Russian Gamer To Sue Makers Of ‘Fallout 4’ After Losing His Job & Wife To His Addiction

A Siberian gamer is suing the makers of Fallout-4 after he lost his job and broke up with his wife because of the video game. He wants 500,000 roubles (US$7,000) in compensation from the company, saying he did not know the game would “become so addictive.”
The 28-year-old man from Krasnoyarsk found out about the game in an advert and subsequently downloaded it onto his computer. That was when his problems began in earnest. He only intended to play it for a couple of evenings, but instead became addicted and the next three weeks flew by.

Such was his ‘dedication’ to the game, which sees the player emerge from a bunker following a devastating nuclear holocaust in a post-apocalyptic world, that his own apocalypse unfolded right
before his eyes.
He regularly skipped work, which resulted in his employers firing him. He stopped meeting up and speaking with friends, and his wife left him. His health also started to deteriorate as he was not sleeping or eating.
“If I knew that this game could have become so addictive, I would have become a lot more wary of it. I would not have bought it, or I would have left it until I was on holiday or until the New Year holidays,” a statement from the man read.
The Krasnoyarsk native now wants to sue the makers of the game Bethesda Game Studios and the Russian localization firm for 500,000 roubles ($7,000) for emotional distress.
His lawsuit is seen as something of a test case in Russia, as there has never been such a precedent. The law firm representing the 28-year-old say they want to “see how far we can go regarding this case.”
There have been similar cases around the world though. In 2010, a US federal judge said he would listen to a case brought by a Hawaiian man, who said he became addicted to video game Lineage II.
Craig Smallwood was demanding damages from the game’s makers, saying he would not have begun playing if he had been aware “that he would become addicted to the game.”
Surprisingly, the judge sided with the plaintiff and ordered NCsoft of South Korea to pay Smallwood’s legal fees which he had accumulated over the six-month period after filing his lawsuit.

Source: RussiaToday

Woman Missing And Presumed Dead For 10 Years Found Living In Internet Cafe

A woman who vanished 10 years ago and was presumed dead has reportedly been found living in an internet cafe.
Missing for a decade, it’s alleged she has been living and playing games in the cafes since 2005.
Xiao Yun, who is now aged 24, left her home in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang and has not been seen since.
But she was finally found by police officers on Nov 20 after a routine check on an internet cafe, reports The Strait Times.

The woman, who was carrying a fake ID card, was taken to a local police station where she revealed that she had been living in internet cafes for the past decade.
She is said to be a particular fan of the multiplayer first-person shooter game CrossFire , and relied on handouts and occasional cashier shifts at cafes.

The police fined her £5,000 and contacted her parents so they could be reunited.
Her mother told the Qianjiang Evening News she had not changed her phone number since her daughter left home.

“I have a stubborn personality and a short temper, so I used to scold her. But it’s been 10 years and now she’s an adult. I will never scold her again,” she said.

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata Passes Away

The gaming world has lost an innovator.
Satoru Iwata, president of Nintendo, has passed away at the age of 55, CNN reports. The cause of death was a bile duct tumor.
According to the report:
“Iwata was named president of the company in 2002, when he succeeded Hiroshi Yamauchi. Iwata was only the fourth president in the history of Nintendo, and the first outside of the Yamauchi family…
Under Iwata, Nintendo cut ranks with other console makers, and sought to stretch the definition of

“gamers.” He rolled out the popular Nintendo DS and Wii platforms, along with games that appealed to more casual fans.”

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