Jack Thompson Claims GTA IV is Porn and Everyone Should Be Indicted

Ars Technica has a report on Jack Thompson’s claim that the sexual content in Grand Theft Auto IV is essentially pornographic.

As is his custom, Thompson once again invokes law enforcement by writing to his local US Attorney about the game’s hooker and strip club scenes:

Indictments should be returned against Take Two corporately and its Chairman, Strauss Zelnick, along with other Take Two officers. Indictment should also be against Sony and Microsoft which are making this pornographic game available to minors, and openly so, on their PS3 and Xbox systems.

Further, indictments should be handed down against Wal-Mart, Best Buy, GameStop, and all other retailers distributing this game to minors at their retail stores, openly, to kids who are only seventeen.

So, lock everyone up, then? Are the feds even talking to Thompson yet? The controversial attorney’s rant continues:

Grand Theft Auto IV is the gravest assault upon children in this country since polio.

Since polio…

While Ars Technica concludes that an IGN video (NSFW) which rolls a number of the game’s sex scenes into one segment gives Thompson ammunition, we’re not so sure.

For one thing, these are animations, not real people. But even so, protagonist Niko Bellic’s encounters with hookers in cars (notably unsexy pic at left) and strippers in clubs are all simulated; no genitalia are visible. The participants do not even appear to be unclothed. We’ve seen more graphic content in any number of R-rated films.

What’s more, the ESRB content descriptors for GTA IV list “strong sexual content” and “partial nudity.” We’re quite sure that, given the industry-rocking 2005 Hot Coffee scandal, both Take Two and the ESRB had their legal experts closely review GTA IV’s sex scenes.

Will Thompson get some publicity mileage from GTA IV’s sex scenes? Sure. Will anything come of it?

No.

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