Man suing video game company for making their game too fun

posted at 12:15 pm on August 21, 2010 by MadisonConservative

Ironically, I just finished watching an episode of Law and Order SVU. The premise of the episode involved a pedophile who kidnapped, assaulted, and murdered a girl. The later part of the episode dealt with the DA trying to nail a porn company for having a story on their site that the killer copied. In the end, the owner of the website was found guilty because the spam that his site sent out was found to be “facilitation”. Individuals are never entirely responsible for their actions, after all. Somebody with money has to be liable.

A federal judge is allowing a negligence lawsuit to proceed against the publisher of the online virtual-world game Lineage II, amid allegations that a Hawaii man became so addicted he is “unable to function independently in usual daily activities such as getting up, getting dressed, bathing or communicating with family and friends.

Craig Smallwood, the plaintiff, claims NCsoft of South Korea should pay unspecified monetary damages because of the addictive nature of the game. Smallwood claims to have played Lineage II for 20,000 hours between 2004 and 2009. Among other things, he alleges he would not have begun playing if he was aware “that he would become addicted to the game.”

Smallwood, who did not immediately respond for comment, alleged that the company “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.”

This game costs fifteen dollars a month to play, much like other MMO(massively multiplayer online) games. In other words, you have to go out and spend money in order to play for longer than a month. You have to have your computer on, run the program, and log in. You have to put in effort to be a regular player of the game. Yet, somehow, mystical forces emanating from the tendrils of the eeevil game makers reached out and took care of all of that for this guy. Additionally, millions upon millions of other people play World of Warcraft, Lord of the Rings Online, and other games just like Lineage II without their lives falling to pieces.

I guess ethical companies make games that are so dull and boring that they push players away after they’ve plopped down their money. For the public good, you know.

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With a last name like that, I don’t think I’d want to come out of the house either!

Seriously though, I’ve played a multitude of MMOs over the years. And while I eventually lost interest, I can see how an addictive or obsessive personality type can get into serious trouble with these types of games. Of course this is in no way the game developer’s fault. If it is, I’m suing Stephenie Meyer and that “Twilight” series for stealing so much of my girlfriend’s attention from me.

scharfy on August 21, 2010 at 12:16 PM

another form of hedonism

jp on August 21, 2010 at 12:20 PM

Lineage II is addictive? God help this guy if he finds a good game to play.

Grayson on August 21, 2010 at 12:21 PM

It sure seems to affect a lot of people MadCon. Maybe there’s something to it.

hawkdriver on August 21, 2010 at 12:21 PM

…or maybe mommy found out he spent $900 over 5 years on an online game, and he just wants to make mommy happy?

stonemeister on August 21, 2010 at 12:22 PM

Can people obsessed with politics use this precedent to successfully sue the government?

exception on August 21, 2010 at 12:22 PM

I wonder if the trolls would consider suing Hot Air over these addictive MadCon threads?

hawkdriver on August 21, 2010 at 12:23 PM

Next thing you know the firearms industry will be sued for…and the tobacco industry will be sued for…ah screw it.

I stopped playing Lineage II when it became infested with bots. I stopped playing WoW when I realized I was wasting too much time on it. It was my fault, not Blizzard’s, so I stopped and moved on with life. Novel concept for the average person, I know.

Grafted on August 21, 2010 at 12:23 PM

I was going to file he same kind of law suit as I had developed Madden Eblow and Madden thumb, but then Madden ’10 blew chunks and I stopped playing the game. Within weeks my injuries had healed and I no longer had standing.

myrenovations on August 21, 2010 at 12:24 PM

Lineage II is addictive? God help this guy if he finds a good game to play.

Grayson on August 21, 2010 at 12:21 PM

/thread

Blarg the Destroyer on August 21, 2010 at 12:24 PM

I play WOW 8 to 10 hrs a day, and I’m not addicted to it.
Sorry got to got, big raid forming up to attack SW,brb in an hr.

BruceB on August 21, 2010 at 12:25 PM

BruceB on August 21, 2010 at 12:25 PM

“LEEEEE-ROOOOOY JENKINS!”

hawkdriver on August 21, 2010 at 12:26 PM

MUST PLAY HALO 3…..

AAAhhhhh, someone stop me!

Meric1837 on August 21, 2010 at 12:30 PM

So it isn’t my fault that I’m fat. All of those advertisements enticed me to overeat.

And if this guy wins his lawsuit, it won’t be my fault that Modern Warfare was such a great that I might want to act it out. /sarc

I’m off the hook for life!

madmonkphotog on August 21, 2010 at 12:31 PM

I play Warhammer Online casually after giving up WOWCrack. I like the PVP much better. WOW became almost like a job. I could see someone getting mentally addicted to an MMO but it is there own fault.

Howcome on August 21, 2010 at 12:37 PM

I am unable to function independently in usual daily activities such as getting up, getting dressed, bathing or communicating with family and friends because I spend so much time reading ‘MadisonConservative’.

Where is my lawyer?

percysunshine on August 21, 2010 at 12:38 PM

Oh my word! I’m a huge fan of one of NCSoft’s other games, Guild Wars, but that one does not require a monthly fee to play. He should have claimed addiction to that one (and I would sympathize a bit). I can see how people can become too involved in games, but to sue for it is ridiculous.

pookysgirl on August 21, 2010 at 12:38 PM

Well, y’see, this is TRUE.

Let’s talk to this Doctor who is a very smart man and he will explain it to us people who aren’t smart enough to understand. Doctor?

Doctor: “Thank you. Games are setup as a challenge/reward system. The game designers design these challenge/rewards to make you feel good which will encourage you to continue playing the game. This is based on a biological drive developed over millions of years of evolution which pump our body full of endorphins that make us feel good. These games cause our body to artificially generate these endorphins, much like drugs do. The effect is that, like a lab rat who gets a reward for endlessly pushing a button all day to get food, the addicts continue pushing the button of the video game.”
Reporter: “Does this have any secondary effects like second-hand smoke”
Doctor: “Oh, of course, because the players are not contributing to society all of society is hurt, not to mention that they’re consuming more electrical resources by running their video games at all hours of the day. The Governments should get involved and stop this insidious plague.”
Reporter: “But what about free speech?”
Doctor: “Well we must balance the rights of others with protecting the rights of those hurt by overconsumption of natural resources.”
Doctor: “I’ll go into more detail on this when I give my testimony at the trial. Here’s my card if you need me to testify on your behalf…”
Reporter: “Yes thank you Doctor. I understand completely.”

Skywise on August 21, 2010 at 12:38 PM

I spent several hours last night playing “Half-Life 2: Episode Two.” Who do I sue?

Kensington on August 21, 2010 at 12:40 PM

I play Warhammer Online casually after giving up WOWCrack. I like the PVP much better. WOW became almost like a job. I could see someone getting mentally addicted to an MMO but it is there own fault.

Howcome on August 21, 2010 at 12:37 PM

I liked the Intellectual Property of Warhammer, but the game execution by Mythic left me wanting… Their class balance team doesn’t have any vision for what their game ought to look like so classes vary wildly and shift fundamentally every few months.

Also, anyone addicted to Lineage II is a freaking n00b.

Lehosh on August 21, 2010 at 12:41 PM

I’m forming a class action lawsuit myself and will accept any of you who want to sign on.

I will be suing the pork industry, everyone from the pigs themselves to the pig ranchers to the meat processors to the local butcher. Why? Because BACON is so addicting that I have found myself eating way too much of it and it is affecting my health.

Send me your email if you want to get in on this, I figure the payout will be in the tens of billions.

Bishop on August 21, 2010 at 12:44 PM

Unfortunately, victim status is the direction this country has been heading for the last 20 years. Our political leaders created this monster and it would take something like a miracle to ever reign it in.

ButterflyDragon on August 21, 2010 at 12:47 PM

scharfy on August 21, 2010 at 12:16 PM

Just be glad you don’t live in a town named Lizard Lick and your last name is Shirley.

.

GT on August 21, 2010 at 12:48 PM

I’m forming a class action lawsuit myself and will accept any of you who want to sign on.

I will be suing the pork industry…

I am a pig. We will counter sue for reasons of frivolity.

percysunshine on August 21, 2010 at 12:48 PM

Lineage II sucks. Suit should be tossed just because of that.

NotCoach on August 21, 2010 at 12:48 PM

Lehosh,

Not to be a fanboy or an advertisement, but it is much better now. They fired the game developer and since Bioware has been involved it is definitely moving in the right direction. They have fixed so much it really is a different game. /Nerdvertisement off.

Howcome on August 21, 2010 at 12:49 PM

I’d like to sue God or Mother Nature for making the fishing of large mouth bass and Trout so addicting.

Holger on August 21, 2010 at 12:53 PM

Howcome on August 21, 2010 at 12:49 PM

Wait, what? It was several years ago when I tried the game and you say BioWare runs it now? Maybe I need to take another look at it…

NotCoach on August 21, 2010 at 12:53 PM

Not to be a fanboy or an advertisement, but it is much better now. They fired the game developer and since Bioware has been involved it is definitely moving in the right direction. They have fixed so much it really is a different game. /Nerdvertisement off.

Howcome on August 21, 2010 at 12:49 PM

I’m all about nerdvertisements! I’ll definitely check it out too… My field is New Media and researching video games as cultural convergence so I need an MMO to get addicted to and I’d like it to be WAR…. I’ll see if I can play again.

I’m also looking forward to Warhammer 40K Online. I never liked the scifi/fantasy mixing before I heard of 40K, but now I’m kinda addicted.

Lehosh on August 21, 2010 at 12:55 PM

I am a pig. We will counter sue for reasons of frivolity.
percysunshine on August 21, 2010 at 12:48 PM

Mr. Pig, we should get together and try to find an amicable solution for this.

You come out to my place and we can fry…I mean bbq…ughh…I mean TALK. Yes, we can talk. I’ll provide the filet mignons and you provide yourself…SH*T…I mean you provide the beer.

Bishop on August 21, 2010 at 12:55 PM

I’m showing this post to my wife. She thought the 300 hours I spent on Oblivion was excessive. Need to get her softened up before Fallout New Vegas drops.

Kataklysmic on August 21, 2010 at 12:56 PM

Why just go after the game companies? I say we go directly to the source of all this misery: Algore himself. The sad truth is if he hadn’t invented this darn interweb, I’d be folding towels right now. D*mn you, Algore and your alien plot to destroy life on earth.

cynccook on August 21, 2010 at 12:56 PM

Notcoach,

Yes Bioware is the MMO head of EA and Mythic is part of Bioware now. It is still technically Mythic but Bioware seems to be running the show. In fact the forums are the Bioware in the Bioware network now. Oh, they are announcing the first paid XPAC today.

Howcome on August 21, 2010 at 12:59 PM

Fat Teens Sue McDonald’s

cynccook on August 21, 2010 at 1:00 PM

Does anyone in America play “Wolfenstein” any longer, because that was the last time I played any online game.

Then one day a German soldier with a flamethrower started flying around the field, he couldn’t be killed, had unlimited fuel for the flamer, and could move impossibly fast. I figured the hackers had found a way in and I decided to move on.

I loved that game, why do the cheaters always have to eff everything up?

Bishop on August 21, 2010 at 1:03 PM

Interesting post. The gaming company shouldn’t be liable. However, internet addictions seem like a growth area for the counseling industry.

In this guy’s case, perhaps the gaming company kept him off booze or harder drugs. Anyone who lets themselves go as he did would have some pretty serious problems with or without a computer.

dedalus on August 21, 2010 at 1:04 PM

Or better yet, can someone point me toward a decent war game that is fun to play but that I don’t have to be a keyboard wizard to actually survive more than five minutes? AND that hasn’t been irretrievably hacked like what happened to Counter Strike?

Bishop on August 21, 2010 at 1:05 PM

Did it ever occur to Craig Smallwood that, at any time during the course of his nightmarishly traumatic experience here, there is this wonderously innovative technological device that, in its vast all-knowing wisdom, Modern Science chose to attach to his computer, known as “The On/Off Button” that, when properly employed, could have very easily curtailed his “addiction” to playing this game at any time he chose to do so?

Because even in Hawaii, land of swaying palm trees, big surf, and nubile hula girls, I find it rather hard to believe that there are people out there who are that moronicly beyond stupid bone-headed dense!

pilamaye on August 21, 2010 at 1:05 PM

I loved that game, why do the cheaters always have to eff everything up?

Bishop on August 21, 2010 at 1:03 PM

Same reason why people cheat at life, they can’t succeed the other way.

Holger on August 21, 2010 at 1:08 PM

Clearly “Predatory” Gaming companies should be regulated more tightly. Maybe like a Dodd-Frank “Fairness and Corporate Gaming responsibility Reform Act of 2010″.

Protect us Masters from the Predators……aaaaaahhhhhhh !!!!!

PappyD61 on August 21, 2010 at 1:09 PM

Same reason why people cheat at life, they can’t succeed the other way.
Holger on August 21, 2010 at 1:08 PM

Here endeth the lesson.

Bishop on August 21, 2010 at 1:10 PM

I find HotAir addictive. I’m coming after YOU Allah !!

teacherman on August 21, 2010 at 1:12 PM

/Nerdvertisement off.

Howcome on August 21, 2010 at 12:49 PM

On further reflection, Howcome, I wanna say thanks! News that Bioware took over actually made me happier this afternoon haha. I was one of the fanboys who signed up for the WAR Beta and joined a pre-fab guild a year out from release waiting for it. I really wanted it to succeed and it was a huge letdown when Mythic fumbled.

I trust Bioware though. With Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Neverwinter Nights and Baldur’s Gate on their belt I think they know how to run RPGs.

Lehosh on August 21, 2010 at 1:15 PM

Mr. Pig, we should get together and try to find an amicable solution for this.

You come out to my place and we can fry…I mean bbq…ughh…I mean TALK. Yes, we can talk. I’ll provide the filet mignons and you provide yourself…SH*T…I mean you provide the beer.

Filet? I’m a cow, and I’ll have to file suit on THAT!

I’d even get in on the original class action suit, but some judge out in California would probably tell me I don’t have standing…

psrch on August 21, 2010 at 1:16 PM

Lineage II is addictive? God help this guy if he finds a good game to play.

Grayson on August 21, 2010 at 12:21 PM

Yup.

Oh, and if anyone is looking for a fun online game that’s a bit different, I suggest World of Tanks. It’s in Beta at the moment, but a key is pretty easy to get.

Asher on August 21, 2010 at 1:16 PM

Gee, guess I can sue Penthouse for carpel tunnel syndrome! Retirement, here I come!

GarandFan on August 21, 2010 at 1:19 PM

I’m suing the publishing companies for printing books. how dare they print books which are page turners and are impossible to put down! how many hours of sleep have I lost trying to finish a book to find out the ending!?!?! those dame evil publishers! and I might include authors in the suit as well. Clancy might have some money laying around.

unseen on August 21, 2010 at 1:23 PM

Among other things, he alleges he would not have begun playing if he was aware “that he would become addicted to the game.”

Smallwood, who did not immediately respond for comment, alleged that the company “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.”

There’s a judge out there that actually finds merit to this case? Really?

Individuals are never entirely responsible for their actions, after all. Somebody with money has to be liable.

–MadCon

And that, sadly, is the bottom line with frivolous and ridiculous cases such as this.

JetBoy on August 21, 2010 at 1:32 PM

never tried Linage II but have been playing WOW since the pre-BC days and although I enjoy the game and do play a lot in spurts the only person responsible for Mr. Smallwood’s addiction is Mr. Smallwood. Does ge need mental health help … yes. Is the publisher responsible … no. Not unless we plan to hold manufacturers, publisher etc. responsible for every single person who’s personality is so addiction oriented that they become addicts. If you follow this logic to the end everyone can be sued for everything

JKotthoff on August 21, 2010 at 1:46 PM

Hey, does this mean I can sue the outfit that makes Klondike bars? I mean, what business is it of theirs what I would do for one?

pilamaye on August 21, 2010 at 1:58 PM

Because even in Hawaii, land of swaying palm trees, big surf, and nubile hula girls, I find it rather hard to believe that there are people out there who are that moronicly beyond stupid bone-headed dense!

pilamaye

Do the initials BHO ring a bell?

thekingtut on August 21, 2010 at 2:01 PM

I trust Bioware though. With Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Neverwinter Nights and Baldur’s Gate on their belt I think they know how to run RPGs.

Lehosh on August 21, 2010 at 1:15 PM

I’m going to be suing Bioware a few years after The Old Republic comes out.

MadisonConservative on August 21, 2010 at 2:12 PM

Note to self – NEVER install Lineage II

painfulTruthDisciple on August 21, 2010 at 2:20 PM

(Insert pithy gaming comment here)

Good to see you writing more! Great post. :)

Bee on August 21, 2010 at 2:32 PM

Hey, does this mean I can sue the outfit that makes Klondike bars? I mean, what business is it of theirs what I would do for one?

pilamaye on August 21, 2010 at 1:58 PM

I was thinking of suing the creators of Project Runway, Bacardi and the beach, respectively.

Bee on August 21, 2010 at 2:36 PM

Hmmmm.

1. Lineage sucks.

2. Lineage II sucks a**.

3. If you’re an American playing either Lineage or Lineage II the South Koreans will make a special point of ganking you.

4. South Koreans have actually died playing Lineage or Lineage II due to addiction. And not elderly either we’re talking late 20′s to mid 40′s.

oh and Lineage and Lineage II suck a**. That right there is a public service message I’m willing to post for free.

memomachine on August 21, 2010 at 2:40 PM

Hmmmm.

“There’s a judge out there that actually finds merit to this case? Really?”

Stupidity. Judges. But I repeat myself.

memomachine on August 21, 2010 at 2:41 PM

I was thinking of suing the creators of Project Runway…

I’m hooked on that show too.

JetBoy on August 21, 2010 at 2:43 PM

Hmmmm.

@ Bishop

What kind of game do you prefer? Strategy? Real time? FPS? MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online)?

All sorts of games out there.

memomachine on August 21, 2010 at 2:44 PM

Bee on August 21, 2010 at 2:32 PM

Harvest Moon Online.

It’s coming.

Get your lawyer ready.

MadisonConservative on August 21, 2010 at 2:45 PM

Hmmmm.

“Oh my word! I’m a huge fan of one of NCSoft’s other games, Guild Wars, but that one does not require a monthly fee to play. He should have claimed addiction to that one (and I would sympathize a bit). I can see how people can become too involved in games, but to sue for it is ridiculous.”

Yeah I got a few level 20 characters on GW and I’m definitely waiting for GW2 to come out.

The nice thing about Guild Wars, other than the no monthly fee, is the level cap. In WoW you pretty much have to level to 80 to run with the top crowd so that means endless grinding. With GW you level 20 to very quickly and that means that the entire game is open for you without excessive grinding. Additionally if you want to pvp you can do so right away as pvp only characters start off at level 20.

memomachine on August 21, 2010 at 2:48 PM

The guy should be thankful…

…after all, the game cured him of his sex addiction.

SPCOlympics on August 21, 2010 at 2:51 PM

Why doesn’t he sue God for not issuing him a manual on how to live his life when he was born?

Socratease on August 21, 2010 at 2:57 PM

MadisonConservative on August 21, 2010 at 2:45 PM

But…you told me not to hold my breath waiting for it.
You told me it wasn’t even happening!

Lies. Sweet little lies.

Bee on August 21, 2010 at 3:01 PM

Ironically, I just finished watching an episode of Law and Order SVU.

MadisonConservative

There you go, that’s your problem right there.

DFCtomm on August 21, 2010 at 4:05 PM

Eh. I find online MMORP’s a waste of time. Give me a character sheet and some D-6′s, 10′s, 12′s, and 20′s any day of the week.

Rightwingguy on August 21, 2010 at 4:42 PM

Bee on August 21, 2010 at 2:36 PM

So Bravo, Puerto Rico, and God?

Rightwingguy on August 21, 2010 at 4:43 PM

God help us when Farmville leaves Facebook for the larger web.

Rightwingguy on August 21, 2010 at 4:45 PM

Note to Ed and Allah:

I’ll be watching this case closely. If plaintiff wins, I’m bringing my case against Hot Air.

Precedent and all that.

However, we can avoid lengthy and costly court proceedings through an out of court settlement.

A cash payment, of “retirement” capability, can resolve all of my issues.

I’ll have my people contact your people.

BobMbx on August 21, 2010 at 5:17 PM

They should just agree to settle with him for some in-game skill points. Case closed in under one hour.

BakerAllie on August 21, 2010 at 5:25 PM

brb bio

Venusian Visitor on August 21, 2010 at 5:47 PM

Hot Air will be hearing from the firm of Boyd, Dewey, Cheatham, & Howe, about my upcoming suit for online addiction.

The Monster on August 21, 2010 at 5:56 PM

“…a Hawaii man became so addicted he is “unable to function independently in usual daily activities such as getting up, getting dressed, bathing or communicating with family and friends.””

My guess is this man’s a democrat.

locomotivebreath1901 on August 21, 2010 at 6:58 PM

The next time I get a good book and stay up all hours of the night reading or disregard my duties at home I am suing the publisher, the author, and the local library. When will the federal government step in and save us from these addicting books? I hope they do it…..especially for the children.

tommer74 on August 21, 2010 at 7:11 PM

There you go, that’s your problem right there.

DFCtomm on August 21, 2010 at 4:05 PM

Guilty pleasure. Especially the game of spotting everyone who crosses over from Oz.

MadisonConservative on August 21, 2010 at 7:36 PM

Hmmmm.

@ BakerAllie on August 21, 2010 at 5:25 PM

“They should just agree to settle with him for some in-game skill points. Case closed in under one hour.”

Then hire some in game players to hunt him down and gank him until he can’t see straight. :)

memomachine on August 21, 2010 at 8:46 PM

The plaintiff is addicted to video games, but the judge is the one who’s stuck on stupid.

IMPEACHMENT is made for this.

I’m addicted to air, I can’t stop breathing for more than a few minutes. I’m gonna sue the EPA, they keep trying to improve air quality and that just makes my addiction worse.

That’s so stupid I lost about 50 brain cells typing it, but it’s no dumber than that judge.

Merovign on August 21, 2010 at 8:49 PM

Also, MadCon, L&O? Talk about facilitation of bad legal behavior, phew!

That show is like fingernails on a chalkboard. SCREEEEEEEEEEE!

Merovign on August 21, 2010 at 8:50 PM

Why doesn’t he sue God for not issuing him a manual on how to live his life when he was born?

Socratease on August 21, 2010 at 2:57 PM

I think you’re on to something here, Socratease. Think about this. All the wealth in every form on this planet earth put together is less than a “drop in the bucket” compared to the total assets of the Almighty Living God.

This would be the greatest fantasy of every litigation lawyer on earth.

A defendent with absolute most “bottomless pockets” there is.

“We’re gonna be RICH . . . YEHAWWwww!

But first you’ve got to find a litigation lawyer who actually believes there is a God to sue.

Then you have to find a Judge who believes there is a God.

Boy, I dunno. I think I just proved the futiliy of this venture.

listens2glenn on August 21, 2010 at 10:35 PM

Under Rule 11 of the FRCP, I think the attorney that signed off on this needs to be sanctioned so hard he vaporizes. Then the plaintiff can be tarred, feathered and ridden out on a rail.

LTC John on August 21, 2010 at 11:40 PM

I remember a time when I used to joke that sooner or later some fat people would sue fast food companies.

And it wasn’t that long ago that I joked that some loser would sue video game companies for making games too fun.

How long until someone decides to sue LazyBoy for making recliners that are too comfortable? Yes, I’m joking…but the jester will likely become the prophet yet again.

ynot4tony2 on August 22, 2010 at 12:54 AM

Does this mean I can sue Jonathan Boakes for emotional distress? His games scare the willies out of me sometimes, but I just have to play them to the end.

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on August 22, 2010 at 1:02 AM

I’m going to be suing Bioware a few years after The Old Republic comes out.

MadisonConservative on August 21, 2010 at 2:12 PM

+1 ;-)

Seriously, Lineage II…that’s like admitting you’re addicted to Farmville.

MNHawk on August 22, 2010 at 9:30 AM

I spent several hours last night playing “Half-Life 2: Episode Two.” Who do I sue?
Kensington on August 21, 2010 at 12:40 PM

You could sue yourself,
win/lose,
declare bankruptcy
and
get Obama to bail you out.

DSchoen on August 22, 2010 at 4:01 PM

WOW, does this mean I can get all the quarters I spent on video game machines back in the 80′s because of pac man and Gallaga. I was certainly addicted to them at the time. Would have spent that money on tuiton and board, if not of the addictive fun of the game. I must sue.

mechkiller_k on August 22, 2010 at 8:46 PM

If anyone really needs to be punished, it’s the attorney, and with a Rule 11 sanction.

Dude, I’ve been hooked on everything from RPGs, to video games to Goth girls, and everything bad that’s come out of that has been completely my fault. Blaming a video game or publishing company is the height of childishness and stupidity, and I certainly won’t blame the girls. This idiot is just another example of the type of dumbass that keeps the nanny state alive and well. It is a hallmark of true weakness in people, when they refuse to take responsibility for their own actions.

Virus-X on August 22, 2010 at 11:39 PM

That a judge would even allow this law suit to go forward is beyond reason. No wonder our justice system is so messed up. What this idiot needs is a psychiatrist, not an attorney. Are we getting so PC that we don’t tell a nut job that he’s a nut job and needs to take a hike?

Wills on August 23, 2010 at 8:46 AM