What a Guy… Jack Thompson is Ready to Help EA with T2 Takeover Bid

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.

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    Conejo ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    EA shouldn’t be attributed to the creation of Mass Effect, that was BioWare.
    there is a significant distinction between the two as far as creation goes, even if there isn’t much as far as corporation is concerned now.

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    GoodRobotUs ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    My problem with this whole EA takeover is that Pirates! won’t be the same once they start covering the sails with Coke ads…

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    linenoise says:

    What could Jackie boy do to help? Anyone with a brain will keep him as far away from legal documents as possible. Maybe he’s offering to get the real lawyers coffee while they work?

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    mogbert ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    You can’t ignore him and hope he goes away. We tried, it didn’t work. He started passing himself off as an expert. He said things and there weren’t enough people around saying it was wrong. “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

    What we need is more news. Something to show that everything coming out of his publicity machine is tattered half-truths and lies. We need to bring to light his disciplinary stories. We need to be able to refer to him as “the discredited anti-videogame spokesperson.” What needs to happen is that the population at large needs to see him for what he is, not for a talking head on Faux news, but for the ambulence-chasing, massacre-craving, publicity-loving, amoral, lying, crack-pot, ball of slime he is.

    MSNBC’s coverage of him trying to promote his book on Faux News immediately after the massacre is a step in the right direction, but it needs to be brought up to light. JT claims he will sue them for libel. Follow up on that. Was he blowing smoke or will he actually file a suit? cover the suit. The more people who hear about the suit, the more people who will read the original story.

    How many people here can write intellegently. Personally, I have a hard time writing this many paragraphs with out a reference to “can has cheezebugar naow?” I don’t wrote professionally. However, if someone can write well, then perhaps they need to start writing articles for newspapers about JT’s bumbling. Bring to light what exactly this man is doing. Spread it far and wide. Don’t embelish. Don’t persuade. Don’t insult. Mearly state the facts and present what is going on.

    Perhaps e-mail the man and ask to be put on his list of his press releases.

    The only way to fight lies is with the truth, the only way to fight the darkness is with light.

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    PaulG ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I find it amazing that he passed the pysch evaluation.

    this guy IS insane, why are we the only people to see it.

    I am literally praying the bar turf this madman out.

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    mupet0000 says:

    When is Jack going to realize that he’s talking a load of shit and nobody likes him? We really don’t care about Jack Thompson, he is one man and he won’t be able to bring down best selling games such as GTA. If anything, EA will just sell more, they are in it solely for the money.

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    Dan Gordon says:

    Has anyone ever considered that JT may actually own alot of Take2 stock? And that his publicity whoreing actually boosts sales and therefore his personal worth?

    Think about it, GTA is a game about commiting crime, Jack Thompson spends his life publicising the fact.

    It honestly wouldn’t suprise me if he was on the payroll.

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    […] Originally Posted by Joystiq Last week, Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello revealed an offer put forward to Take-Two Interactive executive chairman Strauss Zelnick to buyout T2 for nearly $2 billion. Zelnick expediently and publicly shot down the offer, though this battle of the peculiar last names was far from over — since then we’ve heard that other companies took interest in T2 after EA was shot down, though certain industry analysts believe EA will eventually win out. Yesterday brought news of a new player on the field that could tip the battle in EA’s favor — Enter: Jack Thompson! Yes, everyone’s favorite Floridian moralist (and T2 shareholder) recently threw his support behind Electronic Arts in an impassioned letter, saying he would help "evict the Zelnick Trojan Horse from within Take-Two’s corporate walls". We think that EA and J.T. would be strange bedfellows, given Thompson’s denunciation of Sims 2 a few years back — though his uncustomary defense of Mass Effect might have rebuilt that once-burnt bridge. How about it, EA? Is your raid on Take-Two LFM? Annnnnnnd now I’ve seen everything. Game Politics via Joystiq __________________ Desktop E6600 @ 3.15Ghz (Zalman 7700cu) |eVga 7600GT | Gigabyte P965-S3 | 2x2GB OCZ "Vista Upgrade" RAM | 100GB Maxtor SATA HD | Realtek ALC882 Sound | Cooler Master Centurion 5 Laptop Thinkpad T40| Pentium M "Banias" 1.5Ghz | 1GB DDR-2100 | Radeon 9000 32MB | 80GB 4200 RPM Drive | 14.1 XGA LCD | B/G Wifi+Bluetooth Sponsored Links […]

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    Kincyr ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    No matter how “evil” EA is they are still one of the best game makers that back up there games and there people.

    They do know how to treat their employees. I have a friend who works at EA’s Florida establishment and I got a tour last year. I saw a model of Metropolis used for Superman Returns. They get arcade games in the break room, get to watch movies using the meeting room’s projector, that place is awesome. In fact, Icer, the Nesticle programmer, works there and he gets a year’s worth of work done in a week and they let him take the rest of the year off.

    Sorry for going off-topic.

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    digitalreign says:

    The most entertaining thing about whatever this fruit cake does is the fact that he has zero power and isnt a threat at all. He’s like the Goomba to the gamer communities collective Mario…just kinda there.

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    HouseMaster says:

    I really don’t think EA will do it just because they know how it feels to have there games (Mass Effect) bashed by people that haven’t played them and who know nothing about what they are talking about. No matter how “evil” EA is they are still one of the best game makers that back up there games and there people.

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    koku ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    simple jt here> since he cant directly insult or attempt to take down take two, he’ll get ea to assimalate it, and gta gets sanitized.

    take spore for example,
    earlier video’s featured blood and procedural mating

    i havent seen either since 2006

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    Ryno ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    I’m sure many important people at EA read his letter. They probably made a drinking game out of it. It’s a great way to spend a Friday/Saturday night.

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    Shadow Darkman, Anti-Thesis of Jack Thompson, ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    “Damn, I’m always late in replying to these bombshell stories…”

    Same here, brother.

    Anyway, I, personally, am surprised that he’s planning this. Sooner or later, he’s gonna turn on them and work with T2 to bring down EA. Then what? Well, someone had better off him. *looks up* Countin’ on ya, buddy!

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    gator growl says:






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    Gabriel Celesta ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    You know what, people? EA *should* allow JT to help them. Yeah, JT would be great! EA could *always* use someone like JT!…

    …to do custodial work. ^_^

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    1AgainstTheWorld ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I kinda agree with paketep. JT is no longer a threat to the industry, so why is GP still giving him an outlet for his verbal diarrhea? It is kinda hilarious though, in a sad way. Poor little goblin, I feel kinda bad for him. Let’s adopt him as a pet.

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    tony selby ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    ummm seriously the only thing Jack can do to assist EA is to sell them his probably single share of the company, other then that i fail to see what exactly he can do

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    Saint13 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    “Your lawsuits all failed.
    I’m sorry you thought your plan would work.
    Maybe you’ll find someone else to help you.
    Maybe EA will.
    Ha ha! FAT CHANCE.)
    Anyway, this cake is great
    It’s so delicious and moist…”

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    Vinzent says:

    Dear EA,
    If I find that you have used Jt’s share votes, or in any way acted in accord with JT, I will boycott your games completely (and I will do whatever I can to get others to boycott you as well).
    If you dare to get into bed with JT, you are slapping your target audience in the face and deserve whatever backlash is levelled at you..

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    GoodRobotUs ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I think, in truth, he has to own more than a certain percentage of shares to be actually considered an insider, but it is interesting to note that Thompson’s claims could well be considered a claim to know something the general public doesn’t (whether the ‘something’ exists beyond the realms of his own fantasy is a whole other matter). It’s not really relevant, as I don’t think the law applies in this case, but always interesting to note, as they say, ‘never trust a man who is willing to betray your enemy, you never know who he will betray next.’ :)

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    GoodRobotUs ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Isn’t there a name for shareholders who offer to use their ‘insider position’ to attempt to influence the share market for that particular company?

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    Condemned 2 Maniac ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @ Repudiator

    I would not blame you because EA has betrayed me and several other people when they decided not to release Thrill Kill only 2 weeks before the game would come out so they could have a nicer image for their company.

    If they work with Jack Thompson then they will be the most hated video game company.

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    Repudiator ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Man… If EA does anything with JT, I swear…I will burn all games I own from EA and boycott their games… I will…

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    Rey ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    They’re coming to take me away ho ho hee hee ha haaa
    To the funny farm
    Where life is beautiful all the time
    And I’ll be happy to see those nice young men
    In their clean white coats
    And they’re coming to take me away ha haaa

    You thought it was a joke
    And so you laughed
    You laughed when I said
    That losing you would make me flip my lid

    Right? You know you laughed
    I heard you laugh. You laughed
    You laughed and laughed and then you left
    But now you know I’m utterly mad

    And they’re coming to take me away ha haaa
    They’re coming to take me away ho ho hee hee ha haaa
    To the happy home with trees and flowers and chirping birds
    And basket weavers who sit and smile and twiddle their thumbs and toes
    And they’re coming to take me away ha haaa

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    HollywoodBob says:

    Holy Crap! I figured it out and it’s actually brilliant!!!

    Blame Take Two for school shootings, depress stock, buy stock, repeat, wait for massive publisher to make take over bid at 60% premium, get rich!

    Jack isn’t a psychotic, massacre chasing freak, he’s a greedy, psychotic, massacre chasing freak.

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    Aliasalpha says:

    Geez talk about delusions od relevance…

    If Zelnick is a trojan horse, where do the hundred greek soldiers fit? He doesn’t look big enough to hold them all.

    Ahh roll on late April, I’ll get 3 great events. Jack gets the boot & turns into a nutjob WITHOUT professional credentials, I’ll get presents for my birthday & then GTA4 on the 28th. If thats not a sweet way to end a month I don’t know what is.

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    jadedcritic ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Mixed thoughts. I laugh despite myself, but I’m not certain exactly what I’m laughing at. Thompson’s usual antics? Amusing as always, but I think what’s basically absurd is the notion that EA even should even want his help, or what he thinks he could possibly do to help them. Go home Jack. EA has real lawyers, the kind that don’t pad their resumes with appearances on fox news.

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    Dutch_gamer ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @ Dinko No, but thanks I won’t be signing such a petition. Sony shouldn’t be buying T2, ever. I much rather see EA buy them than Sony. The reason is very simple, if Sony would own T2, their games would be Playstation 3 exclusive and never be released for PC and Xbox360. The last thing I want is to be forced to buy a Sony console, just to play GTA.

    @ parketep
    When you don’t like reading about JT, don’t read any of the news about him. It is Dennis’ decision what he posts on GP. When someone doesn’t like reading about JT, then don’t. And then also don’t post that you hate reading about him. There is enough other news than just JT on here as well. I never understand why people have to complain about something they don’t like when they can easily just ignore it all together.

    Anon is right in that ignoring JT doesn’t work. It has been done before and JT will then always appear on tv. When you ignore the guy he will try to find an outlet so that he does get heard. The guy is a sucker for attention. Ignore him and he will try twice as hard to get into the spotlights through other means.

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    Anon says:

    @ paketep
    No, ignoring him is what would allow him to get away with what he said about things like V-Tech and NIU shootings.

    And like I have said before, other news media(like MSNBC) are starting to question and speak up about the likes of Thompson jumping on such events to push their agenda & speculations when nothing about the killer is known yet.

    Yes he is getting attention, but unlike early in his carrier, attention & the internet is not always his friend.

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    paketep ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Why are you even publishing JT’s emails?. It’s not funny anymore. It’s not even pitiful. Everytime I see a “JT does this and that” heading, followed by the usual “press release” (let’s call it that) with his lunatic ravings, all I can say is meh.

    Let him thrive in FOX, it’s where he belongs. They’re the same kind of sh*t. And forget about him. He just doesn’t add anything to the site.

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    bakaohki says:

    Hey, since Jack can’t file motions in court nonstop (although he just might still be doing it), what else does have have to keep busy but to flood GP and other sites?

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    Pierre-Olivier ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    Many games including the “Lord of the Rings” games (especially Battles for Middle-Earth), The “Medal of Honor” series, the recent James Bond games (especially Nightfire and Everything or Nothing) and BioForge (one of my favorite old-school game). But I agree that some of their games (like Reboot) aren’t that good.

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    Dog Welder ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @Parallax Abstraction —

    I’m not Dennis, but I think I can give an idea of what’s going on here. Dennis runs a news site and, like it or not, Jack Thompson makes news. If you go to other sites where Jack hasn’t been banned, the man is a press release writing machine, cranking out press releases, bluster, court filings and the like at a Superman-like pace.

    Given that, I would daresay Dennis puts up about 3% of all the crap Jack does. And in this case, he filtered out a bunch of the bile Jack spews at people.

    Yes, there is the argument that Dennis is giving Jack the attention he seeks, but I think a happy (erm…unhappy) medium has to be reached somewhere.

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    Burn says:

    Hahaha! This is comedy gold! He honestly thinks EA would stop making GTA? With EA being the greediest video game company ever? They release a new Madden every year, putting no work into it whatsoever. They would do that with GTA.

    A message to Jack: GTA by EA means a new GTA every year. I might be wrong, but I don’t think that’s what you want.

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    Paulrus ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    This is all I can say on the matter.

    Rebel 1: I give the Combine a lot of credit, they’re tough competitors, a real class act.
    Rebel 2: Shut up!
    -Half Life 2: Episode 2

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    GoodRobotUs ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    Thanks for the info, I stand corrected in that case, I was under the impression the blur required a 3rd Party executable. I suppose ‘hoax’ was probably the wrong word to use, possibly ‘satire’ would be more accurate. I suppose the thing that got me about the whole ordeal though was the way he took one set of words from your own information and changed them into something completely inaccurate in order to promote his ‘mission’, I think that was one of the most telling windows on Mr Thompson’s motives that I’ve ever seen.

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    Brandon ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @Monte’: Ah, but when Maxis made TS1, they just had the expansions, now when EA made TS2, not only do you have expansions, but you have Stuff Packs as well, just another way for EA to make more money off of the Sims license.

    I think EA acquiring T2 would be a bad thing, and no, not because of Jack Thompson.

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    JustChris says:

    Damn, I’m always late in replying to these bombshell stories…

    With Jack Thompson pushing EA to do this, what does this really say about Thompson’s views on videogames? “They’re OK, as long as they’re not made by Take-Two”. Now he’s trying to use his enemies to destroy each other it, seems.

    It would be suicide for EA to follow through with his idea. At least they more common sense than Thompson.

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    BearDogg-X says:

    I think Dennis should charge Jack everytime the loon sends him an e-mail and double the fee per insult(whether it’s directed towards him or not).

    As far as Jacky Boy’s latest publicity stunt goes, he’s in a no-win situation.

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    beacon80 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Just have to point out that if Zelnick is a “trojan horse” that means that he was actually planted there by some other company or organization and is actively working to destroy T2. Somehow, I’m doubting that’s the case.

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    GRIZZAM 512 says:

    Jack Thompson:Hey! Are you jagoffs at EA listening! HEY! HEYHEYHEYHEY! Damnit, why won’t you guys listen to me!? I’m making random and empty threats to people! Damn, I guess nobody cares what I say anymore. Guess I’ll have to find those nutsacks from FOX news so I can talk to somebody.

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    illspirit ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    The Sims thing wasn’t a hoax, I just spun the facts in the same manner he did during Coffeegate. 😉

    And, actually, EA did include a method to remove the blur. Before the patch/add-on released after the whole fiasco, you only needed to type “intProp censorGridSize 0” into the console to get rid of the pixel cloud..

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    Monte' ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Y’know, i really do think people are seriously jumping to conclusions about EA when they imagine GTA being released each year… i mean really, other than EA sports has EA done that with ANY of their other games. Hell, one of their biggest titles was the Sims and that only went up to Sim 2… haven’t seen much on squels after that, only expansions… Ya sure, EA would only serve to damage GTA, but it won’t be as bad as what they did to sports games

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    Ebonheart ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Can anyone see the GTA series become just like Madden? It’s the same crap every year, “GTA 2009! We added one new color to the game ‘Violot! We thought the series needed a new direction, so we added the new color, we believe it adds flavor to the series!”

    And as far as JT goes, Ignore him and he’ll go away only to be replace by another nut. We need to take a firmer, NON-FOAMING stance. And I was looking forward to the rant :(

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    Hilaryduffgta ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Hmmmmmm damn i’m really tempted to use my duffy rant for this story but sadly its all talk out of jack and nothing more….

    man i cant wait till gta 4 comes out

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    Zerodash ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Actually, EA owning TT could end up with EVEN MORE GTA games being released- given how they handle franchises. In addition, EA would be more likely to go to bat for their games if the Mass Effect sex scandal was any indication.

    Careful what you wish for, Thompson. I hope you don’t go blind from all the masturbating you are undoubtly doing as you read another topic about you…

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    Matriculated says:

    Take2 have said they aren’t even going to think about a deal until AFTER the release of GTAIV (April 29th)

    Judge Tunis’ decission about Jack’s disbarment is due April 21st.

    I really don’t think Jack is going to be in any postion to help EA (not that he is now).

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    cullarn ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    Dennis posts less than 5% of the crap John Bruce sends his way. The other 95% is just meaningless crap that has no relation to gaming in the slightest.

    umm after his bout of calling you sweetie how much is love letters and gay porn lol (im sorry i had too)

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    vellocet says:


    About the Sims 2 accusation, Jeff Brown spokesman for EA at the time put it best. “Reasonable people understand the San Jose Mercury News is not responsible for vulgar things that people doodle into the margins of the paper.

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    GoodRobotUs ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Heh, same as he always does Grizzam, violating his own moral standards in an attempt to dictate everyone else’s’.

    I’m certain I’m not alone in seeing the hypocrisy.

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    Waffles ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Anyone else think this was all part of Jack’s little “plan to destroy Take Two” hinted at when the GTA IV release date was announced?

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    Monte' ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Y’know what i find hilarious about all this… Jack doesn’t even realize where the source of his trouble with take 2 comes from. Think about it, he used to say terrible things about Take 2’s last CEO; he supported the change in CEO’s. He figured that if he could change the ceo he could use the new ceo to destroy rockstar. But as soon as the new ceo was in charge he was quick to knock down anything Jack had to say.

    And now, Jack wants to hand over the control of GTA to a company that is much worse that Take two, a truly evil company that cares more about making money than any other publisher (sure they all want o make money, but EA’s the worst of them). What happened before would happen again; when the leaders change hands, Jack will hound the new leader and will get his ass handed to him and Jack will then seek to destroy the new company. Only this time, instead of dealing with a more competent CEO then the one that got kicked out, he’s got an even more powerful company to deal with.

    In the end, Jack’s efforts to destroy rockstar through the publisher are utterly useless (though you could say that about all of his tactics)… GTA is a popular series that makes tons of money… no matter who is publishing it, no matter who is leading the company, they will never be listen to your desire to destroy rockstar

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    GPman says:

    So if he has one share and can vote I can see his next press release:

    “With JT’s assistance, EA was able to take over take two!” lol

    Sure one vote but suddenly it makes it true and can be use in future press releases of “helped take down T2”.

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    william says:

    isn’t everything jack says complete nonsense? I need an idiot translator to understand half the stuff he says or does.

    Hey GP! You could always offer up that service on the side! “GP: Idiot translator – $200 dollars an hour, will translate what idiots say so normal people can understand. Thanks to Jack I have years of experience in this.”

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    GPman says:

    “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.”

    I thought it was because of the GTA “murder simulators”. Suddenly the games are ok if he is out of the picture? How does that work?

    Besides the “trouble” is good for business. :)

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    GoodRobotUs ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Kind of odd how someone who ‘isn’t on a personal vendetta’ against R* and is purely out to ‘help the children’ is willing to work with the very video game industry that is supposed to be trying to destroy his career (as if he isn’t doing a perfectly good job all by himself) in order to attack Rockstar…

    Not a vendetta at all…… 😉

    Also just shows how much Jack believes his own opinions of the Gaming Industry.

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    Matriculated says:


    [I]I wouldn’t change a line of code in “BioShock” nor would I in “GTA” or “Max Payne”… what we would do is sell more of it.
    John Riccitello, CEO – Electronic Arts[/I]

    Why would you want to team up with a man who wants to sell MORE copies of GTA Jack?

    I know you have a deep hatred for T2 and Zelnick but it seems like you’re cutting off your nose to spite you face.

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    Benji says:

    I also have to wonder: what exactly can JT do to assist in the takeover? It’s not like anyone at TT will listen to him argue in favor of the takeover. He can vote in favor of the buyout as a shareholder, but I suspect that his share of the votes isn’t going to be the difference between accepting and defeating the buyout offer. That, and I rather doubt that EA would want to change the tone of GTA significantly even if they had it. GTA is a game largely about violence and pushing the limits of what’s acceptable, and EA has to realize that any GTA game will sell lots, so long as it has those sorts of elements, regardless of who owns the rights.

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    Benji says:

    @Parallax, Toxicity: The jury is largely split on how to handle JT. Half of us want to just ignore him, since addressing him implies that his claims have merit, when they don’t. The other half want to know every little thing he’s up to so he can be combated at every turn. Otherwise he’s the only argument being heard, and while we may be happy ignoring him other media outlets don’t mind giving him face time.

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    GP: I have a lot of respect for the work you so do please understand I am asking this genuinely and not in an attempt to be snide. But do you not find it a bit contradictory to say that EA should be ignoring Thompson’s letter because it’s just a cheap publicity stunt yet this site and many others print and detail every time the man speaks? If this is a stunt that EA should ignore, should the rest of us too? He wants media attention, isn’t this what he wants? Thanks.

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    Toxicity² ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Surely EA knows that basically every serious gamer in the world hates Jack Thompson. And they probably know that if they made any sort of deal with Jack Thompson, there would be a huge boycott of EA’s games.

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    qAaRoN ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    EA will still produce GTA games w/ the same rating if they were to take over T2 Interactive. It’s a successful franchise & if there’s one thing history has taught us, it’s “stick w/ what makes money”.

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    Dog Welder ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    1) That one share you own is meaningless. Even if you sold it to EA at their asking price, it would still be meaningless. Even if you showed up at a shareholder meeting with your one vote, it would still be meaningless.

    2) If EA does manage to complete a hostile takeover of Take Two, EA is still going to go ahead and publish Bully for the 360 and Grand Theft Auto IV, which is expected to be one of the best selling games of the year. Why would EA pay $2 billion (or more) for a company only to remove its most lucrative franchise?

    3) You’re an idiot, and an incompetent soon-to-be-disbarred hack of a lawyer.

    Dog Welder

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    Pierre-Olivier ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    No matter how much you don’t like EA (although I loved some of their games), I’m pretty sure they won’t bring him.

    Not earlier than a month ago, they were defending their games quite fiercely so I don’t think they’ll team up with someone that attacked another of their games.

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    Automancer ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    Thompson backpetaled when he was confronted with that knowledge by others. Saying something along the lines of copyright infringement or some other nonesense.


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    lorenzo says:

    That COD4 thing is not a contemporary murder/terrorism simulator. Burnout, and NFS aren’t vehicle assisted suicide/murder simulators. I did hear Army of Two looks like it might suck cock – but I don’t think the protagonists are overtly homosexual..

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    GoodRobotUs ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    Whilst the Sims 2 can be modded to remove the blur and see the Barbie-dolls if you really want to, EA built no facility into the game to remove the blur in the first place, the person who contacted Thompson wound him up for a while, but when they said ‘You can remove the blur and reveal Barbie Doll features’, Jack, on the spot changed it into that quote about genitalia etc, and the hoaxer even tried to tell him that it was false but Jack, not having even seen the game, decided his description was more accurate, you really did have to see it to see just how comfortable Jack is with knowingly lying.

    Mods can remove the blur, but EA provided no such facility in-game, Thompson tried to imply that they did, and that what was under it was far more revealing than it was.

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    Orange Soda says:

    “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.”

    So, what sort of “help” could he actually give? Sell his share to EA? Is there anything else he actually could do?

    Half-rhetorical, half-I-actually-don’t-know.

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    kurisu7885 says:


    It’s not a complete hoax. It’s a hoax that the developers themselves added that. Since The Sims is so open source, people added their own full frontal nudity because they wanted it, it in no way comes prepackaged.

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    Cal says:

    I love how he talks as if everything has already been finalised between him and EA… I really hope that’s just senseless optimism and not some hideous reflection of the truth. He’ll be trying to oust Burnout next for its “explicit use of nipple-shaped hubcaps”…

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    kurisu7885 says:

    This is pretty much what I though his stance would be.

    If it does occur, which I doubt it will, I bet he’ll finally attend a share holder meeting,and before he even sits down “I vote that we cancel the release of Grand Theft Auto 4 and recall all companies of Manhunt 2, even those already purchased, and all copies of bully and all copies of Grand Theft Auto San Andreas” “But we can’t recall what’s already been purchased…” “We’ll get the police to do it”

    No good can ever come of it. Only money EA got from me was The Sims

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    vellocet says:

    Teaming up with Thompson is no good for ANYONE. Even if he is doing something to help, the value instantly plummets when he does any number of ridiculous stunts… oh… I don’t know… like sending gay porn with his filings?

    He is not a reasonable person. The only reason he wants to help out with the TT takeover is so that he can claim “victory” by standing on someone else’s shoulders.

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    GoodRobotUs ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I always love the way Thompson pretends everyone else has skeletons in their cupboard and yet never mentions his restraining order for stalking a gay Radio DJ during has last ‘moral crusade’, or how he loves to mention the money he got from the Bar but never mentions that he had to pay out several times that amount in Libel fines…. Seriously, I’m sure the guy has serious mental health issues and the sooner he is kicked out of the bar and hopefully forced to deal with his own insecurities and paranoia, the better.

    The funny thing about the Sims event was that it was based on a hoax, and Thompson was told by the hoaxer that the the statement was totally inaccurate before Thompson ever released it, but even the fact he had been told it was complete tosh wasn’t enough to stop him releasing it, kind of like his court filings.

    I’m pretty comfortable with the fact that EA know exactly who and what Thompson is, and they certainly know the damage he would do to the company, Jack Thompson has turned on every single ally he has ever made, on one occasion even accusing one of them of phoning him up whilst drunk and calling him names during the Louisiana game-law hearings. So, as GP said, this is just another ‘Look at meeee!’ action by Thompson.

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    MaskedPixelante ( User Karma: -1 ) says:

    Sad part is… I remember him trying to ban The Sims 2. That was the talk of the message boards on GameFAQs for a number of days.

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    Overcast says:

    heh, what a tool.

    Yeah, he’s drooling – a bigger company might be willing to ‘settle’ more, eh?

    Not that it would accomplish anything, but it sure can make a lawyer some $$$

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    Void Munashii ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I think that no good could come to EA if they were to accept anything even remotely resembeling help from Thompson. He would turn on them again eventually.

    Why is Jack even doing this? Isn’t there a guy that say video games turned him into a murderer that Jack should be helping?

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    GoodRobotUs ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Well, he does need to find new employment, the odds of him being a lawyer for much longer are zero.

    EA would lose its customer base entirely if it worked with Thompson, and they know that :)

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    TJLK ( User Karma: -1 ) says:

    It certainly sounds to me like these anti-game activists are running out of ideas. The lack of creativity in their efforts really plays to make this entire issue dull.

    I don’t think EA would even want to ally themselves with this man. Talk about losing the respect of your peers and your employees. Not to mention your consumers. (Just imagine the backlash the consumers would have against any company having such an ally) I think he is just talking out of both sides and still fails to realize he is fighting a losing fight in his senseless war on video games.

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    vasudean says:

    EA would sink to a new low if they allow Jack “Douchebag” Thompson on board and it would probably kill EA as well because no gamer in their right mind would buy games from a company that is in league with him.

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    Luigi says:


    But that was quite a while ago, and having an alliance with Thompson will support both parties unless EA is telling the truth about having individual companies be able to release their games under their title. I Personally think they are blowing that one out of their ass.

    But back to the point. EA will get T2, and Thompson is freely allowed to keep one of his “mortal enemies” in check. Keeping that in mind, do you think EA wouldn’t be forgiving Thompson for his comments a few years ago, knowing that this could tip the balance vs a grudge. I think not.


    Oh yeah.

    Remember the saying, A cheetah never changes it’s stripes?

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    Pierre-Olivier ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @Pixelantes Anonymous

    He doesn’t think of it as a way to kill Rockstar. He probably thinks of it as a way to discredit Strauss Zelnick even more.

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    A boot says:

    I agree with zen If ea signs up with thompson i will stop buying ea games I dont want to buy from a company that bows down to crackpot thompson

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    Zen says:

    Oh yeah, EA would love to have him help with the takeover…so THEY can deal with him hounding him for the games they didn’t make along with other crazy things like the Sims. Yep…they would LOVE that. Plus, I hope EA realizes the damage it could do to itself if it publicly signed up with Thompson. I for one would just stop buying EA games as I’m sure others would.

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    Pierre-Olivier ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    After attacking EA, even if they partly agree with him, how can he expect them to accept him.

    Even if he helps them, he’ll give them the role of villains sooner or later.

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    Cecil475 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    “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:”

    Maybe EA will remember this and tell him to shove it.

    Warren Lewis


    GP: Warren, they won’t even acknowledge it, they shouldn’t acknowledge it and he well knows that. It’s just a excuse to bash Zelnick with several paragraphs of insults (which I won’t deign to print)…

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    […] Last week, Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello revealed an offer put forward to Take-Two Interactive executive chairman Strauss Zelnick to buyout T2 for nearly $2 billion. Zelnick expediently and publicly shot down the offer, though that battle of the peculiar last names was far from by — since thereupon we’ve heard that other companies took interest in T2 after EA was shot down, though certain industry analysts believe EA will eventually win out. Yesterday brought news of a new player on the field that could tip the battle in EA’s favor — Enter: Jack Thompson ! […]

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    Erik ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Jack always talks about bringing trouble to Take-Two, but has never actually delivered. He is the fly banging angrily against the glass, thinking that one day he will shatter it.

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    ~the1jeffy says:

    Question: Doesn’t Jack only have one share of TTWO stock, used an excuse to speak at shareholder meetings?

    I’m sure EA is all ears over one share of stock on their side.

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    Condemned 2 Maniac ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @ Gabriel Celesta

    Or use him for characters in video games like clowns and other goofy characters that Jack would fit right in for.

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    AB says:

    its offical, hell has officially been frozen, JT is working with a videogame company…..

    i’ll say it again: JT is working with a videogame company…..

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    DarkTetsuya ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    Point taken… I guess I’m just sick of having GP just be ‘preaching to the choir’ in regards to JT and his shenanigans. (Not that I don’t appreciate the news, which I do.)

    But as long as they’re here to dispel every fallacy he comes up with (Which is a lot, as he seems to average one fallacy for every time he opens his mouth.) at least we’ll know better.

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    Toxicity² ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    Do you think the people (read: idiots) who watch Faux News also read GamePolitics? I doubt it. And even if they did, would GamePolitics convince them that their bullshit “news” channel is wrong? Doubt it.

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    Anon says:

    GP: This was all nonsense, of course.
    No kidding, but lets not forget this is the same guy who — the company making all those “cop killing simulators”….

    Yet unlike hypocritical Jack Thompson, he was actually addressing the violence issue with T2’s games through reasonable means!

    So he smears the name of an outstanding citizen actually doing something to save lives, and damaging their reputation for trying to do what Jack wants to(but not through reason, understanding, or logic).

    But we do have to thank Jack, it is hilarious that he thinks that EA is going to do any of his dirty work or anything he suggests, and even more LOLs seeing that –if this takeover/merge does happen– this is only going to make T2 stronger…

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    DarkTetsuya ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    Except the Madden fanboys who wouldn’t care either way, would just continute to buy Roster Update ‘XX at full price.


    Reminds me of a picture I saw of the ‘Document of MGS2’ that shows what naked Raiden really looks like… I imagine the Sims must be equally as featureless in that respect.

    (And I still don’t know how he manages to keep his job… hopefully judge Tunis(? I don’t remember her name off the top of my head, sorry) will pull through and end our misery once and for all.)


    Tell me about it, I mean I don’t really care for Madden, but I really love NFS:Carbon on the wii (heck, since they didn’t include the concept Camaro like in TF, I just made my own… but my wii’s in for repairs, so it’ll have to wait till it gets back. :P)


    But that’s what got us here where he can say whatever the f*** he wants and most people’ll listen (FOX news, anyone?)


    Well didn’t they go to bat when Faux news let that know-nothing whats-her-name bash Mass Effect only knowing from secondhand word of mouth? (I do remember her name, but as far as I’m concerned her 15 minutes are over and I refuse to acknowledge her a second more.)


    Exactly why I’m in the latter camp. If we don’t call him at every single turn he’ll just get away with doing/saying whatever he wants, true or not (usually not, given his track record.)


    Don’t mind him, just another one of his delusions of grandeur…


    Which just makes his continued existence as not being disbarred all the more puzzling. o_O


    Ah, I was right… (Anyone wanna plunk down for a muffin basket on 4/22 if it does happen? :P)

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    Mattie ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @ Benji

    I don’t think the whole “Ignore Jack and he’ll go away” theroy is working all that well. He always comes out with more ridiculous claims every time. (Suing NIU, Adult Picture Book to Florida Bar, VT shooting)

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    Cecil475 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    “GP: Warren, they won’t even acknowledge it, they shouldn’t acknowledge it and he well knows that. It’s just a excuse to bash Zelnick with several paragraphs of insults (which I won’t deign to print)…”

    I don’t blame you.

    – Warren Lewis

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    E. Zachary Knight ( User Karma: 2 ) says:

    @ Parallax and toxicity

    I have spoken to Dennis on this matter. Dennis posts less than 5% of the crap John Bruce sends his way. The other 95% is just meaningless crap that has no relation to gaming in the slightest.

    The only reason you see as much as you do is because of the mass valume of crap sent Dennis’ way.

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