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What is Jack Thompson Up to?

Now that everyone’s favorite lawyer Jack Thompson has been barred from the courtroom, what is he up to? He’s now penning a column for conservative website Human Events.

GamePolitics, his usual messenger, carries a teaser from the anti-gaming lawyer. Here’s a bit:

This new ESRB band aid just gets more of the camel’s nose into the video game industry’s tent. Look for a federal law prohibiting sale of mature games to minors in Obama’s first term.  It will be wildly popular with parents in both  parties, as a recent video game industry poll proves.

The new statutory approach is constitutionally bullet proof…

PS:  Hey, I have a new job that began today, and I’m not saying what it is, but you kids won’t be pleased!

We’ll all now look forward to the debauchery that will be his writing.

Thompson Charged for Misconduct

Every gamers’ favorite person Jack Thompson is once again in the news, but this time he isn’t raving about any games… he is in trouble. The trial for his misconduct case is going on and the good news (for him) is that he has been acquitted of four charges. Unfortunately for him, the presiding judge has recommended a total of 27 charges on him. These charges stem from three cases, two of which relate to videogame violence.

GamePolitics has a list of those charges, and even more exciting information.

BioShock Shocks Thompson

Everybody’s favorite madman is at it again, this time attacking another of Take Two’s offering: BioShock. The game – which has been released to retail today – has attracted attention from Jack Thompson because of its TV ads which were shown off during a teen-heavy television program.

Take-Two… is aggressively marketing its newest Mature-rated video game to kids less than 17 years of age… On this Friday’s night’s 8 pm Eastern time airing of WWE’s wrestling program “Smackdown,” there were repeated ads for Take-Two/Rockstar Game’s Mature-rated, incredibly violent BioShock…

A check of the demographics of the audience of that program reveals that teens under 17 years of age watch that program in huge numbers…

Remarkably, the video game industry is running ads for games like BioShock on teen-intensive television programs while at the same time its industry-captured “watchdog,” the ESRB, is running a self-congratulatory ad campaign to assure parents that the video game ratings system is working and that the industry can be trusted not to target their kids with these Mature-rated games. It is all a lie, as the BioShock ads prove.

This rampant fraudulent trade practice is precisely what “Big Tobacco” did with its “Joe Camel” and other teen-targeting ads, while at the same time lying to Congress that it was not marketing its adult product to kids.

Yes, BioShock has effectively shocked Jack Thompson, if anybody cares.

Thompson Praises UK Rating System

Thompson is at it again, lauding the British games rating system, saying that it had send out a “message to critics” as it decided not to grant Manhunt 2 a rating.

“The UK does manage ratings much better than the US… You rate a game and you can’t sell it to people if it falls in a certain category – in other words the rating actually has a sanction, whereas in this county the rating means nothing,” he said.

He also believes that America will eventually follow suit and that ESRB’s rating model will be investigated if Hillary Clinton is elected as President.

GTA 4 Release Protested by Jack Thompson

Jack ThompsonOur favorite lunatic, Jack Thompson, had sent out a mass-email to various news outlets, stating his plans to protest the release of Grand Theft Auto IV. Apparently, he will take “various means to prohibit” the sale of the game to minors, but most surprisingly, he specifically targeted Bill Gates: “Please have your lawyers [Microsoft chairman Bill Gates’, that is] contact me in order that such sales will be prevented.”

He also added: “I and others will endeavor to stop Microsoft from participating in any fashion, directly or indirectly, in such sales to minors.”

Grand Theft Auto IV is slated for release this October on both PS3 and Xbox 360.