FEAR THE BANHAMMER! That's always been the response to cheaters, modders and exploiters in online games. Screw around and you'll get the boot. Unfortunately, that means that someone who plopped down their hard earned cash to play the game no longer can (even if that person is a jerkface cheater). That's part of the reason why Rockstar's approach to cheating in Max Payne 3 is so awesome; rather than swinging the banhammer, the company will let cheaters keep on playing and cheating -- but only with each other.
"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," Rockstar explained in a recent blog post.
We'd love to see a feed of some of those matches! In any case, spoilsports will also be scrubbed from the game's leaderboards. There's a chance that Rockstar could let reformed exploit-lovers back into the general pool, but if they flub their second chance at civilized play, the Eternal Banhammer will drop with impunity.
If you see someone mucking around in the game, Rockstar encourages you to vote the transgressors onto the island by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org with the platform you were playing on, the cheater's gamer ID and a description of the exploit. Bonus points if you include a screenshot or video.
So whaddaya think about the Max Payne 3 Cheater Pool? If it works, we think it's kinda elegant, in amusing sort of way. Now, Rockstar just needs to extend the Jackass Island concept to GTA IV.
Hat tip to Nate Supplee for pointing this out! Image credit: Rockstar