I don't know why stories like this surprise me any more. Taking responsibility for your own actions and life is an archaic concept that seems to have no place in today's society. People and organizations constantly look for someone or something else to blame for thier own lack of responsibility.
Computer/Video games can certainly eat up your time. A buddy of mine referred to Diablo 2 as 'Electronic Crack.' But as with everything in life, you have to determine your priorities and allocate your time accordingly. This guy is clueless, like so many others who simply refuse to point the finger at themselves.
Gamer Sues Over Being Addicted to MMO Gaming
A gamer has filed a lawsuit against publisher NCSoft, claiming that he is unable to function because of his Lineage II addiction.
Craig Smallwood says he has played a total of 20,000 hours of Lineage II over a period of five years, from 2004 to 2009. Smallwood believes his addiction has affected his quality of life and alleges in the suit that he is "unable to function independently in usual daily activities such as getting up, getting dressed, bathing or communicating with family and friends."
Smallwood is citing negligence in his claim for an unspecified amount of damages and says in the suit, according to Wired, that NCSoft should have issued a warning with the game, cautioning users about its addictive nature.
Wired reports that U.S. District Judge Alan Kay refused to dismiss parts of Smallwood’s complaint this month.
"In light of plaintiff’s allegations, the court finds that plaintiff has stated a claim for both negligence and gross negligence," the suit cites Kay as saying.