Jack Thompson has come to the *cough* crazy conclusion that Tom “Guns don’t kill people, videogames do” Goldberg, is somehow based on him. And he’s now threatening to block GTA IV’s release unless the references are removed.
Goldberg is a shady lawyer who features in one of the two missions previewed by gaming magazines in July. The mission demands that Niko kills the lawyer, and Thompson believes this reference is “threatening his physical safety:”
I have this morning read with interest an article on page 80 and 81 of the September 2007 issue of Game Informer magazine which was generated when, according to its author, Rockstar Games �stopped by the Game Informer offices for an impromptu hour-long gameplay session with the Xbox 360 version of the game.”
The showcasing play of the game to Game Informer revealed that the first killing mission of the “hero” of the game, Niko, is to kill a certain lawyer. When Niko comes into this lawyer�s office, having used subterfuge to do so, Niko pulls a gun on the lawyer who says, “that the firm supports the second amendment and that ‘Guns don�t kill people. Video games do.'”
�The fact that the lawyer, killed on Niko�s first mission, would bring up video games, makes it clearly a reference to me� This is not the first time Rockstar Games and Take Two have targeted me in this fashion. Take Two references to me as a bisexual pedophile on its corporate website�
You have until five o�clock P.M. this Friday� to inform me that you are going to delete the above references and any other references that could reasonably be construed to be references to me in Grand Theft Auto IV and any other video games that are pending release�
Now you have descended this low – using one of your games to threaten my physical safety� Failure to comply with the deadline� will result in my having to take necessary and proper means to stop release of the game which targets me personally� given the copycatting of violent games�