Lineage II Junkie Sues NCsoft for His Addiction

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Lineage II Junkie Sues NCsoft for His Addiction

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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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This is the most ridiculous thing I've heard all week.

The stupidity of people, this guy is a dumbass, stop trying to ruin it for everyone else junkie.

Great more people blaming their patheticness on others and wanting money for it.

I'm sorry, defective?

I mean, it's got him playing it, hasn't it? Then it's not defective, that's its purpose.

Still, nothing funnier than people who can't accept responsibility. Almost every farce out there is based on that, and it's no less funny in real life.

Here's hoping it gets thrown out of court and that guy gets some help.

He has no one to blame but himself.

I say NCsoft should respond to this: "It's your own damned fault for playing it, we're not forcing you to play our game."

Its like suing architect of building from whitch you jumped off.

The 833+ days is only valid if he gamed 24hrs per day (which is probably not completely unrealistic considering... but). If you take 20,000 hours and spread it over 5 years, that's still 11 hours of playing every day for 5 years!! That's literally all this man did: eat, sleep, play. A true gamer.

And what is he going to do with all this money if he wins? Probably hire a maid so he can play Lineage II all day without having to worry about cleaning. This is the most idiotic thing I've seen since that one guy claimed Agoraphobia in hopes of suing Sony and Microsoft and then Nintendo.

What a worthless cunt. I don't mind seeing NCSoft lose money as they always got on my tits, but this guy is beyond pathetic. To have no willpower, maturity or perspective is one thing, but to try and tarnish something thousands of functioning humans enjoy on a daily basis just to make yourself feel less pathetic is drilling straight through rock bottom.

If he can't even get dress himself because he's so addicted to that game then he needs help big time.

Craig Smallwood:
This entertainment is so entertaining it must be illegal, let me call my lawyer!

Dude, learn some self control.

This is the most pathetic thing I've heard since I learned they're making a Fred movie.

Maybe I should sue Microsoft for making me too addicted to Xbox...

Wait no I like that fact.

And the 'Idiot of the Week' award for this week goes to...

You see this is where it starts, next thing you know we'll have alcoholics sueing beer and wine companies for making the alcohol that made them alcoholics. _

vansau:
Lineage II Junkie Sues NCsoft for His Addiction

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.

So he can't do all of that but he can file a rather well worded court case?

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Loser of the year award.

That's stupid. I mean the hours spent, not the lawsuit(that's a whole 'nuther can a stupid). From what I've heard, Lineage 2 is shit. Bots basically run everything and personal achievements are based on how much you're willing to spend on illegal gold. Meanwhile, the mods don't care. Plus I've heard it's just another grind quest. And even if what I've heard from the fans is wrong, why would you spend that much time on a single game?

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...

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

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

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.

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?

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'm suing Victoria's Secret.

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

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.

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

"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.

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.

Pugiron:
I'm suing Victoria's Secret.

I've come close, myself. :P

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

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.

Can I sue Mcvities for my Jaffa Cake addiction?

Utter bollocks, what a weak individual.

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