Rockstar Takes Aim At Cheaters

There’s not a whole lot worse in the world of gaming than sitting down with your brand new score only to be repeatedly sniped by some jackass stuck in a wall atop an area that’s unreachable to the honest gamer. Through repeated game updates and content releases developers do little, if anything to fix the obvious bugs and exploits a select few take advantage of which inevitably destroys multilayer games for many.

Finally gamers can breath a sigh of relief as Max Payne 3 developer Rockstar Games has stepped-up to the plate in attempts to squash cheaters. With a plan designed to “give cheaters a taste of their own medicine” Rockstar will be removing cheaters from the general population of online players and pitting them against their peers. Think of it like lifeguards moving the kids that pee in the pool to their very-own pee-pool, with other serial urinators, where they’ll be free to relieve themselves as they please and, in the event that they can redeem themselves they may be allowed back in the general population.

In a post on the Steam Community Forum Rockstar Games released the news of the new “cheater pool” to the gaming community:

“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.

Anyone found to have used hacked saves, modded games, or other exploits to gain an unfair advantage in Max Payne 3 Multiplayer, or to circumvent the leaderboards will be quarantined from all other players into a “Cheaters Pool”, where they’ll only be able to compete in multiplayer matches with other confirmed miscreants. In the event we decide to absolve any of these cheaters for their past transgressions¬†they may re-enter play with the general public, however a second offense will result in their indefinite banishment. In either case, we will be removing invalid leaderboard entries to ensure that the players at the top of the charts have earned their spots fairly.”

RUDE Magazine would like to give a salute and a big thanks to Rockstar Games for their initiative and creativity in handling the situation, we can only hope other developers follow suit in the future to keep gaming a fair and engaging experience.


-Rude Magazine – @JordanRUDEmag

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