Lineage II Junkie Sues NCsoft for His Addiction

| 20 Aug 2010 19:00
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A man who's spent over 20,000 hours playing Lineage II is suing NCsoft, claiming his addiction has made him unable to function in real life.

NCsoft has had a tough time in court recently, what with the $28 million victory Richard Garriott won from the publisher last month. It's probably safe to say that NCsoft was hoping it could avoid seeing the inside of a courtroom for quite some time, but it seems that such hopes were in vain. Now, the company finds itself the target of a new lawsuit from one of its most loyal players because he claims Lineage II is so addictive that it has effectively ruined his life.

Craig Smallwood of Hawaii is seeking unspecified monetary damages from the MMOG publisher because, according to the lawsuit, the man's addiction to Lineage II caused him to log over 20,000 hours with the game between 2005 and 2009. In layman's terms, that means the man spent over 833 days (or 2.28 years!) playing the MMOG. As a result, the man has become, "unable to function independently in usual daily activities such as getting up, getting dressed, bathing or communicating with family and friends."

Smallwood claims that NCsoft is negligent (and thus liable) because it failed, "to warn or instruct or adequately warn or instruct plaintiff and other players of Lineage II of its dangerous and defective characteristics, and of the safe and proper method of using the game." Exactly how one should play an MMOG in a "safe and proper method" isn't really explained, but I would love to hear that argument in court.

The last time I remember seeing a lawsuit like this was back in 2002, when Samuel Hirsch tried to sue a number of fast food restaurants for making their meals so tasty that they became addictive, resulting in his obesity and subsequent health problems. If history is due to repeat itself, then one would think Smallwood's lawsuit would also be dismissed. However, the presiding judge refused to dismiss some of Smallwood's claims, so it seems that the suit might actually make it to trial. That said, NCsoft submitted a filing on Tuesday requesting that the entire suit be dismissed.

Source: Wired via GamePolitics

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Fatalistic:
It's called common sense. Friskies Cat Food didn't tell you not to slide the edge of the can against your eye, but why would you do it in the first place?

Sorry to double post, but....I'm gonna be rich.

Pssst. I'll split my winnings with you for the idea.

The sad truth is, this guy will probably win. Companies will then be forced to slap disclaimers everywhere, warning of the dangers of becoming a total loser, engrossed in a game that you're too pathetic to pull yourself from playing a game.

Remember the moronic lady that spilled hot McDonalds coffee on herself and sued because there wasn't a warning label? I'm McDonalds does.

Sigh.

Companies usually tell you not to do something with their product once they get sued, because some idiot did something with it and then wants revenge because "they didn't tell him not to."

It's called common sense. Friskies Cat Food didn't tell you not to slide the edge of the can against your eye, but why would you do it in the first place?

Utter bollocks, what a weak individual.

Can I sue Mcvities for my Jaffa Cake addiction?

Absolutely preposterous, ridiculous, frivolous, querulous, and also dumb. It's possible to enjoy MMOs without ruining one's life. This guy is just a lazy dipstick playing the lawsuit lottery. If you fling enough shit at a wall, some of it it bound to stick.

On the other hand, it's against NCsoft. Maybe the judge can order them to stop making horrible games.

You can sue people for your own despicable lack of self-control now? I predict a sudden surge in admissions of moral degeneracy.

Pugiron:
I'm suing Victoria's Secret.

I've come close, myself. :P

Sinclose:
Wow. You get addicted and blame the game for your lack of restriction. Way to go, moron.

Hit the nail on the head. Spot on.

"activity's such as getting up"

What? Did he have a monitor hanging over his bed? I fail to see how he's going to blame the game on his not being able to get out from under the sheets.

Wow. You get addicted and blame the game for your lack of restriction. Way to go, moron.

vansau:
unable to function independently in usual daily activities such as getting up, getting dressed, bathing or communicating with family and friends."

...what?

No, the game is not responsible for you not being able to "get up and get dressed" on your own. Thats your own fault for being such a lazy bastard.

Great someone blaming someone else for their problems......
So what's new?

I'm suing Victoria's Secret.

Soon, similarly to cigarettes all MMOs will have to have a big sign every time you start a game saying "Department of Health warrning: Extensive playing may lead to addiction, loss of weight, sight, social life, and pet" to avoid such lawsuits.

soapyshooter:
WTH is lineage II? Never heard of it. I expect this sort of thing with WoW

It was around long before WoW.

I mourn for humanity.

Seriously though, he's sueing because he played a video game for too long? If this seriously makes it to court I'm going to both laugh and cry. Are people this pathetic?

Bwah ha ha ha! That's priceless - a man claims that he is "unable to function independently in usual daily activities such as getting up, getting dressed, bathing or communicating with family and friends.", and yet he's perfectly capable of retaining legal counsel and filing lawsuits. What's wrong with this picture?

News flash to stupid people: MMOs are not a dangerous substance being distributed without proper warning labels - if you ruin your life playing them, the problem is you.

WTH is lineage II? Never heard of it. I expect this sort of thing with WoW

If he knows it's addicting.. get help? Only in the US, would someone SUE someone else, for their own wrong doing

Frivolous lawsuits like this need to become illegal. The judge should sentence this stupid fuckwit to 20,000 hours of community service, just to teach him a lesson...

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