Jack Thompson, noted anti-video game attorney, has issued a cease and desist letter to Midway Games Inc. because he believes that he is a secret character in the company's recent release "Mortal Kombat: Armageddon".
"It has today come to my attention that the newly recently Mortal Kombat: Armageddon contains an unauthorized commercial exploitation of my name, photograph, image, and likeness within the game. You are commanded to cease and desist immediately from the distribution of this game because of this unauthorized, illegal content," Thompson wrote in an email to Midway CEO David Zucker.
In actuality, Thompson appears in the game only through the game's "Kreate A Fighter" mode that allows players to mix and match bits of clothing, hairstyles and facial expressions to create original characters. Instructions on how to create a character that bears a slight resemblance to Thompson, along with pictures, were posted on game site Gaming Target. The feature also included instruction sets to create other famous people including Hulk Hogan, Jason from the Friday the 13th films, director Kevin Smith as Silent Bob and Ash from the Evil Dead films.
Thompson's argument is similar to a suit Marvel Comics brought against the creators of the superhero game City of Heroes in 2004. Marvel claimed the game infringed on their trademarked characters by allowing players to create similar looking characters using that game's create-a-character mode. The suit was settled out of court in December 2005.
This is not Thompson's first legal matter concerning video games. He has attempted to bring lawsuits against Rockstar Games for the violent and sexually explicit content in the "Grand Theft Auto" series of games and most recently attempted to block the sale of the PlayStation 2 game "Bully."
Scott Monster Wrote:
What's Half Life's G-man doing in a fighting game? Or was that also Jack Thompson?
I hate low-life, blood-sucking lawyers...
Er... (taking a look in the mirror)