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  1. DeathMaster

    DeathMaster IncGamers Member

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    OT: Online gaming addicted

    Saw this story and I think some here would be able to sue if this guy can win.

    A US FEDERAL judge has ruled that a man who says he's psychologically dependent and addicted to an online video game can proceed with some of his lawsuit against the game's South Korean manufacturer.

    Craig Smallwood says "Lineage II'' left him unable to function independently in daily activities, such as getting dressed, bathing or communicating with family and friends.

    Smallwood says he's spent more than 20,000 hours playing the multiplayer online role-playing game since 2004.

    The 51-year-old says NCSoft Corp. never warned him about the danger of game addiction.

    A Honolulu law firm that represents the company had urged that the case be dismissed, but US District Judge Alan Kay in his August 4 ruling allowed half of the eight counts to continue.
     
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    Re: OT: Online gaming addicted

    that could open up a landslide of class action suits...
     
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    Re: OT: Online gaming addicted

    Ruling that he can proceed is a long way from ruling in his favor. In fact, this is probably going to end up as case law in favor of NCsoft. The main arguement is probably going to be "somewhere in that 20,000 hours of play the plaintif must certainly have realized he had a problem." I played LII and found it to be absolutely boring.
     
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    Stupid get-rich-quick scheme is stupid. Just like that woman who sued McDonald's for not labeling their coffee as hot, or that woman who sued some store for not letting her know she could trip over her kid, etc. Honestly, where do they get their ideas? I could use one to get myself rich and out of school.
     
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    If I were to get rich, I would use the money to stay in school longer, not get out of it.
     
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    Re: OT: Online gaming addicted

    Same here. I'd enroll back to university the moment I'd be independently wealthy.
     
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    Re: OT: Online gaming addicted

    What can I say. I'm epicly lazy. :D
     
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    Re: OT: Online gaming addicted

    Holy smokes that is 9h per day and so for 6 years O_O
    And it took him only 6 years to find out that he is addicted?

    This won't pass. It would be start of law suits against other companies for "addicting people for gaming". World isn't prepared for this :D

    I'd say that university days are best days of my life. Seriously, I've never been so relaxed. Ever. :cloud9:
     
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    Where do i sign up?

    Seriously though this seems to only work in America, you would get loughed at in in any Europe court i bet.
     
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    Re: OT: Online gaming addicted

    I don't see this going anywhere. The case is as dumb as some US-cases that I heard of. I don't know how these people aren't ashamed of their statements and urges, seriously.

    That man chose to ruin his social life himself, if it weren't Lineage, it'd be something else.
     
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    Re: OT: Online gaming addicted

    So what you're saying is DC could sue Blizzard for millions. As could Marvel and Corr and anyone else I'm not remembering that's not important because they didn't play as much as these three losers.

    Sounds gg.
     
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    Re: OT: Online gaming addicted

    At minimum wage ($8.00 per hour), 20,000 hours is worth $160,000.

    ... which is kind of depressing, actually.
     
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    Re: OT: Online gaming addicted

    This case will go nowhere. It's downright stupid, to be honest. For the record, LII is a very addictive game in the sense that it promotes you sitting there and grinding endlessly, though it actually is not a very good game - it's not even fun like WoW is, as far as MMO's go.

    I echo these sentiments.

    Not sure how it is in other parts of Europe, but in the east you would definitely be ridiculed by the judge. They probably wouldn't even consider the case. One difference I notice between back home (Romania) and here (North America), everything is overly politically correct and taken into consideration, no matter how stupid it actually may be.

    FUUUUUUUUUUUU



     
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    I don't understand why people are getting upset. I imagine the judge understands the case is a total scam, but wants to set a precident. What better way to make him famous than always being referred to for future references as the judge who rules in favor of NCsoft.

    To me that is a reason why if I was a judge, I'd let some of these off the walls cases continue.
     
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    Re: OT: Online gaming addicted

    And it should be noted that this is how the US legal system works (and is supposed to work). The legislative body passes laws, but those laws are not entirely "real" until they are tested in the court system and it is determined how far the extend, to what they apply, etc. People often complain about "frivolous" lawsuits, but that is how our system is set up to work.

    You may not like the system (I have no particular love for it, myself), but any particular court case is merely an instance of that broader system, rather than being in itself objectionable. At least in most cases. :p
     
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    Re: OT: Online gaming addicted

    I'm not sure if you're giving me an abbreviated two word response, or if you're turning into rageguy.

    If it's the latter, please include appropriate images next time to prevent further confusion.



     
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    Re: OT: Online gaming addicted

    Im not entirely sure how american law works (not being an american :p) but the case could be interesting even if all that comes out is that gaming addiction is a legally recognised disease or something like that. While its doubtless that the plaintiff wont succeed there could be some moderately interesting obiter comments.
     
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    Re: OT: Online gaming addicted

    I pretty much see it like you Oji. We are sue happy here in the states: quite riduculus. One thing that I really got a kick out was the Starcraft sporting event. I need to upgrade my PC, and then I'm going to get Starcraft II. I'm hoping some day that we'll have PC gaming as a sport here, but no one wants bad things to happen. I suppose balance is the key.
     

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