GTA Battle Goes to the Courts

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By Ed Oswald, BetaNews
July 20, 2005, 5:18 PM

The battle over Grand Theft Auto has now reached the courts, BetaNews
has learned. A Florida attorney who has been involved in several high
profile obscenity cases has turned his sights on the controversial
game.

John Thompson has petitioned the Eleventh Circuit Court in Miami,
Florida for a temporary injunction against Best Buy, Circuit City,
Target, Wal-Mart, and GameStop to stop sales of the game to minors in
Miami-Dade County. The filing also says that Thompson plans to ask for
a permanent injunction to stop the sale of the game altogether and
that he may seek to have the injunction applied statewide.

Thompson has been involved in several notable cases involving
obscenity and violence, including the 2 Live Crew obscenity trial in
1990 and against Ice T in 1992 over the song "Cop Killer." More
recently, he has turned his attention to violence in video games,
including several games by Rockstar and its subsidiary, Rockstar
North.

In an interview with CBSNews.com in March, Thompson said the video
game industry has no restrictions placed on what it can produce, and
called the industry "selfish and childish."

"These are murder simulators. Manhunt has been called the video game
equivalent of a snuff film," Thompson argued. "I am working with an
Oakland, CA prosecutor in a murder trial in which the older gang
members used GTA 3 to train teens to do carjackings and murders. The
Army uses these games to break down the inhibition to kill of new
recruits."

Also today Thompson petitioned the Attorney General of Minnesota Mike
Hatch to launch an investigation into Target and Best Buy over the
sale of Grand Theft Auto, citing Wednesday's report by BetaNews that
the modification could also be applied in the Xbox and PS2 versions of
the game.

BetaNews was not able to obtain comment from the retailers named in
the suit by press time.
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  1. Archived from groups: alt.games.grand-theft-auto (More info?)

    In message <ok4ud153977gfpm2qobvb69baap6kvk65v@4ax.com>
    Gumbo ... <Gumbo@mkx.org> wrote:

    > "These are murder simulators. Manhunt has been called the video game
    > equivalent of a snuff film,"

    Wow, do you think he actually played the game, or just read the back of
    the box? IIRC, it says that Manhunt is based on 8mm and The Running Man.


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    "Gumbo ..." wrote:
    "These are murder simulators. Manhunt has been called the video game
    > equivalent of a snuff film,"

    yeah, by him and people like him. Twats


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    > ...A Florida attorney who has been involved in several high
    > profile obscenity cases...

    > John Thompson has petitioned...

    You couldn't make stuff like that up, could you...?

    :-)
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    Lawyers don't give a stuff about moral values, they can just smell the
    money. If this wasn't a multi million $ industry they wouldn't be
    interested. There are *real* snuff movies out there that they could go
    after if they wanted to, but the people that make them aren't as rich
    as Rockstar.
    TWJ
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    tonewheel wrote:
    >
    > Lawyers don't give a stuff about moral values, they can just smell the
    > money. If this wasn't a multi million $ industry they wouldn't be
    > interested. There are *real* snuff movies out there that they could go
    > after if they wanted to, but the people that make them aren't as rich
    > as Rockstar.
    > TWJ

    and probably harder to find and prosecute too
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