Mission Viejo (CA) - Anti-violent gaming activist Jack Thompson is now going after Microsoft’s upcoming alien killing Halo 3. In an open letter to Bill Gates, the Florida lawyer says the “hyperviolent” game should receive a ‘Mature’ ESRB rating and that Microsoft should take “dramatic” steps to only sell the game to those 17-year-old and over.
Thompson sent his letter to gamealmighty.com , a gaming website run by one of the former editors of Tom’s Hardware Guide. He is threatening legal action if the company sells the game to minors. “I shall proceed to make sure that Microsoft is held to that standard by appropriate legal means,” says Thompson.
Thompson claims that Lee Boyd Malvo, the so-called “DC Beltway Sniper” trained on Halo to become “remarkably efficient”. Malvo was sentenced to life in prison for his involvement in 2002 shootings. His attorneys argued that John Allen Muhammad "brainwashed" Malvo into helping him commit the murders.
Halo 3 is currently in beta testing and is expected to be released in the fall.