Team Fortress 2: Bait and SwitchI think it was Sun Tzu (or maybe it was Shang Tsung) that said the best way to beat your enemy, is to know your enemy. These guys really used this in the best way possible.BUY @ AMAZON
The person involved in this strategy really got into the enemy's head. Let's think through their logic.
Who am I playing against? Mostly dudes.
What do dudes like more than killing? Babes.
What is the best way to distract dudes? Put pictures of hot babes everywhere and knife them in the back when they aren't paying attention.
Brilliant. Just flat out, absolutely brilliant.
(A special mention has to go out to poor individuals that fell for this cheap trick, but let's face it, you kind of deserved it.)
Battlefield 3: Crime and PunishmentThis little bit of game exploitation was brought to my attention by the fine folks over at Kotaku. While the video isn't any sort of griefing in the traditional sense, it did show people how to exploit a part of the game that allowed players to level up extremely fast... which is where the griefing began.BUY @ AMAZON
The guy who made the video came back with a response later, expressing his sorrow at giving away such a cheap, horrible trick.
To make ammends he is now going around to different game servers, finding people using the cheat, and systematically destroying them.
He's cleaning up his own mess and looking like a jerk in the process. In a way, he's the MW2 player that the servers deserve *Dark Knight music*.
Read more about the story here.
Second Life: Attack of the Flying DongsSecond Life is a popular Massively Multiplayer Online world. Not really a game, but a place where people go and, well, live a second life (which means that they're not really doing the best in living their first one).BUY @ AMAZON
Since people spend so much time (re: most of it) in this virtual world, it becomes ripe for the griefing.
Whenever something actually starts mattering to anyone... this is when it becomes ripe for the griefing.
From "hand of god" attacks (where a person runs a tool that repeats a word or phrase over and over in a person's conversation screen forcing them to reboot) to changing a person's home to look like a pedophile play land, it seems that there are just some people that can't be happy without making others miserable.
The attack that happened in the video above occurred in 2006 during an interview by CNET(click here to see the full story).
Right before the interview with the person took place a flock of flying 3D phallus' took out the whole thing. What's even crazier, is that in 2008 someone took the concept of that attack and made it happen in real life using remote controlled planes and adult sex toys.
Read more about it here.
Team Fortress 2: Team RoombaTeam Fortress 2 is a colorful send up to all the first person shooter multiplayer games out there. Instead of dealing with gritty surroundings and dull camo, you get to be in ultra-fun bright colors, playing as cartoon versions of FPS characters. All the classes are represented. You have the Spy, the Heavy, the Engineer, the Sniper, the Medic and the Pyro. You can even choose to have balloons come out of your bullet riddled corpse instead of blood. Yay!BUY @ AMAZON
All fun aside though, this is still a serious team game. People spend days on the servers trying to defend their intel and bases. Of course, anytime that people start taking a game seriously, that's when it is ripe time for THE griefing.
Team Roomba is what one would consider a "professional" griefing team. And by that I mean that they're sponsored and everything. They go around TF2 and record themselves causing havoc. Though they can be seen performing team kills, their specialty seems to be creating amazing teleport traps that force opponents into automatic deaths. Frustratingly brilliant.
Black Ops: Protecting the DoorIn a special DLC package for Call of Duty: Black Ops, you get to play as soldiers trying to save themselves from wave after wave of viscous Nazi zombies. The main way of protecting yourself is to maintain a boarded up perimeter, avoiding zombies and demon dogs at all costs. That becomes quite difficult, though, when one or two of the people on your team will not allow you to get near the door to board it up, thus letting the flood of zombies come at a dizzying, impossible 28 Days Later pace.BUY @ AMAZON
I'm just going to say it. Most of the people that get griefed bring it on themselves. Sometimes you just want to play a game and another player just can't keep their mouths shut. When you add some not-so-subtle racism being blasted into your ears (and sometimes from your screen -- my neighbors probably think I'm a KKK Grand Wizard at this point), sometimes that person just needs to be shut up in the worst way possible.
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