The makers of popular MMORPG Lineage II are facing a lawsuit accusing them of acting negligently by failing to warn a man that he could become addicted to the game, which he blames for making him “unable to function independently” and costing him 20,000 hours of his life.

The plaintiff in the case, an American resident of Hawaii, alleges he became addicted to Lineage II, squandering 20,000 hours playing the game in the 2004-2009 period.

So afflicted was he that he became “unable to function independently in usual daily activities such as getting up, getting dressed, bathing or communicating with family and friends,” he claims.

This was, he says, a direct result of the fact that maker NCsoft “acted negligently in failing to warn or instruct or adequately warn or instruct plaintiff and other players of Lineage II of its dangerous and defective characteristics, and of the safe and proper method of using the game.”

He maintains he would never have begun playing the game had he known it was so addictive. He is seeking unspecified monetary damages.

Korean game maker NCsoft released the game in 2003 as a sequel to Lineage, a highly successful fantasy MMORPG much esteemed for its sexy dark elves. The sequel boasted over 600,000 subscribers at its peak, and still maintains a substantial following.

Lineage II was notorious even amongst MMORPG circles for having an exceptionally high “grind” factor, requiring vast investments of time in order to reach the higher levels.

The judge presiding has refused to dismiss the claims, although it is not clear whether the suit will make it to trial. NCsoft for its part has demanded the court dismiss the case.

Coming from the nation that pioneered the “hot things may burn you” warning label, all bets are off as to whether the case will go forward.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    06:56 25/08/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Okay, I've got a plan.

    * Sue id Software, Bioware, etc., for "making me into a NEET".

    * Sue the makers of Love Plus, "because of your game, I failed to learn to properly interact with REAL females, and therefore, I can't get a REAL girlfriend."

    * Sue the mass media and the U.S. government for "brainwashing me into thinking the government is supposed to fix every problem I have through more laws and enforcement."

    Have I missed any, here?

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:42 12/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You forgot one...

    * Sue the Japanese race because they made you lame enough to use the word, 'NEET' even though you are likely white and speak only the lame tidbits of Japanese you picked up off anime.

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    Comment by Brande
    12:31 01/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japan is country, not a "race" numbnuts.

    Their race is "East Asian" / "Yellow". :=P

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:16 25/08/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Christ... This man needs to be ousted from the gene pool.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:19 11/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Given how much time he spent playing this game, I think he has already effectively taken himself out of the gene pool.

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    Comment by Ben
    13:08 26/08/2010 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    So do a lot of online gamers...

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    Comment by starsplash
    11:09 25/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Americans (Referring to the people that are this stupid) are dumbasses... Only you guys would do something like this. Its like you guys failed to read the english or do the research.

    If the world had the decent amount of common sense, half of the stupid shit in this world that we read about or watch on the news would never happen. But no.....

    Someone get that Hawaiian dumbass on this site so we can flame him to death. We will handle it Lineage 2. For once, we will be on the companies side.

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    Comment by Experimental
    11:39 25/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The truth is, that I know that the game has a warning system message announcing that you've played too much.
    It's like cigarettes, he can't say he didn't know, he ruined his life by choice, so it would be fair if this is dismissed.

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    Comment by Dirty_Dingus008
    10:44 25/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    What. A. DUMBASS.

    Addicted? Holy hell in a brisket basket, the dude needs to be stripped of what little coins left on his avatar and given specially designed beggar gear for the rest of his time in any NCsoft game! A "please kick me" post-it note prominently on his back so this idiot gets to see it. ALL players get a neutral mark for every boot given!

    His primary attack should be a emo yelp and waggling of arms, but he'll be invincible with a pathetic whine coming out of every smack down he gets. Then; crows should dump Massive amounts of SHit on him every time he wanders out of any building. It increase when inside any cave, bats flying constantly around him dropping guano in grand amounts.

    Good times... Good times... for all decent players in any game he trolled around in~

    Comment by Fgwar
    10:35 25/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Who can I go sue for my need to always be on some form of internet connection in my free time?

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:48 25/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "condom killed my baby! i thought this was just to prevent std!they didn't say i couldn't get my wife pregnant!"

    "they could have told me that this death metal concert would be so noisy! now my hears hurt! they're gonna pay!"

    "how the heeck? they didn't said my computer used electricity! i'll make them pay my bills! fuck yeah!"

    coming soon....?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:29 25/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    20,000 hours?

    That's nearly 3 1/2 years.

    So from 2004-2009, a 5 year period he spent nearly 3 1/2 years playing? 16 hours a day every single solitary day roughly.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:33 25/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i'd like to sue the makers of the internet and television for stealing 15 years of my life.


    Comment by Anonymous
    12:51 25/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This guy is so stupid. Both him and whatever lawyer represents him should get shot to death. I am an American and I know that people sue over the stupidest things however it isn't representative of all Americans (at least not myself.) Its people like this that shouldn't have any freedoms or modern technology, send em over to an isolated part of Africa so they know how to be thankful they even have a computer, the internet....electricity to play games let alone blame a company for your CHOICE to play for over 20,000 hours!

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:59 25/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ummm....How old is that guy?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:13 25/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't blame NC Soft for your lack of self-control. Let alone demand money for it. *sigh* What a stupid world we live in.

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    Comment by Bronxdragon
    07:13 25/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ....Wow just wow. No comment needed for how stupid that dude is. We have found another moron dumb enough to sue a company over something utterly ridiculous.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:39 25/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ok so i will denounce for costing me 34,000 hours of my life, come to the real world sucker you played it 'cause you liked it , face the real life, ups , you don't got one

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    Comment by g0dslay3r
    06:55 25/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    retarded.if this goes through then everyone can sue blizzard for making wow

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    Comment by Fronzel
    07:41 25/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Americans love making themselves look stupid if it means they can wheedle cash out of someone.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:47 25/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    sounds just like cases where fat Americans have tried to sue fast food restaurants for making them...well, fat.

    Comment by Shadowmen
    09:04 25/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    well that that make no sense

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    Comment by Barbarian of Gor
    14:03 25/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "MOM! Bathroom! BathROoooooommmmm!"

    Seriously, can't wait.

    Till "Bionic Arms" get the man/machine interface down, get fashionable and upgraded, so they really do get as cool as science fiction...

    This SAW manufacturer did not warn me not to cut off body parts! I'll SUE! Yeah, you'll win but you'll lose much more than if you just pay my lawyer and buy me the "Arnie 2000"!!!

    Now, since many won't get me, I'm NOT going to cut off mine arm. If I lost it and went "Bionic" I could make one myself, but I'd rather NOT.

    What next...

    "Uh, your honor, in response to the complaints filed against me, I'd like to file a criminal complaint and a lawsuit against -gives list of smut manufacturers-. I watched 2000 hours of ultra violent web pornography and it rotted my brain. So, when I met this nice lady at the bar, I thought it was only natural to imprison her, beat her literally bloody, repeatedly dunk her in water, shock her and rape her as I burned her more with a shock rod. They did not have excessive warning that their 'Actresses' were just grade B meat porn ladies being paid very well and most of the pain was faked. So I thought behaving as such was what a guy needed to thrill a lady and the louder she screamed and the harder she struggled the more sexually excited she was. Just watch my computer files, I got 1 terabyte here in this nice external HDD labeled "Filthy Smut". Especially files ------ where there is blood from a whip that clearly leaks from the skin, file ---- where needles are shoved into a woman's fingers, file ---- where her skin is cut... What? You said you already vomited enough from my Home Movie...?"

    Comment by Hibakusha
    09:42 25/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ridiculous lawsuit is RIDICULOUS!

    And the game has an automatic line on the chat window that says something like "You have played for a long period of time, take a rest", if he choose not to is his damn problem for being a complete idiot.

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    Comment by Rethardus
    07:51 25/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I would like to take this chance to blame all the people who have ruined my life, without them, I woulnd't have gotten so far.

    I'd like to blame Nintendo for ruining my life, ever since I was a kid, especially when they released Pokémon R/B. I'd like to blame the internetz for making me an anti-social guy, and a freak in multiple departments, the internet consists of some major players, such as 4chan, Sankakucomplex, and... Torrent sites, which gave me the opportunity to download anime.

    Anime made me a lolicon, and affected my view on 3D women.

    Without their support, I would just be some random guy who has a life and maybe a gf.

    You guys, I'd like to blame you all, and I'll try to maintain this life-style.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    09:53 25/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's your own choice to play the game in the first place.

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    Comment by Ben
    13:07 26/08/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It's not failing if he has a chance to win a rediculous lawsuit.

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    Comment by vault2049
    14:08 25/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    WTF!? This is disgraceful. Here we've got a man who can't control himself and pretends to sue a gaming company because of his addiction? Bullshit.

    Let's just imagine the scenario when he wins the the trial and he get's all the "unspecified monetary damages" amount he is seeking. If he "cannot function properly" for what would he use this money for? Easy: Buying more Lineage 2 suscriptions without working (if he actually works) for years.

    This is stupid and delusional. I hope he goes to jail for trying to be an smartass or that he get's himself in a Asylum for insania; if he's really that "unfunctional" that is.

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    Comment by Ben
    13:05 26/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Okay, things like this are something I can't be proud of America for... but kudos to the dickhead who saw the oppertunity.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:27 26/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    PRIVATE SERVER FTW all that 20k hr can be all done within 1 week stupid mmo player

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    Comment by Dan
    20:00 25/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    My view on addiction is that unless it has to do with some sort of substance then any human will not be addicted. Alcohol for example, one can actually die from the withdraws. This usually only occurs when a person primary diet is alcohol. This grow ass man is not addicted, I think he is faking it as to get money.

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    Comment by peppe
    21:18 25/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's never the gamers fault

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:35 26/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ahh, the good old days.

    Lineage II C3 - C5 period, never forget. ;_;

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:24 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    As a resident of Hawaii I feel that this person just needs to stfu and get a life.

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    Comment by Ushiromiya Mamoru
    14:37 26/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ahh, the good old days.

    Lineage II C3 - C5 period, never forget. ;_;

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:34 26/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It was his choice. What the hell makes him so special?

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:55 26/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    Who the fuck told him to play in the first place?


    If I were the judge I'd hit this Hawaiian's head for being a fucking loser.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:22 27/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's funny because my fiance wanted to sue NCSoft for almost the exact same thing, over the exact same game. "My credit card transaction won't go through; I can't get on the game! I keep calling them and they can't fix it! I play 35 hours a week, what the hell! I'll call my dad and get a lawsuit on their asses for all the money and time I've lost!"

    Of course, this was quickly rectified by me convincing him to just quit playing so he can get off his hikki ass and work, if he hopes to actually marry me within the next 5 years.

    Although I'm questioning whether or not this actually worked, as over 6 months later he still has no job and has said "I miss my characters, I kinda want to start playing again"...

    And before anyone asks, yes he is a stupid American, yes he is completely oblivious to the world around him, and yes he is mentally impaired. Wat do.

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    Comment by Dan
    19:42 25/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    All I have to say about this super stupid ass retard is WTF. What kind of loser does one have to be to sink as low as to sue someone, especially a game industry. He, in fact is the one responsible for his addiction. What a freaking moron.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:39 25/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh.. Satoshi Kon died

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:46 25/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I believe he just wants his cash back

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    Comment by alidan
    14:30 25/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    you know, its always annoying when people bring up that coffee thing.

    coffee is served hot we all know that, but they served it at extreme temperatures, with no warning. and the guy sued to cover medical damages and to get that warning on the label.

    let me put it this way, for people who don't know, the coffee was served so hot that within seconds of exposure, you would get third degree burns, and every year up until that man forced them to put the warning that this is EXTREMELY HOT there are people who got scaled daily by this.

    at least get the facts straight, a guy suing for medical cost is no where near the same as guy suing because hes has a pathetically boring life.

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    Comment by rumblingsauce
    07:44 26/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    There was a warning. The thing is, it wasnt big enough. Also she was wearing cotton and the coffee stayed on her thighs for a good 90 seconds. Also, quite a few associations also recommend brewing coffee at that temperature and even a few judges have spoken about coffee's brewing method being correctly high temperature. I do feel bad for this woman, but it is your fault for spilling it. The coffee is not supposed to go on your lap. When you cook something in the oven for an hour at 350 degree's, do you immediately take it out and eat it? I am not defending McDonalds, I am opposing the lack of common sense shown here.

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    Comment by alidan
    14:07 26/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    no, but have you ever eaten any of McDonald food? even at its hottest you can eat it with no burns what so ever.

    and brewing the coffee at that temp does not equal storing it at that temperature.

    and here this is from the wiki of that lawsuit, i just cleaned it up a bit

    "Liebeck was taken to the hospital, where it was determined that she had suffered third-degree burns on six percent of her skin and lesser burns over sixteen percent. She remained in the hospital for eight days while she underwent skin grafting. During this period, Liebeck lost 20 pounds (nearly 20% of her body weight), reducing her down to 83 pounds. Two years of medical treatment followed."

    and they offered to settle for cost of medical bills, but mc refused.

    i was thinking of another similar one where they didn't have a this is realy scalding hot label on the coffee anywhere, i still believe it was mcdonalds though

    -- quick edit --

    the temp that mc serves at third degree burns happen how fast?

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    Comment by rumblingsauce
    08:16 27/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Like I said, I am not saying McDonalds is right or wrong. I am saying it was mostly her fault. Coffee is hot either way. If YOU spill it, its YOUR fault. Say I was a carpenter and I was hammering roofing nails and I missed the nail and hit my thumb and broke it. I would then sue the company that makes the hammer? as it was their fault it is so hard and when I messed up, it hurt me. No. If you use something properly, and it hurts you, I can see a lawsuit. If you misuse it (like pouring it on your lap) then you have no real base to sue. I agree that if McDonalds gave her a cup with a hole in it, and it leaked all over her, burning her, it would be mostly McDonalds fault. But the lady, as with this guy who is suing over a damn video game HE played and HE messed up his so called life, has no real base.

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    Comment by Dan
    19:54 25/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree with you alidan. When it comes to getting treatment and the institution refuses to pay one medical bills for something that was the companies fault. So people sueing for that reason is justifiable in my book.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:25 25/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    why don't he make sex for 20,000 hours sure he will un functional properly .. he obsess and point a finger to others .. i say bullshi*.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:12 25/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh, those wacky Americans...

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    Comment by Stangace20
    14:17 25/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd say this is like parents who complain about video games after their 10 yr old starts getting addicted/acting out after they buy them MW2

    But this guy is supposed to be a grown man

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    Comment by Kneesocks
    15:54 25/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Surely it is only a matter of time before someone tries to sue the sun for not warning them about its UV rays.

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