Jack Thompson

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The original game protester.

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.


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ThisIsMorgan2

31 months ago
Score 9
The potato of court.
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JustAlex93Mh

30 months ago
Score 6
He is indeed a potato
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Dr.Cgad

30 months ago
Score 7
Fuck this guy.
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NintenDylan64

21 months ago
Score 5
Wow, this guy is a massive moron.
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TF2all

19 months ago
Score 5
Fuck this fucking cunt
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Paprika

19 months ago
Score 6
In the correctional facility, he must be telling the inmates "You're in here because of violent video games."
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NoveltyMan

24 days ago
Score 0
I bet he actually does that.
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LA2002

19 months ago
Score 5
He's one huge douche.
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SkyBlueYoshi

17 months ago
Score 5
He sounds like he has so little faith in humanity that he had a bitch fit about violent video games
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RTL101

15 months ago
Score 4
I guess Thompson have ONE redemming quality - he was against controversy around first Mass Effect !
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RTL101

15 months ago
Score 4
  • redeeming
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SquidwardTentacles

15 months ago
Score 4
I hate this guy.
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NoveltyMan

24 days ago
Score 0
Everyone hates.
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Grust

15 months ago
Score 9

So what games was Hitler playing when he murdered 6 million people? What games was Jack the Ripper playing when he murdered prostitutes? What games was Vlad the Impaler playing when he massacred people in horrible agonizing ways? What games was Elizabeth Bathory playing when she bathed in the blood of virgins?

Oh wait, video games didn't exist yet. The problems are some people are just horrible or mentally ill and not getting the treatment they desperately need.
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LA2002

13 months ago
Score 4
Jack Thompson is indeed a seriously mentally-ill monster who belongs in an asylum.
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Mr. Dready

14 months ago
Score 5
Jack thompsons says that GTA is a carjacking and mass murder simulator, is it? nope! GTA is an open world action adventure game that let's you walk around drive around shoot around and some activites and missions, what was he thinking?????
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DarkMatterMan4500

12 months ago
Score 4
Thank god that guy got permanently disbarred (or should I say, fired) from being a lawyer.
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Glitchedblood

10 months ago
Score 6
good thing gta mocked this bastard
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Mr. Dready

10 months ago
Score 3
Really? when?
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Space0720

9 months ago
Score 6
Liberty City Stories.
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SpazJR61

6 months ago
Score 2
also in GTA IV
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Rockman138

3 months ago
Score 2
That guy sucks so hard. He has done no research on video games in general, the stupid politician he is. This guy can be why I hate politicians in today. He can go fuck himself. Even if his political days were put behind him.

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