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Gamer Sues Over Being Addicted to MMO Gaming

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A gamer has filed a lawsuit against publisher NCSoft, claiming that he is unable to function because of his Lineage II addiction.

Craig Smallwood says he has played a total of 20,000 hours of Lineage II over a period of five years, from 2004 to 2009. Smallwood believes his addiction has affected his quality of life and alleges in the suit that he is "unable to function independently in usual daily activities such as getting up, getting dressed, bathing or communicating with family and friends."

Smallwood is citing negligence in his claim for an unspecified amount of damages and says in the suit, according to Wired, that NCSoft should have issued a warning with the game, cautioning users about its addictive nature.

Wired reports that U.S. District Judge Alan Kay refused to dismiss parts of Smallwood’s complaint this month.

"In light of plaintiff’s allegations, the court finds that plaintiff has stated a claim for both negligence and gross negligence," the suit cites Kay as saying.

Source: Wired

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    descendency , August 23, 2010 8:41 PM
    Smallwood... lol.
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    ct1615 , August 23, 2010 8:43 PM
    i plan to sue Tom's for making me read this crap...I am also unable to turn off the computer and stop like the "plaintiff" above.
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    Prince_Porter , August 23, 2010 8:43 PM
    Haha, oh man, that's just weak. As if he REALLY would have listened to a warning on the box, or at the intro of the game.

    Now where I CAN agree that these guys should get in trouble, is that they're trying to addict us using psychology tricks. Great game design is one thing, but using psychiatrist and other experts to study the weaknesses of our brain, creating game elements around that, and purposefully getting us sucked in, that's messed up. Make a great game, have us get "hooked", don't make a game that TRIES to literally addict us.
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    descendency , August 23, 2010 8:41 PM
    Smallwood... lol.
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    Prince_Porter , August 23, 2010 8:43 PM
    Haha, oh man, that's just weak. As if he REALLY would have listened to a warning on the box, or at the intro of the game.

    Now where I CAN agree that these guys should get in trouble, is that they're trying to addict us using psychology tricks. Great game design is one thing, but using psychiatrist and other experts to study the weaknesses of our brain, creating game elements around that, and purposefully getting us sucked in, that's messed up. Make a great game, have us get "hooked", don't make a game that TRIES to literally addict us.
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    ct1615 , August 23, 2010 8:43 PM
    i plan to sue Tom's for making me read this crap...I am also unable to turn off the computer and stop like the "plaintiff" above.
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    IM0001 , August 23, 2010 8:44 PM
    Just what we need. One idiot that can't figure out that nobody is forcing you to play the game, then next every game will have to have the time limit kickoff so you can only play X amount of hours a day. Someone needs to disconnect this guys Internet and power and tell him to get a real job to earn his way back into gaming like normal people. Enjoyment is supposed to be done in moderation. :/ 
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    mrmoo500 , August 23, 2010 8:45 PM
    Now I'm gonna go sue verizon because I can't stop texting!
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    surfer1337dude , August 23, 2010 8:46 PM
    this is ridiculous....this should be thrown out and filed under common sense and stupidity.
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    pbrigido , August 23, 2010 8:47 PM
    I hope the judgetells him to grow up, get a job, and get on with your life.

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    Anonymous , August 23, 2010 8:49 PM
    Hmmmm....20000 hours over 5 years, that makes 4000 hours a year. Divide that by 365 and you get 11 hours per day :( 
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    mcvf , August 23, 2010 8:50 PM
    LoL
    If that would pass, Blizzard would have to pass on WoW in US.
  • 24 Hide
    2real , August 23, 2010 8:52 PM
    LOL so can you sue mcdonalds for getting fat?
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    jakmove , August 23, 2010 8:52 PM
    so if there are ~8700 hours in a year, over 5 years that's 43500 hours. he's spent almost half of the last 5 years playing this game? i think he should sue his family and friends, not the game.
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    coupe , August 23, 2010 8:52 PM
    Accountability is failing.
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    ares1214 , August 23, 2010 8:54 PM
    ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! This boy should be procecuted for being an idiot. Not only is it his fault for playing 11 bloody hours a day for 5 years, but how is that the games fault? Did the game threaten him if he didnt play? This should fail hard...Doing anything for 11 hours a day for 5 years tends to drain your social life a bit :lol: 
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    theshonen8899 , August 23, 2010 9:00 PM
    People sure do love to sue...
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    f-14 , August 23, 2010 9:01 PM
    the court ruling on this better be to refund his purchase price and delete the game from his HDD and ban his account. i only added the refund his purchase price because of the amount of publicity this is likely to generate. all publicity is good, but this kid isn't worth a penny more then stated hahahahaha.
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    descendency , August 23, 2010 9:02 PM
    Prince_PorterHaha, oh man, that's just weak. As if he REALLY would have listened to a warning on the box, or at the intro of the game.Now where I CAN agree that these guys should get in trouble, is that they're trying to addict us using psychology tricks. Great game design is one thing, but using psychiatrist and other experts to study the weaknesses of our brain, creating game elements around that, and purposefully getting us sucked in, that's messed up. Make a great game, have us get "hooked", don't make a game that TRIES to literally addict us.

    MMOs are addicting because lots of their players finally have a place they feel comfortable and their personality finally shows. The develop friends and stuff. Then you start to accept it as real and reject your basic responsibilities in life because you enjoy the game more.


    Basically, it's inherent to the game genre and lots of studies compare the addiction to some of the most addicting street drugs we have today.
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    crazitrain02 , August 23, 2010 9:03 PM
    ares1214Doing anything for 11 hours a day for 5 years tends to drain your social life a bit

    His only social life would be the people he plays with. I've been addicted to games before, but 20,000 hours?! That's just insane. Someone get this man laid for once.
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    sliem , August 23, 2010 9:03 PM
    I think he should sue his brain for being so stupid.
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    gorehound , August 23, 2010 9:04 PM
    small woodie is a moron who should grow up and leave his mommmy's home.
    what a loser................

    might as well sue time warner cause i say i am addicted to cable tv and the internet.
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    hellwig , August 23, 2010 9:08 PM
    Don't discount this young mans claims. My first roommate in college started playing Everquest for hours, sometimes skipping classes he didn't like. Then he started cutting more classes, going out and partying all night, sleeping during the day, then he started smoking pot and taking ecstasy. He dropped out after his first year, and started working tech support at a call center. If only he could have known that playing online games had led to his downfall, he could have sued Sony.

    Of course, maybe both this guy and my roommate were just dumbasses and the games had nothing to do with it. But if that were the case, certainly no lawyer would ever have taken on such a frivolous lawsuit, right?
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