Game leaves Oahu man unable to wake, bathe and dress

An Ewa Beach man is claiming he is unable to bathe, dress himself or wake up in the day due to alleged “phenomena of psychological dependence and addiction” to a video game created by a South Korean developer.

Craig Smallwood, 51, filed a lawsuit against developer NCSoft Corp. last October with several charges including emotional distress and misrepresentation.

Earlier this month, U.S. District Judge Alan Kay granted NCSoft’s motion to dismiss half of the eight charges, allowing the lawsuit to proceed…

Smallwood, who says he is a disabled veteran, also alleges that he has been “unable to function independently in usually daily activities such as getting up, getting dressed, bathing or communicating with family and friends.”

He claims to have been hospitalized for three weeks and that he now needs treatment and therapy three times a week because of the game…

Smallwood asserts that he continues to this day to have a “compulsive urge and need” to play the game, that he never received any warning from the company about the danger of addiction and that he would not have bought and played the game if he would become addicted to it.

Someone, somehow, give me a break from neurotic lamebrains filing lawsuits over their own screwup decisions.

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