If you’ve ever played online games with random players, you’ll know why the golden rule is to… never play online games with random players. In many titles, you just need to be in a party with friends to have a real hope of success.
Communication, cooperation and general multiplayer etiquette can simply go out of the window where random players are concerned. In these lobbies, the very worst of the playerbase is usually represented. The trolls. The griefers. The lone wolves. The ragequitters. The Eminem wannabes rapping down their mics.
Still, online gaming often isn’t to be taken too seriously. Some titles just invite players to mess with their teams, cause wanton carnage and generally ruin everybody else’s fun by design.
Others frown upon this sort of behaviour, but still provide loopholes or means to be a major dick to everybody else in that session. If there’s a way to do so, after all, online players will find it.
From the devious and impossible stages created in the Mario Maker games to the various creative means of Animal Crossing island sabotage, here are some multiplayer games that allow players’ sadism to run wild.
10. Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Nice Island You Have There, Be A Shame If Someone…
Fans of the
Animal Crossing series will know that its cutesy exterior hides a competitive
heart and sometimes anxiety-inducing community.
Whether they’re paying several million bells for the ‘best’ villagers or queuing for several hours to sell their turnips on somebody’s island, some Animal Crossing fans want the most impressive, elaborately-designed town they can possibly have.
Sadly, the result of this tends to be that there are a lot of very desirable items on said island, which some callous visitors just can’t resist. With the recent ocean swimming update, a loophole opened the way for a spate of thefts, as players could bypass the fences and such that traders place to protect their islands by swimming around to another beach.
With the classic tactic of trampling flowers, cutting down trees and so on, it’s always been very easy for visitors with ill intent to cause devastation on other players’ islands. Remember when other players simply running on your grass would quickly wear it away?