Anti-bullying charity decries anti-bullying game!?!
Update: Jack Thompson's emailed in. To read it, read on!
”From: Jack Thompson (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org)”
”Sent: 14 August 2006 01:09”
”To: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org”
”Subject: Bully will never be released”
”Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.”
”New York, New York 10012 C/o Blank Rome”
”S. Robson Walton”
”Bentonville, Arkansas Via Fax to 479-277-5991”
”Dear Mr. Eibeler, Take-Two Directors, and Mr. Walton:”
”Take-Two has until five o’clock p.m., Eastern time, Monday, August 14, 2006, to inform me in writing that it will forthwith provide me with a copy of Bully so that I and others can analyze it to determine whether it still poses a threat of copycat violence in our schools (See Miami-Dade School Board’s unanimous Resolution), or the following will occur:”
”I shall file a lawsuit against your respective companies to stop the game’s October 1 release.”
”Regards, Jack Thompson”
”Jack Thompson, Attorney”
”Land line: 305-666-4366, Cell: 305-588-3005”
”1172 South Dixie Hwy, Suite 111”
”Coral Gables, FL USA 33146 email@example.com”
We’re sure Jack is onto a winner this time after doing so well in his previous attempts to ban Grand Theft Auto and The Sims 2. In fact, JT has a bit of a bee in his bonnet about many things having over the years (unsuccessfully) tried to take Howard Stern off the air, ruin Janet Reno and ban – amongst other things – 2 Live Crew’s ‘They Wanna Be’ album, NWA’s ‘Straight Outta Compton’, Madonna’s ‘Justify My Love’ video and South Park.
He has also cited State of Emergency, Max Payne, Dead to Rights, Left Behind, Halo, Doom, Quake, Castle Wolfenstein, Redneck Rampage, Nightmare Creatures, Mechwarrior, Resident Evil and Final Fantasy as direct influences on the minds of killers in murder trials along with anti-drugs movie The Basketball Diaries. Oh and if you didn’t know the PlayStation 2’s DualShock controller “gives you a pleasurable buzz back into your hands with each kill. This is operant conditioning, behavior modification right out of B.F. Skinner’s laboratory.”
We thank the litigious Mr Thompson for his contact, wish him all the best in his maniacal quest to ban everything in existence, boost his own celebrity and – in the case of Bully – we pass on a metaphorical wedgie.