Jaffe: US Supreme Court activism “pointless and naive”

Wednesday, 20th October 2010 23:50 GMT By Justin Kranzl

Eat Sleep Play’s David Jaffe – currently working on Twisted Metal for the PlayStation 3 is no stranger to controversy or his comments being taken out of context.

So in the wake of Insomniac’s Ted Price’s plea for games press to help mobilise the gaming public against proposed restrictions on sale of certain games – borne as it was by Price being misquoted – you may figure Jaffe would be on board too.

Not so.

While sympathetic, Jaffe described via twitter potential gamer activism around the upcoming deliberations as “pointless and naive”.

That has lead to him now fending off angry twits. Or is that tweets?

While I understand and appreciate and support the emotion and feeling behind gamer’s desires to sign petitions and write their representatives to let their views be known on the California games bill in front of the Supreme Court, am I the only who who thinks such efforts are pointless and naive ? The Supreme Court does not rule based on how a vocal majority- let alone a vocal minority like gamers and other media folks- feel about a case in front of them. At best the court will use solid judgement, facts, and president to make a decisions. At worse they will let their own political agendas rule the day. But either way, what do they care what the public thinks? They didn’t care that a majority of Americans wanted a recount for the Presidential election in 2000, you think they’ll care that 3000, 5000, 10,000, hell even 5 MILLION people sign some petition?

The outspoken Jaffe has been relatively dormant of late, his most notable recent eruption being at anonymous whistleblower EA Louse.



  1. LOLshock94

    i really really really want to kill this guy

    #1 4 years ago
  2. No_PUDding

    Hey David Jaffe, you speak a lots. A lotsa lots.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Yoshi

    Well he is speaking the truth. No-one is going to care if some people sign a petition related to games unfortunately =/

    #3 4 years ago
  4. KBST

    It worked in Germany, why shouldnt it work in the US? But who cares, Jaffe is full of shit anyway.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. OrbitMonkey

    @1. That’d be evil violent video games warping your fragile young mind o_O Quick, inform the Supreme Court!!!

    #5 4 years ago
  6. LOLshock94


    #6 4 years ago
  7. slayernl

    Maybe you do not like what he has to say but he is telling the truth, the court is not going to listen to any petition.
    Lets just hope it turn out all right for everyone is the industry.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Crysis

    This man speaks the truth, they don’t care about the majority, the courts care more about the law than justice, sad but true, i mean, people have gotten away with crimes because of technicalities, while good people have their lives ruined due to technicalities, the system needs to change, but for the foreseeable future, not very likely.
    @1, You want to kill a man who speaks the truth? He’s empathetic on the cause, he’s just being realistic here, you are either an imbecile or naive not to understand. since your name ends in 94 i’m assuming that you’re 16, maybe 15, so you’re obviously naive, but even still, that’s the kind of attitude which is why these restrictions will be enforced. Ironic how your stupid comments actually prove why these laws are coming to effect, You’re too stupid to understand what’s going on yet you still react =\

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Hybridpsycho

    Petitions are pointless anyhow…

    Just go there and threaten their families! :O

    #9 4 years ago
  10. YoungZer0

    @4: Because it never worked in the US before?

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Psychotext

    For once Jaffe isn’t being an obnoxious arsehole.

    I’m confused, and a little scared.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. choochoo

    David Jaffe lol Sony retard thats what he is.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Crysis

    @12, Coming from a fanboy?… ROFLMFAO.
    There’s a reason why he owns & runs a video game development studio, while you just troll the internet in your Anti-Sony campaign so that you feel better about owning a 360.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. The_Deleted

    I’m guessing this is about the sale of violent games to minors… in which case, kids should not be playing violent games.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Crysis

    @ 14, look @1(LOLshock94), that prooves you right :P But i’m only a year older than him, but unlike most 17 year olds, i actually have common sense.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. The_Deleted

    I have no issue with stable, intelligent teens being able to play certain games. A lot of teens give it large while online, but that does not dictate that they are all potential pysychos. Just fucking annoying to play against.
    And it’s ALWAYS against!

    But allowing very young children access to violent, inaapropriate content is massiviely irresponsible and needs to be addressed by both the games industry and government.
    But ofcourse it’s always easier for parents to just blame gaming outright than address the situation and realise that not all games are for kids. Dan Houser said it best: If you allow your kids to play GTA, then you’re a bad parent./
    Now, while that might be a bit excessive, it does raise the issue that parents do not look at games as serious, adult entertainment.

    Which raises an interesting point about the general stupidity of people, to be honest.
    These people are the first to start raising their voices about the violence in games, but the fisrt to fork out for CoD: MW for their kids the second they start whining.
    “I bought my 12 year old son a game clearly aimed at the adult market, what are you going to do about it?”

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Crysis

    Oh i agree, it’s truley the parents who are to blame, video games & movies are just something to shift the blame away from the individuals because it’s easier to blame a faceless corporation than to take responcibility for yourself & your family.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. polygem

    what´s really irritating me is that there are people signing petitons to save their entertainment needs, while eating their KFC meal in their SUV, wearing Nike Boots…this is totally sick and fucked up.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. JPickford

    Yeah, they’ll get grease all over the petition.

    #19 4 years ago
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    #20 4 years ago
  21. joshua nash

    jaffe’s right, so everyone should calm down, @1 you need to get anger management training

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Psychotech

    @21 Nah water guns are harmless ;)

    #22 4 years ago
  23. itwa5me

    Twisted metal looks horribal!

    what a turd

    #23 4 years ago

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