Depeche Mode's Martin Gore Subpoenaed As Expert Witness on Social Alienation in World of Warcraft Lawsuit
Published Nov 25, 2009Sometimes, hanging out in your parents' basement all day long can get a little tedious. This seems to be the case for gaming enthusiast Erik Estavillo, who has decided to file a lawsuit against a videogame company, perhaps as a means to relieve the boredom.
The San Jose native is suing Activision Blizzard, the makers of the online game World of Warcraft, for $1 million, citing a variety of reasons including unfair monthly fees and manipulative financial practices. What's more, he's suing the company for contributing to his mental health problems and sense of social alienation. Of course, suing a videogame company for causing social alienation is a bit like those people who sued McDonald's for making them fat.
It gets weirder: Estavillo has subpoenaed Depeche Mode's Martin Gore as an expert witness, stating that the guitarist "has been known to be sad, lonely, and alienated, as can be seen in the songs he writes." Why exactly Estavillo singled out Martin Gore above any number of other depressing songwriters is unclear; maybe he thought Robert Smith would say no. Estavillo has also subpoenaed Winona Ryder, explaining that her love of the book Catcher in the Rye makes her an expert on social alienation.
This isn't the first time Estavillo has sued a videogame company, as he has previously filed (and lost) lawsuits against system manufacturers Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft. But if at first you don't succeed, sue, sue again.
More details about his lawsuits are available at GameSpot [via Pitchfork].