Jack Thompson has really made a name for himself. As a self-proclaimed champion for conservative morality, he has been single handedly (and heavy handedly) "fighting the good fight," setting his sights on Take 2 Interactive
(makers of Grand Theft Auto), much to the ire of many gamers. Lately, his antics have earned him his day in court, although not in the context that he'd prefer
But enough about his contempt hearing, and his subsequent personal attack
on the judge who levied the charge against him. That's last week's news. This week's chapter of the ongoing Thompson saga involves another game company.
Apparently, Jack caught wind of the fact that his likeness could be found in the latest installment of Mortal Kombat, subtitled "Armageddon." It seems that a few intrepid gamers have come up with a formula
for creating our hero in the game's Kreate-A-Fighter mode, along with four other "real" people, including Hulk Hogan and Silent Bob (Silent freaking Bob!)
It appears, however, that Mr. Thompson believes that his likeness was the result of a deliberate attempt on Midway's
(the game publisher's) part to disparage him, rather than the handiwork of a few creative souls using a pretty nice character creation tool. This was apparently too much, as he has issued a cease-and-desist order to Midway. From Next Generation
"It has today come to my attention that the newly recently 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 [emphasis Thompson's] from the distribution of this game because of this unauthorized, illegal content..."
Next Generation goes on to say that "[it] is believed that the content of this e-mail is regarding the images of a Jack Thompson character, which were created using the in-game character creation tool" and that "Thompson is not an officially selectable character in Mortal Kombat: Armageddon."
Go get 'em, Jack. Chasing this'll do wonders for your credibility.Link
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