October 17, 2005

The Continuing Adventures Of Jack Thompson

As I'm sure regular readers of Penny Arcade are aware, Jack Thompson, anti-video game lawyer extreme, is really having a time of it recently. First, Jack Thompson made an open offer to the gaming industry in which he promised to give $10,000 to charity if a company would make what he called a murder simulator in which players had the ability to kill not only the heads of several game companies, but local minimum wage game store employees as well. In response Gabe, the artist for Penny Arcade, sent Jack an e-mail in which he mocked the offer a bit. Yeah, perhaps a little juvenial, but if anyone's earned it it's Jack Thompson, and if anyone in the internet community has earned the right to mock Thompson's feeble philanthropy it's the PA guys, who have collected and donated over fifty times that amount to charity.

Then Jack Thompson called Gabe and yelled at him a bit. Also at around this time it seems like Thompson was also involved in a bit of an e-mail war with the proprietor of another web comic. Then the head of one of the groups Thompson has called allies asked him not to envoke their name any longer in his mad rants. And if you thought for a moment that Thompson could dare the nerd community to make a game and it would go unchallanged, well you would be wrong. And when the nerds actually followed through on Thompson's proposal he said that it was all made in satire. Evidently, the charity money was also satire, though the Penny Arcade guys have since made a $10,000 donation in Thompson's name to the ESA Foundation.

"I will not cease from mental fight / Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand"

1 comment:

Grumlock the destroyer said...

Jerusalem - traditional

The version I am most familiar with was done by Emerson Lake and Palmer. The lyrics were written by noted nutjob William Blake as a poem called "And did those feet in ancient times". The music was written by C. Hubert H. Parry in 1916. The most famous orchestration was done by Edward Elgar in 1922.