Over the past decade or so, online gaming has become one of the most prominent forms of entertainment within the video game industry. Millions of players flock online to live out the virtual lives of heroes and, of course, the virtual lives of total jerks. The cruel things gamers do to each other makes one wonder why there isn't a whole industry of online assassins for hire to take them out. The many examples of online game heists prove there are those who just want to watch the virtual world burn.
These people add an extra dimension to online games that most would never consider. The world of online gaming trolls and bullies is as dark as those in the real world. But these aren't always mindless jerks who are taking a chance to cause grief. Some are sophisticated and evil planners. Here are some of the most messed up stuff gamers have done to other players.
In 2006, a group of players from the Alliance guild Serenity Now decided to raid an in-game funeral taking place in World of Warcraft. Members of a Horde faction planned the ceremony to commemorate the real death of one of their members after a fatal stroke.
But they conducted the ceremony on a PvP server, making it possible for anyone to kill players in the region.
This allowed Serenity Now, who learned about the event on the game's official forum, to crash the funeral and massacre everyone in attendance. Even worse, none of the mourners were prepared for trouble because they didn't expect anyone to be so callous.
In the open world survival gameDayZ, Redditor u/CoolGasPumper and his brother met two other players who went by the names Igor and Ron. Together, they found a rare car called a GAZ. It was a fixer-upper, so the team spent hours finding parts to rebuild it.
While Ron and the Redditor's brother looted, u/CoolGasPumper and Igor traveled in the car.
All of the sudden, a roadblock materialized in front of them. They crashed into it, and Igor was ejected from the vehicle. When Igor asked u/CoolGasPumper to save him, the Redditor pretended to lose connection and drove away in the car. He left Igor to die, took the vehicle they built together, and hid it in the woods so he could find it the next time he played.
After an update to the MMORPG RuneScape in 2009, players learned it was possible to purposely crash another player’s client. This would force them from the game, allowing others to kill their character and steal their gear.
The problem arose because the game’s public chat feature was unable to render the character “µ” and would cause a fatal error. Malicious players would turn off their text box so the issue wouldn't affect them, then go to crowded areas and send a public message to everyone nearby.
World of Warcraft provided the backdrop for a major in-world crisis. The “corrupted blood” incident stemmed from a system bug that allowed a detrimental effect to make its way outside of the proper area.
It essentially acted as a disease that would quickly kill players and leave those at a higher fighting level to stay alive.
Things got worse when some players would purposely contract the disease and then travel to populated areas to intentionally pass it to as many people as possible. This spread of the virtual disease killed thousands of characters and left major WoW cities completely abandoned.