Updated 09:41 AM EDT, Thu, Apr 22, 2021

Is 'Fallout: 4' too Good?: Bethesda Sued by Player for Making the Game too Addictive

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A man from Russia has filed a lawsuit against the creator of "Fallout 4" for making the game too addictive that he lost his job and wife after playing for two weeks straight.

According to a report from state media RT, the 28-year-old player -- who has not been named -- is from Krasnoyarsk in Siberia. He reportedly wants 500,000 roubles (around $7,000) in compensation from developer Bethesda Game Studios.

In a statement released by his lawyers, the man said he did not know that the action role-playing game will be highly addictive.

"If I knew that this game could have become so addictive, I would have become a lot more wary of it," he said, as quoted by Gizmodo. "I would not have bought it, or I would have left it until I was on holiday or until the New Year holidays."

The man said that he saw an advertisement for "Fallout 4" and proceeded to download the game, with the intention of playing "for a couple of evenings" only, GameSpot reported. However, this spiraled out of control.

He claimed that his addiction to "Fallout 4" was so intense that it pushed him to skip his work, eventually leading to his termination, Yahoo! Games reported. He added that his wife left him and that his health deteriorated due to lack of sleep.

PC Gamer wrote that the lawsuit was filed against the localization firm Softklab as well.

RT wrote that there has never been such a similar case in Russia. The individual's legal representation claim they want to "see how far we can go regarding this case," the news outlet noted.

"Fallout 4," which debuted on Nov. 10, 2015, replaces its predecessor's post-nuclear wasteland to Boston 200 years after the nuclear war, a separate report from GameSpot indicated. The war made life in Boston more difficult; all citizens want to survive its repercussions but no one wants to team up together.

GameSpot wrote that "Fallout 4" is "an engrossing game that lures you in with mystery and the promise of adventure." It also uses its dark world as the setting of exciting and spellbinding battle stories.

This was not the first time that a customer sued a game developer. In 2010, a Hawaiian man filed a lawsuit against "Lineage II" developer NCSoft, claiming that he was "unable to function independently in usual daily activities such as getting up, getting dressed, bathing, or communicating with family and friends" because of his addiction to the online virtual-world game, Wired reported. He claimed to have spent 20,000 hours playing the game between 2004 and 2009.

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