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Old 11 November 2005   #1
Blizzard Sued for Death of Gamer UPDATE: Scam?

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"In the latest saga over online gaming addiction in China, the parents of a 13-year-old Tianjin boy are suing the makers of World of Warcraft, blaming the game for the death of their son, according to the Chinese news agency Xinhua.

The parents filed a suit against Blizzard Entertainment on Wednesday, saying their son jumped to his death while reenacting a scene from the game, the report said. The parents are backed by the anti-Internet addiction advocate Zhang Chunliang. "


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Old 11 November 2005   #2
Tragic death... but once again blame is pointed. *SIGH*
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Old 11 November 2005   #3
I know the parents must be grieving and upset but this is ridiculous.
And the article has 2 brief paragraphs (the lead-in and hook) about the child and then goes into detail about revenue of the game industry and Blizzard.
There MUST be more information about the child's actions, his history, etc...
A 13 year old must realise that his actions would be hazardous to his health. It would appear to me there must have been a mental disorder already in place.
Bahhhh...They shouldn''t even report these frivalous lawsuits. What a waste of everybodies time.
If parents are worried about game addiction, restrict the time the kids have at the computer. Make them read a book, go outside and play, whatever. Take the game away. Do something.
Suing a company for money hardly solves the problem of negligent parenting.



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Old 11 November 2005   #4
Oh, and I think the idea of game-player fatigue being linked to the consectuive hours a human player is playing the game is an intriguing one.
Cool way to limit the hours a person plays the game, having their character need rest. In a way, that makes the experience even more real.

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Old 11 November 2005   #5
Originally Posted by Slurry: I know the parents must be grieving and upset but this is ridiculous.
And the article has 2 brief paragraphs (the lead-in and hook) about the child and then goes into detail about revenue of the game industry and Blizzard.
There MUST be more information about the child's actions, his history, etc...
A 13 year old must realise that his actions would be hazardous to his health. It would appear to me there must have been a mental disorder already in place.
Bahhhh...They shouldn''t even report these frivalous lawsuits. What a waste of everybodies time.
If parents are worried about game addiction, restrict the time the kids have at the computer. Make them read a book, go outside and play, whatever. Take the game away. Do something.
Suing a company for money hardly solves the problem of negligent parenting.



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For that i have to completely agree. This lawsuit is ridiculous. Their son could copy any dangerous stunt from an action movie and kill himself. If he was as stupid as he seemed to be.
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Old 11 November 2005   #6
Lame......
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Old 11 November 2005   #7
This has to be about money. There's no way a normal healthy humanoid could think like this if it wasn't for personal gain. And to use their son's death for it... pathetic.
 
Old 11 November 2005   #8
Don't be so sure that its about money....

Questions to ask:

What are the laws in China for cases such as this?

The victum was a 13 year old boy, how does China's "one child" policy play a factor in this?

What is the Chinese govt's take on this?

How is the Chinese media portraying this? if even reporting it at all?
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Old 11 November 2005   #9
this stuff is getting so absurd that really is starting to be funny.
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Old 11 November 2005   #10
"Gaming fanatics show hallmarks of drug addiction"...

http://www.newscientist.com/channel...ech/dn8327.html

Some evidence to show that perhaps the addiction is real.
 
Old 11 November 2005   #11
Yes, it's stupid. I don't think the parents will win though.

Although we've seen worse. Anybody remembers that fat woman that sued Mc'Donalds and won?
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Old 11 November 2005   #12
Anybody can get addicted to anything.

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but the parent suing a game company because there kid was having some emotional problem (I guessing here) is really pathetic, how about grieving for the lost of your son instead of think about how to make some money on it.
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Old 11 November 2005   #13
I'm going to jump off a building and then sue Brian Singer for making Superman.

I will win.
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Old 11 November 2005   #14
Also makes me wonder why it´s the fault of the developer ? I mean the developer did not have any chance to intervene...the parents had. Why is it that ppl point at developers of games instead of asking why a 13 year old kid plays so much? And why he plays that kind of games ? Why are amok shooters considered victims of the gaming industry and why do ppl not ask why the heck a 15 year old is able to get ahold of heavy rifles ?

It´s sad and pathetic indeed :(

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Old 11 November 2005   #15
Originally Posted by BillSpradlin: I'm going to jump off a building and then sue Brian Singer for making Superman.

I will win.

That was a good one
 
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