GTA V Announcement Timed with Thompson’s Three-Year Disbarment Anniversary

October 25, 2011 -

A friend of mine (a developer who will remain nameless) said that the Grand Theft Auto V announcement was oddly timed. I didn't understand what he meant at first until our readers and Twitter began mentioning that today's date coincides with the official start date of former Florida attorney Jack Thompson's disbarment date. On September 25, 2008, the Florida Supreme Court’s disbarment order for Thompson was signed. It went into effect 30 days later, on October 25, 2008.

Rockstar will show off the first trailer for the game on November 2. Thanks to Andrew Eisen and everyone else in the Shout Box and on Twitter who connected the dots.

I don't want to make Thompson come out of hiding to send me a painfully long email filled with insults, so I’ll simply wish him the best in whatever it is he does these days to keep himself occupied. Best of luck in all your endeavors, Jack.

 


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Re: GTA V Announcement Timed with Thompson’s Three-Year ...

This still seems like a ridiculous news story to post. Not only could it be seen as letting Thompson come back to (let's face it) troll the website, but it's effectively troll-baiting in doing so.

That and I'm sure you could pick any day of the year and it would coincide with some embarrassing event of his.

Re: GTA V Announcement Timed with Thompson’s Three-Year ...

GTA4 going all serious was the best thing the franchise could've done. There were too many clones out there like Saint Row etc, and GTA4 felt fresh and showed how immature and basic the clones were.

They've clearly improved on the engine and game structure with RDR.

Odd that it is GTA5 for this generation (?), and not to go under some other name.

Looks like it's perhaps based on bankers and the recession. That would be an interesting concept.

Re: GTA V Announcement Timed with Thompson’s Three-Year ...

Looking at things that happened on 11/2 and the money styling could also indicate Atlantic City, as that's when gambling was approved (1976)

 

Re: GTA V Announcement Timed with Thompson’s Three-Year ...

Or, maybe a newer version of the Las Vegas city that appeared in San Andreas?

Re: GTA V Announcement Timed with Thompson’s Three-Year ...

Why limit it to one city? That's what I loved about San Andreas; you didn't just have one environment, but 3! And personally that also became an issue (small but still) with GTA4 (which was awesome, not complaining). Such a huge city, and still monochromatic. I just hope GTA5, wherever they put it, gets a variety of locals.

Re: GTA V Announcement Timed with Thompson’s Three-Year ...

I just hope they can make a game as good as Vice City was.  Sheer, unadulterated fun (unlike IV), and with writing and dialogue that doesn't make me want to blow my brains out (unlike SA).

Re: GTA V Announcement Timed with Thompson’s Three-Year ...

So, I presume that this is "proof" of the conspiracy the evil games industry has against Jack and his good old Iron Age morals?

He has been rather quiet lately, and I don't recall any chatter from him after the Supreme Court decision earlier this year.  I guess training to be a clergyman requires him to shut his damn mouth for a change.

Re: GTA V Announcement Timed with Thompson’s Three-Year ...

Going with another numbered GTA makes me wonder if it means we're going to see another universe again and there will be little or no connection with IV...

 

As for JT... Yeah, can't believe it's been that long already either...

Re: GTA V Announcement Timed with Thompson’s Three-Year ...

And that is a bad thing?


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Re: GTA V Announcement Timed with Thompson’s Three-Year ...

It's been 3 years already? Wow, time flies.

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Re: GTA V Announcement Timed with Thompson’s Three-Year ...

After GTA4 they are going to make a 5? 0-o


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Re: GTA V Announcement Timed with Thompson’s Three-Year ...

If they take it back to when it was good before it got all serious, I'm all for it.

A bad game is no reason to scrap a franchise, it can be revived.

Re: GTA V Announcement Timed with Thompson’s Three-Year ...

GTA SA was better GTA4 was crap!

/Old man rant


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Re: GTA V Announcement Timed with Thompson’s Three-Year ...

That "bad game" is one of the most highly rated games on the PS3 and the 360.

Re: GTA V Announcement Timed with Thompson’s Three-Year ...

Well it was more Zippy calling it bad, I liked it, just, to me it was too serious.

Re: GTA V Announcement Timed with Thompson’s Three-Year ...

Far from all of it though.

I don't know if I'd call Brucie serious.

Re: GTA V Announcement Timed with Thompson’s Three-Year ...

I'll confess that I absolutely adored Brucie, he was awesome, and I wish I was as happy and optimistic as him.

Re: GTA V Announcement Timed with Thompson’s Three-Year ...

This is why we don't try to understand Zippyworld.

Re: GTA V Announcement Timed with Thompson’s Three-Year ...

Sadly true. Like I said, all I didn't like was how serious it felt. I understand wanting it to be more realistic, but, after San Andreas it felt a little weak at times.

Re: GTA V Announcement Timed with Thompson’s Three-Year ...

I was talking to Mark Ryan (my editor over at IGN) about this on Twitter this morning and he decided to put the factoid in the GTA5 wiki.

http://www.ign.com/wikis/grand-theft-auto-5

 

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IronPatriotBut hey, you're welcome.05/29/2015 - 5:23am
Andrew EisenEZK did say he didn't find any info on the appeals process. And if all he did was look at the ratings process part of the ESRB's website, he wouldn't have. That's where I would have looked too. But hey, thanks for being thorough and finding the info.05/29/2015 - 5:01am
Andrew EisenDude, again. I am NOT saying there is no appeals process. THERE OBVIOUSLY IS. All I am saying is that the appeals process is not described in the ratings process part of the ESRB's website.05/29/2015 - 4:59am
IronPatriotI googled appeal esrb.org and it is the first and third hits. Second is esrb talking about appeals for web publishers. Gamefaqs is fourth.05/29/2015 - 4:01am
IronPatriotZachary said he did not find any information about a formal appeals process. I did a simple search and found two places on the esrb site with the info. Just sayin.05/29/2015 - 3:57am
IronPatriotOn Google I get "1 Written Testimony of Patricia E. Vance President ... - ESRB" http://www.esrb.org/about/news/downloads/pvtestimony_6_14_06.pdf05/29/2015 - 3:55am
Andrew EisenNow, that post on GameFAQs was made four years ago. It appears the ESRB has since moved the appeals process stuff behind the publisher login on its website.05/29/2015 - 3:32am
Andrew EisenOh, third link on the Google search. Okay. That leads to a GameFAQs message board which quotes a section of the ESRB website that includes a description of the appeals process. But when you follow the link, that quote doesn't exist.05/29/2015 - 3:30am
Andrew EisenThird link down from what? Look, I'm not arguing the existance of an appeals process. There obviously is one. I was merely noting that it's odd that it isn't described on the website's ratings process section but it is on the mobile site.05/29/2015 - 3:25am
IronPatriotOK, so use the third link down, which describes the appeals process and is not on the mobile site"Publishers also have the ability to appeal an ESRB rating assignment to an Appeals Board, which is made up of publishers, retailers and other professionals."05/29/2015 - 2:47am
Andrew EisenRight, which links to the ESRB's mobile site. On the website (again, unless I'm overlooking it) the appeals process is locked behind the publisher login.05/29/2015 - 2:37am
IronPatriotHuh? Google "appeals esrb". It is the first link. Click it. No login requested.05/29/2015 - 2:31am
Andrew EisenInteresting. It's on the mobile site but unless I'm overlooking it, I don't see it under the Ratings Process on the web site. It is under the publishers section but you can't access it without a login.05/29/2015 - 2:13am
IronPatriot"Publishers also have the ability to appeal an ESRB rating assignment to an Appeals Board made up of publishers, retailers and other professionals. " Esrb05/29/2015 - 2:01am
IronPatriotZachary, did you look on the esrb site? The esrb appeals process pops up when you search "esrb appeals" http://m.esrb.org/faq_09.php05/29/2015 - 2:00am
Andrew EisenThe humor reminds me a lot of Axe Cop.05/29/2015 - 1:37am
WymorenceOh sweet god, Kung Fury is freaking awesome...05/28/2015 - 10:03pm
E. Zachary KnightWonder, I know you can revise content and resubmit it, but I can't findany information about a formal appeals process.05/28/2015 - 7:27pm
Wonderkarpever wonder if there's an appeals process for AO?05/28/2015 - 6:55pm
Matthew WilsonDanny and Andy play the first couple of levels of the upcoming Hatred http://www.gamespot.com/videos/hatred-gamespot-plays/2300-6425016/ imho it does not look like it should be AO.05/28/2015 - 5:57pm
 

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