Don’t Trust Anyone Online, Even If You Think They Are Your Friends

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Video: “I think this is a great opportunity to reiterate […] the importance of not trusting anyone online, even if you think they are your friends.” Game Informer spoke to the mother of a young Destiny player whose progress was deleted after he shared his account with a fellow player. Remember to be careful, gamers.


    • Exactly, many articles on this seem to conveniently leave that part out. It’s a bummer his stuff was deleted, but he was indeed trying to glitch the game, tough for me to have any kind of sympathy due to that.

    • It’s sadly rather predictable with Kotaku, omitting important details they believe to be irrelevant to their perspective.

    • The same article that leaves out that the kid was only 11 and was peer pressured into cheating/glitching by the guy that deleted his stuff.

      It seems that common compassion isn’t that common these days…
      I mean, the poor kid is crying at the end of the video.

  • Pretty much why I’d *never* share a game with anyone I don’t know in real life first.

    But also, he’s cheating as stated before, so no sympathy. Gonna glitch the game, be prepared for many things, such as dodgy crap like this. Sorry kid. It’s definitely a dick move by the guy, but it’s a dick move to progress by glitching.

    • Indeed. The only people I ever share my accounts to are ppl I know in real life.

      That way if they screw up I can drive up to their place and bitch slap them in person! xD

    • Ehh… I would normally agree, though I think there seems to be an unnecessary amount spite directed towards an 11 year old kid. He certainly gets my sympathy as the punishment doesn’t fit the crime.

      (Especially if his claims that the guy who deleted his account actually convinced him to cheat is true)

      • Not really. I think youre confusing spite with a valuable life lesson, that cheaters very rarely ever win. Otherwise I wouldve been silly and called him names etc etc etc. The kid tried to cheat, lost his character to some dude pulling a majorly dick move. Had he not done this hed still have the character. Its cut.and dry.

  • Couple of tough lessons there for the young fella (about cheating and stranger danger). He’ll come out of it wiser though. I’m also going to go ahead and buck the trend by giving him a little sympathy, because kids.

    As for the other bloke, hopefully he learned something too and is now a better human being because of it. Fact is it feels bad to hurt people, even if you don’t think it should. There’s plenty of other ways to deter a cheat. I find one of the most effective is just to call them on it. Not break (or in this case delete) something they’ve spent a lot of time on.

    Being a dick to a dick really only helps the first dick to justify his dick behaviour and you end up with a whole lot of dicks that way. As is illustrated by that sentence ;p

    • The “no sympathy” thing gets old. Something bad happens to someone else and the first instinct is for people to attempt to differentiate themselves from whatever they feel is beneath them instead of like, y’know, thinking holistically or cognitively.

    • Kid got scammed. He’s only young too (11).
      I can’t say I was much wiser at his age.
      Poor kid deserves some sympathy, and will hopefully learn from this.

  • I read the linked article, but I can’t be bothered watching a 17 minute video.

    Apparently (Although no links to prove it) the person who deleted his stuff spent a lot of time before that convincing the kid it was OK. The person has a Youtube channel devoted to him convincing kids to hand over their accounts and than deleting them. But no links, probably don’t want to give a jerk like that the traffic.

    The kid was stupid, but as a kid I remember being stuck on a boss in a arcade game and somebody offered to beat him for me, to show me how it was done. Needless to say I never got the controls back and I was down 20c. Kids are sometimes too trusting and can easily be convinced to do something stupid.

    I doubt his mother told him never to let other people use your account over the internet as there is a high chance they could be a Troll and delete your account. I have enough trouble drilling this into adults let alone children.

    When I was a kid we had cheat codes, we knew about hidden short cuts in Super Mario Bros. qne other games there where ways to get around the system, now days there is none of that because everything is Multiplayer Online Only (MOOs), and cheat codes are sold as DLC. I don’t think MOOs should have cheat codes. But in a lot of ways I miss Cheat Codes because they where a fun way to break the rules without consequences. Your mum never yelled at you for skipping stages in Super Mario, you didn’t get in trouble for giving yourself infinite lives or whatever in games.

    The kid made a mistake, but I don’t think the loss of his characters is a fit punishment for his crime, because the truth is it sounds like entrapment. He didn’t go looking for a glitch, he wasn’t trying to buy his way into a hacked COD lobby, he was offered something and pressured into doing it. So I have a lot of sympathy for him but I hope he learned never to trust random people on the internet.

    • If this is a repeated pattern of behaviour on the part of the deleter then I find that… worrying. Perhaps he justifies it by telling himself that he’s teaching people an important lesson. At what point though, does he become the monster he is trying to warn people against? It is a frightening set of skills he’s developing, I don’t see it leading anywhere good.

      Maybe with the publicity gained by this article he’ll decide that his mission is accomplished and he can go back to being the helpful member of the PSN community that he is at heart.

      Or maybe monkeys might fly out of my butt.

      • That’s like telling the police you only steal cars to help people realise how to protect their cars better.

        The kid was stupid, but he’s 11 he is meant to be doing stupid things at least this was only in a game and not out in the real world.

        As to the guy who tricks kids out of their account info because he sees it as funny, well he is quite simply Scum. Like any other Conman picking on the vulnerable. Unfortunately there are people on this world who can only derive enjoyment from making others miserable.

  • The kid was 11. He learnt a valuable lesson.

    A year ago when my daughter was 7 she built a house in Minecraft on her own plot on the Moncraft server.
    Someone was being nice to her and she gave them access to ‘help’ her build on her plot too. As soon as they got access they started to tear down everything she had spent weeks building.
    All she could do was watch as they destroid everything she had created. she was in tears, screaming.
    She learnt a valuable lesson then too.

    • Sure it’s a valuable lesson. But you don’t want to anyone to actively inflict that kind of thing on a kid…

      Wasn’t there a case in the USA recently where a bunch of family members who got arrested for organizing a ‘fake kidnapping’ in order to teach a kid not to trust strangers? (involved someone unknown to the kid who threatened him with a gun and told the kid he’d be sold into sex-slavery)

      Oh sure good intentions et all, but that’s some messed up childhood trauma right there…

  • Wow. Sucked in. Yeah it really sucks what happened and that other guy is a complete penis for doing it, but really an M rated game for an 11 year old? If only people could do things like this to all the 11 year olds playing Arma or Battlefield…

    • Destiny isn’t really that bad as far as FPS games go, if my kid could prove he’s mature enough to play the game I wouldn’t have a problem letting him. Now if he wanted to play the new Mortal Kombat, GTA or a very graphic FPS, I’d say no.

      Also M15 is the Australian rating, In the US it’s rated T for Teen, which I think is closer to our PG13, than out M15. These rating are merely guidelines and if you have a mature kid who can play a game recommended for a kid a couple years older that’s not so bad.

  • To all the people saying it serves him right for cheating: yes he did try to cheat, but only after the troll approached him and told him about it. The cheat actually doesn’t exist. This troll deliberately baited him into it. It takes a fucked up individual to do something like that. And to a little kid. Keep in mind that this guy is a grown adult.

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