A 28-year-old Russian gamer is suing Bethesda Softworks, the makers of hit game Fallout 4, for the loss of his wife and his job. The man from Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, says that he found out about the game through an online advertisement and downloaded it intending to play it for a few evenings. In what seems to be a bit of a publicity coup for Bethesda, the claimant found himself suddenly and completely addicted by the compulsive storytelling of the game. According to RT, upon emerging from Vault 111 and beginning to explore the wasteland, the Russian gamer found himself unable to focus on anything other than Fallout 4.
“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.”
At time of writing, the case is only at the filing stage and there is no indication, as yet, whether it will actually make it to court. Should the case actually be heard, it will represent something of a legal landmark for Russia, as there has never been a case containing elements such as these. The law firm representing the alleged Fallout 4 addict have stated that they have no firm expectations, merely saying that they are interested to see how far the case will go.
There is, surprisingly, an international precedent for this case. Back in 2010, Hawaiian man Craig Smallwood brought a case against the South Korean company NCsoft, makers of the popular Lineage II. Smallwood had logged over 20,000 hours of gameplay, and claimed that this had caused him severe depression and anxiety. Surprisingly, a Federal judge agreed to hear the case, and then ordered NCsoft to pay Mr Smallwood’s costs, as his lawsuit had been pursued over a six month period.
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