Yesterday, GamePolitics reported that popular TV shrink Dr. Phil was planning to tape a video game violence episode, featuring a mysterious “game violence specialist” later this week.
Anti-game attorney Jack Thompson subsequently posted a comment to the story, claiming that he was initially invited to be a guest on the program:
Dr. Phil’s people called me last week, and at that point they were going to take the show in the direction of video game violence. They indicated they wanted me on the show.
I got a call yesterday, and they decided to take the show in a different direction, with the focus on role-playing game addiction. They have a girl who has that problem.
Look, I’m giving you the straight scoop here… Dr. Phil’s people were very nice, very professional, and quite enthusiastic. Of course, Dr. Phil was spot-on after V-Tech…
Thompson is referring to comments made by Dr. Phil just one day after the Virginia Tech shootings which seemed to blame the massacre on video games. Many gamers were outraged by remarks.
As we reported yesterday, there was also some discussion about Entertainment Consumers Association president Hal Halpin appearing on the show, but Hal was told that Dr. Phil had lined up a “game violence specialist.”
GP is working to track down the details concerning the upcoming Dr. Phil episode and will post them as soon as we can.