Jack Thompson Gets GTA IV Ads Yanked from Miami-Dade Transit

A complaint by Jack Thompson has prompted Miami’s transit authority to remove ads for Grand Theft Auto IV from local bus shelters.

Miami thus joins Chicago as the second major US city to pull GTA IV ads from its public transit system in recent days.

GamePolitics reported on Thursday that Thompson had complained about the GTA IV ads to Miami Mayor Carlos Alvarez. The GTA IV ads were apparently removed sometime on Friday afternoon. Hugh Chen, Miami-Dade Transit’s deputy director of operations, told GamePolitics on Friday evening, via e-mail:

The posters were removed after a review of our approval process and contract… Be assured that the circumstances around placing and removing  these specific posters were reviewed before action was taken. We are governed by our contract with our shelter contractor and County ordinances.

A spokesman for GTA IV publisher Take-Two Interactive said the company was still reviewing the situation. A spokesman for the ESA referred inquiries back to Take-Two.

For his part, Thompson wasted no time in crowing about the removal of the ads in a news release:

…Jack Thompson has today persuaded the Miami-Dade Transit System to pull all advertisements for the Grand Theft Auto IV cop-killing simulation game from its bus stops.


In the wake of this success, Thompson is proceeding to get all GTA IV ads pulled from all US transit systems since such ads clearly violate promises made by the [ESRB], found right at its web site, not to place “Mature-rated” game ads in venues that will be seen by teens. 

However, Thompson’s contention about the ESRB appears to be incorrect. An ESRB spokesman told GP on Friday, "Considering the overwhelmingly adult demographic profile of mass transit riders… the placement of GTA IV ads in these types of outlets would typically not be in violation of [Ad Review Council] guidelines." Nor do the advertising guidelines listed on the ESRB website appear to support Thompson’s contention.

Thompson may be confusing the ESRB ad guidelines with a 2002 report on the marketing of media violence by the Federal Trade Commission which addressed limiting the advertising of M-rated games in media where children constitute a specific percentage of the potential audience. The FTC report notes that the video game industry has a self-regulatory standard prohibiting print ads when children comprise more than 45% of the likely audience.

In his news release, the embattled Thompson also alleged a conspiracy between the video game industry and the judge who presided over his nine-day trial on Florida Bar ethics charges last November. That judge’s recommendation on Thompson’s future status as an attorney is expected in August.

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    joeAnne says:

    I have to sme the same thing. Congratulations to him. I am sure that this is what he has been waiting for since he first started this whole work. And I would also like to add a little piece of advice. I think he could ever make things even better by accepting the help of payroll services.

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    jon says:

    i hate jack thompson i see his name on internet all the time cus hes complaining about grand theft auto.. the guy needs to grow up im sick of hearing about him

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

    @Shadow Darkman


    I only have his ComCast and it does not work. I already tried to e-mail him.

    EDIT: @DavCube

    Input that as well as Grandpa Joe’s response, the “you’re a monster” one. Those two lines are why I never have and never will like that movie. Regardless, directed at JT, those work very well.

    EDIT2: OMFG 2 strokes of inspiration in a row! PLEASE FORGIVE THE MULTI-POSTS, DENNIS!!!


    Dude! Also have the Grinch song, “You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch!” because that would be neat! Plaster JT’s face over top of Jim Carrey’s Grinch-Make-Up Face! Someone make a YouTube video of that!

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

    @Shadow Darkman


    I only have his ComCast and it does not work. I already tried to e-mail him.

    EDIT: @DavCube

    Input that as well as Grandpa Joe’s response, the “you’re a monster” one. Those two lines are why I never have and never will like that movie. Regardless, directed at JT, those work very well.

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    Kovitlac ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    “In the wake of this success, Thompson is proceeding to get all GTA IV ads pulled from all US transit systems since such ads clearly violate promises made by the [ESRB], found right at its web site, not to place “Mature-rated” game ads in venues that will be seen by teens.”

    I’ll add this too: Considering that selling Mature games to minors is NOT illegal, this is a pretty moot point to make. The video games industry takes it upon itself not to sell M games to minors – it’s in no way illegal, so they have every right to do it.

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    Kovitlac ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    God damn. I see worse when I visit the local gas station. Hell, Barns and Noble magazines have suggestive imagery! There was nothing wrong with this ad.

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


    Gives me an idea. When he’s disbarred, send him an e-mail saying only two words. Two words that gamers everywhere have always despised seeing.

    G A M E
    O V E R

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    JustChris says:

    On my previous post, can see Pen Gun’s point as well. Jack Thompson is already doing a crappy job attacking Take Two. It would be sensible to think that attacking multiple companies would just make his already bad game even worse.

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

    @Dog Welder

    He’ll file a harassment suit against that someone. Sadly, if he did, I’d have to take his side. I pray it never happens.

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    Dog Welder ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    You know, I didn’t see that letter that Thompson wrote to Zelnick’s mother earlier. Clearly, Thompson has stooped to a new low with this. Folks at this site have done everything they can to keep family out of the debate, but you know that if someone sent Jack’s wife a similarly-worded letter that Jack would blow a fucking gasket over it.

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    Chris Wallace, Lawyer ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    What gives GTA more exposure:

    1) Ads on buses; or
    2) Endless reporting in all media outlets as to why said ads were removed from busses.

    Even when GTA ‘loses’ they win. Win all the way to the bank.


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


    Found the comment itself, but for some reason I can’t post links:

    http ://gamepolitics .com/2007/08/15/dr-phil-invited-me-says-jack-thompson/#comment-144717

    Did you do something, Dennis?

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    […] Plenty of updates about the predictable hysteria over the impending release of Grand Theft Auto IV over at GamePolitics. Note, for example, that someone in government actually listened to Jack Thompson, so now Miami-Dade’s bus shelters are safe! Plus, various organizations issue warnings that GTA IV is not for kids. But really, what’s the target audience for that? Is there a group of parents who are so clueless that they don’t read the boxes of what they buy for their kids, but still care enough about exposing their kids to cartoon violence and hookers that they’d listen to an organization with an acronym? […]

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

    What the hell? Have we been all drawn into the Dark World, or has JT’s competent Dark World counterpart finally come forth and replaced the JT we all know and hate? AGAHNIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIM!!! (Based on “KHAAAAAN!” by Jim Kirk)

    This post is a reference to Zelda 3. IF you don’t understand it, play the game.


    Shadow: KNOCK IT OFF!!!

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    Adam ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I agree with JustChris. How many other games have come out that have been way more violent then GTA. How come when Kane & Lynch (think what you want to about the game, but I liked it. Yes it had it’s flaws but all and all it was decent) came out he didn’t say a goddamn thing? In that game you get to kill cops and it’s chucked full of “F” words and all kinds of shit. How come he doesn’t say anything about the God Of War series (which has tons of nudity), True Crime 1 and 2 (which is really violent) or anything like that?

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    Anon says:

    @ JustChris
    And then there is the main reason Jack focuses on Take-Two’s Rockstar, it is the only company that has made as much noise and gathered such attention from the media.

    I mean no one has said a thing about Gods Of War, nor much about the lackluster Postal series anymore.

    There hasn’t even been much attention made to those games he has attacked, like Mortal Kombat’s Create a Kombatian(I think it was?) character creator allowing people to make characters in whatever likeness they want, some flash games, Halo 3, and probably a few other recent “not Rockstar” title related objections I can’t recall off hand.

    I couldn’t even trigger any other examples, but browsing GP’s previous stories, I find the following claim that T2 was in trouble over Bioshock:
    Big trouble is on the way for Take-Two
    Hmm, I think we have heard that one countless times before…. Especially the WRESTLING bit.

    The only “main stream” thing he has managed to say something besides their GTA/Manhunt/etc games, was about “Valve’s” Counter Strike. Yet even that isn’t getting him much main-stream attention these days, almost like the media realized the games were not really the “sims” others made them out to be… Then again, these days people are more interested in the “cartoony” TF2.

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    Chaplain99 says:

    Also, I’m wondering the same thing JustChris is; why does Jack only go against GTA? It could just be Rockstar, and the fact that GTA DOES let you kill cops and hookers doesn’t help, but still…

    I mean, I love Monolith, they’re a great dev. team, and the F.E.A.R. series has thus far been superb. It’s also been more bloody and violent than anything I’ve ever seen/played in any GTA game. Monolith is working with Warner Brother Games now, so why doesn’t Jack go after Monolith? He could attack the movie industry AND the gaming industry at the same time!

    Again, I love Monolith, and I can’t wait until Project Origin comes out :)
    My point is that GTA IV isn’t the worst game out there.

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    Geno ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Why hasn’t GP posted about the fact that JT wrote a letter to Strauss Zelnick’s mother about how she should be ashamed that her son is selling pornography to children.

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    Olvan ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Wow, big victory Jack!

    It’s like claiming a victory against someone who beats the crap out of you, but breaks a nail doing it.

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    JustChris says:

    More and more I see Jack Thompson’s actions seem to be anti-T2 more than anti-gaming. There are so many overlooked games with very violent or risque content that Jack Thompson’s missing on, because he’s too busy focused on Take Two.

    I guess if he tried to expand his focus, his efforts on stopping violent games will thin out from being ineffective to worse.

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    Condemned 2 fan ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I really hope that Jack Thompson gets messed over in court so the game company would not have to deal with him. Video games is one of the things that I really enjoying playing and I want JT to back off when there is a million worse things in the US to deal with. Violent video games actually help keep people out of trouble by both keeping them busy and having them let their aggression out. To be honest I really hate JT because he lies so much about people training on games that I like when there is no evidence. I just have a feeling that tomorrow will be a big day for a certain person to be on the news.

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    Adam ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I see what Jack “the jackass” Thompson is doing here. Think about it. His whole legal career he’s never won a single case. He knows he’s being disbarred in August for misconduct, and he knows theres not a damn thing he can do about it either. He probably just wants to get at least one victory in before he’s given the boot.

    Also, at the end of the article it said “In his news release, the embattled Thompson also alleged a conspiracy between the video game industry and the judge who presided over his nine-day trial on Florida Bar ethics charges last November.” He’s trying to use the whole GTA IV ad controversy to try to paint himself as a victim and gain sympathy. I think he thinks that if he can get people to feel sorry for him he won’t be disbarred.

    I don’t know about the rest of you, but August can’t get here soon enough for me. I can’t wait till the gaming industry is rid of that asshole.

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    Alex says:

    I’ve said it once so I’ll say it again JT is a fuckin twat, I mean where does he get off writing to the parents of of T2 board members?!!

    @JT come and have a go if you think your all powerful!!

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    NovaBlack ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    ”Strauss is even marketing the new Grand Theft Auto IV on World Wrestling Entertainment tv shows seen by millions of kids. If you trained up Strauss to do this, then shame on you.

    lol… what…?

    Its wrong to advertise GTA in wrestling ad breaks… wrestling…

    grown men slamming each other into the floor, hitting each other with chairs, planks of wood etc to the amusement of a large crowd in the name of ‘entertainment’…

    so he has no problem with REAL HUMANS actually being violent toward each other… but the bare advertisement of a game that contains violence is innappropriate (no violence is actually shown in the ads, just that the full game does include it)..

    the only defence he can possibly have is the ‘well wrestling isnt real, so its not reaaaaaal violence…’

    yeah fictional violence.. and GTA is what… oh yeah.. fictional violence. Except 10 times more fictional and 10 times less suggestive because it contains polygonal models rather than humans…

    man JT infuriates me with his bizaare logic and 3rd person talking.

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    Condemned 2 fan ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I do believe that god exist because of all the things on earth like islands, valleys, all the different creatures and of course humans that have the ability that they do. I just do not believe that religion should take place of what I can and cant do especially when there is so many different religions by which it is hard to know which one is right. Jack Thompson should not be throwing his religion in my face by saying to me and other people that it is wrong to play a game like GTA 4 when he commits alot of sins himself that would be way worse then letting out anger in GTA 4.

    @ Kurisu7885

    You are correct about how he would more then likely act if he did do something like that at a midnight sale because of what he did in the past. The best thing to do with a person like Jack Thompson is call the police because it is hard to legally deal with a maniac like that until a judge does something.

    I am so mad that the officials in Miami acted so pathetic by pulling down the ads instead of telling Jack Thompson to stay out of the situation.

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    nightstalker160 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @ Zerodash

    Actually the trend is the opposite, church attendance among young people is up. More young people today say they believe in God and have at least some spiritual faith than at any time in the last 20 years or so. The high point of agnostic, atheist youth actually came in the mid 1970’s.

    What IS down is the number of (Thank God) is those who ascribe to JT’s “my way or the highway, if you don’t believe exactly as I do you’re going to burn in hell” fundamentalists.

    I guess its the difference between having FAITH And spiritualism and adherence to dogmatic religion.

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    Jack Thompson is a douchbag says:

    How stupid could these kind of people be. Like the politics. If they stir up controversy for a game more people will buy it. Like Resistance fall of man, and grand theft auto.

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    Zerodash ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Wow, and another vicotry for the “faithful”. Your time is limited- youth are turning away from the antiquated ideals of religion in greater numbers every year. Jack Thompson and those who wear “faith” on their sleeve will ultimately fail. Reason is the future, not some fictional man in the clouds…

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    kurisu7885 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @TBone Tony

    Anything to hurt sales, or to make him feel better about his repeated failures.

    @Condemned 2 fan

    I wonder how many would be obscenities and threats.

    “H,hey, HEY!!!, don’t you go in there, ooooh, you’ll be in jail by the end of the night industry thug!!!! I can see the bloodlust in your eyes!!!”

    Likely get asked away by police after trying ot steal and destroy people’s copies of the games.

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    Condemned 2 fan ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I could just imagine Jack Thompson going to a GTA 4 midnight sale with a horn speaking alot of nonsense to the people waiting to get GTA 4 and end up on the news.

    I would watch a video of that just for entertainment.

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    Coitus ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I would love to see Take Two sue him for breaking their agreement about him not interrupting sales of their products but I think at this point Take Two is doing their best to ignore him and his actions because battling him again at this point is just stupid and really gets nobody nowhere. The only thing it does well is make Thompson look like a bigger retard for our own personal entertainment.

    All I can say is JT… whata’douche.

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    TBone Tony ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    You know, Jack is only using his Persuading Language Tequniques like …

    “Cop Killing Game”


    “Breaking the ESRB’s advertising laws”

    as a means of hyping up sensationalism and getting what he wants.

    Only us as gamers know what he really wants, and that is to limit the exposure of GTA 4 adds to kids.

    But really, if a parents does not want to buy GTA 4 for their kids, all they need to say is NO.

    Advertising is only effective when people say YES to it and with their own choise.

    I feel that the Bus Transit companies should be aware of who Jack Thompson really is, and to know that his Lawyers Lisisnce is soon to be suspended from the Florida Bar.

    Also the Videogame Industry needs to stand up and fight for it’s own right not to be pushed around like this.

    If they do nothing, that just encourages more people to be just like Jack Thompson knowing that the industry would just do nothing and they get away with this.

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    DarkTetsuya ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    But would he cash it, knowing where it came from?

    *shakes 8-ball*


    (Everyone knows he’d throw morals out the window for the sake of a paycheck.)

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    This is reason? This is THOMPSON! (aka Ryno) ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I still say T2 and R* need to send Jack a big royalties check for all the advertising he’s done for them. He’s no doubt single-handedly boosted sales for all of their titles through his actions by a noticeable extent.

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    diceman82 says:

    maybe i should buy 20 copies of GTA4 and sell them on street corners for 111% of normal costs…and yes i would sell to 7 year olds if they had the cash.

    wonder how many parent groups would go nuts over that tho….

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    Repudiator ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I must also add that I’m enraged and offended by this bullshit that Jack has bestowed upon us. But this man disgusts me far too much. I can’t even bother…

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    Sean ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I can’t believe Jack fell for such an obvious ploy. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that GTAIV doesn’t need bus ads to sell well. I bet Take Two only put them up so people would complain to have them taken down, to add to the hype. So way to go Jack, Take Two gets their advertisement money back AND they got the word out.

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    Chard says:

    Here’s how I think Jack sees it:

    1) Child sees ad for GTAIV
    2) Child, impressionable as he is, wants game
    3) Child goes to purchase game, either by self or via adult

    Fair enough. Pity he forgets 4):

    4a) Child is refused service at checkout after failing to provide valid ID
    4b) Adult, knowledgable about GTA, refuses to buy game for child
    4c) Adult heeds warning/advice of checkout clerk and chooses not to buy game for child

    Oh yeh wait, not a perfect world. Sigh.

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    CJ Daley says:

    Edit: Sorry, Judge Dava Tunis, not Judge Davis.

    But seriously, if we aren’t going to put this control-freak Mama’s boy down for the count, we should all just move to Communist China… As long as you don’t bother anyone or have female children, the govt there is too busy murdering your neighbors to be arsed with what you’re doing, Let’s just move over there, be quiet, and see what happens to Jack when he sends the courts photos of gay porn, and offends and sues the judges.

    Go for it Jack, go to China and do your shit. See what it gets you.

    And don’t bother with your wasted, idle, sissy threats on me; you can’t touch me legally, and have way less power over me physically, I mean WAY less.

    If you want to be your mother so badly, just go for it, but leave the rest of us out of it.

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    chuma ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Oh incidently, those wondering why T2 aren’t doing anything about it? a bus shelter will advertise to a couple of hundred people. A story about it being pulled from a bus shelter will reach tens of thousands. All Jack is doing is assisting publicity.

    Personally I think a bigger story would be to challenge the ruling and win on grounds of discriminating against games as a media. Thats the kind of story that would reach hundreds of thousands.

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    GoodRobotUs ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Oh well, at least he’s more fun when something actually happens rather than the recent ‘Jack Whines from his Typewriter’ stories 😉

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    CJ Daley says:

    What the hell? What the GOD-damned hell? No ruling on this cretin’s career foolishness until August? What the HELL is this Judge Davis thinking? What happened to MAY? All this dragging everything out, is only giving him what he wants…

    Put a bloody END to this garbage, NOW, Judge.

    Is somebody going to have to leave this control freak Neanderthal, out in the wilderness, without a RIDE, just to get him out of our hair? It can bloody happen, if that’s what it takes.

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    PHOENIXZERO ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Dammit, I missed a very big opening for a Toy Story/Buzz Lightyear reference there. I feel so disappointed, I think I’m going to sue myself.

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    Jack Thompson: Megalomaniac at Large says:

    “In the wake of this success, Thompson is proceeding to get all GTA IV ads pulled from all US transit systems”

    Today, the Miami-Dade Transit System. Tomorrow, the world!

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    Andrew Eisen ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    Well, ostensibly, he’s using the old Japanese “how can you bring so much shame to your mother” technique but realistically he’s just seeking attention.

    It’s the same thing with the bus ad crusade. Thompson’s not stupid; he knows the endeavor is pointless and won’t accomplish anything. He does it just to keep his name out there.

    It doesn’t matter to Thompson what people think of him, as long as people are thinking of him.

    Andrew Eisen

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    PHOENIXZERO ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I’m not a religious person but I think I might need an exorcist!

    If I start rattling off e-mails by the dozens, killer faxes and lawsuit threats restrain me. If I appear on Fox News then get a priest ASAP!

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    Hackangel ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I’m at work, I’m bored, you know what I would like^ To read Thompson’s press release. The alleged conspiracy he suggests between the video game industry and the judge must be a good laugh.

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    otakustu says:

    Has anyone ever thought that Mr Thompson might actually be on Take Two’s payroll? As they say, bad publicity is good publicity. The infamous publicist Max Clifford was hired to create a ‘negative publicity’ campaign for the release of the original GTA in the UK so it wouldn’t surprise me if they were doing it again. 😀

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    PHOENIXZERO ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I think I started to actually channel Jack while writing that with the shifts from third to first back to third person… O_O

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    BrazenMav says:

    The Florida Bar has disbarment proceedings pending against him anyway, so hopefully he won’t be sending idiotic letters and vague threats of litigation for much longer. I know even that probably won’t completely shut him up, but at least he won’t be able to do so acting as an attorney.

    And I second everyone’s opinion: The man is a total asshole.

    But I’m really looking forward to picking up my copy of the murder simulator du jour on Tuesday.

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    Zeke129 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I would like to propose a challenge to everyone who lives in these cities. Find the highest-resolution GTA4 poster you can, and print it out on multiple sheets of paper. Glue these pieces of paper together on a piece of plywood, and apply some sort of clear laminate or varnish.

    Post this board somewhere on your property.

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    PHOENIXZERO ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Another big win for the modern day Jesus, the Holy Roller, the Ultimate God Warrior, Jolly Jack “60 Minutes” Thompson! Take-Two you’re going down, this crushing blow will be too much for you to recover, then you porn peddling molesters of young minds will get the prison time you deserve! I have exposed the conspiracy against me that leads all the way up to the White House, they’ve been exposed and now their would be executioner has been backed into a corner by the ever so sly Fox, Jack “In the Box” Thompson! The Florida Bar and dishonorable Judge Tunis are going down on this! You can see the panic just from this so called delay, Jack has them all on the ropes, victory is at hand!

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    Anon says:

    @ Christian Astrup
    If you have been following what he has said and done for a while –like the Bully case, the alerting the FBI to that Dick Chaney Hunting flash, all his rambling about some massive conspiracy involving everyone, preemptively going to get evaluated for “sanity” by a Dr. of his own choosing, etc — it all makes sense…

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    Anon says:

    Hahahaha, what an utter failure you are Jack!

    Getting the game’s tame posters removed for a highly publicized game that gets released on this Tuesday accomplishes nothing.

    Hmmm, didn’t the last time something like this happen the courts ruled that the mass-transit was being hypocritical in allowing advertisements for R-RATED movies and “mature” TV shows? And someone remind me, didn’t Rockstar get their money back on it, maybe even to the extent the advertisements ended up costing them nothing?

    Here is to looking forward to more LOLs in the upcoming days/months…

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    Jack Wessels ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    Yeah, but he’d probably just represent himself. And you know what they say, “A person who represents themself has a fool for a client.”

    And as we all know, Thompson is the fooliest of the fools.

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    2Three says:

    What a great point that Mr. Thompson’s complaints just give the games he campaigns against more publicity. I also think that he uses these “crusades” for his own personal gain as well.

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    Jack Wessels ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Oh God. I knew he was going to take this tiny little victory (Considering the game is going to be released in like 4 days) way too far.

    It’s one thing to pull an ad that’s situated near a hospital and a children’s park. But taking this complaint nationwide is not only delusional, but will undoubtedly give GTA IV even more publicity.

    Thompson, this is important so listen up: Stay home with your wife while she recovers. She deserves your attention much more than some non-violent, non-pornographic advertisements.

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    GRIZZAM 512 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @Rodrigo Ybanez Garcia

    He really said that? Jesus Christ, what a $#!$##$$$**bag! I love the “unwittingly trained himself to kill” line. Unless he was already intent on killing, why would he use this so called “training”?

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    Shiro ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    *deep sigh*
    he DOES know the bible is one the most violent books ever written right?
    if children read the bible at church then what’s wrong with a little GTA?
    is it because it’s religious, therefore it’s ok?
    how many people have died because of religion?

    Also, does he have a right to talk about someone’s son like that? what did his son do? oh yeah, he bought a M-RATED VIDEO GAME! how old is he? 14?

    My prayers go out to that boy…

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    Andrew Eisen ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Rodrigo Ybáñez García,

    To clarify, Thompson did not send that letter directly to Zelnick’s mom. Although the letter is made out to here, he sent it to Take-Two.

    Andrew Eisen

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    GruntyThirst713 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Funny thing is, all this attention about the authoritah calling to remove these advertisements will just give the game more publicity and make the game sell. I’m going to at least rent the game, if not buy it.

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    Rodrigo Ybáñez García ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    It was true:


    “Dear Mrs. Zelnick:

    Your son, as you may know (or maybe you don’t know), is Chairman of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., whose most popular video games are the Grand Theft Auto murder simulator games banned in some countries but sold to children here.

    Your son last week was reported to have said the following about Grand Theft Auto IV, due to be released Tuesday, April 29: “We’ve already received numerous [GTA IV] reviews, and to a one, they are perfect scores. My mom couldn’t write better reviews…” Taking your son’s thought, I would encourage you either to play this game or have an adroit video gamer play it for you. Some of the latter gamers are on death row, so try to find one out in the civilian population who hasn’t killed someone yet.

    What you will see in your son’s game, if this iteration of GTA is anything like its predecessors, is incredible interactive violence aimed at police officers (whom you can shoot in the head and see the blood spray), innocent bystanders (whom you can run over with your car just for the heck of it), and of course the plentiful female prostitutes you can have sex with and then filet with a knife or stomp with your feet in order to get your money back. Experts note that the recent plethora of cop killings is caused in part by your darling son’s entrepreneurial energy. There are three policemen dead in Alabama because of Grand Theft Auto. I was on 60 Minutes about it. I hope Strauss has provided you with a flat screen tv to see the grief of the bereaved families that fills the screen.

    The pornography and violence that your son trafficks in is the kind of stuff that most mothers would be ashamed to see their son putting into the hands of other mothers’ children, but, hey, your son Strauss has recently assured the world that he is “a Boy Scout, everybody knows that.” I’d love to see the merit badges that Scout Troop handed out. Is there a Ted Bundy merit badge? If so, your loving son deserves one now. It should be red and green, for obvious reasons.

    With Passover having just come and gone, it is appropriate to note the following from the Old Testament, Proverbs 22:6:

    “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

    Mrs. Zelnick, did you train up your son, Strauss, to make millions of dollars by pushing Mature-rated video games to children? Any kid can go right to little Strauss’ corporate web site and buy GTA IV with no age verification. Strauss is even marketing the new Grand Theft Auto IV on World Wrestling Entertainment tv shows seen by millions of kids. If you trained up Strauss to do this, then shame on you.

    But maybe the explanation for your son’s corporate sociopathy is to be found in Old Testament Proverb 29:15:

    “The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.”

    Maybe you, Mrs. Zelnick, were so taken by your handsome son that you spared the rod and spoiled the child. That would explain why he has brought you, by the way he presently acts, “to shame.”

    There’s another mother you would do well to talk to. Mrs. Crump in Alabama had a son who was a police officer. He’s now dead because a teenaged boy unwittingly trained himself to kill him on Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. She has a grief she carries every day that only a mother can know.There are other such mothers in the heartland of America whose inhabitants your son simply sees as commercial targets.

    Your son, this very moment, is doing everything he possibly can to sell as many copies of GTA IV to teen boys in the United States, a country in which your son claims you raised him to be “a Boy Scout.” More like the Hitler Youth, I would say. Happy Mother’s day, Mrs. Zelnick, which this year is May 11, two weeks after your son unleashes porn and violence upon other mothers’ boys. I’m sure you’re very proud.

    Sincerely, Jack Thompson”

    Serously: that man is a real asshole.

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    Matt ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    (sarcasm) Stopping the bus ads is surely going to prevent minors from wanting this game. Since that was Take-Two’s only advertising for GTA4. (/sarcasm)

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    Andrew Eisen ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Let’s pretend you’re 12-years-old and somehow, you have never heard of Grand Theft Auto before.

    Would seeing a bus stop advert of a guy standing there and the words “Grand Theft Auto, April 29th” be that big of a draw to you? Would you suddenly think, “My God! I must have that!”

    No, probably not. In fact, if you’ve never heard of GTA it probably wouldn’t even register as a game advert unless you looked closely and saw the 360 and PS3 logos.

    Now, let’s pretend that you’re a 12-year-old who has heard of GTA. Do you honestly think that bus stop add being there or not is going to influence your desire for the game in any way?

    No, probably not. If you want it, you’re going to want it whether you see that ad or not. If you don’t care about GTA, that poster sure as heck ain’t going to change your mind.

    So, exactly what’s the point of getting these ads removed?

    Andrew Eisen

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    LightWarrior ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    What about that lawsuit that T2 finally attempted to shut jack up and WAS going to sue them but settled on if he leaves T2 alone they won’t sue him for whatever reason.

    I forgot what the suit was called. But we all knows he’s went against his slience deal numerous times! This is one of them…..I don’t think T2 will act out on his man again.

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    Icehawk ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Well the ads are down (if they were paid for I hope someone like jackie is refunding T2. oh that would burn him) Hardly going to stop the game from selling of course. They are getting more advertisement and awareness from these negative attacks.

    Mental note however not to move to the Miami-Dade area.

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    GRIZZAM 512 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    GTA says:I don’t wish to do you any harm, so I won’t. The end.

    Jack Thompson says:HTRCXJSCTksyudujcbaskduiyzFBkcuaysiufcgahaghgah! (Video games are bad, m’kay.)

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    This is reason? This is THOMPSON! (aka Ryno) ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Everyone needs to remember that this is the weekend. Come Monday, if no legal response comes from T2 or R*, then we should get angry and tell them to grow a pair.

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    Black Manta ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    If that is indeed true, then yes, Jack’s royally boned himself now! Like I say, the Karmic chicken always comes home to roost. 😉

    Even if not, like I was trying to say before, Jack may have won this battle, but he’s ultimately going to lose the war.

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    NovaBlack ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    “Delin Says:

    April 26th, 2008 at 8:38 am
    I’m becoming more and more worries about the games industry, why are the consumers having to protect it? When are they going to start protecting themselves? It’s not like they don’t have enough money or lawyers.

    exactly.. i just dont get it.

    Im sick of having to fight for the industry from attacks by narrow minded hypocrites like JT with no support from the industry itself.

    Take two grow a pair and get this unconstitutional decision overturned its utter BS

    i think everyone should email the adresses above though for the transit company its ridiculous. The ads had NOTHING violent or sexual or offensive about them.

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    RollicRillics says:

    Are we actually sure the response to their removal was because he complained or not someone else? I mean his claim of victory in this situation is that he complained and then they were removed, there’s a whole lot of things in the middle missing there. And with his prior experience in claiming to do something but not actually going through with it, I would question if he actually complained at all as well.

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    Freak4all ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    working overtime now that you ur times up Jack?

    @You See: A Lurker
    I would assume they did, I doubt R* will just sit there and say “oh well” I’m pretty sure those ads weren’t cheap.

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    nightstalker160 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Seriously Take Two, get off your asses and file a damn LAWSUIT. This is textbook “content based regulation” of free speech. It’s UNCONSTITUTIONAL on its face. Make Jack get into a court room and actually argue Constitutional law.

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    SithLibrarian says:

    Jack, we are witnessing your future. After you get disbarred, you’ll turn into a crotchety old man who resorts to “get those damn kids off my lawn” tactics such as this and believe it to be holy vengeance brought down on the wicked.

    What’s next for you? Getting rid of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue throughout the state of Florida? It’s important to have goals.

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    lordlundar says:

    @Gen Man

    I don’t think the best writers in the world (and despite their success, I say T2’s don’t come near that level) could come up with a personality as beyond messed up at Thompson. And even if they could, I could not see anyone in the world capable of acting it out so perfectly. :)

    Honestly a case of “truth is stranger than fiction”.

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    David says:

    We can all say it doesn’t matter, but the fact is at the whim of a nearly disbarred overzerious scumbag who is the laughing stock of his proffession got completely suitable for children posters taken down desptie having no images that could cuse offence.
    If GTA is so powerful as to ruin kids by seeing a poster in that “lawyers” eyes then he should be sectioned. And prefferably shot.

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    Wag says:

    @ majestic_12_x

    This is exactly what these agencies need. People actually questioning the rationale for why something is being done. If they can’t come up with a satisfying answer, I would imagine that Rockstar could potentially sue them for large amounts of money. I can only assume that since its from public transportation that if they were sued and lost or setteled that we, the taxpayers, would be paying for this misstep.

    I’d like to see that go on Thompson’s “win” column. “Increased taxes due to my own stupidity.” Har har…

    @ Kincyr

    The Bible is in an incredibly graphic and mature book with stories of murder, war, adultery, torture, slavery, kidnapping, incest, and much much more. That’s a fact. I’m a Christian myself and will heartily agree that the Bible contains a multitude of very adult themed stories.

    Yet, Christians teach their children what is in the bible from the time they are born. In elementary school they are exposed to these very adult themed stories and even encouraged to learn more and dive deeper into the scriptures.

    By Thompson’s own rationale, he should be vehemently opposed to selling the Bible to minors.

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    Pierre-Olivier ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    That wouldn’t surprise me. Jack is known to be quite an opportunist.

    Even if they take down some ads, this wouldn’t change much. If they “reviewed” the poster before removing it, they must have a good reason (much better than Jack’s letter).

    Which reminds me, I didn’t encounter any GTAIV ads in Québec (beside in the video games specialized shops). I see advertising only on Québec-made products (with a few exceptions) and tobacco warnings.

    Dennis, I’d like to know what Jack said about the conspiracy. Something of the like “They’re all after me since I predicted Columbine and I’m going to destroy them all. (Evil laughter…and chokes) I’m getting to old to be that nasty.” This would be an interesting read (and something interesting to add to the still-growing pile of evidence against him).

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    Are'el ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    This is all an exercise in redundancy and ineffectiveness. Ads? Who frackin’ cares about ads for GTA IV? The game has such celebrity, that ever if Take Two completely pulled every ad from every source, the game would still sell better than any other game this year. People already know about, they’ve known for months now. Internet, FTW!

    Even more fun, all those public “announcements” warning parents about GTA IV is free advertising.

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    Arashi ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    It would be hilarious if the judge decided to release her decision the same week as GTA coming out, but it’s not going to happen.

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    Arimer says:

    So what happens to the money that was paid to the Transit authority for displaying those posters? Will they try to keep it while also pulling the posters thus negating the whole purpose the money was paid for anyway? Im betting trying to get them to return the money will be like trying to get Jack Thompson to have some ethics.

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    ChrowX ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    So wait.. These ads are now pure evil just because someone can LOOK at them? What the hell? It’s an M rated game, but that adds don’t show any violence, sex, or drugs, and you’re telling me that the transit system needs to lose ad revenue because a teen or younger may see the ad?

    Here’s to hoping Florida and all its stupidity sink into the ocean a lot faster, now. This is beyond retarded, this is just pitiful.

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    gs2005 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @Vake Xeacons

    Assume the general American public is misinformed/ignorant, and then you figure in all the people who did not have video games in their early years, and that’s a lot of people who would be sympathetic to Johnny Bruce Thompson.

    Or, as was speculated earlier by Cecil475, it could have been some other people complaining and Johnny Bruce Thompson just tried to take the credit for it.

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    Matthew ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    What about the massive GTAIV ads in game shop windows ten feet from the bus stations? I went for a little walk through my local shopping area today and saw no less than seven different shops proudly advertising the game to anyone who cared to walk by.

    It’s all very easy getting the advert removed from places which aren’t going to make money from product sales. God knows it happens in the UK often enough. But you’ll never stop game shops from announcing they have the latest must-buy title, will you?

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    Black Manta ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I know everybody else has said this already, but I will. Oh wow! Way to go, Jack. You managed to get a bust stop ad pulled. That’s nothing compared to, oh, GTA IV ads on the sides of WHOLE BUILDINGS! And last I checked, those are still up.

    So two major cities won’t advertise on buses. There are dozens of others that will. Yeah, you may threaten to get them pulled elsewhere, but knowing your track record, odds are you won’t get very far. You only got your way because it was your city and your state. I don’t think other city legislatures in other states will be as inclined to listen to you.

    And even if they don’t, so what? It will still be advertised in magazines, comic books, the internet and television. And the news media’s reporting on it is giving the game more free publicity than Rockstar and Take 2 could ever hope for, and your own antics are aiding and abetting them. You ought to know that prohibiting something only makes people want it more. How incredibly dense are you? No, don’t answer that.

    Judge Tunis in requesting an extension has granted you a stay of execution. Obviously you’re enjoying it. Make the most of it, Jack, because your days as a “moral crusader” are now numbered.

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    Waffles ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    I was kinda thinking the same thing. If there were a collective number of complaints, then the MDT’s actions might make a little more sense. And I can’t disagree that Thompson would try to take credit, or attempt to act like he is a key role when it comes to something he’s interested in. (Points to the EA/T2 takeover volunteering).

    Still doesn’t change the fact that this whole situation is pretty dumb. I’ve seen plenty of R-rated movie posters on bus stops. How could a poster scar you for life unless you grew up as sheltered, sugar-coated, overprotected child that hasn’t even experienced so much violence as a paper cut?

    What worse about this though is that I know Thompson is going to try to use this as some sort credibility flaunt the next time he’s on FOX NEWS.




    “I seem to have lost my train of thought.”

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    Kincyr ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I read the following somewhere, and Thompson needs to read the second sentence:

    The right to free speech and free press does not include the right to subject unwilling individuals to sexual utterences, materials or displays they find obscene. Such unwilling persons, however, cannot deprive access to others who welcome such.

    I find the Bible obscene, but you don’t see me confiscating JT’s copy

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    Condemned 2 fan ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    All I have to say is that Monday will be a big day when it comes to Jack Thompson talking about GTA 4 in the news and so on.

    Get prepared for alot of nonsense

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    Pinworm ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    Why did they give this man a victory?

    The fire was almost extinguished. Almost. It was almost gone guys. ALMOST GONE!

    But now, now an oiltanker has fallen on top of it.

    I already feel sorry for myself. Sorry for the pain I am going to feel in the future when the results of this hit me.

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    Cecil475 says:

    He might be responsible.
    Or…someone ELSE might have complained about them and he is trying to take credit for it.

    Think about this unlikely scenario. Something happens and a Rockstar/Take Two game is not released Wouldn’t he try to cash in on the credit for having the game not released. In the form of a press release? Several press releases.

    – Warren Lewis

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    majestic_12_x ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    This is ridiculous. I just e-mailed Miami-Dade Transit with this:

    “I will first say that I am shocked that the Miami-Dade Transit would pull advertising for a video game simply because some shrew of a lawyer, Jack Thompson, threatened legal action or bad publicity. Thanks for putting up a good fight. Maybe next time, MDT might actually bring courage and integrity to the ball game. Does the MDT even realize the kind of misconduct Mr. Thompson is being sanctioned for by the Florida Bar? The MDT allowed an asinine lawyer, who once submitted pornography in a court docket (viewable to the public), to censor an ad which contains no obscenities. How does that happen?

    Now that I’ve expressed my feelings about this decision, as a public citizen, I want to know the specifics. I want to know exactly what county ordinances the ads violated. Obviously, the advertisement was deemed suitable upon submission. What caused this decision to be overturned? I sure hope that MDT has a pretty damn good answer otherwise, it might just look like MDT bent over for some hackneyed ambulance chaser.”

    I’m sure everyone here wants to know what city ordinances the ads violated.

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    Gen Man ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    @ TheEdge

    Sometimes I’m convinced JT is a fictional enemy created by T2 for the sole purpose of creating free advertising through sensationalist news stories about murder simulators 😛

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    gs2005 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Miami-Dade transit obviously can obviously afford to miss out on the advertising revenue generated by the GTA4 posters…but two cities out of dozens or hundreds is Pyhrric victory at best.

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    KayleL ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    This is getting out of hand. I know that removing ads won’t hurt GTAIV sells, but it hurts it’s reputation toward non-gamers, and it’s discrediting the gaming industry by not giving them the same rights. This should be an easy to win court case, but T2 isn’t acting fast enough.

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    Gen Man ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I’m going to regret saying this, but in the SPECIFIC case mentioned in the previous article, being near a Children’ Hospital and park, I agree that the Ad was in the wrong place. However, removing it from every stop is ridiculous. All that being said, I look forward to flying choppers around Liberty City on Tuesday D:

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    Hackangel ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Well, to his credit this is a victory in restricting free speech from a first amendment lawyer. Why did Fox call him that again?

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    DavCube ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Congratulations, Mr. Thompson. Contrary to the ass-backwards fairyland you live in, this is your only true victory over Take-Two EVER.

    You took down some ads. No one cares.

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    hayabusa75 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Congrats, Jack. Now you can use this career milestone to moving on to bigger and better things, like, oh I don’t know, winning a case. As for your repeated allegations of conspiracy, remember this key phrase any lawyer worth his salt should know (which is why I’m telling you): “De minimus non curat lex”.

    For those not up on their latin, “The law disregards trifles”.

    The trifle, of course, being you, oxygen-waster.

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    Malygris ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Give Thompson his due. He was able to take advantage of the ignorance, gullibility and political timidity of a few people in Miami-Dade and now the posters are gone. While it may have zero material impact on the sales of GTAIV, the fact remains that it’s another indictment of videogames and “gaming culture” by grossly uninformed people in positions of power, and from that perspective it deserves a response. Jack is an ass and I’m happy to let him be one, but when he manages to convince people who don’t know any better to drink his Kool-Aid, it deserves a reasoned and rational response.

    And doesn’t this contravene the same laws or regulations that the Chicago situation did?

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    Delin says:

    I’m becoming more and more worries about the games industry, why are the consumers having to protect it? When are they going to start protecting themselves? It’s not like they don’t have enough money or lawyers.

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    Chard says:

    Why does this guy keep referring to himself in the third person? At best it’s mildly humourous, at worst deeply, deeply arrogant and infuriating.

    Which sort of sums up Thompson entirely really…

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    kurisu7885 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    And I forgot to add, what would Thompson prefer be there?

    I know, how about a nice wholesome ad for Hostel 2. No?How about a Saw 4 ad, I bet that’d be more appropriate. Hmm, nooo, let’s advertise The Hills Have Eyes 1 and 2 unrated there, I bet THAT’S kid friendly.[/sarcasm]

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    Shoehorn O'Plenty ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Wow, another of Jack’s amazing “victories”. Pity it will have no effect on the game or it’s sales whatsoever. Anyone who plays games know it’s coming out, as do everyone else due to the amount of promotion and airtime it’s getting given by the alarmists and people who want to do your parenting for you. How many of the people on this site ever bought a game based soley on the fact that they saw an ad for it on a bus?

    Him crowing about an achievement here is like a person boasting about stopping the tide because he has taken a spoonful of water out of the ocean. But that’s Jack for you, the King Canute of modern times, railing and screaming at the tide while it pays him no attention and continues on it’s way.

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    GameDevMich ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I did not feel an overwhelming need to write to the Miami officials to contest Mr. Thompson’s letter. However, the moment I hear of something similar happening in Orlando I will be on the front steps of city hall waiting for an appointment as a follow up to my dozens of letters sent prior.

    Speaking of which, I think I’ll go GTA IV poster hunting today.

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    DarrelBT says:

    Whoop Dee Fucking Doo.

    So what? GTA’s so popular that Jack Thompson can’t stop the sales from skyrocketing. If anything, they’ll be more buyers who will buy it just to spite him.

    JT’s tactic will only work if said game was an indie title that desperately needs recognition.

    So JT took down the bus ads. Big deal. Like those things actually work.

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    diceman82 says:


    entirely off topic but ill bite for the sake that im bored….

    No that assumption is incorrect,however the number that are turning away from religion as they hit college and start learning about FACTS(you hear me benn stien?)of basic geology,biology and genetics.

    With those Facts in hand they can start to deconstruct all the myths their parents handed down to them replacing them with how the real world works,however some never bother to learn this and just take the path of least resistance/laziness aka religion.this is where current generation fundamentalists keep coming from as their entire argument is “if I don’t understand it and it doesn’t fit what the bible says It must be wrong”.

    good example of this is the evolution debate in which general religion fanatics attack evolution as if it is not true.This tactic is the incorrect way to approach it as we all know changes over time is a fact,the theory part of it is how it works(much how like gravity is a fact but how it works is a theory…science has a hard time playing absolutes as you can see)The creationist debate is everything poofed into mid air with all features intact but have no evidence to back it up,nor any testing to even point to that thesis to begin with.example:

    scientific method=observation>thesis>testing>hypothesis>testing>observation>do everything possible to disprove all previous work>theory>testing>theory>testing>theory>and finally pass it along to repeat until the community feels its a fact.

    religion=observation from a book>theory>no testing>do everything possible to prove it correct>plug ears during debate>continue to spew unverifiable thesis>profit

    Religions a whole works on the same wavelength of talking out its side while ignoring everything else in order to self propagate its control of the minds of those who follow them.JT works in the same fashion,blurt BS out to get his way while ignoring any and all facts.

    Personally i would love JT to show up on GTA4 release day just to see how badly the lynch mob tears into him…

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    HurricaneJesus says:

    Take Two should wait until Jack is Disbarred before they take any action against him. That way he will have to actually hire a lawyer out of his own pocket.

    Then when he loses he will be penniless.

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    Matriculated says:

    On March 14, 2007 Take-Two filed a lawsuit to prevent Thompson from preventing the sale of Grand Theft Auto IV and Manhunt 2 to minors, claiming that Thompson’s effort to block sales of its games through lawsuits violates the company’s First Amendment rights.Responding, Thompson said, “I have been praying, literally, that Take-Two and its lawyers would do something so stupid, so arrogant, so dumb, even dumber than what they have to date done, that such a misstep would enable me to destroy Take-Two.” On April 19, 2007, Thompson and Take-Two settled their suit, with Thompson agreeing not to restrict sales through any court worldwide of Take-Two’s games, threaten to sue the company, or accuse Take-Two of any wrongdoing based on the sale of any of its games. According to one analyst, the settlement is likely to mute his public pronouncements and lawsuits against the company.

    Surely pulling this ad falls into this category. Take-Two are in a perfect position to bend Jack over and **** him so hard he’ll be ripped in half.

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    Vake Xeacons ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    We know GTA is going to score. That’s not the point. It’s the principal of the thing.

    Why are people still listening to this guy? One of these days, we’re going to get him thrown behind bars, mark my words.

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    Mystic ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I’m sure nobody will know about the game now. With absolutely no coverage on this little known game, it’s likely to be over looked entirely… just like the last one.

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    Garret says:

    I still don’t get this whole “No Mature game advertisements where kids can see them”, if the ad itself is like the GTA IV ads, completely innocuous in and of itself, I don’t understand the whole concept that it will suddenly turn kids into consumerist Zombies, if there’s nothing offensive in the ad itself, why pull it?

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