Sad Man Sues Game Company After Losing Wife and Job to Fallout 4 Addiction

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It sounds like a viral marketing project. A Russian man is suing Bethesda Game Studios after he went on a three-week-long Fallout 4 binge, a confusing decision that led to his boss firing him and his wife leaving him. Heck, it might be a viral marketing project.


And yet, there is paperwork. “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,” said the 28-year-old Siberian in a statement, according to known Kremlin propaganda machine slash state news service RT. He wants 500,000 roubles (about $7,000) for the emotional distress that this ordeal has caused him. Meanwhile, the law firm representing him said they were going to “see how far we can go regarding this case.” Again, it’s entirely possible that this is some weird stunt.

The “see how far we can go” philosophy isn’t a bad strategy for anything in life. Except for Fallout 4, in this case. It’s probably safe to say that the plaintiff had some other issues with his work and home life that might’ve led him to play a video game for 21-days straight while forgoing food and sleep. Beware of that Fallout 4 business, though. It seems dangerous on a number of levels.


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It’s not really that good is it? I’ve played FO3 and it was fair.