Bethesda games are difficult to put down. There’s always one more thing to do. One more trunk to organize. One more location to check out. One more side quest. It can feel almost addictive at times, though I don’t think I’ve ever heard of anyone getting the Fallout shakes. One man says the game actually is addictive, and he’s serious.
Is this man a doctor who studies addiction? The spokesman of a group that lobbies for gaming laws? Nope – just a guy who makes bad life choices.
A 28-year-old Siberian man is seeking roughly $7,000 from Bethesda for “emotional distress” following the purchase of Bethesda’s latest to-do list simulator.
Over a three week period, the man stopped showing up for his job and ignored his friends and family, losing both his job and his wife in the process.
“If I had known 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,” said the man in a statement.
Usually when games get pinged for addiction, they have a gambling, competitive, or online element fueling the player’s addiction. If the court rules in favor of the man, this would be one of the first times a single player game is dinged for such reasons.
Personally, I have more sympathy for the poor guy who was hit by a car while playing Fallout in his own apartment.