Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Dellaro Imbroglio!

I consider it an honor and a priviledge to call Jason Della Rocca a friend and former co-worker. Even more so, now that he's acheived that most notorious of game industry accolades: getting chastized on CNN by Jack Thompson.

For those that haven't followed, it went something like this:

  • Guy goes nuts, shoots up Virginia Tech and kills a large number of students in the process. (This would be "The part that really sucks")
  • JT gets on the media bandwagon and blames the shooting on this guy's game playing, etc.
  • JDR posts something on his blog calling JT an ambulance chaser.
  • JT is asked about this on MSNBC, just about poops himself and calls JDR a "jackass" and an "idiot". Video here:

  • JT challenges JDR to a public debate on the subject.
  • JDR takes the bait, mails JT on interest to debate.
  • JT agrees, provided he is paid $3000 for the speaking event.
  • JDR doesn't want to get paid for this, JT declines freebie.
  • JDR posts whole thread to his blog.

I don't have any specific commentary here other than to point out the sheer lunacy of it all. JT is a buffoon, American media is a corporate ad-revenue-driven machine out of control, and there doesnt' seem to be much that can be done about either.

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