Jack Thompson Threatens Gabe Newell Over School Shooter Mod

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Andy Chalk:
Jack Thompson Threatens Gabe Newell Over School Shooter Mod

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Certifiably sane videogame critic Jack Thompson has a warning for Valve boss Gabe Newell: shut down the School Shooter mod for Half-Life 2 or face the consequences!

Jack Thompson may have been disbarred for life but that's not stopping him from keeping up the fight against the videogame industry and what he sees as the "murder simulators" it produces. Thompson's latest target is none other than Valve Software and specifically the big cheese, Gabe Newell, who Thompson seems to think is somehow involved with the infamous School Shooter: North American Tour 2012 mod.

Thompson's letter in full:

"Dear Mr. Newell:

You either know or should know that the more moral midgets who run Checkerboarded Studios have created a mod for your company's Half-Life which they call School Shooter: North American Tour 2012. This mod is a full-blown Columbine massacre simulator which cannot function without your company's assistance and acquiescence.

Attached herewith is a letter from FHE-ASAP that expresses their, my, and others' concerns about this Columbine massacre mod. As you either know or should know, your Half-Life murder simulator was obsessively played, and thus became a training aid, for a) teenaged Robert Steinhauser, who authored at Erfurt, Germany, the worst school shooting massacre in European history, and b) Seung-Hi Cho, who authored at Virginia Tech University the worst school shooting massacre in world history. As to the latter, the sources of this information are the Washington Post and the New York Times. Now some sociopaths have made reprises of Erfurt and Virginia Tech far more likely.

Given the fact that your company has the technological ability to stop the operation of School Shooter, you must undertake steps immediately to do so.

Speaking for myself alone (for now), you have until five o'clock pm Eastern standard time this Friday, March 18, 2011, to shut down this public safety hazard I predicted years ago this school massacre game would arrive. I hate being right all the time.

GOVERN YOURSELF ACCORDINGLY.

Regards, Jack Thompson"

Thompson claimed that copies of the letter were also sent to Checkerboarded Studios, FHE-ASAP [the Florida Higher Education Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention], the United States Secretary of Education and "significant others."

It's a bit tricky to fathom what role Newell has to play in all of this, aside from heading the company that created Half-Life 2 back in 2004. Moral obligations notwithstanding, I'm not so sure Valve can just wave its magic wand and make mods disappear, nor that, if it can, it should. As to the implied "or else" in his message, Thompson gave no indication as to what sort of punitive measures he intends to bring to bear should Newell fail to heed his warning. Based on his history, I expect it will involve further threats, but we'll keep you posted just in case.

Contrary to Thompson's assertions, the official U.S. government report on the murders of 32 people at Virginia Tech in 2007 made no mention of videogames whatsoever.

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Really, at the end of the day alluding to future threats on Jack Thompson's behalf is really no different from some kid who threatens to shoot up his school.

The only thing he can possibly hope to achieve is a further reduction of his credibility, except within extreme right-wing political circles.

This whole thing could have been avoided if sites like this one had never given that stupid mod publicity in the first place.

By reporting on him, journalists are just giving him the attention he desires and ups the chance that someone will see or hear his words and agree with him. Maybe someone in power that can affect the game industry through legislation someday.

Also, with comments such as "Raging so hard" or "Wish I could send him to Ravenholm", etc..while harmless to the community that understands what you are saying, tends to prove his point that games promote violence to those who aren't as ingrained in the gaming culture. So by doing so, you are really shooting yourself in the foot by playing into his game.

'Makes make based around court room for CSS... Then makes the court room the place for the boom. Maybe add a VIP escort thing in to for the map.... Sends copy to Jack Thompson, waits for free ads.'

Best advertising campaign ever.

Jack, give it up, you lose.
As for the mod, someone would go there eventually, as with all topics (can't think of examples right now, too energy deprived), so take it easy, it's not that astounding.

You guys do know that he's probably giggling in delight as we get angry over the comments?

(Grins) This guy is just too insane to be real. I'd like to see him sued for defamation or something. :D

Assassin Xaero:
I think he is just doing this to try and get a job at Fox News...

yep... I think so too... they have a lot in common, both Jack(ass), and Fox(fucks) like to pick on the gaming industry so that more moms(who stays at home), who stays at home would agreed to them bitching... so they can gain some listeners/viewers...

A note on the subject... Isn't all the game they bitch about, all rated "M"? as in "Mature games"? like NOT FOR KIDS! so if they are EVER GOING TO BITCH ABOUT "VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES SOLD TO KIDS"... they should actually go after GAMESTOP or STUPID IGNORANT FUCKHEAD parents (who aren't prepared for having kids)... and not the developers.

kajinking:

icyneesan:
I thought Jack Thompson retired!? WHY GOD! Why do you keep making me relive the horrors of video game past!!

*Turns around and sees N-gage*

WHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHY!?

Second what was so bad about the N-Gage? I never heard of it, was that a system or a game?

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You know, unlike some gamers, I don't hate Jack Thompson, I don't wish any physical violence upon him, because truthfully I kind of pity him, the more I hear from Jack Thompson, the more it seems like he is straight obsessed, and obsession isn't a good thing.

Jack Thompson should go on vacation or something, maybe spend the next few months in Hawaii? Get his mind of videogames for awhile, might do him some good.

L3m0n_L1m3:
"PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO ME I SWEAR I'M IMPORTANT ;~;"

"I HATE BEING RIGHT ALL THE TIME."

Someone call the loonie bin, we got another crazie here.

I would sue him for threatening violence.
He says "or else" which could easily imply he is going to go to Valve and shoot and everyone there.
I'm just saying he should have elaborated more.

wasn't this mod created after the shootings had occurred just saying.

punipunipyo:

Assassin Xaero:
I think he is just doing this to try and get a job at Fox News...

yep... I think so too... they have a lot in common, both Jack(ass), and Fox(fucks) like to pick on the gaming industry so that more moms(who stays at home), who stays at home would agreed to them bitching... so they can gain some listeners/viewers...

A note on the subject... Isn't all the game they bitch about, all rated "M"? as in "Mature games"? like NOT FOR KIDS! so if they are EVER GOING TO BITCH ABOUT "VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES SOLD TO KIDS"... they should actually go after GAMESTOP or STUPID IGNORANT FUCKHEAD parents (who aren't prepared for having kids)... and not the developers.

Actually, now that I think about it... M is 17+, and that is when you about to graduate school anyway. So unless they are going to shoot up a college, well... even then, they might play the game instead and not do it.

Wellp, I'm going to get a shitload of popcorn at the store. Anyone else want anything?

I'm with Thompson on this, despite his way of doing things. The gaming industry does not need this kind of game. It's right up there with "Your Mom Isn't Going to Like This Game" campaign from EA's marketing.

there is a lot of pages so i didn't read all the posts....but did I understand it right...did he say that the training mods were used as a "training aid" for the two school shootings that he used as examples? Now I am not sure but feel free to correct me (and just the right answer once please :) )....but didn't the school shootings happen before the mod was released....so if i understood what he said correctly wouldn't that mean that the shooters somehow foresaw the future and practiced with the mod? Again I may be wrong so feel free to correct me :)...but that is what I understood from this...but yea he is just making a huge publicity stunt with this because he clearly doesn't know how things run and is probably the reason for all the violence going around

You, sir, Jack. Yeah, you.

*THWACK WITH KEYBOARD*

Screw off.

Oh, and don't sue VALVe, sue the people who MADE THE DAMN MOD.

I'm calling Cthulhu

Dear Mr. Thompson,
I would like to refer you to the correspondence of Arkell v. Pressdram, 1971

Only 44 hours left.

I'm surprised jack's in the news anymore, I'm pretty sure we defeated THAT boss.

u mad Jack?

Wasn't there a clause in the Half Life 2 user agreement that any mods for it you make are the property of valve if they so choose?

Still this guy is a nut job and I agree with one poster, numb nuts like him are the ones that make me want to go on a killing spree.

You know Gabe, ill tell you what, you listen to him, only if we see either a new Left 4 dead, HL2:E3, or the half life remake.

Psh, you don't need to play a murder simulator to evolve to going around killing people.
I mean, look at me.

...Did I say that out loud?

-Sigh- I really wish these people would LEARN SOMETHING VALID AND HOPEFULLY TRUE about the medium they're bashing.

...Hey! It's this crazy guy again and his crazy statements again.

And how delusional can you get?

You know, maybe if he knew how MODs and HACKS worked he wouldnt be bothering valve, and once its on the web, it never leaves, ever

"Speaking for myself alone (for now), you have until five o'clock pm Eastern standard time this Friday, March 18, 2011, to shut down this public safety hazard I predicted years ago this school massacre game would arrive. I hate being right all the time."

Are you utterly certain that's he's certifially sane? Claiming to be right all the time, despite the many times he's been proven wrong, seems like one hell of a sign of madness. If anything, I'd say that he seems to be losing track of reality...

Surely, this is just real life trolling and the best response is as always - don't feed the troll. Just ignore him and the petty little thing will just get bored and go away.

Valve should do nothing and we'll see what shit he talks then.

Somebody's a little full of themselves.

By the way being angry at him or insulting him will only propel his smugness further skyward so please try to ignore him.

Oh Jack, when will you realize that you have no power at all. You were disbarred and that issue has been made known across the world. This is just an empty threat and accusation nothing you ever say will ever be enforced.

Oh look, Jack Thompson's doing something stupid again. /sigh

This is the emptiest threat someone's ever given. He has absolutely no power whatsoever.

Also:

"I hate being right all the time."

What an arrogant cunt.

Jacko proves once again that adults don't know anything about video games. He honestly thinks that developers are responsible for all 3'rd party mods? Jesus H. Christ, I don't think he's that stupid. I don't think there's any way that anyone could think something that ridiculous. He's just trying to force Valve's hand or something.

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