updated 08:55 am EDT, Tue September 26, 2006
Thompson lawsuit details
As promised, the Florida lawyer has publicized the details of his new lawsuit. A wrongful death claim was filed yesterday at the District Court of Albuquerque, and its targets are Sony, Take-Two, and Cody Posey - Posey being a teen who killed his father, stepmother and stepsister in 2004. Thompson and the remaining Posey family blame the distributors of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, saying that the game made murder "pleasurable and attractive" to Cody. Thompson goes so far as to say that Vice City trained Cody to kill, teaching him how to fire a gun and making him an "extraordinarily effective" murderer. As noted by the Albuquerque Tribune though, the one comfort for gamers in this debacle is that most of Thompson's efforts have been rejected by the courts. The judges tend to argue that games are protected under the First Amendment, and furthermore, they say that manufacturers can't predict violent outcomes for their games.