Rockstar wipes out characters caught using a money exploit, sending cheaters in to a rage

    
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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.

source: Polygon
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Marivel Frerker

First off rockstar tooke money I put into my account and cars I bought with that money. And not only did xboxone players get wiped but they also went after ps4 and PC players for money glitch and wiped out their accounts. So whatever rockstar sucks there suvers don’t work right hafe the time the game kicks you off of online.

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alane0314

I really cant feel bad for these people. You cheat, you got caught, you lose.

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nomadmorlock9

This is total BS. These players should have logged in to a permanent ban on their entire rockstar account and any games owned should have had to be re-purchased. Scorched Earth policies for cheating or don’t bother.

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Face_Scared

My biggest gripe with Rockstar is the fact that people can pay real cash and jump ahead of people that are poorer but have put in the work and grind in order to advance their character. So not only in the real world but also in a made up world the rich get ahead without earning it, while the poor still has to put in the work. Now, the poor has figured out a way to game the system, a system that rockstar built so the glitch is their fault, and rockstar punishes someone for figuring out how to make a quick buck. The way I see it, if rockstar had built the game without the glitch then this would never have happened. But since they did build the system with a glitch then people shouldn’t be punished for using it. Just like our government (US) doesn’t punish people for gaming the system. I’ve got no dog in this fight, I quit playing GTA online early on when they first started allowing people to buy credits or shark coin or whatever it is they call it now. I just don’t think it’s right what rockstar has done. Maybe if this was a brand new game, but come on, this game has got to be getting close to 10 years old now.

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Bereman

Honestly, this feels like a case of punishment (which was very much warranted, make no mistake) not fitting the crime.

Especially in a game where you can bypass the “sanctity” of earning in-game cash through ponying up real life money and, through handing over several hundred dollars to the company, gain the same amount of millions as this glitch allowed in about as much time.

Wiping their ill-gotten gains of in-game currency to nothing and forcing them to start over in that regard? Sure.

Wiping entire characters back to square one, including sometimes hundreds of hours of legitimate progress and gameplay worth of progress?

This wasn’t just punishing for exploiting a glitch. This sure looks like they are looking to make an example of them, and I’m not sure how I feel about that.

I have to say though, I am very cynical about Rockstar’s monetization of GTA Online and how they design the prices of new content, so I’m also very cynical about them treating earning cash in-game with any sort or reverence.

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Toy Clown

Let me grab a bowl of popcorn and head on over to that thread! I do love seeing cheaters get their just rewards! (At the same time, it’s mind-boggling the amount of justifications many use for cheating.)

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James Crow

good move but little to late, also this thing is not enough,
the problem is not about the people who getting money, i dont care if any player use it after all they ruin the fun for themself.

the real problem is about the moders who make the game unfun, and when you see top3 did a race in 0.3 sec

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Adam Russell

Well, to be fair, the very name of the game encourages theft.

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Face_Scared

True, so punish people who steal, but then encourage them to steal. Doesn’t make sense.

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ichi sakari

RockStar quick to end money glitches but modding and abuse of the peer-to-peer remain rampant

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Vorender

I’ve never seen cheating as rampant in an online game as it is in GTA Online. So much so I gave up after playing for a few weeks. I’m happy they did this, but it’s not enough for me to come back. Cheating in this game is completely and irrevocably out of control.