Do you play video games for hours and feel like it is addictive; you might have reason to file a lawsuit against the company for developing such addictive games. It sounds funny and strange! But a Hawaii resident Craig Smallwood has sued NCsoft, maker of Lineage II, for failing to warn him and other users that the game is highly addictive. Lineage II is a massive multiplayer online game, which was launched in 2003. The game can be played by thousands or millions of gamers simultaneously.
Details of the lawsuit
Smallwood is a passionate gamer, who played Lineage for over 20,000 hours between 2004 and 2009, according to Wired.com. That averages out to over sixty hours a week or nine hours a day. Smallwood says that he became “psychologically dependent and addicted” to Lineage II and playing the game gave him “great feelings of euphoria and satisfaction.”
Smallwood claims that NCSoft never gave any notice or warning of the danger of psychological dependence or addiction from continued play. If he would have known the after effects of the game, he would have never got into playing the game.
According to the complaint, Smallwood continues to suffer from “extreme and serious emotional distress and depression.” He has been unable to function independently, has suffered psychological trauma and was hospitalized. ...
He requires treatment and therapy three times a week.
Courts response on the lawsuit
It was the first case reported in the history of video games use that video games can create a real addiction issue. The case is in its extreme. As of now, court dismissed some of the claims, pointing out that he fails to make the case for intentional misrepresentation,” “negligent misrepresentation,” “intentional infliction of emotional distress” and “unfair and deceptive trade practices.” However, the court does find that Smallwood can at least move forward on claims of “defamation,” “negligence and gross negligence,” and “negligent infliction of emotional distress,” though the judge still does sound a bit skeptical that those will really go anywhere.
Good luck Smallwood for your health.