Old Lady Sues NCSoft over Destruction of a Virtual In-game Item
It’s quite fun being in the gaming industry, more often than not you come across certain events that are so amusing that you can’t help but post it for the readers. So here goes, a 64 year old granny from South Korea has been pretty emotionally involved in the original online Lineage game.
Sadly for her (or maybe the developer NCSoft) there was a problem in the game: when you tried to enchant certain items, sometime the enchantment would go awry resulting in the item being perished. The gaming granny tried enchanting a certain Jin Myung Hwang’s Conduct Sword which is extremely rare and it got destroyed.
When the old woman asked NCSoft to replace it because it was an error and a mistake on her part they refused, the result? Gaming Granny sued NCSoft for 28000 US Dollars – being the apparent real life value of the sword.
When the case was taken up in the court, it was showed through the old woman’s game log that she has been trying to enchant other items, contrary to her “mistake” claim, and failing at it multiple times on which the court claimed that:
“Other items were enchanted along with the item in question so it is hard to rule out that losing the item was an isolated case,” and that even if it was a one off issue NCSoft were not liable to replace the item.
Wow, such entertaining things happen in the world we live in. On the other hand, what’s up the Lineage servers? Probably they are too old now; the US servers of the game were shut down in 2011.
What do think? She should have been paid the amount or not?