Friday, November 18, 2005

Who's fault is it when someone dies
from online gaming?

Red Herring reports on a Chinese boy who jumped to his death re-enacting a scene from World of Warcraft, an online role-playing game he was addicted to. The boy's parents are suing the makers of the game, Blizzard Entertainment, for the death of their child.

Worse than that, the Chinese government is looking into how to restrict online game playing time for the entire nation to try to avoid similar incidents. Apparently, gaming addiction is big in China, and this is not the first fatality related to it.

But who is really at fault here? Blizzard? The parents? The boy? I can't say, but I will say that it should NOT be Blizzard. Just because they make a very successful game does not hold them responsible for people who have trouble telling reality from fiction. This law suit should be thrown out of court, in my opinion.


Anonymous said...

I once bit the head of a bat because Ozzy did it. I didn't win when I sued Ozzy and bat doesn't taste like chicken.

Doug said...

I think in light of this tragedy, that online gaming needs to be banned permanently throughout the globe. I also think that Juice Newton was a musical genius.

Ed Caggiani said...

All hail Juice Newton! And Barbara Mandrel. Oh, and Tony Orlando, but not Dawn.