Exclusive: Epic takes a stab at Jack Thompson

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So, the other night we were playing a game of Gears of War 2 and we were all destroying each other on a map called Day One.

I have taken quite a liking to the photo mode that came with the game, so after my death, I was having my usual fun taking photo’s of the action. On the Day One map there is a small street corner arcade, in which I found something rather interesting.

You may remember that the infamous anti-videogame lawyer Jack Thompson always referred to the Grand Theft Auto series of games as a “murder simulator”. Now looking at that header image will show you that Epic decided to poke a bit of fun at that whole mess by creating an arcade game by the name of “Murder Simulator” and placing it into the map.

I love easter eggs like this and I think it was really cool that Epic took the time to take a quick stab at an industry story that has caused a lot of grief for gamers worldwide. At least Jack is barred for life now, so until another lunatic comes along and tries to pick up where he left off, we can all rest easy knowing that we can play our violent games in ironic peace.

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Last Updated: November 20, 2008

Nick De Bruyne

Video games writer, editor and critic since '08. Living and breathing video games, movies and cars since the 80s. Follow me on Twitter if you love tons of gaming talk, and @pennyworthrevs for fun stuff and links.

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