Jack Thompson criticizes U.S. soldiers who helped make Medal of Honor, tells gamers to ‘go to Hell’

Disbarred Florida attorney and anti-games activist Jack Thompson wants to halt the release of the new Medal of Honor title, which is scheduled to release on October 12. In a letter to U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Thompson criticizes the first-person shooter, arguing that it poses a ‘demonstrable danger to our troopers’ by providing training materials to insurgents. He also criticizes U.S. soldiers who helped produced the game as well as the ESRB.

An excerpt from Thompson’s letter:

With all respect for everything else on your plate, but as someone who has represented the surviving family members of such video game-caused massacres, I personally urge you, as Secretary of Defense, to do what is necessary, proper, and legal to stop the release of Medal of Honor on October 12 on the basis that it poses a demonstrable danger to our troops by providing a training tool for those who wish to kill them.

I would also strongly suggest that the Defense Department find out who these Special Ops people are who have acted so foolishly in this regard.

Finally, I believe the full weight of the federal government should come down upon Electronic Arts and the video game industry’s Entertainment Software Association for their allowing, presently and fraudulently, despite promises to Congress, the widespread pre-sale of this adult game to minors throughout the country and around the world.

The bombastic call to action follows Electronic Arts’ recent announcement that the playable ‘Taliban’ faction in the game’s multiplayer will be changed to the ‘Opposing Force.’ According to Greg Goodrich, executive producer for Medal of Honor, the decision was made due to feedback from “friends and families of fallen soldiers who have expressed concern over the inclusion of the Taliban in the multiplayer portion of our game.”

However, Jack Thompson seems eager to take credit for the recent decision himself. Speaking to Ripten, Thompson said, “Sure. I win again, as usual. Any gamers who don’t think so and who don’t appreciate what I do to protect our culture can go to Hell.”

As usual, Thompson’s disdain for gamers shines through in his closing statement. He continues, “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.”

Oct 5, 2010

Source: Ripten

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  • godkarl - October 11, 2010 8:42 p.m.

    first off, its obvious the code to hell is the konami code...pfft newb....secondly, didnt he get disbarred or something for being a jack-ass, get it...i believe that was the official Mr. Thompson, "Free expression and free speech are developed through many mediums, you cannot squelch any medium of this expression without setting a precident which endagers all forms of expression and entertainment. Exempli Gratis: I can make a video, video game, drawing, painting, play, musical, or any other medium for expression and entertainment to depict you getting: killed, shited on, engaged in homosexual activity, engaged in heterosexual activity, committing beastiality, sobbing because no one loves you and you were disbarred for repeated attempts to destroy the rights of the people(gamers and otherwise)of the United States of America, in contradiction to the oath you took; These are the rights we have upon being born in this country. Your repeated attacks on the gamers of the world borders on civil harrassment. How dare you criticize the U.S. Soldiers on their part in a video game? While you have the right it shows a lack of respect for those men who keep your pen-wielding ass in a suit and tie. Those men seek the spread of the truth through whatever means possible, more accurate scenarios=better empathy and understanding of what they go through while in times of war. A noble cause if you ask most people seeking a more immersive and realized experience.
  • D0CCON - October 9, 2010 10:33 p.m.

    Has he figured out yet that whenever he opens his mouth, the games he tries to ban sell more copies than if he would keep his mouth shut. The United States of America tried to tell him this by disbarring him, but no, he has to go and make people hate him some more. I knew disbarment wouldn't shut him up, but I kinda hoped it would have.
  • Deathstalker83 - October 9, 2010 6:03 p.m.

    Hey Jack, I got 2 Words For Ya !!!!!!
  • flustercuck - October 8, 2010 10:43 p.m.

    I love that he said MoH could be used as a training tool for our enemies. Damn, he figured it out and now all of our secrets will be lost. Yes Jack, all of our military tactics are in this game, just like our plumbing secrets are in Super Mario Bros. and all our agricultural secrets are in FarmVille.
  • JamieGriffiths - October 8, 2010 6:04 p.m.

    Just a miserable B*****D playing games is the shiz he can smell pigion farts for all i care
  • vinverga - October 7, 2010 9:38 a.m.

    Wjen he said "Go to Hell", dose he meen near Detroit?
  • ShokuaHyuga - October 7, 2010 5:31 a.m.

    Somebody punch this guy in the face and then tell him that 99% of gamers have already been to hell and back without the need for cheat codes, and that while they were down there they met a lot of guys just like him.
  • SkylinesTheLimit - October 7, 2010 4:16 a.m.

    kay so, he's tried to take down games that promote violence/cop killing/sex etc etc, but has not taken one look at the internet. i mean cmon, someone as devoted to that stuff as he is would surely have TRIED sueing the internet(which wouldve been really funny but hey, people are stupid to an extent it seems). how about books? those can be "impressionable" too. T.V? C.S.I would be a criminal incarceration avoidance or something along the lines wouldnt it? jack thompsons a complete hypocrite. he should use that cheat code of his to take him the 7th circle of hell. washed up ex lawyer nobody
  • twewy13 - October 7, 2010 12:43 a.m.

    seriously, he doesn't know wtf he's talking about and what games mean to us gamers
  • twewy13 - October 7, 2010 12:40 a.m.

    MOH is a mass killing SIMULAYTOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111!!!!!!11!!!!! this guy has problems
  • Forrest22x - October 7, 2010 12:26 a.m.

    Go fuck yourself man!
  • Shenlong4517 - October 6, 2010 11:29 p.m.

    This poor bastard never learns. Let's throw MoH in his face and then drop his ass into the army. See how much the game helped him then.
  • zymn - October 6, 2010 10:26 p.m.

    I vote the name "Opposing Force" to be changed to "Jack Thompson".
  • NelosAngelos - October 6, 2010 8:03 p.m.

    I missed this guy, just made my day brighter. Oh I'll be in Hell Jackie-boy, and I'll be waiting for you there.
  • d0x - October 6, 2010 6:49 p.m.

    Ahhh yes ending an argument with go to tell is a great way to get people to join your side of said argument.
  • xChiTownPlayerx - October 6, 2010 6:48 p.m.

    "...allowing, presently and fraudulently, despite promises to Congress, the widespread pre-sale of this adult game to minors throughout the country and around the world." I believe it's rated M so techincally children can't buy it. Get your facts right and also geez here it goes again with this guy.
  • JokersKnightOut - October 6, 2010 6:41 p.m.

    Just when I thought I heard all the moronic anti-gamer comments politicians could make, I'm corrected once again.
  • taterboob - October 6, 2010 6:33 p.m.

    To Mr. Thompson: You first. I absolutely can not wait for his generation to die off.
  • NappyAfro - October 6, 2010 5:52 p.m.

    What a douche.
  • Bagahnoodles - October 6, 2010 5:29 p.m.

    All I want to say is this, Mr. Thompson. gb2backburner. You were disbarred for a reason.

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