Attorney Jack Thompson
has sent a complaint letter to the Federal Trade Commission for BioShock
advertisements aired during Friday night's WWE Smackdown. GamePolitics has the full complaint
from Thompson, a portion of it states: "Take-Two... is aggressively marketing its newest Mature-rated video game to kids under 17 years of age... On this Friday's night's 8 pm Eastern time airing of WWE's wrestling program "Smackdown," there were repeated ads for Take-Two/Rockstar Game's Mature-rated, incredibly violent BioShock
... This rampant fraudulent trade practice is precisely what 'Big Tobacco' did with its 'Joe Camel' and other teen-targeting ads, while at the same time lying to Congress that it was not marketing its adult product to kids."
Hey, we had no idea Rockstar had anything to do with BioShock
... oh wait, that's right, they didn't. The FTC has already stated they think the industry is doing a relatively fine job
handling itself; however, the FTC does say the movie and video game industry are both guilty of marketing R and M rated content during shows with inappropriate demographics. That's all good and fine of course, but we're just way too busy bathing in the irony of a FTC violence complaint being brought upon the airing of BioShock
ads during an episode of WWE Smackdown.