Less than a week before Grand Theft Auto IV officially hits the retail stands and every gamer will buy it, Jack Thompson needs some more attention from the public, but it seems that he's out of good ideas or has completely lost support of television networks, other attorneys and so on. The anti-game militant has decided to start sending strange e-mails - and he started by sending one to Strauss Zelnick's mother. In case you didn't know, Mr. Zelnick is Take Two's chairman.
The story comes via GameRush Entertainment and, even though we have tried to track the letter down and see whether it is an authentic one or not, we didn't manage to find it anywhere else. However, due to its length and style, we're tempted to believe that Jack Thompson is really the author. And it is a letter as hilarious as it is completely wrong. Here are a few excerpts from it (you can read the whole nonsense on Gamerush website):
"Your son last week was reported to have said the following about Grand Theft Auto IV, due to be released Tuesday, April 29: 'We've already received numerous [GTA IV] reviews, and to a one, they are perfect scores. My mom couldn't write better reviews ' Taking your son's thought, I would encourage you either to play this game or have an adroit video gamer play it for you. Some of the latter gamers are on death row, so try to find one out in the civilian population who hasn't killed someone yet."
And things go worse: "Your son, this very moment, is doing everything he possibly can to sell as many copies of GTA IV to teen boys in the United States, a country in which your son claims you raised him to be "a Boy Scout." More like the Hitler Youth, I would say. Happy Mother's day, Mrs. Zelnick, which this year is May 11, two weeks after your son unleashes p**n and violence upon other mothers' boys. I'm sure you're very proud."
As we have said before, this is completely wrong. Jack Thompson was an attorney (and he might still be one, we don't really know and don't really care) and he should know that such acts, like sending vomit through an e-mail, are not something normal sane people would do. Does Mr. Thompson really expect Mrs. Zelnick to go and punish her son for publishing the game? Does he really think the poor woman could do anything about this (supposing that she would try to stop GTA)? No, she wouldn't. And we're sure a person like Mr. Thompson knows all these. He just doesn't care, he just needs attention. He loves the spotlights but his means of getting "on stage" are getting dirtier every day.