A GAMER is suing a games developer for becoming addicted to one of its massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORG) titles.
US citizen Craig Smallwood is citing gross negligence against NCsoft of South Korea, which made the MMORG Lineage II. Smallwood has logged over 20,000 hours since 2004 playing the game and claims that he would never have started playing the game if he'd known about its addictive nature.
According to Wired, a federal judge has given the go ahead for the lawsuit, which alleges that the plaintiff is unable to function independently in usual daily activities such as getting up, getting dressed, bathing or communicating with family and friends."
Lineage II is massive in South Korea and MMORG's aren't designed for gamers to dip into occasionally. But the unfortunately named Smallwood is taking the biscuit. The legal complaint sounds exactly like the behaviour of every lazy, whinging, sulky teenager on the planet. Actually, it also sounds like the daily mantra of most gamers, too.
The gamer reckons that NCsoft, "acted negligently in failing 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," according to the report.
That a US Distrct judge upheld the complaint beggar's belief. She should've laid the onus of responsibly on Smallwood's head. But now it's possible that he could end up getting paid a pie of cash for spending 24 hours a day, 7 days a week gaming.
Where can we sign up? µ
Plus the cost of ambition as moonshots eat into the coffers
Spoiler alert: it's probably VeriSign
Did we say cuts off? We meant traps them inside their own home