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Windows 7: Gamer Sues World of Warcraft Maker for Ruining His Life

02 Dec 2009   #1
reghakr

Windows 7 Pro & Vista Home Premium
 
 
Gamer Sues World of Warcraft Maker for Ruining His Life

A California-based gamer is suing World of Warcraft maker Activision Blizzard for ruining his life.

Erik Estavillo is accusing the publisher of maintaining a "harmful virtual environment" via "sneaky and deceitful practices," according to GameSpot.

Among other things, Estavillo is annoyed by the monthly $14.99 access fee, the speed at which players can move within the game, World of Warcraft's player resurrection process, as well as charges Blizzard requires for players to change things about their characters.

The player also claims that he has developed physical and mental ailments as a result of his playing. Estavillo said he does not want to end up like an EverQuest player who committed suicide in 2001 over a sense of alienation brought on by playing games, according to the suit obtained by GameSpot.

This is not the first time Estavillo has sued a gaming company, however. He sued Sony's PlayStation network for a violation of his First Amendment rights after he was banned during a game of Resistance: Fall of Man. A judge dismissed that case in September. He has also sued Microsoft and Nintendo because a broken Xbox caused him undue stress and a Wii blocked access to a third-party program he wanted.

A version of this article originally appeared on AppScout.

Source:Gamer Sues World of Warcraft Maker for Ruining His Life - Lab Notes by ExtremeTech
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02 Dec 2009   #2
Orpheous

XP Pro/Vista Ultimate (64)/Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition(64)
 
 

That's awesome!
If he wins, I'm gonna sue Google for giving me ADHD
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02 Dec 2009   #3
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

This one will be thrown out too, the "mental ailments" obviously existed LONG before WoW...

I gotta say that the list of complaints is just plain hilarious though. Almost TOO hilarious, smells a bit trollish. An RL troll
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02 Dec 2009   #4
reghakr

Windows 7 Pro & Vista Home Premium
 
 

That;s hilarious you guys.
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02 Dec 2009   #5
smarteyeball

 
 

He doesn't need games. He needs medication.

Or a cat.
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02 Dec 2009   #6
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

He'd sue the cat because he didn't like the way it purred and needed to be fed every day.
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02 Dec 2009   #7
s0c9

Win7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

yet another incidence of an individual who thinks he can "play" the system and live comfortably at someone else's expense.

It's crap like this that lawsuit reform should target. He should be required to pay ALL costs. Might restrict future "frivolous" lawsuits.
Mental "ailments" indeed.. I get that by having to go to work every day !!
that's ruining my ability to play golf all day.
Should I sue my employer ?
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02 Dec 2009   #8
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by s0c9 View Post
I get that by having to go to work every day !!
that's ruining my ability to play golf all day.
Should I sue my employer ?
This is AMERICA!!!! So have at it, you could win!
After all, in AMERICA, NOTHING is your fault! If it IS, then just SUE someone!

~Lordbob
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02 Dec 2009   #9
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by reghakr View Post
A California-based gamer is suing World of Warcraft maker Activision Blizzard for ruining his life.

Erik Estavillo is accusing the publisher of maintaining a "harmful virtual environment" via "sneaky and deceitful practices," according to GameSpot.

Among other things, Estavillo is annoyed by the monthly $14.99 access fee, the speed at which players can move within the game, World of Warcraft's player resurrection process, as well as charges Blizzard requires for players to change things about their characters.

The player also claims that he has developed physical and mental ailments as a result of his playing. Estavillo said he does not want to end up like an EverQuest player who committed suicide in 2001 over a sense of alienation brought on by playing games, according to the suit obtained by GameSpot.

This is not the first time Estavillo has sued a gaming company, however. He sued Sony's PlayStation network for a violation of his First Amendment rights after he was banned during a game of Resistance: Fall of Man. A judge dismissed that case in September. He has also sued Microsoft and Nintendo because a broken Xbox caused him undue stress and a Wii blocked access to a third-party program he wanted.

A version of this article originally appeared on AppScout.

Source:Gamer Sues World of Warcraft Maker for Ruining His Life - Lab Notes by ExtremeTech
He has gone insane.
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02 Dec 2009   #10
Scotteq

Windows 7 (x64)
 
 

*sigh*


< quietly muses that *this* is the kid who years ago would have repeatedly gotten his @$$ kicked at the playground... for good reason. >




Pity the world views this "Auto~Corrective Process" as no longer socially acceptable. There needs to be a legal definition called "Whiney Punk" in the legal system. Found guilty (..."we hold these Truths to be self~evident"...), said offenders are relegated to the local playground, where they may be (in a carefully supervised - and hopefully videotaped - manner) dutifully pummeled by a jury of their peers.
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