Everybody's favorite lawyer is at it again, this time sending a heads up letter to Microsoft chairman Bill Gates promising to "undertake various means to prohibit and stop the sale of [Grand Theft Auto 4] to minors." ...
Why is he obses with games like GTA and Bully ? Shouldn't he be fighting games like "Left behind : Eternal Forces" who inspire interfaith violence ?
...he should've been hung, along with Saddam. :o
Nevermind my previous question, I think I got it : This guy want the be notice by the most people possible. He attack Microsoft instead of Sony because they have sold more consoles right now, if the game was to be release on the ps2 he would be suing Sony. Its probably for the same reason that he did not launch a crusade again Saints Row, it sold less copy that Bully (well I think).
This guy is a complete Nobsock. Each games, just like movies, get a rating depending on it's content. He should be attacking the parents who buy these games for there kids, and attacking the stores that sell these games to the kids, not the industry. It's ok to show people getting battered and raped (Irreversible), or 100's of people getting killed in the numerous action movies and horror movies (pick any historic epic or horror movie), with real people and real landmarks etc, yet it's completely wrong to play a game that's so obviously graphically fake (Gears of War looks great, but it's not visually realistic is it!?) This guy needs to stop sueing all these companies (especially MS, that's a losing battle!), and start spending cash on making parents aware of the content in these games and how to protect there kids from them if they wish.
the guy is just a joke now. the courts don't even take him seriously.
Seriously he's a hypocrite, Saints Row is ust as violent as the GTA series, yet I don't see anyone cracking down on that game. How Ironic!
Someone should hit him with a Wiimote.
His comments will only sell more copies, its helping GTA and Microsoft because he is mentioning only Xbox.
This guy is a friggin' joke. Why not target the parents who allow their kids to purchase these games. Let's start prohibiting the sale of books too. What the hell is the point of the ESRB system if this type of policing continues? The point is that no matter if it's GTA, or whatever, the ESRB is in place to inform the consumer and retailer of the type of content that will be found in the game. If the game is rated M, then it is for mature audiences. Normal, healthy individuals can separate video games from reality. It is my belief that there are those (few) among us who are genetically predisposed to certain mental conditions, which may result in a blurred sense of reality. However, these types of people are capable (or rather incapable, depending on perspective) of using (or rather perhaps simply a victim of circumstance) whatever vehicle available to bring their depravity to the forefront. These scenarios have played out throughout history. Without video games it would be movies, without movies it would be television, without television it would be books. The sickness has always been there. Of course this is not to say that things like drug abuse by the individual or pre-natal drug abuse on the mother's part, which in turn damages the baby's brain (specifically the primitive areas that control impulses such as the limbic system) do not significantly contribute to the problem, but the true cause is not the media outlet. Maybe we should ban books that may contain objectionable material or material that may "make someone do something"...
He just wants attention. That's all... and like DreDawgg said, he's just helping sell more copies. It's like free advertisement.
All negative publicity is usually positive financially, its the only reason Paris Hilton, Sony, and Lindsay Lohan continue to earn money. I kid, Sony makes money because Sony Pictures Entertainment has good movies under their belt, not cuz Playstation 3 sells :) Cuz SpiderMan 3 Sells. I HATE Kristen Dunst I think she is a ugly P.O.S and deserves no more success. Sorry about my rant.
...Am I the only one who would be afraid to leave my child alone with this man? Everything in his demeanor and appearance screams "Child Molestor!!!". I'm only partly kidding. Back in the 80's and 90's "the Reverend" Jesse Helms and his cronies were all about labeling art as "obscene" and banning pornography. A group of psychologists wrote an article about the extreme preoccupation these individuals seemed to have with porn. The psychologists basically concluded that they the reason they focus on porn and attack it constantly is because they are addicted to it. However, they are guilty about their fascination with it and can't reconcile their desires with the beliefs they were taught. Basically crusading against something "purient" becomes a good excuse to talk about it and experience it over and over again without having to admit to oneself and to the public that he or she can't get enough of it.
I'm glad he's too lazy to research more violent games because Gears of War is pretty damn bloody.
to say that the public doesnt agree with this guy. the problem is not the industry, its the parents and the companies that sell them to kids. if you are gonna go after games then you have to go after the internet, movies, books, music etc etc. this guy just needs to realize that nobody agrees with his agenda. and the ones that do are parents that dont want to shoulder the responsibility.
it should be retailers who sell games to inappropriate age groups, and not Microsoft. Microsoft has nothing to do with third parties who develop for their system, other than granting them a license to do so and providing technical documentation and development tools. They have little control over content and zero control over what happens to the games once they reach the retail level.
Hold on a minute, because Gears of War has gotten a lot of critical acclaim over the holiday season. My money says he'll be all over it by the end of January. Gotta wait for it to be popular enough to be worth attacking.
Wait until someone with deep pockets, like Microsoft, decides to recoup legal fees if Jack pushes too hard. $500,000 might make him think twice about all these attacks. I think that is the average going rate for all these states that have to pay the ESA who is fighting game legislation.
How can he blame violence on Video games when violence has existed all along, what about time before video games, does anyone remember WW1 were there any video games then, no!
it's not the video game, it's the environment the children grow up in and the parents that DECIDE what the child will be like when their older. BAD PARENTS = BAD CHILDREN = BAD CITIZENS Like my physics teacher said, "the problem with our small town is that all the smart people leave to college and get good jobs elsewhere and that leaves the retards back here to meet with other retards to have retard children."
Everyone from xboxfanboys and the like to ps fanboys and the like heck even nintendo get over here. I think when it comes down to it all of us even though we might hate each others guts we can all agree on a single fact and that is ,This guy doesnt understand videogames, He never will its sad that he tries to fight his crusade against videogames when movies keep coming out showing decapatations and other crazy stuff its funny! I wonder if he will attack vivapinata or raving rabbits for showing pinatas and bunnies dying!
Mr Bill 'i'm rich and you know it' Gates is hardly gonna take this guy seriously. The US Government has lost agaisnt Microsoft once (trying to find good link) so Gates is gonna be laughing silly. I really hate Thompson. I mean he hasn't attacked Saint's Row and some cutscenes in that are quite explicit.
This guy has a hard-on for Rockstar, plain and simple. All the GTA games he's attacked. Even before 1 picture of Bully was released, he attacked that saying every kid that plays it will go and bully other kids at school. Now the new GTA game, a year before it is released. GTA could turn out to be a cudely Teddy Bear GTA game (although I doubt it), and he's already attacking it. Not 1 screenshot has been shown. This guy has issues with Rockstar, and until Rockstar goes down or loses to this guy, he won't sleep and keep up with all this bull about Game kill people!
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