Everyone has that one friend that insists on ruining the game.
In a recent oral history of the Nintendo 64 classic 'Goldeneye 007,' the developers of the game confirmed that, yes, choosing Oddjob when playing in multiplayer mode is, in fact, cheating.
"We all thought it was kind of cheating when we were play-testing with Oddjob, but it was too much fun to take out and there was no impetus from any of us to change it," said lead environment artist Karl Hilton.
Aha! Now to find that smug little middle school buddy of yours on Facebook and rub it in their big, dumb face.
As vindicating at this is, it’s got us thinking of other common multiplayer moves that get our blood boiling. There are the standards, of course, like glancing at the other person’s screen to find their location, or hitting "start" at the exact moment your roommate starts to take a drag off the joint. Here, though, we’re more interested in built-in game mechanics - the moves that quickly became unwritten rules for what not to do when playing among friends.
So, after much deliberation, we’ve come up with five more in-game tactics that just make you say "damn, that’s a dick move."
Camping in Call of Duty
Camping is when people stand around in one spot, waiting for another character to appear so they can covertly snipe them. Yeah, those assholes.
Camping has a long history in shooter games, arguably rising to prominence with 2000’s 'Counter-Strike', and has since been a "tactic" used in nearly every online FPS since. While this may be controversial, we think it was in 2007’s 'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare' that it became a full-on epidemic.
Of course, there are some that would argue that it actually takes a great deal of skill to find a spot that is safe enough to stand in and not get shot while you’re scoping for respawns, but, frankly, those people are full of shit.
Playing as the Chicago Blackhawks in NHL '94
'NHL '94' hit the SNES with a bang. The first home game to feature real team names with real players, the game ushered in a new era for sports entertainment.
In fact, 'NHL '94' was so popular that its aggressive play tactics were featured in the 1996 indie hit 'Swingers' when the characters sit around and complain about fair play among their tiny little sprite characters.
Its entry here, however, is to make note of the extremely unfair advantage of playing with the Chicago Blackhawks, whose star player Jeremy Roenick basically attains godlike powers on the digital ice.
Consequently, everyone knows only jerks play with the Blackhawks.
Spamming in Street Fighter II
Then, of course, there’s spamming. Unlike button-mashing (which is a perfectly acceptable way to play, in our estimation), spamming can be considered a strategy of sorts, albeit one that is very unsportsmanlike.
Most fighting games have some form of spamming. In 'Mortal Kombat', there’s the uppercut, in 'Super Smash Bros' there’s Fox’s Blaster - but in our opinion, the most frustrating version of this can be found in the Street Fighter series. After all, it’s hard to have much fun while taking 15 straight fireballs to the face and dying before you even get the chance to make a single move.
Blue Shelling in Mario Kart
Again, the use of the Blue Shell is a perfectly legitimate move. But, you’ve ever been hit with one just before crossing the final finish line of a particularly tense race, then you’ll understand why this demon shell ought to be sent back to the hellfire from whence it was forged.
The Blue Shell, which automatically targets and takes out the first place racer has probably prompted more smashed Nintendos and rage quits than any other item in the history of video games.
Goldmining in World of Warcraft
'World of Warcraft', the seemingly never-ending phenomenon that continues to sit at the throne of the massively multiplayer online game genre has encountered its fair share of controversial play tactics over the years.
Arguably the most sickening is the malignant manipulation of game mechanics to syphon real-world dollars out of the pockets of players.
As we have mentioned on the site before, former White House Advisor Steve Bannon had employed this strategy on the game himself, working group of online gold farmers to gather digital funds to sell back to players.
This, of course, was in the very early days of Bannon’s rallying of online trolls to suit his needs. So, in a way, a direct line can be drawn between Bannon’s gold mining to Donald’s Trump assent to the Presidency.
Now, who ever said it was a just a game?