Thompson & Son At It Again… Says Junior Bought Halo 3 at Target

Have you got Jack Thompson fatigue?

Yeah, we have it too.

In the wake of yesterday’s server-crashing, mind-numbing revelation by GamePolitics that the anti-game attorney sent gay porn pics to a federal judge we could use a couple of Jack-less days.

Alas, it’s not to be. The activist, who sometimes refers to himself as the “Energizer Bunny” of the game violence debate, is at it again.

In a press release issued late yesterday, Thompson claims that his 15-year-old son has once again purchased an M-rated (17 and older) game at a South Florida retailer.

Readers may recall our September 13th story in which Thompson claimed that Junior purchased BioShock at a local Best Buy. This time around Thompson says it was Halo 3:

Miami attorney and anti-violent video game activist today did a successful sting on Target Corporation.  His fifteen-year-old son, on the first try, was able to buy the “Mature-rated” Halo 3 without producing any age ID at the Dadeland Station Target.

GP: Hey, the kid is accumulating quite a game collection in the name of research. Hope he’s finding time to get his homework done.

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  1. 0
    John Grumet says:

    I feel bad for Junior. I don’t even want to know what it’s like having all his peers hate his father and possibly himself, (cause there is always that lack of reasoning from everybody his age).

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    Christian Astrup ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Good for the kid to be getting all these games in the name of research. Though im not sure he is allowed to play them under daddys watchful eye.

    Anyway, is it just me or does Jacks story keep changing?

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    legal says:

    What is official law about selling certain maturity or rated games and movies ? is it the same as selling certain rated movie tickets ? There is no official law but only a requirement of the movie industry and movie houses that you are certain age to watch a movie…
    Last I checked I never saw any official written law where any officer can give a citation concerning age requirement for movies or games or even music. Not where I live at least. Is there national amendment or federal regulation of checking IDs for age required entertainment ? Someone please educate me… thanks

  4. 0
    HolyCraponaStick says:

    Okay, any GOOD PARENT would tell thier underage kid NOT TO PLAY M-RATED GAMES. And maybe ENFORCE that RULE. Unless.. unless you’re telling your kid to go see if he can get Halo 3 so you have more cannon fodder? Sacrificing your children for your damn Jihad?

  5. 0
    DavCube ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @ PanicButton


    ….sorry, i can’t think of any more to say to show my response, and likely that of Thompson, just in a more negative sense. And it’s funny to boot, sooo…. yeah.

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    PanicButton42 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Just yesterday I bought a copy of Halo 3 from a Target store over here in California. As soon as the cashier scanned my copy of Halo 3, the computerized register stopped her and required her to swipe my ID (Driver’s License) in order for the purchase to go through.

    Seeing as Target is a nationwide chain, I would imagine the Florida stores should have something similar.

    So one of two things are at work here. Either you are fibbing John Bruce. If on the the off-chance that you are not, then this is something Target is already taking ACTIVE steps to curtail.

    Really John, you should think to rattle your saber in some other direction. How about on behalf of the current trend of “outrage,” global warming. Just think then you could rub elbows with Hollywood and perhaps acquire even more names you could drop.

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    MasterAssassin ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Jack your a scumbag for exploiting your kid this way. I honestly feel sorry for this poor kid. He probably gets beaten up on a daily basis just because of his stupid father. Jack you’ve reached a new low for using a child as a pawn in your meaningless crusade against nothing. You deserve to burn in hell. I just prey to god that he isn’t grooming his kid to take his place when he gets older.

  8. 0
    Cully says:

    Anyone else get the impression that Jack Thompson is the gaming equivialent of Paris Hiltin? Everyone claims to hate him and have no time for him, but they just cant stop bitching about him :p

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    DavCube ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Sorry for the double post, but i thought of something else, Funky.

    This is like saying the Red Sox network shouldn’t do a report on the Barry Bonds issue because it has nothing to do with their own team, or even their own league.

  10. 0
    DavCube ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Way to overreact, Funky. This ain’t a vendetta, and Dennis only reports on Jack if he actually DOES something. The rest of the articles don’t have anything to do with him.


    Give me a frikkin’ break, Thompson’s just been on an insanity streak lately. It’s not Dennis’ fault.

  11. 0
    Kincyr ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    “I don’t know how you can operate something that is likely charred at the bottom of a fire pit”

    considering that possibility Jack has no case. Similar to how a gun without ammunition is as harmless as a rock, M-rated games and R-rated movies are completely harmless to children who haven’t the means to play them.

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    kurisu7885 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    “In the UK it is illegal to sell anything rated by the BBFC cannot be sold to anyone under the age of rating. However, if a parent believes the game is suitable for their child, they can go purchase it for them. I do believe that system works, and is not totalitarian, and still allows parents to control their child’s access to this content. Though, there are stores out there in the UK that will sell this content to someone underage and not ID them either. Even if that occurs, the parent should have enough of an interest in their child to know that this game is being played, and stop them if they don’t wish them to have access to a particular game.

    The issue in the UK is parents do buy these games for 9, 10, 11 year olds, which is irresponsible parenting.”

    Reading that about the UK system makes me think any judge can go “We didn’t fail, you did, piss off”

    “Does anyone want to talk Jack through how to work the parental controls on his Xbox360?”

    I don’t know how you can operate something that is likely charred at the bottom of a fire pit

  13. 0
    Ben Ambroso ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I never thought about that…you know what, that may be true! If little Jack went up with the game and his father was there, they don’t normally card the kid because they see his grandpa there (because, face it, Jack looks old). If thats what he did…

    I hope they verify with security tapes.

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    Coravin ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Fortunately for Jack’s sake (not that I care), engaging in this type of sting without the police lawfully assigning you to do it doesn’t have the same effect as stings on the drugs or porn with which he tries to equate games:


    Because if games were really anywhere near as damaging as cigarettes or other addiction-forming items, then he could be put in jail for endangering a minor. As opposd to the psych ward, where he is currently headed on a fast train.

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    Baramos says:

    lol Thompson’s son likes GAYLO on the XBOXTHREESHITTY LOLOLOLOL11

    Anyway. How many stores did he visit before he FINALLY found one that would let him buy it? And was the store clerk aware that Jack was around, I mean, if your parent is there next to you they can sell you that crap, you know.

    Also: why are those South Floridan retailers such idiots as to not id people? Could it be that they rely on paid labor as opposed to personally finalizing every transaction themselves?! How could this be?

  16. 0
    jonc2006 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    i prey to god his kid(s) dont grow up to be like him but it wouldnt surprise me if they did. god help us all if we have more jack thompsons running around in a few years.

  17. 0
    OtakuMan ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I think I get it now!

    He passes the psychological tests as sane without any problem, but it’s the wrong tests he’s taking.

    He’s not crazy…

    …he’s just STUPID!

    It all makes sense now! Even a stupid person can be sane!

    And Jack Thompson is all kinds of stupid!


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    xzero87 says:

    @ Those complaining whenever there’s a news item about JT

    He is, unfortunately, relevant to the subject of games and politics. Including stuff that affects his career, as that determines whether or not he will continue to be an annoyance to the “industry”. If you don’t like it, don’t read the articles– nobody’s forcing you, and you’re not going to change what Dennis wants to write about. (I kind of see this as the equivalent of writing a letter to the BBC complaining about their articles on the Iraq war because you’re sick of hearing about it.)

    @ article


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    Ben Ambroso ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I’m just waiting for him to claim his son went into an “adult store” and bought gay porn. I will die happy…probably from laughter…

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    Picho, ushering the age of dorkness ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    JT is like the comic section of the news paper.

    Can get a bunch of people really angery, but most just point and laugh.

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    Funky J ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    DavCube – So this site is not about games or politics, but Dennis’s personal vendetta against JT? Real professional, that is.

    anyway I do have my own blog.. go visit it 😛

    Erik – so you think some website that maybe gets a half a million hits a month actually has any real impact beyond the gaming community?

    This site preaches to the perverted. We all think Jack is a moron. Nothing he does is going to change that perception. Even if he somehow wins a court case, we will still think he is wrong.

    But that’s not really the issue. The issue is he’s a nuisance and media whore. Constantly posting every little thing he does devalues this website and emboldens him.

    Currently GP is the ONLY website that posts the rubbish he sends to them. Sometimes these are picked up by more widely read websites such as Kotaku or IGN. Because IGN is owned by news.corp it may get picked up by Fox News and then CNN and so on.

    See what happens? Chop off the head and the body will die. Stop posting his ridiculous exploits, and his value as a commentator will disappear.

    If he is put on CNN, tell CNN to stop having him on. Letter drop them, protest against them, boycott them.

    But when was the last time he was on CNN? Right after V-Tech, and he was very quickly shown to have no idea on that very network… He was shown up for the fool he was, and I’m confident that CNN won’t be having him on any time soon.

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    Picho, ushering the age of dorkness ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    What they compleatly fail to say however is that the clerk selling the game was… dun dun dun! also a minor.

    Well maybe.

  23. 0

    Sorry for double posting. edit: “Granting w/o accepting that the clerk indeed made a mistake in selling an m rated game to a minor, will that even shake the foundations of the gaming industry? I don’t think so even if Jack makes threats again because of this incident. If he would, it would just be like that Photoshop cease and desist threat: a completely empty one.”

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    BearDogg-X says:

    @ Jack “Gay Porn Distributor” Thompson

    Are you that stupid?

    As nightwng2000 pointed out, the majority of definitions of the term “e-tard” are references to the extreme use of the narcotic “Ecstacy”, which I highly doubt anyone here is taking, except for maybe you.

    Though I did find two definitions that fit you perfectly:

    Someone who is a Retard Online in Chat or Forums.

    One who is technically incompetent

    Practice what you preach, jabroni: Grow up and get a life. And get a new cause since yours has been lost for the last eight years.

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    Kincyr ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Does anyone want to talk Jack through how to work the parental controls on his Xbox360?

    “Is it really a sting operation if you’re not a law enforcer?”

    Nah, it’s called vigilantism.

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    Father Time ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    On a serious note Jack Thompson probably instructs his kid not to open the game or the saran wrap so that he can return the game later for a refund.

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    DavCube ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    We’re not talking about something insignificant like that. Jack Thompson is one of the very few figures that go against gaming in any way, shape, or form, unlike other most other debates in this day and age.

    When it comes to gaming, we’ll take what we can get. Politics involve people. People become popular, and in some cases, infamous. Dennis has a personal history with Thompson. He has every right to tear the man a new one at any opportunity he so chooses. This is, after all, HIS site.

    I’ll give you the same advice that many give to Thompson himself in that matter. You have a problem? Make your own damn blog.

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    Paul ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Oh, and what happened to you blocking the release of Halo 3 in Florida, Jack? I thought you said it was going to happen, and we all know that when Jack Thompson says something’s going to happen it does.

    Paul Farinelli

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    Mysticgamer ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Is it really a sting operation if you’re not a law enforcer? I mean all you can do is tell the manager and hope the manager doesn’t ask how a 15 yr kid got a credit card and a ride to the store without you knowing.

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    Paul ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Games make us “e-tards”? Even if that was true, I’d still be a smarter person than you, Jack. And I don’t feel badly for insulting your intelligence, considering it’s all you do to those who disagree with you.

    Paul Farinelli

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    Erik ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @Funky J

    If you honestly think ignoring Jack will serve any purpose you are deluding yourself. Like it or not sensationalist bullshit news outlets like CNN have given this twit airtime. So if we remain silent, then only his side of the story will be told.

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


    Unfortunately, he’s not going to go away if we ignore him; however I do think we can refrain from reporting every move he makes, especially when it’s a repeat of his same tired tricks. Perhaps they could be condensed into a weekly format, call it the “Weekly Wacky Jack Attack” perhaps.

    However, I think the attention he gets here spurs him on to even more outlandish behavior, which is ultimately likely to lead to his professional ruin before the year is up. I’m not sure how much credit we can give ourselves for the unmaking of John Bruce Thompson, Esq., but any little bit we can do helps :)

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    DarkTetsuya ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    Jack’s Gone Wild… I like the sound of that. only $9.99 for the first DVD! Call Now! 1-800-CRAK-POT 😀

    I’m just surprised he still gets to practice law after his last stunt.

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    Tank ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @ Gameboy

    I’ve used my credit card to make several purchases, and I’ve never been ID’d, mostly because the retailers here in Canada use the signature as proof. Though I have heard of people putting “Check ID” instead of their signature as a means of added security.

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    rb_lestr says:

    Please stop giving this douche attention, he ins’t challenging the gaming public in any way and he just feeds off the attention we give him. If we don’t talk about him he will eventually either shut up or make a huge mistake that either places him in deep trouble or destroys his credibility.

    Do us a favor Dennis, stop reporting on him.

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


    Sure. That’s what Dennis could do. Put up a banner with Jack’s face and “Watch this man fuck up his own career on DVD!” He’d make millions.

  37. 0

    I hate to admit it. Target does not enforce the ratings policy. That one seems to be a pattern even I can find. I bought Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence (Yes I was 17 at the time) and wasn’t even asked to prove I was 17 or older, and that was 3,000 miles away from Florida (San Bernadino, California)

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    CaptainZM ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    Thompson, under the employ of Microsoft, has Doubled the Sales of Halo 3 by bringing needless controversy and even crying wolf enough times for the news to notice his screams (And even Sold out his own Son) in the persuit of large cuts of the profit gained from Halo 3.

    Very Tricky Thompson, very Tricky.

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    cg says:

    I don’t believe in enforcing the rating system, clearly with anyone under 18 that is the parents job, am I wrong? and if you are emancipated it really shouldn’t matter what age you are as long as you are mature enough…
    “I’m gonna go kill some aliens in real life!”- k you go do that. ^^’

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    Erik ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    “No, his problem is with the games being sold to minors.”

    Were this the case then he would not, as he has tried and failed so many times, to prevent a game from being released. Preventing a game from coming out via nuisance laws keeps the hands out of everyone’s hands. That includes legal, tax paying adults. Jack’s sloppy, ham handed techniques have never spoken of anything other than outright destruction of the game industry, despite what he himself claims.

    Luckily he is so piss poor in the skills required in his crusade that he is not the threat he wishes to be, but rather a source of endless amusement for the gaming community.

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    DarkTetsuya ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    If that really was the case, do you really think he’d try and stop:

    – Bully
    – GTA (SA and IV)
    – Halo 3
    – Manhunt 2
    – … I’m sure there’s more but those are the only ones I can come up with

    from being sold to the rest of us that are of appropriate age? Of course Jack’s 0-5 in that case, so I don’t see why he keeps trying. (Maybe he’s also a masochist in addition to being a porn addict.)

  42. 0
    SilverStar says:


    No, his problem is with the games being sold to minors. However, if the minors do not have the money, because they either cannot earn the money or simply do not have some sort of a job to earn it with(or have an allowance that is beyond what should be legal), then the minors cannot buy the games without their parents being there to pay for them. And if their parents pay for them, they should be shot. :)

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    Demigod says:

    Cant someone have him charge with irresponsible parenting and neglect. If he inst making sure his child is playing and purchasing age appropriate games he is more at fault than the store. It isnt illegal for stored to sell games of any rating, it is up to parents to take responsibility for their own children and pay attention to what they are purchasing.

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    DarkTetsuya ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    “What evidence does Jack Thompson have, other than his word, which we know is less than accurate and truthful most of the time. Did he video it? A receipt on its own doesn’t count.”

    You misspelled “all” as “most”. But I’ll forgive ya simply cause you’re not Jack Thompson.


    “His “stings” ain’t exactly news. Why bother posting about them?”

    So we can point and laugh at Jack’s continued stupidity?


    As far as the ‘donating the charity’ do what he would do and back out and the last minute, lulz. 😛


    Proof? You mean more than Jack’s say-so? His “proof” isn’t enough?


    Agreed. The only ‘ad’ I’ve seen is JT’s failing career?


    Well said.


    “‘overeducated’?! good grief, is there such a thing? *eyeroll*

    he might, actually…”

    IIRC he did say that the other day, if I’m not mistaken.


    A thought: does Jack still count it even if his son was refused sale? (I’m guessing yes, as I think I know Jack better than his own parents.)

    @E. Zachary:

    Anything to make a buck, I guess.


    LOL… well he did bring it upon himself. 😛


    But then the AO version of Manhunt 2 only exists as an illegally leaked ISO, and his son prolly can’t use the internet so he probably just downloaded it for him. 😛


    Thompson wouldn’t know “Mental Damage” if it bit him in the a**, didn’t you see yesterday’s GP headline about his gay porn stunt? 😛


    Isn’t “God Warrior” trademarked by that one lady that was on TV?


    And yet he’s still able to practice law… wonderful country, isn’t it? *eyeroll*

    @not JT:

    how *did* you pass the filter? LOL though.


    Well the man failed Logic 101 in Preschool, what did you expect? (How he managed a Law degree, I’ll never know.)


    Actually violent videogames will still exist, so I wouldn’t exactly call that “problem solved” (to Jack, anyway)

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    SilverStar says:

    Hey, Jack, stop giving your 15 year old son your credit card, debit card, or cash. THEN tell him to go in and try to buy the game, when he doesn’t have any money of his own to buy it with.

    Problem solved.

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    Blacksite says:

    What is this gonna become a regular crazy thing of yours Jack? I bet ya as soon as Jericho comes out hes gonna attack it or maybe hes never heard of it??? leave Bungie alone they dont have notin to do with that Target exept for the fact that they have Halo 3 there.

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    plkrtn ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    In the UK it is illegal to sell anything rated by the BBFC cannot be sold to anyone under the age of rating. However, if a parent believes the game is suitable for their child, they can go purchase it for them. I do believe that system works, and is not totalitarian, and still allows parents to control their child’s access to this content. Though, there are stores out there in the UK that will sell this content to someone underage and not ID them either. Even if that occurs, the parent should have enough of an interest in their child to know that this game is being played, and stop them if they don’t wish them to have access to a particular game.

    The issue in the UK is parents do buy these games for 9, 10, 11 year olds, which is irresponsible parenting.

    This is the issue at hand Mr Thompson, irresponsbile parenting. We have tighter laws in the UK than the US, and children still get access to these games, sometimes from shops, and sometimes directly from parents. Either way, parents should always be aware of the content their child is consuming.

    Its down to parents. If they believe that their 14 year old is mature enough to play Halo, then the parent should be able to allow their child to play it, if not purchase it.

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    Gameboy says:

    @ bayushisan

    Say what? They have to supply some sort of ID or the transaction can’t take place? I didn’t know that.

    This brings us to theories 7 and 8.
    7) Jack’s Target is ill-equipped and lacks the software that makes those prompts.
    8) His son used a credit card that’s under Jack’s name. This could also mean that Jack was with him, at the time of transaction. Remember, Jack didn’t say that he wasn’t present at the time, only that they sold it to his son. Technically, if his son handed them the game and money, they did sell him the game, even if Jack was standing right there.

    Of course theory # 6 is still plausible.

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    HandofCrom ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @Mnementh2230 and Xlorep DarkHelm

    Og immolated himself to show how dangerous fire is. Meanwhile, Wacky Jacky puts porn in the public record so it is easily accessible to children (I mean, seriously, what parent is going to monitor children researching court records?) and self-destructs his own career, “demonstrating how the wicked video game industry stopped a crusader for t3h children.”

  50. 0
    Poopface Morty says:

    Target’s point of sale machines nationwide prompt for ID when selling a Mature rated game, and will prevent the sale if none is present. Wonder if he used a fake ID?

  51. 0
    bayushisan ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    Not only is it their policy to check ID for the purchase of any videogame but they even sell the game until the ID information is typed into the computer/cash register.

    It was funny finding that out the first time I bought an M rated game there. (Max Payne btw) I actually did a double take because I was in my late twenties when I bought it.

  52. 0

    Meanwhile, thanks to Jack Thompson’s efforts, any kid of any age can simply go onto their computer, go to see his court case in Miami, and see blatant gay porno images.

    In other news, it is rumored that various local store owners and operators in the Miami area know fully well the description of Jack Thompson and his son, and have marked his son as not needing to be carded, as he a) won’t play the game anyway, and b) the conspicuous white-haired crazy man in the next check-out line over is the kids father.

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    Gameboy says:

    @ VaMinion

    It does? Oh, well. That was just a theory. One that I didn’t think was too plausible, but thought it possible. You never know what kind of policies some companies might have/enforce. How much do they enforce it? Do you know if they tell all the cashiers this from day 1? Having the policy and enforcing it are two different beasts. And what about my other 5 theories?

  54. 0
    JBourrie says:


    “The employee I talked to may or may not check IDs but if the store has no policies about it, why would he lie to me and say there’s one?”

    Yeah, Best Buy has a company-wide policy to check IDs. I don’t think even JT is questioning that. The question is whether or not that policy is being enforced.

    Here’s what I think happened (well, if he’s not lying outright about the purchase, anyway): I think JT, long ago when he started this whole “sting” operation, went from store to store until he found one with poor enough management to consistently sell M rated games to minors. Now whenever he needs to “prove his point” he returns to that store knowing that more often than not his kid will be able to buy the game.

    I could name a couple stores in the Phoenix area that probably wouldn’t card for M-rated games due to crappy management and undertrained employees. This isn’t the fault of the industry, however, this is the fault of the retailers, and JT would be alot more effective if he directed his lunacy toward the management of those stores.

    He’d also get less press attention, which I’m sure is why he instead chooses to continue tilting at the game industry’s windmills.

  55. 0
    VaMinion says:


    “5) Target doesn’t have an official policy to check the ID’s of people who purchase M rated games and thus enforcing such a rule on his/her own could result in said employee being fired.”

    It does have that policy.


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    ooftygoofty says:

    Never mind that JT just gave money to the evil video game industry. Oh well, it’s more than offset by his long string of spectacular successes which have cost the industry billions. Oh, wait, nevermind . . .

    I find it ironic that Jack pulled this same crap for BioShock. Parenting and familial love (and lack thereof) are one of the themes of the game. Maybe he could learn something. He won’t, of course, but maybe he could have.

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    Anonymous says:

    Re JimJimBinks
    I hope that kid is enjoying his times at Best Buy & Target with his dad.

    I was thinking along the same “quality family time” lines, as well as how MANY stores do they go through such retailers until they get a “BUSTED!”?

    We always hear about the ones that get caught, but not the ones who actually enforce the ratings…. Well, at least we can hope that they are getting in some good family time with their –probably long– road trips.

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    Salen says:

    @ jds: In a word, yes.

    And I’d hardly call “Video Game Vigilante” JT a master of the a criminal sting operation. This is just him trying to play “Gotcha” with the industry, which just makes him look like he’s trying to save the streets when all he’s doing is looking like some guy trying to play “Gotcha”.

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    Corbin ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    JT: ““today” is an adverb in the above sentence. thanks for the proof that games have made you into an e-tard.”

    It is amazing to me how a man can criticize grammar while, in the very same sentence, neglecting to adhere to the very rules of English, such as simple capitalization, of which he is supposedly so aware.

    Unfortunately, in just about every attempt to exercise his stunningly lacking lexicon, El. Senior Jack Thompson has failed to properly follow the guidelines of English which have been laid down during third grade classes.

    While many may attack his ad hominem arguments and misnomers with actual carefully thought out rebutals, he simply continues to tread on, blithely assuming that everyone is proving his point while failing to truly comprehend the language with which everyone else is speaking. It would seem that he trolls GP only to be able to publicly address all without having to respond. I believe, then, that it is necessary for someone to stand outside his home and preach insults through his door, ignoring all but Jacky boy himself. Then, when he comes out with bluster and blow, simply ignore all he has to say by taking it as proof that you’re doing the right thing. Don’t forget, however, to add “Or else . . .”.

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    Gameboy says:

    Here are my theories:
    1) The employee saw Jack with his son and assumed it was OK with his father/guardian.
    2) The employee thought he was there alone and likely 17+ as a child can’t drive.
    3) The employee was tired and overworked, and checking an ID when it wasn’t necessary for the transaction was a tedious effort that would slow him/her down, and potentially anger the impatient customers in line behind Jack Jr.
    4) The employee forgot. Hey, it happens.
    5) Target doesn’t have an official policy to check the ID’s of people who purchase M rated games and thus enforcing such a rule on his/her own could result in said employee being fired.
    6) Jack’s a liar. Well, we all know he is.

    Now here’s the 10 million dollar question(s): Why is this relevant? Doesn’t Jacky-boy have a Bar complaint against him that he should be worried about? How will this help with that? Why is he wasting his time with such frivolous matters? Who appointed him to “research” this? What authority does he or anyone else have over Target and it’s employees?

    @ Tank

    Wouldn’t they want to ID him to be sure it really WAS his credit card? Whenever, I pay with a card at my local GameStop, I’m always IDed. More because they want to be sure I’m me than wanting to check my age (I think). I’m not sure if they would ID me if I paid with cash, though, as I’ve not done that in years. Of course, they could always just recognize me, too.

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    Salen says:

    Interesting to see JT thinking people are trying to make money off of him, when everyone and his brother knows that GP just reports the news of the gaming industry out of the goodness of his heart. Leave it up to a lawyer to think the worst in folks…

    But as a side note, I call “Shenanigans” on Jack’s accusation that his son bought the game. Most likely Jack was right there next to his son, and he said he could buy it and stuff. Show me some video of the deed, then I might believe him, but probably not very far. I’ve been carded at Best Buy PLENTY of times and I’m 31 years old.

    Shenanigans, Shenanigans!

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    Tank ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I’ll bet his kid used his credit card to buy it.

    Seeing as most people under 18 don’t have them (unless their parents are total douchehats), and I were a cashier at a game store or wherever, if someone who was around the 18-year-old-age-radius came to me with a M rated game and a credit card in hand I would take that as valid ID.

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    TriceFallen says:

    I hate to make such a bold statement but maybe Game Politics should stop carrying Thompson news, after all it’s just adding fuel to the fire that is his ego. And now somehow he thinks we all love him.

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    NL says:

    “Why do we continue to acknowledge Jack Thompson’s presence?”

    I think it’s a bit like the whole train wreck mentality. You don’t really want to stare, but you just can’t seem to look away.

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    Rammsoldat says:

    im suprised thompson has time to preform “sting operations”. He must be nipping out between filing pointless leagal procedings and trauling the internet for hardcore gay porn.

  66. 0
    Quad9damage ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    You know…

    Jack Thompson sent gay porn to a judge without the court’s permission. The judge is angry at him for doing it. The porn is available on the court’s electronic docket, viewable by everyone, including children. Jack Thompson thinks this means the judge will side with him.

    Why do we continue to acknowledge Jack Thompson’s presence?

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    daniel3 says:

    my prediction is that the next phase of jack and son’s “activism” will involve gay porn.

    re “getting carded” at these places:

    it’s a minimum wage employee -kinda simliar to when someone gets your fast food order wrong… it’s not like thompson’s son got past an FBI agent trained to spot underage gamers or something

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    Jabrwock ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    But don’t be so gullible as to think that the gamer being paid slightly above minimum wage at Best Buy is above telling a little fib to ensure his job is safe.

    Or to think that a lawyer is beyond fibbing or stretching the truth to further his cause.

    Sorry, just had to throw that in there. 😉

    ‘course the difference is that the employee loses his job if he’s found to be fibbing. No such punishment awaits lawyers who do the same though…

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    Hackangel ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    My point is, no matter if the employee lied or not, is that here in Montreal, where no laws prevent anyone from buying a game despite their age and where no one blames videogames for violent acts, Best Buy has a store policy to check for IDs. The employe I talked to may or may not check IDs but if the store has no policies about it, why would he lie to me and say there’s one?

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    Timmay! says:

    I feel sorry for that poor kid. Either A, he’s just trying to be normal and cope with an insane crusading father, or B, he’s been brainwashed from a very young age, and thinks that the world is out to get his family.

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    Picho, robbin the cradle ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Oh my…

    I can see it now.

    Jack is forcing his kid to actually play the games that he hates so much. He makes his kid play everyday instead of doing homework or going to school, that way when his kid fails he can ‘blame the game’.

    Then he is going to psyce his kid up on some sort of drug or his word and send his kid to school with an ak47. So once again he can blame the game.


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    Thefremen ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Given his definition for providing people with pr0n (linking to it) I am guessing that his criteria for his son buying a game is that he took money out of his son’s allowance and bought the game with that money.

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    Erik ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    “I actually believe that there should be a law to make it so that children under 17 can not buy M-rated games.”

    Let me guess. You are also one of those people who believe that a movie theater can get in trouble if they let minors see an R rated movie. The movie industry has worked without any force of law behind its ratings, why should the game industry be any different?

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    Trevor McGee says:

    By the way, it’s up to the parents to decide whether or not certain video games are appropriate for their children or not. People who want to make garbage like that a law are the same parents who want the child, but doesn’t want to actually have to pay attention to the damned thing.

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    Vinzent says:


    What if I as a parent choose not to believe the hype. What if I decide that it is alright to expose my child to GTA if I think he’s mature enough to handle it. Am I to be thrown in jail because my idea of child rearing is not the same as yours? When you can show me DEFINITE proof that playing violent games is going to harm my child’s mind, then I’ll agree. But right now it’s just a load of fear-mongering.

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    Hackangel ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    You know, I decided to “do” a “sting” of my own (I made phone calls). I called the nearest Best Buy and Futureshop and they both asks for Ids when selling M-rated games. It surprised me. Because I live in Canada. Montreal to be precise (the city who had the most school shootings in North America, perhaps the world) and no medias or politicians ever blamed any violent act on videogames here (medias questionned the good taste of games like SCMRPG and Bully but that’s pretty much all). Yet, even here where videogames are not blamed for everything, they still check IDs.

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    NL says:

    Also, granted I don’t live in Florida, but I’m 26 and I still get carded about 75% of the time (and usually when I don’t, it’s because the clerk at EB knows me on sight… XD ). Jack’s full of it.

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    NL says:


    Do you also believe, then, that there should be a law prohibiting children under 17 from purchasing R-rated and above DVDs and theatre tickets? After all, MPAA ratings are just that… ratings. They carry no legal significance, just like the ESRB ratings carry none. When the government starts policing who can and cannot use certain forms of entertainment, you’re allowing the government to do the parenting that the parents ought to be doing. If parents we’re handing their kids $60 every time a new game came out, we wouldn’t even be having most of these discussions.

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    Michael Perry ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @ZebTheMarmot – Why push a law to make the sale of M-rated games to minors illegal? There are already fines and punishment enforced within the establishments. The legislation you propose, in my opinion, brings our nation one step closer to a totalitarian rule.

    Also, you might as well add movies, music, books, magazines, and other forms of media in that law. After all, if we are going to allow lawmakers to control commerce for one form of entertainment, we might as well let them control all retail outlets.

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    ZebTheMarmot says:

    I actually believe that there should be a law to make it so that children under 17 can not buy M-rated games. I mean, I know it’s most stores’ policy already, but it should still be so in order to show that these games are really and definitely for 17+ people. Still, this isn’t up to or involving the video game industry in the slightest, so I’m not sure what Thompson’s trying to prove here.

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    Vinzent says:

    “Listen B**th, you better sell me this game! My dad’s a f***ing lawyer and he’ll sue your a**!”

    Also, are we sure the kid didn’t steal it? Does the press release include a sales receipt?

    Of course, the kid did probably buy the game. Hmmm.. maybe I should send my kid to wait in the long lines for me.

  82. 0
    kurisu7885 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Also, Thompson, for these little illegal stings you do, you may want to remember a few faces, you’ll be retrieving carts for them after that hearing.

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    There are two possible scenarios of this and they don’t work out for Jack either way;

    a) he went to a couple of different retailers and it looks like 1 out of that group DIDN’T ask for proof of age

    b) he went to ONE store, they didn’t ask for proof of age and as a result, he concludes that EVERY store will be the same

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    pokemaster2185 says:

    Can we inform the Florida Bar about these so-called “stings”, or does the Bar already know about them? I may be wrong, but what JT’s doing reeks of vigilantism to me. I mean, stings are generally conducted by the police aren’t they? Of course, there’s also the whole thing with intentionally exposing his son to what he claims to be pronographic and obscene material. Couldn’t he be reprimanded in some way?

    I wonder if his wife knows about all this…

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    kurisu7885 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    Well, I was speaking form what Adam Sessler said ,that Thompson seems to believe these game carry pathogens or something that will cause an instant violence orgy the very second contact is made with the DVD case. I wonder if he’ll try to argue Microsoft is trying to give kids radiation poisoning based on the shade of green the case is

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    Mr.Pat says:

    More than likely Jack won’t even let his kid play the games he buys for him, in essence putting them to waste. For somone who claims to have several people supporting him, surely he would be able to find someone in his cause who would allow their kids to play the games after buying them in his “sting of a single store” with their permission.

    As for Jack’s kid, he’s lucky I’ve been out of high school a long time, else he’s be repeatedly getting duct-taped to several ceilings, walls, lamp posts, etc.

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    LoopyChew ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    By the way, did you really state that you “DID a successful sting?” Do people DO stings? I’ve always thought of stings as “executed,” or possibly “carried out.” The use of the verb “do” makes me think of something along the lines of a dance. You know, “Everybody do The Sting!”

    I suspect The Sting would be performed by curling your (alternating) arms in a sideways manner with a finger pointed out, like a scorpion’s tail lashing out at some point about a foot in front of your chest to the rhythm.

    But I digress. Back to criticizing your grammar!

    “Miami attorney and anti-violent video game activist today did a successful sting on Target Corporation”

    You say that “today” is an adverb, presumably to denote the time when this “sting” was “done,” an action verb which I still don’t fully believe should be used in this context unless you were dancing at said Target. The reason I inquired about “Today” as a person was that it was preceded by the description “Miami attorney and anti-violent video game activist.” Had it been followed by your name, perhaps it wouldn’t have been as ambiguous. Or perhaps if it had been preceded with an article, as in the following:

    “A Miami attorney and anti-violent video game activist today did a successful sting on Target Corporation.”

    However, you did not, thus leading to the confusion.

    Also, the placement of the word “today” is fairly awkward as well. Usually adverbs denoting time are placed at the beginning or the end of the phrase (before the subject or after the action), not in the middle. Rarely do you see someone say, “well, I this morning ate breakfast,” or “John earlier had a business meeting.”

    Perhaps if you were using more of a mannered adverb, it wouldn’t have caused such an issue:

    “A Miami attorney and anti-violent video game activist quietly did a successful sting on Target Corporation.”
    “A Miami attorney and anti-violent video game activist underhandedly did a successful sting on Target Corporation.”
    “A Miami attorney and anti-violent video game activist self-aggrandizingly did a successful sting on Target Corporation.”

    Forget gamers, it appears your real battle is with the English language. I’m sure you had a teacher who once told you that your writing is another example of how you represent yourself. I’m also sure said teacher is resting comfortably in his or her grave, secure in the knowledge that you ignored everything he or she taught you, and thusly he or she is not responsible for your reprehensibile actions to date.

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    Jabrwock ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Thompson, do you even realize that by your own standards you’re willfully putting your own child at risk for mental damage?

    He probably argues that it’s OK because he’s not actually letting his son play the game, and that as a God Warrior ™ he’s required to do unspeakable things (in his mind) in order to further his cause.

    Next up he’ll start forging ID to get his son to purchase a game, and then he’ll claim the government is morally bankrupt for allowing ID’s to be forged…

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    Benji says:

    His preference seems to be to initiate fights on as many fronts as he can, run as soon as the fight starts to look bad, and press only when victory looks to be a sure thing. Tactically it’s not bad – he’s read The Art of War, apparently. But, he might have made himself too many enemies in the process, which won’t really help him going forward. He doesn’t necessarily need friends in his fights. But, Sun Tzu did say that it is wise to divide the alliances of one’s enemies so that they are collectively weaker, and JT’s tactics have tended more to unite his opponents in common opposition.
    It also means that the irony of his conflicting viewpoints is completely lost on him. He can claim that violent games should be regulated by the government on the grounds that they are equivalent of pornography, on the grounds that they contribute to youth violence, and on the grounds that current ratings enforcement is inadequate. Yes, this means that he has, according to his own theories, asked his underage son to purchase pornography, if you put multiple theories together. But that’ll never happen in JT’s mind – he’ll abandon a theory if it no longer has any use.
    Writing this also makes me wonder about some of his former ‘victories’, like against 2 Live Crew. Is it likely that he used the same tactics back then – that is, threatening action against a number of things he found objectionable and only pressing the attack against 2 Live Crew when he sensed that some factors would make this particular fight easier to win.

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    Shavo says:

    What it is the matter with this guy. He’s all over T2’s about kids buying the AO version of Manhunt 2 on line illegaly, yet he has his under age son do the same basic thing. Someone take him in the back a shoot him please.

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    Grey ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    NGN has an article up about our good friend. Maybe he can add that to his list of media appearances.

    “As seen on 60 Minutes and the National Gay News” does have a nice ring to it.

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    jds ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I bet Jack plays, and enjoys these games. Further, I agree with everyone that this is some form of child abuse.

    I really feel bad for his son. I mean, to have your father – the one that is supposed to care for, and nurture your development – force you to do his bidding is below even Jack’s standards, or at least I thought.

    Jack – I do not agree with you, but I do respect your cause, just not the way you do it. You attack people, you lie, you are a bully and you are just too blind to see it. I don’t even care if you read this, I just wanted to say it. But, I truly feel a pang of sorrow in my heart for your son. Why use him as though he were just another tool in your briefcase of tricks?

    There is no way I could put my daughter up to these things.

    And… if I am an e-tard, then you are an r-tard.

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    Jabrwock ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Microsoft, Best Buy, Target, Take Two, Gamepolitics, gay sites…
    How does this guy stay focused with so many enemies?

    Easy, his personal organizer keeps track.

    “Hmm, it’s thursday, who do I attack on thursdays… ah! Target! Ok, time to get to work!”

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    Verbinator ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    So in addition to distributing pornography on his website, soon-to-be-former attorney Thompson is telling underage gamers which stores are the best places to bypass age checks?

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    Aganerral ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Just to relate an alternative experience on Halo 3 purchasing:

    While I was in line at Gamespot to pick up my copy, they were dealing with the gentleman in front of me. He was clearly over 17 in appearance and had ID that indicated as such. However, the clerks were unwilling to sell to him because the ID was expired.

    The clerks were carding everyone who was getting Halo 3, regardless of actual age.

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    HCF ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    OK, so, Halo 3. Unlike Bioshock, which came out on the 360 and the PC, so there was some question, Halo 3! 360 only.

    Jack’s argument, that there is anything ‘hinky’ going on here, centers on his son’s ability to actually play said game.

    This requires that the 360 at the Thompson residence be configured not to utilize its parental controls. A bold move for someone so vocal about youth access to media!

    So let’s get this straight and to the point: Jack Thompson wants us to federally regulate game sales on the basis that he is incapable of taking care of his own child and needs the government to interfere with his (evidently, inadequate) parenting.

    I have to admit, it’s really brave of him to admit that to us all. Even if I thought it was true of myself, I wouldn’t admit it.

    But I suspect that he is not in the mainstream of epistemology on the subject, by which I mean, the rest of us seem to do fine and don’t want or need interference on our behalf.

    Should the Target have sold this game to the minor? No, that shouldn’t have happened, someone should get a stern talking to, and that means taking it up with that Target’s management (if they actually wanted to help rather than grandstand).

    Is this newsworthy or at all relevant to the discussion of games in politics? Absolutely not.

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    Gameboy says:

    @ Jack Thompson

    Are you letting your son play those games? You should. You’ve already blown the money purchasing them, why let them go to waste? If you’re such a good parent, I’m certain your son can handle Halo 3 and you could always *gasp* talk to him to learn how he feels about the game. I’d bet you would be surprised.

    Bonus points if you take up a controller and play Co-Op mode with him. It might… Oh, I dunno… be a bonding experience with your son. You might even learn something. Like, how to play well with others.

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    Canen says:

    You know, this is crazy. The real question is does his son play the game after…then have the urge to go out and shoot up a school or kill anyone? I am sure that will be his next argument after he reads this.

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    PeterWDawson ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I’ve stopped caring about this guy. I mean, he’s more obsessed with gay porn than an actual gay guy. Clearly he’s got issues. Oh, and since he submitted the porn for public scutiny I really don’t think he’s thinking of the children anymore. He’s just a douchebag.

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    jadedcritic ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    He actually HAS. Dennis wrote an article sometime back – I forget the specifics, but it was regarding some sort of legal keynote/address. The guy speaking had a qualifications list longer then my arm. At one point he’d been considered a strong candidate for the supreme court. He laid out in some detail his position on the issue. Wacko-Jacko actually commented and called him, what was it? “an overeducated tool of the right wing?”

    I can only begin to imagine what his problem with the guy must be, I gather they crossed paths at some point and puppet-show-jack things he’s the better of the two. Maybe the guy doesn’t use enough gay porn in his court docs or something.

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    Jesus saves, Everyone else takes full damage says:


    How is it that what you are doing to your son is not child abuse?
    According to Florida law you are violating:

    Statute: §§ 39.01

    ‘Mental injury’ means an injury to the intellectual or psychological capacity of a child as evidenced by a discernible and substantial impairment in the ability to function within the normal range of performance and behavior.

    ‘Neglect’ occurs when a child is permitted to live in an environment when such deprivation or environment causes a child’s physical, mental, or emotional health to be significantly impaired or to be in danger of being significantly impaired.

    Surely you love your son enough to stop forcing him to go into stores and buy “hardcore pornographic and violent material”, as you yourself have called such things. You should be ashamed of what you’re doing. Take a step back and realise that no one will ever take your poor son seriously, and that he probably gets beat up and mocked by all the other kids. Its time you grew up and realised how much you’re hurting him. You’re not even doing it FOR him anymore. . .

    Poor little kid.

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    jadedcritic ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    You can probably save your breath dude. I’m fairly certain we could present him with the cure for cancer and a cold fusion clean energy technique and he’d just call us “overeducated”.

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    Mutantemeco says:


    I’m not friendly! lol In all seriousness. Just let me troll Jack back in peace. He needs to learn that if he is gonna dish it out he needs to take it ( in the butt). My views on religion leaked out a little bit these past few posts.

    I’ll focus:

    @Jon Bruce

    I HOPE MANHUNT 2 IS NEXT JACKO. Seeing a copy of that in your son’s innocent little hands is more evil he’ll encounter in one week than at a public school.

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    C'tri says:

    thats a point actually.

    “But – and you knew there was a but, right? – GP does not permit comments which are threatening, menacing, racist, harassive or libelous in nature. We reserve the right to delete such comments.”
    i point out the words menacing and raicist. possibly harassive as well.

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    C'tri says:


    i know some very friendly Muslims as well.
    beliefs dont make people bad, Jack’s belief that games cause deaths doesn’t make him bad, Osama Bin Laden’s belief that acts of terror are they way to go, doesn’t make him bad.

    what makes people bad is WHAT THEY DO.
    i am, by nature, a very violent person, in practise, its been years since i fought anyone in anger.

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    Matdredalia says:

    @Mutantemeco – I’m not a right-winger, I’m not a die-hard Christian, and frankly, I barely hold any Christian theology as more than a grain of salt, however, even I think that making generalized terms like that is absolutely ignorant.

    My VERY conservative, CATHOLIC step-grandmother encouraged her children to play video games and enjoy things like fantasy books and art. While she didn’t encourage violence or swearing, and she did make sure they weren’t running around blowing #(*$ up at 5 years old, she still encouraged them to enjoy the things they wanted to and has always supported them.

    Get your facts straight, it’s not the Christian’s that are doing this, it’s Jack Thompson. He’s out for publicity and money, not to protect Christianity and all it holds dear.

    This has nothing to do with Christianity, so get your facts straight.

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    C'tri says:


    When we put Things before People, that’s when we’re failing as christians. the point of games is to play and have fun, God or faith need not impact at all in the gaming community, but the values i play by, as a christian gamer, i would hope, ensure that everyone has a GG.

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    C'tri says:

    @ Mutantemeco

    i’m a christian, and i’ve played quite a few of the games that JT criticises, without moral qualm. when i play online, i see my christianity saying i should try and promote friendly, fair gameplay.
    i would hope that no one see’s Jack Thompson as a typical christian.
    JT uses more offensive language and says more hurtful things than ANYONE i know who says they’re a christian. and a few satanists actually…

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    Jeddy3 says:

    JT wrote:
    “‘today’ is an adverb in the above sentence. thanks for the proof that games have made you into an e-tard.”

    So what’s your excuse, Jack? Were you not taught proper grammar and punctuation in school, because I don’t see any commas in your original post, nor do I see any capital letters at the beginning of those sentences. You also neglected to use your own name, thereby making “today” the proper noun in your release, not an adverb.

    How your little press release should have read is “Miami attorney and anti-violent video game activist, Jack Thompson, today did a successful sting on Target Corporation.” You could also have put your own name in front of your title separated by a comma. I’m surprised you missed an opportunity to write your own name out!

    If you’re going to attempt to mock someone for having a poor grasp of the English language, you might want to get a better grasp of it yourself. All your press releases read like they were written by your 15-year-old son.

    Also, for your “sting” to be successful, it needs to have some impact other than another bill that will inevitably be deemed unconstitutional. The only thing you’ve been successful at thus far is becoming the butt of jokes for the entire gaming community. Thanks, Jack! Endless hours of entertainment and we don’t have to pay you a dime for it! I especially like it when you allow us a little window into your fantasy world where everything you do is “big trouble” for the gaming industry and where you are never under scrutiny. Then again, they say that crazy people don’t know they’re crazy.

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    jadedcritic ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Something odd just occurred to me. How many lawyers, o I’m sorry, how many “attorneys” feel the need to send out “press releases”?? (As if their personal crusade makes them celebrities?) I wonder who/what are on Jack Thompson’s “press list”? I wonder how he feels he’s helping his case?

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    bayushisan ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    I happen to be a Christian myself dude. Lets not insult an entire group of people just because you don’t happen to like what they stand for. After all that’s exactly what JT himself does.

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    Erik ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    How does Jack think his son buying a game at Target is relevant at all? Yeah he bought an M rated game, congrats. I bet at the same store he could buy an R rated movie? Does that mean Hollywood is selling “porn to children” Jack?

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    MG says:

    Okay, how’s this theory for all this ridiculousness lately:

    Jack Thompson is actually completely sane, for the past 20 years he’s been trying to see just how far someone who scape-goats something new can go before they get themselves debarred.

    He already knows he can lie to judges, people, and basically everyone else, so now he’s sending out Gay porn and making vaguely homoerotic comments towards Dennis.

    I wonder what’s next?

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    DarrelBT says:

    Guys guys guys, JT is not as despicable as you think. Yeah, he’s a dickhead, but are his conspiracy theories out of this world and does he have a track record of murder (German kid incident) and ruining youths’ lives like a certain other game hater?

    At least JT knows what enjoyment is. Larouche doesn’t even approve of CHESS.

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    someguy says:


    Ok I get that you are a JT fan, but that doesn’t mean we all need to hear when he takes a dump. Can you really call this article news? How many times has an article EXACTLY like this(besides game name) been on GP? Its getting silly…I don’t want or need to hear every little detail about JT. Especially something THIS stupid. If I were to do the same thing would I get my own article?

    Look I’m all for JT being in an article if its something actually newsworthy, but so much thats not gets through. Don’t read the article? Sure I generally skip over them, but when i have to skip over a number of pointless JT articles to get to real news its silly.

    Sorry, but I started reading this site because it had relevant articles all the time about things that matter. This while it may be relevant to games it DOES NOT MATTER at all…not even a little.

    Dennis if this site went to a news site to a “Jack is becoming even more wacko and some news on the side” let me know. Change the name or the site or add a disclaimer…Then I will know what to expect….

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    Mazinger-Z says:

    The question is…

    …how many stores in the Miami area did Thompson visit before finding one that’d sell his kid the game?

    TJ: “My dad’s been driving me around all day, he smells weird and he’s been muttering under his breath about traitors and pigs. I really wanna go home and finish my homework. Can you please just give me the fucking game, lady?”

    JT: “Did you get it son?”

    TJ: “Yeah, dad. They didn’t even card me, honest. Can we go home now?”

    JT: “AH-HA! I am vivified! Let’s go home before your mother realizes I pulled you from school for this… I’ll make my Dennis-sweetie write up an article as a monument to my fox-like cleverness!”

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    CK20XX says:

    I’m tempted to think that the retailers in Miami are just selling games to Jack’s son out of spite, then they card everyone else.

    I’m kinda scared for Jack’s kid the same way I’m scared for Brittney Spears’ children. I shudder to think how his mind is being contorted without a proper responsible parent.

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    bayushisan ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    That, my friend, was brilliant. I’m also one of the gaming community that doesn’t outright hate JT. I actually feel sorry for him more than anything else. What you suggested was a great idea. I add my voice to it and call on him to sit down with his son and play Halo 3, might be the most fun he’s ever had.

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    Yourself says:

    So his point is this: if you are a terrible parent, your child can get M-rated games. For someone that is so often labelled a “conservative whack-job,” the idea of forcing the government to do your parenting is pretty liberal. The point of game ratings isn’t to prevent retail from selling games – it’s to inform parents of the game’s contents so they can decide for (or god forbid WITH) their children what is appropriate. So I guess Jack wins, by proving that with terrible presumptions and twisted facts, you can make your point completely unarguable and yourself detestable.

  120. 0
    Werrick ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Jack, please stop using your son to further your own political agenda. It’s not his fault his father is a myopic bible-thumper with no real perspective and an inability to really understand what “personal responsibility” means. Please don’t screw him up anymore.

  121. 0
    gamermasterman says:

    i feel sorry for his son,having a dad like that
    i wonder if he makes his son do it, or if he has brain washed his son into hating games and he does it willingly?
    either way, his son needs a different dad

  122. 0
    Zerodash ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Hey Jack, I thought Halo 3 wasn’t due out until Oct 25? Also, it seems Extra Life still has that Photoshop thing going on.

    Laugh your ass off.

  123. 0
    Oni ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    John Bruce, if what you claim is true: your son actually bought a copy of Halo 3 at Best Buy, why don’t you sit down and give it a try with him?

    Knock on the door to his room, a frosty can of Pepsi in each hand, and ask him if he’d actually like to play Halo 3, and if you could both do it together. You can bond as you blast your way through Covenant soldiers. You can laugh if the ragdoll physics does something interesting to an alien solder. You can work together as a team to make your way through a desolate battlefield teeming with Brutes equiped with deadly Spike Rifles. You can ruffle his hair when he figures out a difficult puzzle. You be be your son’s friend.

    Jack, you might actually like it. It’s a scary thing, actually liking something that you’ve been vehemently hating for so long, but just try it out. I’m not trying to be a dick, and I’m not trying to draw you out or anything. My comments are in no way sarcastic, but honest. I may be one of the few gamers in the world who doesn’t actually want you to die, but rather open your eyes to all the good things that games can do, and all the good times they can provide.

    I’m serious, Jack. Try it out. Play it with your son. And when you’re done for the evening, reflect on what you guys accomplished. You’ll be surprised, and I bet you’ll be at his bedroom door again the next night, wanting to continue to finish the fight :)

  124. 0
    Andrew Eisen ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    “Miami attorney and anti-violent video game activist today did a successful sting on Target Corporation” -Thompson

    So, Jack, tell us more about this “today” person. -LoopyChew

    “today” is an adverb in the above sentence. thanks for the proof that games have made you into an e-tard. -Thompson

    Ignoring the fact that LoopyChew’s remark was obviously a joke, perhaps you should bone up on your capitalization rules before giving us syntax lessons.

    You don’t play games so what’s your e-tardation excuse?

    Andrew Eisen

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    Mr. Mark says:

    I live right by the Dadeland Station Target. It’s the same shopping center as the Best Buy that Thompson’s son bought Bioshock. It sounds to me that he first sent the kid to Best Buy, then after being checked for ID, the son was sent to Target.

    Like another person commented here, Thompson probably dropped his son off at several stores before finally hitting paydirt.

  126. 0
    chris says:

    I feel sorry for Jack’s son, because clearly jack wont let him play the evil games.

    JT: “Get your coat son, We’re going to get you a copy of halo 3!”
    JT Jr: “Wow thanks dad, my friends will be so jealous”
    JT: “And then we can burn it when we’re done.”

    Its like his modest proposal, offering money to charity and then not giving it. Only I feel this is more cruel, its exploiting his own son and both crushing his hopes to play popular games and destroying any chance of a meaningful father-son bond.

    Jack, that makes you one huge asshole, enjoy hell when you get there.

  127. 0
    Rob says:

    I actually worry about Jack’s son, I mean he’s using him to do his dirty work and just the other day it was confirmed that he’s got an obsession with “kiddies” and gay porn. Hey, Jack, the “e-tard” here is you. You’re covered here and in the real world where you’re just plain retarded. Only you could think submitting hardcore gay porn to the court would have something to do with your case and that it’d help somehow, and now you’re in hot water over it. Screw the retard comment, you’re just a dumb fuck.

    Just do yourself a favor and come out of the closet and while you’re at it stop using your son to do your dirty work for you. You’re fucking up his life as it is.

  128. 0
    nightwng2000 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    John Bruce,
    Inigo Montoya (The Princess Bride): You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

    You fail. Oh, and get used to THAT word (fail). You’ve heard it a lot already regarding your own life and career. Expect it more and more.

    Rest assured, that even if you meant it in that way, there is no factual proof that anyone here uses Ecstacy. Which means you are, once again, making false and fraudulent claims against others. And, as usual, that seems to be an acceptable tactic to be used in the name of your God. And since no honorable, ethical God would advocate lying and deceiving others, I’ll repeat my statement that clearly you, and others who follow that exact same God, are actually worshippers of a Demon-Pretender-To-The-Throne-Of-Heaven. I really must contact the leader of your church to verify this. If, in fact, your entire church worships such a being knowningly and intentionally, and is “mentally molesting children” (your phrase I believe) with the obscene abominations of Demon worship, then the rest of your community needs to know. Seriously, worship of a Demon who promotes lying and deceiving others, possibly among other unethical and harmful acts, places the community at large in danger. After all, everyone knows that Demon worship is “harmful to minors”. Maybe the DA should seek banning children from your church under the Public Nuisance laws you like to toss about.

    (Now, as an intelligent being, I would never really deny any Parent teaching their own children whatever religious beliefs they want, even if it included bigotry, hate, ignorance, lying, and deceiving others, among other acts and beliefs. But, at the same time, I would certainly want to know about such organized teachings so that I can protect my own child by having them stay away from such families that I feel would abuse my own child verbally, mentally, physically, perhaps even sexually. Nevertheless, since John Bruce feels that a theocratic dictatorship run by him is acceptable, it seems only fair to counter his argument with similar ones.)

    Amazing how the uninformed use of a single word can lead to a long rant, eh?

    NW2K Software

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    point09micron says:

    One has to wonder: Would that fact that he keeps ‘going’ be because he’s full of crap?

    Makes sense. The constant stream of BS leaving his mouth would keep him at a constant velocity. Not to mention the fact that he has high inertia due to being full of shit.

  130. 0
    AgnostoTHeo ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    To everyone who’s complaining about the Jack Thompson stories:
    Get over it. Jack Thompson is news because he WRITES LAWS TO BLOCK GAMES and tries to blame games for murders. As he likes to point out, he’s also been in the mainstream news (Not just that FOX bullshit). When he’s not actually in court to legislate games, he’s a great stress reliever and entertainment figure. I for one love to these articles and look forward to watching him blow his legal career to smithereens.

    If you don’t give a damn about Thompson’s antics, DON’T READ THE ARTICLE.

    and while I’m at it… @Jack: You just absolutely refuse to believe the truth. Look around dennis’ website. What do you see? Links to other pro-game groups, his archives, his forums, etc. I have yet to see an ad for anything. If you’re going to be a crusader of truth, learn how to speak without lying through your teeth. Thanks.

  131. 0
    Kharne ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    “The activist, who sometimes refers to himself as the “Energizer Bunny” of the game violence debate…”

    One has to wonder: Would that fact that he keeps ‘going’ be because he’s full of crap?

  132. 0
    BaronJuJu ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    You know… a decent, moral, loving and educated parent wouldn’t allow his underage kid to buy this if he didn’t want them to have it. Looks like all JT did was prove he is a crappy parent. Congrats I guess.

    Parenting 101 JT – Remember, its ok to tell your kids no sometimes.

  133. 0
    someguy says:

    Yet another pointless JT article…Seriously I don’t consider this news. I’m under the impression he does this stuff daily and then yells about when it works. Please Dennis calm down on the JT stuff its not why I come here. As I keep saying Jacks time is over…about the only thing I want to know about him is how his disbarment is going.

  134. 0
    Michael Perry ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @Sam White – Exactly, which is why I exactly said:

    “…is technically close to being correct,” =)

    (as per Mr. Thompson’s request, I have posted using my full name. My normal posting alias is GameDevMich)

  135. 0
    Sam White says:

    @Michael Perry

    Yes, “today did” might be technically correct in some settings, but not this one. One does not usually “do” a sting, but rather “conducts” a sting. So, Jack would’ve been better served by saying “…today conducted a sting…”

    However, given that he refers to people as “e-tards,” we can’t expect too much, notwithstanding his law school education, such as it was.

    @ Jack

    Where did you learn the term “e-tard” anyway? I’ve only ever seen that in online gaming contexts. It seems strange that you’d have adopted the customs of the culture you so obviously loathe, but, then again, you’re out buying video games and surfing for gay porn, so… I’m not sure what to think anymore.

  136. 0
    Michael Perry ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    On the grammar subject, Mr. Thompson’s use of the adverb “today” is technically close to being correct, even if it is awkward to read. Furthermore, “today did” is commonly used in interrogative statements, and not so much direct statements, usually separated with commas.

    Correcting one’s grammar while labeling them as an e-tard is very paradoxical, albeit entertaining.

    (as per Mr. Thompson’s request, I have posted using my full name. My normal posting alias is GameDevMich)

  137. 0
    Hecatomb says:

    ““today” is an adverb in the above sentence. thanks for the proof that games have made you into an e-tard.”

    If you’re going to police grammar, you do know that proper sentence structure requires capitalization of the first letter of the first word in the sentence…

    E-tard? Very professional Jack.

  138. 0
    Zerodash ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    Target has a prompt that comes up at the point of purchase AT THE REGISTER. Nice to see JT explioiting his son though.

    This is non-news.

  139. 0
    jds ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Jack, you are a punk.

    Jack, you are a hypoctite.

    Jack, you are a bully.

    Jack, you are all things you claim to hate.

    Get a life, and go get the Unabomber’s manifesto. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.

  140. 0
    Austin Lewis ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Wow Jack.

    You see, all my life I’ve felt that people who used children to advance their agendas are the lowest of the low. The kind of people who ought to have child services kick down the door and take their children to a reasonable home.

    I don’t believe for a minute that your kid bought it. I’m more than willing to believe that you stood by his side and said ‘yeah, it’s cool, give him the game, I know why its rated M’. You see Jack, you are a liar. And liar’s don’t change their stripes, nor do they prosper (if you don’t believe me, review your record of court successes). Oh wait, you can’t. You don’t have any in the last 10 years!

    So go fuck off Jack. You’re washed up, and you using your kid to further your assinine agenda is the lowest thing you’ve ever done.

    You’re a snake and a liar,
    Austin Lewis.

  141. 0
    Wuz Ranger says:

    Not sure why people are against violence in video games. It’s amazing that you don’t hear these parents complaining when there kids watch HBO or Showtime when they go to bed. There are more violence TV shows and in movies than you will ever see in video games. This guy is just mad because his mom took away his Atari when he was little…..he wants all of us to suffer now. I think we can all say LLLOOOOSSSSSEEERRRR

  142. 0
    HandofCrom ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Again, we’re taking Jack’s word that he had his son buy it. Thompson’s word and $5 will get you a cup of coffee (these days, at least).

  143. 0
    Noah says:

    That’s odd; when I purchased Halo 3 at Target, the clerk required me to hand him my drivers license which he used to swipe the magnetic strip through to verify my age. It was quite annoying but I asked the guy and he said he couldn’t bypass it. This was in Ohio.

  144. 0
    mykevermin says:

    If Thompson is a caring, independent, and expeditious parent (as we expect most American parents to be, particularly conservative ones – don’t want to depend on the government too much, now), then one thing is obvious.

    Thompson *clearly* has used the Family Settings on his son’s 360 to ensure that his child will not be able to play Halo 3, and learn a $60 lesson to not pay for games he can not play.

    After all, since console makers have given us, as parents, the resources (and thus the power, imagine that!) to control what our children are doing, then this is of little consequence.

  145. 0
    Andrew Eisen ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Again, what’s Thompson’s point with these stings?

    We already know retailer policy compliance isn’t 100%. The FTC said so and no one from the industry or otherwise has debated it.

    Andrew Eisen

  146. 0
    Black Manta ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I don’t know whether Junior is actively going along with his dad at this point or not. I’m starting to wonder now if maybe he’s threatening his son to do it for him “or else.” He probably can exert more leverage over his son than anyone else in his life. As Ian Charles said, he’s probably not even allowed to play them. And if that’s the case then, what does he do with these games? Does he take them back after buying them? I wouldn’t be surprised if Target and Best Buy now regard him as one of those asshole customers they have to deal with so that when they hear about him they go, “Oh jeez… That guy again?”

    I would love to hear what his son has to say about all this, and he proably does post on some forum somewhere, careful not to say who he’s related to. But if Jack is like every other uber-conservative religous freak parent I’ve dealt with, he proably does’t let him even use the internet.

  147. 0
    Benji says:

    Whenever I hear these stories I’m inclined to believe that JT’s mostly telling the truth – JT Jr. was successfully able to buy an M-rated game. What I usually question is how many times it took him to succeed. If he went to ten Targets and got carded at all of them before getting lucky on try #11, we’d never hear about tries #1-10.

  148. 0
    Michael Perry ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Not to derail this…but I’m sorry, after yesterday’s story I just can’t focus on any other of Mr. Thompson’s antics.

    From now on, every time I see a story about him I will immediately envision a snickering lawyer in a courtroom waiting for a Judge to open a legal docket, much like a child waiting for his neighbor to come out and stomp on the bag of flaming dog poo. I’ll avoid the pornography jokes, though it takes all of my willpower. Besides, the previous story is much more amusing than a parent who, for his own agenda, exploits their child.

    (posted under my full name per Mr. Thompson’s request, normally post under the alias of GameDevMich)

  149. 0
    plkrtn ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Now whilst I don’t disagree that he shouldn’t be sold this game, we have to use the following process.

    1. What evidence does Jack Thompson have, other than his word, which we know is less than accurate and truthful most of the time. Did he video it? A receipt on its own doesn’t count.

    2. Did Jack stand with him as he purchased the game, or was he in a different location? Standing with him as he makes the purchase is essentially agreeing to the transaction.

    3. Did he use the “Lil Jackie Visa” or did he use cash? Where did a 15 year old get the cash from to be able to purchase this game?

    4. Why is this game rated mature in the first place? It is rated 15 in the UK. Maybe we’re just far too liberal for Jackie’s liking.

    5. Were the $20 bills real money, or did he replace Andrew Jackson with a picture of a gay-orgy?

    And the big question

    Why haven’t these stores in Florida got a photo of Jack and Jackie Jr with “DO NOT SERVE THESE PEOPLE” behind the counter? I certainly wouldn’t serve anyone with that wild stare and obvious instabilities. He might cut himself on the edge of the CD as he tries to taste it.

    Come on Jack, you should know words alone aren’t enough, you need some evidence. Video proof. You word against Target and the minimum wage employee is just not enough.

    But, at least Jack is taking on the right people, the retailers and not the games themselves, regardless of the legality of the enforcement of age ratings.

  150. 0
    WarOtter ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Tune in tomorrow when JT forces his son to go into the back room of a sleazy video rental store to rent “Shaving Private Ryan” so JT can send it to a supreme court justice.

    Oh what a barrel of yuks this man is, contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

  151. 0
    bayushisan ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    What Mr. Thompson fails to mention is that at Target they ask you for your date of birth when you make any videogame purchase. This means that he is actively encouraging his son to lie in order to promote his personal agenda and lustful desire for a legacy.

  152. 0
    Mark Lucherini ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @ Jack

    The very fact that you think yourself a “crusader” for good, and then you turn around and consistently use your own child in the twisted little games you like to play goes to show one thing – what a complete and utter amoral twit you are.

    I also call into question “first try,” as you, sir, are a well known liar, more than willing to twist facts to your own needs. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again – come November, you’re out. Oh sure, you’ll cry foul and conspiracy and any other number of things.

    But by that point you’ll also have turned everyone who may have been a friend to your cause against you, spreading the half truths and turning things to suit your own purpose as you do. No one will back you anymore. Just think on that.

  153. 0
    KotatsuNeko says:

    Hey, Jack! How many stores did you have to go to until you found the one where the poor underpaid clerk, having been inundated with Halo 3 purchases all day, managed to forget that one crucial step?

    Why do you keep thinking this is a victory against the game industry? It was a Target employee, not a Bungie employee, that sold that game to your son, and human error does sometimes occur.

  154. 0
    Chuma ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I don’t think he’s lying, I just don’t think he realises that no crime was committed in this happening. I’m sure the retailer in question would be annoyed to hear of it happening and the person who sold it repremanded or sacked, but nothing more is going to happen. And, once again, he fails to grasp that it has nothing to do with the gaming industry and everything to do with the attitudes towards carding by young minimum wage staff at retail outlets.

  155. 0
    jack thompson, attorney ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Thompson fatigue? I make you money every time you do a story about me and you love it. Look at the number of posts on Thompson stories. That converts to hits at you site, which increases your ad revenue.

    What a liar you are.

    GP: As you know, there ARE NO ADS on GamePolitics… I make no money based on traffic.  We had plenty of traffic during the 18 months that you were banned.

    And I’m a liar?

  156. 0
    some guy ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I still don’t get his point. Selling an M-rated game to a minor is not illegal, and won’t be any time soon by the looks of things. If anything Jack Thompson is an irresponsible parent for allowing his son to purchase a game that is clearly meant for older gamers.

  157. 0
    John Simpson says:

    @ BearDogg-X

    I agree with you. I also think that Jack Thompson is lying, just like he is lying about how he is going to shut down Best Buy. This new press release Jack Thompson is saying (about his son buying Halo 3), is more of his “Antigamer Propaganda”.

  158. 0
    LoopyChew ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    “Miami attorney and anti-violent video game activist today did a successful sting on Target Corporation”

    So, Jack, tell us more about this “today” person.

  159. 0
    mottom22 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    yes, because doing this at one store out of thousands of others, and it not being the only store to carry it, makes it successful. that is like going out to catch a lowly drug dealer (not arresting him by the way) just pointing him out and saying “see! I found one! war on drugs is over! HOOHA!”

    nice job JT, you must be proud

  160. 0
    theninja says:

    actually id like to see him on live, and whats his gamertag? im betting the kid has a bajillion gamer points from not being able to go out of the house – i mean considering thomson thinks everything is evil.

  161. 0
    AgnostoTheo ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Jack must have a pocketful of cash. BioShock, Halo 3? At $60 a pop, his poor kid BETTER be able to play them. Unless Jack likes to Hoarde them for himself…

  162. 0
    nightwng2000 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Hope the kid is actually going to school, getting his homework done, having time to actually play, including with friends, and whatever else he may be denied by his father in favor of performing these UNSCIENTIFC and NOT LEGALLY RECOGNIZED “stings”. “on the first try”? Not likely, and based on John Bruce’s past efforts to lie to and deceive the general public as well as law enforcement and government officials, I seriously doubt it was the only try, though it could easily have been his ONLY success, out of most likely dozens, if the “sting” was even performed.

    I’d also like to caution, in advance, any and ALL readers that if John Bruce slips in and does what he did the last time and posts phone number and name information on the cashier, that they NOT swamp the business with harassing phone calls at the bidding of John Bruce. If anyone should investigate the claim, let it be a mainstream media journalist or a specialist news media journalist, such as Dennis. John Bruce encouraged harassment the last time. A clearly unethical act. But if anyone actually fell for it, that’s THEIR fault, not his. I know most here are intelligent enough not to call, but thought I’d say it anyway.

    BTW, Dennis,… :: snicker ::… nothing about the cashier… :: chortle ::… having… :: LOL :: … a piercing? ROFLMAO!

    Sorry, I’ll behave now. 😀

    NW2K Software

  163. 0
    Erik ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    “Nah, it’s called vigilantism.”

    Actually its not even that. Its Jack blowing $50 on something that proves absolutely nothing and will not be able to use as evidence in anything whatsoever. He proved that one employee in one Target was negligent. Big deal. And beyond that what evidence do we have that this even occurred? Yeah, his word really isn’t worth very much.

    So essentially, Jack is $50 down and thats about the gist of it.

  164. 0

    If Sun Tzu was here, he would yell at Jack Thompson for the latter’s tactics in achieving his goals. Yeah, so the game retailer clerk sold an M rating copy to a minor. Big deal. Is that even partly victory already?

    Besides, that was only the kid’s side of story. We don’t even know if Thomspon’s kid pulled a tactic like showing a fake ID or something just to say he’s 17. And granting w/o accepting for the sake of argument, how will this benefit Jack? In my point of view, this is like an empty threat to that PhotoShop “cease and desist” thing. Nothing will happen and Jack just wants to be noticed by the public.

  165. 0
    KotatsuNeko says:

    Now, now… while it’s fun to poke fun at Jack’s typing habits in his response to me, he does have a point. And I, for one, admit when I’m wrong.


    Jack Thompson, you are right. In my haste to post something this morning before I went to work, I skimmed the article and didn’t read it carefully enough. If I’d realized you’d already mentioned the day and that you did it ‘first try’, I wouldn’t have posted in that manner. For that, I apologize.


  166. 0
    Funky J ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Again, THIS IS NOT NEWS!

    Stop giving this horrid man air time!

    I’m a developer at Krome.

    I currently have itchy balls because Krome doesn’t pay us enough for me to afford beer and steak every night AND calamine lotion. It’s one or the other for us!

    That’s game slash politic related… are you going to report that???

    Or do I have to write you an email about it?

  167. 0
    Mr. Mark says:

    Does anyone here think that maybe it’s a good thing that Thompson is raising the general public’s awareness of game ratings? His actions might prompt more retailers to verify the age of their customers. I can’t say that’s so terrible considering it’s one of the ESRB’s goals as well.

    That being said, I have never approved of Thompson’s laughable (guerilla) tactics. The ends do not justify the means. It should only be a matter of time before he gets booted from the Florida bar. I just hate to think what kind of martyrdom he would pull after that.

    BTW, I’m almost 30 and I got carded at Toys’RUs when I bought Halo 3 on Tuesday.

  168. 0
    JBourrie says:


    “You know, I decided to “do” a “sting” of my own (I made phone calls). I called the nearest Best Buy and Futureshop and they both asks for Ids when selling M-rated games.”

    lie: a false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive; an intentional untruth; a falsehood.

    So you called the store and asked “Do you check IDs for M rated games?” Brilliant. Also, Clinton did not inhale, OJ was innocent, and The Sims contains full frontal nudity including labia and pubic hair.

    If I worked at a game store and a stranger called and asked “Do you check for IDs?” I’d say yes instictively, whether or not it’s actually true. Because if I didn’t, and it was the regional manager on the other end, I’m fired.

    That doesn’t mean when a kid goes up to the counter with a copy of Halo 3 he is actually carded by the same employee.

    I’m not sticking up for JT: I’ve watched kids at Best Buy slink away from the counter, disappointed that he couldn’t buy Crackdown because he wasn’t 17+. But don’t be so gullible as to think that the gamer being paid slightly above minimum wage at Best Buy is above telling a little fib to ensure his job is safe.

  169. 0

    […] So Chuckles decided to rock out another “sting” operation. He previous sent his son in to a Best Buy to pick up a copy of BioShock. His son isn’t yet 18, which is what he’s trying prove. However, he’s going after 2K Games for the problem instead of Best Buy. 2K Games doesn’t control a retailer’s action. They brand the game as mature and it’s up to the retailers to enforce the sales. The new “sting” operation involves Halo 3. […]

  170. 0
    ChrowX ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Attacking yet another sizable company and expecting to get money and attention from it..

    Y’know, these little stings of his might get more attention if they mattered. Target doesn’t threaten to fire their employees and the managers on duty if an employee sells an M-rated game to an under-aged customer like GameStop does. More importantly, all the ultra-retailers, like Wal-Mart, Target, and BestBuy are so huge that one little incident like that couldn’t possibly harm them.

    Besides, it’s the retailers choice to enforce the ESRB ratings, not the government or the local courts. But, we all know this, even JT knows this. More importantly, JT should know that it’s HIS responsibility to raise his child and filter the media he’s exposed to.

  171. 0
    Malygris says:

    Hey Jack, since it’s probably a safe assumption that you didn’t actually want that copy of Halo 3 (or BioShock, or all the other games you’ve accumulated over the years), can I have ’em? I’ll even pay for shipping. And hey, if you autograph them I’ll even kick some bucks to the charity if your choice; if you include an autographed picture as well I’ll even pony up for your defense fund. (Or the Hire Someone to Kill Strauss Zelnick fund. Your call.)

  172. 0
    Andrew Creek says:

    If Thompson is so worried about kids and violence why is he teaching his own to break the law? What’s the point in trying to protect everyone’s child when you willingly put your own up on the chopping block.

    Sounds like poor parenting.

  173. 0
    JimJimBinks says:

    I hope that kid is enjoying his times at Best Buy & Target with his dad. Because in two years when he’s 17 he’ll have worn out his usefulness to ol’ Jack and daddy won’t have time to talk to him anymore. He’ll be too busy hanging out at the local Jr. High trying to recruit kids for his ambulance chasing.
    I’ll bet anything they tried going to Best Buy first, and when they asked for the kids ID, Jack dragged him out of there and went next door to target, crying the whole way because “the jig was up.”

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    Benji says:

    I might be giving him too much credit in saying he’s familiar with The Art of War. He might know a few of its lessons – like being careful not to confront someone’s strength but rather probe for weaknesses, and emotionally upsetting one’s opponent. His tactics look to be all offense, though – no defense, no balance to his approach. One of the key lessons of The Art of War is that war – when done properly – is an intellectual process more than a physical one. Battle is about bringing the right troops, with the right preparation and mindset, to the right place at the right time; if you do this then you have virtually guaranteed victory before battle even commences. JT shows a manic willingness to throw down (in court, that is) with anyone and hope that his legal skill will carry him through the day; he acts more like a warlord than a general.

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    Sharpless says:

    Well, Jack is full of shit. He may have encountered some careless retailers in Florida, but I’ve seen them card kids with extreme efficiency, up here in New Jersey. They did it quite visibly during the Halo 3 midnight launch. He proves nothing by doing this.

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