How the hell is spawn camping/killing not griefing?
Explain this to me.
That's always been its definition, griefers are people who aren't trying to play the game the right way. They don't care about earning in-game rewards, their goal is to exploit oversights in the game in any way they can to ruin your day. That's their singular goal.
Simply playing the game in a way the developers intentionally allowed for isn't remotely close, which includes killing someone as many times as possible using legitimate means (which earns RP, money, awards, and skin unlocks as rewards as well). The developers gave tanks to players who want to kill other players, and they gave Passive Mode to players who don't want to be killed by other players. Neither of those things guarantees you'll get the outcome you want, but they sure do help a lot.
They also included "Find new session" and "Invite only session", both of which offer additional ways to avoid any other players or parts of the free roam experience which you don't personally care for. There's a kick option in there too, though that doesn't seem to work very well unless you're with friends/crew.
Otherwise, as someone mentioned above, there'd be no point in having a word for it at all, since everyone gets upset over many different things, a big one being "losing". Winning the game and griefing aren't just different things, they're also mutually exclusive most of the time.
Some people are also just getting upset about the fact that they're choosing to play the wrong game (ie, if someone is playing a game that offers tanks to kill players with even though they feel emotionally devastated when they're killed by a tank, this is a good sign that they're either a masochist or have some other serious issues).
I personally dislike sports games, but if I buy Madden 2013 anyways and keep getting obliterated by people who stomp me 70 to 0 every game, it doesn't make them a griefer just because I'm frustrated and upset. Even though they already knew they'd won at 40 to 0 and were still trying hard to make me lose as badly as possible, that doesn't make them a griefer. Me getting dominated means I'm bad at the game, and me getting upset means I'm playing the wrong game.
All that matters is that they played the game legiitimately; all the things they used were intentional gameplay mechanics. The fact that their actions were aimed at "winning" according to the game is a good indicator that it wasn't griefing anyways, even without considering the actual definition.
In fact, griefers are a lot closer to cheaters than anything else. The only major difference is that cheaters want to exploit the game to win, and griefers want to exploit the game to frustrate the everloving sh*t out of you. Cheaters care about "winning" according to the game, while griefers do not care at all. In fact, they will often purposely forfeit game progress in order to accomplish griefing.
There are a lot of examples offered on the Wikipedia page as well: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Griefer
Examples from this game would include:
- Towing a vehicle to make other players freeze.
- Placing sticky bombs on your windows so anyone that shoots at you will get Bad Sport.
- Placing a bunch of personal vehicles next to each other to make someone get a lot of Bad Sport.
- Driving backwards during a race, or otherwise ignoring checkpoints to disrupt the race.
- Purposely sabotaging a cooperative job to force your team to fail.
- Acquiring an item which needs to be delivered and then running away to prolong the job as long as possible.
And the list goes on and on and on forever, unfortunately. Hope that helps.