Guess what? The Sims 2 is going to be used by paedophiles around the globe to rehearse abusing children. This is according to increasingly boring and self-serving Miami attorney Jack Thompson.
He has come to this conclusion because there’s a hack available for The Sims 2 that enables users to remove the clothes of characters. And of course, there are children featured in The Sims. So it stands to reason. In fact, who could argue with this brilliant logic?
“The nudity placed there by the publisher/maker, Electronic Arts, is accessed by the use of a simple code that removes what is called 'the blur' which obscures the genital areas. In other words, the game was released to the public by the manufacturer knowing that the full frontal nudity was resident on the game and would be accessed by use of a simple code widely provided on the Internet. Much to the delight, one can be sure, of paedophiles around the globe who can rehearse, in virtual reality, for their abuse."
Mr Thompson actually went on record as saying this. And he means it too.
As for the reason why, we must look at what Thompson does for a living. Essentially, he prosecutes videogame companies. You know when disaffected children go bananas and shoot a lot of people? It’s Jack who asserts that the blame for these events lies squarely at the feet of games publishers. You know, when alienated teenagers living in a culture in which their isolation is widely mocked and celebrated in equal measure, a culture where anyone can get hold of a small arsenal of weaponry in half an hour or so, when they flip out because they played too much Space Invaders. Or Doom. Or Duke Nukem. Or Manhunt. Or Grand Theft Auto.
But it’s not just the immediate impact of videogaming as a distorter of minds that now concerns Thompson. It’s sex too. Sex...can you imagine? Nudity, genitalia… These words get Jack frothing with rage. The fact that in some games the actual things these words relate to can be prised out of the game code is, according to Jack, an outrage.
A quick Google on Mr Thompson pulls up all sorts of great stuff. For instance, he is quoted as saying, “I'm the only attorney of the Florida Bar who's a Born Again Christian, that means I'm the only sane attorney in the state!” during a campaign to have rap buffoons 2 Live Crew banned. We have a Christian on SPOnG’s staff roster, and he’s possibly the least sane of all of us. Though only in the best possible way, you understand…
Jack also has a website - StopKill.com
which explains that “Jack Thompson has appeared recently on a number of national television program (sic) with victims of two teenage Tennessee snipers whom police concluded trained obsessively on Grand Theft Auto to prepare for their sniping spree. Numerous others have been murdered by teens trained on this one game.”
You are invited to contact Jack via the telephone on (001) 305-666-4366, by e-mailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org
or you can write to him at: Jack Thompson, 1172 South Dixie Hwy., Suite 111, Coral Gables, FL 33146.
And Jack’s final words on The Sims 2? “Electronic Arts has done nothing about this." And is "…cooperating, gleefully, with the mod community to turn Sims 2 into a porn offering."
We didn’t bother contacting EA for a comment, though we would be interested in finding out what you think in the forum below. Unless of course, you’re too busy practicing kiddie-fiddling or polishing your Uzis.