Should Cheating in GTA 5 Be Tolerated?

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With the latest Grand Theft Auto 5 title update, Rockstar Games cracked down on cheaters inGTA Online, the game's online multiplayer portion. The battle between the developer and glitchers/exploiters has raged on since the October launch of the mode. With each exploit and glitch found, Rockstar has attempted to take counter-measures to prevent more players from doing so, but to no avail. Now the big question is, should Rockstar just accept glitching and exploiting in Grand Theft Auto Online?

On one hand, the idea of "cheating" certainly fits in within the scope of the game. I know I'm not the only one that sees the irony that the developer of a game which encourages you to earn money through illegitimate actions (ie. robbing banks) is looking to prevent players from getting in-game cash through illegitimate ways (ie. exploits). So from a thematic standpoint, it fits.
But from a practicality stance, glitching and exploiting can ruin the economy of an online game very quickly. Stabilizing an online game's economy is hard enough without players finding new ways to trick the game into rewarding them with free crap, so imagine the challenge Rockstar is facing by players continuing to expose these workarounds. Having an excess amount of money in the game can lead to rapid inflation for goods and services in the game making those items you want even more expensive.

The argument can be made, however, that prices in GTA Online are so excessive that cheating is the only way to afford anything...

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