This makes sense: Max Payne 3’s multiplayer, with slow-motion, is basically exploits made legitimate, so Rockstar are treating those that legitimately cheat with some degree of leniancy: they’ll still be able to play, but only against other cheaters.
That sound you just heard is me high-fiving my wall in the general direction of Rockstar’s offices. According to a post on the Rockstar site, anyone caught cheating will basically be “quarantined from all other players into a “Cheaters Pool'”. There’s no word on whether they’ll be able to still use their cheats within this dark alleyway of multiplayer gaming, but Rockstar will keep them in there for a bit to think about what they did. While they’re naughty stepping it, their leaderboard entries will be wiped and they won’t get any dessert.
If Rockstar to ‘absolve’ anyone cheating, they’ll be allowed back into the general pool of players, but a second transgression will result in a perma-ban.
This is hilarious: I’d go one-step further and broadcast the matches for all the non-cheats to watch. We could vote on horrible, random things to happen to the cheats while they beg to be let out.