Take-Two Sues Jack Thompson

Jack Thompson suing someone would just be another "legal brief" post here, but Take Two Sues Jack Thompson over Manhunt 2, GTA4 is news of that classic "man bites dog" variety. To catch you up, we'll just quote Game Politics' summary of the case:
The suit alleges that Thompson’s public nuisance tactic violates Take Two’s First Amendment rights. Lawyers for the game publisher argue that the Florida statute under which Thompson is seeking to have the games declared as nuisances essentially makes the controversial lawyer “a private attorney general on behalf of the State of Florida.”

Take Two is also seeking to recover from Thompson its attorney fees and other costs incurred related to the pending legal action.

For his part, Thompson criticizes the Take Two complaint in a writ filed with the Florida Supreme Court, and rather dubiously takes credit for a recent shareholder revolt which is expected to result in the firing of CEO Paul Eibeler as early as next week.
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Re: I hate JT too BUT....
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I blame the bastard for the lack of gore in Company of Heroes.

The deficiency of proper gore in gaming began long before Thompson came onto the scene. Remember the Soldier of Fortune games? Not a single game since has even come close to the same level of explicit mutilation. Remember how when you shot people in Hitman, there would actually be bullet holes? Those mysteriously disappeared in all the sequels. Imagine how much more brutal and disturbing Condemned would have been had it featured realistic, location-based mutilation and gore. I can only hope that the potential sequel will sate my bloodlust.

So why have games been neutered as of late? Multiple potential reasons:

1) With the advent of normal/parallax mapping, specular lighting, etc, it might be harder to create realistic-looking mutilation due to the fact that models don't have all the polygons they appear to have.

2) With countries like Germany and Australia banning/blacklisting games left and right, publishers would rather not invest time and money into features that they'd inevitably have to remove for acceptance in these territories.

Either way, the lack of gore needs to stop. With exploitation flicks like Hostel going mainstream, there should be no reason for games not to follow suit.

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