We might be self-professed game addicts, but this story of game addiction is on an entirely different level.
A Siberian gamer is suing Fallout 4 creator Bethesda because he claims that his addiction to their role-playing game ruined his life. The 28 year-old says he lost his wife and his job after spending three weeks playing Fallout 4. During his first three weeks playing Fallout 4, the Siberian gamer skipped work, was not sleeping or eating, and ignored his friends to continue playing the post-apocalyptic RPG, reports RT.
The American Psychological Association doesn’t recognize video game addiction as an official mental disorder, but it’s still raising eyebrows around the world. 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 game addict, who is now suing Bethesda Game Studios and the Russian localization firm for 500,000 roubles (7,000 USD), claiming emotional distress.
“I would not have bought it, or I would have left it until I was on holiday or until the New Year holidays,” he continued.
The RT report states 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). The case was eventually dismissed with prejudice.
Do you think Fallout 4 is so addictive that Bethesda should pay for the damages? Or do you think that this gamer should have tried a little moderation? Let us know what you think of this lawsuit in the comments.