MassivelyOP’s 2020 Golden Yachties: Best MMO crime of the year


MassivelyOP’s not-so-serious end-of-the-year awards continue today with our pick for best worst MMO crime of the year. (If you’re wondering what the heck a Golden Yachtie is, you can get caught up with the first award.)

And the winner is…


All right, so this one isn’t really an MMO, but it’s close enough for Yachtie purposes: Back in January, a dude plugged his PS4 into a huge airport monitor at the Portland International Airport because he reeeeeeally wanted to play Apex Legends. The best part was that when the airport security showed up to kick him out, he literally asked them if he could finish his match first. (They said no.)

Just to head off any comment scolds… no, we’re not encouraging crimes. As we noted at the time, this one seemed pretty dang harmless.

Order from disorder.

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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The release of Genshin Impact was by far the greatest “crime” of the year, marrying a decent MMO with a monetization model which preys on people’s gambling weaknesses.

While most gaming writers often say they play it totally free without spending anything I am sure it’s just like other vice which people point at saying “other” people do, but never themselves, yet you just know they are in for a pound.

Here’s an honest review from NPR about the evil influence this game has on a person who felt he was one of the rational few.

“like all gacha games — makes you really want to get those rare characters. It’s beyond tempting to spend real-life money, just to have a chance at unlocking rare, high-powered characters who can make your life much easier. I spent $40 of my money trying to unlock Venti or maybe Diluc (who deals fire damage), and didn’t get either of them. And I went in thinking I wouldn’t spend any money!”

Dro Gul

OK. Can’t argue with that one. But I think an Honorable Mention has to go to all the shenanigans behind Daybreak ownership.


That’s pretty funny, pretty ballsy to try that in airport but still.

I think the great MMO crime of 2020 was Gamigo commiting fraud against Arch Age customers by making them pay for content when the original purchase agreement stated there were going to be no more purchases for content after the one time purchase.