Online gaming's dirtiest tricks

For as long as it's existed, the Internet has been a wretched hive of scum and villainy. The anonymity lets the world's worst people run free pretty much unchallenged and there's always someone trying to scam you – be it stealing your Facebook password or, at its most extreme, tricking you out of thousands of real-world dollars. What follows is a collection of dark tales from the terrifying world of online games.

In gargantuan, open-ended space 'sim' EVE Online, one of its biggest corporations (or clans) The Guiding Hand Social Club scammed their fellow gamers out of almost $16,000 in real world money.

The dedicated crims spent over a year earning the trust of other users, cumulating in a mighty heist where they robbed the hapless victims of items that, in some cases, took months of play to afford. And, to make matters worse, they ended their crime by killing a rival's CEO. In-game, of course.

The scary thing is, this was all within the rules of the game and not seen as unlawful. No hacking or cheating was involved; just perseverance and a keen evil mind.

Above: The EVE Online heist was big news - PC Gamer magazine covered it across four pages. Click the image for scans

Anshe Chung is Second Life's very own Bill Gates – a self-made millionaire whose brand dominates the online world as much as Bill's operating system does almost every populated city on the planet. Of course, by millionaire we mean Linden Dollars, the game's virtual currency. But the thing is, Linden Dollars can become legal tender back here in reality.

And people don't like someone making money. So, at a special interview with Chung organized by website CNET, a gang of griefers sent in a squad of marching penises. They jerked horribly across the stage, hogging up network resources and totally ruining the interview. How offensive. And hilarious.

Warning: The video below features comical cocks.

This little-known MMORPG features a recreation of Britain in Roman times, and it had an interesting way of dealing with griefers. A user called Cynewolf (in real life a 27 year-old electrician) was found guilty of 'ganking' other players – a dirty trick in which passing gits find distracted/weakened players and finish them off, never giving them a fair fight.

As a result, Cynewolf's account was suspended and his avatar was crucified in the virtual world for all to see. If ever there was a deterrent for griefing, this is it. Not only do you get a temporary suspension, but your character is nailed to a cross – literally.

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  • Goth-gamer - January 6, 2009 6:02 p.m.

    First =D whtats the point of games if your not gonna have some fun?
  • The_Author - January 6, 2009 7:44 p.m.

    That WoW one sounded like fun!
  • somthing42 - January 7, 2009 12:06 a.m.

    re:Mainman--Damn! that plague was that serious?
  • anduin1 - January 7, 2009 12:46 a.m.

    that eve online one was pretty ridiculous if you read the entire story, too bad that game is unaccessible to the common man
  • Pyro240 - January 7, 2009 1:25 a.m.

    That Roma Victor "incident" is disturbing...
  • Cwf2008 - January 7, 2009 2:52 a.m.

    Wow...i guess the halo video just shows truely how stupid most of the people that play that gay game are
  • understudybass - January 7, 2009 3:34 a.m.

    what about that one on TF2 with the trivia questions?
  • Skidd - January 7, 2009 12:52 p.m.

    Heard of the WoW and EVE things before.
  • StefanGrey - January 7, 2009 4:55 p.m.

    The WoW outbreak was so bad Blizzard decided it would be fun to make it an in game event and use it to build up Litch King. Still, best WoW griefing had to be the guys who ambushed the funeral on the PvP server.
  • NullG7 - January 7, 2009 6:17 p.m.

    LoL some of these were funny and others were creapy, the Halo video was espeialy funny.
  • NullG7 - January 7, 2009 6:19 p.m.

    Oh and sorry about double posting but the WoW funeral crash was evil they could have at least wait till it was over or mabey not kill the deceased
  • Sly_Fox - January 8, 2009 11:14 p.m.

    Mainman, i hated paladins like you who would cure me and others while trying to grief! mind your own business! lol
  • HungryBeaver - January 9, 2009 2:49 a.m.

    lol... 16000 bucks wow... they need to put runescape in there somehow. im done with it now but the scams and stuff were rediculous
  • sader54321 - January 10, 2009 3:13 a.m.

    wow the little eurepeon mmo guy that was awesome
  • Herschal - January 10, 2009 3:48 a.m.

    The eve onlie heist was th coolest thing ever done in a game, taking all my holiday gift cards and getting it. Right now.
  • SPANKY2817 - January 10, 2009 3:49 a.m.

    Nailing gamers avatar to a cross is highlt offensev!!!!!!!! but kinda funny laughing at dumbasses trying to stuff secretly but get caught.
  • Teh_Ty - January 12, 2009 5:30 a.m.

    I actaully rofl'd at the hiding in halo thing.
  • likedamaster - January 14, 2009 3 p.m.

    HLG? I'm glad they weren't really serious about what they were doing but... LOL. It was funny.
  • The_Lurcher - January 6, 2009 6:10 p.m.

    wow that roma victor one is kinda sick (not in the good way)
  • Mainman - January 6, 2009 6:53 p.m.

    Fun Note about the WoW Plague: It had such an impact, Blizzard turned it into a proper game mechanic/event two years later for the 'Wrath' expansion launch run-up. Plague-ridden crates started appearing in port towns, which would infect you if touched. Ten minutes later, if you didn't attempt to cure it, you would turn into a zombie and become able to infect NPCs and other players. As the days went by, infected crates (and cockroaches) made their way to the major cities, the infection became harder to cure (requiring multiple casts/uses of a cleansing spell/item), and the time it took to become zombified steadily reduced. Shattrath (the main neutral city at the time) and the faction capitals were pretty much uninhabitable, and at peak hours, even outlying towns were overrun. You would be lucky to find a vendor or questgiver when you wanted them, and if you waited for them to respawn, you'd probably get infected by a passing zombie. Quickly realising what people were bound to do with these newfound griefing powers (eg. Killing flight masters, forcing players to flee from infected areas on-foot), and playing as one of the only classes that had a disease-curing spell (a Paladin), I spent my time counter-griefing and trying to purge zones of infection-minded players. I even set up a few speech macros for use when I cured someone's infection or destroyed a zombie: "By the Light, be cleansed, my friend! Your infection has/will come to an end!" "Be safe, be well, be on your way. Avoid the plagued ones, and good day!" Never before or since have I had so many angry whispers and /spits directed at me. It was fantastic.

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