A particularly disturbing piracy recently appeared in Red Dead Online and has particularly targeted people of color. It is no accident that the sudden rise in this exploitation occurred soon, and later, a wave of protests against police brutality in the United States of America and elsewhere in the world. Fortunately, Rockstar fixed this offer, but the main problem remains.
Rockstar multiplayer attempts have a history with hackers and cheaters. Grand Theft Auto Online has been afflicted for years and still not clean on my computer. Things were better with Red Dead Online, but you still have pirates from time to time screaming the lobby. Sometimes hackers do silly, amusing things. They usually do mildly noisy things. Not this time.
I wouldn’t usually post this, but we’re seeing more and more posts about it on reddit & Discord
will Rock Games Have you ever done anything about auditors’ abuse of “Rockstar Message” text in Red Dead Online & Spawning klan npcs?
Give us crew / friend sessions only. Stop enabling this pic.twitter.com/WXsRihsrqV
– Red Dead Online Community (RedDeadRDC) June 13, 2020
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Players are starting to report Reddit and other community sites that pirates are generating hostile NPC characters with a single player KKK character model, or converting their own model to him. In single player mode, you can randomly meet a group of KKK members, you can kill them without blame. They weren’t supposed to be online.
This was done in the same way that hackers used to breed Two skeletons with his head and the like. The difference is that pirates will now make up ‘KKK’ Possesses“Harassing anyone who plays a non-white character while using racist display names, and using the in-game messaging system to spread hate speech.
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Many players began documenting the disgusting phenomenon on Twitter, and showed the types of messages these racist trolls would send while spawning white unconvincing characters. With a renewed focus on rampant ethnic inequality in our societies being a hot topic after the murder of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer, it is clear which side these hackers take.
Someone thinks it’s funny that a bunch of KKK spawns on Red Dead Online. Rock Games I know you don’t really care about hackers in this game, but given the current situation in the USA, you might want to do something? PS, I shot them in the game, just could not stand up. Bad taste for joke pic.twitter.com/PRPiU3q7Uo
– Ken Chang (fanfusuzi) June 4, 2020
Rockstar was fast in the draw and put an end to this bad. The game has been updated to check the assets anytime a new asset is loaded, and if the KKK NPC template is automatically deleted. The developers did not address the issue beyond confirming the implementation of the fix.
Earlier this month, Rockstar games Red Dead Online and GTA Online servers temporarily blocked a tribute to George Floyd. Racism remains a prevalent problem in online gaming communities, and it is up to both players and developers to ensure that these virtual spaces are open and welcome to everyone.