Update by Stephen VanDyke: Here’s a good snippet from the interview that I transcribed:
Ian Bernard: You’re involved in lawsuits with game manufacturers, gaming companies like Take2 Interactive.. that sort of thing. The people that produce games like Grand Theft Auto. You posited before that you’re really only for the restriction of sales to minors. So my question is: Why are you suing the game manufacturers is you’re not against the content itself?
Jack Thompson: Because a minor bought that particular game and killed two cops.
Bernard: And that’s the fault of the game manufacturers?
Bernard: Why should they have to pay for that?
Thompson: Because they… well you want me to answer the question? The Federal Trade Commission found in their study after Columbine that the video game industry is aggressively marketing these adult-rated products to children. And yet they say they aren’t, so they’re engaged in fraudulent activities which is resulting in the marketing of what science is now proving are dangerous materials because kids literally process these games in a different part of the brain. Harvard and Indiana University and Michigan State have found, and therefore it’s a product that not only harms the minor consumers of it but also the individuals who get in their way.
Bernard: Well my personal experience… I’ve played thousands of hours of video games. [crosstalk]
Thompson: So your statistical example of one person. How old are you? [crosstalk]
Bernard: And every other gamer that I’ve ever encountered.
Thompson: How old are you?
Bernard: Every single one… just because there’s some crazy kids out there… [crosstalk]
Thompson: You haven’t met them in jail, you haven’t sat with them in jail cells and sat with the families [crosstalk]
Bernard: Jack, there’s always been some crazy kids. There will always have… [crosstalk]
Thompson: Listen, you wanna talk over me, you do your own show.
Bernard: You know Jack, I’m trying to break in because you won’t pause… [phone hangs up]