Jack Thompson is a now-disbarred lawyer and quote-unquote "activist" who is well-known for suing various companies that made violent video games and promoting that violent video games were the sole cause of all violence in our society and referred to them as "murder simulators."
He always assumed that whenever a teenager or child committed a violent crime that the child had a violent video game in his or her possession. He was also against Howard Stern, violent movies, and music.
Luckily for gamers, no court ever took Jack's claims seriously and Jack has never won a single court case, though he was successful in getting Howard Stern off the air. Most of his suggested laws for games were considered unconstitutional, going against the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
Outside of the courts, many of his efforts to ruin video games were considered extremely childish, immature, and he had even bullied and insulted gamers themselves. In one article, Jack Thompson said that all gamers were retards and even told one gamer to buy a "suicide simulator." He once even wrote to the mother of the chairman of Take-Two Interactive, Strauss Zelnick, and compared him to a Hitler Youth towards her and said she that basically spoiled him. Many gamers were even offended when Jack Thompson tried to link the Virginia Tech Massacre on the video game Counter-Strike, causing message boards to be filled with anger at Jack. Jason Dell Roca, the former executive director of the International Game Developers Association responded by calling Jack a "massacre chaser" just waiting for something like this to happen so they can get on their soapbox. During the Devin Moore trial in 2005, he blamed the Moore shootout on the video game, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. Devin even said, "Life is a video game, everybody's got to die sometimes." He also considered Grand Theft Auto IV, "the gravest assault on children since polio", and during the Moore lawsuit, he likened Sony's distribution of the Grand Theft Auto franchise to the Japanese Empire's attack on Pearl Harbor.
One of his worst actions was challenging game developers to make a video game about a man whose son was killed by a boy who played violent video games to murder a number of industry executives, including one that resembled Paul Eibeler, who was Take-Two Interactive's CEO from 2005 and 2007. The man would then go on a killing spree at Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). In exchange, Jack claimed he would make a $10,000 donation to any charity chosen by Eibeler. The game was created and was called I'm O.K. - A Murder Simulator but Jack Thompson didn't keep his word, claiming that the challenge was satire and made no donation. Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik, the makers of the webcomic Penny Arcade responded by making their own $10,000 donation to the Entertainment Software Association Foundation in Jack's name and wrote in the memo, "For Jack Thompson, Because Jack Thompson Won't." Jack Thompson tried to get the two arrested for criminal harassment but was unable to.
Because of his actions, as well as withholding information, poor conduct, and immature behavior, the Florida Bar had permanently disbarred Jack Thompson from practicing law in 2008. His actions also made him the enemy of countless gamers. In the wake of his disbarment, Thompson is now a teacher of American history and civics to inmates in the Florida correctional system.