It probably wasn’t long after that pong Machines found their way into local pubs that someone had tricked into winning. For as long as video games have existed, they have been synonymous with cheating, especially when it comes to online gaming. Their competitive nature and anonymous player representation allow for many subtle (and not-so-subtle) rule violations to go unnoticed.
However, the developers have learned to fight back. Many are now going beyond standard security measures to penalize players who use pirated copies of their game or cheat in online games. Even trolls, out to ruin everyone else’s experience, are not safe from retaliation. These anti-cheat systems come in many forms, but their penalties are often severe and sometimes hilarious.
9/9 Max Payne 3 – The Guilty Server
Although it was primarily a single player game, Max Payne 3 also featured a multiplayer mode where players could compete against each other. It was a bit of a surprise hit back then, and as more and more players got into the online game, so did the cheaters. Modded games and aimbots were all too common in matchmaking.
Rockstar responded to this issue with a solution that removed known scammers from the game while safeguarding their operations. If a player was caught cheating, they weren’t banned, but instead booted to an alternate server populated entirely by other cheaters. This gave each cheater a hefty dose of their own medicine and quite likely caused many of them to stop playing of their own accord after spending a few games in this nightmare.
8/9 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Huge cow monster
Gold plays an important role in this The witcher 3. It’s also hard to get. While most players like to earn their income by completing quests and hunts, some preferred to take the easy route. These players found an exploit where they could make a good chunk of change by killing cows and selling their leather. Just go to a farm, kill the cows there, let Geralt meditate for an hour until the cows appear again, then kill them again. Easy.
CD Projekt Red developers did not like that this exploit was used to ruin the pacing of their game. Her solution? Patch in a high-level giant cow monster – known as the Bovine Defense Force – that attacks players after they kill a certain number of cows in a row. The Cow Monster is an extremely tough fight, in fact one of the toughest in the game. Soon, the beast became less daunting as scammers abandoned their farming tactics, and evolved into a challenge for high-level players to hunt and kill.
7/9 Ark: Survival Evolved – Imprisoned in a wooden prison
These aren’t actually scammers, they’re trolls; People who would rather waste other players’ time than share the game space with them. Trolling comes in many forms, but in Ark: Survival Evolved Running around killing other players, taking their items and destroying their camps is one of the worst things anyone can do.
Not only have the developers designed a solution for this, they also explain how to do it in the game’s FAQ. With very minimal resources, players can build a wooden prison cell and lock the troll inside. ark does not give players the option to kill themselves and respawn, so as long as the prisoner was fed, it could be held in that cell indefinitely. 10 hours of gameplay locked in a tiny cell would make even the most devout trolls reconsider their decisions.
6/9 Runescape – Bot Island
Runescape is a game that requires a tonne of grinding to make progress. Farming basic items to craft or trade for better gear was an integral part of the game and often took forever. So players started building bots that would do the farming for them while they left the game on their PC and went off to do something else.
A fix was developed where players caught using bots were automatically sent to a region of the game called “Botany Bay” (a nod to a term once used for Australian penal colonies). These players were caught in Botany Bay, where they were tried and automatically convicted by the Botfinder General. After that, the more honest players on the server could vote on an appropriate punishment, with some options being feeding the bot to a giant worm or seeing them blown apart by a beam of divine light.
5/9 Slender: The Arrival – Nowhere is safe
First off, who cheats in a horror game? The purpose of the experience is not usually to create an extreme challenge for the player, but to create an intense and foreboding atmosphere. Cheating the game completely ruins it. Anyway, some players discovered a building inside Slim: The arrival which they could climb to jump over the borders of the map and skip a large part of the game.
Before the game even got a full release, the developers had already built in a fix for this bug. If players jumped off-map, instead of landing, they would instantly fall to their deaths. Not only that, they would be greeted by a vision of Slenderman and a message reading “Not even one bug in this game will save you from me,” followed by an eerie (and somehow painful) screech before the player came over respawn. Sometimes fear is the best tactic.
4/9 Gears Of War 2 – Bye Bye Gamerscore
That war implements series was hugely popular at Microsoft in the early Xbox days and was one of the few series to match the success gloriole. Gears of War 2 started to massive sales and the number of players skyrocketed. Before long, some of these players found ways to cheat the game.
Specifically, players found a bug that allowed them to effortlessly unlock online achievements, giving them an unfair advantage in PvP matches. Microsoft’s punishment was swift and severe. Any player caught cheating wouldn’t just have theirs war implements Score reset, but they would also have their Xbox Gamerscore reset. Microsoft showed absolutely no mercy here.
3/9 Animal Crossing – The Resetti Lecture
animal crossing Games are meant to be long. That’s the point, they don’t provide fast progress to a conclusion, they’re meant to be slow and methodical. However, some players don’t like this aspect and have found a way to undo the choices they made by resetting their file by exiting the game before it could autosave.
When they returned, they would find a mole named Resetti outside their house. Resetti would then proceed to lecture the player on the unfairness of resetting their game. The more times the player performed the reset exploit, the longer Resetti’s lectures would be. in the Animal Crossing: Wild World, he would even force players to type out a written apology. In the end, Resetti’s presence in the franchise made saving time through cheating a wasted effort.
2/9 Crysis Warhead – Chicken Cannons
Piracy is a particularly big problem for PC games. While consoles are much more difficult to install pirated software, PCs are designed to run all kinds of programs and hackers are therefore able to crack game software and make it available for download with relative ease. Crysis warhead had a built-in solution to such a problem.
Any player who was spotted using a pirated copy of the game found that none of the weapons they were using fired bullets. Instead, they shot chickens. Lots of chickens, yes, but still harmless, non-damaging chickens. This would essentially render the game unplayable, forcing players to either resign or purchase a licensed copy.
1/9 GTA 5 – Silly hats and exploding cars
cheat one grand theft auto 5 Single player mode can not only be fun, it can become an integral part of the game. However, when these cheats spill over into online play, Rockstar has taken a firm and punitive stance against them.
Players who are caught mourning — repeatedly killing the same player or leaving team missions early — are automatically equipped with a white gnome hat that says “Fool.” The hat cannot be removed, permanently flagging that player for their behavior. Meanwhile, players who exploit a bug that allows them to transport cars from their single-player save file into the online game will find that those cars will explode as soon as the player climbs inside. Rockstar learned from her experience with Max Payne 3and they’ve got online scammers getting in GTA5 were identified, shamed and even punished for their actions.
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