Lineage II addict sues over inability to bathe

An American gamer is suing Korean game outfit NCsoft because he is addicted to RPG Lineage II.

In this week's frivolous lawsuit, Craig Smallwood has been allowed to proceed the case against the publisher of the online game by a US federal judge following claims that the game left him unable to drag his sorry arse out of bed, talk to his family, put on clothes or wash.

Hawaii-based Smallwood says he wasted 20,000 hours playing the PC game between 2004 and 2009 and now wants an undisclosed pile of cash in compensation for wasting his own life.

He maintains that he would never have started playing had he been aware how addictive the game was, and alleges that the company flogging the software didn't do enough to warn him about the dangers.

His complaint, according to Wired, states that the Korean company "acted negligently in failing to warn or instruct or adequately warn or instruct plaintiff and other players of Lineage II of its dangerous and defective characteristics, and of the safe and proper method of using the game.”

NCsoft, which has banned Smallwood from the game for obvious reasons, has asked for the case to be dismissed.