In the bizarre world of gamers, addictive games are usually considered a good thing. But not if you are this unnamed Russian man, who is now seeing the ugly side--too much of a good thing is actually very bad. Russian state news service RT has reported that 28-year-old Krasnoyarsk, a Siberia-based gamer, is suing Bethesda Game Studios, the makers of Fallout 4 video game, to the tune of 500,000 roubles ($7,000). Apparently, he went on a three-week dedicated gaming marathon that cost him his job. Also, his wife left him and he is in a bad shape health-wise. He believes the game's developers didn't do enough to warn him that the game could be intensely addictive.
While his entire attention was fixed on the game which sees the player emerge from a bunker after a nuclear holocaust, he didn't really notice the fallout (pun intended) around him.
This is actually a test case for the Russian legal system, which hasn't dealt with something similar so far. The verdict for this case would pretty much set a precedent for courts when dealing with similar lawsuits in the future. However, this isn't the first time a video gamer has found himself in a soup.
In 2010, a Hawaiian man, Craig Smallwood claimed addiction to the video game Lineage II, and demanded damages from the developers, NCsoft of South Korea. Smallwood claimed that he would not have begun playing if he had been aware "that he would become addicted to the game". Incidentally, the US Federal judge sided with the plaintiff and ordered NCsoft to pay Smallwood's legal fees which he had accumulated over the six-month period after filing his lawsuit. Earlier this year, a Chinese gamer collapsed after a 19-hour marathon playing World of Warcraft. In 2011, a UK-based gamer died from the repercussions of a blood clot that formed in his leg because of playing video games on his Xbox 360 gaming console, for up to 12 hours a day, for days on end.
"If I knew that this game could have become so addictive, I would have become a lot more wary of it. I would not have bought it, or I would have left it until I was on holiday or until the New Year holidays," says the Russian man's legal statement. (Read more here )
We aren't entirely sure if Bethesda Game Studios can be held responsible for the way this man's life has fallen apart. After all, it is the developer's job to make an addictive game, but the gamers themselves have to exercise caution and restraint on the amount of time spent playing the game. ___
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