He decides to sue Microsoft. When you can't win against Take-Two, the obvious next choice is to go after the richest man in the world and his baby.
Re: Halo 3
Dear Mr. Gates:
As you know, the Federal Trade Commission has repeatedly found that games rated â€œMatureâ€ by the video game industry-captured Entertainment Software Rating Board are routinely sold to kids under the age of 17 despite the age rating. The most recent failure rate of the ratings on â€œMatureâ€ games, according to the FTC, is 42%. The entire rating system is a fraud, and â€œbroken,â€ the latter description aptly provided by Senator Hillary Clinton.
As you also know, Lee Boyd Malvo trained on Microsoftâ€™s Halo to further enable him to become the remarkably efficient â€œDC Beltway Sniper.â€ That was reported by NBC News at the time and was noted in Malvoâ€™s criminal trial.
You appeared on CBSâ€™ 60 Minutes II and rather revealing and usefully noted that â€œthe cool thing about these games is that they transport you to a world you think is real.â€ Precisely. Capcom has recently disclosed to investors that your video game industryâ€™s violent games, sold to children, pose a real hazard to the health of the industry. Right on.
The hyperviolent Microsoft Xbox 360 game Halo 3 is scheduled by your company for commercial release in September of this year. The Beta version that was released last week shows us all just how violent the game is and how inappropriate it is for play by anyone under 17, as the â€œMatureâ€ rating it will surely receive indicates.
Hereâ€™s the deal, Mr. Gates: Either Microsoft undertakes dramatic, real steps, through its marketing, wholesale, and retail operations to assure that Halo 3 is not sold, via the Internet and in stores, directly to anyone under 17, or I shall proceed to make sure that Microsoft is held to that standard by appropriate legal means. I have done that before successfully as to Best Buy, and I shall do so again as to Microsoft and all retailers of Halo 3.
Regards, Jack Thompson