No, your eyes are not deceiving
you. Jack Thompson
has purchased shares in Take-Two
interactive - otherwise known as the publisher behind the Grand Theft Auto
series of games. So has JT suddenly
become a financial supporter of the company he's long campaigned against? Not a chance. JT has purchased stock in the
company in order that he might attend Take-Two's shareholder meetings and face up to the company's CEO, Paul
In advance of attending the shareholder's meeting, he sent a ranting letter to Eibeler, outlining
his plan to attend the meeting and visit several issues that have been on our favorite lawyer's mind as of late. In the
letter, JT questions Eibeler's handling of the "Hot Coffee" sex scandal (which won an award, by the way
mentions a report by MarketWatch
naming Eibeler as the "worst CEO of 2005". Up until this point, the letter
raises legitimate concerns that any shareholder could have regarding the company's CEO.
But, as JT's letters
always do, it degrades into a messy rant against the video game industry in general. At one point, JT refers to
Microsoft's Flight Simulator
as a training simulator for the 9/11 terrorists: "What's next, Paul, a
game in which players can practice flying commercial jetliners into the World Trade Towers? Oh, I forgot. Microsoft
already did that.
" We're not going to dignify that statement with a retort. As these kind of statements
demonstrate: Jack Thompson is, and will forever remain, a childish attention seeker. We hope the organisers of the next
Take-Two shareholder's meeting refuse to obey JT's request for a "cordless microphone at the shareholders
That's all he needs: a voice.