Craig Smallwood of Hawaii has a lawsuit in the works against the creator of Lineage II, claiming that he became so addicted to the game he became “unable to function independently in usual daily activities such as getting up, getting dressed, bathing or communicating with family and friends.”
In a Wired piece on the suit, Smallwood, in his proceedings, claims to have spent 20,000 hours playing the game between 2004 and 2009. He claimed that developer NCsoft is negligent because it failed “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.”
The suit appears to be moving forward as the presiding judge refused to dismiss some of Smallwood’s claims earlier this month.
20,000 hours equals about 833 days. 833 days divided by six (representing the 2004-2009 period) comes out to about 139 days played per year, which means Smallwood claims to have spent around 38 percent of each year over that period playing Lineage II!