What Video Game Must The Florida Bar Have Played To Want To Disbar Jack Thompson?

from the what-goes-around-comes-around dept

Well, it's been a little while since blame-the-video-game lawyer Jack Thompson has been in the news, but a gaming news site has turned up some interesting news: Thompson's facing a disciplinary hearing from the Florida Bar, and could lose his license to practice law (via Destructoid). Three of the five complaints against him stem from his involvement in case in Alabama, where he was the lawyer for the families of two police officers and a dispatcher who were killed by an 18-year-old. Thompson, of course, blamed the Grand Theft Auto video game, and tried to further his pet cause by representing the families in a suit against several companies in the game industry. However, the judge in that case tossed Thompson from it and suspended his visiting license to practice law in Alabama. Thompson responded by accusing the judge of accepting bribes, and being part of a vast game-industry-driven conspiracy against him. Now, Thompson says he's got nothing to fear because the hearing in front of the Florida Supreme Court won't happen, since he's sued the Bar. While he won't share any details of the lawsuit, there's a good chance it mimics an earlier suit against them, which a judge rejected by noting it had nothing but "wild accusations of a vast conspiracy against him that the Bar is unfairly proceeding against him." While Thompson certainly has every right to voice his opinion on video-game violence (and make an ass of himself in the process), it seems pretty obvious that he's been allowed far too much leeway in the courts and with law enforcement, so some sort of rebuke or censure would certainly seem to be in order.
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    ScytheNoire, 6 Feb 2007 @ 2:24am

    What about adults rights?

    I get so annoyed by people always talking about violent video games that are aimed at children, when in fact, they are made for adults, who grew up playing kids games and have moved onto more adult themed games.

    Just like when we were kids watching Goonies and Adventures in Babysitting, now we watch Kill Bill and Crank. And just like we played Mario Bros. and Frogger, now we play Grand Theft Auto and FEAR.
    Movies and video games are the two closests associated industries. Both tell stories, use audio and visuals, and can contain anything from violence, to sex, to course language. The only difference is one is interactive and one is not.

    Take Rocky the movie for example, or watching UFC. I watch those, and I get pumped up, and can feel that. I want to box, I want to fight.
    But, when I play a game like FEAR or GTA or Mortal Kombat, I don't want to fight afterwards, because I had that interactive experience already, I satisfied my primal desires to mimic what I saw.
    Only those with mental disabilities will want to mimic an interactive story, a game, because they have that mental disability and cannot disassociate fantasy with reality. But then they have the same chance of mimicing a movie or tv show.

    Truth is that movies like Private Ryan, or games that show the consequences of combat and war, are less likely to make someone want to go through that for real. Unrealistic movies and games, without consequences for violence, are more likely to decensor someone.

    But regardless, this content is FOR ADULTS, NOT CHILDREN. Get that through your heads. Children are not allowed to buy this content. So maybe parents should start being parents. Start watching what your kids are doing, start using parental controls, and stop infringing on my adult rights!

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