We've seen a lot of different ways to take on cheaters. We've seen games that suddenly and horribly ratchet up difficulty levels, we've seen direct ejections, we've seen direct objections complete with humiliation. But Max Payne 3
is going to do something a whole lot more interesting with cheaters, specifically, it's going to put them on ice for a while in a good old fashioned cheater hoosegow.
Basically, should a user be found using modded games, hacked saves, or any other measure designed to gimmick the leaderboard, they'll be shipped off to what's being called the Cheater's Pool, where they'll be able to continue playing...but only against other cheaters. There will, however, be an opportunity for users to recover and get back into the mainstream, but those who get sprung from the Cheater's Pool into mainstream gamer society and then cheat again will be permanently locked into the Cheater's Pool, where they will never again be permitted to play with anyone besides cheaters ever again.
This may well be one of, if not the, most innovative way I've ever heard to counter the cheating
scourge. Nothing like exile to keep people honest, or at least take the dishonest and toss them out on their metaphorical ears. This should allow for a better overall experience for those who play and don't cheat, which should help keep gamers involved in the proceedings, if only until the next big thing in multiplayer lands.
Innovative solutions are always welcome, as far as I'm concerned, and this is certainly an innovative solution. Thus, cheaters should be on their guard, and get ready to be locked up should they continue their cheating ways. After all, you never know when this will show up next.