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Tombraine
25-04-08, 02:00
Mrs. Zelnick
Strauss Zelnick, Take-Two Chairman's Mother
New York, New York Via e-mails to intermediaries

Re: Your Son, Strauss Zelnick

Dear Mrs. Zelnick:

Your son, as you may know (or maybe you don't know), is Chairman of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., whose most popular video games are the Grand Theft Auto murder simulator games banned in some countries but sold to children here.

Your son last week was reported to have said the following about Grand Theft Auto IV, due to be released Tuesday, April 29: "We've already received numerous [GTA IV] reviews, and to a one, they are perfect scores. My mom couldn't write better reviews..." Taking your son's thought, I would encourage you either to play this game or have an adroit video gamer play it for you. Some of the latter gamers are on death row, so try to find one out in the civilian population who hasn't killed someone yet.

What you will see in your son's game, if this iteration of GTA is anything like its predecessors, is incredible interactive violence aimed at police officers (whom you can shoot in the head and see the blood spray), innocent bystanders (whom you can run over with your car just for the heck of it), and of course the plentiful female prostitutes you can have sex with and then filet with a knife or stomp with your feet in order to get your money back. Experts note that the recent plethora of cop killings is caused in part by your darling son's entrepreneurial energy. There are three policemen dead in Alabama because of Grand Theft Auto. I was on 60 Minutes about it. I hope Strauss has provided you with a flat screen tv to see the grief of the bereaved families that fills the screen.

The pornography and violence that your son trafficks in is the kind of stuff that most mothers would be ashamed to see their son putting into the hands of other mothers' children, but, hey, your son Strauss has recently assured the world that he is "a Boy Scout, everybody knows that." I'd love to see the merit badges that Scout Troop handed out. Is there a Ted Bundy merit badge? If so, your loving son deserves one now. It should be red and green, for obvious reasons.

With Passover having just come and gone, it is appropriate to note the following from the Old Testament, Proverbs 22:6:

"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it."

Mrs. Zelnick, did you train up your son, Strauss, to make millions of dollars by pushing Mature-rated video games to children? Any kid can go right to little Strauss' corporate web site and buy GTA IV with no age verification. Strauss is even marketing the new Grand Theft Auto IV on World Wrestling Entertainment tv shows seen by millions of kids. If you trained up Strauss to do this, then shame on you.

But maybe the explanation for your son's corporate sociopathy is to be found in Old Testament Proverb 29:15:

"The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame."

Maybe you, Mrs. Zelnick, were so taken by your handsome son that you spared the rod and spoiled the child. That would explain why he has brought you, by the way he presently acts, "to shame."

There's another mother you would do well to talk to. Mrs. Crump in Alabama had a son who was a police officer. He's now dead because a teenaged boy unwittingly trained himself to kill him on Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. She has a grief she carries every day that only a mother can know.There are other such mothers in the heartland of America whose inhabitants your son simply sees as commercial targets.

Your son, this very moment, is doing everything he possibly can to sell as many copies of GTA IV to teen boys in the United States, a country in which your son claims you raised him to be "a Boy Scout." More like the Hitler Youth, I would say. Happy Mother's day, Mrs. Zelnick, which this year is May 11, two weeks after your son unleashes porn and violence upon other mothers' boys. I'm sure you're very proud.

Sincerely,
Jack Thompson

This was my entertainment before going to sleep.

interstellardave
25-04-08, 02:04
Even though Jack Thompson is NUTS, this sounds way over the top... I'm guessing this was done by someone else as a prank. If he wrote it and is serious then he has truly gone over the edge!

oocladableeblah
25-04-08, 03:29
Such a loser he needs to get a life. Actually never mind he should keep doing this it adds a smile to my face to read this stuff it's just so funny :vlol:

Olabelle
25-04-08, 04:08
Jesus, some people are nuts.

I've been playing violent videogames since I was a kid.

I'm still waiting for when that 'game inspired blood lust' is going to bust through and I take out a few cops. :rolleyes:

Cochrane
25-04-08, 04:56
Jack Thompson has lost all right to be taken seriously. Not with this letter, in fact, but years ago already. The only true solution to the problem he poses is to consequently ignore him and whatever he does.

Sir Croft
25-04-08, 06:17
The GTA series is clearly rated Mature, and I'm quite sure that, after all that polemic about the Hot Coffee mod and even the very stated violence in the GTA series, parents do know how violent the game is and if they let their kids have it and play it, they're to blame.

Spikey
25-04-08, 07:17
"Grand Theft Auto murder simulator"

Riiiiight. :rolleyes: Because there's nothing else the game has to offer is there?

Anyway, this guy really needs to shut up, although at least for now he doesn't seem to be causing any harm to anybody else...and as long as it stays that way, and certain videogames are allowed to be sold, then I'm happy.

Archetype
25-04-08, 08:05
I like how they refer to him on the take-two corporate website.

MrBear
25-04-08, 08:18
I don't know who this Jack Thompson is, but if he could just lay aside the personal attacks and exaggerations he could actually have a point..

Orionvalentine
25-04-08, 09:40
The thing that gets me though, is that NONE of the things he has stated HAVE to be carried out in the game. Chances are, Jacky boy has played a GTA game, and killed hookers and capped some cops. You could just drive around and admire the architecture in a GTA game, not killing nonsensically. He really is in way over his head.

Trigger_happy
25-04-08, 09:49
Wow, that's just awful in a huge number of ways: I want to play GTA: Murder simulator edition! It sounds hilarious. Oh, dear, I've already played GTA before, so how long does that give me before I end up on death row? Apparently once you played the game, you have an irresistible urge to kill: I don't feel it yet, did I do something wrong?

Oh, and the best bit- using the bible to back up his "argument". I could so do that for the counterargument, if you just gave me a bible and a computer.

Orionvalentine
25-04-08, 09:51
*Hands Trigger the Bible and a keyboard*

Now this I gotta see! :hug:

Obscure
25-04-08, 09:55
Doesn't exactly surprise me, while I admit GTA is a violent game. It's done very well done so there's no attachments to the drive by's etc in the game. You don't feel that: Hey look, he's ripping people out of cars and driving along the pavement, running over anyone who gets in the way... Maybe I should do it.
When I used to play GTA 3/Vice City, all me and my little sister (she was about 11 and I was 13) all we did was run over people and shoot them etc but that didn't turn us into bloodthirsty murderers. Obviously people who praise this game as an icon and reconstruct events in it aren't exactly thinking correctly.

Olabelle
25-04-08, 15:33
I don't get why people fight so hard against violent videogames.

They're just that, games. Not real, no matter how realistic the graphics are, no matter how emotional characters in them are, it's not real.

I use myself as an example for this stuff a lot, I've played the GTA series, Tomb Raider, Resident Evil, etc, but I've yet to go out and start shooting people, what have you. I have one hell of an imagination, and to be honest, who hasn't thought of doing some of that stuff to people that really, really make you mad? Differance is, the majority of us have enough common sense to know that even though it looks cool in a game, you can't do it. Not only is it illegal, and there will be repurcussions, but to do any of these things in real life is just sick.

People have got to learn the line between fantasy and reality.

Parents shouldn't be letting their children buy mature games if it bothers them so much. Where the hell were they while their children were honing these videogame inspired massacre skills? Too busy? Or just didn't care? Or know that they can blame media and videogames for when the child that they're not paying attention to goes off and does something stupid?

thanatos
25-04-08, 15:53
I have to admit, I play Resi Evil A LOT and I ended up go into town after once and killed a zombie, although it was in self defense (obviously)

AmericanAssassin
25-04-08, 16:03
It seems to me like video games make people less angry. I personally take out my frustrations by killing mummies and such. :p

tomblover
26-04-08, 17:28
Sometimes I just wanna give the damn guy a goodnight shot from a syringe.

I wonder when he decides that TR is volatile. :p

MiCkiZ88
26-04-08, 17:54
Gotta love that dude. You can see the same violence in movies that are not even rated mature. The game isn't aimed at kids at all, but parents are still buying them for their children. Why? I don't know. Perhaps they just don't think a videogame can really harm their children, and the same goes for movies.

Larapink
26-04-08, 18:00
Sometimes I just wanna give the damn guy a goodnight shot from a syringe.
Yeah, just like Agent. 47 would do. ;)

DragonSlayer
26-04-08, 18:09
jack thompson gets GTA4 ads torn down
http://gamepolitics.com/2008/04/26/jack-thompson-gets-gta-iv-ads-yanked-from-miami-dade-transit/

http://upload8.postimage.org/440765/sign_thompson.gif (http://upload8.postimage.org/440765/photo_hosting.html)

http://upload8.postimage.org/440767/badassbuddy_com_jackthomps.gif (http://upload8.postimage.org/440767/photo_hosting.html)

hits jt on the head
http://www.postimage.org/aVoseKJ.gif (http://www.postimage.org/image.php?v=aVoseKJ)

jt sees stars
http://www.postimage.org/aVoswcJ.gif (http://www.postimage.org/image.php?v=aVoswcJ)

Minty Mouth
26-04-08, 18:13
Saying that GTA teaches you to kill is like saying that Tonm Raider teaches you how to rock climb. Nonsense.

Whenever i hear something like this letter it always reminds me of World of Warcraft. If youve played it youll notice little harmless rabbits and sheep wandering around, I once killed one of them nd it made me feel so bad! Im was like

"Nooooo, what have i done"

Staring at lts little limp body, just lying there. Ive never killed one since

Im obviously a sadist..:rolleyes:

And the fact that he is blaming the mother of this man? thats just low, a complete sign of patheticness..

Although i do hjave to say, this does seem a little too exagerated. Im having a hard time accepting it as genuine

Tombraine
26-04-08, 18:26
I wonder if he realizes that, by never shutting up about GTA, all he does it promote the hell out of it for Rockstar. If people keep hearing about how every shooting is related to video games...not only is the majority going to laugh at him, but it's going to cause interest to rise for people who haven't played any GTA's yet. Add that into the fact that GTAIV is getting so hyped...The sales for this game are going to skyrocket and thats the bottom line. In the end did Jack really accomplish anything? If only he didn't have that outlook to never give up on something no matter how many times you lose. The most he accomplishes is temporary entertainment. He's even claimed that the military uses the sniping scope in halo to train their soldiers to kill lol...

I don't know who this Jack Thompson is

You should feel lucky then. Unless you want a few laughs, go look him up lol

Sir Croft
26-04-08, 23:12
jack thompson gets GTA4 ads torn down
http://gamepolitics.com/2008/04/26/jack-thompson-gets-gta-iv-ads-yanked-from-miami-dade-transit/

http://upload8.postimage.org/440765/sign_thompson.gif (http://upload8.postimage.org/440765/photo_hosting.html)

http://upload8.postimage.org/440767/badassbuddy_com_jackthomps.gif (http://upload8.postimage.org/440767/photo_hosting.html)

hits jt on the head
http://www.postimage.org/aVoseKJ.gif (http://www.postimage.org/image.php?v=aVoseKJ)

jt sees stars
http://www.postimage.org/aVoswcJ.gif (http://www.postimage.org/image.php?v=aVoswcJ)

He should get a life. He should do something to change the world's situation, like Global Warming, instead of *****ing about violent games.

Trigger_happy
27-04-08, 09:23
Doesn't he have like a restraining order from Rockstar against attacking GTA? Isn't what he doing illegal?

MrBear
27-04-08, 12:22
http://upload8.postimage.org/440767/badassbuddy_com_jackthomps.gif (http://upload8.postimage.org/440767/photo_hosting.html)

hits jt on the head
http://www.postimage.org/aVoseKJ.gif (http://www.postimage.org/image.php?v=aVoseKJ)


Oh, the irony.. Wishing violence on the one disgusted by it... :)

(don't take it too literally, though)

You should feel lucky then. Unless you want a few laughs, go look him up lol

Nah, I'm good :p

Orionvalentine
28-04-08, 10:08
http://upload8.postimage.org/440767/badassbuddy_com_jackthomps.gif (http://upload8.postimage.org/440767/photo_hosting.html)


Nice!

Voni
28-04-08, 10:59
I want to sit Jack Thompson in front of a Saw movie and see if his head explodes.

ajrich17901
28-04-08, 11:28
Hahaha this guy is the Chris crocker of video games an attention w**** nothing else

Olabelle
28-04-08, 17:23
I want to sit Jack Thompson in front of a Saw movie and see if his head explodes.
XD For some reason, that made me spit my coffee all over the screen.

You know, for someone preaching that videogames teach violence, he's a bit of a hypocrite. He quotes the bible, and anybody that's been forced to spend their entire life in christian schools well knows just how violent the bible is.

War, death, people killing their family, incest, homosexuality. O.o All in the name of an invisible being.

And yet, games are ruining kids. Right, I must have missed something.

Legend of Lara
28-04-08, 22:50
He just doesn't know when to shut the *badword* up. :rolleyes:

maximum_123
29-04-08, 08:39
Even the average gamer must be mentally ill to murder someone from what they saw in a video-game.

Jack Thompson should give up. I wonder if he has/will complain about Tomb Raider :rolleyes: He's just jealous because he's not making that money!

Tombraine
29-04-08, 09:26
Even the average gamer must be mentally ill to murder someone from what they saw in a video-game.

Jack Thompson should give up. I wonder if he has/will complain about Tomb Raider :rolleyes: He's just jealous because he's not making that money!

The day Tomb Raider becomes a FPS or if Lara is secretly found in the next GTA, then he'll make references to TR.

JamesFKirk
29-04-08, 18:50
Dang, after all that playing Civilization I really feel like nuking a few innocent states to oblivion. Where's the red button?

...that can be seen by children on World Wrestling Entertainment...So I guess watching people fight each other for money is allright by Jack Thompson? I wonder, if he's so against violent games, why does he approve REAL violence?
That man is an example of hypocrite. I wonder, does he watch news? Mainstream films?

Tombraine
30-04-08, 04:05
I wonder, does he watch news?

I'm sure he does, and blames video games for all the bad things :p

JamesFKirk
30-04-08, 07:43
I'm sure he does, and blames video games for all the bad things :p
Guess he blames US invasion of Iraq on George Bush playing Desert Strike.

DragonSlayer
06-06-08, 18:35
Florida Bar Wants Jack Thompson Disbarred For 10 Years; Thompson Storms Out of Hearing
http://www.gamepolitics.com/2008/06/04/florida-bar-wants-jack-thompson-disbarred-10-years-thompson-storms-out-hearing

Jack Thompson's Suit vs. Florida Supreme Court Dismissed by Federal Judge
http://www.gamepolitics.com/2008/06/05/jack-thompson039s-suit-vs-florida-supreme-court-dismissed-federal-judge

Jack Thompson: Sweet & Sour
http://www.gamepolitics.com/2008/06/05/jack-thompson-sweet-amp-sour

With Sanctions Hearing Looming, Jack Thompson Accuses Bar Trial Judge of Leaking Documents to GamePolitics
http://www.gamepolitics.com/2008/06/03/sanctions-hearing-looming-jack-thompson-accuses-bar-trial-judge-leaking-documents-gamepol

Jack Thompson Faces Sanctions Hearing Today in Miami
http://www.gamepolitics.com/2008/06/04/jack-thompson-faces-sanctions-hearing-today-miami

Jack Thompson walks out of hearing, court recommends disbarment
http://www.destructoid.com/jack-thompson-walks-out-of-hearing-court-recommends-disbarment-89091.phtml

opens fire on jack thompson
http://www.postimage.org/aV2k9WoJ.gif (http://www.postimage.org/image.php?v=aV2k9WoJ)

smashes jt's computer so he can't e-mail me a cease and desist
http://www.postimage.org/aV2kaamA.gif (http://www.postimage.org/image.php?v=aV2kaamA)

http://upload8.postimage.org/440765/sign_thompson.gif (http://upload8.postimage.org/440765/photo_hosting.html)

http://upload8.postimage.org/440767/badassbuddy_com_jackthomps.gif (http://upload8.postimage.org/440767/photo_hosting.html)

hits jt on the head
http://www.postimage.org/aVoseKJ.gif (http://www.postimage.org/image.php?v=aVoseKJ)

jt sees stars
http://www.postimage.org/aVoswcJ.gif (http://www.postimage.org/image.php?v=aVoswcJ)

Sir Croft
06-06-08, 21:51
http://upload8.postimage.org/440767/badassbuddy_com_jackthomps.gif (http://upload8.postimage.org/440767/photo_hosting.html)


:vlol: :vlol: :vlol:

Tombraine
07-06-08, 03:03
Jackie drowning in Karma :p:vlol:

DragonSlayer
07-06-08, 18:59
Music Video: When Jack Thompson Talks to God
http://www.gamepolitics.com/2008/06/07/music-video-when-jack-thompson-talks-god

not as good as these ones

reality vs fantasy the jack thompson music video
http://www.destructoid.com/-reality-vs-fantasy-the-jack-thompson-music-video-72077.phtml

hey mr thompson
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiT2cbyRtAI

jack thompson parodies
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dal-0Z27_CM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVAVLOXc4dE

Jack Thompson: American Hero?
http://www.gamepolitics.com/2008/06/09/jack-thompson-american-hero

GP EXCLUSIVE: Read the Transcript as Jack Thompson Storms Out of Court and hopefully his career
http://www.gamepolitics.com/2008/06/10/gp-exclusive-read-transcript-jack-thompson-storms-out-court

DragonSlayer
16-06-08, 12:39
sorry to double post got important news

jt has been disbarred
http://www.mcvuk.com/news/30833/Jack-Thompson-disbarred

:yah:

viper456
16-06-08, 15:24
sorry to double post got important news

jt has been disbarred
http://www.mcvuk.com/news/30833/Jack-Thompson-disbarred

:yah:

lmfao pwned. Ahhh Im so glad :)

Shark_Blade
16-06-08, 19:06
ROFLMAO priceless. :vlol:
So that letter was true then, it's his doing. :)

tomblover
16-06-08, 19:59
ROTFLMFAO, so pwned! :D

DragonSlayer
17-06-08, 14:06
US Marshalls visit Jack Thompson after claiming Al Queda terrorists have more rights than him
http://www.gamepolitics.com/2008/06/16/breaking-us-marshals-pay-jack-thompson-quota-visitquot

pity they didn't arrest him and lock him away forever is alcatraz still open for business and do they have the electric chair?

Tombraine
17-06-08, 23:32
pity they didn't arrest him and lock him away

With all the harassment he's put people through, jail time should certainly be in order. At least he got disbarred.

oocladableeblah
17-06-08, 23:43
US Marshalls visit Jack Thompson after claiming Al Queda terrorists have more rights than him
http://www.gamepolitics.com/2008/06/16/breaking-us-marshals-pay-jack-thompson-quota-visitquot

pity they didn't arrest him and lock him away forever is alcatraz still open for business and do they have the electric chair?
Alcatraz has been closed for a while now and they don't use electric chair anymore it's all about lethal injections.

DragonSlayer
21-06-08, 19:01
jimmy hopkins and jack thompson
http://www.postimage.org/gxTyou0.jpg (http://www.postimage.org/image.php?v=gxTyou0)

:vlol:

Shark_Blade
22-06-08, 00:04
Lmao eww, where did you get that. Should've made Jack Thompson kissing Jimmy's ass.

DragonSlayer
22-06-08, 18:27
Lmao eww, where did you get that. Should've made Jack Thompson kissing Jimmy's ass.

i had it stored on a disc maybe i should e-mail thompson that pic there's nothing he can do about it if i did now that he's disbarred.

DragonSlayer
25-06-08, 20:48
sorry for double post

jack bauer hunting jt
http://www.postimage.org/gx1eMUsi.jpg (http://www.postimage.org/image.php?v=gx1eMUsi)

jt's favourite kind of ambulance
http://www.postimage.org/gx1eN8q9.jpg (http://www.postimage.org/image.php?v=gx1eN8q9)

found a gif of jt's wife
http://www.postimage.org/gx1eNsni.jpg (http://www.postimage.org/image.php?v=gx1eNsni)

Neteru
25-06-08, 22:03
OK, so the man is disbarred. Be happy. I think we're done with this thread.