Thanks a lot, Jack Thompson. Now everyone who is not a gamer is referring to Bully as “The Columbine Game”. Apparently, a group of teenage busybodies known as the Peaceaholics protested at Rockstar Games New York office…
“A lot of youth are playing these games and there’s a lot of violence that people are copying,” said Cordero Sellers, 16. “I’m trying to do my best to stop this release.”
“It’s important that we’re here today because violent images seen on games are copied by kids,” said Anthony Ford, 17.
“We’re trying to stop people getting hurt before it’s too late.”
Oh and guess who accompanied them…
Florida lawyer and anti-violence activist John Thompson accompanied the kids.
“Columbine changed the face of America but you [Rockstar] are about to come out with a game that celebrates, glamorizes and trains kids to do what [Columbine killers] Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris did,” said Thompson.
“Bullying is not a subject for a video game. We are not asking Rockstar to stop making this game, we are demanding they stop.”
Again with the Columbine comparison.
Do these people do any research at all? I have yet to see any gameplay details from the game outside of Rockstar’s official description…
Rockstar is keeping details of the plot a closely guarded secret but describes it as “humorous” and “tongue in cheek.”
The company states on its Web site: “As a troublesome schoolboy, you’ll stand up to bullies, get picked on by teachers, play pranks on malicious kids, win or lose the girl and ultimately learn to navigate the obstacles of the fictitious reform school Bullworth Academy.”
So, as far as I know, there has been no mention of shooting and killing your other classmates. So these people are just assuming. And we know what happens when you assume. Jack Thompson makes an even bigger assclown out of himself.