Gaming's Most Evil Pranks

You’re not supposed to like griefers. You’re supposed to look down on their childish pranks designed to frustrate and humiliate. You’re supposed to frown at the way they ruin it for everyone else. But we don’t care as long as it’s funny. That’s why we’ve collected some of our favorite game-related pranks of all time. Long live the griefers, the spoilers, the tricksters, the con artists, and jerks whose cruel schemes have brought us joy at the expense of others over the years.

Adults love lying to children. They lied about Santa Claus. They lied about the tooth fairy. They lied about how you’re “special,” and apparently, a lot of them also lied about a really “neat” game their kid should try.

The Maze is an old school prank, packaged as a simple game that charges you with navigating your cursor through a series of mazes without touching any walls. As you progress, the passages become narrower, encouraging the player to lean in closer to the monitor so they can needle their cursor through The Maze’s winding paths. That’s when the game strikes by blowing out your ears with a piercing scream and a disturbing screenshot from The Exorcist.


For years, pranksters have been sharing YouTube videos with candid footage of their friends and co-workers screaming like little schoolgirls when they get to the end of The Maze. But given the way that adults love screwing with the fragile minds of children, there’s no shortage of footage featuring tiny tots sobbing in the corner after experiencing The Maze’s unexpected finale.

Above: It’s been years since this video made its rounds on the web. But copycat grownups are still trying to capture the perfect video of a weeping kid

Above: If you want to scar a child for life with The Maze, all you need is an internet connection, this link, and no soul

The folks from Team Roomba are a bunch of douchebags and we love them for it. Think of them as the Penn & Tellers of first-person shooters. These guys have elevated the art of online griefing into a fine art form. One need only look to their most famous Team Fortress 2 video to appreciate how beautiful playing like a bastard can be. After exploiting a bug that allowed Team Roomba to trap their entire team in the spawn room, they proceeded to challenge their angry group with trivia questions in exchange for their freedom.

Above: Our favorite Team Roomba moment, where they trap their teammates in the spawn room and pepper them with trivia questions before letting them out

Above: Teleporters are more fun when they transport your teammates into the enemies’ line of fire

Above: Snipers like it when you stand in front of them and shoot flames in their face. It makes things more challenging


  • Not Snake - July 28, 2010 8:49 p.m.

    That horse trick makes me want to play Age of Conan.
  • Zeb364 - April 19, 2010 12:41 a.m.

    I'm a little sickened by how hilarious I find these cause I know it wouldn't be funny if you were on the rceiving end. On the other hand...these are funny as fuck! There creative and hilarious and if you can't take a joke then that's your problem. Grow a sense of humour.
  • grimm-reaper - March 18, 2010 10:51 p.m.

    That Team Roomba thing was hilarious
  • Bri77777 - October 22, 2008 2:04 a.m.

    The Wow one was funny! Seriously, don't organize a funeral in a PvP game. Make a real one. Noone interupts those. Those people just wanted to save money. Bastards.
  • .molecule. - October 19, 2008 6:20 p.m.

    ok..ok ive gotta admit that the maze one is probaly the funniest since the little kids are now scarred for there life "woops"..... and the WoW one was absolutely hilarious with a excellent blend of music and action :D but im giving the top award to the death by horse as its the easiest to do...... now im gonna go scare my sister with the exorcist LOL
  • noofer7 - October 18, 2008 8:09 p.m.

  • adrenaguy - October 18, 2008 1:51 p.m.

    that was so funny, i am gonna try that!
  • KEEPFROMFREEZIN - October 18, 2008 1:47 p.m.

    omfg age of conan fucking halarious couldnt stop laughing
  • SmileyRob - October 18, 2008 10:29 a.m.

    LMAO! That was one of the funniest articles I've ever read. The TF2 vid was pure genius :D
  • lee123 - October 17, 2008 9:58 p.m.

    yeah team roomba are legends
  • phontonic - October 17, 2008 8:09 p.m.

    'What's the thing with the thing with the thing guuuyyyss?" hahaha I love that video I think it was already in a article on this site though.
  • Tasty_Pasta - October 17, 2008 5:54 p.m.

    Ha! GR strikes again with a fantastic article. I was laughing so hard during the videos. Great job guys. Griefing ftw!
  • CLusterTim - October 17, 2008 11:42 a.m.

    Wow there is absolutely nothing like a good evil prank to get things moving along! Jiff
  • RaIdEn - October 17, 2008 4:49 a.m.

    awsome. i know a few people that need the maze game. that wow thing was messed up.
  • Cwf2008 - October 17, 2008 4:33 a.m.

    Haha the Team Fortress 2 was freaken genius. TELL ME HOW THEY DID THE BUG!!
  • hun23 - October 16, 2008 11:29 p.m.

    Nice and funny article. i feel sorry for the scared children
  • georgeguy - October 16, 2008 10:43 p.m.

    god those were funny. the wow one was wronge but funny
  • Evenflow69 - October 16, 2008 10:11 p.m.

    Awsome articale, TF2 was a really good one!!
  • lava_lamp - October 16, 2008 8:24 p.m.

    the TF2 one was classic
  • lava_lamp - October 16, 2008 8:24 p.m.

    the TF2 one was classic

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