Remember that “big trouble” declaration for Take-Twoâ€™s Bioshock made by Jack
ass Thompson a few days ago? Of course you do, who doesnâ€™t? Well, it looks like the anti-game activist was annoyed at Bioshock TV ads appearing during Friday nightâ€™s airing of WWE Smackdown. Have an entertaining read of Jackieâ€™s complaint to the Federal Trade Commission after the jump.
The lovely letter in all its ironic glory:
Take-Twoâ€¦ is aggressively marketing its newest Mature-rated video game to kids under 17 years of ageâ€¦ On this Fridayâ€™s nightâ€™s 8 pm Eastern time airing of WWEâ€™s wrestling program â€śSmackdown,â€ť there were repeated ads for Take-Two/Rockstar Gameâ€™s Mature-rated, incredibly violent BioShockâ€¦
A check of the demographics of the audience of that program reveals that teens under 17 years of age watch that program in huge numbersâ€¦
Remarkably, the video game industry is running ads for games like BioShock on teen-intensive television programs while at the same time its industry-captured â€śwatchdog,â€ť the ESRB, is running a self-congratulatory ad campaign to assure parents that the video game ratings system is working and that the industry can be trusted not to target their kids with these Mature-rated games. It is all a lie, as the BioShock ads prove.
This rampant fraudulent trade practice is precisely what â€śBig Tobaccoâ€ť did with its â€śJoe Camelâ€ť and other teen-targeting ads, while at the same time lying to Congress that it was not marketing its adult product to kids.
Pitiful, we know. Since when does Rockstar have anything to do with Bioshock? Both Rockstar Games and Irrational Games are development divisions of Take-Two alright, but thatâ€™s as far as it goes. Sorry dear old Jack, this is hardly “big trouble” for Bioshock. Itâ€™s nothing but a sad attempt at having your name in lights.
Let the bashing begin!
Thanks to Lotus 111s for submitting.
Via: Game Politics