Californian resident Erik Estavillo filed a lawsuit today against World of Warcraft maker Activision Blizzard. The man contends World of Warcraft is filled with illegalities, such as a slow game pace designed to make the player character "[take] longer to get where he or she needs to go," according to a section of his civil complaint charge.
Besides the slow game pace, Estavillo also claims in the lawsuit his numerous health problems are caused by World of Warcraft. OCD, Agoraphobia, Panic Disorder, depression and Crohn's Disease -- yup, all from the game. We suspect the judge presiding over this court case might ask him: "So ah, you say this game has given you six disorders -- so why didn't you stop playing it and stuff?"
Further damaging the appearance of this lawsuit are two celebrities subpoenaed to support Estavillo's case. According to this seemingly off-kilter guy, Winona Ryder's shared interest in J.D. Salinger's classic The Catcher in the Rye qualifies her presence in the court battle to "explain the signifcance of alienation in [the novel] and. . . how alienation in [it] can tie to alienation in real life [in] video games such as World of Warcraft."
Nope, we aren't making this up.
The second celebrity cited in the initial lawsuit paperwork is Depeche Mode founder Martin Lee Gore. Estavillo named him in the lawsuit as a sort of 'alienation expert' to testify on the matter, because he's been known to be "sad, lonely and alienated, as can be seen in the songs he writes."
This court case can be taken even less seriously because Estavillo is a sort of serial suer of game makers. His last lawsuit was launched against Sony for his being banned in Resistance: Fall of Man; at that time, he was reportedly enjoying the game Mortal Kombat Vs. DC, and was quoted as saying he was obsessed with playing as the Joker, and planned to "wear a purple suit during [his] court trials" in tribute.
Estavillo is hoping for $1,000,000 USD to help him deal with all of his troubles related to playing World of Warcraft.