Thai Government Turns Against Video Games

Video game repression has surged in Thailand following last month’s killing of a taxi driver by a 19-year-old man who told police he was re-enacting Grand Theft Auto.

Jesada Chandraprasert (left), who pens Cnet’s Technology Thailand blog, reports this morning that five games have been officially banned by the Ministry of Culture:

  • Hitman
  • 300
  • Killer Seven
  • Hitman: Blood Money
  • Fifty Cent: Bullet Proof

In a story broken by GamePolitics, Thailand stole its list of "dangerous" games from an outdated list offered by Detroit prosecutor Kym Worthy during the 2007 holiday season. The five banned games constitute half of the list.

Chandraprasert writes:

To say that Thailand’s ministries are conservative is like saying the Pacific Ocean is a puddle. In their efforts to maintain a level of control and conformity… they issue laws and regulations faster than a geek can whip out his credit card at a Pantip going-out-of-business sale. Such is the case with video games and Internet cafes…


Their official press release at the Government’s Web site clearly states that they see gaming as "a problem which is obsessive and has an (adverse) effect on the behavior of children and teens…".

Chandraprasert also reports on a recent government and law enforcement conference which was held to discuss the video game issue – with ominous overtones:

The conference, held at the Queen Sirikit Convention Center on August 21, had an audience of over 1,500 people, mostly public officials and the police. The main focus of this conference was to find solutions to unregistered gaming stores (basically an Internet cafe like a setup where people can go in and game all day long on computers, not the traditional arcade) and "dangerous games". Their aim is to eliminate the "dangers" associated with said problem within 90 days of the conference.

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  1. BoomBoom says:

    oh come on everybody knows thai cabbies are rip offs! and the worse are tuk tuk drivers! come on stop blaming videogames puh leaseeee :O

  2. JustChris says:

    Actually, I hope that Jack falls for this guy and it becomes a ploy to lead him to believe he has some online support here. And then it will blow up in his face when it’s revealed to be all fake. Like the way the MAMAV organization is fake.

  3. Gary says:

    That’s a shame. I hear all those sex tourists like to relax with Killer 7 after sleeping with 8 year olds.

  4. Anonymous Thai says:

    Cracking down child porn is not at easy as banning video games. Child porn is NOT ok but you hear about it less often because news about it is harder to come by…

  5. Anonymous says:

    oooh epic kudos to you!

    but everyone knows its because of the evil child molesting video games making them do it. they need to ban them too

  6. ooftygoofty says:

    It’s been addressed already, but let me just reiterate that Thailand is indeed Jack’s version of paradise.  They’re banning video games, but child rape is still ok.

  7. HarmlessBunny says:

    Yeah seems they were all prepared and were waiting for a violent crime to occur to move into action. No government will act on a ban or a want to ban, unless Thailand has the most efficient government in history! (*chortle*)

  8. HarmlessBunny says:

    He wants to go after the ESA? Ummm go ahead…

    By the way Jack, did you prove yet the gays of the bar are secretly channeling money in a RICO style manuever from the Florida Bar yet? Are all the Judges lacking valid ‘we will fight the commies on the beaches…’ oaths? Have you "figuratively" turned the Florida Bar into the remains of Hiroshima? Successfully brought Hal Harpin and Dennis McCauley, majority of lawyers and politicians, all media outlets (with the exception of religious twits and Fox), video game companies, and most people with common sense to realize you are bat-sh!t crazy for basically calling your bluffs and acknowledging you are a douche bag? Sued the US Marshalls and the FBI for telling you to buzz off? Proved the Bush Administration has it in for you? That Janet Reno is secretly putting homosexual training videos in schools, and majority of the women back in the Clinton administration were practicing Wicca? Proven that Muslims are all pirates and want to kill the jews?

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm the conspiracy grows deeper Jack! Your foes are cunning indeed!

    (translation: Quit accusing people of your own incompetentcy. You lost, take it like a man and just shoo. Go.)

  9. Anonymous Thai says:

    There was a case of a shootout between the police and a guy with an AK74 a while back, makes you wonder why they didn’t ban the game back then eh?

  10. A Pebble says:

    "many American shows portray Americans as fat, moronic, and violent"

    Alot of things come to mind now.

    VNS, GG.



  11. Ben says:

    So let me get this straight. One man committs a murder and the whole Thai government goes crazy and wants to ban video games?

    Also, why the heck is the first Hitman on there? Do these idiots even know which video games are popular these days?

  12. Kincyr says:

    hate to break it to you, but the Andy Griffin show was on TV, which according to you, gave rise to the "corrupt rebels"

    many American shows portray Americans as fat, moronic, and violent. Also, "animé" is simply an abbreviation of the word "animation"

    No media is more violent than the Bible, which Jack Thompson ironically promotes in his "crusade against violence".

    Check, and mate

    岩「…Ace beats Jack」

  13. DavCube ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Hello, nameless troll no one cares about that i’m talking to because i’m bored out of my skull.

    Learn to spell. That is all.

  14. Erik ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Wait, there is a law against off topic drivel being deleted from an internet blog?


    Wait!  There isn’t.  Maybe if you knew better you wouldn’t be losing your license to practice law now would you love?

  15. GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    OOOOOOOOhhhhhh! SNAP, SON! SNAP!!!!!!!


    -Remember kids, personal responsibility is for losers! For information on games and psychology, look up: Jonathan Freedman(2002)Block & Crain(2007) Just to name a few…

  16. Anonymous says:

    I noticed that too, someone managed to use a comma as a full-stop and still capitalise ‘and’ repeatedly.

    If this is the level of the people who oppose us, no wonder they fail so spectacuarly 😉

  17. kurisu7885 (can't log in) says:

    Hmm, re read that. Truthful ways? Hah, that’s even funnier than crime in Thailand suddenly going down.

  18. Baruch_S says:

    No no, keep feeding them! This one was even less intelligble than the first one, so the next one will probably type complete gibberish. Not that they’ve said anything intelligent so far anyway–you kinda need to have some evidence to make claims–but at least their posts resembled English.

  19. kurisu7885 (can't log in) says:

    Censoring and destroying media isn’t "restoring America", it’s destroying it.

    And I believe the french revoluition, a rather messy rebellion, happened cat least close to a century before television, as well as the Aemerican Revolutionary War and the American Civil War.

    Explain this connection.

    Also, not ONCE in my years of watching Japanese animation have I see n Americans portrayed as fat and stpid unless it was as a JOKE. Most of the time Americans in there are portrayed as just normal people.

    Also, a troll is someone who posts comments liek your’s o nthe internet to incite a reaction, and you are makign such posts to incite negative reactions so you can log the posts and show them to peopel to prove your point, making you a troll.

    You lose, good day sir.

  20. A Pebble says:

    Muay-thai is a tradition, it’s their version of "Boxing" but involves kicks, knees, elbows, and much more head trauma.

    "And this ban will even stop the ‘guerrulla fighters’ that is the thai youth whose mind is poisoned and destablizied by video games and violent entertainment, from terrorizing the country."

    Stop the "guerrulla fighers"? Please, try stopping the protesters outside the Prime Minister’s Office. Also, the "thai youth" are just disposable pawns in that playing field.

    "Let alone crimes in thailand are slowly coming at a halt as we speak with the nation"

    Where have you been?

    The youth has been studying academics, much more than most Americans. At least, the ones who can afford it that is.



  21. GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    I don’t mean to be rude, but your grammar makes it incredibly difficult to understand what you’re saying. You’ve left out entire words from sentences, y’know?


    Anyway though, the guerilla fighters have been around since before there was even television. They’re fighting to knock out the corrupt Thai government because of it’s encroachments on freedom (like this).

    Also, if this 19 year old cabbie killer was playing the game and practicing Muay Thai martial arts specifically so he could rob people, how is that the games fault? After all, he’s the one who chose to use the game and his martial arts training for that purpose.


     -Remember kids, personal responsibility is for losers! For information on games and psychology, look up: Jonathan Freedman(2002)Block & Crain(2007) Just to name a few…

  22. kurisu7885 (can't log in) says:

    Hilarious post.

    The bit about this ban suddenly stopping violent crime really had me in stitches

  23. Jack Thompson Follower says:

    I think the country is doing its good on the ban..let alone there is more to moral panic than to put the blame of human hands,thoughts or actions,LET alone since the country itself did have problems before with a storm,The rationality of Thailand had never ceased to amaze me to their ban,This youth instead should have been sutdying and joining to help the poor, But NO he spent playing "serial killer in a box" and mock muay-thai martial arts and kill an innocent man, Let alone crimes in thailand are slowly coming at a halt as we speak with the nation doing a good job on the ban, And this ban will even stop the "guerrulla fighters" that is the thai youth whose mind is poisoned and destablizied by video games and violent entertainment, from terrorizing the country.


    And welcome back Mr.Thompson, Im very happy to see you for the first time.

  24. GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    BAN CURRENCY! It’s money’s fault that that cab driver got killed!



    -Remember kids, personal responsibility is for losers!

    For information on games and psychology, look up: Jonathan Freedman(2002)Block & Crain(2007) Just to name a few…

  25. chris30 says:

    Jack at Wal-Mart….I got this mental image of Family Guy, where Dick Cheney was a Wal-Mart greeter now.


    "The world if full of stupid people….watch out."


  26. kurisu7885 (can't log in) says:

    What does Dennis have to do with the ESA again?

    If you don’t answer by tomorrow I’ll know your answer.

    Then again even fi you do answer it won’t be true.


    Also ,some websites have soemthign called a spam filter, meant to make sure peopel can’t come in here advertising porn sites. Oh, wait, yo uhad a gay porn link to share? That may explain it.

  27. Eville1 says:

    Hey John, I just finished browsing every filing you’ve done as an attorney and as a party in the SCOFL. Isn’t it funny how, even when you involve yourself in other people’s cases you can’t seem to get it correct? Everything I saw was either denied because you didn’t get someone else to sign it or denied because you didn’t do it right. Read that last part again. YOU DIDN’T DO IT RIGHT. Story of your life man.

  28. E. Zachary Knight says:

    I haven’t seen anything. Also, we delete quite a few of your posts because they are simply you spamming letters and court documents. But  I haven’t seen andy of those today either.

    If you would like, you could repost your rebuttal. But if I know you, you are simply lying like you did about the misspelling of grammar.

    E. Zachary Knight
    Oklahoma City Chapter of the ECA
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  29. sortableturnip says:

    Too late….


    What was the rebuttal, Jack?  Another conspiracy theory or another threat against the "gamers"?

  30. JustChris says:

    So if the cabbie killings continue, is the Thai government going to add more violent games to their blacklist? What happens when they run out of violent games? Do they go for sports and puzzle games?

    The fact that Thailand has a Culture-related body in its government shows how much of a police state it really is. It’s very contrived for a government to direct the future course of a country’s culture when culture is the collective result of the entire population.

  31. Saladin ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Tick Tock Jack. Almost time to grab yourself an application for Wal-Mart.

    That said, the ESA was wrong about you. They said you were in their rearview mirror. You are in fact, so far out of any SERIOUS video game scope that it’s no wonder that you manage to fail so often and so brutally. Enjoy your disbarment. Maybe it’ll give you time to reflect on the general waste your career has been.

  32. Anon says:

     Are you sure he deleted it? Maybe your just paranoid and it didn’t get posted for another reason. Or maybe it got deleted because you violated the guidelines for posting here like you do so often. Some people actually follow laws and guidelines, things you choose to ignore to meet your own ends.

  33. jjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjj says:

    Dennis, every time you delete one of my rebuttal posts, as you did in this thread today, the ESA’s hole gets deeper. Jack Thompson

  34. Anonymous says:

    Come now.. 13 years old? You are giving Thompson to much credit.. I think he is more around the 6 year old mark…

    As for the Thai government, well ofcourse they want to control the media, because that helps control the population.. How else will a despotic government operate? It just takes an excuse for them to go into action.. Random kid stabs a random cabbie? Stage it up to involve GTA.. that’s a popular game right? Then we can shift blame for societys ills onto digital media and ban the hell out of it. Keep the population stupid and complacient.. imprison or kill subversives.

  35. Apharmd says:

    I thought Jack’s hearing was this week?

    Love the "IQ Repression" quip. I bet if he had the stones to post his here, damn near everyone here would beat him.

    On topic: do they actually have any evidence these games are "dangerous", or is it business as usual, and they’re just scapegoating innocent hobbies?

  36. Geoff ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Anyone really surprised by this?  To be honest, I’m surprised that this didn’t go into effect quicker.  Thailand is in such a political sh*tstorm right now that the government will do anything to try and deflect the issues.  Yeah, all governments do that to an extent but Thailand’s is desperate right now.

    And leave poor Jackie boy alone.  Since he destroyed his own career and life he’s got nothing better to do than troll internet forums.  He’s like a 13 year old boy staying home for the summer…with the intellectual maturity to match it.

  37. urutapu says:

    Whoo! Fifty Cent was banned!

    I could enjoy this more if it were banned because it was terrible, not just because it was violent, though…

  38. Chadius ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    And this is what happens when you jump to conclusions without evidence to back it up. You look like an idiot to everyone else.


    GJ Thailand

  39. Steve ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Yes, it was almost like they planned it. And wasn’t having the cab drivers killer happily pose for some ‘re-enactment’ photos a little suspicious?

  40. Chuma says:

    Gift:  Thai Foreign Minister has resigned moments ago.  I think it will come to a head soon, peacefully with luck.

  41. GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    …There was a mission called "Amphibious Assault" where you lost all of your weapons and had to use a knife. Later on you got to have a katana fight with a Chinese slave driver.


    -Remember kids, personal responsibility is for losers! For information on games and psychology, look up: Jonathan Freedman(2002)Block & Crain(2007) Just to name a few…

  42. Anonymous says:

    Umm… Dardan attacks you with one about 3 missions into the game, you have to disarm him and use it against him, if you dont get one then, you can buy one from little jacob later.

    But that’s beside the point, the point is, you never use one during a robbery in-game, and it’s extremely impractical to use one in a fight in-game, which makes Thailand’s point utterly full of BS

  43. PHOENIXZERO says:

    Umm, no? The only time you shot someone to where you could take their vehicle was if you shot them through the windshield first, then they’d fall out.

  44. Wiry says:

    Also, I believe in GTA San Andreas, if you had a gun equipped when car jacking somebody, on occasion your character would shoot them before pulling them out of the car.  Ultimately though, it’s still not stabbing.

  45. Anonymous says:

    Actually, there’ve been several knives and the sort in GTA games, but that doesn’t still mean that Jack Thompson isn’t a moron, cause he is.

  46. GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    THIS IS THAILAND!!!!!!!!!!!!


    -Remember kids, personal responsibility is for losers! For information on games and psychology, look up: Jonathan Freedman(2002)Block & Crain(2007) Just to name a few…

  47. Father Time says:

    No when the violence rises they’ll say games still need to be banned so that it doesn’t get worse or some other crappy excuse. On a light note I hope those bastard are forced to retire or die from ‘lead poisoning’.

  48. Tom90deg says:

    Hold on, hold on. Killer 7? The Gamecube game? I swear, we should be happy that we have people who don’t know anything about Video Games in charge of trying to ban them. I’ve got three words for you. "Solder Of Fortune" That game had some of the most violent hit-models ever, and did it ever get mentioned? You could shoot a guy in the head with a shotgun, and leave half a bloody skull. Anywho…They can’t ban violet games, because once they do, and violence still rises, what will they blame then? They need to keep it around so it’s a handy target.

    If you cannot best a man in argument, all is not lost. You can still call him vile names.

  49. lordlundar says:

    GTA was banned 3 days after the incident. This is a secondary list.

    It’s wierd though. Government and fast are not usually inclusive.

    You would think that they would have bigger concerns than banning games, like trying to figure out the issue of the protestors in the PM’s office.

  50. -Jes- ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    And yes, this is where the irony begins..


    You don’t actually KILL people in any GTA game when stealing their cars.

    Much less with a Knife, considering there has yet to be a bladed weapon in ANY GTA game released so far.


    Whoaaaa, didn’t think of that one, did you Jackieboy?

    Thailand Government – Your case is busted.

  51. Jarmne123 (forgot password) says:

    Jack (if your the jack ass himself or a fake), This is a government who has a much bigger problems than video games, example: prostitution, black market. IQ repression? People here make much more understandable and smarter claims than you. All I can say about your last comment, you wank off to every killing with GTA mentioned…..

  52. Vake ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Notice GTA isn’t on the list? Neither is Hitman 2 or Contracts. Maybe they only liked half the series…

    What worries me is American politicians modeling their platforms after these commie bastards. Our Founding Fathers would be disgusted.

  53. Waffles says:

    All of those games are freakin’ DATED, half of ’em aren’t even all that great….

    Talk about a waste of time and legislation…..

  54. Gift says:

    Well Thailand has bigger problems than games right now. The Thai government certainly has bigger problems, and this smells of fiddling while Rome burns. Personally, I hope it doesn’t turn nasty, not least because I’ve a friend there and I’m visiting the country soon.


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