Jack Attack on GamePolitics, Part 4: The Bookstorm

Part 4 of 4

Background: Controversial anti-game attorney Jack Thompson went on the attack against GamePolitics in an interview with the obscure PopZart site during the week of E3. 

In my third year of running GP, I’ve grown accustomed to Thompson’s criticism, but this attack was so remarkably personal in nature that I feel compelled to respond.

You may also want to read part one, The Demonizing, part two, Game Industry Stooge and part three, Raising The Bar. Part four, The Bookstorm, follows.

Picking up where we left off in Part 3, we resume by quoting another of Thompson’s accusations from the PopZart article:

JT: McCauley even went so far as to link his site to my Tyndale House book offering at Amazon.com to assure that it would be “bookstormed.”  The number of obscene postings at my book offering there were so voluminous because of what McCauley did that Amazon had to delete many of them.  McCauley is simply a tool of this industry, then, and its too bad, because the guy has talent and has a sense of what is news.  What he lacks is any sense of fairness when it comes to Jack Thompson.

GP:  This is an absolutely, utterly, false accusation which Thompson has repeated numerous times, including to PopZart. Here’s the truth:

Back in 2005 GP’s only source of revenue was a pittance from Amazon affiliate ads. You know – someone clicks through and buys a book, GP earns a few pennies. Thompson’s book Out of Harm’s Way was to be published in mid-November, 2005. Thinking that it might be a good seller among GP readers, I posted an Amazon ad for it, pre-publication, in early September. For three months that ad ran and Thompson never complained. Why would he? He was getting free advertising.

When the book finally launched in mid-November, people certainly did post nasty things on its Amazon page. I actively discouraged that on GamePolitics and even wrote a charitable commentary on the book at one point, for which Thompson thanked me. All of this from the guy who, in Thompson’s words, “lacks any sense of fairness when it comes to Jack Thompson.”

Timing is crucial to understanding what happened next, and how this outrageous “bookstorming” accusation suddenly materialized. Thompson’s book was published on November 14th, 2005, and the nasty Amazon posts started almost immediately, but the  bizarre “bookstorming” charges against GP didn’t surface until nearly three weeks later, on December 1st. Why?

It’s impossible to know for sure what triggered the sudden turnaround, but Thompson may have become angry with me over two stories – one that I wrote, and one that I didn’t. It’s also possible that he became even more frustrated when I was unable to take his phone calls. 

All I know is that from September 1st until the late afternoon of December 1st, Thompson was fine with his book being advertised on GamePolitics. What caused him to suddenly begin making these outlandish allegations? Here’s the timeline. You decide…

Sept. 1, 2005GamePolitics begins running pre-publication Amazon ad for Thompson’s book

Nov. 15. 2005GamePolitics announces Thompson’s book is now for sale; posts first chapter; negative comments start to appear on Amazon

Nov. 16th, 2005 – I admonish GP readers who are discussing some mischief against Thompson’s book (“I won’t have a book burning advocacy here, no matter whose book it is.”)

Nov. 25th, 2005 – Having now skimmed the book I write my generalized impressions; Thompson posts a thank-you

Nov. 30, 2005 – Book ad has run on GP for 90 days – no complaints from Thompson

Dec. 1st, 6:45 AMGP runs a story about a service promoting Thompson as a radio talk show guest; Within hours Thompson will take exception to this item

Dec. 1st, 2005, 9:59 AM – via e-mail, Thompson offers GamePolitics an op-ed, “Hillary’s Video Game Hoax,” which is his response to GP’s  Nov. 29th coverage of game legislation introduced by Sen. Hillary Clinton

Dec. 1st, 2005, 12:43 PM – Thompson posts response on GP to the radio bookings piece; chides GP for not running Hillary story; vows to quit visiting GP.com

Dec. 1st, 2005, 12:48 PMFirst of six voice mails left this day by Thomspon; chides GP over bookings article and not covering Thompson’s Hillary op-ed

(these voice mail recordings were left on my office phone by Thompson on December 1st, 2005; they were digitized and saved)

Dec. 1st, 2005, 1:28 PM – GP, busy on those oh-so-annoying non-GamePolitics segments of life, posts a brief response to Thompson; but no time to respond to Thompson’s phone calls

Dec. 1st, 2005, 2:15 PMsecond of six voice mails left by Thompson

(in these voice mails Thompson seems to believe he’s talking to an answering machine on which I’m screening calls; he’s actually talking to Verizon’s voice mail service, which I use for my office phone. I can’t hear a word he’s saying until I get around to checking messages)

Dec. 1st, 2005, 2:27 PMthird of six voice mails left by Thompson (as a courtesy to Thompson, we’ve blocked his recitation of his phone number with a tone)

Dec. 1st, 2005, 2:32 PMfourth of six voice mails left by Thompson (ditto, regarding JT’s phone number)

Dec. 1st, 2005, 2:48 PMfifth of six voice mails left by Thompson

Dec. 1st, 2005, 4:24 PMlast of six voice mails left by Thompson (“I’m done with you… you’re a hack…”)

Dec. 1st, 2005, 4:32 PM – Eight minutes after his final, angry voice mail, Thompson’s FIRST EVER attack on the GP Amazon ad materializes via e-mail to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, cc’d to GP: Tortious, Possibly Criminal Activity at Amazon.com…I would ask that you rescind from [GP] the privilege of linking to my book on your site.  The idiot videogamers who visit that site are not buying the book.  They and the owner of the site, Dennis McCauley, are using the link to “bookstorm” and spike the book.  I want it stopped now.

Dec. 1st, 2005, 5:54 PM to 7:19 PM – GP sends several e-mails to Thompson: “I can’t tell you how disappointed I am that you would link my name with anything insidious … I would caution you not to blame your bad [book] reviews on me… I’ve been in and out of meetings all day and I can’t talk to you on the phone…  FYI, as per your request, the ad for your book is gone from my site. To date, five copies were sold through GamePolitics – which probably makes us the world’s leading referral site on your book.”

Dec. 2nd, 2005, 6:07 PM Thompson posts a lengthy tirade, vows never to return to GP (no such luck, unfortunately)… GP responds, admittedly with more heat than is my norm. But then again, I’d just been accused of this “bookstorming.”

Dec. 3rd, 2005: Thompson sends an e-mail to newspapers that carry GP’s column claiming that GP is misrepresenting himself; copies to media outlets; claims that GP is orchestrating bad reviews at Amazon, including the line, “I got McCauley to pull the [book] link this week, because I caught him doing this.”

Dec. 3rd, 2005: The truth being that I took the Amazon ad for his book down as a response to Thompson’s request, I wasn’t about to sit still while he claimed this courtesy as evidence of some wrongdoing on my part. I immediately reposted the book ad and left it up the entire month of December to prove the point. This did not go over well in Miami, to say the least.

The bottom line is simply this: If Jack Thompson makes people angry, that’s not my fault. I can’t control what people think about him or what they post on Amazon.com or anywhere else. I absolutely challenge Thompson to produce any evidence whatsoever that I encouraged an attack on his book. There isn’t any evidence because it never happened. In fact, there’s substantial evidence to the contrary.

Jack’s parting shot at me from the PopZart article:

JT: These blogs like GamePolitics, where Dennis McCauley lets people hide behind anonymity, like big tough guys, casting their stones and then whining when I respond with what I think is the truth, with my name attached, kind of tells anyone who is willing to listen and hear who the mean-spirited anonymous cowards are.

GP: I assume he is referring to reader comments. What am I supposed to do about that? Did GP invent the anonymous Internet? Maybe Jack could take it up with his old law school classmate, Al Gore.

In the end, I must think back to Federal District Court Judge Paul Huck, who, in dismissing a recent case filed by Thompson against the Florida Bar, wrote:

Thompson submits nothing beyond wild accusations of a vast conspiracy against him…

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    Chris says:


    Dude, you are going the right way in this. I am impressed that you maintain a civil response for everything that JT says. You do not try to trick him (or anyone) into a worse situation and, like Dave just said, you are a fantastic journalist and keep going.

    @John Bruce Thompson

    Now you on the other hand, I can’t say much good for. You try to make it so only you are heard in Debates you participate in (The one with Paul Levinson being the closest at hand). You send particularly venemous statements to people who are gamers, simply because they are gamers (the guy who sent you an email about knowing what you were going through with your wife). And why? You give no reason, which would not be taken well now anyway. You did pretty much harass Dennis with those calls. Which came of your own greed. When GP did have the link to your book, you did enjoy free advertising. But, when you were getting negative comments, it was not necessarily from viewers of the GamePolitics website, it might have been from third-party readers who genuinely did not like your book. And now, for the treatment you give for traditions. Hooah is as posters have stated, is a term used by only the Marines. They have gone through true hardship and they deserve to have at least their own phrase! Whether you have been in the marines or not, I do not know, but you aren’t really acting like one of them.
    Furthermore, your treatment of Christianity. You claim to be a Christian, but you fail to demonstrate understanding of the most principal beliefs. You have hatred for gamers, but you give no good reason as to why. The industries are more understandable, however, praying for the destruction of a company…Many people would see that as a definite negative quality When you do practice Christianity properly publicly AND privately, I believe, at least, that some people will be affording you a little more respect. Another thing you could, if you are a professional attorney, is to act like a professional and treat all your opponents as equals, rather than insects to be crushed. Insulting respected members of the gaming community does NOT go down well, or didn’t you notice?
    Another thing to consider for people to respect you a little more: use words that don’t automatically prejudice parents to come over to your side. Masturbation is a VERY powerful word and every single adult who has had a child becomes over protective when hearing it. Pornography is another. As a father, you should know this.
    Another thing. You are so quick to blame video games as the training ground for killings. And for some, it has been, I won’t deny that. But those have been only a minuscule part of all unlawful killings in THE WORLD, not just the United States. They do exist, yes, but you zero in on one of the smallest causes. Why not pursue drug-/gang-related ones, that will not create such great controversy?
    You really have to see things from our point of view though. But that may be hard to do. You could try playing a game from every genre there is and see the wonder in perfect cut scenes, the beauty in gorgeous landscapes, the thrill of defeating bosses, feel the adrenaline of high-speed racing, the pressure of your scouts being ambushed by units with superior research, the satisfaction of completing high-difficulties and finishing an entire game, 100%. Experience the tenseness of rounding a corner and finding yourself faced with a dimly lit corridor chock-full of zombies, or taking on the entire army of an alien race for the good of all humanity. If you can do all this and PROVE it, you might find that there is more to gaming than there you think now.

    But Many will be skeptical. By methods that you have used, you have proved that you won’t play fair. That you, basically cheat. And the thing that gamers despise the most, is a cheater.

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    Black Manta ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Many including myself have speculated that the reason why many of the targets of Jack’s wrath never respond to his accusations is because it takes more time and energy to refute them than it does for him to make them. It is said it takes less energy to destroy than it does to create after all. And for that reason many opponents take the easy way out and choose not to respond. However, someone once told me silence equals acceptance. And for that reason, for all his wild accusations, because nobody responds and chooses to ignore him instead, he looks as if he may just be right. Jack may be a general failure as a lawyer, but he’s good at the technique of how to attack your opponents with enough half-truths that rather than get bogged down in having to refute them, they say nothing.

    Dennis, I salute you and you have earned my undying admiration and respect. I’m sure you had better things to do with your time and energy than to answer this maniac when it would have been easier to ignore him like so many others did. However, to do that would be to hand him a victory by default. Like the sunlight to a vampire, Jack will shrink from the harsh light of truth. His failure to respond to the earlier thread shows that when confronted with the facts he has nothing to say…except maybe more baseless accusations. Again, silence equals acceptance.

    If only more people would realize that it’s worthwhile to counter him at every opportunity. Then we would have been rid of him long ago. Only now however does it seem that people are starting to get wise to that as evidenced by recent events. He’s now in freefall and his career has entered into a tailspin that will be very difficult to recover from now.

    Oh and Jack, what did that little missive have anything to do with, well anything? If the best you can muster is press releases and gibberish at this point, you’re pretty much finished.

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    Myrpok says:

    @ Jack Thompson, IRL Troll
    If this were a court, I would demand relevance. The fact you ignored every single thing GP has said about you, I can only come to the conclusion it is all true and you should be ashamed of yourself. Act like the adult you should be.

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    Cron-Z ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @GoodRobotUs “Oh stop it Jack, you’re just looking silly now. ”

    Now, he has been looking silly for years. I still have the email where he cursed at me and attempted to defame me after correcting the release date of San Andreas (he was two weeks off) after opening a dialogue on the Hot Coffee issue. Also remember that 15 year old that emailed him with probably the best email he ever wrote asking why he [Jack] was putting so much effort against video games. Jack Thompson replied by laughing at this poor kid’s first name.

    How about these historic replies…

    “Don’t need your help, junior. You’re the problem”
    “oh, go buy a suicide game and get real good at it, won’t you? ”
    “kids don’t have liberties. do your research ”

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    Austin Lewis ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    These blogs like GamePolitics, where Dennis McCauley lets people hide behind anonymity”

    Oh Jack. We’ve talked on the phone for a few minutes, though he was quite the bitch.

    I was calling to get information from him for a Soc. Paper I was doing on scapegoating (I told him I needed info).

    When First I called, he told me to call back the next day at 5.

    When next I called, he told me that he was too important to waste his time on a peon such as myself, to which I replied that I was no peon, and certainly would expect a man with such a holier than thou language to watch his fucking mouth.

    The name posted is my real name JT. Come get me.

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    nightwng2000 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    John Bruce,
    And that has to do with the article… how?
    Perhaps it’s just bad aim on your part. I can understand bad aim. Born legally blind back in 1967, attended a school for the blind, and now, thanks to diabetes finally rearing it’s ugly head, my left eye is now about ninety percent covered in cataracts and my right eye is reduced to 20/400. Thank goodness for the 32 inch TV that I play video games on. Anyway, like I’ve said, I can understand bad aim.

    Perhaps you meant to post that comment under this article:
    Whether it’s the same case or not, it’s far closer to the subject than this article.

    Glad to help ANYONE who needs it.

    Party on Dude! (Cripes, but I haven’t used that phrase in over 15 years.)

    NW2K Software

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    Austin Lewis ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    If we want to speak of integrity, let us talk of your career. Of a man who fear mongers and massacre mongers to push his own personal agenda. Of a man who makes up studies for his own personal profit, and makes up numbers for the advancement of his retarded schemes.

    I’ve got some numbers too Jack.

    98% of people who know you or know OF you think you’re a self-righteous jackass who desperately needs that evaluation.

    100% of the people on this site believe you eat paint chips and sodomize giraffes.

    323% more road rage was caused by YOUR tirades.

    Are they real?

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    Zigs says:

    A website mounting a concentrated effort against one individual’s internet persona is nothing new, and certainly not illegal. Somethingawful and Opie & Anthony are infamous for instigating Amazon.com trolling. I’ve never heard it called ‘bookstorming’ before.

    Too bad Thompson doesn’t have an internet following where he could actually do some damage… his base seems to not get the whole internet thing, cause if they did they’d be informed, and if they were informed then it wouldn’t be an issue. Oh well, Disney and Youtube probably raise their kids better anyway.

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    Carbonatedgravy says:


    “oh, go buy a suicide game and get real good at it, won’t you? ”

    So Thompson either doesn’t believe games have any real life effect on others (and has thus been knowingly lying all along) or he literally advised someone, possibly a child, to commit suicide. Truly a disgusting human being if this quote is for real.

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    Gameboy says:

    OK, I take it that KOTOR’s comments warranted deletion and banning… anyway..

    Bravo, Dennis! I make an effort to read every article you post, and I’ve been salivating for this fourth and final article. You did an excellent job in explaining and countering Jack’s inane accusations. You even admitted to being a little angry in some of your initial responses. I respect you for being honest in this regard and admitting that you, too, are human. There is a reason I frequent this site, and it’s excellent balanced work like this.

    On the lighter side, those voice mails. That was horrible. I’ve been saying it for a while, but this proves it. Jack’s in love with you Dennis. He wants to have your babies, I think. He just doesn’t realize that its over, despite his own statement that he was ending it. He’s a scorned lover. I wonder if his wife knows.

    @ Jack Thompson

    So.. it really is you. Um, this may seem presumptuous, but what the hell does that have to do with anything? Purple donkeys in yellow sweaters eat green sunlight with ocean cars. There. Maybe you can understand that. Its in your style. I know I’m clueless as to what that means.

    @ Austin Lewis

    I’d bet money that the second statistic is right on the money.

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    Brokenscope ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    He doesn’t aim, he treats this like his own blog and posts in the first article.

    jack you really need to make yourself a blog. It would be awesome. You can even specify credentials that people would need to use.

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    Thefremen says:

    Dennis, you should do a write-up about all his activity here, including the time he made like a pedophile and attempted to get the contact information for minors.

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    E. Zachary Knight ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    After reading all this stuff about JT, I came accross a Non Sequitor comic strip by Wiley Miller that has a lot to do with JT. I do not have a link to the actual comic, but here is the text.

    The Political Zoology Field Guide

    The Venomous Blotoad (Vindictus Ignoramus)

    Identifying Characteristics:
    At first appearing placid and harmless, this toad will suddenly bloat with rage over the slightest hint of any disagreement with its preconceived notions. Trying to be rational with the Blotoad will only enrage it more, causing it to explode in an irritating cloud of hyperbolic rhetoric. This defense mechanism acts like a stun grenade against reason, allowing the toad to escape reality.

    Subtropical Blame Forests.

    Natural Enemy:
    Pretty much anyone with a brain.

    Describes JT rather well doesn’t it.

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    Otaku-Man says:

    Is he REALLY that stupid?! Did he REALLY just post his office address and office phone number?!

    And am I the only one who sees the irony that after the zip code, he has “666” in his phone number? (I will say no more numbers as relating to phones so as not to be one of those people who spreads phone numbers)

    I see this as one of three possible things:

    1) He REALLY is stupid enough to think that putting his address and phone number on the internet OFF of his personal web site is going to receive no comebacks from people who find and read it. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was so stupid; he put his number on a porn site and now gets voice messages asking for a good time with local singles in his area!

    2) He’s NOT as stupid as we think, but actually BAITING people to call or write to him so as to receive more attention and build his base(less) attack on gamers as immature nuisances on society. First off, GP readers aren’t that gullible as to fall for that kind of ploy (these days). Two, those that do call are usually not GP regulars or have been looking for this information for a while just to get at him. Three, Dennis is most likely going to remove that so called “Press Release” as soon as he sees it.

    3) He’s both stupid AND sinister in that he does intend for his number to get called, but is dumb enough to think that he’ll be contacted by the right people. No newspaper or Florida Bar people are going to call him back over this. If anything, they already know Jack is full of bile and lies.

    This is all he is: Bile and Lies. He is so venomous, evil, malicious, mean-spirited, and nasty ALL while saying he is doing the work of good and of God.

    Jack, you are NOT a righteous crusader doing the work of the Lord. You are NOT some kind of hero like Batman who fights crime.

    You ARE Don Quixote and the windmills, charging blindly into something that isn’t really there.

    I’m a gamer, I’m a writer, I’m married, I’m a college graduate, I’m a full time employed web engineer, and I’m also Agnostic and mostly side with Liberal views. (Dennis Kucinich IS my House Representative, and that’s a fact Jack!) Don’t try and lump me in with your imaginary “Pixelante” group, because it isn’t going to work. I have too many good qualities about me to let someone as miserable and myopic as you to sweep me into your twisted little imaginary world.

    I kind of feel sorry for your wife and kid(s) as they must be wondering what’s wrong with you, perhaps. Your downward spiral towards career destruction is spinning so far downward, that I bet they wish you’d just give it a rest and be a normal lawyer like everyone else. Someone who lets clients come to THEM instead of reaching out at brass rings which aren’t even there. You’re activism and one-sided views are so off-target, that I would not be surprised if you saw giants where there stood only windmills.

    I could call nasty names, I could lower myself to the level of what you perceive as a “pixelante”, but I’m not going to give you that satisfaction.
    You are a parasitic, decrepit, misguided, foolish man who is charging full steam ahead to his own destruction. There is no point in attacking you as you are doing just fine by yourself.

    Hope you can find work after your disbarment.


    Steve “Otaku-Man” Broida

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    Shoehorn O'Plenty ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    “why has Kuehne, after having received that “target letter,” been allowed by the rest of the Governors to serve as “designated reviewer” on Bar ethics grievance committees?”

    Mr. Thompson speaks about full disclosure in this letter. In that case, the above sentence should have been written:

    “why has Kuehne, after having received that “target letter,” been allowed by the rest of the Governors to serve as “designated reviewer” on Bar ethics grievance committees SUCH AS THE ONE REVIEWING MY LICENCE TO PRACTICE LAW BASED ON MY APPALING AND UNPROFESSIONAL BEHAVIOUR?

    Takes a lot of the wind out of his argument, doesn’t it? That’s like a burglar saying “How can this policeman who has been accused of wrongdoing be allowed to arrest and prosecute a criminal like me?”

    I love how he calls for integrity through this letter. Mr. Thompson, if you had ANY integrity, you would not have acted the way you have done in the past, nor would you spend your days insulting people you don’t even know on the internet.

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    Michael Perry ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    (normally posted as GameDevMich)

    “Every man who possesses both free will and reason has an obligation to take responsibility for his actions, even though he may not be actively engaged in a continuing process of reflection, investigation, and deliberation about how he ought to act.”

    A comment I made in another JT related thread should have been accompanied by the above quote. I originally complimented Mr. Thompson on his constant usage of the rights awarded to him as an American citizen. I later clarified that while his usage of what so many take for granted is commendable, I refuse to compliment his actions and execution. At times, I feel disgust at the language and logic he spews.

    In my opinion, a person who is proud of their accomplishments can only be respected if they own up to their mistakes and shortcomings. A man who so eagerly attacks people on a personal should have seen this verbal smack down coming. I believe, after seeing both sides represented directly by Mr. Thompson and Mr. McCauley, a clear winner is apparent in this altercation.

    Congratulations for the “win.” Condolences for the path you were forced down to get to this “win.”

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    Marlowe says:

    @ GP
    I guess I really need to listen to the voicemails based on everyone else’s posts. I read your response to Jack Thompson’s “quitting” of your website and I just have to say, goddamn. You tore that guy a new one.

    @ Jack Thompson
    Seriously man, get your own blog, posting something completely irrelevant to the conversation on someone else’s blog because you think it’s important is incredibly arrogant. You should, quite frankly, be ashamed. If you’re going to do that at least respond to the charges posted here against you. Namely that Dennis seems to think that you fabricated the “bookstorming” charges and he has given a large amount of evidence that would suggest that, tell us Mr. Thompson, how is he wrong?

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    Shoehorn O'Plenty ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Addendum to previous post:

    Perhaps someone who lives in Florida (if anyone reading does) should mail the editor of the paper which Mr. Thompson has contacted and inform him of Mr. Thompson’s OWN grievances with the Florida Bar? He has given press releases about it so it’s not confidential.

    They should be made aware that they are attempting to get him to prove his sanity, that he faces disbarrment, and that all of this has come about through his terrible behaviour. Bringing up the topic of another bar member being accused of something, is a little pot and kettle don’t you think?

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    nightwng2000 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Otaku Man,
    Actually, we’ve made fun of his phone number for a very long time. :)

    It’s common for him to include his address and phone number in his posts. Then, he turns around and whines because someone dingbat decides to do something stupid and write/email/phone him and say or do something stupid to him. And of course he blames everyone else for the information being out there, rather than taking responsibility for his own actions. That, too, is very common of him as well.

    As to his “office address”, both the address and phone number, as well as an email address had long since been posted publically on the Florida Bar website, along with many other attorney’s info. Whether it has changed in the last year and a half since I last checked, I’m not sure. And I’m not even sure if the email address would even be vaild. Though, as I’ve pointed out many times before, it’s a waste of time trying to communicate with him because he is unable to communicate in an intelligent, reasonable manner unless he’s doing so in view of mainstream media and even then his communications are filled with lies and deceit.
    And after performing a simple reverse address check on that address about 2 years ago, it appears that the address may very well be nothing more than one of those UPS mailbox stores where your mailbox address appears like a professional office address. I -think- at one point someone mentioned that he actually works from a home office. But I can’t remember for sure. Maybe someone here will remember where that is or correct me if I’m wrong. I can live with that.

    NW2K software

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    Michael Perry ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    (normally posted as GameDevMich)

    @Shoehorn O’Plenty – As a Florida resident, I have previously sent a letter as response to one of Mr. Thompson’s letters. However, my past letter was a response to the message Mr. Thompson relayed to the Governor and Florida State Attorney General regarding the future release of Manhunt 2. I felt it was my duty as a citizen of Florida to make sure my voice, as a gamer and game developer be heard, and not just my opponent’s.

    Sending a letter to the editor in regards to Mr. Thompson’s case with the Florida Bar means little to me because it has nothing to do with me. His actions and behavior brought on the investigation. I feel writing a letter to the editor in response to Mr. Thompson’s would be poking my nose into someone else’s affairs, a tactic I do not believe in.

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    Aerix says:

    I listened to the voice mail messages…am I the only one who was reminded of Family Guy?

    “I was just wondering…where the newspaper boy was…waitin’ to hear some good news…”

    “Where are ya?”

    “All right, now you’re startin’ to piss me off, ya little piggly sonbitch. Call me!”

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    Shoehorn O'Plenty ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @ GameDevMich

    I understand that. I just thought that seeing as Mr. Thompson is poking his nose into Bar Governor Ben Kuehne’s affairs, it would only be right if his own dirty laundry was aired alongside it :)

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    GoodRobotUs ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    If someone walked around spreading lies, defamation and insults about you, I’m sure you’d feel just as compelled to defend yourself as Dennis did, yes, Jack’s only doing it to ‘get a bite’, we ALL know that already, but I think Dennis and the people here are perfectly justified in defending themselves from being called ‘Cowards’ and ‘Vandals’ etc, reagrdless of how backwater Jack has to go in order to be listened to these days.

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    Michael Perry ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    (normally posted as GameDevMich)

    @Aerix – Very funny =)

    @Shoehorn O’Plenty – Not much effort is required to find Mr. Thompson’s “dirty laundry.” Like you, I also believe that if a person’s faults should be on display if they are attacking someone else. What was that phrase being thrown around left and right throughout this 4 part series? Full Disclosure? It’s easy to cry our for Full Disclosure when one thinks it should not apply to one’s self.

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    Zeloth says:

    “In English and American law, and systems based on them, libel and slander are two forms of defamation (or defamation of character), which is the tort or delict of making a false statement of fact that injures someone’s reputation. “Defamation” is however the generally-used term internationally, and is accordingly used in this article where it is not necessary to distinguish between “libel” and “slander”.”

    That interview alone might be proof enough to sue him for slander and libel

  26. 0
    Erik ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Oh look, Jack thinking again if anyone disagrees with him they are either moralistically hindered or on the take. And he wonders why he is being forced into a psychiatric evaluation.

  27. 0
    GoodRobotUs ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Jack puts his number up in the hope that someone will call him and threaten him, what else is the point on a site like this? He basically uses entrapment to try and prove his case.

    As for the posting, I think he’s going through a Proxy or the like.

  28. 0
    Ohma ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Uh, Jack, didn’t you throw a big hissy fit when people started calling you onthe phone because of your antics? All I’m saying is that I don’t think that putting your number in there was all that bright of an idea if you’re bothered by that kind of thing…and that I’m still confused about why Jack is suddenly allowed to post here again.

  29. 0
    Austin Lewis ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    The point of the whole thing is, JT sucks. At life, at being a lawyer, at everything. He hasn’t won a case in 3 years, he hasn’t really advance his agenda in 3 years (he actually did harm to it when he went off about counter strike and its connection to the VTech shooting).

    Even the media is on to what a Tool he is, and they normally support stupid crusades like this.

    I think all three statistics are on the money, actually. But I made them all up.

  30. 0
    Jer ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Mr. John Bruce Thompson may be breeching one of the 10 commandments:
    “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.”
    We all are, like it or not, neighbors.

    I feel as though Mr. Thompson is being led by the devil when he lies and produces these wild accusations.

  31. 0
    Austin Lewis ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    As for the number, call it. He can’t do anything. He offered it up.
    At court just say ‘entrapment’ and you’re fine.

    Austin Lewis,
    CRIM/SOC Major

  32. 0
    Erik ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    It seems like whenever anyone with a pulpit of any kind points out how much an idiot Jack is that he believes they are orchestrating some kind of attack against him. Not just the link to his book via GamePolitics, but when Penny-Arcade just said, “Hey this guy is an idiot” and the community there acted in a predictable manner towards Jack that is common to act towards assholes.

    Jack these people aren’t masterminding anything against you. Its as simple as this: If you act like an asshole you will be treated thusly. There is no grand conspiracy against you. We all just hate you in our own unique ways.

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    Tye The Czar says:

    I bet even Fox News wouldn’t have him as an “anchor”, oy. Though that’s the most likely place his childish ranting would get him success (*cough* O’Reilly, Coulter, and everyone else.) Wouldn’t THAT be hilarious if we had ‘ol Bill n’ Ann trolling us, oy.

  34. 0
    GoodRobotUs ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Thing is, I don’t think I’ve ever really hated Jack Thompson, sometimes I’ve wanted to shake him, but mostly, I have to fight the urge to threaten to send him to bed without any supper.

  35. 0
    HurricaneJesus says:

    Jesus those phone messages were creepy as fuck. What a psycho this guy is. He seriously sounds like a stalker on the tapes. I don’t see how this creep with an obvious personal agenda has gotten this far. I can’t believe trees died to be made into his pathetic excuse of a “book”.

    Truly disgusting. Sicker than Manhunt, which I played through many times.

  36. 0
    Miang ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Thompson never considers that his book got bad reviews not only because of how intentionally he has inflammed people against him but just simply because it was BAD WRITING. His book was barely more coherent than the briefs we have read here so many times.

  37. 0
    JACK THOMPSON, ATTORNEY AND YOU'RE NOT ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Gee, Dennis a four-part jeremiad to rebut passing comments about you and this “news” site? I’m flattered. But to quote Shakespeare in Hamlet: “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”

    I do appreciate your quoting Judge Huck, though. It prompted me to move for his recusal today, now that video game sites are quoting him about a “conspiracy” I never alleged.

    Thanks and hooah!!!!

    Jack Thompson, Attorney, and You’re Not

  38. 0
    StepForward says:

    Nice try Jack, trying to lure us in with that phone number.

    The one thing he does not seem to get is that gamers refuse to stoop down to his level.We do not use the kinds of dirty tricks he uses, we do not qoute tabloids, and we use facts to argue against your lies.

    Im going to throw one hell of a BBQ the day you get disbarred.

  39. 0
    GamePolitics ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @Tammej – I’ve endured these attacks for early two years. With the publication of the PopZart piece I decided it was time to get everything on the record.

    @JT – Judge Huck has already blown you off once – fairly recently – on the recusal. I don’t think this attempt to delay your September trial will work, either.

  40. 0
    Marlowe says:

    @ JACK THOMPSON, ATTORNEY (he seems quite determined to remind us of that fact)

    So, your response to these or any of Dennis’ claims are that he did a four part rebuttal? Once again, sir, you sink down to a level of trying to skirt around simple charges because you’re unable to answer them head on. For example, you claimed Dennis “bookstormed” you, in response Dennis said he did no such thing and provided a link one of which gave a not unfavorable nod to the book in question (which you thanked him for) and another where he specifically told his readers he didn’t want them to take action against your book and that we should appreciate all forms of speech even if we disaggree with it. You responded by displaying your ability to count to the number four. Notice how Dennis’ response was directly pertinent to the charges laid before him by you and that your response was nothing of the sort.

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    Andrew Eisen ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Thompson, have you ever read Hamlet? Queen Gertrude (the speaker of the quote) is commenting on a character in a play that (unbeknownst to her) is a representation of herself.

    Shakespear makes it quite clear that the comment is a reflection on herself.

    How appropriate that you would pick that particular quote.

    Andrew Eisen

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    Dan ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    What does “bookstorm” mean? I checked google definitions, urban dictionary and even wikipedia and I can’t find a definition anywhere.

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    Erik ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    ““The lady doth protest too much, methinks.””

    Says the man who leaves dozens of messages on Dennis’ answering machine like a jilted lover.

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    DeathRain ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I’m a little torn about what to say. I’d post anything about myself if I felt it would do any good. The simple truth is, he has a documented history of abusive, unethical, unreasonable attacks. If it weren’t for the fact that I’m trying to build a career, I’d be as public as anyone wants. The simple truth is, I’m not going to risk getting dragged through the muck with baseless claims about me before I even have a reputation established. That’s one thing Mr. Thompson, of al people, should understand.

    More to the point, I’ll say it because it can’t be said enough: superb job GP. Facts don’t lie, and you easily provided enough.

    Finally, I say this last part as mostly a general comment, not an attack. I’ve said it before, I’m fairly well-versed in the workings of the human mind. I’ve seen only two reasons for the actions Mr. Thompson exhibits. The first is simply trying to cause controversy and grasping at straws to do it. A major part of that is something that’s come up a couple time already: entrapment. He tries to draw ire, and then point to it as evidence. The other reason is simply mental instability. That’s not an attack, simply experience. I’ve worked on mental wards and I’ve seen the same kind of behavior there, although more extreme for the most part.

    Sadly, I really think Mr. Thompson suffers from the latter. I can only judge from his public actions, but the uniformity of his actions across situations gives strong support for this. That includes his actions in what would usually remain private conversations. I honestly feel very bad for him. That kind of thinking can be a very scary thing to experience.

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    Tye The Czar says:

    @JT: Michael Moore rules… The Boondocks rules…. Green Day rules…..and you DON’T, OY! HooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooAH!

    Fan of anime, never gonna be an attorney. And YOU’RE NOT!

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    Mark Standridge ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    There’s a missive that gets thrown around when we lawyers learn about recusal motions in our first-year civil procedures classes: “if you’re going to kill the King, you’d better be a good shot” (or something to that effect). As Dennis hinted, Jack already tried taking that shot in his latest frivolity against the Florida Bar–and missed by about a mile. The fact that someone–anyone–whether it be GP, CNN, or the Bar itself, quotes Judge Huck’s concluding statement from his dimissal of Jack’s prior baseless action, does NOTHING to warrant the Judge’s recusal now. And Jack, like it or not, you did (and continue to) purport a conspiracy against you, if not in name, then in substance.

    How’s that run for Judge Friedman’s seat shaping up, by the way?

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    StepForward says:

    So he likes shakespeare.But those voice mails sound like he likes the movie “Scream”.I imagig him calling up the Gamepolitics office saying,”Do you like scary video games,if you do I file charges against you.”

  48. 0
    Ace of Sevens ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Dennis, considering the rather serious nature of the accusations and how he’s been repeating them all willy-nilly, I’d think it may be worthwhile to look into a libel suit. I’m nt a lawyer or anything, but it seems like he’s been allowed to get away with far too much.

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    Namrepus221 says:


    I found some better quotes from Hamlet that might be better construed.

    Thou wretched, rash, intruding fool, farewell!
    I took thee for thy better.
    * Hamlet, scene iv

    More matter with less art.
    * Gertrude, scene ii

    Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind.
    * Ophelia, scene i

    Well… why should we stop with just one of Shakespears great works, let’s try Macbeth.

    Look like the innocent flower,
    But be the serpent under it.
    * Lady Macbeth, scene v

  50. 0
    Matthew ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @Jack Thompson:

    The reason Dennis has written four articles to counter your claims is that there are a lot of claims to counter. You are a classic troll, and are resorting to using devices which most people grow out of in the early teens:

    Prima: -Claim A-
    Secunda: -Refutation of claim A-
    Prima: -Unrelated claim B-, and Secunda just can’t resist replying to every one of my comments!

    So let us turn the tables. Why, Mr. Thompson, do you insist on replying to everything that Dennis McCauley says? This wannabe-journalist hack clearly doesn’t know what he’s talking about and is no threat to you, so why give him the oxygen of publicity by stooping to his level and responding to him?

    If things got any more drama-filled here I’d think this were deviantART. If you comment-whore, expect people to comment.

    (@Andrew Eisen: Zing!)

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    Kincyr ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @JT impersonator:
    you forgot to add a modified version of JT’s redundant sig. I’ll mad-lib it: “Jack Thompson, (blank), and you’re not.” Some work-safe examples are “media-whore”, “stalker”, and “egotistical jerk”

  52. 0
    potatojones_83 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    I think this one from Romeo & Juliet fits
    The hatred i bear thee can afford no better term than this.
    Thou art a villain.

    I don’t think we all hate JT in the literal sense of the word, but giving his tiring and unyielding antics I would think we can all agree that the term villain fits.

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    Cavalier ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @Otaku –

    The trouble with comparing him to Quixote is: Quixote had style and some sort of moral code that he actually, y’know, adhered to.

  54. 0
    Gray17 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    “What does “bookstorm” mean? I checked google definitions, urban dictionary and even wikipedia and I can’t find a definition anywhere.”

    It doesn’t appear to be be a common term yet, or maybe Thompson’s just using the wrong words to describe things.

    I’m assuming it refers to some of the abuses that can be managed with Amazon’s review system. In addition to loading a book down with bad reviews, you can apparently play with the automated recommendation system in a way sort of like googlebombing that the “If you liked this book, you might also like:” thing links to books the author would find objectionable. At least I recall hearing something like that when his book came out that is the only thing I can think of JT could be referring to.

  55. 0

    […] Wesley Clark Link to Article al gore Jack Attack on GamePolitics, Part 4: The Bookstorm » Posted at GamePolitics.com on Wednesday, July 25, 2007 Part 4 of 4 Background: Controversial anti-game attorney Jack Thompson went on the attack against GamePolitics in an interview with the obscure PopZart site during the week of E3.  In my third year of running GP, I’ve grown accustomed to Thompson’s criticism, View Entire Article » […]

  56. 0
    bayushisan ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I’m coming back from a self imposed sabatical to talk comment on a few things.

    Mr. Thompson- Time and time again you resort to tactics of the lowest common denominator. You attack people personally and bring their families into an argument and then throw a fit when the same is done to you (though personally I think its wrong for EITHER side to get that carried away).

    Those are not the actions of a Christian Mr. Thompson. See I’ve read the Bible myself and I don’t recall a “be mean” Commandment anywhere in either the Old or New Testaments. You’re a bully plain and simple. More than that you’re a product of a sue happy society content to let others do the thinking for them.

    Dennis I applaud the decorum you’ve shown in your responses. I’m sure I could have done the same. Thank you for being our voice Dennis.

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    Malevolent says:

    I’d love to see when he gets disbarred that all the news teams that had him on to talk about anything videogame related apologizes for the misinformation he represented on their show.

    Also to show support in his well being i think that when and if he is subject to this physc testing and fails i think we should all visit him and give encouragement to make it and climb out of this proverbial meriadas trench he’s digging.

  58. 0
    Soga says:

    @ Malevolent:

    To make it better, let’s write in to these news shows and remind them they had Jack on their shows, then inform them of Jack’s disbarrment. The media needs a good slap in the face, IMO.

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    nightwng2000 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    “Jack Thompson, Attorney and You’re not”

    Why thank you! What a sweet compliment!

    It’s so nice to know that I’m not a bigoted, dishonorable, unethical, demon worshiping, piece of guttertrash like you.

    How nice of you to say so! :)

    NW2K software

  60. 0
    GoodRobotUs ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    There’s no such thing as ‘passing comments’ in print Jack, that’s the whole purpose of writing, to nail the ‘passing’ into the permanent, that’s why laws are written down and not passed by word of mouth, because they have permanence.

    You know this, you are a lawyer, as you keep reminding us.

  61. 0

    […] YouTube Link to Article verizon Jack Attack on GamePolitics, Part 4: The Bookstorm » Posted at GamePolitics.com on Wednesday, July 25, 2007 Part 4 of 4 Background: Controversial anti-game attorney Jack Thompson went on the attack against GamePolitics in an interview with the obscure PopZart site during the week of E3.  In my third year of running GP, I’ve grown accustomed to Thompson’s criticism, View Entire Article » […]

  62. 0
    Phantom says:

    @ Nightwng2000

    Be fair. Jack’s not a fair representation of most attorneys. I know quite a few, and they’re all very polite, rational people. Jack’s a bad example, but at least he probably won’t remain one for much longer.

  63. 0
    DCOW ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    After reading the first chapter of JT’s book, it’s obvious he’s not only egotistic but also paranoid.

    Read that even when he failed his bar exam the first time, he blamed everyone but himself.

    I don’t know about anyone else, but even at the age of 19, I know if I mess up, the only person who’s fault it is, is my own.

  64. 0
    DCOW ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    Jack Thompson:

    Your still just a lawyer, and still just a pest.
    Guess what JT, I don’t WANT to be a lawyer or attorney, I’d rather have a life thank you very much.

  65. 0
    Gabriel Wagner ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    (Also known as Archgabe)

    Jack, I have never hid behind annonnimity. If you wanted my name, all you had to do is ask. I will not give you my address or phone number because I don’t want to be harassed by you. I have my own life that I apreciate you not trying to interfere with. If you really wanted to disscuss with me or anyone here anything on your position you would not troll the comments page. If you changed your attitude and stopped acting like a child that didn’t get his icecream then I might be inclined to talk. Of cource since you have my name I am sure you can find a way to contact me if you really cared about my opinon.

  66. 0

    Keep the names coming, pixelantes! I’ll kick your butts and take names.

    Thanks and hooah!!

    Tack Jhomson, Fake Attorney, and You’re Not

  67. 0
    I am Nobody says:

    Its just a book, Jack Thompson. Whats wrong with gamers looking at your book? I mean I know why you get negative comments because they know that your putting a BUNCH of lies in the book and what you said that made the gamers really angry like this:

    “nobody shoots anybody in the face unless you’re a hit man or a video gamer.”

    Yeah, I’m a gamer along with thousands of gamers out there. Just because we play videogames doesn’t mean that we’re terrorist, like you said after someone brought flowers on your doorway.

    If you try banning the good stuff like Anime and Manga, everyone in America will hate you.

    And let the people speak, I heard that you sue Kotaku for just “Dissecting your lies” which its just plain stupid and even stupider when you screw-up.

    And don’t even try sueing me for what I said. I’m just telling you that you did was STUPID.

    If you going to write another book, you should put:

    Jack Thompson, the Ass Attorney Who Lies

  68. 0
    Steven Landes ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    (Usually posting as Mnementh2230)

    @ Gamepolitics

    Great 4-parter. I appreciated and enjoyed all of it. Thank you for getting everything on the record. I especially liked the timeline.

    And isn’t Jack banned? Or did he figure out proxies?

    @ Jack Thompson

    So what if we’re not legal professionals? Have you shown much professionalism lately?

    Dennis goes and rebutts you (with his explanation why RIGHT AT THE BEGINNING OF EVERY PIECE IN THE 4-PART ARTICLE) in what could easily be called an editorial piece OR investigative reporting. That’s right Jack, it’s still journalism. The fact that Dennis (and the rest of us for that matter) are fact checking you and refuting your lies just upsets you, so you lash out like a child who’s been caught in a lie. You attempt misdirection/distraction (see your first post here – completly irrelivant to the subject) and then blame-shifting (another form of misdirection, commonly used in psychological handling of volatile people – see blaming Dennis for something rather than owning up to your own short-comings). It’s all rather childish. Dennis has explained himself, his reasons for doing this, and has evidence to back up his statements. You’ve got… a losing track record, multiple bills shot down on constitutional grounds, multiple Bar investigations for conduct unbecoming an attorney, and (albeit from secondary evidence) questionable sanity. I pity you and your family for what you’re inflicting on them.

    You don’t even have refutation for the lies we revealed yesterday regarding your innacurate accusations of GP not giving us full disclosure (another attempt at misdirection, by the way… but who’s counting?)

    Also, the term “hooah” is pretty insulting, considering you’re not a Marine. Unless you’ve spent the time serving your country, you’ve not EARNED the right to use it in the manner that you do. You’ve not shed the blood and sweat, nor shown the strength of character necessary to use that term. You expose your ignorance and lack of moral fiber by said use.

    @ Andrew Eisen

    That. Rocked.
    If I weren’t living in Australia (US Citizen living abroad ATM), I might have beat you to the punch on the Shakespear quote… but I doubt it. Nicely done.

  69. 0
    GoodRobotUs ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    LOL I didn’t even spot Jack’s Shakespeare quote, was too busy responding to the ‘casual comment’ one. That’s a somewhat amusing irony.

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    cullarn ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    a thought hit me how come i only see jt arguing at this site, there are numerous legal blogs taking the same punhces (sometimes harsher than gp) how come i have never seen him post at on of those?

    afraid to challenge a real lawyer ?

    you truly are a pathetic little man

  71. 0
    Soga says:

    cullarn: Remember the voice mails? The man loves Dennis. That’s why he keeps evading IP ban, that’s why he keeps leaving voice mails, that’s why he singles out GP more than anything else.

    He’s like the guy that keeps sending love letters and calling his ex-girlfriend in the face of a break-up begging for her back.

  72. 0
    Alevan says:

    Well, that does it. After reading this four parter about Jack Thompson, I can’t keep giving this guy the benefit of the doubt.

    All I can say is, at least New Jersey doesn’t have to worry about a quack like him. Our state has enough problems as it is.

    That’s all I can say about that, since no words can describe how much he gives lawyers a bad name.

  73. 0
    hilaryduffgta ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    oh and i do remember posting on amazon about his book after i read it at border’s (there’s two hours of my life i wont ever get back)

    jack’s a hack and will always be a hack!

    so am i the only one he told to go buy a suicide game to or was it to other people also?

  74. 0
    Mr.Pat says:

    he never told me to get good at suicide games but he proclaimed it was childish and immature to destroy something (his book, for charity) you don’t agree with, then in the next sentence said he was going to destroy Rockstar and Take-Two.

  75. 0
    nightwng2000 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Sorry Phantom,
    I was just saying that I’m proud not to be John Bruce.

    John Bruce sees himself as an honorable, ethical, intelligent attorney.

    Based on his model, himself, of “attorney”, I wouldn’t want to be his kind of attorney either.

    So, no, I wasn’t talking about attornies in general. We have several good ones who hang around here in fact.

    None of them would I use John Bruce’s model of “attorney” to describe either.

    NW2K Software

  76. 0
    Kincyr ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    IIRC, when Jack was using his wife as a playing the sympathy card, Kurisu emailed him saying his wife was also in a bout with cancer and pulled through and that he understands what Jack was going through etc. and Jack replied saying he wished Kurisu’s wife died simply because she’s a gamer.

    I forget the full details but do you still have that email mentioned above?

  77. 0
    Otaku-Man says:


    Oh yeah, you got a point there.

    By the way, Jack’s court date… is that September 16th? Cause that’s my birthday and would be a TOTALLY awesome present to have Jack disbarred on the anniversary of my birth. Oh man, I’d toast champagne to that while singing “Ding Dong the Dork is Dead!” 😀

    Seriously though, I can’t help but wonder what his wife and kid think about his crusade.


  78. 0
    Erik ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    “IIRC, when Jack was using his wife as a playing the sympathy card, Kurisu emailed him saying his wife was also in a bout with cancer and pulled through and that he understands what Jack was going through etc. and Jack replied saying he wished Kurisu’s wife died simply because she’s a gamer.”

    Okay we have wrath there. Now add that to the pride and greed. Come on Jack four more to go! You can do it!

  79. 0
    cullarn ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    this is a question (probably a stupid one) for gp.

    your going to cover as much of the procedure on jackys hearing right?

  80. 0
    Kincyr ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    “Okay we have wrath there. Now add that to the pride and greed. Come on Jack four more to go! You can do it!”
    Don’t forget Sloth, seeing as he still has yet to create JackandGoliath.com

  81. 0
    Chuma ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Those phone calls are hillarious. He sounds more like Jack Torrance from ‘The Shining’. It makes me wonder if anyone else out there has such recordings. As part of a set, they could do wonders for the BAR hearing regarding his professionalism and conduct.

    He’s got to be worried right now that he’s going to wind up without a license.

    Dennis – I will voice my support once more for your website and journalism. I don’t always agree with the amount of ink dedicated to some people and issues, but I can at least trust that you are posting the most factual information that you can accumulate. Keep up the good work and don’t let the b*****d grind you down.

  82. 0
    GamePolitics ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @cullarn – I will do the best I can for that, but I don’t have the same access to FL Supreme Court (where JT’s trial will take place) as I do with the Federal Courts.

    Don’t worry, I’ll figure out some coverage

  83. 0
    Austin Lewis ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @Jack Thompson
    If I ever hear or read you saying hooah again, I will come to your office and yank your internet connection and phone line out of the wall.

    HOOAH is a USARMY phrase. You don’t know the meaning behind it, just like you don’t know the hardship of such a life, so kindly shut your damn mouth fool.
    Austin, Sane and you’re a jackass.

  84. 0
    Andrew Eisen ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Steven Landes and Austin Lewis,

    May as well lighten up on the “HOOAH” thing. By Thompson’s own admission he picked it up from Al Pachino’s character in Scent of a Woman.

    Andrew Eisen

  85. 0
    hayabusa75 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Damn, miss a day, miss a lot!

    If Jack got his own blog, there’d be nothing but gamers on it. And Jack, the day you get my personal info there’ll be a 50mph bucket of my own spit immediately following it.

    @Austin Lewis:

    You’re way off with #2. Jack lacks the necessary equipment.

    @Andrew Eisen:

    Ha! Watching JT get punched in the mouth never gets old!

  86. 0
    Kincyr ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @Andrew Eisen
    but Al Pachino’s character was a retired US Army officer.
    Funny thing BTW, a few popular meanings of “hooah” include “I am not listening” and “I don’t know what that means, but I’m too embarrassed to ask for clarification” which suit Thompson perfectly.

  87. 0
    Erik ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    Yeah its a military thing. I don’t use it because I’ve not gained the right to do so, neither has Jack. So every time Jack does use it its a major insult to our men and women in uniform past and present, including those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Therefore its par for the course as far as the lack of decency and couth that John Bruce Thompson displays.

  88. 0
    daniel3 says:


    You persistently try to put-down, attack and smear others to prop yourself up… Whether you’re using Christ’s name to align people that work for an honest business to satan… or trying to discredit journalists… or seeming to receive satisfaction from getting into flame-wars with teenagers on the internet…. and now you even use smear tactics to attack the president of YOUR OWN BAR ASSOCIATION… It probably wasn’t published because your self-serving goal of trying to smear Frank Angones is very transparent.

    PS… Although you’ve completely established that your goals are ideological and that you’re willing to twist and manipulate the letter of the law to suit your own ambitions, in a way I hope that you don’t loose your license to practice law.

    This is because you’d be more dangerous as a private citizen to pursue whatever tactics you please, without the type of restrictions you face as a lawyer.

    – – – –

    CHECK THIS LINK: http://www.joystiq.com/2007/03/18/jack-thompson-responds-biblically-to-take-two/

    I don’t think anyone would think this guy should be practicing law after reading what he wrote.

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    Andrew Eisen ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    Yeah, but I don’t think Thompson ever meant “Hooah” to be disrespectful or as a way to rile us up (like he does with pixelante, a word that’s so silly and poorly conceived that it’s impossible to take seriously as a pejorative). I think it’s just something he heard in a movie and thought was cool.

    Andrew Eisen

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    Miang ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Ok. I went to popzart and read the interview. Some of the things Thompson says in it are ridiculous, but that is to be expected. I should learn not to read things like that — they always lead to me ranting about it afterwards. So I wrote a post in response to the article and posted it only to notice that I didn’t see any other comments. Anyway I thought I would reproduce it here, just to see what you all think.

    The problem with this interview of Jack Thompson is that he is not really challenged about his methods. The ends do not justify the means. He has been guilty of saying terrible hateful things to people, including but not limited to “Go buy a suicide game and get real good at it”. I have seen his comments where he belittles gamers. I think most people know that what a lot of immature people have done to Thompson and his family in regards to phone calls, name calling and sending him vile things is wrong, but at the same time he is not interested in a constructive dialogue with us. It’s not that most gamers disagree with Thompson’s stated goal of keeping mature games out of the hands of children, its his methods we can’t stand. I think there are better ways to keep violent games out of the hands of children than a ban or legislation. I think ultimately that it is up to the parents to know what there kid is playing and at $50 a video game I see no good excuse for how they can not know. Those are my opinions, but I understand that Thompson has his.
    I should go ahead and say here that there was a time when a large number of gamers got together and tried to open a talks with Thompson to exchange constructive ideas about how to accomplish this goal. A letter was written to Thompson apologizing on behalf of the gaming community for the way he has been treated by some of its members and asking him to speak with us civilly. People from all over the world signed this letter and pitched in with money to send an impressive number of flowers to Thompson as a peace offering. A lot of time, energy and hope was poured into that project. Thompson’s response was not at all positive. He called our efforts “childish”. He stated that he had no interest in a dialogue with us, and he implied that he was going to send the flowers to a member of the video game industry. ( I think it was Paul Eibler (sp?) but I don’t remember) In the end it seems to me that Thompson would rather be hateful to anyone he views as a gamer than work with gamers to keep mature rated games out of the hands of children. I find that extremely strange if his goal is what he says it is. I would think that anyone wishing to create positive change in an industry would be happy if the consumers of that industry were willing to listen and exchange ideas but that is not Thompson’s position.
    Some people think that Thompson is mentally ill. Some people might mean that as an insult while others are expressing genuine concern. Thompson has a history of stating that the “industry” is conspiring against him. He believes that all gamers are involved in that conspiracy. He seems to suggest again and again that all gamers get orders from the “industry” and work to carry them out. To some people that might seem a little paranoid. Thompson has intentionally made himself a volatile figure. It seems that he believes this helps his cause. Personally I think it does the exact opposite; it distracts people away from the issue until they only pay attention to Thompson’s behavior.

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    cullarn ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    ok thanx for answering my question, consider all the crap hes put the bar through if they do disbar him i doubt they will try and keep it too private

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    Flaps ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Jack, when you decide to call it quits or are looking to make some real money, I have the perfect plan for you:

    – Buy a golf driving range
    – Charge $100 for a bucket of balls
    – Be the guy who drives around in golf cart scooping up balls
    – Become insanely rich

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    Gabriel Celesta ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @Andrew Eisen

    Yes. An Al Pacino character. A character who lost his sight because he was screwing around with hand grenades.

    Ever think about THAT, Jack-Off T?

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    Erik ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    That is actually a very amusing link. Lets see Jack claimed that Take Two would be destroyed by March 23 and its now, oh look at that its way past that and Take Two is still in business. Man, I wish I had a dollar for every time Jack loses.

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    Clyde Wyman says:

    Jack, you know what? Your opinions about us are only efforts to deface your own reputation. It’s not too late to seek forgiveness though, but don’t wait, if the whole people or gamers gets pissed off by your cruel words, then it is too late to go down on your knees and beg for forgiveness, which you don’t want that to happen, right?

    So, shut your big fucking mouth and stop wasting your time.

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    Zoness says:

    Foolishness is all I see here, Jack’s voice (which is lacking already) is clearly waning more and more with each passing day. Eventually he’ll get kicked off the bar and then he will just be an anti-gamer troll wandering the internet looking to stir up trouble.

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    GoodRobotUs ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Frankly, even if I felt inclined to, I wouldn’t give my name and address to a lawyer who is quite obviously beyond the sanity event-horizon anyway.

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    Keaton2008 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Boom. To the face. Just by reading this 4-part story I simpily hate Jack more than ever and have a better appreciation for your work and reporting.

    The final quote, from Paul Huck, sums up Jackie just fine. Keep doing what you do.

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    I’m sorry…I just can’t take anyone seriously who actually, truly, and really refers to themselves in the third person in a serious way. The Thompson appreciates the hot! It’s like something out of bad comedy. I wonder when the Florida Bar will get around to forcing him to take that psych evaluation. Though it’ll be a sad day to the game industry when it loses this comical non-effective adversary and evnetually gains one with a real brain.

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    Matthew ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @E. Zachary Knight, KOTOR:

    Agreed. Saying that you want to kill someone isn’t the best way of coming across as a rational nonviolent sort of person. Hate his attitude, despair over his argument skills, and mock his unusual sense of logic, but civility goes a long way.

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    Keaton2008 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Jack is a bad case of herpes for the game industry. I don’t see him going away anytime soon.

    Quick! Someone give him a new upcoming form of media/art for him to bitch about. It worked for rap.

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    kurisu7885 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    So Thompson is apparently whining because his book didn’t get glowing reviews a high praise from all?

    For all we know it’s all /b/’s fault that Jack is hell bent on destroying people’s rights.

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    GoodRobotUs ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Don’t bother GreatNocturn, do you really think he would REALLY pay more attention to you if you gave your name and address? It’s just a ruse to get your contact details so he can harass you and your family, I’ve seen him do it before, remember that kid who was raising money for charity by doing a YouTube of his Dad or Brother destroying a signed copy of Out of Harms’ Way? Jack phoned the parents, and claimed that he’d got the kid into a ‘heap of trouble’ when the truth was nothing of the sort, and the video was made.

    The reason for anonymity on the Internet is to protect the people using it, Jack is supposedly all about ‘Protecting the Children’ and yet doesn’t think twice before demanding personal details on a Public Message board. I was furious the last time he tried to pretend he had the legal weight to demand that people post their details on here, it could so easily have led to a terrible result, which Jack would, without doubt, have tried to blame on Video Games, not his own irresponsibility.

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    E. Zachary Knight ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Just reading about the phone calls makes me think of the spurned lover who does not believe the relationship is doomed.

    But JT needs to grow up. Christ told his disciples to say when they pray, “Please forgive me my tresspasses as I FORGIVE OTHERS THEIR TRESSPASSES.”

    Sounds to me like JT needs to start practiing those Christian values he professes to live.

    Also the final link is broken.

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    Creamy Goodness says:

    “These blogs like GamePolitics, where Dennis McCauley lets people hide behind anonymity”

    If I lived in Miami I would personally visit his office to tell him what I think of him.

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    John ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    I thought those voicemails were too funny to be real. I have heard similar before, and sorry GP, but I think Jack might be in love with you. Maybe ask him to dinner and let him down softly

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    Jacki Jinx says:

    Yes Jack, because as a video game player and GP reader, I have nothing better to do than attack you all day long through GP comments. I just sit here all day waiting for the chance to pounce on your name like a cougar and execute it with the precision like the savage beast of a gamer I am. It really makes sense.

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    Gisleburt says:

    I’m afraid I kind of feel sorry for him. He sets himself up to be knocked around by other people, and it seem to me that it is he himself that always brings things to the next level. He is always on the defensive and alienates even people who start on his side. He has done more for the Games Industry in his own arguments and I suspect he knows it. He can’t live a happy life and I find it very sad indeed.

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    cfulp says:

    When you can’t make a successful argument against someones opinion what do you do? You attack his character. You see it all the time, and it’s sad every time.

    You didn’t cover him when he wanted, so he stormed off. Seems very immature.

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    Mysticgamer ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I guess the book didn’t fly off the shelves the way he imagined it and as you all know GTA 3 is to blame for that.

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    GoodRobotUs ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Sorry, there was meant to be more to that….

    Basically, I’m talking about Jack’s little tantrum regarding the alleged ‘Bookstorming’.

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    GoodRobotUs ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    It’s interesting to note, as an aside, that Jack recommends Basketball, of all sports, tragically ironic after the VTech incident…..

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    Shoehorn O'Plenty ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Excellent article Dennis, full of facts, citations, evidence. In fact, everything that Mr. Thompson fails to supply in any of his accusations or court documents. That final quote does indeed sum it up completely.

    I fail to see how he can continue to blame anything on GP after this series of articles. Every accusation he has had has been debunked and shown up as fantasy, perceived threats that are not there.

    “They attacked my book and tried to vandalise the page!”
    “You mean the book he wrote a decent review of and advertised for you for free?”

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    GoodRobotUs ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    The thing he never understood was that people didn’t have a problem with his campaign even if we didn’t agree with it, we’ve had discussions with Yee and Dr Walsh on GP, and yes, whilst there is the ever-present Internet habit of throwing Bananas, neither Yee nor Walsh assumed that we were ‘stupid’ for having a different viewpoint, no other anti-game proponent attacks the Gamers themselves as being ‘Nazis’, ‘Knuckleheads’ and a plethora of other insults.

    I’ve certainly got better things to do than go attack books that I really have limited interest in, but it’s assumed that because I post on here, and don’t agree, that therefore I MUST be a social misfit who engages in casual vandalism.

    The anger on here was never at his opinion that games should be banned, even if that opinion seemed to be mobile depending on circumstances, it was at the demeaning and belittling attitude he automatically took, the fact he bundled ALL gamers into one basket, kind of like saying that all LaCross players are rapists simply because a few commited rape, and the fact that even when proven to be completely wrong about something, like the Robida or Cho incidents, he still wasn’t man enough to take it on the chin.

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    Brokenscope ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Your point Jack?

    Do you suddenly think your problems would go away if another person was looking at your ethics complaints?

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    Chase W. Beck says:

    I listened to the Game Politics Podcast back when they had Jack Thompson on because I’d heard about him from other sites and sources, particularly PCGamer. The interviews given to Jack Thompson were some of the most lengthy and comprehensive I’ve heard given by anyone anywhere. Before those interviews Jack Thompson had been demonized as “The man who wants to get rid of videogames”. After listening I felt he’d been humanized in a way no one had bothered to before. I understood his views and motivations and while I can still call him an idiot I can also say that he believes emphatically in protecting children from all forms of violence. GP is the most fair news site I’ve ever seen, not just gaming news site

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    Carbonatedgravy says:

    Odd how “what you think is the truth” generally involves slanderous name calling Jack. Yes, yes, people here cast stones, but if anyone is whiny it’s clearly you. A person makes a point you do one of three things.

    A) Childishly attack their character and call them names.

    B) Make a point that’s completely irrelevant to the original post.


    C) Fail to respond at all. (Which I can’t blame you for. There’s too much to respond to, and I understand that you probably only want to look foolish so many times per day.)

    And why should any of us be expected to divulge our personal information? What good does it do you or us? You chose to be a highly criticized public figure. Do you really want to email opinion pieces to your critics at GamePolitics or pay them visits at their homes? Or is this just about money again and your desire to file lawsuits when people hurt your feelings? Seriously, why in the world do you need to know anyones personal information?

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    AgnostoTheo ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Oh Amusing. Right after Dennins finishes shooting down Jack’s little hissy fits in a four part story, he posts a comment that has nothing to do with it? Funny stuff.

    I still find it horrendously deploreable that a LAWYER would demand that anyone and everyone who chooses to post commentary display their full name and address. How stupid does he think we are?

    What next Jack? Demanding that little kids turn over Mommy and Daddy’s credit card numbers over the internet? How about my Social Security number and a scanned copy of my driver’s lisence? My Birth Certificate? Please Jacky Boy, tell me how much of my identity you want to steal.

    Bravo Dennis. You’ve done a magnificent job of taking a very heated topic and coolly tearing it apart piece by piece. This sort of work is stuff you should print and hang on a wall somewhere. This probobly won’t stop Jack from spreadng his lies everywhere, but now if anyone asks, you can refer them to this story in the archives.

    Oh. and you get another 50 points for professionally bitch-slapping Thompson. *Level up music*

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