You no doubt remember Erik Estavillo, the serial suer who unsuccessfully tried to sue Sony – and then set his sights on Microsoft and Nintendo? It seems he’s either batsh*t insane, or has no idea when to stop – and my money’s on him being completely off his rocker.
He’s now taken aim at Activision-Blizzard – and more specifically World of Warcraft.
The complaint charges the company with â€œdeceitfulâ€ business practices, saying that Activision-Blizzard â€œcontinues to maintain a harmful virtual environment to many of its customers by forcing them to follow the game’s sneaky and deceitful practices.â€ One of Estavillo’s primary claims is that World of Warcraft is designed so that patrons â€œhave to walk or run at a calculated slow pace, resulting in the player taking longer to get where he or she needs to go in the game.â€
It’s this almost recumbent pace, according the plaintiff, that leads to a longer time needed to finish game play or quests, in turn leading to more subscription revenue for Activision Blizzard. This is, of course, a revelation. Estavillo also complains that players are not granted access to faster transportation until they reach higher levels, or purchase an expansion pack.
Now comes the â€œWTFâ€ moment – Citing his laundry list of afflictions again (OCD, Agoraphobia, Panic Disorder, major depression and Crohn’s Disease) and his need for videogames to keep him happy, he’s subpoenaed – and this is the bit that alerted me to the fact that he’s a completely loon - Depeche Mode’s Martin Lee Gore and actress Winona Ryder to provide testimony on his behalf.
He selected Gore because â€œhe himself has been known to be sad, lonely, and alienated as can be seen in the songs he writes,â€ and Winona Ryder to â€œexplain the significance of alienation in Catcher in the Rye and will also testify to how alienation in the book can tie to alienation in real live/video games such as World of Warcraft.â€
I..errâ€¦ummâ€¦I actually have no words.
Source : Gamepolitics
Last Updated: November 26, 2009