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Entry tags:jack thompson, modest proposal, parody, penny arcade, thompsonsoft, violence

New Game Designed Around Jack Thompson's "Modest Proposal"

Last year's so-called "modest proposal" by Jack Thompson sparked a firestorm of controversy that culminated in the Miami attorney filing a complaint against Penny Arcade with the Seattle Field Office of the F.B.I. (that complaint went into the circular file, by the way).

Now comes an entirely new PC game based on the Modest Propospal fiasco. Published by a team calling itself Thompsonsoft (we're pretty sure Jack isn't involved), the game is I'm O.K. - A Murder Simulator.

"I'm O.K." features SNES-style graphics and gameplay. There's even a judge who looks a little like Mario.

So who are the designers? The website says, "Consisting of 3 alcoholics and a foreign exchange student, Thompsonsoft is a new game company formed around the singular idea that Jack Thompson is the most brilliant game designer in the universe... Our first title, "I'm OK", is based on Jack's masterful design from "A Modest Video Game Proposal" and it's a murder simulator so cruel, so bloodthirsty, so horrifyingly violent that it makes Grand Theft Auto seem like Sunday Funday."

"How does one explain why, in a world overflowing with disease, war, and other horrifying realities, a man would spend 18 years crusading against video games? Easy. You say that it's the most extensive, ingenious marketing campaign for a video game in the history of MAN.
"

Features of "I'm O.K." include: 7 unique weapons including uzis, shotguns, rocket launchers, and a baseball bat and something called the Realistic Urine Engine (R.U.E.).

It's all tongue-in-cheek of course. Thompson's reaction will be interesting, since the game closely follows the design he laid down in his Modest Proposal. Can he complain about his own script?

Probably.

UPDATE: Read the full text of Jack Thompson's Modest Proposal in MS Word format.

UPDATE, II: Jack posted his thoughts about the game here in GP's comments section.

UPDATE, III: "I'm O.K." is now officially an international sensation, being reported on a Swedish game site.

UPDATE, IV: It seems that the Thompsonsoft site listed above is now down, with a mention that some pressure may have been applied to the hosting company.




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I look forward to playing this
[info]andrew_eisen
2006-02-05 02:04 am UTC (link)
The game of course does not fulfill Thompson’s donation requirements but I look forward his inevitably hilarious reaction nonetheless.


Andrew Eisen

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Re: I look forward to playing this
[info]andrew_eisen
2006-02-05 02:30 am UTC (link)
Oops. I meant that I look forward to Thompson's inevitably hilarious reaction.

My Mushroom Kingdom for an edit feature.


Andrew Eisen

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(no subject) - [info]antitype, 2006-02-05 03:56 am UTC
Re: I look forward to playing this - [info]mrfalcon, 2006-02-05 05:47 am UTC
The "no deal" deal - [info]kharne83, 2006-02-05 08:58 pm UTC
Awesome
[info]betasword
2006-02-05 02:05 am UTC (link)
But will it be sold in stores? Cause remember, it needs to be sold in stores for Jack to donate! (oh wait, doesn't he want games like that to NOT be sold in stores? Hrmm...)

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Re: Awesome
[info]irrevilent
2006-02-05 02:07 am UTC (link)
It's available to download for free.

Which can only mean one thing.

I can die a happy man.

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Re: Awesome - [info]octavia_hemahi, 2006-02-05 02:11 am UTC
Re: Awesome - [info]octavia_hemahi, 2006-02-05 02:12 am UTC
Naturally. - [info]irrevilent, 2006-02-05 02:12 am UTC
Re: Naturally. - [info]irrevilent, 2006-02-05 02:14 am UTC
Re: Naturally. - [info]octavia_hemahi, 2006-02-05 02:23 am UTC

[info]maldron
2006-02-05 02:07 am UTC (link)
That's a priceless screen up there... and the description of Thomsponsoft was also quite amusing. :)

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[info]xd_melchior
2006-02-05 02:10 am UTC (link)
(that complaint went into the circular file, by the way).
I'll have to use that expression some day XD

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[info]octavia_hemahi
2006-02-05 02:11 am UTC (link)
That picture of Jack makes me smile....

What can a man really say when his own statement and judgements are put against him. Oh wait he can SUE!

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[info]semperar
2006-02-05 02:11 am UTC (link)
Mere human words will not convey my fascination properly if at all.

My God, I hope there are voiceovers too.

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Thompson’s donation requirements:
[info]andrew_eisen
2006-02-05 02:13 am UTC (link)
From http://gc.advancedmn.com/article.php?artid=5883

I'll write a check for $10,000 to the favorite charity of...Paul Eibeler...if any video game company will create, manufacture, distribute, and sell a video game in 2006 like the following:


Andrew Eisen


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Re: Thompson’s donation requirements:
[info]revengeofthezio
2006-02-05 02:17 am UTC (link)
Yup. This game follows it to the letter, even with a brief cameo from Jack Offson, helping O.K. out in the beginning. Time to pay up, Jacko.

It goes to show you the saying "Be careful of ideas designed to "satire" someone, it just might be a really great idea to take seriously."

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Re: Thompson’s donation requirements: - [info]andrew_eisen, 2006-02-05 02:20 am UTC
Re: Thompson’s donation requirements: - [info]revengeofthezio, 2006-02-05 02:24 am UTC

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Re: Thompson’s donation requirements: - [info]sqlrob, 2006-02-05 04:00 am UTC
Re: Thompson’s donation requirements: - [info]acroamatis, 2006-02-05 11:20 pm UTC
Re: Thompson’s donation requirements: - [info]inabottle, 2006-02-06 05:42 am UTC
Re: Thompson’s donation requirements: - [info]artheleron, 2006-02-05 06:02 am UTC
I downloaded the game but there is a problem.
[info]funnydale
2006-02-05 02:18 am UTC (link)
I downloaded the game, but the problem is that there is no sound whatsoever in the game. Is anyone else having this problem? The sound files are all there but there is no sound when you start up the game? Odd?

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Re: I downloaded the game but there is a problem.
[info]fireflymage
2006-02-05 04:24 am UTC (link)
I got sound in it. Very interesting sounds lol, ah it brings back so many super mario memories

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He's still not going to do it
[info]defendership
2006-02-05 02:21 am UTC (link)
It's pretty much set that Thompson still will not donate that money. A different company actually ushered out a very rushed MOD meeting his requirements only a week or two after Jack initially made his "Model Proposal", and Thompson railed at the developers, claiming they had no idea what satire was. It was at this point that the fine guys down at Penny Arcade ponied up and paid the ten grand in his stead, writing something like "For Jack Thompson, because Jack Thompson Would" in the memo of the check.

Still, I'm glad somebody made a more full version of the game. I guarantee Jack will say something along the lines of "You see? Gamers don't even understanda a joke - they're minds are perverse enough to take my 'Modest Proposal' as a REAL game possibility!", but nothing will change the fact that he is the true reason this game was made.

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Re: He's still not going to do it
[info]kajex
2006-02-05 02:58 am UTC (link)
Well, apparently, the game did not follow his standards- it had to be released by a professional video game industry, in the year 2006, available to everyone. Technically, this game wouldn't fall under his demands, either.

But then, even if they did, I agree- he probably wouldn't donate the money either way.

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Re: He's still not going to do it - [info]gray17, 2006-02-05 09:50 am UTC
Re: He's still not going to do it - [info]kajex, 2006-02-05 03:04 pm UTC
Re: He's still not going to do it - [info]kajex, 2006-02-05 02:59 am UTC
Re: He's still not going to do it - [info]slyfoxx, 2006-02-05 05:42 am UTC
Re: He's still not going to do it - [info]defendership, 2006-02-05 08:05 am UTC
Re: He's still not going to do it - [info]pyrrhus9588, 2006-02-05 10:18 am UTC

[info]irrevilent
2006-02-05 02:36 am UTC (link)
Just gave the game a try there, nicely done and I like how the Justice on Trial tune has a bit of a Mario tune in it, these guys have actually put a lot of effort into this for such a short space of time since Jack offered the Modest Proposal.

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[info]dr_ian
2006-02-05 02:45 am UTC (link)
Lolz, I made a game of Jack Thompson's idea, at http://bodythumper.dontpressstart.com/
It certainly isn't as good as this (in fact our game is slightly unplayable) but we did sell about 40 odd copies of it, for a dollar or so each. We coded ours from scratch in 23 days.

The pee thing in this game is hilarious.

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[info]endless_day
2006-02-05 03:01 am UTC (link)
This is actually pretty fun, if a bit challenging.

I love the music though, it really eh... sets the mood.

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Nice!
[info]nightfire12020
2006-02-05 03:03 am UTC (link)
Nice I'm downloading it right now. From the looks of it it can pass off as a true SNES title. I can't wait to try it. :)

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Re: Nice!
[info]nightfire12020
2006-02-05 04:19 am UTC (link)
It's hard I will give them that but it's funny with how they did the references.

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Can we stop it with urination in games already?
[info]daislite
2006-02-05 03:12 am UTC (link)
hey guys it's not funny

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Re: Can we stop it with urination in games already?
[info]skemodan
2006-02-05 03:16 am UTC (link)
Hey troll, neither are you.

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Urination in games? Not a lot as *some* people may think - [info]nightfire12020, 2006-02-05 04:10 am UTC

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Re: Can we stop it with urination in games already? - [info]inabottle, 2006-02-06 05:47 am UTC
Woohoo
[info]pixelante_ninja
2006-02-05 03:16 am UTC (link)
I'm tired of trials, an actual full game for free, and it's legal, wow, this is a good day, it also has satire. Yay for indy designers who are political and don't want money!

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Re: Woohoo
[info]pixelante_ninja
2006-02-05 04:03 am UTC (link)
damn, it's hard, missing the glory days of gaming softened me up

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[info]spock_walk
2006-02-05 03:25 am UTC (link)
Well, when's Jack gonna come along reiterating that this does not comply with his standards?

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I really wanna play it...
[info]jerico6
2006-02-05 03:33 am UTC (link)
But my computer won't let me!!!

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he wont approve
[info]hilaryduffgta
2006-02-05 04:51 am UTC (link)
because im sure he will say something like it needs to be a real deveoloper and not a bunch of children

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Re: he wont approve
[info]ericseiler
2006-02-05 04:55 am UTC (link)
...yeah, because in his estimation everyone younger than him is a child thus a loser, drug addict, and needs to get a life.

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Re: he wont approve - [info]hilaryduffgta, 2006-02-05 05:00 am UTC
Re: he wont approve - [info]slyfoxx, 2006-02-05 05:08 am UTC
Re: he wont approve - [info]hilaryduffgta, 2006-02-05 05:11 am UTC
Re: he wont approve - [info]nightfire12020, 2006-02-05 05:16 am UTC

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Decent, really, really hard.
[info]quad9damage
2006-02-05 05:16 am UTC (link)
Level 2 is impossible! The lawyers don't stop :-(.

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Re: Decent, really, really hard.
[info]betasword
2006-02-05 05:30 am UTC (link)
Do they ever? ;)

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Re: Decent, really, really hard. - [info]tconx, 2006-02-05 05:30 am UTC

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Re: Decent, really, really hard. - [info]slyfoxx, 2006-02-05 05:30 am UTC
Re: Decent, really, really hard. - [info]nightfire12020, 2006-02-05 05:34 am UTC

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[info]khy
2006-02-05 05:31 am UTC (link)
the controls are excellent.

i can not believe there's split-screen to tell the story (crazy cool).

and wow, i just got to say, this is a polished game for something of this budget and purpose.

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[info]slyfoxx
2006-02-05 05:34 am UTC (link)
Personally, I would I liked the WASD control configuration better, but this current setup does seem to relate back to the classic 2D games very well ^_^

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[info]jakethejuggalo
2006-02-05 05:41 am UTC (link)
damn....that game is really well-made. i'm impressed.

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[info]cactusjack1999
2006-02-05 05:45 am UTC (link)
Has anyone else here had a problem with slow down with this game?

For me it seems to acctually go to "normal" speed when say an IM window or Mail notification pops up.

Anyone know a way to run this is Windowed mode or something?

Honestly, I'd take Metal Slug over this but you can't argue that this is funnier.

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Holy crud!
[info]metoollhead
2006-02-05 06:00 am UTC (link)
This realy reminds me of Dangerous Dave and all those other kickass PC platformers from back in the day..

Way to go, Thompsonsoft!

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genuine offer embedded in a satire
[info]godofyouall
2006-02-05 06:10 am UTC (link)
http://www.netjak.com/review.php/1091

Jack Thompson: I never said the offer was not a genuine one. It is a satire, as Jonathan Swift’s original A Modest Proposal is satire. However, it was a genuine offer embedded in a satire. If the game is made and if Paul Eibeler names his charity, I will donate the money.

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Re: genuine offer embedded in a satire
[info]tconx
2006-02-05 06:30 am UTC (link)
We just need Paul Eibeler to state his favorite charity, or find out what it is...

I emailed the PR offices at Take Two in an attemp to find out. I'll post more if I get an answer.

Keep your fingers crossed!

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Re: genuine offer embedded in a satire - [info]mcfly0612, 2006-02-05 10:01 am UTC
Re: genuine offer embedded in a satire - [info]pixelante_ninja, 2006-02-05 01:41 pm UTC
Re: genuine offer embedded in a satire - [info]acroamatis, 2006-02-06 05:07 am UTC
Re: genuine offer embedded in a satire - [info]samsoneffect, 2006-02-06 06:01 am UTC
Quite funny
[info]gpplascencia
2006-02-05 06:14 am UTC (link)
The game is actually quite funny, it has a lot of tongue in cheek refferences...
It's a little difficult though :-D

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