Jack Thompson, Come Quick: Super Mario Bros. Threatens Our Kids
from the save-us dept
We've all heard the stores about how folks like Jack Thompson believe video games like Grand Theft Auto are "murder simulators" that need to be stopped. Thompson has even come out against the Sims for the ability to have naked people in the game (oh the horror!). But, new evidence is coming out that he's perhaps missed a much more nefarious threat: Super Mario Brothers. Apparently five teenaged girls have been arrested for trying to play a real-life version of the game, which involved making up mysterious boxes, and placing them throughout the neighborhood. The local county's hazardous materials team was called in to examine the boxes, as there were fears that it may have been an attack of some kind. The story seems so ridiculous that it sounds like it should have been an April Fool's event (it did come out on the 1st), but it seems to have been picked up by a few newspapers by this point... so we're hoping they actually have some fact checkers (could be a stretch). So, until this is confirmed as a hoax, we're waiting for the first official condemnations of Super Mario Bros., as a terrorist training simulator.