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Video Game Cheats And Codes

Updated on October 12, 2014

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Using video game cheat codes to advance in a game. As an avid old school gamer this is my take on the subject.

Most of us have played video games. Often there are certain games or levels that we can't finish no matter how hard we try. Since the 1980's there have been various codes to assist our gameplay so that we can win a game. I personally only use cheats if absolutely necessary. I am the type who will play for hours and research online for hints before using codes as a last resort. I mainly play the older systems like the Atari 2600, NES, Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis and N64 but I do occasionally play with my Nintendo Gamecube, Nintendo Wii and Sony Playstation 2. I started using cheats back in the 1980's and I am sure us older gamers remember the Game Genies or using a controller on a certain screen to push various buttons in order to unlock something or obtain more lives, power, weapons, etc.

My opinion on gaming play in regards to codes

I stated in previous paragraph that I use these as last resorts and many gamers nowadays just use them all the time. I feel this defeats the purpose of gaming because you feel more satisfaction stumbling through levels and trying again and again to defeat a level or a boss. When you do it on your own you feel much better about yourself. But even I have had to have help to beat a game. Many games, especially the newer ones, have multiple codes. You can be invincible, unlimited ammo, invisible and pretty much you can just walk through the game without any difficulty. What I do is just use a code or two to give me just enough help to complete a level or game. Sometimes just a few extra lives, continues, more ammo, power supply and obtaining advanced weapons early on will help you complete the game. You still may struggle but that is what I like, using the least amount of assistance to complete a game. Feel free to comment on how you play video games or just any video game related thought.

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What you decide to do with your gaming is up to you

What you decide to do with your gaming is up to you but before using all the codes, try the game a few times without any codes and then use minimal amount of cheats to be able to complete your level or game. It may still be hard but that is what gaming is all about. If all games were easy why would we need to play them? I hope you enjoyed this hub and these are just my views on gaming from an old school gamer.

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      mj11769 4 years ago

      Never cheated....spoils the fun of the game.....great lens with plenty of info......

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      PropheticBlogge1 5 years ago

      I've never seen the point in using a cheat as I just think it would ruin the game. Still great lens if using cheats is your thing.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The snes cheats were the best!

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      TwistedWiseman 5 years ago

      Well I am opposed cheating in general, some complained that Comix Zone was hard and then they cheated trough the game, what lazy gaming.

      I beat that game in one sitting and it took a long time!

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      dosmaster5000 5 years ago

      It really depended on what game I was playing. I like to try and beat the games by myself, but if I can't do that I will look as some cheats. I also use guides for side quests and secrets at times.

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      Edutopia 5 years ago

      ^ ^ v v < > B A Start

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Most games have cheats that are avaliable, even back in the day when i was a kid i was amazed at what you could do, immortality, full ammo and weapons... i would spend hours exploiting the cheats and playing with there effects in the game.

      It does make me wonder where the idea of cheat codes actually originated from

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      TeddySteele1 6 years ago

      I usually look for cheat codes only when im playing an old school console game these days. Its too easy to adjust built in options for newer games or just change files with some.

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      hunksparrow 7 years ago

      I use the Konami Code any chance I get.

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