One of the major networks should start a new reality show on video games. They only need to look at one small portion of the industry, which would make the budget small, because that's the only one most of the nation knows about. So, in the past few weeks, Bully, Sims 2, and Killer 7 along with a few flash games have made the news.
Most of this debate is from Miami attorney Jack Thompson. He's the one that has some sort of vendetta against the industry. That, or he wants the financial gain that could come from manipulating people into believing he actually has a point.
To keep things in chronological order, Thompson started with the Sims 2, one of PC gamings most popular franchises ever. It's one of the few to crack the women demographic, with 50% of the players being women. With a T rating, Thompson decided to attack mere days after everyone thought the Grand Theft Auto coverage was winding down, even going as far to state The Sims was worse than GTA due to a code that removed the pixelization from the nude Sims.
It wasn't long before Thompson was shot down because of his own ignorance. There is no nudity when the code is used to remove the TV-like pixels. Just flat Barbie-doll like bodies, with no discernable features. He claimed this gave pedophiles some sort of stage to rehearse their perverted acts. He may be ignorant, but he knows how to twist an argument and garner press. Since his announcement, nothing has been said on the topic besides a small press release from EA.
Next comes Bully, Rockstar's latest title, and if any of these debates continue, it's going to be against this one. Player's control a school kid who has been bullied relentlessly and finally decides to stand up for himself. The rating is not yet determined, though a T or an M is possible. The games sometimes playful, sometimes violent nature was enough to draw protest from the Peaceaholics, who unsurprisingly, were followed by Thompson. He managed to get his face on TV again.
Peaceaholics compared Rockstar to felons, and it seems to have fallen deaf ears. Rockstar has made no statement, and the game is still scheduled for release. An ABC News story put the game in the same category as internet flash games; not even making the distinction these games weren't playable on any major game console.
Now, more recently, Thompson has attacked Capcom's Killer 7, a stylized first-person shooter with strange and wild art design. It's brutal, but after reading an IGN review, he decided the game's sexual content was too much, yet it was obvious he had never seen it. The scene in question is a lap dance, with no nudity. The girl moans a few times and it's over. Even if there was nudity, in a game with the graphical, surreal flair of Killer 7, it wouldn't even be recognizable.
The only thing he really has a case against are the gamers themselves, some of whom were dumb enough to e-mail death threats to the attorney. That's brought questions of whether or not the threats were really stated the way they were, but there's little debate that he has received some. It's easy to understand gamer's frustrations with man whom proudly proclaims he has ended up on TV every chance he gets, but this to too far.
So, what does Thompson write to video game supporters when he receives an e-mail from them? Childish diatribes. There are multiple examples out there, from countless sources, who post the e-mail responses to show just how uncaring he truly is. You have to wonder why he even bothers to reply in the first place. The only thing he's smart enough to do is not threaten to kill anyone.
What's odd is that in the five or so years I've followed his absurd, uncaring crusade, I have yet to run across or read anything on anyone who agrees with him. I admit that I don't visit the proper forums, yet even through a Google search to find some of the letters linked up there and some of the articles, there was still nothing. I went through 11 pages of Google results until I gave up. The only ones who are with him are the Peaceaholics. Does he honestly believe he's winning something?