Fallout 4 Addiction: Man Loses Job And Wife, Sues Bethesda

24 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Bethesda being sued by a man who lost ‘everything’ due to his Fallout 4 addiction.

Hotly-anticipated Fallout 4 only arrived on the gaming scene a matter of weeks ago, but one man from Russia claims it has already cost him his job and his wife. The 28-year-old from Krasnoyarsk is now trying to sue Bethesda, the developer of the game, claiming he hadn’t been warned that the game would be ‘so addictive’.

He has now lost his marriage, job, and health, and he blames the video-game maker Bethesda Softworks. “If I knew that this game could have become so addictive, I would have become a lot more wary of it,” the man wrote in a statement, as reported by RT. “I would not have bought it, or I would have left it until I was on holiday or until the New Year holidays.” His request may sound bizarre – even his lawyers say they plan to “see how far we can go regarding this case” – but it also echoes of a culture growing increasingly fond of warning labels. The 28-year-old says he lost his wife and his job after spending three weeks playing Fallout 4 while skipping work, not sleeping or eating, and ignoring his friends, reports RT. He first downloaded the game after seeing an advert and planned to spend just a few hours playing it over the coming days, according to a report from RT. The lawsuit originates in Russia, but Bethesda Softworks is an American company and the outcome could potentially have some ripple effects in the United States.

Unfortunately, a casual session ended up turning into a three-week binge that resulted in the loss of his job, wife, friends and eventual deterioration of his health. Plastic bags are printed with cautionary warnings that they could be dangerous for infants and young children; coffee cups bear caveats that the contents may be hot; many printer toner cartridges bear instructions not to eat the contents.

Many seemingly common sense warnings advising consumers not to use products in ways other than those for which they were intended stem from lawsuits, either realized or potential. Oreos, for example, have been characterized as addictive in some preliminary studies, but they are sold alongside peanuts and cheese crackers in the snack aisle without any nod to their addictive qualities on the packaging. Smokers and the tobacco industry objected to the addition of labels detailing harmful health effects on packs of cigarettes, but the US surgeon general claims that those labels have saved 8 million lives. One continuing debate concerns trigger warnings, a label in a class syllabus alerting college students that the reading to follow may include references to disturbing events or ideas. The idea is still being debated in media and college circles around the nation, Husna Haq wrote for The Christian Science Monitor: Is it akin to censorship and another example of “political correctness” taken to the extreme, as some have argued?

In the same way that those suffering phobias conquer their fears only through confronting them, those suffering trauma may find healing through the very literature they find disturbing.

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