According to Russian news outlet RT, a 28-year-old man is suing the makers of Fallout 4 after a three week gaming bender lost him both his job and his wife.
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.
The plaintiff is seeking 500,000 roubles (around $7,000) as compensation for his poorly made decisions.
Though you might expect this kind of law suit to be laughed out of court, there is promising precedent for such cases.
In 2010, a Hawaiian man sued NCSoft for their game Lineage II, arguing that the deviously designed title made him "unable to function independently in usual daily activities such as getting up, getting dressed, bathing, or communicating with family and friends." The company were forced to pay for all his legal fees.
Could be worse...
Addiction isn't the only threat Fallout 4 poses to players, it's a game seemingly hazardous on multiple levels. The man you see above, Ben Rose, reported that he was playing the apocalyptic RPG when his world almost ended, getting hit by a car.
An uninsured driver smashed through the wall of his house, slicing his Achilles tendon.
So, in summary, beware of video game addiction and unforeseeable car crashes in your home. Stay safe over the holidays, folks.