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Florida Court Clears “Bully” for Sale Despite Jack Thompson Protest

Categories: Game Violence CasesJack Thompson

Text of Thompson’s Complaint [.doc]
After ordering Take-Two to provide a pre-release copy of Bully for review in chambers, Judge Ronald Friedman, a Miami-Dade County Circuit Court judge ruled that Bully is not a public nuisance and dismissed Thompson’s complaint. According to Niero of Destructoid, who was in the court, the judge said the following:

“I have spent a couple of hours viewing the game. It was produced to me by an operator using a cheat, which allowed him to skip through the game and show me ‘key points’ that would require an average gamer hundreds of hours to reach. There is a LOT of violence, but not more than the general public has access to on television”

“As I said, there is a lot less violence in this game than what we see on television, and although it is pervasive, but not to the extent that it would cause a public threat that would require me to prevent these folks from selling it”

“Would I want MY kids to play this game?” His palm is open like a starfish on his chest. “Absolutely not. But this game is not a nuisance.”

Sources: Destructiod in-Court Summary | GamePolitics 1 | GamePolitics 2 | GamePolitics 3 | Miami Herald | 1Up.com | CNet | OUT-LAW.com | InformationWeek | IGN | afterdawn.com | GameIndustry.biz | Inquirer | Next Generation | Gamasutra

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