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Walkthroughs, strategy guides and/or any other means of cheating/help when playing video games?

Updated on November 9, 2012

Am I the only one who doesn't like to use walkthroughs, strategy guides and/or any other means of cheating/help when playing video games? I'm talking about on my first play through, the second time around, have at it and cheat like Tiger Woods did on his wife...or like the Republicans did in the 2000 election. I kid Republicans, I really love you, so please don't axe me...or leave me hanging like a chad!

I just like to play and beat the game on my own, it feels like I actually accomplished something when I do. I just never saw the reason, it's kind of like reading the book then seeing the movie...there's just no point. I'm not trying to condemn anyone who prefers this method, it's just not for please don't hate me for my opinion.

When it comes to earning achievements/trophies using a guide or some other form of cheat, it makes me feel kind of like Milli Vanilli...or Mark McGwire.



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    • Keith Engel profile image

      Keith Engel 5 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

      I do my best not to use them, but I don't refrain from using them either anymore. I am too old and refuse to allow my blood pressure to rise due to a video game anymore. GameFAQs is the place I use or a google search if I can't find what I am looking for there.

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      Michael John Mele 5 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      @JohnGreasyGamer trust me my friend, I know how mean video games can be...but even at my most frustrated, I just can't bring my self to use any means of help/cheat.

      I do remember when Nintendo Power first hit the market, and I do agree, it was a great magazine back then. I haven't really read it for some time now, so I'm not sure how it is now.

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      John Roberts 5 years ago from South Yorkshire, England

      There have been several questions asked on HP like "do you use a video game guide, and why?" But they seem to be disappearing. I don't really use them unless I'm REALLY stuck and I'm running out of patience. Then again, why pay money to pass a single stage in the game, when I could just trade it in and get some cash back? I think Halo Wars was one of those games where you NEEDED the strategy guide, as on the last level you had to interact with a load of things around the level in an exact order. Fail once, and you have to start the combination all over again.

      But do you remember the NES days where Nintendo Power was the shiz? It put you on top of the world to have Nintendo Power, and it wasn't cheating - it was just giving you a fighting chance. Here's 2 reviews that you might want to look at by the Angry Video Game Nerd - they'll show you just how mean video games can get:

      Hope these help ^^