You Lazy, Cheating, S.O.B.
So you came here looking for a cheat code huh? I guess that means you're lazy, disrespectful... a low-life who always takes the easy way out of any situation.
Are we on the same page? I didn't think so!
This is a common misconception, people immediately jump to the conclusion that if you use a cheat code to aid in the completion or enjoyment of a video game them you must not possess the skills required to complete the same game without cheats. This is however, seldom the case.
I use cheat codes for some games, does that make me a loser? Of course not, but it does make Bill a loser, want to know why? You see Bill is one of those cheaters that uses the codes or game modifiers in a multi-player setting without letting the other players know. The Bills of the gaming world are few and far between. In fact, I'd estimate that 95% of all cheat codes do not work in multi-player settings.
So Why Do Some Gamers Use Cheat Codes?
I've been studying the habits of video game players over the last decade, and there are several commonalities among the gamers that do engage in the use of cheat codes. Let me list a few reasons for using a cheat code, and keep in mind, none of these make the gamers lazy, disrespectful, or any of the other four letter words that may come to your mind.
Too Many Games and Too Little Time
As guest Bob Roth said in response to why he uses cheats, I really cannot state it better than he did; "For me, its not a matter of skill, or lack of, its a lack of time. I have a full time job, I go to school, and I have a social life away from my television set. I don't have the luxury of sitting in front of a game for hours on end learning every single aspect of it. If I buy a game, I want to get the most fun I can, without wasting time. For me at least, this comes easy with the use of cheats like infinite ammunition, invincibility, etc. Now, I do like a challenge, but on my own terms, and I definitely can't have a game run my life. So I cheat!"
Cheats Increase Replay Value and Add More Fun to the Game
Cheats and codes were put into the game by the developers, some simply for pre-release testing but others (the majority) for added fun, humor, and replay value. Take a look at the Grand Theft Auto series of video games, which all feature codes... all the codes either add a new element to the gameplay, or make the game more fun.
Another excellent example is The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, there are literally thousands of codes for the game. Bethesda, the game's developer even releases a construction kit, like many developers, so that gamers can develop their own modifications for the game. Why? Because gamers like to have fun, and they like variety, and some gamers are extremely talented at developing game mods.
Myth Busted: Cheaters are Good Citizens
Hopefully by now you see where I'm coming from. There is nothing wrong with using cheat codes, and there should be no stigma attached to their use. I had written previously why I use cheat codes, and other gamers have shared their reasons. You can also leave your comments on the matter.