When you think of casual games such as the games offered in the About.com Arcade or other on-line gaming web sites such as Pogo.com, you generally do not think of cheating. The majority of games offered at sites such as these are not considered competitive. In fact, many of the games are single player games - so why are we cheating? Or are we even cheating when we use a game auto? Lets take a closer look to get a better understanding of the situations that may occur. (We'll also get to obtaining such game autos if after reading you decide you would like to try it out.)
Pogo.com Game Autos
A pretty good definition of what a game auto is can be found here. However, described in its most simplistic terms, a game auto is just a small program that runs on your PC and plays a game for you. Most game autos have a couple different settings to them such as speed, aggressiveness in wagering (in certain card game autos), and other settings depending on the game. Once you set these to your liking you load the game, start the game auto, and let it run. It plays the game for you.
In order to understand why someone may be inclined to use a game auto on Pogo.com you need to be a bit familiar with the way the site works. Pogo has a ranking system and a reward system in place. Basically, as you play the games (most of them) you earn tokens, a type of virtual money used on the site to purchase items for your Pogo Mini (their version of an avatar). Pogo.com offers games that any member can play, and games that require a paid subscription, as do other similar sites.
Many games also have what are called badges, and the site offers challenges weekly rewarding players with these badges. A badge is simply an image to add to your collection indicating you have completed a certain challenge. I would say it is very similar to the Xbox 360's achievements; nice to have, but in the long run worthless. If you are a member of Pogo.com then you know all of this already. One of the most obvious reasons for wanting to use a game auto is the addictiveness of these badges to certain players, often referred to as badge hounds.
Is it Fair Play?
Let me begin by giving this initial warning. While I cannot say I have read Pogo.com's Terms of Service in its entirety, I would be almost 100% sure in saying that if you were caught using a game auto your account would be terminated, so just keep that in mind. The question then would be does EA ( Electronic Arts, owner of Pogo.com) have the desire to detect such activity? More than likely they do care, but its not a top priority. Think about it, most of the games are single player games anyhow.
I do not think it is fair to use a game auto for competitive games offered on the site like Pool, or Bowling... but life isn't always fair and you and I have no control over what someone else decides to do. At any rate, I'm not here to judge, just to analyze and provide what is already available, information.
Technically a game auto does not cheat, but the use of a game auto cheats the system. You make the call.
Where to Download Pogo Cheats / Autos
If you were to do an Internet search for Pogo Cheats you would get well over 40,000 results, but unless your very web savvy I wouldn't suggest clicking many of those links. There are two spots that I am aware of that are safe:
- AutoPogo1 - This site requires a forum type registration. Once registered you can download a program called Auto Loader, which has the autos for nearly every Pogo game neatly wrapped in a 'four drop down box' type program loader free of charge. If you're familiar with torrents you can also obtain the program that way, but I cannot go into details regarding torrents as they generally encourage cracked / hacked programs, which I do not endorse.
- BadgeWinners - This site has Pogo autos for nearly every game as well, but many of them are trial-ware, meaning after a small taste of a single auto it will no longer work unless you decide to pay for it. Interesting way to make some cash. Somehow though, AutoPogo1 has everything they do for free.
You'll need to Google these sites however, as I have been asked to remove the links. This brings up another question though; is it ethically correct to make a trainer (since these essentially are trainers) and then charge for them, or even offer them for free? Let's face it, inevitably someone is losing; it may be EA Games, Pogo.com, or the developers of the crude crack programs. You be the judge.
Bottom Line on Pogo.com Cheats
In my humble opinion, you should just play the games you enjoy. Don't worry about the number of badges you have or the amount of tokens in your profile! Just play and have fun. It was of course my duty to inform you to the best of my knowledge what is out there, and what is going on with it so you are informed properly.