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05-06-2017, 08:00 PM
An intersting article on why people cheat, and definitely cheat if they think they can get away with it...

You Can Cheat, But Don't Be a Cheater

There are small acts of cheating that many of us are probably guilty of: using a dictionary to win at Words With Friends, editing save files in Dungeon Defenders to get impossibly awesome equipment, or dropping out of online games in order to avoid getting a loss on our records. Heck, even buying illicit gold in massively multiplayer games can be routine if you know where to look.

What kinds of circumstances make us more or less likely to leap into such transgressions? Besides the threat of punishments like VAC-banning on Steam or getting a Battle.net account suspended, recent research has shown that the threat of having to update our own self-image as a 'cheater' or 'a dishonest person' can be a surprisingly strong deterrent...

Read more here: http://www.psychologyofgames.com/2014/02/you-can-cheat-but-dont-be-a-cheater/