Do you like to cheat in Red Dead Redemption’s multiplayer game modes? Sniping at an unbelievable rate? Getting more XP than you should be? Bullet-soaking machine? You soon won’t be able to get away with such nonsense.
The team at Rockstar announced yesterday via their forums that the ban hammer is coming to cheaters in Red Dead Redemption starting on Tuesday, August 24. They will be banning anyone with hacked game saves on both PSN and Xbox LIVE (my guess is that there are more cheaters on Xbox LIVE since it’s always populated by annoying 12 year olds).
According to Rockstar, there are some people who don’t need to worry, even if they did cheat. (Wait, what, cheater amnesty?? Yes, it’s true.) The ban hammer will not come down on people who “took advantage of temporary exploits to rapidly grind up XP a few weeks ago.”
They also offer cheaters the opportunity to reform, saying. “To be spared, any hacked saves that you have will need to be deleted – single player as well as multiplayer. You should be aware that everything is wiped when deleting saves.”
Frankly, Rockstar bringing down the hammer is a great example that should be shown by other developers more frequently. Hell, if I had my way, every game developer/publisher would have dedicated employees whose full-time job was to monitor for absurd-looking statistics and catch people in the act of cheating. It’s not very fun to play a map in Modern Warfare 2 and have someone get Harrier after Harrier after Harrier or to shoot someone 50 times in Red Dead only to have them kill you before they fall.
It makes me wonder, though. As a non-cheater, I’d love to know why people cheat in online games. Is it for the extra XP and the achievements that can come with it? Is it simply to be the best? Or do cheaters just get pleasure out of pissing off people who play the game fairly? Running into cheaters sucks, I wrote about it on Kombo (another website I write for) last weekend, and this puts a nice, big smile on my face.
What do you guys think? Good? Bad? Pissed off? Happy? Elated?