When I asked for your worst (but really best) stories about trolls, I didn’t expect so many stories from trolls. But here we have it: 23 hand-picked stories from your amusing trolling and being-trolled experiences. Suffice it to say that I’ve decided to unplug from the Internet now.
It’s not surprising to see people try to trick other players in Super Mario Maker. I just wasn’t expecting Nintendo to give anyone a helping hand in doing it.
The timer ticks down toward zero. We tear across the Boneyard, one of Halo: Reach’s best multiplayer maps, my good friend Rus driving with me sitting shotgun. I’m clutching the blue flag in hands that would be sweating if they were real. We shed our red teammates like skin; they race past us going the other direction…
We want to trust our friends and family, but sometimes they lie to us. Sometimes, they troll us. What follows are the funny (and tragic) stories people shared with me about gaming gone awry. No one will be surprised to learn many happen to involve a big brother being a jerk.
Last weekend, the Five Nights at Freddy's 3 page on Steam had a new announcement from its creator, Scott Cawthon. "Game Cancelled!", the post said. " Cawthon said that he had been hacked, and that someone released Five Nights at Freddy's 3 ahead of time, on a different website.
On Christmas day, diehard Metal Gear Solid fans faithfully tuned into a broadcast called Kojima Station. The hope was that Kojima would give fans a neat look behind-the-scenes on Metal Gear Solid V. Maybe he'd even give people a release date. Who knows!
First, he romped through the real world, making people's lives miserable. Now, he's showing up in Dishonored, Minecraft and a few other virtual locales to screw things up. Damn you, Blanka.
If you start hearing a little kid singing disturbing renditions of nursery songs in your Grand Theft Auto Online sessions, you better start running.
"Maybe I'm just a bad person," he said. "Maybe I'm just a bad person."
Poor guy. All he wanted was to provide a service: fixing go-karts. Instead, a jerk repeatedly responded with Mario Kart jokes.
Today, Microsoft released a trailer that, at first glance, may seem like it's simply a video that showcases the slick design of the Xbox One hardware and interface. And really, that's mostly what it is.
Chris Sevier, "a former Judge Advocate and combat veteran", has elbowed his way into a gay marriage lawsuit in Florida, claiming that if gays in the state might be allowed to get married, then he can marry his...laptop. That's full of porn.
PVP in Dark Souls II is mostly a straightforward affair — You invade or duel, kill your target, and then finish with a condescending gesture. But what about when you pretend to be a friendly, neighborhood co-op partner? Hilarity, that's what.
When you're in the middle of an online match against other people, the last thing you want is an interruption—but interruptions are exactly the sort of thing Xbox One trolls will try to induce.
DayZ's standalone alpha was released last week and you know what that means: A shitload of overly trusting newspawns to grief. Pardon me for being cynical, but a proposed "cease fire" on Christmas Day absolutely reeks of a trap. A hilarious trap, if it is one.
A popular Twitch.tv livestreamer had some unwanted guest stars yesterday evening—the Seminole County, Fla. Sheriff's Office, summoned by a troll who phoned in a report of someone threatening others with a knife. You can see it play out here.
Whenever someone is bullied - or just plain trolled - on the internet there's a tendency to focus solely on the attacker. As this interesting post by a former EVE Online Gamemaster reminds us, though, it often takes two to tango.
I don't play Minecraft, my kids don't play Minecraft and I'm not an asshole, so the practice of people trolling children in the game then making a spectacle of it isn't something I was aware of. Now that I am, ungh.
Ah, the notorious troll. Perhaps you've come across one—those people who deliberately try to get under your skin. Sometimes, that means trying to piss you off. In a game, that could mean verbally harassing or annoying you, if not playing specifically to get in the way. That's the most standard conception of a troll,…