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Jack Thompson Emails
From: "Jack Thompson" <jackpeace@comcast.net>
To: scott@vgcats.com
Subject: This sex isn't hidden, Scott. Wouldn't want the facts to get in the way or your drawing, now would you?
Date: Fri, 5 Aug 2005 17:02:39 -0400

URGENT!

John B. Thompson, Attorney at Law
1172 South Dixie Hwy., Suite 111
Coral Gables, Florida 33146
305-666-4366

jackpeace@comcast.net
August 5, 2005
Patricia Vance

President
Entertainment Software Rating Board
[Address edited out]

Re: Killer 7

Dear Ms. Vance:

I have just learned facts that indicate the above violent game most likely deserves an “AO” rating rather than the “M” rating which your ESRB has given it.

As you may or may not know, more than forty states have “sexual material harmful to minors” statutes which prohibit the sale of sexually explicit material to anyone under 18 years of age. This hiatus between the “M” (age 17) rating and the statutory criminal standard (age 18) has always posed significant peril to the industry through games that contain sexual material, and it appears that those pigeons may come home to roost in Killer 7. “Hot Coffee” is a fairly recent example of the peril. As to Killer 7, please note:

The following is found in a review of Killer 7 by Matt Casamassina at http://cube.ign.com/articles/630/630908p1.html which contains the following observations at this pro-violent game Internet site:

“…profanity, sex and bloodshed are commonplace… We can't stress it enough: kids should not play Killer 7. Not just because there's an M on the box, but because for once that M really means something. There's much more than blood and guts in the game. Everything from the design of puzzles to the subject matter is designed for older players and it's really that simple…. And there are cinematics that feature full-blown sex sequences…. Killer 7's adult themes, which encapsulate extremely violent, profane and sexual situations, as well as a wide range of issues from terrorism to the sale of children, make the M on the box really mean something.”

Ms. Vance, this game was released on July 7, 2005. It may be that the stir caused by the “Hot Coffee” in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas distracted all of our attention from Killer 7.

There is no question in my mind that a video game containing “full-blown sex sequences” cannot be rated anything other than “AO” rather than “M.” The reviewer above in fact says that this game’s “M” actually means something, and he says it twice for emphasis.

There are those who would say that people such as I are “prudes” who have no problem with violence but get uptight about sexual content in games. That is a disingenuous charge, and you know why. I have been on national television programs, as early as the week before Columbine, complaining about 13-year-olds being enabled by the ESRB to violent “M” games. But it is your sister organization, the Entertainment Software Association, that is in court right this second in Illinois trying to prevent the extension of the “sex” argument to the “violence” argument. It is your industry, then, that thinks violence is okay for kids but that sex, given state laws already on the books, is not okay. Well, the Killer 7 game underscores the fact that your organization and the industry it fronts for appear to try to get away with anything that is harmful to kids, whether already illegal or not.

What it also means is that if jurors in a criminal prosecution were asked whether Killer 7 contains “sexual material harmful to minors” in violation of statutory standards, then, based upon the above enthusiastic review at IGN.com, the answer to that question would probably be “yes.”

That answer would put the Entertainment Software Rating Board, in my opinion, in the middle of a criminal conspiracy to distribute sexual material harmful to minors in violation of criminal statutes. This is not a situation in which the ESRB has been blind-sided by hidden or embedded content, Ms. Vance. You all have known that the “full-blown sex sequences” are patently present in the game, yet you chose to put an “M” rather than an “AO” rating on it. Big mistake.

If I were you, Ms. Vance, I would immediately ask the makers of this game, and all retailers, to pull it from store shelves. If you don’t, expect for others to use this latest scandal, which I am hereby officially kicking off, to call for a dismantling of the ESRB.

The fox has guarded the chickens long enough. Killer 7 seems to prove it.

Sincerely, Jack Thompson

Copies: Senator Clinton, Senator Lieberman, Senator Brownback, Senator Santorum

Assemblyman Yee
Federal Trade Commission
Congressman Upton
Class action counsel
Media
Others

[I could really care less about his email to the ESRB. Why he emailed it to me I do not know.]

Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2005 17:24:04 +0100 (BST)
From: "Scott Ramsoomair" <sramsoomair@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: This sex isn't hidden, Scott. Wouldn't want the facts to get in the way or your drawing, now would you?
To: "Jack Thompson" <jackpeace@comcast.net>

Hello, my name is parody it’s a pleasure to meet you! I’m a literary or artistic device used in a jovial fashion for the purpose of comedic effect. Though my subject may be real my, I however do not have to be. For I exist as a mockery of that subject. Best wishes!

-Parody.

Now that you’ve met my good friend lets discus just what it is you’re trying to say.

“This sex isn't hidden, Scott. Wouldn't want the facts to get in the way or your drawing, now would you?”

When you can play the entire game, while using a strategy guide mind you, and not encounter this ‘hot coffee’ mini-game once. Yes I’d have to say that it is quite hidden. The content is there but not accessible. It’s like pirates gold, unless you have the map you’d never have known it was there.

I took this information and applied it to fictitious events through the comic. Even with the dreaded pixilated breasts. I can claim whatever I want in this because guess what, it’s not real! Once again it’s my good friend, parody.

There’s also my original assertion in which your rewording was derived. Where I state, you are in this for your personal goals and really couldn’t care less. Have you not launched class action lawsuits on behalf of families who are victims of violence? Do you not stand to receive your cut if any of these win?

Your crusade is nothing more than an attempt to sway the public to your side. You have your own greedy goals at heart. Stepping on the backs of these families is nothing short of despicable.

At the end of the day I can sleep at night knowing I’ve made someone laugh at your own egotism.

-See you space cowboy.
Scott Ramsoomair.

From: "Jack Thompson" <jackpeace@comcast.net>
To: scott@vgcats.com
Subject: Re: This sex isn't hidden, Scott. Wouldn't want the facts to get in the way or your drawing, now would you?
Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2005 12:47:14 -0400

Get a name and a life

Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2005 17:56:38 +0100 (BST)
From: "Scott Ramsoomair" <sramsoomair@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: This sex isn't hidden, Scott. Wouldn't want the facts to get in the way or your drawing, now would you?
To: "Jack Thompson" <jackpeace@comcast.net>

Hit a little too close to home, did I?

From: "Jack Thompson" <jackpeace@comcast.net>
To: scott@vgcats.com
Subject: Re: This sex isn't hidden, Scott. Wouldn't want the facts to get in the way or your drawing, now would you?
Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2005 12:59:40 -0400

uh,no. i don't have time for twits, especially in light of the below. knock it off:

RUMOR #2: The FBI is investigating death threats e-mailed to Florida attorney and feisty game industry critic Jack Thompson. Source: E-mails threatening great bodily harm forwarded to this and
other publications by the attorney himself, as well as a Thompson-penned plea
to Senators Hillary Clinton and Joseph Lieberman (sent to their offices
and media outlets, including GameSpot) wherein Thompson asks for "help your
respective offices could give me in persuading the FBI to act in response to
these threats."

The official story: "People are threatening to kill me." And: "The FBI is all over these." --Jack Thompson. "No comment." --FBI spokesperson, North Miami Beach Division.

What we heard: Among the dozens (and dozens) of unsolicited e-mails this Web site has received from attorney Jack Thompson over the past weeks, a handful were singular in nature: they included e-mails purportedly sent to Thompson which contained threats on his life. By anyone's standard, the e-mails sounded dastardly, indeed. One read: "For being a total f***ing ***hole. I think video games or [sic] freaking awesome, and they are my entire life, and for you to insult them, is like telling me my life is totally worthless. For this, sir, I AM GOING TO F***ING KILL YOU!!!" [Expletives masked by asterisks.--ed.] Another forwarded to GameSpot from Thompson read:
"this is not spam, its [sic] my right as a citizen to send you thousands upon thousands of emails saying the same thing until you die painfully from gun shot wounds." And a third: "Everyone thinks you are insane, hence the name 'Wacko Jacko', which makes you the equivalent of a molester. Therefore you are gay. I hate you, and the world would be a better place if you were brutally urdered." We gasped along with Thompson. When we alerted Thompson that we intended to seek out additional details and verification of his claims from the FBI itself--as to the status of such an investigation and progress being made (the FBI employs trained media specialists for such
purposes), Thompson replied with some urgency: "Are you, crazy? ... People are threatening to kill me. Either report what I have said, having been provided the emails, or stop bothering me."

Bogus or not bogus?: With members of the Bar (aka lawyers) compelled to tell-the-truth-the-whole-truth-and-nothing-but-the-truth, and an FBI agent who doesn't overtly deny that an investigation is underway, likely not bogus.

[Just a note, yes he did copy and paste that respose... He pasted it twice.]

RUMOR #2: The FBI is investigating death threats e-mailed to Florida attorney and feisty game industry critic Jack Thompson. Source: E-mails threatening great bodily harm forwarded to this and
other publications by the attorney himself, as well as a Thompson-penned plea
to Senators Hillary Clinton and Joseph Lieberman (sent to their offices
and media outlets, including GameSpot) wherein Thompson asks for "help your
respective offices could give me in persuading the FBI to act in
response to these threats."

The official story: "People are threatening to kill me." And: "The FBI is all over these." --Jack Thompson. "No comment." --FBI spokesperson, North Miami Beach Division. What we heard: mong the dozens (and dozens) of unsolicited e-mails this Web site has received from attorney Jack Thompson over the past weeks, a handful were singular in nature: they included e-mails purportedly sent to Thompson which contained threats on his life. By anyone's standard, the e-mailssounded dastardly, indeed. One read: "For being a total f***ing ***hole. I think video games or [sic] freaking awesome, and they are my entire life, and for you to insult them, is like telling me my life is totally worthless. For this, sir, I AM GOING TO F***ING KILL YOU!!!" [Expletives masked by
asterisks.--ed.] Another forwarded to GameSpot from Thompson read: "this is not spam, its [sic] my right as a citizen to send you thousands upon thousands of emails saying the same thing until you die painfully from gun shot wounds." And a third: "Everyone thinks you are insane, hence the
name 'Wacko Jacko', which makes you the equivalent of a molester. Therefore you are gay. I hate you, and the world would be a better place if you were brutally murdered." We gasped along with Thompson. When we alerted Thompson that we intended to seek out additional details and verification of his claims from the FBI itself--as to the status of such an investigation and
progress being made (the FBI employs trained media specialists for such purposes), Thompson replied with some urgency: "Are you, crazy? ... People are threatening to kill me. Either report what I have said, having been provided the emails, or stop bothering me."

Bogus or not bogus?: With members of the Bar (aka lawyers) compelled to tell-the-truth-the-whole-truth-and-nothing-but-the-truth, and an FBI agent who doesn't overtly deny that an investigation is underway, likely not bogus.

Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2005 18:06:48 +0100 (BST)
From: "Scott Ramsoomair" <sramsoomair@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: This sex isn't hidden, Scott. Wouldn't want the facts to get in the way or your drawing, now would you?
To: "Jack Thompson" <jackpeace@comcast.net>

I remind you good sir. You emailed me.

From: "Jack Thompson" <jackpeace@comcast.net>
To: scott@vgcats.com
Subject: Re: This sex isn't hidden, Scott. Wouldn't want the facts to get in the way or your drawing, now would you?
Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2005 13:56:23 -0400

No, you emailed me. HOnestly, are all of you gamers on drugs, or what?

[At this point he starts to fight like a two year old.]

Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2005 19:05:35 +0100 (BST)
From: "Scott Ramsoomair" <sramsoomair@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: This sex isn't hidden, Scott. Wouldn't want the facts to get in the way or your drawing, now would you?
To: "Jack Thompson" <jackpeace@comcast.net>

I would have to say the same about you. Here let me forward the exact email you sent me.

[So I forward the email to him]

From: "Jack Thompson" <jackpeace@comcast.net>
To: scott@vgcats.com
Subject: Re: This sex isn't hidden, Scott. Wouldn't want the facts to get in the way or your drawing, now would you?
Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2005 14:16:38 -0400

dear idiot: you initially contacted me. stop, or else. got it?

[Name calling and physical threats, a two for one package!]

Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2005 19:35:46 +0100 (BST)
From: "Scott Ramsoomair" <sramsoomair@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: This sex isn't hidden, Scott. Wouldn't want the facts to get in the way or your drawing, now would you?
To: "Jack Thompson" <jackpeace@comcast.net>

Or else? Oh Jack, you're a blue berry muffin of creamy fun.

Forwarded the original messege you sent to me, back to you. You probably don't remember sending it. It's okay. It happens with age.

From: "Jack Thompson" <jackpeace@comcast.net> Add to Address BookAdd to Address Book
To: scott@vgcats.com
Subject: Re: This sex isn't hidden, Scott. Wouldn't want the facts to get in the way or your drawing, now would you?
Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2005 14:38:40 -0400

Scott, this is your last warning. Don't send me any more emails. You are the person who initialed contacted me. I did not solicit the email. You will either stop or I will take legal action to make you stop.

[I honestly don't think the man is there in the head.]


Jack Thompson Emails, Intermision
[He's taken to forwarding me his response to letters from others. This one was the best.]

From: "Jack Thompson" <jackpeace@comcast.net>
To: "Daniel Gaskin" <aumanite@hotmail.com>
CC: scott@vgcats.com
Subject: Re: Scott Ramsoomair

>> Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2005 11:06:28 -0400
>> From: Daniel Gaskin
>> To: jackpeace@comcast.net
>> Sent: Monday, August 08, 2005 10:50 AM
>> Subject: Re: Scott Ramsoomair
>>
>> Heh, you're funny. Hang on, lemme try this: A straight yes or no question.
>>
Did you forward Scott Ramsoomair an email that you wrote to the president of the ESRB
>>
Just a yes or no; don't try to get all lawyer-fancy on me.

yes, and when Scott emailed me he did not indicate it was a response ot my email. I assumed it was just another pinhead gamer threatening to kill me, harass me, mock me, etc. He did not identify who he was as I recall. If he can't figure out how that happened then that is his problem. This does not explain his other improper conduct, now does it?
Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2005 19:20:55 +0100 (BST)
From: "Scott Ramsoomair" <sramsoomair@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Scott Ramsoomair
To: "Jack Thompson" <jackpeace@comcast.net>

So your excuse for acting in vulgar manor was that you didn't know it was I? Well that answers everything! "I thought I could get away with it so I acted like a jerk." Bravo sir, bravo. Do you CC your mother with that font face?

I mean it's not like my name was in the title bar, subject line, and from header. As well as in the forwarded message attached twice, on reply and again later. I'd miss that too.