I was absolutely sure that no lawsuit that was going to come in the gaming industry was going to surprise me: I was convinced that I had already seen the strangest legal actions in the world already. Of course, I was wrong and a prison inmate was needed to prove that to me.
According to WoW Insider, inmate Jonathan Lee Riches sued Blizzard for creating a game (World of Warcraft) that caused him to live in a virtual universe, exploring the landscape, committing identity theft and fighting cybermonster rival hacker gangs. Actually, he considers WoW the reason for his sentence, since it turned his mind into a “living video game” and forced him to commit fraud to buy video games. No, he says nothing about the pink rat god Blidigerius that eats people’s ears while playing Age of Conan and replaces them with big fake buttocks.
As hilarious as this lawsuit might be, you should know that Riches had more attempts in court and all of them of a similar nature: he sued Rockstar for their GTA IV game earlier this year, as well as George Bush, Steve Jobs, Perez Hilton or Britney Spears. It appears that he missed Bill Gates, but he did sue the Eiffel Tower. Yes, the monument! At least he gets big points on originality, right?