to handle this without problem.

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    Jer ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @ Deus
    yes, that would be. thank you for the correction in logic.

    I hope a majority of the readers here were still able to understand what I was trying to say/suggest.

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    Fojar says:

    Of course this law won’t pass. EVERY video game can have artistic value etc. If you look hard enough. Same as how nearly every game is violent in some way.

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    Automancer ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I for one am not worried one bit, simply because Jack Thompson is involved. Maybe I should take Jack Thompson with me when I play the lottery so he can cause me to win by ruining the machine. Seriously though, this legislation even if it passes will be challenged by the courts and struck down and Jack will piss and moan about what a bunch of “knuckleheads” the judge and legislators are and go back to Florida to sulk. Then he’ll move onto a new state and the process will repeat. Before long, Jack’s going to run out of states.


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    Yuki says:

    Ok, hope you all don’t mind if I step in an correct a few things.


    You actually are wrong. The argument that the movie industry has failed in it’s self regulation was crucial in the last 9 cases, among other things. Mainly cause of the fact that the laws dont’ just violate teh 1st amendment, but the 14 as well. Still, the other thing to remember is something called precident. With a mountain of previous victories, any law passed now has a very very slim chance of surviving the court challange.

    Otherwise speaking, jacks fighting the unwinnable battle now. It’s been over the momment LA struck down his last bill. Now, he’s just fighting to keep his head above water so to speak.

    If the industry really wants this to end, it needs to get aggressive. It’s inaction against jack and his croonies is what allows them to think it’s safe to keep doing this. If they were suddenly facing slander and liebel lawsuits left and rigth for there actions, they might think seriously about not attacking an industry with a 10 billiion dollar financial backing.

    In the end, jack and his followers will continue to fight this battle until they are shown that it will cose them just as badly as they are costing the tax payers. IT’s why the industry needs to be more proactive.

    But hey, thats just what I think.

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    kickassgamer ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Knuckle heads….like he can talk. I am pissed at him and the LA politicians because I live in LA, so its wasting my parents money, and now Studio will not wanna come here, like Doug said. So I will have to move when I get older. I’m not worried about the bill because it will get shot down…I just wish money and time werent wasted.

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    ME 14 says:

    Are these people retarted don’t they see what happened before and WTF with the games not providing sciecetic crap I don’t know a game like that. It will burn and FAIL!!!!!!! :X

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    Majestic_12_x ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    So, exactly how long until Jack starts calling Menino a knucklehead? I wonder if the legislators in Louisiana have something to say about a never-was lawyer calling them “knuckleheads”. Jack is clearly a professional….ambulance chaser.

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    J.Goodwin says:

    It probably won’t pass.

    Menino pushes for dozens of state level bills every year. This year the total is over 60. Most likely, this came up because of the recent rise in homicides in Boston. A law that’s more likely to pass that’s part of the same folio automatically suspends drivers licenses and revokes vehicle registrations of people who are convicted of a firearms violation.

    All of which pretty much ignores the real source of the rise of homicides in the city, which is predominantly driven by murders among recent Cape Verdean immigrants who have brought their gang war to our city (a problem that seems to happen in many cities with large CV immigrant populations). The crimes are particularly vile of late, which may have brought a panicked sense of urgency to the mayor’s office.

    Addressing the issues in that particular community through city outreach, education and community pacification is the only way that you’ll reduce the level of homicides (and is exactly what worked to stop the high levels of gang violence in the past).

    The Boston Herald will probably pick this one up as it’s media champion, so brace yourselves for that bullcrap.

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    aniki21 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Yuki Says:
    January 9th, 2007 at 5:07 pm
    You actually are wrong. The argument that the movie industry has failed in it’s self regulation was crucial in the last 9 cases, among other things.

    You win the “Missing Aniki’s Entire Point Award”.

    I’m not saying that there’s no double standard – I’m saying that arguing the point outside of the appeal courtroom is a waste of time. We all know there’s a double standard, now can we please get on with something positive and proactive?

    Like it or not, the games industry has a responsibility in this matter. The fact is, by being more forthright with education and (for instance) enacting it’s own system to deal with retailers who break ranks with ESRB ratings, it would make life a lot easier when these legislative efforts come down the pipeline.

    Until the games industry can demonstrate that it’s taking every reasonable step within its sphere of influence to prevent inappropriate material reaching minors, there’s going to be room for people to criticize it.

    And frankly Yuki, I’m not the least bit convinced by the “sue everybody” approach you generally advocate around here. Firing lawsuits at people for calling the industry names is just going to reinforce the perception that it’s an immature and frivolous industry. People like JBT would just become more determined.

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    […] Massachusetts residents! Jack Thompson is drafting video game sales legislation at Mayor Menino’s request. This would be pretty much identical to the law that was just blocked in a Louisiana court for unconstitutionality. The general legal approach taken by the bill has already failed in other states, and each state has had to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in court fees to the Entertainment Software Association. It is time to write to your local representatives and tell them that you don’t want the state wasting your tax dollars on legislation that simply will not pass. […]

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    FatherTime ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @ x(wai)x Says:
    And who gets to make the decision on which games “lack serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value for minors?”

    Probably a judge but on what level I do not know.

    And how can they apply the same standard to all minors?

    They can’t but still, it shouldn’t be that hard to do, can you think of well anything that has “serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value” for minors, and not adults, but that doesn’t matter, if this law gets passed most retails will just not sell T or M rated games to kids period and not even bothr to find out if has artistc scientifc etc. values for kids (with a couple exceptions I bet).

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    Yuki says:

    Anki: and you win the “I didn’t study history” award.

    It’s one thing to request responsibility, it’s another to force one industry to restrict itself more then others are doing. If the industry has to force retailers into abiding by the Policies, but won’t force the movie or music industry to do the same, your rewarding them for incompitance and punishing the only industry that is actually succesful in it’s efforts. Thats hypocritical and flawed and more proof that you aren’t paying attention. The game industry has done more then it should to control sales to minors, which is why they win in court, among other things. Every single judge has stated that the industries self policing policies are vastly superior to other, similiar industries.

    If thats that case, why would we want to force them to adobt stricter rules when the ones already in place are vastly better then any other industry of this type. It’s hypocrital, it’s stupid, and it shows the same type of biased thinking that the people in office show.

    Games should be treated no different then any other media, and until the other media is held to the same spotlight, then the industry has every right to point out the hypocracy of people attacking them when the movie and music industries are utter failures in the area of self policings.

    As for my Sue back ideal, it wasn’t arrived at by chance Anki, it was arrived at cause the industry hasn’t ever had the courage to activly fight back against it’s critics. Determined or not, a begger hasn’t got much of anything to use against those he hates, and if the industry had a pair they could have bankrupted JT years ago. Same applies to the mainstream media. if the industry wanted, they could use the legal system to force the MSM to fairly and accuratly report on games. Thats why there are Slander and defamation laws in the country.

    While I would like to think there were other options, the time for those options had come and gone years ago with no action whatsoever from the industry. Now, it’s to late for PR campaigns and commercials. Until the lies and slander stop, it wouldn’t matter how much the industry tried to educate the public, the MSM would keep sensationalizing it and just make it look like the industry is the bad guy. When they are left with the choice of either reporting fairly or giving the industry milliions of dollars from lawsuits, then they might take the former.

    You can disagree with me all you like anki, thats your right, but the fact is, history has shown so far, that i’m right. Every media that was ever attacked, the first thing people did was try to claim it was different from other media. Comic books are a prime example.

    Regardless of the end result in court, that doesn’t change the perception of games a being for kids. Until the industry silences the liars and the Sensationalist media, that won’t ever change. My ideas might be a bit extreme ,but they are certinaly better then the industry sitting on it’s ass doing NOTHING!

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    Father Time ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    And frankly Yuki, I’m not the least bit convinced by the “sue everybody” approach you generally advocate around here. Firing lawsuits at people for calling the industry names is just going to reinforce the perception that it’s an immature and frivolous industry. People like JBT would just become more determined.

    I don’t think he means sue everybody that calls the industry names he means sue people with power who use it to try to pass legislation. If some random joe schmoe calls the game industry evil people that make child killers we shouldn’t sue if he writes a editorial saying that games are evil we shouldn’t sue (and we probably wouldn’t win anyway). But say a gaming magazine does a review on Bully, saying it has guns, death and is a columbine simulator, do you think Rockstar is going to sue them? Of course they would and they would probably win. Now let’s look at Jacky he says the same things (and more stuff) and he uses them to get unconstiutional bills drafted and it wastes the industry’s time and the state’s money, a decent lawmaker would check his facts Jack knows the facts yet he keeps on doing this why the heck should he not be sued (and don’t give me that on how it will hurt the game indusrty’s image since Jack is convincing every state legislature one at a time that they are all porn peddlers). Suing Jack and his associates will get them to either be quiet or stop slandering their image. Even if the industry loses it will sned a message to Jack that he better watch what he says.

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    Yuki says:

    Father Time:

    Your partialy right. I don’t think we should attack everyone. Opinion is opinion, an everyone has a right to it. But we should attack anyone who states items as fact that are wrong. Like jack, and policitians and the Mainstream Media.

    Attacking someone who just says they don’t like games is pointless and silly, but attacking someone who claims that games are directly responsible for violence? With no PROOF? Yeah, we should sue that person.

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    The Xenos says:

    Mayor Mubmles is so full of it. I remember a time when I thought Democrats were for freedom of speech. Boy I was wrong. Like most any politician, they have no actual backbone and will go with whatever they are told will get them votes. This time the mayor is listening to the snake that is Jackie boy.

    I’m guessing the city is going to allow the MBTA to leave up all alcahol ads on the subway? This is such a witchhunt. Over 300 years and the people of MA still fall for it.

    “lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value for minors. ”

    I think that aptly describes all those “Do You Tanqueray” gin and vodka ads I see on the subway.

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    Daniel says:

    @ Jotun

    I think that comment you made up there about how you hope that Jack Thompson loses everything was marvelous. I knew you weren’t a bad guy. Anyone who says that about Jack Thompson can’t be a bad guy. I don’t care who it is. Jack Thompson is an evil man and he’s trying to take away freedom of choice. He should move to Germany, where there about to make playing all violent video games a crime punishable by prison.

    People like Jack Thompson are mentally retarded and sick. Why does anyone listen to him? He is a horrible person and he needs to lose more cases. I hate his lies and his guts. He is a despisable person and no one should ever listen to him and anyone who does should seek psychiatric help immediately. Jotun, that was a great comment and that man is a PIG. He needs to be removed from the Florida Bar Association and people need to realize who he is. A lying ugly PIG.

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    The Xenos says:

    Whoops, I was still focusing on the subway ad issue, not the new legislation. This is even stupider.

    Why don’t they make R rated movies also equal to pornography? Oh yeah. There’s a huge lobby by the movie industry to stop that from happening.

    Plus at least a movie is two hours to watch. How many hours are kids playing these things without parents noticing? That is what always bothered me about the logic behind these bills. For kids to sneak these games past their parents, kids have to be going unsupervised by parents for hours on end. The problem isn’t with the game, it’s that parents are letting their kids go unsupervised for hours on end. Who knows what else they could get into? Videogames are the least of their worries.

    Oh and let’s ignore the huge spide in violent crime in the city before these ads were even up. Let’s ignore all the murders and violence the city has been keeping off the news. If you’ve lived in Boston or lived as a student, you know how much more violent the city has been in the past couple of years. A friend of a friend even got stabbed over by the Fens, a major hot spot of violence. You wouldn’t belive some of the other stories I heard from a guy who works security in the area.

    And yet THIS is a topic the mayor focuses on? Thanks, Mumbles.

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    Khyris says:

    I think there’s a few big misperceptions here about some basic constitutional principles.

    Libel and slander are very specific charges that require evidence of harm to prove. Jack can call people knuckleheads and other nasty names all he wants. Only if he was to claim something that could be proven he was knowingly lying (e.g. “Doug Lowenstein murdered JonBenet Ramsey”) would Mr. Lowenstein (and possibly the Ramsey Family) be able to file a successful suit.
    A lot of what Mr. Thompson says is constitutionally protected by the same 1st Amendment that protects all forms of Digital Media as well. The biggest factor in this is that no-one can prove that he does not believe his own claims. Some gamers might claim that he is just in it for the money and limelight, but such a suspicion is not sufficient evidence for libel nor slander suits.

    Equal Protection under the law. This is another constitutional tenet that sets precedent for requiring the same kinds of restrictions and prohibitions one one industry as the next. No single industry nor individual may be singled out for preferntial treatment… therefore the established regulations of the recording industry IS relevant to any attempt to regulate the same on video games. Whether the current regulations on the recording industry THEMSELVES are constitutional, or merely a moralist affront, outdated and in need of review or repeal, is another matter.
    In order to remain constitutional in this respect, most statutes state that “ANY material which is harmful as determined by x,y,z must be subject to regulations 1 2 and 3” as opposed to just singling out a given medium.

    However, IMO, any form of censorship, no matter how obscene, perverse, disturbing, etc… should not be the place of the government to enforce self-regualtion. In generations past, I feel that many parents admitted they were too lazy/incompetent to guide the growth and development of their own children and demanded someone else do it for them, in which case they really have no business raising children in the first place, but I digress, as that is my own subjective opinion.

    Returning to objectivity;
    The government can not constitutionally force any industry to regulate itself. The government CAN however intervene when it is demonstrated that there is a threat to public safety, and at that point, it is completely irrelevent whether that industry has been successfully regulating itself or not. The government may set standards, for example, for choking hazards of any small parts of toys marketed to children under a given age. It was demonstrated that there was a significant mortality rate from this problem. Demonstrating a significant mortality rate as a result of video games is far-fetched at best. The argument that video games coincide with more aggressive dispositions would only be valid if causality could be proved through a control set. At this point, it is equally likely that aggressive dispositions are more likely to adopt video gaming as a past-time. This, co-inciding with the FACT that violent crime rates among youth have dropped in the past decade would more likely suggest that, when provided with the outlet of video games, aggressive children are LESS likely to carry-out acts of violence that they WOULD perpetrate without such an outlet.

    I am not claiming this to be fact, merely pointing out that this alternative interpretation of the SAME data available to all proves that Jack Thompson’s assertions are not the ONLY probable valid conclusion to be drawn. This “reasonable doubt” prevents his claims from being provable as fait accompli in a court of law.

    I feel it is unreasonable for Mr. Thompson to dismiss the FACT that violent crime among youth has decreased in the last decade on the assumption that “If we haven’t heard about it, it’s only because it’s not being reported,” as he claimed on national tv. The constantly increasing ready availability of information contradicts the probability of that statement, which has the same basis in logic as “if I didn’t hear about the dodo bird flourishing, it’s only because they are not being reported.” When we discovered the earth was round, it wasn’t simply because “fewer people (with more advanced mathematical surveying equipment) were reporting proof of flatness, but the flatness was still rampant!!” That’s absurd. He can not ignore inconvenient data simply because it does not fit his foregone conclusion, as that violates the integrity of the scientific method so vital to our system of proof.

    I am willing with open ears to listen to every word Jack has the constitutional right to say. And I have the right to refute it all. Not because we shouldn’t be concerned about our children, but that we SHOULD be concerned that once again we are turning to the government to raise our kids for us, to decide for us what’s moral and objectionable.

    Morals have no place in government, which exists only to protects our freedoms and rights. We, as Americans, should have the right to do anything and everything we want, up to the point where we begin to interfere with out neighbor’s right to do anything and everything they want. It happens that a christian moral “Thou shalt not kill” coincides with murder law, which addresses interfering with another’s right to continue to live. However, christian morals also state “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live!” which is diametricly opposed to our murder laws. In this case the law flies in the face of a religious moral. An extreme example, I admit, but the point is that we can’t possibly make laws that align with all morals of all religions, and no single religion shall be given preference by the constitutional government, so we can’t make laws with the intent of conforming to morals at all. As long as we continue to make laws that conform to rights, and leave the morality and decency to the parents to pass to their young, we’ll find that the two will align more often than not in the most equitable ways. We can avoid all the conflicts that you see plaguing the sunni, shia, and kurds today. They have no hope of living peacably with another, because they have never known anything but a state aligned to ethnic and religious preferences. Religion and morality have a place in individuals lives who choose it because they need it to feel fulfilled, but it should remain an individual pursuit, not a national crusade like Jack is trying to create.

    I think if Jack had spent more time with his own children, teaching them moral values, and more importantly WHY it pays to be moral in the long run as you find your place in society, and how to differentiate fantasy from reality, he’d be doing so much more for his kid than he’s done with all this publicity and madness. That is my challenge to all the public crusaders seeking the limelight: if everyone paid attention to their own faults, nobody would have those faults to weigh upon anyone else… let alone the time to do so.

    The man believes he’s creating a better world for his kids to live in. That’s commendable. But what he fails to see is the opportunity-cost. The world is what you make of it, the world will be what his kids make of it, and he should be teaching them to make something of the world in the right way, and the right way does NOT include complaining about everyone else’s way. Live your own life, and no video gamers are going to force your kids to turn into psycho-killers, and if you give decent parents the chance to raise their own kids, chances are their kids won’t grow up to be psycho-killers either. Make sure you’re qualified to raise your own kids before you try to raise everyone else’s… and the only way you’re going to be sure is if you pay attention to them for a change, instead of the rest of us.

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    Khyris says:

    I’ll be impressed if anyone was actually able to read through all of that… I apologize, but I’ve been following the controversy for years and never taken the time to post before… I had a lot on my mind… and actually I cut myself short before rambling further

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    Eville1 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    Go to Boston, and get yourself in front of those lawmakers. Say it out loud. That’s very well thought out and researched. Something we need more of. Less reactionary hate (which I’ve never really engaged in minus a few “idiot” grumbles here and there.) and more reasoning thanks.

    …Yes I did read it all.

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    Wolf ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    “The difference is that these people intend to win the court fight, unlike the knuckleheads in Louisiana. That bill was constitutional.”

    Really? Well, guess what! The judge said no! Sit boy, sit! *bats with newspaper* You’ve been bad! Bad! Go lay down! GO! LAY DOWN!

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    Yuki says:


    Good post man, very well written.

    That being said, I seriously disagree with you in a few regards.

    The first is this: I don’t beilve that the industry would win all or even most of the suits it COULD bring against it’s critics. That isn’t the point, the point is that by showing them we won’t sit by idly while they lie and defame the industry, they’ed be less likely to attack it. If you wanted, I’m sure members of this forum could generate in mass the list of lies that thompson is guilty off.

    The other thing is this: Jack doesn’t actually care about kids, it’s a smoke screen. Anyone who has followed jack knows that it’s all about 2 things. His personal vendetta, and his ego. He doesn’t give 2 Shits about kids, he’s only in it for his own ego, he even admitted it in a Rolling stone interview.

    Otherwise, damn, thats was a great post, have to copy that down, print it out and send it to some lawmakers we know.

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    Khyris says:

    First, thank you all for reading. It is reassuring to not be surrounded by sheep.

    And even more, thank you for disagreeing. It is important that no-one blindly accept what they read, even if it agrees with most of the rhetoric you ascribe to. For that is the kind of mentality that makes politicians believe that whatever the latest opinion poll says must be right. If no-one ever questioned, we’d never advance ideas.


    While you are right that the ends of “less attacks on games” could be met by means of launching frivilous litigation, I feel that would be the wrong route to take, and would make us no better than those purveying the frivolous litigation which we are protesting. I would prefer taking the high road myself, but again as an individualist, do not feel that I am discouraging others from taking a more aggressive approach, nor even judging them.

    My clarification of libel and slander standards was intended to be purely academic and not editorial. While I do not argue with you that Jack has said some things which are in contrast to the reality most of us perceive, I am merely pointing out that it would be too difficult to prove that he was knowingly lying, whether he is or not. I have no doubt the list would be immense.

    My own personal opinion seperate from that is that he believes within his own mind that what he says is true, whether reality reflects his perceptions or not. Beyond my personal morality against excessive litigation, in this case, I think it would harm the strength of our First Amendment rights to attempt to silence someone because you “know” they are wrong about something. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, up until the point where they try to force others to follow the same opinion by law. I would say that the only suits we should file, are the countersuits which directly defend the First Amendment. Any further attempt at squelching him would be seen by him as justification for attempting to squelching us. It’s hard to win a case telling someone to shut up about your freedom of speech.

    As for your conjecture of his true motivations, I would say it’s impossible to read the man’s mind, having never seen him other than through the distorting lens of the media myself. You may be right, but I don’t think his true internal motivation really matters at the end of the day. What matters is what he presents to the world, and he does tell people that his children and the future are important to him… therefore if we can show that the method he is taking does more harm to them than good, he must either change his methods, or be seen as hippocritical.

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    Yuki says:


    To each his own, we’ll have to agree to disagree on that. But either way, I hope we can both agree that the Passive stance the industry has taken in the past is both foolish and ineffective. Some action, be it aggresive as I suggest, or less direct as others have suggested. But either way, the point I want to make, and I hope you can understand this, is that the industry has been playing defense for far to long, and that some action has to be taken. They have been silent for to long.

    Something has to be done, someone in the industry has to say Enough is Enough and start fighting back. I shudder to think of what might happen if the industry just sits by while the critics and politicans line up against it.

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    Yuki says:


    Well, that maybe true Bear, but either way, I think just the threat of lawsuits would be enough to stem the tide of this BS all the time. At the very least it would get a few people to reconsider there anti game posistions if they suddenly knew they couldn’t grandstand and lie to try and get press and voters without facing massive lawsuits.

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    BearDogg-X says:

    For those wondering about why people want the industry to sue all their critics, look at WWE.

    They sued the PTC in 2000 over lies that the Parent Trash Cult spread about Smackdown, notably over the Lionel Tate case(12-year-old Tate murdered a 6-year-old girl and his lawyer claimed that Tate was watching wrestling at the time), as well as getting advertisers such as Wrigley’s and Worldcom to pull advertising from WWE programming, even though some companies that were mentioned by the PTC(like Hershey’s and M&M/Mars) either never did pull ads or never advertised on WWE to begin with. Ironically, the PTC got a dose of their own medicine when Omaha Steaks and another company pulled their advertising from the PTC’s website over the PTC’s censorship.

    Eventually, when Lionel Tate appealed his First Degree Murder conviction, he got a new lawyer who said that Tate watched The Flintstones at the time of the murder. The PTC quickly settled WWE’s $30 million lawsuit(which was close to trial, another note: a Federal judge rejected the PTC’s motion to dismiss on First Amendment grounds), giving Vince McMahon $3.5 million and a public apology.

    IMO, if the industry uses the WWE vs. PTC case as a guideline for a libel suit against Jacky Boy or Dave Grossman, the industry would stand a good chance of winning that case.

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    […] Generally, I leave commentary on video game legislation to Game Politics and The Video Game Law Blog because there’s so much to keep up with. Now, however, anti-game attorney Jack Thompson has been asked to draft up a bill that would restrict the sale of violent games to minors in my home state of Massachussets. This trend in attempting to legislate against games is getting pretty ridiculous, and I have been researching it on and off for the last couple years, so I thought it might be time to weigh in. In short, the bill in Massachusetts won’t pass, no bill of this kind will be likely to pass in the foreseeable future, and odds are that you live in a state that is now or has recently been wasting time or money trying to pass doomed legislation aimed at securing voters. […]

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    Tiki Music says:

    For me, the issue of video gaming is not that it is immoral but that it distracts children from their studies. One can always argue that parents should be more responsible, that children should learn to control themselves, but we know these don’t often happen.

    One can see this in U.S. society. From their own polls to studies by the American Institutes of Research, it has been shown that the average Americans student can barely say anything about both world wars, the American War of Independence, or even the U.S. Civil War. The average American adult cannot name his own Vice President, any government department, or point out his own state (let alone Iraq, Afghanistan, or China) on a map. Most American college graduates do badly in reading comprehension and even basic math skills. Compared to industrialized nations, Americans have some of the lowest test scores in math and science but spends more than most countries for education.

    Meanwhile, media groups report that American kids now watch something like three hours of television daily; for American adults, four to five hours.

    Finally, even in countries like South Korea, Taiwan, and Japan, parents are becoming concerned that their children are spending more time playing games than studying.

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    Dan ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Excellent post just one thing:

    “more aggressive dispositions would only be valid if causality could be proved through a control set.”

    Actually no, the court have repeated said that the mere tendency of speech too make one aggressive is not enough to restrict it and if you look at the world and what it means this is perfectly understandable. Aggressive is a very board term covering both bad and good behaviors of both minuscule and great proportion. The APA DID find a scientific valid link between games and aggression it is a big weakness of our side that we keep denying that. The reasons this is not a threat in court is that while JT misleads you to think aggression is synonymous for violence (an very extreme form of aggression) the studies link is based on thing such as kids throwing snowball, talking back to their teachers, honking a horn for literally milliseconds longer in lab, and so. All of these are valid measures of aggression, even things that may concern a parent, but they are not violence as JT wordplay leads one to believe (and APA has denied such link, after all they did even study it in the report) and they are most certainly not a “compelling governmental interests”. The Illinois case rejected these studies for that reason.

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    jer ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    off topic, but don’t know who to email.
    KUSI news (san diego) just gave a small report that PS3 and Wii are capable of accessing pornographic sites. and the new anchors suggested to parents to monitor their children activities

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    aniki21 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Yuki Says:
    January 10th, 2007 at 4:41 pm
    I”m not trying to be mean man, but the fact is, playing nice nice is what go the industry into this spot in the first place. They sat around for so long doing nothing to counter there critics that now the critics have a massive edge .

    “Playing nice” is not the same as “doing nothing”. The industry’s been doing the latter for too long; frankly, gaming’s been a niche for too long, and I’m not surprised that the industry’s unprepared for this kind of attack.

    Still, I don’t see how better PR and education could hurt the industry. It’s a positive, proactive step, the sort of thing that we need to repair the damaged public reputation of game developers.

    This isn’t necessarily about stopping lawsuits and legislation right away, it’s about bringing more people on-side, to get better footing for the future. There’s no quick-fix; if lawsuit costs were enough to stop these things happening, then the dozens of First Amendment appeals that the industry’s won would be enough to discourage these things.

    There needs to be a long-term, positive plan to reinforce the fact that the games industry is doing its job, but to encourage parents to do their part to prevent their kids playing violent games.

    Lawsuits, no matter how you look at them, are not a positive thing.

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    PyroHazard ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    [blockquote]Daniel, calm down man. If you react with anger like that you get yourself nowhere and raise your blood pressure. Calm down grab some popcorn and laugh as another state provides us with quality entertainment.[/blockquote]

    Like hell he should calm down. This “quality” entertainment, judging from face value, is going to be a rehash sequel of Loony Louisana Legislation. Hopefully the outcome will be more different and bizarre.

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    Juggernautz ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Wouldn’t Jacky boy’s constant labelling of Bully as a ‘Columbine simulator’ be considered slander? Consider that

    a) It had nothing to do with Columbine, apart from the fact it was mostly set in a school.
    b) It was obviously not a simulator.

    His use of that term could be considered as harmful, as it is playing in the public’s strong opinions on those events, but I’m assuming the courts need something more concrete such as statistics, facts, etc.

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    jakethe8lf ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    That “…for minors” line got me thinking about what games influenced me. I bought Deus Ex when I was 12 and that made me start thinking very politically, and even in that game, you can blow people into tiny pieces with a grenade launcher. And on a couple of levels, there are innocent children (that often tend to be very helpful, by exchanging info for food).


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    Boffo97 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @Juggernautz: Unfortunately, “Columbine Simulator” is pretty much lawsuit proof. Obviously only game in existence is FACTUALLY a Columbine simulator. If dragged into court, Jack would actually win one here by stating that it his OPINION that other games simulate Columbine via supposed similar elements.

    I’m betting the only way he’ll shut up about the term is if one or perhaps even a number of Columbine survivors tell him to shut up and stop using their personal tragedy to advance his political causes.

    Of course, real research into Columbine has shown that it had nothing to do with games, and even very little to do with bullying. Harris was a psychopath who viewed it as his right to punish the world for its supposed inferiority to him, and Klebold just happened to be a follower who happened to latch onto him.

    This is an interesting article on it:

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    aniki21 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Yuki Says:
    January 9th, 2007 at 6:34 pm
    Anki: and you win the “I didn’t study history” award.

    You’ll excuse me if I don’t take studying advice from someone who can’t even copy down my handle properly.

    As for “[forcing] one industry to restrict itself more then others are doing”, I’m not saying that I want a government body to step in. I’m saying that the games industry has a long way to go before they can claim they’re being as responsible as they can be.

    Like I said, the games industry doesn’t gain anything by holding itself to the same lax standards as the movie industry. The film industry’s standards are its own problem, and us worrying about it is a pointless distraction and a waste of effort in the long run.

    Yuki Says:
    January 9th, 2007 at 6:34 pm
    Every single judge has stated that the industries self policing policies are vastly superior to other, similiar industries.

    I don’t believe I’ve ever seen anything of the sort. The issues argued in court rarely have anything to do with the industry’s ability to police itself so much as the content of the games and whether interactive electronic media counts as “speech” in a First Amendment sense.

    Yuki Says:
    January 9th, 2007 at 6:34 pm
    Games should be treated no different then any other media, and until the other media is held to the same spotlight, then the industry has every right to point out the hypocracy of people attacking them when the movie and music industries are utter failures in the area of self policings.

    I agree – games are being unfairly targeted. And it’s true that the industry has the “right” to criticize. But the bigger question is: what does that kind of criticism actually achieve? It does nothing to further the games industry’s message or solidify its position; it just comes across as a smokescreen excuse.

    Like it or not, violent media does affect the people who view or play it. It doesn’t necessarily make people more violent, but it certainly desensitises them to violence. I don’t doubt that the interactivity has some effect as well; the hyperbolic rhetoric JBT and his ilk uses is obviously embellished to make their case reverberate better with worried parents, but I have no doubt that violent games can affect the people who play them. It’s just a case of figuring out how it affects players.

    Yuki Says:
    January 9th, 2007 at 6:34 pm
    …if the industry had a pair they could have bankrupted JT years ago. Same applies to the mainstream media. if the industry wanted, they could use the legal system to force the MSM to fairly and accuratly report on games. Thats why there are Slander and defamation laws in the country.

    The sue-happy antics of the RIAA haven’t endeared it to anyone – and they’ve actually got the law on their side. Frivolous slander and libel lawsuits would do more to cause finanical problems for the industry in the long run, especially since you admit that you wouldn’t expect them to win most of the cases.

    Yuki Says:
    January 9th, 2007 at 6:34 pm
    My ideas might be a bit extreme ,but they are certinaly better then the industry sitting on it’s ass doing NOTHING!

    You’re right – the industry should be doing something. But there are more positive, responsible and constructive things that it could do to strengthen its position before the lawsuits start flying.

    Education and PR are the foundations for a stronger industry defence. Gaming has a very negative reputation, and suing people isn’t going to improve that. On the other hand, if the industry can demonstrate that they’re being proactive in enforcing ESRB ratings it’s going to be hard to argue that the government needs to step in; and by interacting with parents to encourage research into the games their children play and education about the ratings system they’re going to help their reputation among non-gaming adults.

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    Boffo97 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    Kind of reminds me of another metaphor I thought of for Jack.

    A common metaphor for American Liberty is that “Your right to swing your fist ends where my nose begins.”

    Jack’s idea of American Liberty is tying up other people and then punching them in the nose.

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    Furluge says:


    You can’t effect a ban or partial ban on an item based on the premise, “Children would rather do this than study.” In general Children would rather do /anything/ but study. If you remove video games, tv, movies, radio, toys, games, and books you would be left with children outside doing dangerous things (The true source of all outdoor fun. Just look at jarts.) rather than studying.

    Would you prefer to lock all children in empty rooms with only study materials? (Which BTW /is/ actually harmful.) They’d probably spend a good portion of their time meant to be studying watching paint dry or day dreaming.

    BTW, one interesting fact on test scores in the US. As you know in the US you get an academic education through twelve grades, until you are eighteen years of age. However, other countries do not have this same standard, and do not conduct their tests in the same ways. Often for many other nations at the point where our students naturally goto high school there students are given aptitude tests, those who do well goto more academic training, those who do poorly are dropped or goto trade schools. Those who are dropped or goto trade schools DO NOT HAVE THEIR TEST SCORES RECORDED FOR THESE STATISTICS that are so often quoted. This is another case of how statistics may be manipulated to show untrue results. Now, this doesn’t mean education in the US is amazing, merely that the statistics quoted are entirely flawed, and cannot be used as an accurate basis for an arguement.

    Your other statements regarding the “average american” don’t have much basis either. Do you honestly think that if you did a scientifc survey that the majority wouldn’t know Dick Cheney was the Vice President? There are so many /jokes/ about the man how could you /not/ know his name?

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    FreedomGamer says:

    -I’m surprised Jack “Windbag” Thompson has managed to last this long with so many failed bills, proposals, “debates”, whatnot…-

    Well he is the Little Engine that Couldn’t.

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    […] Good news! The ESRB (Electronic Software Rating Board) is partnering with the PTA (Parent-Teacher Association) to help educate parents about game ratings, what they mean, and what we as an industry do to keep the right games out of the wrong hands. Hopefully this will go a long way in keeping misinformed politicians like Jack Thompson from trying to, basically, outlaw games. A ton more information can be found at the ESRB and PTA. Bookmark to:          […]

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    Maahcy says:

    Ok so Boston banned the ads for video games on the MBTA, based on the fact that it would be exposing minors to mature themes? Great, but shouldn’t that then preclude them from allowing entire train cars to be inundated with Tanqueray and Budweiser ads? It seems hypocritical and arbitrary at best. This is from a state who only recently has begun allowing liquor sales on Sunday, and who just last year defeated a bill which would permit alcohol sales in grocery stores. If alcohol is so taboo and must be controlled so tightly, yet is allowed to be advertised so freely on public transportation, how can the legislature justify exclusion of ads portraying fictional scenarios based upon objectionable content and its presentation to minors?

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    Jer ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    From Freedomgamer’s link

    a reviewer giving jacks book 5 stars…Jack Thompson is bold enough to disregard those annoying little things known as “facts,” making him a true crusader of justice.

    can anyone explain this statement? how is one a crusader of justice disregarding facts? Then, what is a Crusader of Justice?

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