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Should a person cheat at video games

Updated on February 4, 2011

Author: W. K. Hayes

To Cheat or not To Cheat?

If I sit here and write while giving grievous attention to detail, you won’t get to know the writer. So, my advice to others is for you to write your helpful conversation in written form and that form should be with your own voice.

Now, with that said, let’s crack into one of my favorite pastimes, video games! Video games are challenging, exciting and extremely entertaining. I recall reading an article that spoke of video games as becoming, “movies we can interact with”, and so they have.

However, for as long as video games have been around folks have debated the major question of using video game cheats. Whether those cheats be from pushing a certain button sequence on the controller or using a third party device.

Many people believe that cheating at a game takes the fun out of the game. To a certain extent, this is very true although it depends on the difficulty of the game versus the player’s own skill level of play. Many games have difficulty settings although many great games, do not.

Another key factor when deciding on whether or not to cheat at a game is the amount of time the player has to actually enjoy the game versus working, school and other family demands.

Using a third-party device or software to cheat at a game is overkill if all cheats are enabled and really do take some of the better parts of the games, out. Many video game software developers have designed software that allows the game to know it is being cheated on and will withhold certain items, animations and other limitations from the player as a type of penalty for cheating.

However, from my own experiences, cheating truly depends on the circumstances surrounding the player. What are my qualifications, you might ask? I’ve been playing video games since the days of Pong until now and will continue to do so. As a matter of fact, I love video games so much that I began learning how to make my own, last year. There is no better feeling, when it comes to playing a video game than playing the one you made. Even then, you’ll provide cheats for yourself to help getting through the testing aspect, faster.

Ultimately, whether or not a person cheats at video games is up to the individual. If you work over a hundred hours a week, like I do then, you really don’t have time get your character/characters up to level ninety-nine but cheats give you a shot at actually playing the game without spending too much time doing so.

Some people believe that cheating at video games sets bad habits up for later on in life for younger folk. However, try entering in the commands for getting the cheats to work. In fact, your child is learning about programming code in a base form. Never withhold a child from learning anything other than that they should never bring harm to another human being.

With the third-party software, a person not only will be learning basic commands, they will become more proficient at data-entry and if they take the time to learn how to create input codes for cheats by manually creating their own, they will begin taking a further step into the wonderful world of programming.

Before my hate mail becomes even more stuffed with negative thinking consider this, I actually do not bother with using cheats anymore and stick to RPGs, (Role-Playing Games). RPGs do not allow for push button code access to cheats and some even go as far as to corrupt the save data to ensure third-party software is not used on the game without serious ill-effect.

For me, RPGs allows a player to enjoy a thrilling story-line of tremendous proportion without needing cheats. Simply take your time, move at your own pace and level up. It took me over a year to get through one RPG while playing the game, as time permitted. Talk about getting my money's worth!

However, if I decide to play a racing game, I’m more inclined to use some sort of cheat on it to give myself a ton of money with the exception of one racing game. The programmers designed the racing game in a way that if you use cheats to unlock all the level three parts for your car…the cars you raced were also leveled up.

Using the cheats, I hooked myself up with one sweet ride. Hit the virtual streets and got into my very, first race of the game. There my car sat…surrounded by exotic class A cars with the ability to break 200mph without breaking a sweat. Needless to say, I humbled myself by starting over without the cheat codes. In all other cases, I used the cheats until I got good enough to play without the extra help.

Ultimately, my overall point of this article is simple enough. Using cheats can help a person get better at a game before actually playing the game with greater difficulty. Using cheat-code software is the same as learning basic programming while improving basic command input skills and data entry. Also, using cheat codes for video games is a great way to play a game when you don’t have a lot of time to put into one. However, if the game is fairly easy and straightforward like Pong…why bother with cheats? That would be sad.

Thanks for reading my article and have a great day!


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      Warren Keith Hayes 6 years ago from Bryson City, North Carolina

      Hi Qbrown9...I sent you a direct email with a few recommendations regarding 3D art, then I had an afterthought...Ask your son if he has tried a program called, Gamemaker 8. It's fairly easy to use and although it's not the best for 3D games, he can make some killer 2D games.

      Also, he might want to check out a program called Sonar by Cakewalk. Sonar is awesome for writing his own music for his games.

      If I think of anything else or if he would like any other recommendations to help him, please feel free to write me.

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      Qbrown9 6 years ago

      I agree 100 percent. My son has taught taught himself all manners of cheating, and is extremely adept at these codes, scripting etc. He is a computer whiz who creates Apps, games, animation and wants to be a game designer when he grows up. But, in the meantime, we have this green screen 10 x 12 with 800 watt lights coming in the mail (oh, he also has this thing for filming and photography).