Jack Thompson Squeals On Strauss Zelnick To His Mom

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Jack Thompson Squeals On Strauss Zelnick To His Mom

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With the release of Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto IV looming, Jack Thompson predictably has made his presence felt in a most unpredictable manner - by writing a letter to Strauss Zelnick's mom.

The letter to the Take-Two Chairman's mother was actually delivered to his lawyer, as per the requirements of a settlement that restricts Thompson's communications with Take-Two to its legal counsel. The letter, posted on Shacknews, appears inspired by comments Zelnick made at last week's annual Take-Two shareholders meeting, at which he said, "My mom couldn't write better reviews" than the ones he had seen for Grand Theft Auto IV. Thompson, assuming that Mrs. Zelnick hasn't actually played the game herself, suggested in his letter that she either do so or find a gamer to play it for her, adding that she should try to find one "who hasn't killed someone yet."

Thompson goes on to claim that "the recent plethora of cop killings is caused in part by your darling son's entrepreneurial energy," and also referenced his appearance on 60 Minutes, quoted the Bible, and compared "little Strauss" to a member of the Hitler Youth. In his conclusion, Thompson wrote, "Happy Mother's Day, Mrs. Zelnick, which this year is May 11, two weeks after your son unleashes porn and violence upon other mothers' boys. I'm sure you're very proud."

Speaking to Diehard Gamefan, Thompson said, "You're familiar with the concept of 'shame,' right? He can show it to his mother or not, but of course he won't because he wouldn't want his mother to know what he does and how he harms other people's kids." Thompson's letter to Strauss' mom can be read in its entirety here.

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Dear God.

And we're the fucked up ones?

I hope Zelnick's mum kicks his ass. In public. On 60 minutes.

Jack Thompson:
You're familiar with the concept of 'shame', right?

Mr. Pot, there's someone I'd like you to meet. He's over there on the stove whistling, I think you and he have a lot in common...

The Hitler Youth? Really? Irony being irony, the Hitler Youth were all about the indoctrination of ideals (such as they were...), which are the antithesis of GTA in every form. Meanwhile, I don't think it has to be said that Jack Thompson's own 'ideals' are somewhat warped as well.

When empirically contrasting the ethics of someone who made a career out of scaremongering to the ignorant and fueling irrational fears with someone who makes a living selling pop-culture ethics-deprived dross (parodistic or not), it's hard to prefer one side or the other. But then Jack makes it easy for us...

You could almost swear Jack Thompson is laying the groundwork for a "diminished capacity" defense of some future crime. (Probably beating a hooker to death given his GTA fixation.) Seriously, he looks like squirrel-bait these days instead of the misguided defender of the public morals he appeared to be years ago.

Then again, anybody trying to make an election issue out of Janet Reno's sexual orientation has to have serious head-gasket leaks... maybe he's always been cracked.

-- Steve

Thompson needs to stop and devote his time to something else. Instead of advocating to ban games like GTA IV, he should be advocating for the proliferation of non-violent, or at least less violent, games. Then, he won't inevitably go down in history as a stupid, egotistical, douche-bag.

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GyroCaptain:

Mr. Pot, there's someone I'd like you to meet. He's over there on the stove whistling, I think you and he have a lot in common...

I don't think that's entirely fair. Steam was actually useful for a while.

All of this hate becuase he couldent beat GTA 1. Poor sod.

Would it count as videogame violence if tracked him down and beat the shit out of him?

Easykill:
Would it count as videogame violence if tracked him down and beat the shit out of him?

Unfortunately yes, but if his mum does it, then it proves him wrong as well. Not 'arf.

You ever wonder what people would blame violence in youth on if video games weren't around? As in, tomorrow, all video games suddenly ceased to exist.

I think they'd blame it on reality t.v. Maybe 'Cops'.

L.B. Jeffries:
You ever wonder what people would blame violence in youth on if video games weren't around? As in, tomorrow, all video games suddenly ceased to exist.

I think they'd blame it on reality t.v. Maybe 'Cops'.

They used to do that before video games, although it might not have been 'Cops' specifically.

Anton P. Nym:

Then again, anybody trying to make an election issue out of Janet Reno's sexual orientation has to have serious head-gasket leaks... maybe he's always been cracked.

-- Steve

Best engine related joke I've read all day. I personally posit that it takes a special kind of cretin to lose a campaign against Janet Reno, regardless of circumstance.

Crusnik, the analogy was pot and kettle calling one another black/hot. Jack Thompson has not however ever been useful, point taken. At least you can warm your chili in a pot.

Oh, I thought it was about blowing steam. I'm in the middle of studying for finals, so I'm not really all here.

Crusnik:
Oh, I thought it was about blowing steam. I'm in the middle of studying for finals, so I'm not really all here.

Best of luck to yer!

Anyways...
In the 40's it was comics, in the 50 it was rock and roll, in the 60's its was communism, in the 70's it was Punk, in the 80's it was Arnold Schwarzenneger, in the 90's it was Hip hop, in the 00's its games.
As long as there are ambulance chasing Sheisters with agendas to press, something will be to blame.

Also does Thompson seriosuly think that Strauss' mother won't have noticed GTA? Given mothers tendencies to track their offspring's career with a microscope. She probably has every game, poster, review and controversy in aphabetically and chronologically indexed binders.

Is there really anything left to say about Jack Thompson? He digs his own holes so spectacularly, there's little left to do but comment on the obvious. He's an out-of-touch buffoon who believes he is living in the 50s.

Has this man been dis-barred yet? Or at the very least put on some powerful anti-psychotics?

I reckon Jack Thompson was that kid in the arcade who always got pushed out of the way by bigger kids when he wanted to play Pong.

Batshit. Insane. All. The. Way.

I wonder if someone wrote a letter to Thompsons mom telling her how little Jackie is doing his damndest to wreck the lives of others if he would crawl back under the rock he came from?

"Happy Mother's Day, Mrs. Zelnick, which this year is May 11, two weeks after your son unleashes porn and violence upon other mothers' boys. I'm sure you're very proud."

Dirty tactics, that. I think Jack can be a very funny man (sometimes intentionally), but a statement like that? This man is going above and beyond legalities here, into very dangerous waters. Er, again.

fix-the-spade:

In the 40's it was comics, in the 50 it was rock and roll, in the 60's its was communism, in the 70's it was Punk, in the 80's it was Arnold Schwarzenneger, in the 90's it was Hip hop, in the 00's its games.

I seem to recall a quote from some monk back in the 800's AD about the world being about to end due to the 'horrors' of the young and there over-sexed-ness. If I find the quote, I'll post it.

Lets just say, they are always looking for an excuse for their kids awful behaviour - i.e. instead of there poor parenting or complete ignorance of what their children get.

Not to draw too fine a point on this, but even though there is no 'official' review board for games (or at least here in the UK), all games get marked with age-ratings. If you give your kid 18+ rated material and its wraps their minds, then I think whining about these 'awful games' is a case in favour of making parenthood license only.

That said, there is a massive knee-jerk reaction to this stuff regardless. 'Cop killer simulator' my bum-cheek. If you start shooting cops in game, judging from previous GTA's, you will get hundreds of them and even tanks swarming you. If anything, it'll teach children 'Cop-killing == Getting shot to dead by a tank'. Still an odd message, for sure, but very different to what 'wacko Jacko' would have you believe.

Anywho...back on point - I don't think GTA is 'morally bankupt', really. Its up to the player in alot of cases what they choose to do - games like Mario (for a random example) aren't really teaching kids morality, because you don't have any opinion but to be the good guy - now, I like to play the good guy regardless (tis my preference) but its much more satisifing mentally that being a good guy because I have no choice.

Sorry, I think I went abit of topic there.

One day, Jack Thompson will die. When that happens, I will eat his radioactive corpse and gain his super powers.

What kind of super powers could Jack Thompson have, you ask? That's a very good question, and I'll be glad to answer that.

He has the power to troll an entire demographic of his fellow humans successfully.

Doug:
Sorry, I think I went abit of topic there.

No sin was committed, my son, for thou didst make valid points and couch them well with praiseworthy grammar.

Jack Thompsan may be a complete and utter fizzbitch but beating him up or trying to hurt him or threatning him would just prove his point. He would have physical evidence go on tv and say, "Look what they did to me, do you believe they are violent now?"

I have to agree with Doug though. Every country I know of has some sort of rating system that is clearly displayed on the game case. Here in the U.S. it's the ESRB and they have it clearly printed on the front and back, with the reasons on the back. So, the parents are just trying to excuse their bad parenting with videogames. And, you know, it's a strange thing that crime has gone down (at least in the U.S.) since video games first started coming out.

Whenever I hear about video games contributing to real world violence I think of Yahtzee's Manhunt review.

There's a plethora of scientific information and federal reports that debunk the notion of video game's contributing to violent crimes, not to mention the fact that if a 12 year old is playing a 18+ rated game it's something the parents should be held accountable for not paying attention. If you're up for a good read, check the link below; it's eight myths about video game violence debunked by studies and reports. Enjoy.

http://www.pbs.org/kcts/videogamerevolution/impact/myths.html

Well, there's really nothing left for me to say that hasn't already been said. I would like to say that I am becoming impatient in my waiting for him to be dis-barred... WAIT! I got an idea. Dis-bar him, and don't tell him, so that when he tries to pull pseudo legal-crap, he'll look like even more of a fool.

Doug:

I seem to recall a quote from some monk back in the 800's AD about the world being about to end due to the 'horrors' of the young and there over-sexed-ness. If I find the quote, I'll post it.

"The Earth is degenerating these days. Bribery and corruption abound. Children no longer mind their parents, every man wants to write a book, and it is evident that the end of the world is fast approaching." - Assyrian Stone Tablet, c.2800BC

Mstrswrd:
Well, there's really nothing left for me to say that hasn't already been said. I would like to say that I am becoming impatient in my waiting for him to be dis-barred... WAIT! I got an idea. Dis-bar him, and don't tell him, so that when he tries to pull pseudo legal-crap, he'll look like even more of a fool.

I believe he's no longer allow to file anything himself - the judge apparently going tired of receiving 'visual media' legal documents, including gay pornography and kangroos in court (amazingly true - only Jacko would try that and think it reasonable, heh - see his wikipedia page for full details).

That said, I feel sorry for the lawyers trying to encourage sensable measure on the sale of games to underagers. They all probably get overshadows by Jackie-boy and end up getting associated with him, even if they are sane. Games rated 18+ shouldn't be sold to kids. If the adult buys it and doesn't review it, well, thats there problem. But too many shop assistants look on games with an ole world view of pac-man and so forth, I think.

HOWEVER, this doesn't mean that these games shouldn't be made, at all. After all, 18+ voilence and sexual content appear in other media, and gamers should be free to choice within the limits of regional laws. But blaming the game developers for the sale of unsuitable material to kids is madness itself (i.e. Jacko's mindset). After all, if your supermarket started selling porn to 6 year olds, its unlikely you'd run off and try to ban porn at the source (or maybe you will, but good luck with that!). You'd have the shop sued for illegally supplying it.

Admittly, the dawn of the digital era means that age-checking online is far more difficult, but if you give your young kids a credit card and access to the internet, again, another case for parenting to be license holders only.

(btw, thanks guys :))

The_root_of_all_evil:

Doug:

I seem to recall a quote from some monk back in the 800's AD about the world being about to end due to the 'horrors' of the young and there over-sexed-ness. If I find the quote, I'll post it.

"The Earth is degenerating these days. Bribery and corruption abound. Children no longer mind their parents, every man wants to write a book, and it is evident that the end of the world is fast approaching." - Assyrian Stone Tablet, c.2800BC

Thank you! Thats it!

Ok, fine, he wrote a bloody letter. It's not like anyone is really going to do something. If Jack Thompson really wants something done, he should file a claim... oh wait, he can't... Well, then stop being such a busy body, and sue the retailers who sell 18/17+ games to minors, or try and educate parents...

Actually, why hasn't anyone tried to educate parents on the rating system for games. It seems like the logical thing to do.

- A procrastinator

I think Thompson should take his act on the road. That is some seriously funny shit right there. The guy is pure comic genius.

Karisse:
There's a plethora of scientific information and federal reports that debunk the notion of video game's contributing to violent crimes, not to mention the fact that if a 12 year old is playing a 18+ rated game it's something the parents should be held accountable for not paying attention. If you're up for a good read, check the link below; it's eight myths about video game violence debunked by studies and reports. Enjoy.

http://www.pbs.org/kcts/videogamerevolution/impact/myths.html


But that's from PBS! Didn't you know that they're a bunch of leftist, devil worshiping sodomites?! Only my research is without bias! It is true because I collected it from anecdotes told by people who agree with me!

This is... low. Like scum of the earth low. This is low even for him.

What did his parents do to him?

On some levels, I can agree that certain levels of porn and violence are bad when shown in video-games . I also realize what he's talking about with the biblical passages, with passages from the sermon on the mount of not holding strong desires of violence or lust against any other human. But this man is clearly insane. He has lost touch with reality. But whats scary is that he has such support. Christ, the man could run for office and win on this "fame".

fat american:
Jack Thompsan may be a complete and utter fizzbitch but beating him up or trying to hurt him or threatning him would just prove his point. He would have physical evidence go on tv and say, "Look what they did to me, do you believe they are violent now?"

We could goad him into hitting one of us, and then say "Look at how violent this man is, attacking an innocent child (we'll need someone below adulthood). He has never played a game, and he strikes innocent children". Could work.

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