Leaderboard: What do you do when you see cheating in an MMO?

Although the videos are gone now, a group of Chinese net cafe players apparently resorted to violence in response to rampant speed hacking in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, “roughing up” the hackers who dared to cheat while their victims watched on from the same room and decided to do something about.

I think we can safely say that violence is probably not the answer to video game cheating, however vindicating it may feel. So what is? I thought it would make for an interesting Leaderboard to find out what you do. Whenever I come upon cheaters, I usually just report and move on with my life, but other people take these things to extremes, I know, and those extremes may actually be more productive for getting the studio to take notice. Let’s hit the polls and find out.

What do you do when you see cheating in an MMO? (Choose as many as apply.)

  • Nothing. (7%, 20 Votes)
  • Report. (40%, 113 Votes)
  • Ignore/block/blacklist. (17%, 48 Votes)
  • Call it out in chat. (7%, 20 Votes)
  • Collect proof and send it to the studio. (9%, 26 Votes)
  • Collect proof and post it to Reddit/social media. (2%, 5 Votes)
  • Quit the game. (7%, 19 Votes)
  • Harass the cheater out-of-game in some way. (1%, 4 Votes)
  • Join in the hacking in order to seek revenge. (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Join in the hacking in order to compete. (1%, 2 Votes)
  • None of the above. (1%, 4 Votes)
  • No response / elf butts / just want to view tally. (7%, 20 Votes)

Total Voters: 170

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Chris Brown-DeMoreno

If what they’re doing doesn’t impact me in any way, and 99% of the time it can’t, then I don’t care. What are you going to do? Cheat and get some high level armor or weapon? I’ll get it eventually anyway and there’s always someone who will get it faster than me so why do I care if cheater guy gets it faster than me? I really don’t.

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Roger Christie

Shrug and go about my way. I’m not in competition with anyone.

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KumiKaze

One of my favorite systems for combating gold farmers was in Rift. You could tell who were bots as they would just run back and forth between nodes where mobs spawned. Rift gave you free fireworks that you could throw at people and would replace their weapon and instead would shoot fireworks and deal no damage to the mobs. The botters would then just die to the mobs. It was hilarious.

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Zen Dadaist

I collect evidence, report it with said evidence via the proper GM/CS/etc procedure and then I will call the cheaters out directly in game via whatever in-game channels are relevant. I will warn others as well. Social blacklisting can be surprisingly effective.

I don’t name and shame in forums or elsewhere outside of the game because that’s always against the codes of conduct and the last thing I want to do is muddy the waters, get them sympathy or get myself into trouble. I absolutely effing HATE cheating in multiplayer games because it ruins it for those around the cheater and I will follow the game’s rules to the letter to get a cheater to stop. But outside the game? No. No social media harassing, no hacking, no doxxing etc. That’s going way too far.

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possum440 .

“I think we can safely say that violence is probably not the answer to video game cheating”

Wrong…..violence is always the answer.

When some gamer thinks they can destroy your time and effort without consequence? Violence is the only way to go. Take the cheating POS’s computer and beat them over the head with it until they fall unconscious…and…andthenbeatthemwiththekeyboardthemousetheperipheraltaking wantonabandonuntil…until…

*lights a cigarette* *wipes blood from his hand. Ahhhh.

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Stropp

I think you ought to audition for a spot on The Walking Dead, or Game of Thrones!

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johnwillo

Normally, nothing. I don’t PvP much, so it rarely impacts me directly. In WoW’s Arathi Basin, once, I saw some folks using some blatant hacks (apparently teleporting, instant flag claims, etc.) and reported them to customer service.

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SpookyDonkey24

Nothing.

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Bryan Correll

I’m not a violent guy and don’t think beating someone up over a videogame is at all acceptable.

But……

Let’s be honest. I can’t be the only one that got a smirk of satisfaction on the first reading. I’m not proud of it, but there it is.

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Bryan Gregory

Violence is obviously not the answer. I’ve gotta say though, you would not BELIEVE the amount of people that cheat. It’s way way way more common than you think or realize. Sometimes it makes me feel pretty down, since I don’t like cheating, never do it, and I feel as though cheaters are ruining the integrity of the game, which is an odd thing to do towards something you enjoy.

Cheating isn’t always noticeable. There are ways to cheat beyond basics like speed hacks and teleport hacks. I have a friend that makes and sells hacks for a living. It’s depressing how much money he makes off of it. He has done things that I have no idea how they’re possible. Things in AAA MMOs that you feel likely have damn good security, but don’t. He’s done things like bypass the global cooldown in a certain mainstream MMO. And in other not-so-AAA MMOs, he’s enabled god mode as well as 1 shotting every thing in a whole zone at once… It just makes me wonder, if my friend is doing it, just what in the hell other people are out there doing. Probably taking it much further, I’m sure. And we may never even notice. One time he found a security flaw in a website that sells hacks and gained access to every e-mail address that had purchased the hack. It was a very, very long list. It’s so sad.

It’s made me realize just how little the server knows of what is going on. It sort of cracks me up now when you see someone mention a cheater and that the GM can “check the logs.” lol. Little do they know, the logs actually tell you next to nothing. And the tiny amount they do tell you, probably doesn’t help at all to prove someone is cheating.

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threeknee

In my experience, if you call it out in chat, nobody will believe you. I report and move on.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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johnwillo

It’s a good thing WOPR didn’t play like that!

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Bryan Correll

ZOMG that robot has learned to think outside the box!

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Melissa McDonald

If you’re moved to real-world violence over a video game, you need a serious dose of perspective and living off the grid for a few weeks or months.

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thirtymil

I’d suggest they moved to violence because of the behaviour of other people, not due to the video game itself. And while I don’t think violence is the answer, I don’t think aggravating someone and hoping they don’t come up with violence as a solution is a particularly smart move either.

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Hirku

Yes, get offline and go enjoy a nice major league championship event or a rock concert. ; )

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Hirku

None of the above. I don’t play competitive games so I’m never in a position to see or care about cheating. I do think players who see cheating should report it to the devs, though.

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MJ Guthrie

Cheating happens in very non-competitive MMOs as well, and that’s still pretty annoying.

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Veldan

Report. If it’s common, nothing more. If it’s uncommon and the cheating may not be known, I make a forum post. (MOP, why is reddit / social media an option, but forum isn’t?)

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Robert Mann

I’ll start screenshotting, report it, block the character, and note them anywhere appropriate. For instance, some forums do not allow naming/shaming, so I avoid noting it on them. However, everyone who I have contact with will know to blacklist the person, note them a cheater in any group, and if the person isn’t kicked we will leave and add more names to the blacklist. No reason to play with such people, after all… and hopefully the information is acted on by the studio.

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drgreenhoe

First I warn the guild and grab a screen shot. I move along and avoid this character like the plague. If the game mechanics make it easy for me to report and include the SC while still in game , I report it. If not, I drive on as the devs are not concerned enough about it to include the necessary tools to actually report.

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A Dad Supreme

Ten years ago, I used to report and move on.

Nowadays, I don’t even bother to report because… I had been reporting for…

10.

Years.

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Schmidt.Capela

It depends on where the cheating is happening and what the cheater is doing. For the most part:

– Cheating in order to grief others: those I deal with extreme prejudice. Anything I can do to get the griefer banned and prevent others from being griefed, I will do.

– Cheating that negatively and directly impacts someone else, for example getting a PvP advantage or in order to obtain limited resources to the detriment of competing players (like teleporting to mining nodes when those aren’t per-player): I immediately report it to the studio, and then I stay close to collect evidence and send it the studio’s way.

– Cheating in a way that doesn’t negatively impact anyone else in a direct way: I might report or not, though I won’t bother collecting evidence. I do keep track of those players, though, because if I see them using whatever they gained by cheating to get a competitive advantage, then I will treat it as if the player cheated in PvP.

– Cheating to avoid griefing/harassment, or to avoid non-consensual PvP in games where there isn’t a official way to opt out of PvP: those I never report, even if avoiding non-consensual PvP gives them an advantage.

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Arktouros

My first response is usually actually verify they’re cheating. Many cases I’ve thought someone was cheating but found out I’m actually just pretty bad at a game or unaware of mechanics. Like in ESO I thought I saw a guy clearly speed hacking, but it was actually just massively stacked stealth speed bonuses so they were faster stealthed than sprinting that I wasn’t aware of. In Planetside 2 I used to think aim hacks but then I’d watch certain streamers and it was just amazing how much gun control they actually had.

I’m sure cheats exist but I’ve found many cases it’s usually just not understanding what’s going on or incorrectly assumptions about how good other players can be.

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Robert Mann

This is true, sometimes things aren’t as they appear. I’ll gather what evidence I can, and try to verify, so long as it isn’t obvious (travelling half in the ground where mobs glitch in many games, for example.)

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BalsBigBrother

I once had someone spend an entire round of Overwatch berate me in chat and call me a cheater because I managed kill him. He couldn’t accept that I did it legitimately and so went straight to I must be cheating. Funny thing is I only managed to get two kills that round both him so I must have been using the worlds worst aim bot or something hehe ;-)

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thirtymil

In real life, the highest award you can achieve is a gold medal. On the internet, it’s to be accused of cheating. Seeing the words ‘reported 4 hax’ is basically a podium finish.

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silverlock

If no one ever calls you a cheater then you just aren’t very good.

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NeoWolf

Report it with screenshots and let the Cs do their thing, also block/Ignore the perpetrator. 100% every time.

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Sray

This is exactly what I do. Its been a losing battle for nearly 15 years, and I have zero intention of stopping the fight. You can’t just fight the battles you know you can win: you gotta fight the battles that you know need to be fought; even when you know you can’t win.

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life_isnt_just_dank_memes

My universal game development wishlist:

1.) Better, more robust and realistic AI -Enemies, Friendlies, NPCs, Escort Missions, Bosses-

2.) Better tools for devs to eliminate cheating, botting, gold sellers, etc.

3.) Devs to be more creative in how they make money from players. I want to see more creativity that is CONSUMER FRIENDLY when it comes to trying to sell us things. Lockboxes are not creative and arent consumer friendly.

4.) Legislation that tackles the above.

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CapnLan

I report it. Fortunately I don’t come across cheaters often at all. Maybe it’s due to the types of games I play. The only time I came across one that I knew for sure was hacking was in DCUO. I was playing Legends PvP and one guy on the other team was 1 shotting everyone instantly no matter where we were on the map. It was pretty blatant. I went AFK and let him do whatever. I then reported him and moved on.

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