Just like many other people, I love to play video games. It all started when I was 12 years old when the Nintendo Family Computer System was introduced. I remember sitting in front of our TV and playing for hours. Contra, Lifeforce, Bomberman, Super Mario Bros., Megaman— you name it, I have it.
Even after more than three decades, playing video games is one of the things that I have managed to maintain a huge interest along with model building. But times have changed. There are now more priorities in life; I have a family and I’m holding a managerial position in the company I’m employed in. I don’t have as much time as before to complete a game from start to finish, solve out its puzzles, or overcome its difficulty. That is why I’m glad there are cheat codes.
Now let’s get one thing straight before you call me an unfair player. I always try my best to face the challenge of the game without using any cheat code or walkthroughs. When I check out the clock and see I have gone through hours without breaking through a challenge or when the game is obviously too difficult for me, I reset the console and set the game at an easier setting. If this does not do the trick, then I use a cheat code, FAQ, or walkthrough. There’s no shame in admitting that you’ve reached the limit of your gaming capacity, right?
Are Cheats Really Part of the Game?
It is worthwhile to know how cheat codes started. Cheat codes are actually shortcuts that developers use to modify the game for testing purposes before it is released to the market. For instance, they may develop cheats to skip certain levels, to make characters stronger, or to have unlimited ammo so they don’t have to go back and do the hard parts all over again. And some developers who have a humorous and creative streak create secret costumes, special stages, Easter eggs, and character modifications that can only be seen when the right codes are inputted.
Sometimes, these codes are accidentally or deliberately left. Sooner or later, they reach the gamer’s hands. Developers then found an opportunity to improve their game’s popularity by releasing such inside information about the games.
Indeed, why do cheat codes find their way into the public in the first place? Surely, game developers QC the games before putting them on the shelves, right? Well, developers figured out that just like them, not all people have the time to complete the game without doing anything outside the normal gameplay. They know that if their game they developed is very difficult, it would just create frustration for the clientele, who may tell bad raps about the game due to its enormous difficulty.
So Should You Use Cheat Codes?
Some people, particularly hardcore gamers, abhor using codes. But for me, using cheat codes is okay; it’s really depends on the individual gamer. Yes, there is a greater sense of accomplishment if you don’t use cheats, but there’s no better sigh of relief when you have an automatic health refill or an unlimited number of bullets.