Jack Thompson gets schooled by MSNBC

Jack Thompson, the over acting lawyer who likes to make gamers Hulk smash angry (but not violence angry) took to the air waves literally minutes after the horrendous Virginia Tech massacre and started his usual "blame video games" nonsense. If any of you have seen or listened to Mr. Thompson and his rants over the past few days, you would realize very quickly that the man is just out to make people scared, and of course to make gamers upset. He blames the Virginia Tech shootings on what else, Counter-Strike. Even though authorities (and indeed his own roommates) have said that no games were found and that he was never seen playing games, Mr. Thompson continues his push that games especially Counter-Strike are the cause for the terrible shootings.

Jack Thompson was not alone this time around however, as TV shrink Dr. Phil also blamed video games, though nothing specific. Howard Stern himself called out Dr. Phil on that one. And now MSNBC has come out swinging against Jack Thompson. Citing a few interesting factoids, MSNBC pretty much discounts everything Mr. Thompson has said over the past few days. Mr. Thompson for example, contends that these types of school shootings would never occur if it weren't for violent video games. Yet MSNBC reminds Mr. Thompson that the 2nd worst school shooting in US history occurred way back in 1966, long before Grand Theft Auto 3 turned our youth into walking Postal doods. Pong wasn't even created yet, and we all know how violent Pong was. Hardball with Chris Matthews also let Jack Thompson have it the other day, where Chris Matthews pretty much called him out on everything he said. Oh and let us not forget, that since video games have become more popular over the past few decades, violent crimes have actually decreased in this country, and youth violence rates have also decreased.

Over and over again Jack Thompson proves he is just a zealot out there to push his own values on everyone else, and video games are his favorite target. This time people are fighting back more than ever. The Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA) is out there talking to the media, and Empire Arcadia in association with the ECA are planning a gamers rally in NYC on May 5th to oppose Jack Thompson and Dr. Phil. The rally will allow gamers to mourn over the tragic events at Virginia Tech, and to protest the constant blame game Jack Thompson and others play. When will we as gamers stand up to Jack Thompson and all the others who are out there to blame video games on all the ills of society? Or will be just sit back on our behinds and play our games and let them continue to blame everything on games, and eventually have their way and ban/control them?

Oh and did I mention that Mr. Thompson actually sent a letter to Bill Gates, blaming him and Microsoft for this terrible tragedy? What?

View: MSNBC Article "Were video games to blame for massacre?"
Link: Neowin Discussion on Bill Gates Letter

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im still unable to comprehend how Halo can teach someone to snipe, im sure it doesnt take wind speed or direction in to consideration, or things like hand shake/trembling. <sarcasm>il have to play it again just to be sure though</sarcasm>


NightmarE D said,
He could easily get some jail time for what he's said about Microsoft creating Counter Strike and Bill Gates being responsible for the shootings. Neither are true and he said it all while being on TV where he can't deny he said it.

No wonder he completely failed as a lawyer. If Bill Gates decides to take this to court, Thompson might as well just give up now. He'll be completely screwed. Yes I mean the prison version of screwed. He better get used to screaming out the name Bubba soon.


He could probably get sued for mentioning Counter Strike in the first place, as it could be seen as advertising. and if the channel he was on doesnt have rights to advertise CS. then theres another law suit

I'd say the news media is more at fault than anything where people can escape to. Heck the news media especially NBC proved that if you kill a bunch of people, you can get instant fame once your dead. This will only encourage more people. The main problem with the killer here is more the system failed. They simply didn't enforce the laws.

In this particular case for once I'd actually agree that perhaps some professors should have a gun to protect the students.

Perhaps Mr. Thompson needs his own head examined for anger management? Wonder what violence he grew up on.

The main problem with the killer here is more the system failed. They simply didn't enforce the laws.

the laws was enforced to say other wise is to vastly uninformed. watch fox news? seem you get this trash thoughts from them.

I'd say the news media is more at fault than anything where people can escape to. Heck the news media especially NBC proved that if you kill a bunch of people, you can get instant fame once your dead.

the news media isn't at fault for anything . the tape and media files from cho was legit news and needed to be told. believe in censorship?

This will only encourage more people.

and reading the the bible teaches more about sex and violence is ok then cho's videos. should we burn them????

What's funny is that he's saying video games drives us all mad. Look at whose completely obsessed with them and does nothing but talk about them

Thompson is the party pooper to end all party poopers; a skidmark on the underpants of society.


Still, always fun hearing about him gettin' schooled.

Nice little rant. I hope you aren't thinking of voting for Billary, she's just as bad. How the crap did I get on Democratic underground? I could have sworn I hit my Neowin link. Calm down. Jeez, how f'n pathetic, Tanner.

rm20010 said,
WTF? This 'rant' is about a psychotic lawyer, not about your bull**** politics.

Whoops. I had Fred Thompson in mind. Sorry about that. Sorry Mr. Tanner. I welcome all the flames I am about to receive.

I play Counter Strike Source almost every day, you don't see me going out and killing 30+ people, because I'm not MAD!

It makes me think religion is more to blame than violent video games, they (terrorist) seems to do it all in the name of religion (almost using it as an excuse).

I think violent video games are a good thing if used at the right age, because it stops people doing it in real life.

Valve should sue Jack Thompson for being unfair on them in the media spotlight.

I don't know much about this guy because I'm from England but poweruser.tv went on about him a lot.

With Thompson it is religion actually, I didn't add that to my little editorial because I didn't want to start a massive flame war - but Jack Thompson is very religious and does use religion in his lawsuits and other nonsense he spouts out.

I don't want to start anything here either, but he's always quoting the bible or something religious and if you are against him your a sinner and are going to burn in hell pretty much. I am just lumping together of course, he doesn't say these things often and not specifically I don't think. I saw a story on digg once about him going off at a college (religious college btw) and blaming the downfall of our society on gamers and the evil bible bashers etc.

He uses religion a lot, but he's no man of God. Saw him on something once a while back and he was quoting scripture that he obviously was making up. I'm not as religous as I used to be, but I've read the bible 3 times and he was completely making up stuff.

I saw him on Chris Matthews the other day and Matthews was proving him wrong left and right and I was sitting here cracking up. Thompson was annoyed but trying to hide it and kept spouting off lies and Matthews turned around and proved him wrong each time then Matthews ended the interview and I actually stood up and started clapping. Someone finally made him look like the pure idiot he is on national television.

I'm just waiting for all the gamers to start spreading that video all over YouTube, Google Video and anywhere else they can

NightmarE D said,
He uses religion a lot, but he's no man of God. Saw him on something once a while back and he was quoting scripture that he obviously was making up.

10 Commandments by Jack Thompson

1. Worship no Doom but Pink Ponies;
2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any poster of any thing that from FPS game;
3. Thou shalt take the name of the Gordon Freeman in vain;
4. Remember the sabbath day; in it thou shalt not do any play;
5. Honour all thy neighbour's game bashers;
6. Thou shalt not frag unless thy President and have legal right to do so;
7. Thou shalt not commit "Hot Coffee" patch;
8. Thou shalt not steal console from thy shop;
9. Thou shalt bear false witness against games;
10. Tou shalt not covet thy neighbour's Xbox 360 or PS3;

Finally people are starting to go against this idiot... now if they would stop giving him air time all together...

Blah, 10 million xbox 360s sold, 2 school shooting that I know of in the past year. Thats a verrrry tiny percent. And thats not taking into consideration other consoles & PC gaming, so that percent got even lower.

It's like saying eating a hamburger or sneezing causes people to do this.

I am not a huge fan of Microsoft or Bill Gates, but blaming him first of all, especially for a game his company didn't even publish, and the fact it was noted that apperently this kid wasn't into video games = very bad mistake by Jack Thompson and I hope to hell, Bill Gates personally & Microsoft as a company both sue his *** for defamation.

He could easily get some jail time for what he's said about Microsoft creating Counter Strike and Bill Gates being responsible for the shootings. Neither are true and he said it all while being on TV where he can't deny he said it.

No wonder he completely failed as a lawyer. If Bill Gates decides to take this to court, Thompson might as well just give up now. He'll be completely screwed. Yes I mean the prison version of screwed. He better get used to screaming out the name Bubba soon.

Having just finished reading Jack Thomspon's open letter to Bill Gates, I'm pretty sure I have dain bramage now.

brilliant. thank you MSNBC, we just need a more mainstream news source (prehaps Fox, as they were the idiots who allowed him on air) to discredit him, them perhaps the general public will ignore JT?