Jack Thompson gets Offed in GTA IV and threatens to block its release

Miami attorney Jack Thompson, claims that he’s depicted in the up coming GTA4 and wants out. And he threatens to block the release of GTA IV if Rockstar doesn’t comply.

In a document filed yesterday with a federal court in Florida, Thompson includes a letter written to Take Two Chairman Strauss Zelnick which reads in part:

I have this morning read with interest an article on page 80 and 81 of the September 2007 issue of Game Informer magazine which was generated when, according to its author, Rockstar Games “stopped by the Game Informer offices for an impromptu hour-long gameplay session with the Xbox 360 version of the game.”

The showcasing play of the game to Game Informer revealed that the first killing mission of the “hero” of the game, Niko, is to kill a certain lawyer. When Niko comes into this lawyer’s office, having used subterfuge to do so, Niko pulls a gun on the lawyer who says, “that the firm supports the second amendment and that ‘Guns don’t kill people. Video games do.’”

…The fact that the lawyer, killed on Niko’s first mission, would bring up video games, makes it clearly a reference to me… This is not the first time Rockstar Games and Take Two have targeted me in this fashion. Take Two references to me as a bisexual pedophile on its corporate website…

I give Jack Credit he seems to think the world revolves around him.  While it is likely that Rockstar did intend to send a message, I think proving it would be a bit hard.  And just like all of the movies that terrorist attempt or succeed in killing the president no one is able to sue over it.  I think it would have been more fun if rather than shooting the lawyer you had to kill him with a game console, or a Game Disc.  I’d never wish bodily harm on Jack.  But if we are going to simulate doing bad things they might as well be ironic.

Jack, lighten up, you shouldn’t be worried about people killing you in a video game, it might help people take their aggression out virtually.  Rockstar might be saving your life.