As I Predicted

November 9, 2005

Not one day after a child killed one and seriously injured others is Jack Thompson dancing on the grave preaching that GTA is the cause. I called it yesterday. Here’s what he says:

Miami attorney and anti-violent video game activist, Jack Thompson, has confirmed in a phone conversation this afternoon with a close family member of Ken Bartley, Jr., the boy who shot three Campbell County High School administrators, killing one, that he was a player of the Grand Theft Auto video games which have been linked to countless similar killings around the country. Thompson will swear under oath that this is precisely what Ken Bartley’s family member told him.

This is a significant revelation, as it appears, based upon initial accounts of the shooting, that the 15-year-old boy did not go to school with the intent to kill. As has happened in other instances, as in the triple homicide in Fayette, Alabama, by an 18-year-old obsessive player of the cop-killing Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, a highly-charged emotional event can serve as a trigger for such a shooting. These killing games allow an individual, unwittingly, to rehearse for homicide. When pushed by fear, the game’s rehearsal function becomes the young brain’s “default setting.”

The Grand Theft Auto murder simulation games are made by Take-Two’s Rockstar Games of New York. Take-Two and Rockstar are represented by the giant Philadelphia Republican law firm of Blank Rome. In Alabama, Blank Rome argued last week that “there have been no murders linked to the Grand Theft Auto games.”

Here then, in Jacksboro, Tennessee, is yet another killing caused by these games that Blank Rome and Take-Two/Rockstar must explain away. Two years ago, two teen boys killed one man and wounded a young woman in the Knoxville, Tennessee area, just miles from the killing and woundings yesterday. Law enforcement officials concluded in that earlier Tennessee killing that “the boys were bored and wanted to see what it was like to shoot at cars like in the Grand Theft Auto III game on which they played.”

Contact Jack Thompson for more information at 305-666-4366. Contact Blank Rome for more fiction.

I hate you Jack Thompson. I hope you die. I hope you are killed by someone who’s never played violent video games. We are decent people. We love and care for those around us. You are looking for a scapegoat to all of societies problems. You found one in GTA.

Burn in hell.

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4 Responses to “As I Predicted”

  1. Ryan Says:

    “I hate you Jack Thompson. I hope you die. I hope you ARE killed by someone who played violent video games. We are decent people.”

    DOESN’T THIS UNDERMINE YOUR WHOLE PREMISE AND INCRIMINATE YOURSELF!!!

    If I thought Jack Thompson was right, I’d email him that statement.

    Also, there is psychological evidence that people tend to be more violent/desensitized to violence when playing violent video games as well as watching violent t.v. Gamers discount this regularly. Now, do these studies imply causality in these murders? Videogame people of course say no. People who don’t play may say yes. I tend to think there are definitely other more influential factors and all the blame can’t be lumped on the gaming industry. But come on! If Jack Thompson gets his way, what’s the worst that could happen? There won’t be trashy, super-violent videogames out there? So there won’t be videogames making money off of violent gang culture that we are seeking to eradicate? Just throwing that out there.

  2. danakin Says:

    Yeah, it is a bit hypocritical. But the reason I am saying this is not so much as his underlying intentions (to get rid of ultraviolent games and those that shouldn’t be played by younger gamers) because I agree with that. It is his methods that are despicable. Not one day after the shootings and he is prying into the shocked families lives. Let them grieve a little.

    If Jack Thompson gets his way, yeah, we wouldnt have crappy GTA games. But we also wouldn’t have The Sims. Or Halo. Or the Blitz games. Because, as he believes, Halo trained Lee Malvo to Snipe (nevermind the fact that his accomplice was a millitary trained sniper. And nevermind the fact that Halo does not teach critical sniping skills such as breath control). And The Sims can be modded to have nudity in it (if you know what you are doing). And Blitz is too violent for the NFL to endorse it (OR EA simply bought the exclusive rights to use all NFL affilliated logos and teams).

    Seriously. He said that this was the Japanese’s second Pearl Harbor. He accused them of plotting this all out. He even sent ridiculous threats to the embassy.

    His ethics are lacking as well. Whenever anyone mentions him in a publically dissenting way, he rebutts with immature comments and threats. When Penny Arcade donated $10k to charity in his name (because he backed out of a promise that was fulfilled), he called the cops (and the feds) to “shut down this little extortion factory.” Because two gamers donated money, alot of it, in his name. On several public sites, after people laid out well thought and well written opinions on how Jack Thompson could argue his case better, he has responded with simply “Go to Hell.”

    It is not his mission, it is his tactics and blind accusations. I would gladly argue that GTA lowered inhibitions. However, I would not blame everything on GTA in the manner that Thompson does. I would not mind seeing the game franchise disappear. But I don’t want Thompson arguing this because of all the colateral damage he has and will cause.

  3. Bakke Says:

    Well, the kid in this shooting (as with most others) came from a broken home, so I doubt GTA is wholly to blame. Besides, he had to get the gun somehow, and unlike in GTA, they aren’t lying around floating above the ground in special locations. That being said, I can’t say that GTA had nothing to do with it with 100% certainty. Why? Because it’s hard to say that a kid isn’t influenced at all by media.

    I hate Rockstar because in order to defend video games, you have to defend them, and that’s not easy. Really, I’d rather just let Rockstar get legislated to oblivion, but that would result in a large number of well thought out games getting destroyed as well. Rockstar is a tumor, so do we let it poison the whole videogame culture, or do we let governmental chemotherapy destroy the rest of the medium along with it?

    And Lackey, the getting killed by gamers thing is stupid. That’s a stupid thing to say and you’re a stupid person for saying it. I thought we had already agreed that whoever kill’s Jack needs to have never experienced violent media of any sort. Don’t be an ass, dude.

  4. danakin Says:

    Yeah, I mistyped. What I meant to say was I hope you are killed by someone who has never played violent video games. We discussed the irony of this many times. Anyway, my post stands revised.


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