Russian Man Suing Bethesda Over Fallout 4 Addiction

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Addicted to Fallout 4? Sue Bethesda, Like This Bonkers Russian Gamer.

After Fallout 4’s release in November, things have been relatively quiet around the game and that might be because everyone has become addicted to the game – at least that’s the case for one person. 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. But some of them can take a lot out of our time, with games like requiring well more than a day’s worth of combined play to reach 100 percent completion.

According to RT, a 28-year-old man from Krasnoyarsk who downloaded the game with the intention of playing a couple of nights a week, but instead became addicted and played for three straight weeks. The game launched to a very receptive audience, and despite complaints about graphics quality and glitches, most people have found the game quite enjoyable. Earlier this year, a Chinese gamer died after sitting and playing World of Warcraft for 19 hours straight. “If I knew that this game could have become so addictive, I would have become a lot more wary of it,” read a statement from the gamer, who is now suing Bethesda Game Studios and the Russian localization firm for 500,000 roubles (around $7,000), claiming emotional distress.

RT reports that this is a test case for the Russian legal system, while the law firm representing the gamer says it wants to “see how far we can go regarding this case.” Back in 2010, a Hawaiian gamer attempted to sue NCSoft, the makers of the massively multiplayer online role-playing game Lineage II, claiming that the developers failed to warn him of the game’s addictive nature (he played over 20,000 hours over five years). According to a report from Engadget, an American man did actually get compensated by NCSoft after he sued the company causing his addiction to Lineage II. All things considered, thousands of gamers have played their favorite games for hours, but not at the expense of their personal lives, careers, or academics.

That means it’s going to be a tall order for the plaintiff to prove he wasn’t necessarily lacking in self-control when he got hooked on Fallout 4. At the time, Smallwood said that his Lineage II addiction left him “unable to function independently in usual daily activities, such as getting up, getting dressed, bathing or communicating with family and friends.”

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