Fallout 4

A 28-year old man in Russia is filing a lawsuit against Bethesda Softworks, the company behind the recently released Fallout 4, because their video game was allegedly too addicting and the cause for him losing his job and his wife. Yeah, OK buddy. Good luck with that one. You’re going to need the Konami Code to get that one to work out in your favor.

According to a report from RT.com, the unnamed alleged victim is suing the company for approximately $7,000 because he was unaware the game would be so addictive. After downloading the game with the intent of playing it for a few evenings, before he knew it, three weeks had flown by. He reportedly skipped work to play the game, which led to his being fired. In that same three-week span, he avoided friends (isn’t that what online multiplayer is for?) and his wife left him.

“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,” a statement from the man read.

Given this man comes from Russia, the motherland of Tetris, it is difficult to believe anyone would not think a game could be so addictive. I still get that Tetris music stuck in my head to this day.

If Bethesda Softworks really is to blame for this guy losing his wife, the solution is really simple. Find a two-player game you can both enjoy, like Yoshi’s Wooly World or Super Mario 3D World. Look, I have felt addicted to video game sin the past before, and I can speak from experience about video games getting in the way of real life priorities. It can be a real problem, but ultimately there is only one person ever responsible for it, and it is not the game developers or the industry. You can find the biggest cause of the problem simply by looking in a mirror. Because this guy may be too addicted to the game, I would suggest installing a webcam so he can monitor himself while plugging away at Fallout 4.


About Kevin McGuire

Contributor to Athlon Sports and The Comeback. Previously contributed to NBCSports.com. Host of the Locked On Nittany Lions Podcast. FWAA member and Philadelphia-area resident.