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10 Most Absurd Lawsuits In Video Game History

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Robo reaper _ (8 days ago)
Am I the only one who misses blockbuster
joshua armstrong (27 days ago)
wow, that one about bethesda, the blame is on YOU buddy, not the game developers/publishers, i've heard of worse, where an asian couple was jailed for abandoning their real life baby for a virtual one, or the gamer that barely ate and barely slept, that had heart failure and dropped dead, literally, what you did was waste your precious life away, its your fault, you picked up the game and played it, this isnt like most other games that deliberately had you pour tons of money over and over into a game, giving the addictive *feel*, you did this yourself, god, it makes me think of the time someone literally tried to sue groundhogs, it failed and the guy was deemed, as expected, a total idiot, also the peace sign/pose was "trademarked" in the 60's, so fuck you lindsay, oh celebrities, brain dead sods, all of them, believing themselves to be gods of some sort, what a load of shite
Jamie Howard (1 month ago)
So Nintendo are bastards. Didn't we know that?
Riccardo Di Stefano (1 month ago)
Where the hell is the Ed O'Bannon/NCAA vs EA!?
Meelis13 (1 month ago)
Really suprised not seeing Digital Sui- *ahem* Digital Homicide on the list. I mean 1. Suing video game critic for millions. 2. suing 100 anonomys steam users for another couple of million and 3. Suing valve... If thats not absurd, idk what is
Sukara24 (2 months ago)
Some of these lawsuits are just stupid and a total waste of money
Tyler Lublin (3 months ago)
Where's digital homicide vs Jim Sterling?
Roger Lynch (3 months ago)
Of Course: German Youth Code violations are the living hell for every game designer. But besides this there were to interesting cases. 1) PATRIZIER a popular open world economy game about Medieval Germany, it first was named Die Fugger but the name had to be changed by court order because of the Personal Rights ( Persönlichkeitsrechte ) of the still exixsting family ( economical and politically the Fugger Clan is still activ in South Germany ) 2) BIOWARE´s DRAGON AGE ORIGINS. First it had been named GAME OF THE YEAR for the national GERMAN COMPUTER GAME PRIZE for 2009 but later it had been disqualified because of Youth Code Violations and unnecessary brutality. NOT to confuse to the GAMESTAR GAME OF THE YEAR AWARD - this one is a private prize by the Gamestar magazin.
Sapphire Blue2016 (3 months ago)
I've locked in on video games (assassins creed) and played at ever chance I got but that fallout one puts me to shame. And I would sleep for an hour to get more game time in. (I'm not proud of that but i beat the game so yeah.)
Logicdiary317 (3 months ago)
"I'm bored today and mad that I keep getting a game over, let's sue the company for making this game too hard" - this is what I think of when I hear about lawsuits against games. It's just a GAME, peeps. When was the last time a bald old man in a monocle tried suing the monopoly company because he looked like the monopoly guy? Totally absurd and pointless.
hotguyrule (4 months ago)
Ding ding done with lawsuits lol 😅
Barack Obama (4 months ago)
What about Manuel Noriega vs Treyarch/Black Ops II
ImpHax0r (4 months ago)
No Uri Geller vs Pokémon? Really? That was one of the most hilarious cases ever...
MrWhYYZ (4 months ago)
Really suprized Jim sterling vs Digital homicide isn't on the list.
Delilah Buttontog (4 months ago)
fallout 3.... new vegas
TheCosta5000 (4 months ago)
You didn't invent peace you dull loaf. Lol priceless
John Sweet (4 months ago)
I remember reading about that Universal v Nintendo court case, Universal's lawyer was essentially a real world equivalent of Lionel Hutz
Lee K (4 months ago)
The Beyonce lawsuit isn't absurd - it's completely rational. A few of these are in fact.
Nogardtist (4 months ago)
russian lawsuit is low cause the currency rubel is small compared to your greedy dollar
Eddie The Bastard (4 months ago)
What about Jim Sterling VS Digital Homicide?
Diogo Dias (4 months ago)
Fallout 4 is better!!!
Albert Kelemen (4 months ago)
OLSON intensifies
Shohan Tutorial (4 months ago)
I thought feminist sued rockstar due to the girl in the cover being slim and that its 'enforcing' 'unfair' attractiveness 'stereotypes'. I wouldn't be suprised if they did
House3x3 (4 months ago)
Should this list not be 10 lawsuits the game industry won? It seems to leave out all cases where devs and publishers create spurious law suits such as digital homicide vs jim sterling
LaDarryl Winsley (4 months ago)
What about that guy who accused Nintendo of stealing the Switch?
Mesut Bektaş (2 months ago)
He got his ass handed
Can't Cage The Rage (4 months ago)
What about that time former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega sued Activision for using him as a character in Black Ops 2? He claimed that he was entitled to lost profits because having him as a character boosted sales. He was also upset that the game portrayed him as a "kidnapper, murderer, and enemy of the state."
HiT.owski-CZ (4 months ago)
It's OlsEn twins, not Olson. But I am used to this kind of error in Whatculture... Still you should double check.
Gergely Gócza (4 months ago)
Olson twins?
Izaiah Florés (4 months ago)
V for victory
Jason B (4 months ago)
That's really weird, I couldn't stand playing fonv for more than a few hours. Still enjoying fo4 tho
brandontalbort (4 months ago)
Not to mention the GTA girl is actually the likeness of Yvonne Strahovski
CrimZon Gaming (4 months ago)
Soul Edge was brought to the U.S. as Soul Blade. This was on both arcade and home systems.
MrSimythe (4 months ago)
Given the timing of this video's posting, I was surprised not to see Harmony Gold vs Harebrained Schemes.
Crutch & Wheels Gaming (4 months ago)
And now Universal and Nintendo are working together to make a theme park
riselikethephoenix1 (4 months ago)
The gta pic in question is really a slightly altered version of a picture of kate upton anyway. Lindsey lohan is fucking crazy if she thinks she looks as good as that picture
Travelers Warden (4 months ago)
I'm kind of surprised that Jim Stirling and Digital Homicide aren't part of this list!
Rebecca Smith (2 months ago)
Who?
xscxrpion x (4 months ago)
Fallout 3 New Vegas is a pretty good game. It's got a great storyline. Lol
deathbysloth (4 months ago)
I think the Jim Sterling lawsuit should've been at least number 10. A videogame company suing a critic for 10 million dollars because he criticized their asset-flip game is pretty absurd.
Kye Bloom (4 months ago)
FALLOUT 3 NEW VEGAS!!! Best game ever.
BurnoutSonicGaming (4 months ago)
What about the time when Jim Sterling got sued for 10 million + $? That should have been on this list. And if you're wondering: yes. As disgusting as it sounds, that lawsuit did really happen.
LuckyDT (4 months ago)
Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen’s Girls Night Out is a BRILLIANT game. Very difficult and unforgiving though. Some call it the Dark Souls of little girl dress up games, so take from that what you will. Fantastic game though, I’d recommend it to the *real* gamers out there.
Jamie Howard (1 month ago)
Plot twist: this isn't a sarcastic comment
Tommy Angelo (4 months ago)
That Russian guy suing Bethesda sounds like viral marketing.
dylan gross (4 months ago)
Ugh when you said "but before we begin don't forget to subscribe" that's when you've hit WatchMojo rock bottom.
K Rose (4 months ago)
Is this just what people do when they have money they dont know what to do this? Sue video games lol?
Mr. JH (4 months ago)
Even worse Universal was previous successful in arguing in Court that King Kong was public domain when there was a legal dispute reading a remake they wanted to release in the 70s.
Brett Musgrave (22 days ago)
That's another reason Nintendo won the case. A lawyer working for them discovered that and introduced it as evidence in court. Nintendo later named one of their characters (Kirby) after him to show their gratitude.
ArseCrayonGaming (4 months ago)
I look forward to that day we can sue someone who puts crayons in their butt for copyright infringement
Morgan O'Brien-Bledsoe (4 months ago)
How can you call the Beyoncé one absurd? She broke their contract and put people out of work right before Christmas. She settled because she was ganna lose.
Mistress Jen (4 months ago)
So, this company named Edge tried to sue people for using that word. I'm sure Adam Copeland was glad they didn't try to go after him. WWE fans would get the joke. 😉😂
Mistress Jen (2 months ago)
2015 dead meme That's an understatement.
2015 dead meme (2 months ago)
Mistress Jen wwe is a joke
Robert johns (4 months ago)
i remember blockbuster, when i was 8 years old me and my dad would always rent games from there for the old ps3 that would have that annoying sound when you turn it on.
SamFandango (4 months ago)
Maddox has a lawsuit against Dick
WayWardWanderer (4 months ago)
"Dull loaf". Thank you for that.
Marc Jones (4 months ago)
That Donkey Kong entry was fucking fantastic. I’ve been a lifelong Nintendo fan and I’d never heard that story
eat pant (4 months ago)
Fallout 3: New Vegas, noice!!!
Jessey Ellis (4 months ago)
Greeeeeeeed
Corey Donovan (4 months ago)
So you're saying we need to sue Beyonce?
fastpace101 (4 months ago)
Jim fucking Sterling son better be number 1. Wasn't even on the list...
StaticWolf Blogson (4 months ago)
jim sterling vs digital homicide
House3x3 (4 months ago)
Also digital homicide vs 100 random steam users
Marcus Hicks (4 months ago)
No mention of Harmony Gold trying to sue every video game containing Mecha (Harebrained Schemes, Catalyst, Piranha Games etc), even though there is serious doubt if the developers of Macross/Robotech ever gave Harmony Gold the control of the Copyright?
Fopsporter (4 months ago)
For the love of god, please stop the 'credit-scene'. Not only is it a repeat of the 'subscribe-instruction', it's also annoying as shit. If you want to credit the makers, perhaps do it during the #1, or bring back the old ending. Also, I watch this on my phone, so no Jules, there are no other fucking videos flying over your head. Interesting list, though!
Brandon Roberts (4 months ago)
these were ridiculously hilarious for the most part
Pillock (4 months ago)
Lindsay Lohan's likeness? She wishes.
Blood Thane (4 months ago)
Jules is a hilarious host.
LuckyDT (4 months ago)
Blood Thane He and Simon Miller are the only people who are worth a damn that’s left at WC.
Perfect Cell (4 months ago)
I completely agree NV is way better them the new fallout
Quinton Wilde (4 months ago)
The Russian gamer probably forgot about the lawsuit because he was playing fallout also i like that his wife, job, and health was only worth $7k know your worth
ichigokage (4 months ago)
And apparently Lohan is STILL trying to win that lawsuit.
Logicdiary317 (3 months ago)
She hasn't been relevant since the parent trap and she knows it. I saw an interview of her wearing a hijab and talking in broken English. Yup, this girl is ALLLLL there. She needs to retire from the spotlight and go back to her natural red. If people can't see her natural hair, they'll never know that she has no soul, she is a ginger smh
DemonicScepter (4 months ago)
ichigokage Talk about persistence, albeit for a dumb reason.
Rhona Blackwood (4 months ago)
i know redbox and stuff exist in the US but i think dvd and video game rental is all but dead in the UK? i know game pass on the xbox and stuff are technically game rentals because you only get to play the games for the amount of time you're paying the monthly fees but it would be good to have something here again where you just pay a one off small fee to try out a game for 2 weeks or something (if there is something like this in the UK that anyone knows about please let me know)
Marc Jones (4 months ago)
Rhona Blackwood I don’t think it exists anymore tbh. It’s a shame. Especially with digital media. It’s happened to me a few times where I’ve paid for, downloaded and played a game I didn’t like only to be stuck with it.
Claymoresmash (4 months ago)
Blockbuster still lives! There's only like, 3 of them, but they're still alive.
Jamie Howard (1 month ago)
+Wilfrid Ekoue Nintendo is why we can't have nice things
Wilfrid Ekoue (4 months ago)
Claymoresmash so Nintendo is the reason why Blockbuster is gone
Kian Rezae (4 months ago)
There is literally a picture of Kate Upton where she is almost in the exact same position, smh Lindsay Lohan.
Kian Rezae (4 months ago)
Poison yeah that's what I'm saying
Poison (4 months ago)
Kian Rezae to be fair though Kate looks more like the cover model then Lindsay does
Dee Barber (4 months ago)
No mom joke again?
Hill Sypher (4 months ago)
Don’t f#$k with Nintendo
Angel Pérez (4 months ago)
Ah, some people are just plain stupid jerks. The Universal case is really ironic considering their relationship with Nintendo today
Matt L (4 months ago)
Video game rentals still exist through Redbox and gamefly along with a couple other services I've heard of and blockbuster online lasted for awhile past the time they closed the stores
VicGeorge2K6 (4 months ago)
Blockbuster became a victim of the changing times. Digital streaming services began to replace video rentals, to the point where you can now only do the latter through kiosks (including game rentals).
wes dryden (4 months ago)
For me the Lohan one looks like Kate Upton
LittleX100 (4 months ago)
wes dryden was thinking the same thing so sure she was the model xD
Guac Is extra (4 months ago)
Fallout 3 New Vegas?
Steve Herman (4 months ago)
Nothing about the guy who sued Nintendo because he thought Kadabra was based off him?
Sylvester Stogether (4 months ago)
Hasn't he been exposed for faking the spoon trick? Bending them before the show or something? I may be thinking of someone else.
No Love (4 months ago)
Steve Herman omg I know this dude he was a super big hit for a while here on German TV. I never knew he was THAT crazy
Steve Herman (4 months ago)
Oh yeah. Dude was a psychic named Uri Geller who said that Kadabra's name (Yungerer in japan) and spoon bending abilities were ripping him off.
No Love (4 months ago)
Steve Herman wait... Kadabra???
Gary Turbo (4 months ago)
That does look like Lyndsey Lohan
Anson D. Grimes (4 months ago)
Gary Turbo It isn't.
Mateuszek Garapich (4 months ago)
Number 7 is sooo fucking dumb
Trev Moran (4 months ago)
That Lohan bit reminds me of Paris Hilton trying to copyright the phrase "that's hot".
PlaygroundPrincess (4 months ago)
We need Bully 2!!!
Jamie Howard (1 month ago)
Meh.
eldospinks (4 months ago)
Awkward Crafty We do.
PlaygroundPrincess (4 months ago)
Awkward Crafty duhhh
Crafty (4 months ago)
Do we?
NashDIY (4 months ago)
They're working on it.
Squirrel Army Studios (4 months ago)
What are the Olsen twins doing these days? Ever since they became legal people seemed to have lost interest in them
The Kid (4 months ago)
Hard drugs
Greta M. (4 months ago)
Squirrel Army Studios One of them married a filthy rich artsy guy.
southwest shirtlifter
Adam T (4 months ago)
No mention of Jim Sterling Vs Digital Homicide then
Adam T (4 months ago)
VicGeorge2K6 True, but still an absolutely merit-less lawsuit that was asking for $15m
VicGeorge2K6 (4 months ago)
Digital Homicide is hardly considered worth mentioning as a game company. They dug their own grave by trying to shut down people making fair reviews of their crappy products.
Mitchell Lubline (4 months ago)
Blockbusters was a scam of a rental place. The fact they made copies of the instructions should have ended them even faster as the art work was copy writed for a reason and it's why GameStop won't photo copy any game cases but instead due the worst thing ever with used used games of throw out the original art work.
DaoYeLung (4 months ago)
I'd argue the Beyonce one isn't so absurd. Sure $100 million is a bit much but they were in the right since they did sink $6 million and she just decides "I don't feel like doing this anymore so I'm out lol."
Jamie Howard (1 month ago)
Beyonce is trash
Jack Kaestner (4 months ago)
DaoYeLung yea seriously not absurd at all
Royce Simonton (4 months ago)
"Fallout 3 New Vegas" How have you managed to mess this up.
Retr0J (4 months ago)
Royce Cummings I meant New Vegas - it is the best fallout. This is the record being set straight
Ross Graham (4 months ago)
I can say the mistake is at least accurate on how New Vegas is the definitive sequel to Fallout 2 in my opinion. ;)
In that Nintendo case, it was also ruled that King Kong could actually be considered an infringement of *Nintendos* copyright, and they were entitled to compensation for the slew of merchandise related to it. Hillarious.
random internet user (4 months ago)
Edge games should of sued shadow the hEDGEhog
Fire Hedgehog (4 months ago)
But that game never used the word "Edge" sure the game was edgy but it didn't specifically use the word, well, maybe it did, been a while since I, regretably, played through the game
Randomark3087 (4 months ago)
"Signature peace sign" Wow Lohan. Wow.
Xvortex EXE (1 month ago)
And you are retarded.
eksentrysyti (4 months ago)
Then she taught it to the hippies. Unfortunately, they taught her how to do drugs.
Iron Kraken (4 months ago)
and then showed Ozzy how to do it for Black Sabbath concerts
eldospinks (4 months ago)
She went back in time and taught it to Winston Churchill.
Pieguymysteryman (4 months ago)
He's joking, bud.
Darth Raider (4 months ago)
A post mortem for the following characters. Time of death - varies but they were all confirmed dead on 02.30 this morning. Press F to pay respects. RIP... Xandar and Nova Corps The remaining Asguaardians Helmdall Loki The Collector and Knowhere Gamora, sacrifice for the Soul stone on Vormir The majority of the Wakandan armies and the Outriders Proxima Midnight Corvus Glaive Cull Obsidian Vision Wanda Maximoff Black Panther Dr Strange Spider-Man Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier/White Wolf Falcon Peter Quill Groot Drax Mantis Nick Fury Agent Maria Hill and half the Universe. ... Lest We Forget.
Og Shawdy (4 months ago)
LittleRedRover1 ikr
LittleRedRover1 (4 months ago)
How bout you fuck off with talking about the movie some people haven't seen on a completely unrelated post. Go troll the infinity war trailer comment section and fuck off.
SoulFyre (4 months ago)
I give it a year
Og Shawdy (4 months ago)
Wow spoilers wow
Dajhmn (4 months ago)
Snoopy Fod considering spidey has a confirmed sequel and I believe theres also a GOTG3 coming out too, yes there will be much undone in the part 2
Jake Roberts (4 months ago)
Did you seriously say fallout 3 new Vegas
Kailey Lulamoon (4 months ago)
Maybe they use Tale of Two Wastelands
Brotatoe Chip (4 months ago)
Lol they did. I even slowed the playback speed to make sure they didn't add a "and" in there. He does speak pretty quick
Richard Harris (4 months ago)
Ron Nicklas oh no ,what a terrible crime that is, seriously!!!
Ron Nicklas (4 months ago)
Perfect Cell I get that but since they didn't call it fallout 4 new Vegas and they used the same engine as fallout 3 it felt like a really kick ass dlc to fallout 3. Trust me I played both to there full extent (dlc and all).
Perfect Cell (4 months ago)
Game devs don't know how to basic math NV is fo4 and the new 1 is fo5
Aazaroth (4 months ago)
Ok
jigsawzoubir (4 months ago)
Pretty sure those 7000 $ weren't for his wife.
Michael Ubilez (4 months ago)
yee
Victor Von Deathstroke (4 months ago)
There should be no videos coming out of whatculture unless it's about infinity war.
Fire Hedgehog (4 months ago)
WhatCulture only covers gaming, not movies (hence the channel name; WhatCulture Gaming)
Marek Balon (4 months ago)
Second
Brendan Thompson (4 months ago)
First
eldospinks (4 months ago)
Pathetic.

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