Describing himself as a longtime Take Two shareholder, controversial attorney Jack Thompson has written to Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello (and, naturally, cc’d several media outlets) with an offer to assist EA in its effort to acquire the Grand Theft Auto publisher.
In a long, rambling letter, Thompson spills most of his ink painting T2 boss Strauss Zelnick as a villain (which EA probably wouldn’t disagree with, at least in the deal-making sense) and concludes with:
I am delighted to work with Electronic Arts to evict the Zelnick Trojan Horse from within Take-Two’s corporate walls. In doing so, I can get the new Take-Two into the clear as to the trouble I and others can send its way.
Zelnick is the source of trouble headed Take-Two’s way, not I, and EA can make the case, with my help, that such trouble can be avoided.
It’s not the first time Thompson has referenced being a T2 shareholder, although we suspect his stake in the company is possibly as small as a single share. He claimed that he purchased T2 stock in late 2005 because it would allow him to attend – and speak at – T2’s stockholder’s meeting. That meeting eventually came and went without his input, however.
GP: This is, of course, another Thompson publicity stunt. Beyond that, the GamePolitics archives reveal that even before the vitriolic attorney was a T2 stockholder, he was a Sims 2 basher, making silly, Hot Coffee-like claims against EA’s flagship franchise in July, 2005:
[The Sims 2 contains] “full frontal nudity, including nipples, penises, labia, and pubic hair. The nudity placed there by the publisher/maker, Electronic Arts, is accessed by the use of a simple code that removes what is called ‘the blur’ which obscures the genital areas.
In other words, the game was released to the public by the manufacturer knowing that the full frontal nudity was resident on the game and would be accessed by use of a simple code widely provided on the Internet…
This was all nonsense, of course.