Which avid gamer doesn’t love exploring “Fallout 4’s” storyline for hours on end? However, it went a little too far for a Russian man who is now suing Bethesda because he wasn’t warned that the game play would “become so addictive.”
The man engaged in three weeks of continuous gameplay and lost his job and his wife, and his health suffered as well. He is suing Bethesda for 500,000 rubles ($7,030) since he says if he was actually warned about how addictive the game is, then he would have taken a different course of action.
As noted by RT, in a statement released by the man, he 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.”
While such a case happens to be amongst the first in Russia, US has seen many such cases and a successful one too. As shared by Engadget, an American man received compensation from NCSoft after he sued the makers of “Lineage 2” for being too involving.
Craig Smallwood, who had then sued NCSoft, said that if he was aware “that he would become addicted to the game” he would not have started playing the game in the first place. The result was that the South Korean game-maker, NCSoft, had to pay up the man’s legal fees.
There are other ardent gamers who have exercised self control and gone on to managing their jobs as well as their personal lives, while continuing with their love for their favorite title “Fallout 4.” So, it will definitely be interesting to see how the Russian man proves his point of being truly addicted to the game.
It will be no surprise if PlayStation, Xbox and other console bundles come with statutory warnings in the future, of the titles being too addictive if discretion isn’t exercised.