August 18, 2005
Gamer sues EA/Criterion after car crash
I've praised Burnout in the past - it's an awesome game, but...
I've been driving cars for over 20 years (yes, I'm that old) and have never had an accident. For the last year I've been playing Burnout 3 in Crash Mode every week (with friends) in which the player is rewarded for creating massive car crashes - the bigger the better. Recently I had a car crash in real life, and since I've never had a crash before the only logical explanation is that playing Burnout has affected my subconcious (since gamers have no free will) and directly caused the accident.
The next logical step is for me to sue Criterion (or their parent, EA) for damages, and for any future accidents I have. Criterion should have realised that by rewarding and glamourising players who crash their cars it was inevitable that this would cross over to real life.
If EA's lawyers want to contact me, I will not settle for anything less than a copy of Burnout Revenge *plus* a copy of Burnout Legends PSP.