Surprisingly, it’s not always about just being a dick. “It’s frustrating,” says Duncan Ariey, whose cheating ways date back to 16-bit Game Genie hacks. “To lose consistently to people who got better than you by playing six to eight hours a day while you’re at school or work—some people cheat just to even the playing field.” Latecomers are especially disadvantaged, says Ariey: “Nobody wants to turn on their new game and be killed 50 times in a row by people who have had the game longer. I know many people who cheat not to boost their win column, but to keep it from being ruined in their first few days of having a game.”

Yeaaah, whatever.