Jack Thompson seemed to bring out the worst – and the best – in GamePolitics readers.
Gamers who follow GP were eager to debate with Thompson, who came to symbolize the anti-video game movement. And while those interactions were frequently contentious (on both sides), some funny stuff emerged as well.
One of my favorite recollections involved Thompson posting a comment referring to former ESA Doug Lowenstein as a "self-immolating clown."
This is typical highfalutin language from Thompson, who is a pretty smart guy (although obviously not smart enough to figure out how to hang on to his law license). Anyway, after Thompson posted the self-immolating clown remark, an old-school GP user (was it Mr. Falcon?) responded with:
Yeah. We had one of those at my nephew’s birthday party. Took weeks to get the small out of the drapes.
In this post from the old GP LiveJournal site, we had some laughs over GP reader wxdiva’s use of an Olde English-style tapestry (above) to satirize Thompson’s nonstop Urgent! press releases, his references to his TV appearances, his penchant for reaching out to prominent political figures, his GTA hate, his threats to take GamePolitics down and his coining of the word pixelantes (pixelated vigilantes).
Thompson meant the P-word as an insult to gamers who instead adopted it as a badge of honor. Pixelantes, by the way, is now permanently enshrined in the Urban Dictionary and elsewhere.
There was also a guy who satirized the game hatin’ attorney by imagining him as a caveman, Og Thompson, who wanted to censor the discovery of fire.