Russian Man Sues Bethesda After Fallout 4 Bender Destroys His Marriage, Health
However, it appears that on Russian man has taken his love of Fallout 4 a little bit too far. A 28-year-old man from Krasnoyarsk says that his life took a turn for the worse from the moment he first download Fallout 4 and began his trek into a post-apocalyptic Boston. He became hooked instantly, and went three weeks straight playing the game with little regard for any other aspect of his life, including his paying job.
The man’s Fallout 4 addiction meant that he had little time for unnecessary distractions like work. Unfortunately, his employers disagreed and decided to fire him for his repeated absences. If that wasn’t enough, his wife also left him after she felt neglected by his incessant gaming. And it should come as no surprise that his health deteriorated during this three-week bender, as no one could possibly have time for sleep or eating. We don’t even want to know what his gaming area smelled like, as we doubt that personal hygiene was a top priority.
“If I knew that this game could have become so addictive, I would have become a lot more wary of it,” the man said in a statement. “I would not have bought it, or I would have left it until I was on holiday or until the New Year holidays.”
The unidentified man and his lawyers are suing Bethesda for $7,000 in damages for emotional distress.
Cases like this are rare, but not unprecedented. Hawaiian gamer Craig Smallwood sued NCSoft, after he devoted an astounding 20,000 hours to the game Lineage II. At the time, Smallwood said that his Lineage II addiction left him "unable to function independently in usual daily activities, such as getting up, getting dressed, bathing or communicating with family and friends."
A judge agreed to hear the case, but it was eventually dismissed with prejudice.