Max Payne 3 cheaters getting quarantined

Rockstar acknowledges "small minority" of players employing hacks and cheats in new shooter; those caught relegated to "Cheaters Pool."

Rockstar Games is putting Max Payne 3 cheaters and hackers in its sights. In an update to the company's website, the firm explained it is aware a "small minority" of players are employing cheats and hacks in the new shooter. While some of the issues will be remedied via title updates, those caught using "nefarious methods" will be relegated to a "Cheaters Pool," the company said.

Rockstar is targeting Max Payne 3 cheaters.

There, players who used hacked saves, modded games, or other exploits will be pooled together, where they will only be able to play in multiplayer matches against others of the same status. Rockstar said it may reinstate these players, but a second offense will result in an "indefinite banishment."

Rockstar encourages players who witness potentially illegitimate Max Payne 3 activity to send an email to the company at maxpayne3.banhammer@rockstargames.com and include the platform (Xbox 360, PlayStation, or PC), the alleged cheater's gamertag / user ID, a description of the violation, and a video or screenshot of the transgression if possible.

Rockstar also said it will not ban players for using legitimate strategies that players may object to, like "camping."

Max Payne 3 shipped for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on May 15 to a warm critical reception and shipments of 3 million copies. The game landed on the PC on June 1, and according to one analyst, will sell 4 million copies in its lifetime. For more on Max Payne 3, check out GameSpot's review.

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totto210
totto210

ahhaha cheaters in max payne lolllll ,

Kaine852
Kaine852

Now that's an excellent idea! Props to Rockstar!

Kastigador
Kastigador

So other than the very small percentage of cheaters that truly enjoy playing with hacks enabled for all, how is this any different than warning and then banning them? While it certainly sounds funny to think of all these cheating noobs hacking each other in a free for all mess, odds are most won't want to participate in a game where they don't have that unfair advantage anymore(and I'm sure some might even feel like they don't deserve to be there). I imagine at that point its as good as being warned in their eyes, and if they are the type that can somehow work around being banned, I'm sure they'll employ the same tricks here. I doubt it will really discourage them anymore than the warn and ban hammer punishment although its certainly funny to think about putting them in this cheaters purgatory for life.

adrian_cortez94
adrian_cortez94

i don't normally use trainers and hacks in video games, but to hell with it, this concept really got me. i guess i'll try it their way for once (or maybe twice or more lol). cheaters pool here i come.

sheikweight
sheikweight

"Rapidfire Round-Up" for Rockstar.   Well done. Hopefully that adds a bit of Hope to those who play without those Modded controllers.  Seems like with those controllers everything is becoming like "MODern Warfare".

xxYetterxx
xxYetterxx

brilliant.  Next step, make a viewing gallery so us non-cheaters see the mayhem that surly ensues in this 'cheaters purgatory'

amaan4ever
amaan4ever

Imagine if this would be done for mw2. There would literally be a couple of hundred players left

amaan4ever
amaan4ever

If this was done by activision mw2 would have prob be shut down with barely any clean players

fightingfish18
fightingfish18

This idea is almost as great as the email address ".banhammer"

immortality20
immortality20

Haven't played the mp yet, but damn was the sp ever worth every penny.

Great plan though, I bet if some other companies did this, they'd have servers almost as full as the legit players. 

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

I say.....cheat in single player if you have to.....who cares about that but amoeba who cheat in online games they are......well amoeba, yes a one celled critter that's what they are....and they deserve their LOLZ cheaters pool......

RiP_ili
RiP_ili

Cheaters pool. Sounds like a public swimming facility... the kind where your sneakers mysteriously disappear, and no one in the shallow end seems too alarmed by the piece of human feces that just floated by.

NightmareP3
NightmareP3

Oh god, i hope someone uploads gameplay fotage of the Cheaters Pool, must be funny as all hell! lol

6blackravens
6blackravens

RSG, could also subscribe to PunkBuster, then we can stream our servers to PBbans.com or GGC anti-cheat services as well to keep the legit MP players/server admins happy. Great job on the "Drowning Pool" idea, best development for caught cheats in ages, would be great to be a spectator in the "Drowning Pool" for 10 minutes, thx.

Ultimate_Noob
Ultimate_Noob

Rockstar will never cease to amaze me. They've gone above and beyond the mundane and boring banfest, and all companies should strive for this ingenuity.

never-named
never-named

Rockstar Games, always at the forefront of awesome!

swersin
swersin

Brilliant, this has got to be the best idea to combat hacks and exploits in multiplayer I have seen in a long time! 

 

Cheaters get delegated to the cheaters pool where they basically have an "open sandbox" to play with their hacks. Rockstar keeps an eye out for new hacks and exploits used in the pool, release a patch to fix them, then just wait for new hacks to surface in the cheaters pool. Just rinse and repeat! :-)

The_Mighty_KELP
The_Mighty_KELP

I agree with pretty much every comment so far: This is amazing and should be standard. If you go play CoD: WaW, there are noclippers, godmoders, and lots of them. I wanted to play it online but I can't because it's so broken with cheaters.

Gooper_Blooper
Gooper_Blooper

Holy crap, this is brilliant. I hope other developers follow this lead. If you cheat offline, fine, it's your game. If you cheat online, go play in Cheatsville with the other cheaters, you cheating cheat.

MuddVader
MuddVader

What an awesome way to deal with cheaters.Now they can't even complain and say "I BOUGHT THE GAME, WHO ARE THEY TO SAY WHAT I CAN AND CANT DO WHEN I PLAY" because they aren't taking multiplayer away from them as a whole ;P

GpVon
GpVon

wonderful idea!!! but let the real players watch!,lol

Grovilis
Grovilis

I would like to see gameplay of this "Cheaters Pool". Must be absolute hell. :P

dlM0kn
dlM0kn

I wished they'ed just get banned outright but I guess this is ok. Its cool that if they get caught a second time THEN they'll get banned. Who knows but maybe there'll be a few of them who realize hacking is stupid and they'll be persuaded to join the light side.

Carpetfluff
Carpetfluff

It won't take long for them to realise how boring it gets to play against someone who's hacking. Trouble is, these bozos will just start competing to see who has the best hacks. Still, if they're doing it in their own little stinky kiddy pool and not getting in anyone else's way then that's just fine.

Tsuchikage
Tsuchikage

That "Cheater's Pool" idea is pretty nifty.

demonhellcat
demonhellcat

Making them play each other!  That's brilliant!  Much more fun than just using the ban-hammer.

Lytmare
Lytmare

That is AWESOME! Round up all the cheaters and make them play together for a while! That should put them on the straight and narrow pretty quick! 

ZOD777
ZOD777

I have advocated something like this before, but it was somewhat of a pipe dream.  It is pretty much what happens to all games after a couple years anyway.  Go back and play COD4, BF2, and CS:Source.  Hackers paradise.  I just wish they would take away the 2nd chance part of the whole idea.  Cheaters are the lowest forms of life.  In the real world cheaters are criminals.  Off with their heads!! 

Lausanna
Lausanna

This is kind of hilarious. Poetic justice ftw.

Tacoholic23
Tacoholic23

This is dumb. I have never used a hack or liked the idea of hackers, but this isn't right nor will it solve the problem of hackers. Just plain silly, like ubisoft's idea to make you connected to the internet to play games, yeah that didn't work out so well..

MrBlutzIII
MrBlutzIII

Hey! who agrees this should go for all popular multiplayer games?!

DefunktJunk
DefunktJunk

good move Rockstar. hope you guys catch every last one of'em.

AntiH3ro97
AntiH3ro97

Hmm... should using a hacked save, a singleplayer endeavor, make you unable to play legit multiplayer matches?  I don't think it should...

SolidSnakeUS42
SolidSnakeUS42

Gives them a taste of their own medicine. Love this idea by Rockstar. Banning people usually never stops them from cheating, so let possible other cheaters piss them off to keep them from cheating. Clever.

Goldrock
Goldrock

good deal these guys cheat and are still able to play hell should just revoke their online status ban their ips from the muliplayer servers for awhile.

Kaisar_Dragon
Kaisar_Dragon

 @dlM0kn Not banned, permanent banishment. They stay on the Cheater Pool forever. No appeals.

GpVon
GpVon

 @demonhellcat yea.....but we should be able to spectate the cheaters pool just for the laughs,lol

MrBlutzIII
MrBlutzIII

 @Tacoholic23 maybe it will make these people think twice next time they wanna screw over someones game...

MrBlutzIII
MrBlutzIII

 @AntiH3ro97 obviously they must of did it online because rockstar couldnt have known unless they did, like xbox live co-op

SMDoles
SMDoles

 @Kaisar_Dragon  @dlM0kn "Rockstar said it may reinstate these players" - So Kaisar, if you are saying once you get into the cheater's pool you stay there forever, that doesn't seem to be the case.

SMDoles
SMDoles

 @GpVon OH, OK. Well that makes sense. I don't even have this game yet, but this seems like an interesting way to take care of cheaters, I don't remember anything like this ever happening before.

GpVon
GpVon

 @SMDoles No I think he means after they've been re-instated FROM the cheaters pool to regular servers and they are caught a second time, they are either banned outright or doomed to spend forever in the "pool"