No Surprise Dept: Jack Thompson Wades into Thai GTA Case

August 5, 2008 -

You knew it was only a matter of time.

In the wake of reports that a 19-year-old Thai man murdered a cab driver after playing Grand Theft Auto, embattled Miami attorney Jack Thompson has written a menacing e-mail to the top executives of Take-Two Interactive, publisher of the controversial series.

In the e-mail to T2 chairman Strauss Zelnick and CEO Ben Feder (and copied to dozens of other people, including GamePolitics), Thompson writes:

I warned you both that copycat killings by teens would occur upon the release of Grand Theft Auto IV. Now my prediction has come true...
GP: Except that it's unclear whether the alleged killer was even playing GTA IV. In fact, as we reported, it's not at all clear that GTA IV has even been imported into the Thai market as of yet.
 
In addition to multiple written warnings, I told you of this coming mayhem in a face-to-face meeting with you, Mr. Zelnick, on Central Park West on May 15, 2007... I am working with authorities now...  as well as other remedies against Take-Two for its reckless worldwide distribution of its murder simulation training products...
 
This is just the latest killing incident prompted by your murder simulators. I aim to make it the last...
 
GP: We covered the Central Park meeting which Thompson refers to here. It took place shortly after Zelnick had seized control of T2, ousting Thompson's previous favorite target, CEO Paul Eibeler.
 
As to "working with authorities," Thompson often makes such claims.
PS: The above latest copycat killing will help fuel federal legislation in the United States because of your company’s chronic marketing and sale of its mature-rated video games to minors. You are selling GTA IV, for example, to anyone of any age via the Internet.

 

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Re: No Surprise Dept: Jack Thompson Wades into Thai GTA Case

A single possible case does not an "I told you so" make, Jack.

Also why would an incident in Thailand fuel any United States legislation? Wha?

To Jack Thompson (if he reads this)

With all due respect (actually, forget that);

 

Shut the hell up. It's obvious you don't care about what happened, you just want to make games (and us gamers) look bad. And stop saying that Take-Two's marketing the games to minors. It's common knowledge that the GTAs are M rated and thus are meant ONLY for people 17 years or older. (yes some under-age kids play the games but that's the fault of the parents, not any games manufactorer)

 

You know what? I don't know why I'm saying this. You're just an attention seeking troll.

Re: No Surprise Dept: Jack Thompson Wades into Thai GTA Case

Does that mean Jack will be making his way to Thailand? I need to get the guys ready in this case...

Re: No Surprise Dept: Jack Thompson Wades into Thai GTA Case

Let's not forget the decades of opium and heroin trade, human trafflicking, arms smuggling, and political corruption!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh wait, Jack doesn't care.

Re: No Surprise Dept: Jack Thompson Wades into Thai GTA Case

I hear the bar exams in Thailand are a lot easier than in the US and they won't hold disbarrment in the US against you.

Why don't you go at it?

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Re: No Surprise Dept: Jack Thompson Wades into Thai GTA Case

Thank God Jack waded in, otherwise people might take it seriously.

Once wacko jacko is on the scene, you can bet any legitimate interest in the case is gone.

But lets be realistic here, in a country known for being able to have sex with children as easily as getting a hot meal, who's captial city is built on sex slavery, they're worried about video games?

 

Re: No Surprise Dept: Jack Thompson Wades into Thai GTA Case

question, does JT think before he says his "facts", or does it all come out so fast he'll just say it and not think the logic behind it

Re: No Surprise Dept: Jack Thompson Wades into Thai GTA Case

Of course not.  He actually complained, saying he has fewer rights then the people in Guantanemo. My dark sense of humor would be very amused by Jack in big-G, however, that's not the point. Anyone who with two working brain cells could figure out rather quickly that his failure to respond to the SCOFLA show cause order appropriately (thus costing him his ability to petition that court), is not some sort of violation of his civil liberties.

The guy is just a total douche.  Not any more complicated then that.  I look forward to his disbarment. Once he can't wield the courts as his own personal cudgel anymore, he'll just be yet another douche with an opinion on the internet, and we've got plenty of those.

"Even if it was online gaming that somehow inspired him to kill his parents, he must have realised at some point that they wouldn't drop any good loot." - GP member, Doomsong

Re: No Surprise Dept: Jack Thompson Wades into Thai GTA Case

Wow, he makes a big deal out of 1 single crime connected to GTA. Oh well, this proves to every1 the narrow minded, biased, annoying, pathetic clown he is

Re: No Surprise Dept: Jack Thompson Wades into Thai GTA Case

No one really knows IF it's really connected anyways...

Re: No Surprise Dept: Jack Thompson Wades into Thai GTA Case

He got no ground. He broke the settlement (once again) and he only got a month at most as a lawyer. He'll barely have the time to open his mouth before someone tells him "You're no qualified for this case."

Re: No Surprise Dept: Jack Thompson Wades into Thai GTA Case

I know it's been said before but, damn, that's one creepy-ass photograph of Jack Thompson. He looks likes he just came off a three-day crack binge.   

Re: No Surprise Dept: Jack Thompson Wades into Thai GTA Case

So that's why he's so crazy!

Re: No Surprise Dept: Jack Thompson Wades into Thai GTA Case

Is there anyone that takes this guy seriously? What a clown!

jack you are the biggest joke on the internet. NO ONE cares about what you have to say. You say you are educated but i see no proof in that. Making clames when you dont even have the FACTS! you just shoot off your mouth looking for your redemption for all the crap you have pulled...you need to be tested for a mental health illness...my friends son is in grade 2 and he doesn't babble like you do....for years I and others arround the would have listened to your bulls**t for so long. :video games are evil....blah blah blah." yawn....zzzzzzzzz...seriously!....

you know what! I have had it!..We all have had it!...

This is just the latest STUPID incident prompted by you being a dumb ass. I aim to make it the last!!!

 

Re: No Surprise Dept: Jack Thompson Wades into Thai GTA Case

One thing I notice, he is almost NEVER asked for his opinions or help on the cases he inserts himself into, no one even hits that they want his help. He sees an article liek this and jsut starts sending out emails to everyone on his to stalk.... er, I mean contact list. I won't be surprised fi after beign disbarred he'll walk in to a court hearign ,tap the defendant on the shoulder and say "Just say GTA made you do it, you'll get off easy"

Re: No Surprise Dept: Jack Thompson Wades into Thai GTA Case

Right, I see that Jack's grasp of basic logic yet eludes him.

 

Right so Jack, no one is saying that people will never try to duplicate the actions they see in games/movies/books/religious material.  But what is being said is that in no way does the material remove the person's free will in any manner.  Ergo, Take-Two didn't make this man kill any one and the blood is on his own hands.

 

You still don't quite grasp the whole causal relationship do you?

Re: No Surprise Dept: Jack Thompson Wades into Thai GTA Case

lol once more jack jumps in WITHOUT the whole story. wow jack, do you EVER research your so called "findings" or just believe the other zealots when they say "GTA is to blame!"

your as bad as fox news is at not thinking before you speak.

but since we're making obvious "predictions" i'll predict there will be another war after Iraq within 10 or so more years... to obvious given mankinds nature isn't it?

 

Re: No Surprise Dept: Jack Thompson Wades into Thai GTA Case

When is he expected to be disbarred again? Isn't it the 7th of september?

Re: No Surprise Dept: Jack Thompson Wades into Thai GTA Case

i think so, less than 2 weeks before my b-day :D So thanks for the early present Florida!

Re: No Surprise Dept: Jack Thompson Wades into Thai GTA Case

JT represents the fastest downward spiral from "lawyer", to "minor nuisance", to "major nuisance", to "standing joke"

Re: No Surprise Dept: Jack Thompson Wades into Thai GTA Case

That i have ever seen* i really should start an account so i can edit my posts : /

Re: No Surprise Dept: Jack Thompson Wades into Thai GTA Case

I warned you both that copycat killings by teens would occur upon the release of Grand Theft Auto IV. Now my prediction has come true...

Damn did I miss a release date? or is this guy just ASKING.... or rather Begging for attention?

 

Re: No Surprise Dept: Jack Thompson Wades into Thai GTA Case

I warned you both that copycat killings by teens would occur upon the release of Grand Theft Auto IV. Now my prediction has come true...

Hay fellow GPers, I predict that the sun will set and then rise the next day, and next prediction is that Jack Thompson will do/say something stupid.  I also predict that we still have many more LOLs to come at Jack's expense.

And wasn't that meeting where they told Jack to STFU with your lies and absurd statments?

AGAIN with the "you are selling stuff to minors via the interwebs" BS.  You keep ignoring it, but you know that ALL ONLINE RETAILERS ARE LIKE THAT!  I pointed out how Sears and Walmart have such "I am not a minor" click through agreements, but all you have a hard on for is Best Buy(hmm, not much noise about them as of late, did they give you a good legal spanking?) and Take Two/Rockstar's store.  I also pointed out how HYPOCRITICAL you are considering that these "kiddies" can buy R and Un-rated movies easily on & OFFLINE, and that even sites like Amazon sell REAL porn.

I think I know why he ignores facts like that... Entertainment like music, movies, books, COMIC BOOKS, etc have long been cleared of such issues, people don't care about these forms anymore because they know better, and such entertainment probably reminds him of his failures in the past & that he has no chance against such.  That is why he has to make such a big deal out of the movie equivalent of an R-rated gangster flick series.

Re: No Surprise Dept: Jack Thompson Wades into Thai GTA Case

Jack Thompson: Attention Whore... and we are still waiting for your new website. At least open an account on Blogger, you sucker...

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Re: No Surprise Dept: Jack Thompson Wades into Thai GTA Case

Because it is being repeated here and elsewhere that the Supremes' will issue sanctions in Thompson's case next month, let me clarify: 

The September 4th deadline applied only to Judge Tunis' Report being filed with the Supremes. Diligent public servant that she is, the good Judge filed her Report in advance of that deadline. The Supremes are now free to issue their final rulings in Thompson's matter. They could possibly do so this week. Or next month. Or 3 months from now. It's their call. And, for all we know, they'll grant Norm Kent's request to intervene in the matter which would likely push further off in time their ultimate ruling. They'll certainly rule eventually, but there's no telling at this point precisely when that'll be. 

Hope I haven't dashed anyone's hopes against the rocks. Just trying to be informative. 

 

 

Re: No Surprise Dept: Jack Thompson Wades into Thai GTA Case

Jackie, Jackie, Jackie, you are a dam idiot im 13 and i could beat you at this case, and one more thing, stay out of other countries business

Re: No Surprise Dept: Jack Thompson Wades into Thai GTA Case

JT reminds me of a Polish politician who keeps on bashing the church. It's beginning to get boring.

Re: No Surprise Dept: Jack Thompson Wades into Thai GTA Case

Jack Thomson said:

"You are selling GTA IV, for example, to anyone of any age via the Internet."

Correction: to anyone with a credit card via the Internet.

i.e. Adults are responsible for those online sales, and/or for whomever uses their credit cards legally.

Re: No Surprise Dept: Jack Thompson Wades into Thai GTA Case

Uh, personnaly i think the guy who stabbed the taxi guy mentionned a video game to avoid some bullets to be shoved up his ass at a very high speed, so Jackie boy no copycats here, just close your mouth and go help your wife to make the dinner.

Re: No Surprise Dept: Jack Thompson Wades into Thai GTA Case

Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have.  The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases.

                                                                    -Thomas Jefferson

 

Fuck off Jack.  As a lawyer you should have learned that the Bill of Rights was put in place not only to protect us from the governemnt, but from overbearing self-centered ass holes like yourself.  Games are a form of freedom.  Period.

Re: No Surprise Dept: Jack Thompson Wades into Thai GTA Case

You know, I'm not sure so this was actually JT sending out these letters.

Not ONCE did I see a mention of his 60 minutes apperance!

Re: No Surprise Dept: Jack Thompson Wades into Thai GTA Case

Call me crazy but I'm sure Thailand, like many countries in that part of the world has bigger issues other than GTA or any video game, especially in the extremely poor areas when it comes to things such as, oh I dunno, child prostitution/rape. But of course Jack doesn't give a shit about something like that, it's the damn vidya games! Maybe that just doesn't bother Jack, of course there's no money in it for him so he probably feels the opposite.

 

Then again, maybe GTA is the cause of that too. >_>

Re: No Surprise Dept: Jack Thompson Wades into Thai GTA Case

JT has made it clear that he doesn't consider physical, emotional, or sexual abuse to be a factor in criminal cases.  He also considers gaming to be worse for kids than all of the above.  As far as I'm concerned, he's giving it tacit approval.

Re: No Surprise Dept: Jack Thompson Wades into Thai GTA Case

Jack, did you forget that your most likely not even going to be a lawyer next month? You should probably not worry not worry about your latest imaginary claim your making up in your own head and worry about something real. Like your disbarrment, or what your going to have for dinner tonight.

Re: No Surprise Dept: Jack Thompson Wades into Thai GTA Case

Usually, I'm willing to be more patient with laddy Jack, but this situation is so far beyond his comprehension;

 

Jack, shut up. Seriously, shut your mouth. You have no idea what you are possibly dealing with here. I highly doubt that the Thai government would want some "egotistical-about-to-be-disbarred" Miami lawyer in the mix. Here's a thought Jack, why don't complete this list:

1) Finish one of your websites. How long have you paraded your websites...the ones that have yet to actually show their faces on the interwebs?

2) Pick out a suit for your disbarrment announcement. Personally, I think the off-white with the long arms and straps looks best. Don't worry, you won't need a tie.

3) Help out your around the house, it's not like you're working or anything.

Re: No Surprise Dept: Jack Thompson Wades into Thai GTA Case

From briefing Hilary Clinton to clutching wildly at straws, hoping that if he shouts loud enough it will make what he says true.

How the opportunistic have fallen.

Re: No Surprise Dept: Jack Thompson Wades into Thai GTA Case

There is no getting rid of Thompson, is there?

 

Sure, we'll ban him from being a lawyer... that doesn't stop him from say... being a lobbyist... a protester.

 

An annoying little troll on forums that will forever haunt our dreams?

Re: No Surprise Dept: Jack Thompson Wades into Thai GTA Case

No, there is no real way to get rid of him. We'll just have to wait for him to die of old age...*looks at watch*...........Damn, that's gonna take forever!

But before that fateful day, we must continue the ever vigilant fight against him and his intolerance. Hopefully, he'll see the day when we gamers thrust our controllers high and cheer in victory, and Thompson will finally give up the fight.....*looks at watch again*...Damn, that's gonna take forever!

Re: No Surprise Dept: Jack Thompson Wades into Thai GTA Case

*Edit* 

Also, an old person in a nursing home is going to die of old age today...  Wow, I am magic!  There is going to be an earthquake in California one day too!

Jack, you would be amazed on how unmissed you would be if you and everyone like you (Hillary, Leiberman...) disappeared.  Then maybe we could make parents liable for their kid's actions, and we would have people who would actually parent their kids or not have them.

EZK: Nothing against you, but We should try to avoid even the symblance of threats on our good buddy John Bruce.

Re: No Surprise Dept: Jack Thompson Wades into Thai GTA Case

"Mayhem"

A single murder of a cabbie with a tenuous link to the GTA series does not warrent the term of "Mayhem" if there were several such murders, with each of the accused caught and admitting that they were inspired soley by GTA.. which was somehow proovable under close scruteny by qualified law enforcement and investigation agencys...

Also, judging how fast Thailand acted between the murder of the cabbie and the banning of the game.. I'd say that the wheels of justice in that country are turning in a direction to perhaps... further supress "Subversive" material? A proper investigation should have occured before taking such a drastic measure.. no there had to be a pre-existing agenda to remove the first of many violent videogames.

Or not.. I'm no expert on Thailand.. perhapps things really do move that quick there.. altho that does not seem very careful to me..

Re: No Surprise Dept: Jack Thompson Wades into Thai GTA Case

"Now my prediction has come true"

 

Jack Thompsons thoughts: took them long enough, I just hope I go to fox news and spread more lies about the "evils" of video games while I send out gay porn to people that don't agree with me.

 

Everyone else: **looking for a more clear motive**

Re: No Surprise Dept: Jack Thompson Wades into Thai GTA Case

What I love is the assumption that his cause is so just and holy that the Florida bar will forgive his overtly criminal actions.  He misrepresented himself, threatened and slandered people, advocated child abuse?  It doesn't matter, because he's against video games, which are the true evil.

What a lunatic.

Re: No Surprise Dept: Jack Thompson Wades into Thai GTA Case

yeah right games are games. people kill people not games. gamepolitics.com, what a fucking lame website. people like you should be slapped around

Re: No Surprise Dept: Jack Thompson Wades into Thai GTA Case

Thompson? Is that you?!

Re: No Surprise Dept: Jack Thompson Wades into Thai GTA Case

Trust me, he'd want you to know if it was him, this is just some random nobody troll.

 

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Re: No Surprise Dept: Jack Thompson Wades into Thai GTA Case

Jack Thompson: Go away.

 

Re: No Surprise Dept: Jack Thompson Wades into Thai GTA Case

People have killed in the name of God...

Let's get rid of that too...

 

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

Re: No Surprise Dept: Jack Thompson Wades into Thai GTA Case

My God, that's so crazy that it just might work!

It's crazy because I don't think anyone will do that.

HOWEVER, I do support your idea.

Re: No Surprise Dept: Jack Thompson Wades into Thai GTA Case

I want to be like Jack Thompson!  Here's my prediction:  someday, somewhere, either in the United States or Europe or Asia or any country which has running electricity, someone who happens to have played a video game will kill someone.  F*ck me, it's like I'm Nostradamus or something.

Honestly, who can take this self-aggrandizing jerk seriously? 

Re: No Surprise Dept: Jack Thompson Wades into Thai GTA Case

Can someone clarify something for me:

I seem to remember that at one point Jack agreed to some settlement with Take 2 that involved him not making any publicly disparaging remarks about the company - yet we can obviously see that he's not abiding by that.

Am I thinking of something else, or totally off the mark?

 
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