Winona Ryder, Depeche Mode Factor in WOW Lawsuit

November 24, 2009 -

World of Warcraft maker Activision Blizzard is the latest target of a lawsuit by serial suer (or professional plaintiff) Erik Estavillo.

Filed this morning in the Civil Division of the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara, the civil complaint charges Activision Blizzard with “deceitful” business practices, as it “continues to maintain a harmful virtual environment to many of its customers by forcing them to follow the game’s sneaky and deceitful practices.”

Among Estavillo’s claims is that WOW is designed for a gamer “to walk or run at a calculated slow pace, resulting in the player taking longer to get where he or she needs to go in the game.” This slow pace, says the plaintiff, leads to a longer time needed to finish game play or quests, in turn leading to more subscription revenue for Activision Blizzard.

Estavillo also complains that faster transportation is not available until a player levels up accordingly, or purchases an expansion pack.

The plaintiff then likens his health problems (OCD, Agoraphobia, Panic Disorder, major depression and Crohn’s Disease) to the afflictions that ailed the late EverQuest gamer Shawn Woolley, who took his own life on Thanksgiving morning in 2001.  Estavillo stated that he “doesn’t want to end up like Shawn did as he [Estavillo] relies on videogames heavily for the little ongoing happiness he can achieve in this life.”

Estavillo subpoenaed Depeche Mode founder Martin Lee Gore and actress Winona Ryder to provide testimony on his behalf regarding the subject of alienation.

Gore was subpoenaed because “he himself has been known to be sad, lonely, and alienated as can be seen in the songs he writes,” and Ryder because of her and Estavillo’s common interest in the J.D. Salinger book The Catcher in the Rye. Ryder would be able to, “explain the significance of alienation in Catcher in the Rye and will also testify to how alienation in the book can tie to alienation in real live/video games such as World of Warcraft.”

Estavillo is seeking punitive damages of $1.0 million and a court order that WOW implement changes that address the issues of his complaint.

Other lawsuits filed by Estavillo include one against Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA), following a banning from the PlayStation Network, and a recent suit that targeted Microsoft and Nintendo—the former over an Xbox 360 red ring of death and the latter over a firmware update that disabled his Homebrew Channel.


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Re: Winona Ryder, Depeche Mode Factor in WOW Lawsuit

All that means is that he also has an ADA claim against them for not providing him with a slot machine in his living room.

Re: Winona Ryder, Depeche Mode Factor in WOW Lawsuit

Yeah probably. Also, is he planning on dressing as The Joker for ALL of these hearings, or only his appeal? :-P

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Re: Winona Ryder, Depeche Mode Factor in WOW Lawsuit

Why so serious? >:)

Re: Winona Ryder, Depeche Mode Factor in WOW Lawsuit

"...[Estavillo] relies on videogames heavily for the little ongoing happiness he can achieve in this life.”

Really?  It seems like these video games are causing you nothing but undue stress and grief.  You might consider picking a new hobby.  How about philately?  I hear that's very relaxing and fulfilling.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Winona Ryder, Depeche Mode Factor in WOW Lawsuit

I can attest to it being very relaxing and fulfilling. I thoroughly enjoy a good philating.

Re: Winona Ryder, Depeche Mode Factor in WOW Lawsuit

And that, my friends, is why English is the world's best language.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Winona Ryder, Depeche Mode Factor in WOW Lawsuit

Actually, philately is an anglicization of a French word.  The other word being indirectly referenced here is the latin for 'to suck'.  English is indeed great - perhaps even best - at borrowing words from other languages.

Re: Winona Ryder, Depeche Mode Factor in WOW Lawsuit

Just to quibble you, "fellate" is an English verb, back-formed from the the English noun, "fellatio." Its inflicted form, "fellating," (upon which my pun was based) doesn't ever appear in Latin. Neither does "fellatio" or "fellate." All three are English words (albeit certainly derived from Latin).

"The English noun fellatio comes from fellātus, which in Latin is the past participle of the verb fellāre, meaning to suck. In fellatio the -us is replaced by the -io, an alternate form of the suffix -ion. The -ion or -io ending is used in English to create nouns from Latin adjectives and indicate a state or action wherein the Latin verb is being, or has been, performed." - wikipedia

Re: Winona Ryder, Depeche Mode Factor in WOW Lawsuit

Ain't it.

Re: Winona Ryder, Depeche Mode Factor in WOW Lawsuit

 @GP: You can refer to Mr. Estavillo as a "serial suer" or a "professional plaintiff" if you so choose. However, I'll go with the descriptive term I think better captures his personality: "crazy person." 

Re: Winona Ryder, Depeche Mode Factor in WOW Lawsuit

At least we agree on this one. =P

Re: Winona Ryder, Depeche Mode Factor in WOW Lawsuit

I'd have gone with "fucking idiot" myself.

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Re: Winona Ryder, Depeche Mode Factor in WOW Lawsuit

Maybe it is part of some Machiavellian scheme to get Martin Lee Gore and Winona Ryder into a threesome?

Which I admit, is not mutually exclusive with 'fucking idiot'.

Re: Winona Ryder, Depeche Mode Factor in WOW Lawsuit

This guy's like Zippy's chocolate nut cookies. But without the "chocolate" part. Or the "cookie" part.

Re: Winona Ryder, Depeche Mode Factor in WOW Lawsuit

So he's like Zippy's nut? Thanks for that mental image.

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Re: Winona Ryder, Depeche Mode Factor in WOW Lawsuit

Without the "Zippy" part.

Re: Winona Ryder, Depeche Mode Factor in WOW Lawsuit

I didnt kow my nuts were so evil....if I knew that I would ahve cut them off long ago....... oh wait!


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Re: Winona Ryder, Depeche Mode Factor in WOW Lawsuit

What gets me is that he was banned from a group (XBL) for making imappropriate behaviour, and since then he's been trying to sue just about everything and everyone that has ever upset him in his life.

Ironically enough, he sounds exactly like Jacky Boy, though possibly with a firmer grip on legal filing procedures and wording, but just as obsessive and loony.

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Re: Winona Ryder, Depeche Mode Factor in WOW Lawsuit

It's like reading complete farce.

"Gamer Jack Thompson" sounds so much on the money, PumaFau.

Re: Winona Ryder, Depeche Mode Factor in WOW Lawsuit

uh-oh i smell a nagger with an agenda

Re: Winona Ryder, Depeche Mode Factor in WOW Lawsuit

Hey at least he hasn't tried to get Geaorge Bushed subpoenaed.

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Re: Winona Ryder, Depeche Mode Factor in WOW Lawsuit

Estavillo stated that he “doesn’t want to end up like Shawn did as he [Estavillo] relies on videogames heavily for the little ongoing happiness he can achieve in this life.”

 

Then actually get help instead of blaming every video game company and wasting time and money in the courts. I mean jesus Christ what are you the gamer Jack Thompson

 

 

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