Interesting Strategy: Rockstar Games To Dump Cheaters Into A Game Where They Only Play Other Cheaters

from the trolls-with-trolls dept

Gamers who cheat are an issue that lots of online games have to deal with, though some are much more aggressive than others. In the past, we've argued that it's overkill to ban such players completely, especially when the "cheats" are really just exposing glitches or bugs in the game itself (i.e., fix the damn game, don't blame the players for your lousy coding). Either way, there's a legitimate concern that some people are getting an unfair advantage and harming the experience for everyone else. Well, now it appears that Rockstar Games has come up with a solution that's slightly more elegant than the sledgehammer of a complete ban. Instead, players caught cheating will be quarantined to a version of the game with each other. So, yes, you can keep playing, but only against other players who are cheating as well.
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.
I am a little curious about the appeals process (it would be awesome if they built an in-game courtroom...), but overall, the solution seems a lot more sensible than outright bans. While some are wondering if some players may prefer this "Cheaters Pool," I don't see how that's a problem. It basically allows Rockstar to offer two different versions of the game, in which the skills required are slightly different.

Filed Under: ban, cheating, games
Companies: rockstar games

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    Anonymous Coward, 16 Jun 2012 @ 1:14am

    Heck, if it were up to me I'd throw the cheaters' pool open to opt-in play, and not count any 'cheating' done in that pool when considering whether someone has a clean record to continue using the main pool; it seems perfectly legitimate for the same person to want to play in each environment according to their respective rules.

    I do have to press the 'fix your games' sentiment that some have questioned; I've spent a substantial number of years in a major Japanese MMO, where there was a troubling tendency for the company in question to ignore a flaw in their system for a long while, get to the point where significant numbers of players were taking advantage of it, without actually saying anything consistent on the matter, and then finally retroactively decide due to sufficient vocal complaining from some players that, oh, yes, this *is* cheating all of a sudden, and out comes the ban-hammer (and the long-overdue patch).

    Not all issues can be solved trivially. That doesn't excuse not really trying to solve issues at all, or deferring policy decisions so long people infer permission from your silence.

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