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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.

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Bill Gates

Microsoft Corporation

Redmond, Washington


Re: Halo 3


Dear Mr. Gates:


As you know, the Federal Trade Commission has repeatedly found that games rated “Mature†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 “Mature†games, according to the FTC, is 42%. The entire rating system is a fraud, and “broken,†the latter description aptly provided by Senator Hillary Clinton.


As you also know, Lee Boyd Malvo trained on Microsoft’s Halo to further enable him to become the remarkably efficient “DC Beltway Sniper.†That was reported by NBC News at the time and was noted in Malvo’s criminal trial.


You appeared on CBS’ 60 Minutes II and rather revealing and usefully noted that “the cool thing about these games is that they transport you to a world you think is real.†Precisely. Capcom has recently disclosed to investors that your video game industry’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 “Mature†rating it will surely receive indicates.


Here’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
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post #2 of 73
I've played the Beta Halo3 and I'd hardly call it "hyperviolent". Sure you're shooting people buts theres no blood and guts.

This guy is an idiot.
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WHO THE FRICK IS THIS GUY!?!?!?

I hear him badmouthing MS alllllllll damn day long and I'm just wondering, where does her come from!?!?! Does he even have a job outside of annoyance and pestering? His reports have almost no base of truth... ugh.
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From a comment on Digg:

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"Our mature games have a label clearly stating that the game is not suitable for gamers under 17 years of age. Like motion pictures, a rating and reasons for the rating are all we are obligated to provide to let consumers know the nature of the media. Ultimately, the decision is the parent's, but retailers should assist by enforcing the ESRB for purchases made locally. The parents should also decide if the game is acceptable for purchases made online. We are in no way responsible for an underage gamer obtaining a copy of Halo 3, just like universal studios is in no way responsible for an underage viewer seeing their R-rated movie in a theater. If retailers and parents are not going to take an active role in preventing underage sale, responsibility should not default to the manufacturer. That's just damn foolish, much like yourself."
Completely agree.
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Yeah, what ElMike said.
    
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Forget Osama...this guy is public enemy #1.
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How is it even Microsoft's fault? The retailers would be responsible. And who cares about enforcing ratings, if we want the games we'll still find a way to get them..
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didn't he get his licence revoked?
so he can't really do anything but talk...
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"As you also know, Lee Boyd Malvo trained on Microsoft’s Halo to further enable him to become the remarkably efficient “DC Beltway Sniper.”

Lol? Maybe I should start playing Halo more, then I'll be able to get my groups down past 100yds.

"hyperviolent"

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post #10 of 73
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Originally Posted by Firestorm252 View Post
didn't he get his licence revoked?
so he can't really do anything but talk...
Not sure if he got it revoked, I just know he can't sue Take-Two anymore. He can advise people to sue them and all that, but he isn't allowed to be directly involved.
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