Jack Thompson to help EA buy Take-Two?

Jack Thompson to help EA buy Take-Two?

Jack Thompson is pledging support to EA in their attempts to buy Take-Two.

Floridan attorney and fierce anti-GTA spokesman Jack Thompson has offered his support to EA in a public letter which claims he will help back them in attempts to buy out rival publisher Take-Two, it has emerged.

EA is currently in the middle of trying to buy out business rival Take-Two, which publishes the Grand Theft Auto series that Jack Thompson has opposed so vehemently over the years.

Of course, EA isn't the only interested party - Activision too considered making an offer.

Currently, Take-Two is standing it's ground and refusing to bow down to any offers, but Jack Thompson is hoping to change all that - no doubt in an effort to stem the flow of GTA games at the source.

"I am delighted to work with Electronic Arts to evict the Zelnick Trojan Horse from within Take-Two’s corporate walls. In doing so, I can get the new Take-Two into the clear as to the trouble I and others can send its way...Zelnick is the source of trouble headed Take-Two’s way, not I, and EA can make the case, with my help, that such trouble can be avoided," said Thompson in a letter seen by GamePolitics.

EA and JT would make an unusual match as Thompson has in the past spoken out against games like The Sims 2 on the basis that they contain "full frontal nudity" (though this was blurred). However, Thompson has recently spoken in defense of other EA games such as Mass Effect, which actually did feature tastefully handled sex scenes - so maybe the burned bridge between the two has been mended?

Should EA take Jack Thompson up on his offer? How do you feel about Ea buying up Take-Two? Let us know in the forums.


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steveo_mcg 3rd March 2008, 11:40 Quote
good grief, has he not been put in prison yet!
Flibblebot 3rd March 2008, 12:33 Quote
If Jack Thompson started giving me advice, I'd just do the opposite of whatever he said :p
Arkanrais 3rd March 2008, 13:02 Quote
what EA should do (is they do purchase Take Two) is make GTA games more violent, just to piss old jacko off
Dr. Strangelove 3rd March 2008, 13:09 Quote
I think Jack T has pissed off so many gamers, that any game publisher who associates them selfs with him would be shooting them selfs in the foot. I'm sure EA know that as well, so I don't think EA will even consider working with him.
tk421 3rd March 2008, 13:30 Quote
the good thing is, the court system in FL doesn't take Jack very seriously anymore.
naokaji 3rd March 2008, 13:36 Quote
they just need to lock Jack away in the next nuthouse, problem solved.
Delphium 3rd March 2008, 13:38 Quote

^ about sums it up.
TreeDude 3rd March 2008, 13:38 Quote
He is the laughing stock of both the gaming and legal community's. Does he actually think he has something to offer them? This guy needs to be committed.
Jordan Wise 3rd March 2008, 13:43 Quote
i hope a rambo game comes out, and someone shoves it up Jack's arse
DXR_13KE 3rd March 2008, 15:33 Quote
i am now thinking about the EA version of GTA..... and i am about to shove forks into my head to help reduce the pain.....
johnmustrule 3rd March 2008, 15:49 Quote
ohh the poor senial man, don't we pitty him.
Faulk_Wulf 3rd March 2008, 17:17 Quote
But... its not April first...
DeSean 3rd March 2008, 20:43 Quote
Argh. Please stop giving this scumbag extra publicity. I think when it is *absolutely* necessary to mention him we should use a degrading alias. That way, it might be funny, it denies him the pleasure of seeing his name all over the interwebs, and google might even pick it up too! :D
Icecoldbagey 3rd March 2008, 20:59 Quote
If EA buy take two we can look forward to yearly money spinners and crappy games. If it happens, which it wont until at least after the GTA 4 release i'll simply boycott them. Along with many others ive spoken to
Dreaming 4th March 2008, 00:56 Quote
Originally Posted by DeSean
Argh. Please stop giving this scumbag extra publicity. I think when it is *absolutely* necessary to mention him we should use a degrading alias. That way, it might be funny, it denies him the pleasure of seeing his name all over the interwebs, and google might even pick it up too! :D

Or we change all the hyperlinks with his name in to some pseudo-google page akin to the 'french military victories' lols.

It can be done! A concerted effort on behalf of all on the internet :p lol
Sebbo 4th March 2008, 02:23 Quote
i think Rockstar Games will break off from Take Two before Take Two is bought by anyone, then all EA or Activision will be acquiring is the 2K Games group
How did the offers even come about? i don't remember Take Two actually being in any financial trouble... (unless thats the result of numerous lawsuits?)

maybe Jack's just playing nice in order to get on EA's legal team, since he's about to be pushed off the Florida bar?
r4tch3t 4th March 2008, 05:07 Quote
Is it not funny that Jack is saying video games cause violence and that we should ban them? If indeed video games do cause people to go out and kill people, why has no one shot Jack yet?
Jokkocze 4th March 2008, 06:39 Quote
I really hope that Take Two doesnt give up..

EA should consider lowering the prices of their games instead of buying other companies, that would make people less angry at them.
mmorgue 5th March 2008, 14:54 Quote
So... JT wants to work with EA to buy Take Two so that he can help "purge" them of their sinful ways?

I wasn't under the impression this is what EA intended. In fact, I think EA are doing it to take advantage of the 'sinful' ways of Take-Two's GTA franchise and to make loads and loads of $£ due to the hyped potential of GTA4.

And if that's the case, I wouldn't think EA would want to take aboard a nutjob like JT who might, and in all probabilty would, jeopardise their [EA's] financial gains on the GTA series & name.
Sebbo 6th March 2008, 11:57 Quote
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