Hey, Jack… You Want Fries With That?

Not content to sue (so far this year) the Florida Bar, the Florida Supreme Court, GTA publisher Take-Two Interactive and leading gaming blog Kotaku, game-hatin’ barrister Jack Thompson has focused on a new target, burger franchise Wendy’s.

In the latest issuance from his nonstop e-mail machine, Thompson turns his attention to Wendy’s CEO Kerri Anderson.  What’s Thompson’s gripe? Obesity? Cholesterol? The Frostys are too thick to suck through a straw?

Nah. It’s Rockstar’s upcoming Manhunt 2. So just what is Wendy’s connection with Manhunt 2? There isn’t one, unless you connect the dots the way Jack Thompson connects the dots.

With essentially no one left to sue, Thompson has latched onto a Wendy’s promotional tie-in with Nintendo Wii toys (pictured at left). The issue seems to be that:

a.) Manhunt 2 is what Thompson calls a “murder simulator”

b.) Manhunt 2 will appear on the Wii (among other systems)

c.) Wendy’s is promoting the Wii, therefore;

d.) Wendy’s is promoting Manhunt 2, which promotes murder

Thompson also claims to have the inside track on what deceased Wendy’ founder Dave Thomas would have wanted in this regard:

A dear friend of mine worked for Wendy’s and with Dave Thomas closely for years.  From that I know that Dave Thomas never would have tolerated the use of Wendy’s good name to promote Nintendo’s Wii, not with this game available on the Wii platform.  

So, second hand, friend-of-a-friend info on the inner thoughts of a dead guy. Is that what passes for evidence in Thompson’s world these days?

Funny, though. None of the toys depicted on the Wendy’s site seem to be from Manhunt 2. In fact, they all look rather E-rated.

Just to be clear here, Thompson has neither sued nor has he threatened to sue Wendy’s. However, he has been making noises of late about an international movement to block the publication of Manhunt 2, with details coming next week. Sounds to GP as though Thompson and British Parliamentarian Keith Vaz, another Manhunt critic, will be teaming up.

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    […] It is hard to be a gamer these days and not run into the controversy surrounding Manhunt 2 (via IGN). Perennial anti-gaming crackpot Jack Thompson started all of the bru-ha-ha by calling the game a “murder simulator” and by trying to block the game from reaching store shelves in much the same manner as he has done previously for the Grand Theft Auto series of games. (Both Manhunt 2 and the GTA series are produced by Rockstar Games a division of Take-Two Entertainment). Sadly, Cracker Jack seems to have prevailed in this case. […]

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    Jack Thompson is trying to give Nintendo and Wendy’s bad names. They’ll never give toys that has a likeness to Manhunt 2 or any other Mature-rated videogames. It’s just Mario and his crew, the Wii itself, baseball, and an off-road truck! Jack Thompson is just asking to be blasted off to Jupiter, or Uranus!

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    Nerzoul says:

    This guy is so stupid. Manhunt 2 was revised to an AO rating which no one in the US will sell because of their policies, and it’s already banned in quite a few other countries. He just needs to drop it and move on to something worthwhile, such as… his job as an attorney?

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    Keyan Farlander says:

    wait is this a joke? No seriously, it is as hard to believe as the Emperor coming back to life or the Yuuzhan Vong being dead to the force.

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    Ken ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Next thing you know, Jack’s going to be suing Wendy’s because they make people fat, just like McDonald’s. Can somebody kill this son of a bitch already?

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    Deuxhero ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Hey I can do you one better with linking Jack to things

    Jack loves to claim how mass media is harmful
    Fredric Wertham also does
    Fredric Wertham’s attacks were to comics, makeing him and enemy of comics
    Adolf Hitler was a common enemy for comic book super heroes to face in the 1940’s

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    Kobra ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I have only one thing to say to this:


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    Darkness says:

    You know, with all the shootings and crime in the US, most of it videogaming’s fault according to him, why cant a stray bullet ever hit Thompson? Sheesh.

    To Thompson:
    Suck it. That is all.

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    Chris Blosser says:

    This is an impressive amount of stupid. Really, I didn’t think anyone, not even Jack Thompson, was capable of reaching such a distinguished level of illogical sayings.

    I think Jack Thompson is just jealous, because, as everyone knows, gamers have legendarily large penises. Jack Thompson, of course, does not.

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    GoodRobotUs ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Best bit is, he’s still targetting Rockstar, he might think it is a clever way around his agreement with them, but I doubt a Judge would.

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    Morkoa ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    LOL. this is so stupid of JT geting at wendys for supporting a (cool) game system. hell what next sueing Wall-mart for selling the game and Wii system? or maby next is McDonnalds becuase it sells little toys of transformers wicth have violence? Seriously he is geting TOOOOO desprate

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    Archgabe says:


    “However, he has been making noises of late about an international movement to block the publication of Manhunt 2, with details coming next week.”

    Is not he supposed to refrain from taking legal action against Take Two and infringe on their right to sell games? Is he looking for a loophole with overseas markets? Is Jack going to see the TT lawers again? Tune in next time, same Jack time, same Jack network!

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    GoodRobotUs ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Oh, and about Kieth Vaz, that could be amusing, I don’t think JT knows just how little respect he actually has here 😉

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    Ace of Sevens ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Wouldn’t trying to block publication of Manhunt 2 be a violation of his settlement? Or does that only apply to the US? Since he can’t harass Take Two’s business partners, he seems to be harassing their partner’s partners, which I’m pretty sure is still a violation. He can’t try to get Nintendo not to do business with Take Two. Trying to put pressure on Wendy’s not to do business with Nintendo because they do business with Take Two just seems to be an indirect version of the exact same thing. I expected him to at least find a new target.

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    sabin_blitz ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Dang, Jack’s really reaching now. Keep spreading yourself thin, Jack. It will make your undoing so much easier to bring about.

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    Rj says:

    And here we have it, JT has hit a new low. I’m almost ready to open a place to place bets on what he will target next, my bet is ice cream 😉 I really wonder what color the sky is in his world, I wager magenta.

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    The Random Villain says:

    I think what we need to do is exile Thompson, put him somewhere away from electricity and the internet so we dont have to hear about him or what he thinks anymore.

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    Conejo says:

    ok, this is without a doubt the craziest shit i’ve ever read. i don’t mean to get all foul-mouthed but Thompson has to be the most batshit insane person alive.

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    Gameboy says:

    My… brain…… huh?

    Is this like that game where you find the connection between celebrities?

    Keanu Reeves to Jet Li.
    1) Keanu Reeves played Neo in the Matrix.
    2) Neo means one.
    3) Jet Li starred in The One.
    Yay I win!

    Jack “the Massacre Chaser” Thompson must be incredibly flexible. ‘Cause he sure knows how to stretch.

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    Kajex ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon!


    Actually, it’s… not really a violation of his settlement. The settlement was only for 3 things:

    1. Jack can whine and scream and moan and bitch publicly about upcoming and/or current Take-Two titles, but he cannot sue or threaten to sue in a manner that would otherwise block the sale of such titles. He’s not blocking the sale of anything Take-Two related. He can still sue, or attempt to sue them, for monetary damages, if he wants to blame them for a wrongful death, or for saying “VIDEO GAMES MADE HIM DO IT”, but not in a manner that would block their sales.

    2. Jack can whine and scream and moan and bitch publicly about Take-Two, but he cannot claim they are guilty of wrongdoing to anybody working for T2, its subsidaries, or anybody doing business with them, such as retailers. He’s only bitching about Wendy’s, which is releasing Wii toys, which is based off the Wii, which will have Manhunt 2 as one of it’s titles. A tenuous connection, legally, but also tenuous enough to not get himself into trouble.

    3. He’s not allowed to do anything legal against T2 unless he consults directly with their attorneys. Again, he’s not doing anything legal against T2, so he’s not violating anything.

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    Nick says:

    Everybody thinks Jack Thompson’s crazy. Am I the only one that thinks that Jack Thompson might not be crazy…but rather, retarded? Cause I am now ten points dumber after reading his latest conclusion. And he says we’re the ones with the damaged frontal lobes…

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    Automancer ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Wow, this is a bit of a stretch, even for Thompson. To think he dare uses the late Dave Thomas to try and further his goals. However, close his “friends” were to Dave Thomas, Jack Thompson cannot tell me what he would like because Jack Thompson is NOT Dave Thomas and will NEVER be anything like Dave Thomas. Personally, I think that Dave Thomas would have loved the Wii.


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    Laka says:

    “A dear friend of mine worked for Wendy’s and with Dave Thomas closely for years. From that I know that Dave Thomas never would have tolerated the use of Wendy’s good name to promote Nintendo’s Wii, not with this game available on the Wii platform. “

    Maybe its the years in retail that has caused me to become desensitized to this but… seriously, the “I am the friend of the owner!” card? Its nothing but hearsay and would not stand up in any court… Especially with dear ol’ Dave in the ground to support such a claim.

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    I am reminded of this quote:
    Dark Helmet: Before you die there is something you should know about us, Lone Star.
    Lone Starr: What?
    Dark Helmet: I am your father’s brother’s nephew’s cousin’s former roommate.
    Lone Starr: What’s that make us?
    Dark Helmet: Absolutely nothing! Which is what you are about to become.

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    cullarn ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    while that is true hes is getting close to the line and im sure the florida bar is watching him closely (im sure they are waiting to pounce and bar him to ) he is an embarassment to the legal profession

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    Eville ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Breaking news…Someone was shot and killed over a video game console in Fresno.
    cue JT in 5..

    But I’d also like to point out that video game violence had nothing to do with this. A console is a piece of plastic and metal until you turn it on. This was a simple case of greed. Anyone remember people being killed over Air Jordans? Yeah.

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    cullarn ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    yes but they also used the word “manhunt” in the article (true they were talking bout the manhunt for the killer but that wont stop jack lol

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    cppcrusader ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Seeing as how Jack is originally from Ohio, news that I was most unhappy to hear, I bet his friend knew Dave Thomas as well as my mother and uncle. They both worked at a Wendy’s in the 70’s, and as they tell me Dave inspected his restaurants on a regular basis.

    Most people I’ve met in my life that claim they “knew” Dave Thomas “knew” him in this fashion.

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    Todd ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    They offer pornography and ultra-violent content for DVD, VHS, Windows Media Player, Apple Quicktime, mobile phones, and also via email. I am fairly certain Jack uses all of these. Shame on him. He needs to boycott all of them.

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    Nekojin ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Wendy’s is not the wisest target to go after, ESPECIALLY if he’s waving the, “Dave Thomas would agree with me,” banner… I seem to remember Wendy’s being fairly litigious with regard to protecting its founder’s image.

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    Doctor Proctor ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    A day in the life of Jack Thompson…..

    That’s it, I’m suing Disney… First off, they have that “The Fox & The Hound” movie. Obviously, this movie promotes Fox’s, and thus promotes 20th Century Fox. 20th Century Fox has made such movies as Predator and Aliens, both very violent and very gory. I won’t stand for this glorification of violence on the part of Disney studios!

    Additionally, they have the Splash Mountain! ride which features Brer Rabbit. This is disgusting considering that everyone knows this is obviously acceptance of Playboy and their “Bunnies”.

    My college roomate’s brother’s ex-girlfriend’s husband knew a guy that worked in the Disney mailroom and once had Walt say “Could you hold that elevator” to him, and *he* doesn’t think that Walt would appreciate this shameless peddling of filth!

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    Zerodash ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    This is akin to suing Sanyo for making DVD players- porn comes on DVDs. He should sue Dell, because porn can be downloaded on computers.

    I am getting so frickin’ tired of this guy.

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    illspirit ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    So, umm, why doesn’t he sue Burger King for promoting Sponge Bob? After all, Sponge Bob appears on DVD, and DVD players also play Texas Chainsaw Massacre and such. Ergo, Burger King is promoting murder by chainsaw. Right?


    Thompson’s logic makes my brain cry.

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    GoodRobotUs ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Well, I’ve got a nice letter in the post to Keith Vaz asking him how he can tell his constituents that the UK is not being treated like an American ‘puppet’ when their own MP is consering getting an Ultra Conservative, Evangelist lawyer in to preach to them about ‘morals’ less than a month after the BBFC report.

    Basically, what he’s saying is that he’d rather be told his ‘facts’ by a biased American source than an Impartial UK one, and I have also stated that I will be letting the papers know if Jack starts preaching his hatred and vitriol in the UK. It probably won’t lead to much, but to be honest, that’s 100% what I intend to do.

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    kurisu7885 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    Don’t forget, Spongebob is also a part of the media’s pro gay agenda, and since Spongebob has appeared in games on Nintendo’s Gamecube, and on the Playstation, that means both of them are part of the pro gay agenda. The cons[piracy deepens. HOOAH!!!!

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    Jabrwock ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Wow, just, wow.

    So Burger King is also guilty, because they sell Xbox games, and Manhunt 2 will be out on the Xbox…

    And McDonalds is guilty, because, well you need to sue all 3, just because.

    And Canadians are tracking Jack’s every move through special nano-tech quarters that talk to him through his teeth…

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    Otaku-Man ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I’d like to see Jack Thompson somehow link Manhunt 2 to Kevin Bacon.

    Seriously, the guy has started grasping at straws now. First it was the Florida Bar before the Florida Supreme Court, then the Florida Supreme Court before…let’s see…

    …has he reached the National Supreme Court yet?

    Heh heh, I’d like to see that! Highest court in the land turning to Jack and going, “And you are?”.

    If Manhunt 2 is coming out on Nintendo’s Wii, I would think he’d be after Nintendo. But noooo… he thinks, “Okay… Nintendo… too kid friendly! Wendy’s is perfect! Just enough sleaze in those “Square” burgers of theirs! It’s just not natural! Mua hahahahaha!”

    You’d think he’d be after Burger King for releasing those BK games!

    Is he going to sue McD’s for releasing the Mario toys last summer?

    Hey, didn’t Arby’s release Pac-Man glasses in the 80’s? That might count!

    Let’s see… 6 degrees.

    1) Arby’s releases Pac-Man collectable glasses during the 1980’s
    2) The Pac-Man glasses are a tie-in with the Pac-Man video game
    3) Pac-Man would go on to be a huge success providing financial gain for the video game industry.
    4) With the expansion of the video game industry, Take Two Interactive becomes a part of it via companies such as Rockstar Games and 2K Sports.
    5) Rockstar Games decides to release a sequel to their game Manhunt in 2007-2008 (dates pending)
    6) Manhunt is partially inspired by the movie “The Running Man” based on the novel by Stephen King and starring Arnold Scwarzenegger.

    Now I need to take a few more steps to link Arnold to Kevin Bacon, but anyway the point is that by following this logic, Jack Thompson can sue the following:

    Toru Iwatani (The man who made Pac-Man)
    Corningware (I think they made the glasses themselves in the 80’s)
    2K Sports (oh wait, he already is)
    Stephen King
    and Arnold Schwarzenegger

    Now if you think that makes sense, then I have a bridge to sell you.

    And I think Jack Thompson could use it seeing as how he’s burning all of his as we speak.

    I just can’t wait to see the headlines when he’s finally disbarred. Not to mention his immediate words after that.



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    MaskedPixelante ( User Karma: -1 ) says:

    Ok, first off… isn’t Jack forbidden from ever protesting Rockstar games, even by proxy? Second… BWAHAHA, oh man… this is SO stupid… please tell me Jack hasn’t fallen to THIS level.

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    Korrd says:

    Normally you don’t read through a political news blog expecting to burst out laughing, but… well, there you have it. And again reading some of the comments, as well. Seriously, I had to take a bathroom break before I wet myself.

    At any rate, this demonstrates how out there he is. Granted, he plays the “only Bar-certified sane lawyer” card now and then, but this latest spectacle is neither logical nor sane (not that I’m implying his other endeavors have been any shade of reasonable).

    I’d pay real money to see the reaction of the higher-ups at Wendy’s as they read this email. Pure comedy gold.

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    Tommyboy says:

    omg. I WANT THOSE TOYS XD They Look Awesome! and I cant wait to get the fake wii remote from Wendys so I can flick it around and pretend I’m knifing sombody XD

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    qAaRoN ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Does anyone else see Jack Thompson pulling a Peter Griffin in the court room here if this would actually ever make it to trial (which might be more hilarious than what Thompson is claiming as of right now)? I can see it now, JT uses a sharpie to draw eyes and a mouth on his hand and states that it’s Dave Thomas back from the grave to contest that he’s against the promotion of the Wii in Wendy’s.

    Of course after the judge almost dies of laughter and throws the entire lawsuit out, JT will attempt to sue the sharpie company for making his witness look bad.

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    Kajex ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @ Masked Pixilante


    Again, he’s perfectly allowed to protest against ANYTHING, or else they’d be limiting his 1st amendment, and even HE has a right to say what he wants. The settlement you’re referring to, which involves Take-Two, not Rockstar, only prohibits him from suing, or threatening to sue, T2 and its subsidiaries (which includes Rockstar) in a manner that would block the sale of its products. But this isn’t him filing a lawsuit against either. He can say what he wants about Rockstar, Take Two or Nintendo, but he cannot sue them to block them, or accuse them of wrongdoing to it, its shareholders, subsidiaries, or any other entities that do business with them.
    In other words, he can’t go up to a TTWO shareholder and start accusing the company of wrongdoing, nor can he go to Nintendo for a similar reason, as they are doing business with them in the form of providing a console for their games, but he can go to the average joe and do it, even if nobody cares.
    But he’s doing none of these things. Again, he’s playing Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, except he’s putting Take-Two into the mix. Simply drawing an extremely tenuous connection to the company isn’t enough to breach the settlement, since he’s not suing a company affiliated or doing business with T2.

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    Rapka says:

    I would love to see Wendy’s sue him over this. If he loses his magical lawyer powers, all he can do is write funny shit like this.

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    Rob says:

    I, uh….

    What is, um….

    Well, what is there to say really? I think this speaks for itself. Jack Thompson has surprised us all at how truly idiotic and insane he really is. Kudos Jack, for keeping us guessing on which crazy inane shit you will pull next.

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    hilaryduffgta ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Man and to think i just wanted to get out of the house and come get a book and i get this wonderful news!

    oh happy day Jack finally totally lost it

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    nightwng2000 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    “However, he has been making noises of late about an international movement to block the publication of Manhunt 2, with details coming next week.”

    Which, especially if done in the US, would proven his claims to be a “First Amendment Advocate” and not out to ban games but only keep them from children to be false.

    But then, John Bruce couldn’t tell the truth if he were one of the aliens in Galaxy Quest who couldn’t tell a lie.

    NW2K Software

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    Red Knight says:

    I’m sure that a stint in an institution would do old Jacky boy some good. You know get him on the right meds to help him get past his delusions.

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    meatethompson says:

    Looks like jack is back. I wonder what he’s gonna pull out of his hat this time? A PS3? Well it certainly wont be 1. a rabbit or 2. phoenix wright.

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    Greatnocturn says:

    damn thompson. attack the frosty not the freaking wii crap.

    ill hire jack to defend me in a case of me getting a straw stuck in the back of my throat because of oversucking it with the frosty.

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    Vinzent says:

    I firmly believe that if Jack Thompson and Uwe Boll combined forces, they could make the most comedic movie ever. It would run for 100 years to sold out crowds every night.

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    Kajex ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @ Moo

    Well of course he is. He’s targeted:

    Take Two
    Penny Arcade
    The FBA
    Janet Reno
    Florida Supreme Court
    2 Live Crew
    Midway Games
    The ESRB
    Howard Stern
    Blank Rome
    South Park
    Larry Seidlin

    Sooo… which one did he supposedly succeed against? I’m pretty sure the 2 Live Crew ruling was reversed.

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    GoodRobotUs ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Incorrect, Jack contacted GP, not the opposite, the person stirring shit is Jack Thompson, GP is reporting it.

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    GTS says:

    So, Jack Thompson thinks by advertising the Wii, it is also advertising Manhunt 2 because Manhunt 2 will soon be available for the Wii? LOL. That’s exactly like saying somebody is against advertising a DVD player at a burger joint because R-rated movies are also being advertised since they are available for it too.

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    ooftygoofty says:

    Ok, I’m just gonna say it. JT is a paranoid schizophrenic. I’m sure I’m not the first to say so, but when it comes out in the news a few months from now, you can say it was predicted here.

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    monte ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    “Again, he’s perfectly allowed to protest against ANYTHING, or else they’d be limiting his 1st amendment, and even HE has a right to say what he wants. The settlement you’re referring to, which involves Take-Two, not Rockstar, only prohibits him from suing, or threatening to sue, T2 and its subsidiaries (which includes Rockstar) in a manner that would block the sale of its products. “

    Actually, i think the lawsuits thing was only part of the seetlement…
    “2.) will not communicate to Take Two or anyone doing business with T2 (like, say Wal-Mart) any accusation that the company committed any wrongdoing by selling its games. Thompson is not restricted from criticizing the content of T2 games, nor is he prevented from acting as counsel in lawsuits brought against Take Two by other parties”

    Bascially, Jack agreed that if a company was selling a Take two game, he could not claim they are commited anykind of wrongdoing (like he is doing to Wendy’s)… he can still critize the games in general, but he can’t directly tell a company that they are evil for selling the game… in a sense, Jack legally agree to give up a bit of 1st amendment rights, by agreeing he wouldn’t attack those comanies in such a way

    Grant it, i think Jack actually slides just under the radar on this one… one, the way the agreement is stated, it only counts those who SELLS Take-two games, not just promoting them (loophole)… and second, Wnedy’s is in no way doing business with Take-two or actually promoting Manhunt, they are doing Business with Nintendo and promoting the Wii… because they are not working with Take-two or promoting their products, they would be considered fair game for Jack

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    Majestic_12_x ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I’m speechless, absolutely speechless. There’s nothing left to say except that Jack has completely lost it. Temporary disbarment? Not good enough. Permanent disbarment and time in a mental asylum? Possibly.

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    ekim1086 says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! OMG! This is what I needed after a crappy day a good laugh at Jack’s expense. There is no way this is gonna hold water, and I’m sure once the folks at T2 and Rock Star find out they are gonna rip Jack a new one. *Sits back and grabs a drink and a big foam rubber hand and gets ready to watch the action*

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    Mysticgamer ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Sounds to GP as though Thompson and British Parliamentarian Keith Vaz, another Manhunt critic, will be teaming up.

    Anybody heard of the Ambiguously Gay Duo?

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    […] Previously, we showed off Wendy’s new Wii-based toys, part of their kid’s meal and, as GamePolitics shows us, this is the last thing we would have seen coming. Turns out Jack Thompson doesn’t like Wendy’s working with Nintendo because Manhunt 2 will be distributed on the Wii console. Thompson says, “A dear friend of mine worked for Wendy’s and with Dave Thomas closely for years. From that I know that Dave Thomas never would have tolerated the use of Wendy’s good name to promote Nintendo’s Wii, not with this game available on the Wii platform.” […]

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    I think Jack is possibly the best PR that the gaming industry can’t afford. By his innane claims and complete stupidity, he has repeatedly drawn so much attention to specific games that the sales went through the roof.

    That said… Damnit Jack! Wiis were HARD ENOUGH to find in the stores. Now I’ll *NEVER* find one!

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    […] JS – Previously, we showed off Wendy’s new Wii-based toys, part of their kid’s meal and, as GamePolitics shows us, this is the last thing we would have seen coming. Turns out Jack Thompson doesn’t like Wendy’s working with Nintendo because Manhunt 2 will be distributed on the Wii console. Thompson says, “A dear friend of mine worked for Wendy’s and with Dave Thomas closely for years. From that I know that Dave Thomas never would have tolerated the use of Wendy’s good name to promote Nintendo’s Wii, not with this game available on the Wii platform.” […]

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    Gabriel Celesta ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Well, JT obviously can’t “Do What Tastes Right.”

    You know, I can almost hear the capacity crowd of WWE fans repeatedly chanting the word ASSHOLE.

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    BearDogg-X says:

    Gabriel Celesta said:

    “You know, I can almost hear the capacity crowd of WWE fans repeatedly chanting the word ASSHOLE.”

    Actually, I can hear the original ECW fans chant “Shut-The-F***-Up!” at Jacky Boy.

    Jack’s out of his element on this one. Calling this a reach is an extreme understatement.

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    AgnostoTheo ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    BWAHAHAHAHA! *Choke* *Gasp!* *WHEEZE!* … HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!! Oh my GOD!! I haven’t laughed this hard in MONTHS! Ol’ Jack has finally left the Edge of Senile and lept into the vast chasm that is flat out Crazy.

    SOMEONE forward this to the Florida Bar. PLEASE. I’m sure they’d find this to be enlightening as to the nature of the man they want to suspend. This is too goddamn great! Wendy’s. Promoting murder through TOYS! For ages 5-12. That’s too freaking funny.

    Here’s to the Massacre Chaser, Internet Troll, pissant lawyer and all around MORON, Jack Thompson. May the nice men with white lab coats pump him full of the meds he needs so desoerately. They have a nice straightjacket for him to try on, I’m sure.

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    jdmdsp911 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Isn’t this against the terms with his agreement with Rockstar to avoid that lawsuit from a couple weeks ago? After all, it is a roundabout way, but he is making noise about a Rockstar product which I thought he wasn’t supposed to do anymore?

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    Zerodash ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    JT, since you are probably reading this, here is some friendly advice with this one:

    Nintendo has a history of being very protective of their reputation. Tread carefully, because they can be quite litigous (sp?). Good luck!

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    Yoshiko says:

    Jack Thompson mental thinking

    Violence -> video games
    video games -> children
    children -> McDonalds
    Mcdonalds -> Hamburgers
    Hamburgers -> Hamburgler

    Conclusion: Oh my God. The Hamburgler is going to shoot up the local McDonalds! ALL 15 OF THEM!

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    lolwut says:

    a.) Child molestation exists

    b.) Children have been molested by clowns

    c.) McDonald’s uses a clown as their spokesperson, therefore;

    d.) McDonald’s is supporting clowns and thereby child molestation

    It’s flawless logic really. I mean it’s flawless logic on bizzaro Earth.

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    Team QJ says:

    Defined biased judgement: JT going all out on Manhunt 2, and ignoring the fact that there are Godfather and Scarface games coming out for the console as well.

    *tsk* *tsk*, I expected him to be thorough

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    Mottom22 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    anyone can make logic by linking things that have something in common. lets try one.

    you get starburst at a store
    starburts taste like fruit
    fruit has seeds
    seeds make plants
    some plants are drugs
    drugs are sold on the street to kids
    kids use drugs

    therefore starburst promotes drugs because the flavor is from a plant, and plants can be drugs. ah yes, listing logic is great… for someone in the first grade

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    Raven Lockheart says:

    Isn’t he supposed to not have any involvment with Rockstar??? I thought thats what that case was about a while back… by him doing this he could no longer be consider a lawyer.

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    Al Wesker says:

    I have a question (thanks for the link to the actual e-mail, AgnostoTheo). The first part of this GP article, with the bullet points of Thompson’s reasoning, where’d that come from? I mean, did Thompson actually write that, like the second quote in the article? I didn’t find the “a)…” in the e-mail, or is it an addition Thompson forwarded to GP? I thought Thompson actually outlined his reasoning for you since I thought that type of font&format in the article meant quoting.

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    […] Jack Thompson. The psychopath lawyer in Florida who interferes with peoples lives, “in the interests of protecting children,” turns his wrath on Wendy’s. Apparently they are marketing the Wii, and the Wii happens to be the game console that will soon offer Manhunt 2. So by Jack’s reasoning Wendy’s is to blame for degenrate children. Watch out Ol’ Jack says it’s bad for you therefore it must be! […]

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    Salen says:

    JT needs one of those giant cork pushpin boards to stick his conspiracy pictures on and then use string to show how they’re all connected. This would probably make more sense than Wendy’s is promoting murder deal.

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    Gameboy says:

    @ Al Wesker

    Reading over the e-mail, I can say that Jack did not state his logic in bullet point form. However, he did say as much in the letter. The GP article was paraphrasing really, and probably shouldn’t have been posted as though it was a quote. That being said, I don’t see in wrong doing on Dennis’ part as Jack did essentially say that in his e-mail.

    As said by multiple people, he is still playing Six degrees of Kevin Bacon, the Take Two/Rockstar version.

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    Siftr says:

    Hey Jackie boy, try comin to my Wendys. I’ll lose my job there but by damn it’ll be worth it.

    Also: I’m pretty sure almost any wendys manager would beat the snot out of you if you told them your logic.

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    DarkTriforceLord ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Wait! I know how to link it to Kevin Bacon!

    5)Kevin Bacon has probably eaten Wendy’s before.

    6) Therefore, Kevin Bacon is promoting Murder.

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    Jesus Horatio Christ says:

    Video games must have killed Jack Thompsons father, and raped his mother. Why else would he have such a large personal vendetta against video games?

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    cusman says:

    According to Jack Thompson

    1. Spider Man is movie
    2. Everything is promoting spider man
    3. Everything is promoting movies
    4. Porn are movies
    5. Everything is promoting porn
    6. Sue everybody and get in news more for being an ass

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    Nekojin ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Has anyone attempted to get a public response from Ms. Anderson, the Wendy’s CEO? I’d be interested to hear her reaction. Thompson laid out some pretty graphically explicit scenarios for a game that’s still in development… I can’t imagine that sort of dialogue in her inbox went over too well.

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    Mysticgamer ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    BTW, Did Bill Gates ever get back to Jack or did his email just get labeled as spam just like every new version of the Nigerian scam being sent out?

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    wrxguy05 says:

    haha oh well i guess murdering cows,pigs,chickens and what ever else wendy’s cooks up is cool. maybe they should have asked this ass clown if he ever ate a cheeseburger or a freakin steak. what a moron,

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    Err says:

    Scooby Doo is a cartoon character
    the Mooninites are cartoon characters
    The Mooninites supposedly threatened terrorism against Boston
    Therefore, Scooby Doo is a terrorist

    Scooby Doobie Die!!
    And he promotes weed.

    The dictionary is made out of paper
    Paper is used to roll cigarettes
    Cigarettes can contain marijuana
    Marijuana is a drug
    Meth is a drug
    Therefore, the dictionary is made out of meth

    More crooked logic

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    Common Sense says:

    Kincyr, why bother? You really think they’re going to go, “Hey guys we’ve produced millions of these toys but let’s throw them all away because this confused old man says they’re promoting murder somehow”?

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    vanArden says:

    How long does it take to get this guy out of the public ? I mean people get arrested for murdering people – and this guy is murdering the credibility of a whole trade ! Whoops I’ve written the bad M word , promoting violence by doing so…. Hope I don’t get sued by that jerk.

    With this kind of totaly illogical reasoning, one could argue that the following Parties are ‘promoting violence’:
    Producers of TV- Systems on which violent movies can be seen
    TV-stations that air violent movies
    Police officers who carry dangerous guns and are admired by little children (they all want the guns…)
    Military personel (for the same reason)
    The goverment for waging wars (more violence…)
    newspapers, for printing violence
    Churches – anyone read about Moses and the death of the first born ? Jesus- promotion for mass murder !

    So, if that Airhead thinks about a case against wendies – I’ld think about sueing HIM because he’s forcing me to violent thoughts involving very very nasty things unsuitable for minors.
    I guess 10 Million would be just enough to cure me from those thoughts…

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    bATZARRO says:

    I want to try
    Manhunt 2 will be released for Wii
    Wii is a games console
    Wendy’s promotes Wii
    Wendy’s founder dies

    Conclusion: Wendy’s owner died of the pain the release of Manhunt 2.(“What-hunt?”).

    Seriously, MR Thompson, your logic doesn’t make sense. If I wear a Wii t-shirt, am I asking children to play Manhunt 2, wich in your dreamland,m instantly turns them into ruthless killers? I know you already know this, but for the record THE MACHINE ITSELF WON’T BUY THE GAME UNSUPERVISED, WON’T FORGET TO EXPLAIN CHILDREN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN REAL LIFE AND GAMES, AND THEN WON’T SELL THEM A GUN. Nuff said.

    As for the ignoring…why? He hasn’t hit a single one, and he provides good entertainment value. Unlike the “seduction of the innocent” author. Beeyatch.

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    IanC says:

    I just thought, ive alreaady played a pretty damn violent game on the Wii – The Godfather. But that of course went under JTs radar, since it isnt by Rockstar and is based on a classic movie series.

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    Nekojin ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @Baine: To play Devil’s Advocate for a moment: Lying is not the same as bearing false witness. Bearing false witness is lying [i]about[/i] someone – telling harmful untruths about another person, deliberately and with malicious intent.

    It’s arguable whether Thompson has actually born false witness… but it’s pretty clear that he does lie about things.

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    Baine ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    You know, as I remember it, Jack is a “Born again” Christain right? Well guess what, he’s already broken one of god’s rules. “Thou shall not bear false witness.” I mean come on, how many times has he lied to the public AND to the courts?

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    […] The ever-antagonistic Jack Thompson is up to his usual business of publicly decrying anything remotely connected to video games. It doesn’t get much more remote than Wendy’s. According to GamePolitics, Jack sent an angry email to the CEO of the company about their association with the Wii. As we know, Manhunt 2 will be released on the Wii. And as we also know, Wendy’s has begun giving away promotional Wii-themed toys. It might be kind of hard to tell from the picture, but look closely and you’ll see that the toys have nothing to do with Manhunt 2. […]

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    pix ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    maybe when jack next goes to wendys they will let him go into the kichen and get some tin foil so he can make himself a little hat

    three words

    1) Bat

    2) Shit

    3) Loco

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    chuck ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Jack’s logic isn’t twisted at all once you see his starting axiom: all videogames are evil. That’s what he believes. From there, it requires no torturous chains of inference; he sees the Wii as intrinsicly evil because it is a videogame system.

    The axiom itself is pretty head-scratching, especially when you consider the typical game for the Wii, so Jack presents a rationalization by holding up Manhunt 2 as the prototypical video game. Now it’s true that the term “straw man argument” gets tossed around incorrectly (along with “ad hominem”), but here we’ve got a perfect example. And JT can’t even manage to knock the strawman down, as the illustrious history of his legal career can attest.

    And while Jack’s behavior is perfectly consistent with his beliefs, the manner of his presentation does call into question his ability to actually act rationally in arguing for them. There’s really not too much difference left anymore between him and the guy who screams unintelligible sermons from my street corner every few days.

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    DTF says:

    “isn’t that what we said about Germany during the early years of WW2? “

    Yes, but Germany was a threat. Jack’s just a paranoid dumbass

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    Brent says:

    Here a quote from a MIT study that I found. According to them:

    “Research at MIT, measuring people’s reactions while playing video games. found that muscle tension and other physic signs of anger were more pronounced when SOFTWARE MALFUNCTIONED then when a character died in the course of the game.”***

    Maybe Mr Thompson should go after Microsoft crappy design of windows and all the bugs in it then go after video games. Because according to MIT angry is more “pronounced” when your computer bugs then when you die in a game. But then we all know Mr. Thompson is not a responsible man.

    *** Peter Coffee writer in EWEEK. Article was in their April 15, 2002 issue. I don’t have the link but that should get in discretion if you want to check it out.

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    Chinisu says:

    *’s brain explodes from the sheer stupidity and madness of that man* Just when I thought there was no where else for him to go, and that he couldn’t top the list of bull he has going now.

    Quad9Damage. I am so about to go to Wendy’s. Right now. Questions: Chicken nuggets or a hamburger for my kid’s meal?

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    gamer1100 says:

    thank Goodness jack is off games i guess he realized he could not win. so he is going for other stuff

    He is runnin out of steam and he is going to fail just like bell bottomed jeans in the 70’s

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    Tim the Slipperman ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    On a forum I regularly post to we brought this topic up about Jack Thompson threatening litigation against Wendy’s over their Wii toys, and I posted the following in response to Jack’s own twisted logic:

    1) Osama bin Laden hates American freedom.

    2) Americans are free to play whatever video games they want.

    3) Jack Thompson wants video games banned or at least federally regulated, thus:

    *** 4) Jack Thompson supports Osama bin Laden!!! ***

    So what do you guys think? Just thought I’d share this with the GP folks… :)

    Tim (aka the Slipperman)

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    HoustonDragon says:

    “You see, it would be this mat that you would put on the floor… and would have different CONCLUSIONS written on it that you could JUMP TO.”

    “That’s the worst idea I’ve ever heard in my life, Jack.”

    “Yes, this is horrible, this idea.”

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    […] Anyway, GamePolitics.com wrote a sassy article about Jack’s latest adventure. Now he’s suing Wendy’s because they’re putting Wii toys in their kids meals. He’s not suing because the toys are dangerous or suggestive, but because Manhunt 2 will be available on the Wii and Manhunt 2 promotes murder. […]

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    Wez says:

    Damn, I sure hope my girlfriends-dad’s-brother’s-next door neigbours-dog doesnt tell him to ban Coco Pop cereal adverts on TV because in one episode of the simpsons Bart nearly dies when he eats a bowl of cereal (Krusty O’s?) which is surely promoting everyone to eat free gifts & toys.

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    Ray says:

    “Thompson’s “high-profile crusades” have made him an enemy of video game aficionados.[59] On occasion, Thompson has sparred directly with the gaming industry and its fans. In 2005, he wrote an open letter to Entertainment Software Association president Doug Lowenstein, making what he described as a “a modest video game proposal” (an allusion to the title of Jonathan Swift’s satirical essay, A Modest Proposal) to the video game industry: Thompson said he would donate $10,000 to a charity designated by Take-Two CEO Paul Eibeler if any video game company would create a game including the scenario he described in the letter. The scenario called for the main character, whose son was killed by a boy who played violent video games, to murder a number of industry executives (including one modeled on Eibeler) and go on a killing spree at the Electronic Entertainment Expo. Video game fans promptly began working to take Thompson up on his offer, resulting in the game I’m O.K – A Murder Simulator. Afterwards, he claimed that his proposal was satire, and as of May 2007, he has not made his proposed donation.”

    I saw this on wikipedia.Isn’t it Ironic that a person you is trying to ban violent video games made a story about a guy going around and killing people.And then he refuses to make this supposed “donation”

    He’s such a fuckstick

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