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Jack Thompson Tells Gamers to Go to Hell

Jack Thompson has long been an advocate for those opposed to violence in video games. Thompson was permanently disbarred in 2008 and he's been relatively quiet since. Apart from an October 2009 announcement in which he claimed he was going to start practicing law again, we've heard very little about him.

However, the former attorney is back in the news this week with reports that he's claiming the removal of the Taliban from the latest Medal of Honor title as a personal victory. Not only that, but he told all gamers opposed to his mission against video game violence to "go to hell."

"I win again, as usual," he said when asked for comment by video game blog RipTen. "Any gamers who don’t think so and who don’t appreciate what I do to protect our culture can go to Hell."

RipTen barely had time to react to that email, much less reply, when Thompson hit them up with a second quote for their article:

"And please add: Any gamers that don’t know how to get to Hell on an expedited basis, let me know, and I’ll send along the cheat code to get there more quickly."

EA announced Friday last that the Taliban in Medal of Honor would be renamed "Opposing Force." EA's Greg Goodrich said that, though they had received a lot of positive feedback from members of the military, as well as their friends and families, they also received feedback regarding the inclusion of the Taliban from concerned relatives and friends of fallen soldiers.

"This is a very important voice to the Medal of Honor team," Goodrich said. "This is a voice that has earned the right to be listened to. It is a voice that we care deeply about. Because of this, and because the heartbeat of Medal of Honor has always resided in the reverence for American and Allied soldiers, we have decided to rename the opposing team in Medal of Honor multiplayer from Taliban to Opposing Force.

"We are making this change for the men and women serving in the military and for the families of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice--this franchise will never willfully disrespect, intentionally or otherwise, your memory and service."

Though Goodrich didn't say anything about receiving negative feedback from disbarred lawyers, Thompson did send a letter to the U.S. Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates. RipTen reports that this letter petitioned for the banning of Medal of Honor and asked that EA feel "the full weight of the federal government" for allowing minors to purchase the game. So who knows, maybe Jack Thompson really can take credit for the change.

Source: RipTen via G4

Jane McEntegart works in marketing communications at Intel and was previously Manager of Content Marketing at ASUS North America. Before that, she worked for more than seven years at Tom's Guide and Tom's Hardware, holding such roles as Contributing Editor and Senior News Editor and writing about everything from smartphones to tablets and games consoles.

  • Darkerson
    Back at you, you jackass!
  • Darkerson
    a disbarred lawyer is still disbarred, so theres something comforting at least.
  • eklipz330
    man, he's a pro troll
  • lauxenburg
    We all know he goes home everyday and plays GTA IV.
  • the_krasno
    Anything he endorses will be criticized just for that, at this point not even people with similar views will want to be associated with him.

    So, at the end of the day, he checks around that nobody is watching and he plays some Left 4 Dead to vent his frustration.
  • I didn't even know who the hell "Jack Thompson" was until now. He must not be important enough to bothered with.
  • ecnovaec
    good! video game violence needs to stop! Every bad thing I do, I do because of video games! And let's be honest, it's not like picking which games you play is optional! we need more people like him to help murder the 1st amendment(non-violently) /sarcasm
  • derwin75
    Jack Thompson is an idiot. I don't give a flying dump about how he feels for violence games. He can kiss my where the sun does not shine. Simple as that.
  • giovanni86
    Isn't he like in hell? Not to be liked by anyone even your own family disowning you.. I think he's the one in hell. Can't wait till he croaks and die's. All that did was change the name on a team, yay that wasn't even a victory. What about CS? MW? All the other games that came out, oh wait there still out, and still promoting violence in all of them. So he can go Fk himself. haha he hasn't won anything. Can't wait for more violent video games with anything that leaves the imagination stumped. I want more blood, more offended material. Bring it on!
  • Senor Snarf
    "I win again, as usual."

    I don't think so, Tim. Disbarment is a pretty big loss.