Rockstar Games has announced there will be method of dealing with any would-be cheaters in Max Payne 3. Writing on their official blog, Rockstar acknowledged the presence of cheaters:
“We’re aware that a small minority of players are spoiling the Max Payne 3 multiplayer experience for honest players with cheats and hacks and while certain issues will be dealt with in forthcoming title updates, today we’d like to make it clear that anyone using these nefarious methods will be dealt with.”
The method Rockstar has developed to deal with anyone found cheating can be likened to that of a quarantine zone. Called the Cheaters Pool, players that have been found cheating or hacking the game will be forced to play with other captured cheaters as an initial punishment, with all their states being wiped from the leaderboards. It is possible for players who have been found cheating to work their way out of the cheaters pool, but repeated offenses will lead to the player being banned indefinitely.
If you happen to bump into a cheater whilst playing Max Payne 3, you can e-mail Rockstar at firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following information: Platform (PC, PS3, or Xbox 360); cheater’s Gamertag /ID; a description of the violation; and if possible, a video or a screenshot of the offense.
Analysis: There is no way around it, but cheaters are the worst. To resort to hacking or cheating in an online game for whatever reason, whether that be for the heck of it or because being on top of the leaderboards would be cool, all it does is ruin the fun for others. The Cheaters Pool, as Rockstar has called it, is a rather ingenious idea I fully endorse.
People make mistakes. We are all guilty of making a wrong choice at some point, and I find giving players a chance to right their wrongs and get back on the straight and narrow after experiencing some virtual jail time with similar players is a great move. Banning someone for what may be a first-time event would be a drastic move, and taking such a novel approach on the issue is genius.
I am all for this being picked up by other studios and becoming a trend within the industry.