Massively OP’s 2018 Blooper Awards: Most vindicating story

    
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Massively OP’s not-so-serious end-of-the-year awards begin today with our blooper award for most vindicating story. And the winner is…

SOE DDOSer brought to justice

Remember back in 2013-2015 when asshat e-thugs were hacking and DDOSing multiple MMO companies on the regular, taking games offline for days and weeks at a time and costing them a ton of money and customers? One victim was SOE/Daybreak, whose then-president John Smedley was vocal about the attacks and harassment (including the bomb threat to his plane). Welp, this year, we saw another DerpTrolling punk, Austin Thompson, plead guilty in federal court for masterminding some of those attacks, joining multiple others who’ve been convicted. It’s about bloody time this crap was taken seriously.

Want to nominate another winner? Let us know in the comments, and don’t forget to check out our serious MMO awards while you’re at it.

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Bruno Brito

The swatter dude getting what, almost 40 years?

And yet, he fucking threatened someone else while already in prison? I don’t recall it.

It was vindicating, until i fucking remembered that every swat case, the police officer wasn’t judged.

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rafael12104

Agree, the swatter punk getting his just dessert.

The aftermath is still horrible, but they made an example of him, and the press was all over it.

Let that be a warning to the next punk. The problem isn’t solved by any stretch, but this is no longer a corner case internet thing.

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Bruno Brito

True. I’m still salty about the officer getting out without a penalty or punishment, when he pulled the trigger, but the main cause of the crime was harshly judged. At least it wasn’t a complete letdown.

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Fervor Bliss

After hearing many times Star Citizen will refund backers, and not believing it.
This story.

Star Citizen backer took CIG to small claims court over his refund request – and lost


Was Vindicating.

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Oleg Chebeneev

My fav was story about Dead Cell plagiarized review.
Some guy posted on reddit that IGN copypasted review from his small youtube channel: https://www.reddit.com/r/deadcells/comments/956ld7/ign_copied_my_dead_cells_review_what_do_i_do/

When this post got attention, people started spamming IGN forcing them to remove it quickly. Long story short, dude who stole it was fired to much delight of everyone including me.

Here are more details of this story: https://kotaku.com/ign-pulls-review-after-plagiarism-accusations-1828157939

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cursedseishi

That was definitely a ‘come-uppence’ story of the year, though I’ll have to agree with MO’s choice here.

However, seeing some third rate hack insulting others for calling out his plagiarism, goading the internet of all places and betting them they couldn’t find proof anywhere of plagiarism for any of his content… Then subsequently being found out that nearly ALL of his content was stolen, not just from other smaller youtubers and writers, but even his own coworkers at the time?

Yeah. The fact he continues to refuse to acknowledge he did anything wrong is just the cherry with it all.

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Armsbend

I hadn’t heard that story before. Good one!

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Armsbend

I didn’t know that was the Smed guy. That is great news. The only shame is he isn’t doing time in a state prison – where he’d likely not leave nearly the same person.

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Ironwu

I admit it. I don’t get it. How is this a ‘blooper’?

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Armsbend

dropped the soap during shower time

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Bryan Correll

In this case the ‘Blooper Awards’ are MOP’s joke awards.

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Ironwu

Right. That is what a Blooper generally is. A misstep that results in a humorous outcome. So, what’s the joke with the guy getting busted?

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Crowe

Excellent point. I agree — this award is poorly named.

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Utakata

The schadenfreude?
He named himself DerpTrolling punk?
The jokes now on him?
I don’t know? :(