Final Fantasy XIII bricks PlayStation3

A class action law suit has been filed against Sony and game maker Square Enix after a number of PS3 consoles permanently broke down whilst playing the game Final Fantasy XIII.

The suit, which has been started by Californian gamer Daniel Wolf, "individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated", alleges that Sony and Square have been playing the blame game, each accusing the other of being responsible for the problem.

The filing says that the game, which was released on March 9th this year, has caused a "significant number" of PS3 consoles to "freeze and become permanently inoperable".

The action refers to a number of Internet forums which it says are "awash" with complaints about the game and says that these complaints, "detail the drastic damage caused by Final Fantasy XIII to PS3s and the measures the defendants have taken to prevent consumers from recovering their damaged systems".

The suit maintains that by selling products which purport to be safe and compatible with each other, when in fact they are not, Sony and Square have violated a number of Californian laws, including those relating to unfair competition.

About once a month a story comes along which insists that the PS3 is breaking because of a software title or a system update. These often turn out to be unfortunate coincidences compounded by huge numbers involved.

There are millions of PS3s out there in the wild and in any given month, hundreds, if not thousands of them will break as they come to the end of their natural life.

FFXIII has sold by the shedload. And the game is very long and very addictive by all accounts.

Sony and its game-punting partners recommend that users take regular breaks from play and switch off the console as both it and a gamer's brain can get tired and overheated.

So if a couple of hundred PS3s have failed in the last month or so while runnning a very popular and demanding game, it may well be to down to the inevitable march of time rather than a corporate conspiracy.

Just because a class-action case has been filed, doesn't mean it will even come to court, let alone succeed.

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