You would think that the instruction — either direct or inherent — to not cheat in a game would be common sense, but as we all know some multiplayer gamers consider this golden rule to be nothing more than brass. Cheaters who were taking advantage of a money exploit in Grand Theft Auto Online are now facing the consequences of their actions, as Rockstar has reset the progress for a number of characters that were found to be using the exploit.
This exploit in question involves purchasing properties and then utilizing a variety of menus to trick the game into printing out millions of in-game dollars. This so-called “apartment garage glitch” was reportedly so widespread that there were videos giving instructions on how to do it, which were met with DMCA strikes from publisher Take-Two Interactive. After the reset wave, Rockstar posted a support page section just for players who logged in to find their cheaty little avatars at square one.
The response, as one would imagine, has been pretty explosive as players caught in the wave are pretty darn miffed. The move has also elicited discussion in the game’s forums, with one poster claiming that members of their Crew used the exploit to pay for racing tracks for players to enjoy. Judging by a number of responses to that same thread and to several Twitter temper tantrums, however, the community at large appears to be pleased with the move and has bare little sympathy for cheaters caught in the blast.