November 26, 2009

WoW considered harmful, sued for damages

Filed under: Gaming, Law — Tags: , , — Nicholas @ 08:41

It must be a slow news week: a gamer in California claims that World of Warcraft is harmful, seeks damages in a law suit:

Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore subpoenaed in World of Warcraft lawsuit
What do you do when a videogame makes you miserable? You take its makers to court and get the Depeche Mode guitarist to testify on the nature of melancholy, of course

In one of this year’s loonier lawsuits, Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore has been subpoenaed by an American videogamer and asked to testify on the subject of “alienation”. Erik Estavillo is suing the makers of World of Warcraft, alleging that the game has alienated him from the real, orc-less world.

According to the San Jose, California resident, World of Warcraft is a “harmful virtual environment” and its developers follow “sneaky and deceitful practices”. Despite this, Estavillo admits he “relies on videogames heavily for the little ongoing happiness he can achieve in this life”. He just wants World of Warcraft to cost less money. And to stop making him so sad.

Which brings us to Depeche Mode, those purveyors of angst and sorrow. Estavillo’s court filings put forward multi-instrumentalist songwriter Martin Gore as an expert witness on melancholy. Gore should be called to Santa Clara county superior court, Estavillio suggests, “since he himself has been known to be sad, lonely, and alienated, as can be seen in the songs he writes”.

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