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I'm Afraid.

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I am seriously, at this moment, absolutely terrified that Jack Thompson may somehow win in his crusade to completely annhilate videogames. I mean, I know that he is absolutely batshit fucking loco, but that doesn't stop me from worrying over how he might just be Heinlein's prophecy of Nehemiah Scudder incarnated in a twisted form. I am afraid that enough people will fall for his doubletalk and lies that there will be some major change in the way media is processed. I can only envision massive furnaces built to destroy all things that relate to violence, sex, and anything that Jack does not personally want to exist.

I'm scared. I know I shouldn't be, and that he is just a crazy man who has no idea what he's talking about, but I'm still scared of a future where he wins his cases. And I know, that if he dies mysteriously, there is no chance in hell of the Government keeping out of the Videogame industry. No matter what happens with any of this, there is no chance of life returning to normal.

I'm scared, and there's nobody around to hold me...
  • I wouldn't worry about this guy too much. The bottom line is that controlling kids' access to games is a parental responsibility, and the most anyone's going to be able to do is post warning labels on them. Small towns can't even stop convenience stores from selling Hustler; what are the odds anyone's going to be able to do anything about sex and violence in videogames?

    So this guy's a lawyer. Big whoop. Case law on censorship has already been settled for years WRT pr0n; trying to censor videogames is goign to run right into the same absolutist First Amendment brick wall. So chill, already. Sky ain't falling.
  • just a crazy man who has no idea what he's talking about

    Mostly I agree with wombat_socho but then again at one time Hitler was also just a crazy man who has no idea what he's talking about so it warms my heart that there are still young people passionate enough not let this behavior slide by un-noticed. Good for you, Nick, for getting upset at it but don't let it eat at you. Like wombat_socho said "Sky ain't falling" and with vigilance like yours it won't.
    • Re: just a crazy man who has no idea what he's talking about

      The only point on which I'd disagree with you: Hitler did know what he was talking about. Germany was in a world of hurt in the 1920s. Unfortunately for Germany, Hitler's diagnosis and cure were horribly, horribly wrong...When this asshat starts showing up with a force of uniformed thugs, then I'll reach for my revolver.
      • Re: just a crazy man who has no idea what he's talking about

        Okay, I admit my first response was over simplistic and this is what I was referring to. Just as Hitler thought he needed to save the world from racially inferior people (which he blamed for many of his nation's problems) this guy thinks it is his responsibility to save the world from morally inferior people (which he blames for many of his nation's problems). Wrong approach to the cure in both cases. It's just nice to know that not all the youth of today are as complacent as they are portrayed to be.
        • Re: just a crazy man who has no idea what he's talking about

          Yeah, that's definitely a good thing. I've come to the conclusion that most of the people whining about the kids of today don't actually know any.
          • Re: just a crazy man who has no idea what he's talking about

            I wish I could agree with you, Wombat. Where I work, I am the only one who even remotely cares about the actions of politicians and lawyers. Not one peep was heard from them about the Eminent Domain ruling, and I can bet you dollars to doughnuts that not one of them can name a single Supreme Court Justice.
            This is why I overreact; nobody else says anything.
  • *blinks* I read through some of that stuff that good ol' Wikipedia had to say about Mr. Jack Thompson, and well, just about all of his assertions are pretty lame. He thinks that the brain is actually damaged by videogames. . . hehehe, interesting.

    Sounds like he would get along with my history teacher!! :D . . . Though, I think my history teacher is a tad more tolerable and a bit less ignorant than that anti-videogame man.

    *sigh* I hope that he doesn't find any success in his crusades to take down the gaming industry. After all, people aren't forced to play games filled with sex and violence. . . soo, he might as well try to make R-rated movies banned while he is at it! :D
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