Online multiplayer is a nice idea in theory, but most online games are only playable for a few weeks at most before they’re completely overtaken by cheaters. Up until now, the only solution for cheaters has been bans, bans and more bans, but moderators are quickly overwhelmed, and bans just make hacker-types cranky.
Well, Rockstar is trying something new with Max Payne 3 — anyone caught cheating won’t be banned outright, they’ll just be segregated into a “Cheaters Pool” where they can only play against other game-breaking jerks. I can see this either going well, or very badly.
Ideally when a cheater is surrounded by nothing but other cheaters they’d realize the error of their ways and give up their exploitative ways. Realistically though, I can see a lot of cheaters really enjoying their little assholes-only clubhouse. Also, cheaters only playing other cheaters constantly could lead to the evolution of super cheaters that will destroy us all.
What do you guys think? Is Rockstar onto something, or are they toying with forces they don’t understand?
via Ars Technica