Man sues video game maker for ruining his life

A Russian man, dealing with the simultaneous loss of his job, his health and his wife, is suing the company he believes is responsible.

The 28-year-old Siberian man reportedly downloaded a video game intending to play it for a few days, but got pulled into the game’s post-apocalyptic world for three weeks, according to RT.  He said he didn’t know the game, Fallout 4,  “would become so addictive,”

His health reportedly deteriorated as he neglected to eat or sleep, his wife left him and he was fired from his job after missing work. All this, he alleged, was the fault of the video game’s maker, Bethesda Game Studios, according to RT.

In a statement, the gamer said, “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.”

Apparently, his lawsuit for 500,000 rubles ($7,000) is the compensation he needs for his emotional distress. As there is no precedent for such a case in Russia, the law firm representing him said they want to “see how far we can go regarding this case.”

It will be interesting to see how Bethesda will be held responsible for a grown man’s inability to hit the pause button on the game. Maybe the company needs to add an addiction warning sticker to its existing ESRB rating.

Watch the Fallout 4 video game trailer, below.



Frieda Powers


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