Encourages Anti-Social Behavior

The game incentivizes players to lie, cheat, or backstab other players to get ahead.

Some games encourage anti-social behavior. Combat games may encourage you to kill other players in violent ways. Driving games may encourage you to drive recklessly and break the law. Other games may encourage you to lie, deceive, steal from or backstab other players to get ahead in the game. Some games may even allow or encourage some form of cheating.

Within the context of the game, these behaviors are normalized, but you still feel bad when you are on the receiving end of one of these anti-social behaviors. If you have invested time and perhaps money into a game and then lose some of that because a friend backstabs you, that's going to cause some unwanted bad feelings. If someone steals some of your in-game resources, that may make you angry and require you to spend more time and money earning those resources back.

For some players, being on the receiving end of one of these behaviors may make them feel a need for revenge. If the player is part of a team, they may be able to enlist their teammates to pick on a particular player in the game. This will cause a negative experience for that player and may prevent them from enjoying the game.


Infinite Lagrange Infinite Lagrange
"Different player unions can attack and out-maneuver each other for assets"

Dungeon Crusher: Soul Hunters Dungeon Crusher: Soul Hunters
"Due to items being tradeable but only as gifts, some trades can take place only under the honor system (If you send me X, I will send you Y), which predictably results in scams and scam attempts. In the "League" and "Siege" game modes, high-level players find that they need to either cheat with scripts or hire other players to allow them to win."

Granny's House: Horror escapes Granny's House: Horror escapes
"Pretty much only when you play as granny is when you have to kill other players."

Dead by Daylight Mobile Dead by Daylight Mobile
"a lot of the time it is pretty much you vs. the killer and the survivors with how awful those players can be. gotta do what you can to survive."

Legend of the phoenix Legend of the phoenix
"The game has multiple features for encouraging antisocial behavior: - Crop picking - Sabotaging banquets - Pursuit tokens"

Old School RuneScape Old School RuneScape
"All player vs player activities are in specific areas that are clearly marked, although going to these areas can be required for some quests."

Town of Salem - The Coven Town of Salem - The Coven
"This is the main objective of the game. You lie, kill and backstab other players to win the game."

LEGO® Legacy: Heroes Unboxed LEGO® Legacy: Heroes Unboxed
"You are incentivized to participate in PvP battles in exchange for crowns."

Lords Mobile: War Kingdom Lords Mobile: War Kingdom
"horrible behaviours"

Brawl Stars Brawl Stars
"The point of the game is to kill other players."