An Australian RuneScape player taught a national radio show an old-school scam to the jeers and cheers of an entire country.
In case you’re not an old-dog gamer like some of us in The Gamer’s office, RuneScape is a classic MMORPG back in the early days of multiplayer games--2001 to be exact. You play a character in a classic fantasy RPG setting, wearing medieval-style armor and killing goblins to gain XP, levels, and loot.
It’s also still around! Although the original RuneScape servers are set to close down this August, the game lives on as a mobile game for Android and iOS.
Being one of the original MMORPGs, RuneScape has also become notorious for scams. One of those scams is the “Armor Trimming Scam” that players sometimes inflict upon new players.
One such Australian RuneScape player named Cam explained to Triple J radio hosts the basics of the scam. A new players gets approached by someone offering to “trim armor” for free (which essentially upgrades the armor), and so believing the scammer, the new player hands over their armor thinking they’re about to get twinked out. Instead, the scammer teleports away with the armor, leaving the poor new player with nothing.
When asked by the radio hosts if his unfortunate encounter made him trust people less later in life, Cam replied no, but it did teach him a valuable lesson: "You gotta get ahead somehow." And so, the scammed became the scammer, and he admitted to performing the same scam on many a newcomer to RuneScape.
To be clear, this is a violation of RuneScape’s terms of service, and you could be reported and banned for performing this scam. Cam had long since stopped playing, so his admission is more for catharsis than anything else.
Although the Triple J announcers didn’t quite understand the gravity of Cam’s admission, their audience certainly did. They were bombarded with callers and texters saying that Cam was performing a “dog act” (which is Aussie slang for socially unacceptable behavior) and should be forever shunned.
What do you think? Has it been long enough for this scammer to atone, or should he forever remain marked among RuneScape fans?