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Man has seizure playing Oblivion, sues Bethesda

3:20 PM on 05.13.2011

Jim Sterling

Former Reviews Editor

Former Navy pilot John Ryan McLaughlin is suing Bethesda, claiming that The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion gave him a grand mal seizure that cost him his flight status.

According to the suit, it was the first seizure he'd ever had, and it was violent enough to break a bone. He is now permanently barred from flying the F-18 planes for which he was trained.

The suit argues that Oblivion "was so designed that it exceeded the upper acceptable limit of more than three flashes over a one second period, as well as acceptable spatial pattern and luminance flash limits. These risks were not made known to the plaintiff and/or an ordinary consumer prior to the time of purchase."

He wants damages for "negligence, breach of warranty, and product liability."

So let's have a show of hands. Who hear has had a case of the drooling shivers after playing Oblivion?

Pilot Says Video Game Gave Him Seizures [Courthouse News Service, thanks RunThePlaceRed]

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