The Legal Fun Never Ends For Take-Two And Rockstar Games

Video Game Law Blog

August 17, 2006

Florida lawyer and anti-video game crusader Jack Thompson has filed a petition with the 11thJudicial Circuit Court asking for Take-Two Interactive Software and Wal-Mart to supply him with an advance copy of Bully – the upcoming game from Take-Two and Rockstar. Thompson has criticized both Wal-Mart and the ESRB for the fact that Wal-Mart has been taking advance orders for Bully even though the ESRB, which has had the game for over a year, has yet to rate it. In the result, Thomson says he plans to have an independent third party play the game in order to determine if Bully would constitute a public nuisance in the state of Florida.

Thomson, who likens the situation to a pharmaceutical company selling a drug that has yet to receive FDA approval, has accused Take-Two of instigating 'a new wave of successfully orchestrated harassment" against him. This harassment apparently consists of phone calls received by Thompson earlier this week from a caller identifying himself as 'Peter"?, who called Thompson a sexual deviant and threatened his life. This is not the first time Thompson's life has been threatened – in December of 2005, a 16-year old gamer was charged with harassing communication for threatening to kill Thompson.

Take-Two has not yet commented on Thompson's petition.

Coverage at (Gamespot)

Thompson's petition at