An Ultimatum For Gabe Newell: The Return Of Jack Thompson

Posted By | On 19th, Mar. 2011 Under Industry News, News


Jack Thompson, disbarred attorney and regular protester against computer games, has returned from a temporary slumber with a message to Valve’s Gabe Newell regarding an upcoming half life mod of questionable taste; ‘School Shooter: North American Tour 2012‘. In the message, Thompson talks of cryptic consequences should Valve  fail to stop the upcoming MOD by 5pm, March 18th. The full message reads:

Dear Mr. Newell:

You either know or should know that the more moral midgets who run Checkerboarded Studios have created a mod for your company’s Half-Life which they call School Shooter: North American Tour 2012. This mod is a full-blown Columbine massacre simulator which cannot function without your company’s assistance and acquiescence.

Attached herewith is a letter from FHE-ASAP  [the Florida Higher Education Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention] that expresses their, my, and others’ concerns about this Columbine massacre mod. As you either know or should know, your Half-Life murder simulator was obsessively played, and thus became a training aid, for a) teenaged Robert Steinhauser, who authored at Erfurt, Germany, the worst school shooting massacre in European history, and b) Seung-Hi Cho, who authored at Virginia Tech University the worst school shooting massacre in world history. As to the latter, the sources of this information are the Washington Post and the New York Times. Now some sociopaths have made reprises of Erfurt and Virginia Tech far more likely.

Given the fact that your company has the technological ability to stop the operation of School Shooter, you must undertake steps immediately to do so.

Speaking for myself alone (for now), you have until five o’clock pm Eastern standard time this Friday, March 18, 2011, to shut down this public safety hazard I predicted years ago this school massacre game would arrive. I hate being right all the time.

GOVERN YOURSELF ACCORDINGLY.

Regards, Jack Thompson

Now that it has passed 5pm it will be interesting to see what action has and will take place…

Thanks to Gamesradar for the info.


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  • PilarVIRUS

    God I know it’s wrong to wish bad on another person but, besides this guys name, he knows JACK! about what he’s taking about.

  • doub7

    This guy is a joke. He can’t even practice law anymore so now he has even more time to stalk video game developers.

  • bman128

    I taught he lost his license to actually do anything.Although I do kind of agree about the mod, don’t really think they can do anything about it.

  • doub7

    I agree. & I don’t understand y he thinks Gabe Newell is responsible. All Valve does is provide the mod tools, they don’t have anythin 2 do w/ the content produced w/ it. Its like suing Glock cuz sum1 got shot w/ 1 of their guns…lol.

  • jbg0623

    Screw that, we need more violent video games if anything. Violence in game hinders violence in real life because then you have a place to vent. The reason these morons protest violent games is too get recognition and appear as if they care about their community and country. If they really cared they’d stop worrying about games and start worrying about the homeless rate, the unemployment rate, the quality of life in the worst parts of towns; thing like that. I hope to see the majority of these people die out as I grow older, I’d like to see ignorance like this be left in the past……..along with racism.

    • PilarVIRUS

      Older people think games are not “good for” us. I just don’t get the logic of their thinking. It’s like do you see me going out and shooting up people? I think video games are for us to express our adventurous side.

    • jbg0623

      I mean everything in moderation, it’s probably not the best idea to just let your kids sit in front of a television all the time with epilepsy inducing colors yelling and making loud sounds in their face but complaining about the content of what their indulging in is kinda stupid so long as it’s age appropriate. In a lot of cases, its actually hypocritical, Jack Thompson is one of these religious zealots that go around protesting violence in video games while ignoring the violence in the very book he places faith in. In his eyes violence is only ok when God needs to snuff out a couple thousand people for the good of humanity.

    • PilarVIRUS

      He’s a man of traditional morals, I understand them. But, just like people expect his morals, he needs to do the same. Anyway, he’s an idiot that will never go away, there’s always going to be those Jack Thompsons out there.

  • PrivatePyle

    Giggled at the article picture, not the one with Thompson in it.
    This guy needs to ask why people are even doing this to begin with, these massacres are kind of indications that we have deep-seeded flaws in some school systems, and that’s what needs to addressed. Not the gaming community.
    Valve didn’t even make the mod.
    “I hate being right all the time”…obviously shows the man’s ego has some problems, he’s captain of a lost cause.
    These mods aren’t much different than some heavy metal songs I’ve heard. It’s a harmful way to express yourself, but it is expression nonetheless.

    Was kind of sporadic on that one, this crap get’s me worked up.

  • doub7

    Pyle I know what u mean man this dude really gets me goin. Its bad enough he talks about things when he has no idea of what he is speaking about. But then he has 2 b a smug douche when he does it. I bet he loves John Wayne movies where 200 ppl die in 5 min as well.


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