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It's Time To Come Clean With Everyone

By aquizero on Jan 08 2013 05:22 PM
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It’s time to talk truth. What better way to start the New Year than laying it all out on the table and coming clean? I’ll start. I was a cheater! There, I said it aloud. Oh, I feel so much better! Confused? Don’t be. What I'm talking about is cheating in video games.

There are many ways one can be considered a cheater. More specifically, I would like to discuss the use of a cheating device. If you're at all into gaming, you should be familiar with the cheating devices I am referring to. Some popular cheating devices you may be familiar with are the GameShark and Action Replay. Another gem, dating back to the age of the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), was called the Game Genie.

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I never was a huge gamer back in my early years, but I do remember something special using the Game Genie. There was a cheat for the well-known Super Mario Bros. that would allow the user to actually leap over the flagpole at the end of the level! Who wouldn’t have wanted to experience something like that? The end result was nothing spectacular, but I'm glad I did it anyway. Of course, a cheat like this is much more innocent than many other cheats.

I will admit that I have used these devices plenty when it came to Pokémon games. After completing the main story, I would find it frustrating to try and obtain all the remaining Pokémon on my own. Also, I wanted to see the full potential of my Pocket Monsters so I would conjure an unlimited supply of Rare Candies to raise their levels. Of course, whenever I used a device too much, I lost interest in the game entirely and ended up starting the game over without its help. I discovered that cheating devices could be a fun way to enjoy games. That being said, they also removed a level of authentic entertainment and challenge from the gaming experience.

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The last game that I used a cheating device for was Pokémon Platinum Version; for the exact same aforementioned reason. Of course, these were not the only games I cheated with, but as always, I experienced the same loss of interest. I either stopped playing the game, or restarted it. I would like to go on record by stating that I have never used a cheat that would affect any online play. My moral compass never allowed me to very off the path and cheat in a way that would affect others.

Now that I have come clean, I would love for others to do so as well. This article is not meant to point fingers. You are free to play games as you like. After all, who am I to judge? What I would like to hear is how others may have used these devices in ways that I have, for example. It could be something as simple as leaping over a flagpole?


About the Author

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Benjamin is a true gaymer. For nearly a decade, his interest in Nintendo has grown exponentially! He's not extremely skilled at any particular genre of games, but mostly enjoys RPG, strategy, and fighting games. His true obsession within the Nintendo universe is Pokémon, followed closely by Zelda. Ever since he watched the first episode of Pokémon, he's been hooked. To this day, he plays the main-series Pokémon games and watches the anime religiously. He's as close as it comes to being a Pokémon Master. His true passion for Nintendo makes him excited to write new topics for you!

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Comments: 10

I remember back in the day of Diablo, I would use cheats.  I would go around with other guys hunting down people that went into others games and killed them just to steal there things.  Most of these people used some type of hack, so we used them as well to keep it even.  I think most of the time I used the hack that kept me invisible, so I could sneak up on the bad guy and get em.  As I write this, I realize what a nerd I was.....sigh.
We had/have a Game Genie for our SNES. Back in the day, I remember using it with SimCity. The cheat messed with the money I had as a mayor. It made it change randomly, sometimes with odd characters. "Oh, I have $6#2B193Q! What ever shall I buy?"

Most of the fun with Game Genie occurred with the weirder cheats that messed with colors and gameplay in unusual ways.

I remember just entering nonsense to see if I had come up with some amazing code that would change the face of gaming forever.

It never worked.

Anyway, I'm not a fan of cheats. Like you, I can't get over the guilt I know I would feel if I used a cheat in multiplayer. And the fun of a game is playing it the way it's meant to be played. That's the challenge, as you said.

Sometimes, even just knowing too much can ruin a game for me. When I read about the hidden stats in Pokémon games, I lost interest in them. I thought to myself, "What's the point if the Pokémon that I share a bond with can't compete with one who has been EV trained?" Ignorance really can be bliss.
i like the term "video game enhancer" they use on the Game Genie booklet in the picture!

I never used any of the devices, but will admit to using the Konami code and printed cheats they used to put in magazines. and more recently, downloading saves from the internet.
I'm the cheater too. When it came to getting a lot of those screenshots, I used save state after save state, and for hard as hell games, I cheated. I also cheated after beating a game fairly to make myself super strong.

One thing about the genie, it has options to make the games harder for those special game wizards that have nothing better to do than try beating a game handicapped
I love using the Game Genie, as well as other cheating devices, because I love messing around with the game, and sometimes it even helps satisfy my curiosity.

There's that Game Genie code, for example, that starts you at one of the un-used levels in Super Mario Bros. 3 (AOZULT). This was before that rom hack came out that allowed you to play all of the levels the programmers decided not to use, so it was nice to be able to play something that was technically "new" to me for SMB3, since it is my favorite game ever. There was also the Action Replay code that allowed you to jump really high in Animal Crossing, allowing me to see the Island that you were supposed to be able to make with the GBA in some odd way that I could never do.

I don't tend to care if people think using the devices to beat the game are fair or not, because gamers since the dawn of gaming have exploited bugs IN the game to make things fairer, so they don't really have a leg to stand on in the first place. Plus, isn't playing outside the rules kinda fun when you really get right down to it?
I remember having an action replay for the game cube and for the ds lite lol! I used it on pokemon colosseum to make every pkmn a shadow pkmn so i could catch pkmn like solrock and nosepass for my saffire game! I also used it in animal crossing for the ds after i had it for a while to have infinite money (bells).. but other that that nah i like when a game is challenging.. i just get tired of the tedious stuff..
I never really saw the enjoyment in cheating. I like your perspective on this subject though, Benjamin. Great job with this!
Okat, going on the lines of this, I must admit, I currently cheat with Pokémon. I use Pokégen and this online DNS thing to make myself Pokémon. I don't have a proper hacking devise, so I'm never able to alter the game play, but I do create Pkmn with unique movesets/stats. I use custem Pkmn for the Random Machup, though only with legit moves and stats. The pkmn I make with jacked up moves/stats are with my online friends who also cheat. The funnyest glitch I got from doing this is in Soul Silver, where I got a Chressalia, shiny, with infinite stats, like ????0. Whenever it gets hit with something, the game freezes.

LOL, well, I hope to read more from this.

View PostDrakeFlyLon, on 10 January 2013 - 11:00 PM, said:

Okat, going on the lines of this, I must admit, I currently cheat with Pokémon. I use Pokégen and this online DNS thing to make myself Pokémon. I don't have a proper hacking devise, so I'm never able to alter the game play, but I do create Pkmn with unique movesets/stats. I use custem Pkmn for the Random Machup, though only with legit moves and stats. The pkmn I make with jacked up moves/stats are with my online friends who also cheat. The funnyest glitch I got from doing this is in Soul Silver, where I got a Chressalia, shiny, with infinite stats, like ????0. Whenever it gets hit with something, the game freezes.

LOL, well, I hope to read more from this.

Oh wow. I never heard about that. That is also a part of me that gets worried when it comes to cheating in games. The glitches. I would seriously cry if my game glitched and it affected my save file.

View Postaquizero, on 11 January 2013 - 08:48 AM, said:

Oh wow. I never heard about that. That is also a part of me that gets worried when it comes to cheating in games. The glitches. I would seriously cry if my game glitched and it affected my save file.

That's why I would never get an Action replay, because one of my hacker friends, used it on Diamond Version, and ll the cheats he used messed up the game, and there's no way to clear it up, unless you're willing to clear the data. And some hacks even hav the risk of totally deleting the hard data. (My term for the stuff the programmers use to make up the game stuff).