October 28th, 2006
7:38 AM CST -
The eccentric Florida lawyer, Jack Thompson, who seems to have a personal vendetta against the video game industry has just lost one battle and is now choosing another. His new battle is against our current favorite game, Mortal Kombat: Armageddon.

It seems some creative fans made up a Jack Thompson look-a-like via the Kreate a Fighter mode in Mortal Kombat: Armageddon and posted the instructions on how to create your own copy of Jack, amongst other characters, online to share with others.

So Jack Thompson, who seems to be without a sense of humor, decided to send a "cease and desist" email to Midway Games President and CEO David Zucker. He also decided to carbon copy it to news outlets, to I guess get some press to back him up maybe? Here is part of the email:

"It has today come to my attention that the newly recently [sic] Mortal Kombat: Armageddon contains an unauthorized commercial exploitation of my name, photograph, image, and likeness within the game. You are commanded to cease and desist immediately from the distribution of this game because of this unauthorized, illegal content." (Emphasis in original.)

It seems that either Jack doesn't get the idea that someone "made" this character themselves, and it's not included in the game itself. Or maybe he's just trying to stifle any creativity in the video game community, and will start suing anyone creating custom characters. Maybe he'll start by suing me on my behalf for creating a likeness of myself in the game?

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October 28th, 2006 9:14 AM CST - Sapphire
Well...you know, I have a word for people like this "Jackass."
October 28th, 2006 9:33 AM CST - Specter
Lol *Peforms Fatality on Jack Thompson*
October 28th, 2006 10:47 AM CST - BlindPlayer
With a little help, I made his likeness and assigned him the style of legalese after me and a friend spotted the video of various created fighters. Then after finding out what he's trying to do, I performed the most extreme fatality I could do. Starting to sound like he's desperate for a victory: A baby throwing a fit cause he didn't get a candy while at the store.
October 28th, 2006 11:59 AM CST - MKMpwnz
Lol. When I first opened this thread I was li3k, "whotf is Jack Thompson?" Then I remembered seeing him on Attack of the Show. They did a skit on him XD. It was hilarious. This guy's an old fart.
October 28th, 2006 12:04 PM CST - Outworld Imp
Jack Thompson is just a dumbass who thinks creativety and fun are crimes. If he couldn't win the battles against Penny Arcade and Grand Theft Auto, then why does he even bother to try to take down MK?
October 28th, 2006 1:16 PM CST - Frankenberry
Just another nail in the coffin for old Jacky boy. This further goes to prove these douche bags don't do their homework before they set out on their litte crusades.
October 28th, 2006 1:33 PM CST - BigE181
Who is Jack Gaysterhornyomson? Does anyone know what he look like? My dad love MKA but he only 54 year old. My family don't care about what people is disapointment about this game at all. All i care, about Mortal Kombat that they can rock my mind.
October 28th, 2006 7:04 PM CST - Glamador
I find this just plain amusing. This is a battle he cannot possibly win. I'm gonna love seeing him try.
October 28th, 2006 7:42 PM CST - Kona
There millions of fans of MK and only one of him, who is he kidding? JT already lost this battle Extreme Fatality
October 28th, 2006 8:34 PM CST - Brycen10ial
Originally Posted by : Glamador
I find this just plain amusing. This is a battle he cannot possibly win. I'm gonna love seeing him try.
F-Sho! He only gon' give the game more publicity! ...and then when he succumbs to high blood pressure from being a tight-wad, his grand kids'll ditch his funeral so they can get down on sum MK!
October 28th, 2006 8:55 PM CST - Demix18
WHAT A FAG!!! People like him our the reason y people go to jail for murder.
October 28th, 2006 11:31 PM CST - Sub-Zero
Um people should go to jail for murder And that's a great article, it's nice to see Mortal Kombat causing some problems, even if these problems have no backing of any sort. The whole thing started back early in the year of 1995. It was December and the snow was coming late. Jackie was waiting for his pizza at pizza hut and stumbled across this lovely box that you insert quarters in. He put a few in and heard the words "Fight!" So he did. After hours upon hours of playing, he was challenged by a kid as soon as his pizza was ready. Refusing to let his pizza get cold and to get stuck in the snow, Jack accepted. Thirty seven seconds later, and two flawless victories later aswell, Jack was in tears hugging his legs in a corner. He had lost, and thus developed his great hate for Mortal Kombat..
October 29th, 2006 12:32 AM CST - Kintaro1237
Well Mortal Kombat should win this lawsuit and easy. I was there in the early 1990's when MK first hit the arcads, 1992 or so If I recall. There were talks to out right ban the game. The politics were paraded around to see MK get ban or out law and all that if I recall. Yes Joe Liberman was a big part of the MK swat team lol. The only thing left of that war, is the memorys, news reports, videos, and the Sega vs Nes. Sega though code keep the blood. While the Super Nes, out right took out the blood and guts, and omitted the finshing moves to more frendly endeds. As it turn out, the Sega out sold the Nes port.
October 29th, 2006 10:34 AM CST - JSOOGZ
What a f'ing pansy. If he can't take the critisism then he should probably just leave.
October 29th, 2006 12:49 PM CST - Kobra
Jacky boy should do some research on the game even before he tries to sue Midway, the chances of Jack(ass) even winning this case is 1 to a billion.
October 29th, 2006 5:01 PM CST - Mads
Surely this guy is not serious, what a goose. What the hell planet does he come from.
October 29th, 2006 5:15 PM CST - Netherrealm
Originally Posted by : Patrick McCarron
The eccentric Florida lawyer, Jack Thompson, who seems to have a personal vendetta against the vidHey, you were talking about that Jack guy? Well I hear he got his claim denyed and they're saying Ed Boon's goin' to do a interview on it all. Oh, and just because I agreed to do this, I'll ask you to visit Cyber Nations. Reply.eo game industry has just lost one battle and is no choosing another. His new battle is against our current favorite game, [URL="http://www.trmk.org/games/mortal_kombat_armageddon/" target="_blank">Mortal Kombat: Armageddon. It seems some creative fans made up a Jack Thompson look-a-like via the Kreate a Fighter mode in posted the instructions on how to create your own copy of Jack, amongst other characters, online to share with others. So Jack Thompson, who seems to be without a sense of humor, decided to send a "cease and desist" email to Midway Games President and CEO David Zucker. He also decided to carbon copy it to news outlets, to I guess get some press to back him up maybe? Here is part of the email: [INDENT]"It has today come to my attention that the newly recently [sic] Mortal Kombat: Armageddon contains an unauthorized commercial exploitation of my name, photograph, image, and likeness within the game. You are commanded to cease and desist immediately from the distribution of this game because of this unauthorized, illegal content." (Emphasis in original.)[/INDENT] It seems that either Jack doesn't get the idea that someone "made" this character themselves, and it's not included in the game itself. Or maybe he's just trying to stifle any creativity in the video game community, and will start suing anyone creating custom characters. Maybe he'll start by suing me on my behalf for creating a likeness of myself in the game?
November 6th, 2006 12:23 PM CST - Wyckid
Jack Thompson is a walking diaper-stain.
November 6th, 2006 5:59 PM CST - Angel
If this is a joke... I'll eat a box of pencils... With ketchup. Since I hate to see good art matierals go to waste I'm betting this is real... But dam, it sure doesn't FEEL real. Everyone has been making lots of characters, not just of him. Besides it amuses me that he is trying this on.
November 8th, 2006 5:47 AM CST - MKRayden
he is just try to become popular lol
November 13th, 2006 10:36 AM CST - Vigilante_FireDragon
I don't know what the hell is wrong with him, but he should honored that he's in there. Geez! If I was in there, I would be extremely happy about it.
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