Posted on March 4, 2008,

Bad Xbox 360 Christmas Prank Goes Even More Bad


If you are a big fan of the internet, then you might have seen the video above all over the place this past weekend.  If you haven’t, then please do yourself a favor and take a moment to watch the video above before reading on.  It’s cool, I’ll wait.

How can someone who calls themselves a parent do something like this to their child?  All this poor kid wanted was an Xbox 360 for Christmas, even though he knew good and well that his family couldn’t afford it.  That’s the thing about Christmas, you always try your best to give your children, family, or loved ones what they really want.  But if you can’t afford it, don’t get an empty box of the item, wrap it up real nice, and wait for them to open it for your own amusement to see their face light up and then become shattered.

After viewing the video, all I could think of was Jack Thompson’s stupid crusade against video games.  What is more traumatic to someone, playing a video game that isn’t real, or going through something like this that basically scars you for life?  This poor kid’s Christmases are basically ruined forever.  Why hasn’t JT flooded my inbox with his dumb press releases concerning this very video?  I really do think something like this is more damaging to a child’s mind than playing video games.

In closing, I’d love to see what JT thinks about this video.  I hear he’s kind of like Beetlejuice.  If you say his name three times, he’ll comment on your article.  So hear goes: Jack Thompson, Jack Thompson, Jack Thompson.

[Big ups to Engadget]

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27 Comments on Bad Xbox 360 Christmas Prank Goes Even More Bad

Interweb Master

On March 4, 2008 at 12:25 pm

Sick, just sick, and why, really why.

Let me explain something for other stupid parents considering the same thing:
1. hiding clothes in a xbox box= cruel
2. hiding an xbox in a larger box for something the kid would never want=awesome

I hope the parents got angry letters from outraged people.


On March 4, 2008 at 12:30 pm

@Interweb Master: That’s exactly what my parents did when I was growing up. I still remember once, receiving a box that was obviously a sweater. I opened it up and there was a sweater. I took out the sweater to show it off, and a Faxanadu for the NES dropped out. I had no idea what Faxanadu was, but I was just really happy it was a video game.


On March 4, 2008 at 12:33 pm

Wow I never thought i would do this but…

Jack T may be insane and out of touch with reality, but at least he has focus.

The exact opposite is true your post. If you found a video that you thought was provocative or interesting by all means post it, but invoking the name of the Dark One on the off chance you can drum up comments or a flame war is simply unprofessional and lame.

Unless the goal was to make your site look lake trash, at which point Good Job Daniel.


On March 4, 2008 at 12:40 pm

@wow: Not a flame war my friend, but to spark a debate with him on his thoughts if the child suffered a more traumatic experience than a child who plays video games. We were all children once, and we all played video games, and I’m most certain we all turned out to be fine, outstanding citizens. But this poor kid will probably have self-esteem issues, trouble trusting others, and any and every good Christmas memory will be tainted with this one instance. Especially for the fact that it was recorded and posted on YouTube, so the memory will not go away any time soon.


On March 4, 2008 at 12:53 pm

@Daniel: Oh my bad then, I didn’t realize that the gaming community cared what Jack T thought. Or for that matter that he was capable of a standardized discourse that did not involve blaming whatever the issue was on video games.

Thanks for the correction. BTW, if you are really interested on his thoughts (you may be the first gamer that is) why don’t you ask him, I’m sure his contact info is on one of your press releases.


On March 4, 2008 at 1:08 pm

What a bunch of retarded parents they are


On March 4, 2008 at 1:32 pm

That was just cruel and heartless. You could see the pain in his eyes, wondering how and why would you do that to me then laugh in my face.

I gave my daughter that first reaction of dropping the box when she first got her DS. She didn’t think she was getting one. Plus when I bought a Wii right under her nose when she was in Toys R’ Us with me. How she didn’t see it in the bag is a mystery but the joy on her face is a wonderful gift. All you parents know when you’re children look at you with those unconditional loving eyes.

These parents were just plain mean and disrespectful.


On March 4, 2008 at 1:46 pm

This is rather cruel and heartless.

But its taken alittle out of context.
The proper YouTube video for this clearly states that the kid sneaked a peek in the wrapping the night before.
So they used the box and filled it with clothes as a lesson.

Still rediculously cruel and mean, but the kid did actually get a Xbox 360.

So just to put this video in context.

Still have to be pretty sickly minded to get ‘revenge on him’ in this manner tho, and to flat out laugh in his face.


On March 4, 2008 at 1:52 pm

@Kev_M: As Engadget pointed out, it does say that in the description. And the family did say he got his 360 and they would put that video up on YouTube, and yet, if you look at their account, there is no other video up. I believe they said that in the description in order to save themselves from backlash without having to get their child a real Xbox 360.


On March 4, 2008 at 2:22 pm

If I were this kid I would not only take my house key and write my name on everyone’s car in my family who had a car and was in on this little prank…….I think I would also set fire to the house just out of spite…… :evil:


On March 4, 2008 at 2:34 pm

@ Man of Teal
Yeah, and then JT could blame it on videogames in a twisted roundabout kind of way. ”He did it because of XBox 360 !”


On March 4, 2008 at 2:37 pm

Personally, I think the family posted the video just because they thought it was funny. The entire scenario was probably staged from the beginning.


On March 4, 2008 at 2:38 pm

@wow: JT has focus? lol.. perhaps he has focus on making money, but his ideas and thoughts are all over the place.


On March 4, 2008 at 3:12 pm

Why the crap are you jumping on the parents? The kid is still getting a load of free crap for X-Mas (on top of free food and a house to sleep in), quit your in’. This isn’t going to “taint his Christmas memories for years to come”.

This IS going to be his strongest Christmas memory ever, but in a couple years he will come to enjoy fondly this memory of the funniest Christmas present he ever received.



On March 4, 2008 at 3:16 pm

I’m not sure if the kid looked like he was about to cry or start killing people.


On March 4, 2008 at 3:52 pm

That kids gonna grow up having problems and probably kill his parents. (I wouldn’t blame HIM though)

xbox hater

On March 4, 2008 at 5:41 pm

What are you talking about? Microsoft does this very same thing 50 times a day. They put a piece of crap in a box (red ring of death)and call it a xbox 360.


On March 4, 2008 at 8:24 pm

that is just sick, if i was him i would ing KILL THEM


On March 4, 2008 at 8:48 pm

that kid’s hair is beyond awesome.


On March 4, 2008 at 10:30 pm

kid peaked at the gift. He was getting his just deserves for peaking at a present the parents probably had to work very hard to get for him. They still gave him the xbox360


On March 4, 2008 at 10:41 pm

And people get hauled in front of child services if they swat their kid on the butt in public.

But how about we stop glorifying JT? Every time a story on a gaming site mentions his name he just gets more press. If we treated him like any other flamer and just ignored him, he’d eventually go away.


On March 5, 2008 at 2:15 am

@Handshakes.. you might be right. I’ve had some crappy Christmas experiences in my time, so what happened to him wasn’t bad.. not to mention the fact that I personally think the video was staged.


On March 5, 2008 at 2:18 am

@Spiral: trust me.. JT isn’t going away anytime soon. The only thing that will make him go away is if enough states remove his right to practice law. I think the more he’s exposed as a quack, the more likely that will happen.

People didn’t see him as a threat to the music and radio industries and he did quite a bit of damage in those arenas. I don’t think we should glorify him at all, but I don’t see anything wrong with exposing him. If game media hadn’t exposed him at all, all the crap he says on Fox News would be believed by the general public.

Dirk the Daring

On March 5, 2008 at 4:59 am

Poor kid. I’d gladly donate some money, so he could get an xbox. He would just have to promise me that hes parents wouldn’t be allowed to play it.


On March 5, 2008 at 10:40 pm

FYI, the rest of the film is not on this clip. Near the end you see the mother stop mid-sentence and walk away. She actually was going to get the real Xbox. What happened was she caught the boy sneaking a peak at his presents and decided to remove the Xbox and replace it with clothes to teach him a lesson. Cruel? Yes. The punishment didn’t really fit the crime, but this was not just some huge practical joke. The kid was heartbroken for about 3 minutes, but did get the Xbox, and I’m sure with a lot of resentment towards his parents.


On August 24, 2008 at 3:46 pm

Jack Thompson is getting disbarred for 10 years.


On December 25, 2011 at 3:04 am

Can’t beleive your all still missing the point of that post even after so many years its like wake up