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Old 02-13-2006, 07:08 AM   #1
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God doesnt like taketwo......U2

Jack Thompson writes open letter to Bono
Ellie Gibson 14:42 10/02/2006

Anti-games campaigner alleges Take Two lied to investors

Following the emergence of rumours that Elevation Partners may launch an acquisition bid for Take Two, anti-videogame campaigner Jack Thompson has written an open letter to one of Elevation's key investors - U2 frontman Bono.

"Dear Bono," the letter begins, "I write you as a fellow brother in Jesus Christ, appreciative of your bold witness to the transforming truth of the Gospel, in both your words and your deeds... I write to encourage you, respectfully and in a spirit of brotherly love, not to purchase Take Two Interactive Software, Inc."

Thompson warns Bono that if he acquires Take Two, he will also acquire "A Mature-rated murder simulator marketed and sold to teens that has been linked by law enforcement officials to numerous, specific, provable copycat killings around the country" - namely Grand Theft Auto.

He goes on to claim that Take Two "lied to the investment community" in its latest SEC filing, and warns that ongoing "criminal investigations" have put the publisher's very survival at risk, "Despite the fraudulent assertions in the recent [SEC filing] that they are all "without merit."

"That is akin to saying that AIDS poses no threat to life. Ridiculous."

Thompson then argues that the PS2's dualshock controller "desensitises the user to the act of killing" because it "sends a visceral jolt back into the hands of the player each time he kills."

Thompson doesn't think much of Bill Gates, either, who recently appeared on the cover of Time magazine alongside Bono. "I assume you think Gates a man of intellect," the letter reads.

"Here is what he said recently on 60 Minutes: "These action games transport you to a world you think is real." Exactly. That is why they are dangerous."

Next in the firing line is Bully, a forthcoming Rockstar title that is set in a school and which has already caused controversy despite the fact it has yet to be released. Thompson describes it as a "Columbine simulator" that will "spawn more school violence," alleging that Take Two has "lied to the public about what is actually in this game."

He also claims that he has obtained screenshots which show the game's true content, stating: "I can hear Take-Two saying to you, Bono, if I were to show you these clandestine screenshots, "Who are you going to believe, Bono; us or your lying eyes?"

Thompson warns Bono that buying Take Two "will serve as a refutation of your Christian twitness [sic]", stating that unless Elevation Partners plans to buy Take Two for the purpose of incinerating the Grand Theft Auto games and the other murder simulator titles that Take Two owns... Then you will be tying a millstone around your own neck."

The letter finishes: "I could fill another ten pages with descriptions of the criminal activity by Take-Two and [law firm] Blank Rome toward me, but I can tell you about all that if and when we meet.

"I am trying to keep you, dear brother, from being run over by a careening bus. I do this to help you. A brother in Christ has now warned you. Now, do the right thing, in His powerful name I pray," Thompson writes, before signing off: "In Jesus Christ, Jack Thompson."

The letter has been published in full by website Game Politics.
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Old 02-13-2006, 07:09 AM   #2
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Bono wants to buy Take Two?
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Old 02-13-2006, 07:31 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by Nindalf
Bono wants to buy Take Two?
Why surprised? his company has already merged Bioware and Pandemic (Mercenaries/Full Spectrum Warrior). Though if anyone's gonna buy Take-Two I predict Microsoft I'm sure they'd love to have PS2's biggest selling game XB exculsive though Bono and Bill Gates get on pretty well don't they.
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Old 02-13-2006, 11:46 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by TheHardware
"Who are you going to believe, Bono; us or your lying eyes?"
Thompson's Line of the Month.
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"I write you as a fellow brother in Jesus Christ
And we christians wonder why the rest of the world hates us?

I dont care if you go in your crazy rampage Jack, but dont go doing it "in the name of God".
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Old 02-13-2006, 02:03 PM   #6
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jack is just lookin for more ways to gain acknowledgement of his sorry existence
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Old 02-13-2006, 02:18 PM   #7
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Yup. And to think, we were almost beginning to forget about him.

Oh well, even if Bono does buy take two, i'm sure he won't be shutting down any major franchises. He's just as interested in money as the other shareholders are.
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Old 02-13-2006, 03:49 PM   #8
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You see, what everyone doesn't realise is that Jack Thomson builds his career off what you're doing right now: PAYING HIM ATTENTION.

Take a subject like gaming, something everyone likes, and he mindlessly calls it evil. No proof, no reason other than self gratification... just for the sake of saying that "I'm right, you're wrong, and everyone who doesn't see that must be stupid."

Now first off people, stop e-mailing the guy and phone calling him.

Does he deserve to be yelled at? Yes.
Does he deserve to be talked about? Yes.
Does he deserve to be anally raped in for ways by Germans? More than likely.

But the thing is, the more we keep telling him this, the more he keeps coming with useless statements and defending himself with ammunition but what we're throwing at him. The more people try and attack him, the more people he has to sue. Think about it.

If people want to buy video games, THEY WILL. He can get them censored and have whatever put on them that he can get put on them, but we'll still play them. Period. And there isn't a damn thing he can do about it.

Right now, he's just a rich little white boy that has too much free time and wants to scream because everyone else is having fun playing with toys that he doesn't like. So rather than try to like them himself, he wants everyone else to stop playing them.

Ever see Tiny Toons and the character Montana Max? Same thing.
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