Jack Thompson Headed for Disciplinary Hearing?

GamePolitics.Com reports that anti-video game idiot Jack Thompson has a disciplinary hearing coming up in Florida on several counts including three related to his ongoing war against videogame violence.

Those ethics counts relate to Thompson’s role in an Alabama lawsuit against the makers of Grand Theft Auto. According to GamePolitics.Com,

In upholding a pair of complaints against Thompson by [Alabama] Judge James Moore, the Florida Bar alleges that the outspoken attorney violated numerous professional standards both before and after his Pro Hac Vice status was revoked in Alabama. Among the misconduct alleged by the Bar is Thompson’s assertion that a local Alabama attorney claimed he could fix cases before Judge Moore.

Apparently not only did Thompson privately allege that Moore was crooked, but he also sent e-mails to the judge to that effect, such as one Thompson allegedly sent to Moore in July 2006 that included this claim,

You’re the guy who wants to give (Grand Theft Auto publisher) Take-Two my scalp. You chose to believe people that you knew were thieves and liars, and now you are their useful SLAPP Bar complainant… These are your corporate criminal buddies, Judge Moore. These are the folks with whom you made your bed, the folks whom your good friend said he could fix the case.

It is bad enough that Thompson was able to make his empty threats and charges, but remember despite it being blatantly obvious how unhinged he was, Thompson was the go-to guy that media outlets such as CNN went to whenever they needed commentary or analysis on video game violence even though he clearly knew nothing about the very games he was commenting on.


Jack Thompson Faces Florida Supreme Court Disciplinary Hearing. GamePolitics.Com, February 3, 2007.

Video Game Violence vs. the Bible

Someone sent me a link the other day to a profile of anti-videogame nutcase Jack Thompson that contained the following quote attributed to Thompson,

The Bible doesn’t promote killing innocent people. Grand Theft Auto does.

This quote appears in a number of profiles/attacks on Thompson, but I haven’t been able to track it back to its source, so I have no idea if it is accurate or not. Regardless, it is an interesting observation, and one that is completely false — at least on the Bible side of things.

Consider, for example, Psalm 137, which laments the destruction of Jerusalem and proposes an interesting form of revenge, (emphasis added)

5 If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.
6 If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth;
if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.
7 Remember, O LORD, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem;
who said, Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof.
8 O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us.
9 Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.

Someone really needs to make a Half-Life or Unreal Tournament mod depicting that.

Jack Thompson — Sometimes He Feels Like A Nut

Jack’s back (Thompson that is) and this time its the nutcase vs. the video game freaks at Penny-Arcade.

This time around, Thompson made a bizarre offer to pay $10,000 to any game developer who would put out a crude game in which a relative of a victim of video game-inspired violence takes his revenge on game developers. Presumably Thompson was being satirical, though who knows what goes on in this nutcase’s head, and his point was that video game developers wouldn’t create a game where they were the objects of violence. Of course, within short order there were numerous mod projects to fulfill Thompson’s proposal to a T. Thompson responded by saying he was just being satirical and took this $10,000 and went home.

Alas, that was not to be the end of the story. The enterprising folks at Penny-Arcade felt if Thompson wouldn’t keep his word, they would — having been satisfied that Thompson’s challenge had been met, they donated $10,000 in Jack Thompson’s name to The Entertainment Software Association.

That prompted Thompson to fax a letter to Seattle police demanding that they arrest the Penny Arcade folks for harassing and attempting to extort him. Thompson is not just against video game violence, he’s apparently against any speech he disagrees with.

The weird thing is that Thompson still appears on respectable television programs despite a) not knowing what he’s talking about, and b) being an obvious nutcase.

On the first point, Thompson’s Monday night appearance on CNN is an example of his ignorance of the very video game market he wants to destroy. He appeared on Anderson Cooper’s show to talk about the well-reviewed but controversial “Blitz: The League” — the latest installment of what used to be NFL Blitz. According to Penny-Arcade, Thompson offered this judgment of the latest Blitz game,

The NFL wouldn’t allow it’s name to be used, so that tells you something.

This is a demonstrably ignorant statement for someone who passes himself off as an expert on video games. The National Football League recently reached an exclusive agreement with Electronic Arts making EA the only company that can make games with the NFL brand. Midway is not part of EA, so it simply cannot make NFL branded games regardless of how banal or controversial they are. Even if they had loved the game (very doubtful), the NFL could have allowed their name to be associated with the latest Blitz.

More importantly, the ultra violence and some of the more controversial elements of Blitz are clearly veiled shots at the NFL. One feature of Blitz, for example, allows players to juice up their players with any number of steroids to help them perform better or recover more quickly from injury (the player also has to deal with random drug tests and other repercussions for players using steroids).

As for whether or not Thompson is a nutcase, as I’ve maintained, your mileage may vary, but he proved it to my mind in 1988 when running against Janet Reno for the position of Florida Attorney General. Thompson’s campaign premise was quite simple — Reno was a closet lesbian, so she could not be trusted to be attorney general.

At a campaign debate, Thompson actually handed Reno a piece of paper with three checkboxes that read, “I, Janet Reno, am a homosexual, bisexual, heterosexual. If you do not respond then you will be deemed to have checked one of the first two boxes.” Reno wadded up the piece of paper and ignored Thompson, but he kept hitting away at his theme that Reno was a closeted lesbian and was susceptible to being blackmailed if she was elected.

Nut. Case. And CNN guest expert to talk about video games. Go figure.