Admitting to harassment? Wow, that's a first...

We already covered JT's lovely transgressions of LiveJournal's Terms of Service, and how his arguments about freedom of speech don't apply here. And how he has obviously gotten around their rather useless IP ban (his son could figure it out, it's not hard).

But this is a first, he's actually admitted to ban-evasion, also against LJ's ToS:

Dear God, TWO accounts in one day? Dont you ever give up?

JT: No four, actually. By the way, if Dennis McCauley has banned me, how come I can stil post here? Duh.

Dennis can only ban individual accounts, he can't ban IPs, and LJ only bans one IP at a time, and the complaint process starts all over again. Basically JT's abusing LJ's slow enforcement policies to spam GamePolitics. Dennis has two choices, either ban the accounts as they appear (and after JT spams the forums), or force everyone to be approved as his "friend" before they can post, a hassle that would inconvenience regular posters, and Dennis himself.

Congrats JT, you've joined the ranks of 13 year olds who troll forums...

I never mocked that damned masturbator...

I NEVER mocked the person who committed suicide. JT


Your "gamer friend" will find peace through the Lord, Jesus Christ, but sadly it's too late for that. This unfortunate soul chose to fill it up with combat games. The playing of these video games is masturbatory activity, meaning senseless self-stimulation.

Let's pretend to be shocked that a gamer might descend into deeper depression...

So he's going to hell, he mentally masturbates, and you're not surprised he's doomed to further depression. How is this not mocking him?

What does this have to do with gaming?

JT loves to spam GamePolitics with "press releases" that "clearly" prove that video gamers are violent. His latest "proof"?

Two white teenagers severely beat and sodomized a 16-year-old Hispanic boy who they believed had tried to kiss a 12-year-old white girl at a party. The attackers forced the boy out of the Saturday night house party, beat him and sodomized him with a metal pipe, shouting epithets "associated with being Hispanic." They then poured bleach over the boy, apparently to destroy DNA evidence and left him for dead, authorities said. He wasn't discovered until Sunday, 12 hours after the attack.

Police mention no link to video games, however they are considering filing a murder accessory lawsuit against CSI...

Unrealistic Consequences, or Not...

Classic JT, this in response to people asking why a lawyer would blame Grand Theft Auto for a shooting death, rather than the quantities of marijuana and alcohol the boys were consuming at the time:

They were playing a game that makes that type of gunplay appear fun and consequence-free. JT

So if they were "influenced" by the game, shouldn't they have been "programmed" to know that the instant they pulled the trigger, someone dies? The game is pretty clear about that. You point a gun at someone, pull the trigger, and it shoots them, and they usually die.

Sounds like the consequences of your actions are pretty well defined in-game...

OMG a satirical pamphlet! I mean leaflet!

...and even a person going door-to-door in his neighborhood illegally handing out pamphlets referencing that video game site to his neighbors lying about Thompson's activities.

Yes, it is illegal.

It's apparently illegal in Florida to ridicule someone in print form without stating your full name. But that's the only illegal part.

The leaflet was also printed BEFORE Thompson "clarified" that the PROPOSAL was satire, that the offer itself was real.

But other than that, the entire leaflet is truthful. He did ask for a hyper-violent game to be made from his design, he did call the police & FBI, he did try to have them arrested, and he did claim they were "extorting" him...

Check out the "pamphlet" here. Observe that the "video game site" is never directly referenced and Holkins, Krahulic, and Penny Arcade are never named. Although there is a nice link, which if you follow it, it re-directs you to the Penny Arcade website news article which talks about the incident. And there's a link to Child's Play, the charity Penny Arcade runs.

Semantics note to Thompson: It’s a leaflet, not a pamphlet.

Geography 101

Miami attorney and self-described "anti-game crusader" Jack Thompson issued a press release a short while ago in which he claimed that his life was threatened by a 16-year old boy from Houston, TX. GamePolitics

Thompson had previously claimed:

Also, a kid in Katy, Texas threatened to kill me because of the [Penny Arcade] self-immolation, and that has been more than useful. JT

Katy’s pretty close to Houston, only about thirty miles but I may as well point out that Thompson has no idea what self-immolation means.

(props to Andrew Eisen)

Reading Comprehension 101

Take-Two has posted on its Rockstar Games web site the false and defamatory assertion that Thompson is a bisexual pedophile... When you click on the fake e-mail, banner headlined at the tope of the home page, from "JT," the Miami, Florida (Liberty City) anti-violent video game crusader, you will find that JT (Jack Thompson) likes to surf the Internet for pictures depicting deviant sex acts by teenage girls. JT

What the web site actually said:

Only last week, I was using the internet to look up some information for my 15 year old niece, who is a keen water skier and state wide sailor. Trust me when I say this - searching under the subject matter "Teenage girls water sports" is not for the faint hearted.

"JT" then goes on to announce that he formed Citizens United Negating Techology For Life And People's Safety, an organization who's view is that the only way to prevent smut on the internet is to "turn it off".

Somehow JT is confusing a man who is shocked and appalled at finding deviant sex acts by teenage girls, when this is clearly not what he intended to search for, with a man who searched for deviant sex acts on purpose.

The bisexual accusation is even less direct. There's an mock radio ad where a mother walks in on a naked man named "Jack" hiding in her son's bedroom closet.

You're blocking which law?

you recite, like a mantra, the usefulness of the ESRB ratings in "helping parents make educated pruchase decisions." This is the biggest crock of all. Your organization fights the passage of laws that require A PARENT TO BE THERE AT THE POINT OF SALE, PATTY!

I'd love to see this law which ONLY says that minors need a parent present to purchase ANY game. When in fact, these laws try to single out games which have certain content, thereby activating 1st Amendment protections. If there was a law stating that ALL games require a parent to purchase, I think it would actually survive 1st Amendment scrutiny, since it wouldn't be restricting games based on content.

Plus, there's a difference between providing a tool for parents, and forcing parents to use that tool every time they want to make a purchase. If the parents care, they'll use it. If they feel their child is mature enough, they won't. But it's available for them to use if they want it.