Jack Thompson Says GTA 4 Mission Target is Him; Threatens to Block Release

September 18, 2007 -
Plenty of gamers would give their left arm to be included in Grand Theft Auto IV.

Miami attorney Jack Thompson, however, claims that he's depicted in the game and wants out. And he threatens to block the release of GTA IV if Rockstar doesn't comply.

In a document filed yesterday with a federal court in Florida, Thompson includes a letter written to Take Two Chairman Strauss Zelnick which reads in part:
I have this morning read with interest an article on page 80 and 81 of the September 2007 issue of Game Informer magazine which was generated when, according to its author, Rockstar Games "stopped by the Game Informer offices for an impromptu hour-long gameplay session with the Xbox 360 version of the game."

The showcasing play of the game to Game Informer revealed that the first killing mission of the "hero" of the game, Niko, is to kill a certain lawyer. When Niko comes into this lawyer's office, having used subterfuge to do so, Niko pulls a gun on the lawyer who says, "that the firm supports the second amendment and that 'Guns don't kill people. Video games do.'"

...The fact that the lawyer, killed on Niko's first mission, would bring up video games, makes it clearly a reference to me... This is not the first time Rockstar Games and Take Two have targeted me in this fashion. Take Two references to me as a bisexual pedophile on its corporate website...

GP: What's he referring to here? See GamePolitics' September, 2005 article Jack Thompson Accuses Rockstsar of... Parody. Thompson's letter continues:
You have until five o'clock P.M. this Friday... to inform me that you are going to delete the above references and any other references that could reasonably be construed to be references to me in Grand Theft Auto IV and any other video games that are pending release...

Now you have descended this low - using one of your games to threaten my physical safety... Failure to comply with the deadline... will result in my having to take necessary and proper means to stop release of the game which targets me personally... given the copycatting of violent games...

Comments

Jackhole, did you miss taking your paranoid schizophrenia pills yesterday?

If mocking Whacko Jacko was against the law, I'd have had the chair by now. Has anyone else depicted him as a superhero with a douchebag on his chest?

The chair. Bzzzzt!!!

Yes jacko is using a proxy. In fact the proxy he is using is btunnel.com

We know that because several weeks ago he posted a link to youtube but he wasn't smart enough to realize that the anonymizing site makes the url include btunnel so when he posted the link to youtube it was really a link through that site. Since we know that he used that site at least once, and we know that his real ip address wasn't unblocked, it makes sense to assume that he uses that site post here.

[...] anything goes in Liberty City, Jack. Deal with it.  Link to this | E-mail this | Digg this | Post to del.icio.us Published Tuesday, September 18, 2007 11:36 AM by tylertodd Filed under: Controversy, JackThompson, GTA IV [...]

Sorry Jack but I don't think the connection to you is strong enough for you to be able to say undeniably that it is you. There are plenty of other anti-game lawyers and while I'm sure in most peoples minds it is a direct poke at you it is just as easily a go at the whole game/law/constitution battle that wages continuously. But hey, don't feel too bad, there are a few of us (non-Americans mostly I imagine) that see the unconstitutional argument to be completely counter productive. If both sides would tone it down a bit I'm sure everyone would get what they want.

YOu know, since he hasn't tried to sue G4 for parodying him, and since he hasn't sued Comedy Central for south Park making fun of his religion, his argument is null and void.

Since when is being an attention-whore douchebag who is addicted to seeing his face on television or name in the news a RELIGION?

...and ..is he like the Pope of it?

@Coyote Sharptongue

I was talking about christianity, which he does a good job of mocking on his own.

I'm confused.

Isnt GTA 4 in new york and not in florida?

In otherwords it happens compleatly away from jacks home, so in no way could it be jack.


But if in jacks world parody is illegal, should he not get himself arrested for parodying himself?

Anyone have any pull at GI? I'd like their impression if they think the lawyer is in any way similar to Jack, rather than Jack's paranoid rantings.

@ kurisu7885

Oh....in that case...how about..

"Every time you play a video game god masterbates a kitten"

Or something of the like? I read that somewhere, maybe it was the internetz.

I hope the name of the lawyer in the game is Tom Jackson. haha.

*yawn*

parody = protected. Sorry, you loose.

Oh and im so not surprised hes anti gay rights.... hes most likely anti-rights for anyone apart from people like him.

"Secondly, this is not “parody.” This is targeting. Big difference. This is rather foolish on Take-Two’s part."

Jack, the only way this could be targeting you is if you can prove that T2 specifically tried to target YOU with this video game. Which I don't see any evidence if, by the way. All I see is a layer who just doesn't hate video games, but the second amendment. That could be ANYONE, Jack. I'm sure you're not the only lawyer in the world who hates video games. Otherwise, this is a parody. PERIOD.

I'm on Jack Thompsons side... this time.

Targeting would be if the name of the lawyer was Jack Thompson (which it wasn't), the lawyer looked exactly like Jack Thompson, the whole premise of the scene was to kill an "Anti-violent videogame" lawyer.
THEN you MIGHT be right about targeting Jack.

But what you do now, is actually making stuff up to blackmail T2. Since you have no basis to stand on, you run the risk of breaking the terms of the settlement.

Oh, and Dennis, why haven't we heard anything from the Florida Bar, concerning his possible disbarment ?

If there was a game called "Jock Thumpson: Game Raider" similar to the Panty Raider game, but with a twist of trying to eradicate cities full of game stores by busting into them and taking out the supply of filth (vigilante style), then perhaps JT would have have a case. It would be easy to find someone else named Jack Thompson, or even the same exact name he has to legally be the basis for the game, but it still would be close unless the game character looked exactly like him. That would be a sweet game actually, given that you get to create your own custom character. Also get to choose your side, pro, anti, neutral. Or more like the AD&D continuum, with chaotic lawful and chaotic evil players running around the sandbox towns. Some players could also be the game store clerks with weapons under the counter, wall-mounted lasers, trap doors in the floors and other fun mishaps to keep the enemies away. Other players could be deliverymen dropping off truckloads of games, or bike couriers passing around promotional copies of games. Just think about the possibilities of such a game.

@BlackIce

I hated enough in the hells of Junior High until I got the muscles and weight to defend myself better. I let that rage go when life stopped being a horrible experience for me however and I realized how little I gained from it. I can still be angry, just not hateful. ;) When I was full of rage I could beat doors down off hinges. So I know quite well the experience, thanks.

what a moron haha

you know guys, your just getting him all riled up. hes probably trying to for gp to give him your email so he can track you down and throw you in jail for making fun of him.
@Jack
Seriously Jack, STFU your old news. no one cares about what you think anymore. go ahead and break your settlement. your just pissed that the guys at penny arcade actually care about other people. thats were this all started. they proved that gamers are not selfabsorbed killing machines, and that makes you a retard. enjoy the contempt of court charges. Also, stop accusing Dennis of being a crappy journalist. this is one of the most factual news sites i have seen.

@all GP patrons.
I say we need to just completely ignore him. when JT stories are posted, read them, laugh at them, tell Dennis hes doing a good job, and leave it at that. when he stops getting the spot light, all this will go away. if we do that , his posts on here will amount to "WHY ISN"T ANYONE PAYING ANY ATTENTION TO ME?!!!!
@GP nice job on all of your stories. i enjoy reading all of them. keep up the good work.

there's 3 days and a few hours until the deadline! I'm so giddy! I only know EXACTLY WHAT WILL HAPPEN.

Thompson won't follow through. He tried that with bully, didn't work. He should know that there is nothing to change, so that he can't have anything done.

also: jacky boy, please work on your writing skills, they are degenerating.

The document mentions a "new Bar complaint" from Take Two. What's he talking about? How new is it?

jack is an ass

wow......It sounds like this guy has become ultra-paranoid like coke addicts do

@ Max

Why? He's the first one to draw the comparison. There's a few previews around which mention this scene, and not a one of them draws the conclusion that it's a parody of Thompson. Most other people didn't either.

Only good old Jack, who see's what he wants to see.

normaly i dont reply to these, but wow, this jack fellow seems to be a bit on the delusional side. i mean with all due respect, even if rockstar was poking fun at him, could you really blame them? jack is bringing this on himself by blowing stupid stuff like this out of proporsion. if he is so concerned about violence, why doesnt he speak out again war? video games should be the least of his concerns. what about fathers who take their kids hunting? does shooting a deer not give kids an idea of violence? or the stuff they watch on the news, or television in general. frankly they are going to learn about it at some point, either way. the only people who would take any violence they see in video games to an extreme, are people who are already unstable. and frankly, maybe 'unstable' is why jack takes it to such an extreme.

Um no.

You don't ignore Jack Thompson. The tantruming three year old being ignored bit doesn't work with this guy. He's a couple of power pellets short of a pacman game if ya get my drift.

You ignore Jack and he feels vindicated, like he WON something, and that makes him bolder to where he acts out even harder.

You can't ignore him. Instead, do what I do.

Photoshop pictures of him in that little glass pane as he gets sucked into the Phantom Zone.

The thing that never ceases to amaze me about Jack is his stubborn arrogance. No matter how bad his track record, he thinks he's always right. Well, he's not always right. Quite the opposite, in fact. And point of order, I cannot for the life of me recall a time Jack has EVER been proven right about ANYTHING. So where is all this arrogance coming from?

My theory? It's all a front of denial. Let's face it: we only know Jack from his press releases, TV appearances, and blog postings. We are not privy to his private life at home, however. For all we know, Jack ends his days curled up in a fetal position crying himself to sleep over what a spectacular failure he knows his life and career are. But is he about to let us see that side of himself? Of course not. So he puts up a brave, macho front that he's always right and will eventually have his way, even though he knows better.

Of course, this is all just speculation. He could also just be a nut.

Jack is a real "shoot from the hip sort of guy". Unfortunately he also doesn't remove the gun from the holster, or even point it away from his foot. He doesn't bother gathering trivial things like "evidence". All he needs is a hastily born opinion, a fifth of Jack Daniels, and a barely coherent letter written in Microsoft Word and he is ready for some litigatin'!

@gamebrain89

JT's tangent reality just gives me ideas for games I will never have sufficient coding skills to produce. But in my head they play wonderfully. So in this real reality I should thank him for being such a moral hypocrite. Thank you!

Another day, another windmill for Jack Thompson to charge at. He must be practically giddy, he has an excuse to bring more lawsuits against Rockstar. After all, for a while I figured the only people listening to him were GP posters.

My money says JT tries to argue attempted entrapment or something similar. "Take-Two knew I'd respond, so the tried goading me into violating our settlement." Which will just get thrown out because proving that would be nearly impossible, even if it were true. Just a hunch though.....

-Mike Schwinger

@DragonBomber

Uh.. I can do that... I just need to be wearing my.. *runs*

Seriously though, you just can't help but hate the man/feel sorry for him.

First of all, I want to make it clear that Jack Thompson should apologize for thinking this is newsworthy.

Secondly, this is not “targeting.” This is parody. Big difference. This is rather foolish on Jack Thompson’s part.

Man That guy sucks ass.

You're absolutely right, Jack. This isn't "parody."

It's PARODY, in big capital letters, underlined three times, and thrown at your face by an MLB pitcher.

OBJECTION!

JACK THOMPSON you are so gay.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

add me PSN GTAmanx

*popcorn* *soda*

Let's see how long this goes on before T2 invokes the settlement agreement and sues Thompson into the ground.

@BlackIce

I don't feel sorry for him really. I feel ashamed sometimes that people like him are given any societal weight or credibility above trained doctors and other researchers whose jobs is has been to judge the medium of video games and media in general to decide their impact on youth and adults. I feel ashamed to know he gathers headlines, yet the real plights of youth in America goes unheard or ignored by politicians, parents, and the media. To see the years of his education and talents go wasted on this crusade and know he could have been an actual champion of children really depresses me sometimes. If only the children would write him letters to tell him how they feel, and what they really need changed to insure their positive futures. Like Santa Claus, only hopefully with less references to PS3 and Wii. Teachers and parents around the country should write the man to give them their opinions, though I imagine the ones supporting games shall likely be burned or used as evidence that their minds have been corrupted. *shakes head*

"I call Little Susie Allen to the stand. Susie, that is a bible. Do you swear not to make the baby jesus cry by lying? That's good hon...ok! So, when did you first begin playing with murder simulators?"

I OBJECT! donotwant

I'm on vacation and come back to this. Brilliant!

I thought the last case Jackie-boy lost against Take Two ordered him to sieze all future attempts of holding back the launches of Take twos products, that being through lawsuits or any other means?

Wow.

Anyone else have the urge to offer Jack's son $50 a day just to follow him around with a tape-recorder to hear what other rants spew from him that never actually make it to the public eye. Come on, think about it, if this is what he thinks will get a reaction, imagine how awesomely ridiculous everything Jack discards as too out there must be ... I bet it would be great to listen to some of the crackpot theories, if this is what he throws out as "sane."

@Dennis

Your patience is astounding. I'm nominating you for Sainthood.

@GP
The secret good news is that we’re exploring a re-design of GP (but you didn’t hear that from me - LOL) …and I am asking the developer for nested comments.

Really? Nifty ^_^ that developer would be my new favorite person.

jack thompons is stuped because he riery think that rockstar would put time and efered into putting him in thire game.!!!!! jack thompon=gay
PSN GTAmanx

Sorry Jack, but public figures are subject to parody. Larry Flint proved that in the US Supreme Court. Take 2 still has those pesky First Amendment rights that make America great.

Suing Take 2 over this would be the same as a class-action suit by gamers against you for defamation of character.

Aaaaaand my spellcheck just vomited up a couple of vowels and some blood. Thanks a lot Chris.

I just find it amazing that Jack Thompson STILL has the ability to pull the strings and waste tax payer money like he does. He should be finded for the trite and petty childish crap that he puts through the legal system everytime he gets his tail feathers ruffled.

@Iniquuis

“Take-Two knew I’d respond, so the tried goading me into violating our settlement.” Which will just get thrown out because proving that would be nearly impossible, even if it were true. Just a hunch though…..

You have to admit - that would be delicious irony. Seeing as how a couple weeks back he was trying to goad what's-her-name.. Gena Feist? I seem to remember an exchange of letters where he tried to email Strauss Zelnick, something about age verification and she rebuffed him - which of course ended up in "Are you crazy/stupid?" I don't remember the exact choice of words - but he was obviously trying to pick a fight and she was obviously trying to find a polite way to tell him to sit down and shut up.

Chris - please stop using gay in a negative way like that.

Jack, you need to get laid. Have fun in court.
 
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