Jack Thompson Threatens to "Proceed" Against Utah Attorney General

March 30, 2009 -

In the fallout from his latest, apparently unsuccessful attempt to legislate video games in Utah, disbarred Miami attorney Jack Thompson has issued a vague legal threat to Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff. The popular Republican is serving his third term as Utah's top law enforcement officer.

On Friday the Salt Lake Tribune reported that Shurtleff had expressed concerns about the legality of HB 353, the Thompson-conceived video game bill which was vetoed by Gov. Jon Huntsman last week.

Thompson, clearly, was not thrilled with the news. He referred to Shurtleff as "dead meat" in the header of an e-mail forwarded to GamePolitics later on Friday.

A Sunday e-mail from Thompson to Salt Lake Tribune reporter Robert Gehrke (and cc:'d to GP) threatens to "proceed" against Shurtleff if the A.G. doesn't move against major retailers for what Thompson claims is "the distribution of pornography to minors in violation of state law." By way of defining porn, Thompson attached links to strip club and hooker scenes from Grand Theft Auto IV. However, while certainly not intended for younger buyers, GTA IV has not been declared obscene in any U.S. jurisdiction.

Oh, and there's a deadline for Shurtleff to act: 5:00 P.M. today.

As GamePolitics has previously reported, Thompson called for Shurtleff's impeachment in 2007 when the A.G. suggested that a piece of Thompson-authored video game legislation then before the Utah House was unconstitutional.

GamePolitics has requested comment on Thompson's threat from Rep. Mike Morley, the sponsor of HB 353, as well as from Gayle Ruzicka, the politically-powerful Thompson ally who heads the ultra-conservative Utah Eagle Forum. We have also asked Shurtleff's office to comment. We'll post any comments that we receive.

UPDATE: Apparently unable to wait for his own 5:00 P.M. deadline, Thompson has written to Utah's Obscenity and Pornography Complaints Ombudsman... Except that the person he addressed his letter to is a law enforcement director in Utah A.G.'s Office. The "porn czar" position was eliminated in 2003 for budgetary reasons - which may be an indication of how serious Thompson is about all of this.

UPDATE 2: Rep. Morley has commented to GamePolitics on Thompson's threat to "proceed" against Shurtleff: "I know nothing about that."

Hit the jump for Thompson's Sunday letter to Shurtleff, the "dead meat" e-mail and the new letter to the porn ombudsman:

 

Subject: Fw: Robert, I am proceeding against Shurtleff Monday if he does not act on the below...

 
----- Original Message -----
From: Jack Thompson
To: xxxxx@sltrib.com
Cc: xxxxx@utah.gov
Sent: Sunday, March 29, 2009 7:52 AM
Subject: Robert, I am proceeding against Shurtleff Monday if he does not act on the below...

 

As he is knowingly allowing the distribution of pornography to minors in violation of state law:
 
John B. Thompson, J.D.

March 27, 2009

The Honorable Mark Shurtleff, Attorney General, State of Utah
Utah State Capitol Complex

Salt Lake City, Utah  Via Fax to 801-xxx-xxxx

Re:   Sale of Grand Theft Auto IV to Underage Kids in Utah

Dear Attorney General Shurtleff:

I wrote you a letter on March 6 proving to you, beyond any shadow of a doubt, that major Utah retailers such as Best Buy, Target, and Wal-Mart are selling in their brick and mortar stores and via the Internet the pornographic Grand Theft Auto IV game to minors in your state in criminal violation of Utah’s Sexual Material Harmul to Minors Law.

You did nothing upon learning of this ongoing criminal activity.  Your failure to prosecute these criminal acts constitutes an impeachable offense in your state, as you are in knowing breach of your oath of office to enforce the laws of your state, in this instance laws to protect children.

Let me be clear:  Either you prosecute these retailers for this criminal activity, or I shall take the necessary legal action to secure a court order requiring you to do so.  You have until five o’clock pm this coming Monday to act or tell me that you will act to faithfully discharge your oath of office as Attorney General in these specific regards.  

Here are two links to streaming videos that display just some of the pornographic content in Grand Theft Auto IV, which “game” is being sold to minors throughout Utah in violation of criminal laws that the people of Utah passed and demand that you enforce.  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNOdsrI068w
 
http://boinkology.com/2008/04/29/the-ladies-of-liberty-city/

Warm personal regards, Jack Thompson

Copy:  Senator Dayton, Representative Morley, Lt. Gov. Herbert, Gov. Huntsman
            Gayle Ruzicka, Alan Osmond
            Media

-----------BELOW: "Dead Meat" Letter from Friday, March 27th -------------------

From: Jack Thompson
Sent: Friday, March 27, 2009 1:05 PM
To: dennis McCauley
Subject: I love to play hardball, and that is what Shurtleff (Dead Meat) has asked for

John B. Thompson, J.D.

March 27, 2009

The Honorable Mark Shurtleff, Attorney General, State of Utah
Utah State Capitol Complex
Salt Lake City, Utah  Via Fax to

Re:   Sale of Grand Theft Auto IV to Underage Kids in Utah

Dear Attorney General Shurtleff:

I wrote you a letter on March 6 proving to you, beyond any shadow of a doubt, that major Utah retailers such as Best Buy, Target, and Wal-Mart are selling in their brick and mortar stores and via the Internet the pornographic Grand Theft Auto IV game to minors in your state in criminal violation of Utah’s Sexual Material Harmul to Minors Law.

You did nothing upon learning of this ongoing criminal activity.  Your failure to prosecute these criminal acts constitutes an impeachable offense in your state, as you are in knowing breach of your oath of office to enforce the laws of your state, in this instance laws to protect children.

Let me be clear:  Either you prosecute these retailers for this criminal activity, or I shall take the necessary legal action to secure a court order requiring you to do so.  You have until five o’clock pm this coming Monday to act or tell me that you will act to faithfully discharge your oath of office as Attorney General in these specific regards.  

Here are two links to streaming videos that display just some of the pornographic content in Grand Theft Auto IV, which “game” is being sold to minors throughout Utah in violation of criminal laws that the people of Utah passed and demand that you enforce.  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNOdsrI068w
 
http://boinkology.com/2008/04/29/the-ladies-of-liberty-city/

Warm personal regards, Jack Thompson

Copy:  Senator Dayton, Representative Morley, Lt. Gov. Herbert, Gov. Huntsman
            Gayle Ruzicka, Alan Osmond
            Media

--------------------------LETTER TO UTAH's PORN OMBUDSMAN: Mar. 30----------------------

Ken Wallentine
Obscenity and Pornography Complaints Ombudsman
Utah State Capitol Complex

Salt Lake City, Utah  Via Fax to 801-xxx-xxxx

Re:   Sale of Sexual Material Harmful to Minors—Grand Theft Auto IV—in Utah
 
Dear Mr. Wallentine:

It was a great pleasure meeting you outside Gary Herbert’s office about two months ago.  I was with Gayle Ruzicka, Karen Clark, and Alan and Suzanne Osmond to discuss HB 353 with Lt. Gov. Herbert.  I particularly enjoyed learning that we both have a dear friend in Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, who heartily endorsed HB 353, in light of the movie and video game retailers’ fraudulent activities.

As you know, the bill was overwhelmingly passed by both houses, only to see Gov. Huntsman veto it.  Mr. Huntsman either has no understanding whatsoever of the bill or he doesn’t care to know.  His explanation that the movie and video game industries would take their age ratings off the movies and games was an utterly absurd statement, as that cannot be done by virtue of binding contractual obligations they have.  The Governor was sold a bill of goods which he bought, for whatever reason.  As a result, we can look forward to more false advertising by major retail concerns such as Best Buy.

Be that as it may, Utah’s obscenity/pornography/sexual material harmful to minors statutes are still on the books.  Gov. Huntsman hasn’t managed to void them—yet.

Thus, I write you regarding those constitutional laws, as I am told you are Utah’s Obscenity and Pornography Complaints Ombudsman.  If you are not, please get this letter to him/her quickly.

Nearly a month ago, I informed A.G. Shurtleff in writing that all video game retailers are openly selling Grand Theft Auto IV to 17-year-olds in Utah.  They are doing this both on-line and in their brick and mortar stores.  Why the video game industry thinks it can sell indecent material to 17-year-olds just because they have a “Mature” rating system that  uses 17 years as the demarcation line when the law makes it 18 is beyond me, but the ways of the video game industry are inexplicable to most normal folks.  A 17-year-old is a minor, as you know, and yet someone of that age can walk into Wal-Mart, show a driver’s license indicating he is 17, and walk out with this indecent, pornographic game.

This particular game clearly constitutes sexual material harmful to minors, and its sale to anyone under 18 is a criminal act.  If you doubt that, please click on the below two links and see for yourself.  I believe most juries in Utah would find this material to be obscene under Miller v. California for sale to adults, let alone children.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNOdsrI068w
 
http://boinkology.com/2008/04/29/the-ladies-of-liberty-city/

I don’t know if Mr. Shurtleff is looking the other way from this ongoing criminal activity because of his cozy relationship with the video game industry, which has included not only the payment of campaign contributions from the Entertainment Software Association to him as well as his doing PSA’s with the ESRB, which were really unreported in-kind campaign contributions by the industry to him during his re-election cycle.  Regardless of the reason, his failure to enforce these criminal laws has to stop.  This failure is a violation of his oath of office and constitutes an impeachable offense.

Please advise at your earliest convenience that the Attorney General has either begun a prosecution of those individuals selling GTA IV to minors or that he has sent out a letter statewide, through all major media, that this practice must stop immediately.  If he does not do either of those things, then I shall proceed in the fashion I must to see to it that Mr. Shurtleff starts doing his job in this regard.

Children are more important than keeping a scofflaw industry happy in Utah.

Warm personal regards, Jack Thompson

Copy:  Senator Dayton, Representative Morley, Lt. Gov. Herbert, Gov. Huntsman
            Gayle Ruzicka, Alan Osmond
            Media

 


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Re: Jack Thompson Threatens to "Proceed" Against Utah Attorney

And Alice and Miyuki-chan. Mind the lesbians. 

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I too would like to know when anyone supposedly promised congress that they wouldn't sell adult/mature games to minors. I'm sure there was some testimony before congress, but I'll never take Jack's word for what someone stated.

Does anyone know when and before whom this supposed appearance happened, or even better a copy/link to the transcript?

Saying that Jack Thompson is impotent is an insult to impotent men everywhere. They've got a whole assortment of drugs that can cure their condition; Jack, however...

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Especially since it has been confirmed that Jack has lied all this time about what he said on 60 Minutes.

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I have no idea about retailer-publisher contracts, but Jack is incorrect in his understanding of what this bill would have done to retailers. 

They would simply stop promoting the ratings and may even not bother doing age checks.  Jack is trying to say the ESRB will remove its rating stickers from the packaging.  Which of course is another lie.

Then again, what else do you expect from Mr. 27 misconduct counts?  The man too sleazy to be a lawyer.

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Actually that statement was originally made by the governor, who apparently misunderstood the issue. Thompson was quoting him, but of course instead of saying the governor misunderstood he turns it into a conspiracy theory.
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I'm not under the affluence of incohol as some thinkle peep I am. I'm not half as thunk as you might drink. I fool so feelish I don't know who is me, and the drunker I stand here, the longer I get.


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I'm not under the affluence of incohol as some thinkle peep I am. I'm not half as thunk as you might drink. I fool so feelish I don't know who is me, and the drunker I stand here, the longer I get.

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"Nearly a month ago, I informed A.G. Shurtleff in writing that all video game retailers are openly selling Grand Theft Auto IV to 17-year-olds in Utah."

Uh, they aren't 94% of the time... You remember? That great work you are trying to undo?

"They are doing this both on-line and in their brick and mortar stores."

Jack, I thought we had gone over this, time and time again. It still hasn't sunk into his thick skull. You need a credit card to buy online. Credit cards are proof of age. If a kid is using an adults credit card, it either implies the kid has been given permission, or will be inserious trouble when his parent finds out.

"I believe most juries in Utah would find this material to be obscene under Miller v. California for sale to adults, let alone children."

Uh, I don't think so. Didn't he try this before and it was found that the content of GTA or any violent game comes anywhere near being deemed obscene under the Miller test?

  • the average person, applying contemporary community standards (not national standards, as some prior tests required), must find that the work, taken as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest;

If this were true for GTA, then the Sopranos, Sex and the City and many other tv series or movies would be considered obscene.

  • the work depicts or describes, in a patently offensive way, sexual conduct or excretory functions[1] specifically defined by applicable state law; and

Again, if a lapdance/stripper routine in a video game is defined as sexual conduct, then all those tv shows and movies have to go also.

Literary: I know the plot of GTA is fairly simplistic, but i found myself intrigued and wrestled with some of the choices you had to make during it, and was impressed at the outcomes of them. I also enjoyed the hilarious comedic radio stations which are very well written.

Artistic: The city, while based on NYC is beautifully rendered, all of the music is by recognised artists.

Political: There is a lot of political humour present in the game, poking fun at Republicans and Conservatives alike.

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 I believe you are mistaken with his point about the 17-year olds buying GTAIV. GTAIV is rated M, which means it is perfectly fine for anyone 17 and up to buy. The rating for 18 and up is AO.

His point was that GTA is pornography, in which case the 18 year old restriction would apply.

So basically, his argument is that retailers are selling porn to minors. What a hilarious guy.

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So does Utah also prohibit 17 year olds from attending R and NC-17 films?  Because so far as I can tell, an M game rating is essentially equivalent to an R movie rating.

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Excuse me sir, under rule 1D-10T logic is not allowed in legal, ethical, or political discussion.

How else would Jack's comments make sense?

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The 94% refers to people under 17, Jack is going after sales to people who are exactly 17.  This is because, in his God-fearing Christian eyes, pretend bikinis are pornography.  Grasping at straws here, but then again what else do you expect from Jack?

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I'd make some sort of insightful, witty response right now, but there just doesn't seem to be one to make.

The fact that nobody that Jack is threatening, harassing, or spamming is calling for his arrest boggles me.  He's barking like a rabid dog; it's time for a muzzle.

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 "Copy:  Senator Dayton, Representative Morley, Lt. Gov. Herbert, Gov. Huntsman
            Gayle Ruzicka, Alan Osmond
            Media"

 

uh-oh he's bringing in the Osmonds again.  

 

Also has anyone mentioned to Jack that he isn't a resident of Utah, and thus has no power there, not even that of a citizen of that state?  

 

 

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Like he cares. The only thing he worries about is if these people agree with him.

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Re: Jack Thompson Threatens to "Proceed" Against Utah Attorney

If Jack's doing all this and Morley doesn't know about it, I'd say he's skating on very thin ice right about now.

Interesting that apparently he and Ombudsman Wallentine both know Col. Grossman.  No surprise, though, regarding Jack, since he appropriated the term "Murder Simulator" from him.  Even more surprised that Grossman -at least according to Jack - endorsed HB353.  Apparently he too refuses to abandon this idiotic crusade despite having faded into irrelevancy.  Got any confirmation on this from Grossman, Dennis?

Still, from all indications, I'd say Thompson is about to head into some deep doo-doo if he's serious about this.

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Strange that Mike Morely would claim to know nothing about Jack Thompson's threat to proceed against A.G. Shurtleff when Thompson has been cc'ing Morely on each and every one of his letters to Shurtleff -- or so his letters state. And Morely's cc'd on Jack-O's letter to Ken Wallentine. Then again, Morely's pretty good at coming off as if he's dumb -- so good, I often wonder if it's an act.  
 

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I just thought about the same thing myself. Is he trying to distance himself from Thompson, just like in that interview about bill HB353?

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I wouldn't be surprised if Morley is in the dark. Most likely his email is vetted by his assistant before ever reaching him and judging by how long it takes me to get reply from my own state legislatures, his assistant may have not gotten to that email yet.

E. Zachary Knight
Oklahoma City Chapter of the ECA
http://www.theeca.com/chapters_oklahoma

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This is entirely possible. It could also be that he's simply referring to having no knowledge beyond what Thompson himself has already made public. It's not something Thompson discussed with him aside from putting him on the cc list for those e-mails, it's not something he necessarily approves of, he had no foreknowledge that Thompson would be doing/saying these things, etc.
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I'm not under the affluence of incohol as some thinkle peep I am. I'm not half as thunk as you might drink. I fool so feelish I don't know who is me, and the drunker I stand here, the longer I get.


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I'm not under the affluence of incohol as some thinkle peep I am. I'm not half as thunk as you might drink. I fool so feelish I don't know who is me, and the drunker I stand here, the longer I get.

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@EZK & Alex:

It's entirely improbable. You both seriously think that someone who has a close working relationship with a legislator -- as Thompson obviously does with Morely -- communicates with them through the same channels as a constituent does? And doesn't have their personal e-mail address? Please.

And if he is referring to having no knowledge beyond what Thompson himself has already made public, then he needs to say just that. Which isn't at all anywhere near the same as saying, "I know nothing about that."

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If what happened during that Morley interview Dennis did, one must assume that Morley does not deal with Thompson directly but rather through the Eagle Forum. So if Thompson is not working directly with Morley, he would not have Morley's direct email address.

E. Zachary Knight
Oklahoma City Chapter of the ECA
http://www.theeca.com/chapters_oklahoma

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O.K., then let's try a different tack: Morley can get an inquiring email from GP with sufficient speed to make a timely "I dunno nothing" response but he can't with similar speed get Jack Thompson's e-mails?

And, back to the old tack: Just because Jack has Gargoyle put Morely in his place doesn't neccessarily mean that Jack and Morely aren't working directly with each other. The more obvious conclusion to be drawn is that Jack's not the one with the juice on Morely -- it's Gargoyle. Besides, can we confidently extrapolate from one isolated incident as to the relationship between Thompson and Morely? One red-breasted robin does not a Spring make. 

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Once again Jacky Boy proves he is insane.

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I just love that he would use a YouTube link to "prove" pornographic material. If it was pornographic, it wouldn't be allowed on YouTube. Way to defeat your own point, retard.

Then again this is the guy who defines kissing as sex.

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He also says playing videogames is masturbation. 

I wish this guy was out getting a real job instead of mooching off his wife and wasting taxpayer $$...something that real men do.  What Jack does with his time is pathetic even for children.

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He also says playing videogames is masturbation.

Playing video games IS masturbation...in that it's not like the real thing and can only give a vague approximation of the experience if you did it for real. But never completely. So in that sense, he should be correct :P

GameSnooper

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UPDATE: Apparently unable to wait for his own 5:00 P.M. deadline, Thompson has written to Utah's Obscenity and Pornography Complaints Ombudsman.

i sence another dose of EPIC FAIL for jackie boy.

http://www.magicinkgaming.com/

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How much important is that Ken Wallentine?

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"UPDATE: Apparently unable to wait for his own 5:00 P.M. deadline, Thompson has written to Utah's Obscenity and Pornography Complaints Ombudsman."

Wow Thompson, you just can't wait to fail, can you?

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UPDATE 2: Rep. Morley has commented to GamePolitics on Thompson's threat to "proceed" against Shurtleff: "I know nothing about that."

And so Jack's alienation of his allies by his unilateral actions begins again.

-Gray17

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I'm wondering what happened with his "job" over at Human Events. I though he would get along like a charm but I think he posted 3 editorials before disappearing.

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Yes because we know the valdity of someone's political career can be judged on whether or not they agree with you on one single point. Especially when that single point is a conspiracy theory

I guess he thought Utah was the only state would actually accept him but even they can't put up with his shit, so now he's going crazy again.

And you know, if its on Youtube, chances are no one, anywhere, considers it porn. I mean I can't think of a single person who could possibly be aroused by the strip scenes in GTA 4. And they don't even serve any purpose! At least in Vice City if you sat through one of those painfully boring stripper scenes you'd then get the option to buy the strip club.

And lastly: Aww, how cute. He still thinks he's a lawyer.

 

 

 

 

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It is really sad when his only friends left are Gayle and Lt. Col. Grossman. But he's got no one to blame but himself, since he stabs most of his "allies" in the back.

Like Morley. I would not doubt JT told him nothing of this vendetta against Shurtleff. He does that to people.

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Urm....Jack? Yeah hi, this threat to "proceed", urm...well there's a small issue with that. You kind of....you have to be a real lawyer to do that. You know, one with a license to practice law within that jurisdiction? And a little while ago this thing happened....

.....you douchebag.

 

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I think I speak for all GP readers here when I say I hope that JT actually "proceeds" with whatever action he's threatening.  We all love to watch him fail.  Which is every time he tries.

------- Morality has always been in decline. As you get older, you notice it. When you were younger, you enjoyed it.

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Agreed.  And here I thought this was going to be a somewhat dull week.  Thank you Jack, for making us laugh in these difficult times.  The world needs a clown.

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"Either waste money defending my worthless law or I'll make an even more worhtless law."

Re: Jack Thompson "Threatens" to "Proceed" Against Utah Attorney

"Proceed" with what, exactly? Thompson(aka "Billy Bitchcakes") has no case against the Utah attorney general, especially he is not and never was a resident of Utah. Besides that, GTAIV is not "pornographic" as defined by the Miller test.

Although Thompson can potentially be tried under this Utah law, if the Utah attorney general chose to:

http://le.utah.gov/UtahCode/getCodeSection?code=76-9-509

Geaux Saints, Geaux Tigers, Geaux Hornets, Jack Thompson can geaux chase a chupacabra.

Geaux Saints, Geaux Tigers, Geaux Pelicans. Solidarity for the Saints = No retreat, no surrender. 2013 = Saints' revenge on the NFL. Even through the darkest days, this fire burns always.

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*Reads Newspaper*

*Looks up, stares blankly*

*Goes back to newspaper*

Move along...

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Call me back when he's a "threat" again...

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AHAHAHA. Only Jack Thompson can look like such a douchebag while attempting to look selfless and care about the children. But if you're saving the world I guess it must be okay to let some collateral damage slip by, even if that damage includes burning your own bridges...

GameSnooper

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There's that saying "Burning the candle at both ends" Jack burns bridges at both ends, then blames others when the flames reach him.

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as well as not jumping off the bridge like Wolf Link did

岩「…Where do masochists go when they die?」

岩「…I can see why Hasselbeck's worried about fake guns killing fake people. afterall, she's a fake journalist on a fake news channel」

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Just make sure there's a lake at the bottom, or else... 

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"I love to play hardball . . . ." -- Jack Thompson

Can someone tell me which part of playing "hardball" Jack Thompson loves? The part where the hard ball hits in the mouth and knocks out all his teeth? Or the part where the hard ball hits him in the nuts and leaves him writhing in pain on the playfield? 'Cause I've seen Jack-O play "hardball" many times and his getting hit hard with the ball in either the mouth or the nuts is pretty much all I ever see happen. 

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I really don´t think he likes Hardball to much: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyv1uZHHXlM

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That's a good one. I wouldn't like Hardball, either, if the host, figuratively, knocked out all my teeth.

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Yeah. Sombody has to send this link to Utah´s DA.

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(INSERT GAY PORN REFERENCE HERE)

Sortableturnip's Law: As an online discussion of video game violence grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Jack Thompson approaches 1

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Sortableturnip's Law: As an online discussion of video game violence grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Jack Thompson approaches 1

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Cue Music...!

I think maybe Flight of the Bumblebee would be more appropriate.

Then again...

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Yakety-Sax is the most appropriate music for JT.

 

 
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E. Zachary KnightMatthew, AE, Yeah, that is why I have a hard time understanding critics of Sarkeesian. I look at her videos as a Feminist review of video games, but for some reason, others look at them as personal attacks.10/30/2014 - 12:01pm
E. Zachary KnightDefinitely a good answer. That is the way I lean. If you actively chose to stop gaming, or just stopped out of habit, then yeah, you are no longer a gamer.10/30/2014 - 11:45am
Matthew WilsonAE i agree, but it is worth pointing out the fact that that is whats happening.10/30/2014 - 11:45am
quiknkoldbehavior to warrant having a Title that doesnt involve a piece of paper.10/30/2014 - 11:43am
quiknkoldwaiting in line. Thats not being a Gamer. Thats akin to me reading a Pamphlet in line and calling myself an active reader. or watching a movie trailer on a tv in walmart and calling myself an active movie goer. There has to be some form of repetitive10/30/2014 - 11:42am
quiknkoldbeing A Gamer is a Conscious decision. I am consciously engaging in this form of media and showing some form of enthusiasm. The only person I Wouldnt call a gamer is somebody who has a random game on their phone just to kill 5 minutes cause they are10/30/2014 - 11:41am
E. Zachary KnightSo how much time must pass since the last time you played a game before you are no longer a gamer?10/30/2014 - 11:33am
Andrew Eisen"Plays" is present tense so the clarification doesn't seem necessary to me.10/30/2014 - 11:18am
quiknkoldI would change that from "One who plays games" To "One who currently plays games". Like my friend as a kid playd games but then he stopped and hasnt for the last decade+ so I wouldnt call him a Gamer.10/30/2014 - 11:16am
Andrew EisenHmm, that sounds like a great idea for a series of articles! I bet they'd be well-received and not taken the complete wrong way at all!10/30/2014 - 11:12am
Andrew EisenThat's right, gamer simply means one who plays games. That's it. The idea that "gamer" refers to something very limited and specific, well, that's no longer applicable in this day and age of mainstream gaming.10/30/2014 - 11:12am
Andrew EisenMatthew - As I said last night, that is not a bad thing. Different types of reviews to serve different interests is a GOOD thing and should be encouraged! There is not, nor should there be, only one way to review a game or anything else.10/30/2014 - 11:01am
ZippyDSMleeAnyone see this? http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/10/29/1339617/-Cartoon-Gamergate-Contagion-Spreads?detail=facebook10/30/2014 - 10:55am
E. Zachary KnightNeeneko, Matthew, yeah, there is no "wrong" way to review a game. It all depends on who the reviewer wants reading the review.10/30/2014 - 10:48am
quiknkoldhas their own stream, you are a gamer. I think the only prerequiset is to Play Games for Enjoyment10/30/2014 - 10:21am
quiknkoldI always felt the Gamer Identity was expressing an enthusiasm for Gaming in general. There are different degrees to that. If you say "I love this game and play it, lets see what else" with Ipad game, you are a gamer. If you are a retro game collector who10/30/2014 - 10:20am
NeenekoIt is long overdue, and things will probably settle down when they accept that the industry does not cater to them and them alone and go back to posturing within their own subculture.10/30/2014 - 10:10am
NeenekoThe community has always been split, with many factions within it, and they used to not interact all that much. Now they are having to confront they are not alone and thus not the one twue gamer identity.10/30/2014 - 10:09am
 

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