GamePolitics reported on a pair of tempests involving Grand Theft Auto IV this week.
First came Wednesday's report on shoot-from-the-lip comments attributed to Connecticut State Sen. Gayle Slossberg (D), who apparently used the terms Grand Theft Auto IV, rape, legislation and sociopaths [as in GTA gamers are...] in a rant that she only thought was off-the-record.
A day later, cops in Nassau County, New York busted six teenagers for a bat-swinging, crowbar-wielding rampage that one of them apparently said was inspired by Nico Bellic, protagonist of GTA IV.
The week's happenings - in particular their sizeable publicity potential - were not lost on GTA-hatin' attorney Jack Thompson, who has waded into both situations with press releases blazing.
First, Thompson dashed off a breathless paean to Sen. Slossberg:
I commend you for your concerns about the Grand Theft Auto games. I have been on 60 Minutes about the killing of police officers by teens who train on the game to do so. I have addressed NOW in New York about the targeting of women by the game.
I do not believe there is a "rape" in the game, unless it is in a mission that has yet been discovered (that is possible), but there is plenty in the game by way of forced sex, killing of women after sex, and murdering police officers that must be addressed. I am, for better or worse, the leader of the effort against this game, and if you saw the New York Post yesterday, a gang of teens went on a crime spree on Long Island in acting out the game! Please contact me asap, and I can help on this.
Miami Jack, please explain how there is no rape in the game, but there is "forced sex"?
The likely-to-be-disbarred barrister also weighed in on the Nassau Six, cc'ing GP on an exchange with someone at G4TV. Not surprisingly, the camera-cravin' Thompson hopes to grab some air time for his mug:
...G4TV, as usual, gets it wrong. Why am I not suprised? The headline on this story is ridiculous. The "hoods" are not the ones blaming the game. The cops are! Note this from Detective Cote: "These teens have difficulty separating fact from fiction, fantasy from reality . . . It was quite alarming."
...Thus, Cote has handed all of the defendants a "video game defense." It will be used. How do I know? Wouldn't you like to know.
I think it is time for Jack Thompson to be back on G4TV, don't you all think. There's so much disinformation on the channel and so little time to correct it all. Somebody tell Kevin to get off his lazy butt and give me a call...