Cheating in online multiplayer games remains a huge problem for many developers today. Max Payne 3 is just one of the most recent games where this is becoming a problem, but Rockstar Games have just announced a fantastic and rather amusing solution to combat the problem.
The GTA developer has revealed that they will not completely ban cheaters from accessing online multiplayer if they are confirmed to be in violation. Instead, they have said that they will be placing all cheaters in a special server designed for cheaters only, meaning that they will no longer be able to cause trouble for everyone else.
Rockstar’s use of terminology when describing the new idea had us in stitches but in all seriousness, it’s actually a fantastic idea that should become universal across other games as well. On the official blog, Rockstar said this:
“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.”
Those miscreants will never know what hit them. What a fantastic way to sort out all of the cheating going on in the game at the moment. Imagine if several people are running god-mode hacks in this cheaters-only server – there will never be a winner. It’s just what they deserve anyway.
Rockstar has also said that they may decide to ‘absolve’ criminals of their ‘transgressions’ in certain situations, but a second violation will result in their permanent ‘banishment’ to the cheaters-only prison. This should make a lot of you legit players very happy and Rockstar should even go one step further as to post the names of cheaters who are moved to the cheaters-only server each week.
What if Treyarch and Infinity Ward announced a similar move for Black Ops 2 and Modern Warfare 3? It would be a great move for the COD multiplayer community and a perfect punishment for those that just can’t resist tampering with the leaderboards. We can’t wait to see this plan implemented in Max Payne 3 and if it’s a success – don’t be surprised if other developers follow suit.
How good is this move by Rockstar folks? Should there be a cheaters-only server for Call of Duty as well? If you have seen cheaters in action on Max Payne 3, Rockstar has advised users to send them an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Brilliant.