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In Game Cheats – The Good, The Bad and the Down Right Dirty

We always love hearing your thoughts on the content that we publish here at Darkworld Gaming, we also enjoy receiving and sharing your own thoughts from the world of gaming. I recently received a piece from one of our readers, Amber Waddy who has done a great write up on In Game Cheats. This covers cheats from the good old cheat codes to the paid boosting that is offered in some titles. So read ahead and enjoy this awesome piece of work from Amber.

In Game Cheats – The Good, The Bad and the Down Right Dirty

As long as there have been games for us to relish and splendour over, there have been gamers of all levels trying to hack their way out of all the meticulous leg work. Cheats are a mixed bag of reasonable in-game easter eggs, designed to make the experience more immersive and unique, and in-game flaws and code errors that many a sneaky git have been all too willing to take advantage of. However, not all cheats are considered actual ‘cheating’ and rightfully so. Here we take a closer look under the metaphorical microscope at some of the content of both ‘games of old’ and recent releases that have raised eyebrows and caused controversy.

Software Glitches – Better With Age

This is a more common feature of older games from the 80’s and 90’s where invisible walls could shield you from danger, secret shelves could help you avoid enemies and standing in exactly the right place could prevent instant death. A classic case of this is the Tiny Tiger boss fight in Crash Bandicoot: Warped where standing in the far top left corner of the arena would prevent the plethora of lions from gnawing on any and all of your extremities. Another more recent example of this can be seen in year one of Destiny during the Fallen S.A.B.A.R Warsat objective, where you can glitch through a nearby rock directly under the map. No damage given, no damage taken. At the time of these newly discovered glitches you may have had a few slaps on the wrist or a tut in your general direction, but once a glitch is discovered (and doesn’t get fixed) you are then simply using the game to your advantage like any smart gamer would.

Cheat Codes – Actually Pretty Legit

Cheat codes are almost as old as games themselves. These codes were originally introduced for all of two reasons. One – To pick up where you started last, and two – to add a new dynamic to the whole game playing experience. One code, in particular, has gained endless notoriety across all platforms, called the Konami code. This ‘up up down down left right left right b a’ pattern was first introduced by gaming developers Konami in their 1986 NES release for Graduis, and has since been used for games such as Contra, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and more notably the Metal Gear Solid series. Despite being called ‘cheat codes’ there isn’t a great deal of cheating involved. No significant advantage would ever be gained through these codes, and in fact added a fun new dynamic to gaming that brought a breath of fresh air to games globally.

Companion Inventory – Room For Improvement

Over a number of generations, more games have introduced companion characters to guide and protect your character, giving you more time to do important stuff like aimlessly roam or kill innocent villagers. More recently companions have doubled up as a second inventory to help you hoard all of your mostly pointless junk that you might need one day for an awkward quest line. These human chests have been introduced into games such as Skyrim: Elder Scrolls and Fallout 4, and have even been made more realistic by including a weight limit, combined with the obligatory item limit. Though handy in times of desperate need, these companions can still carry an unfeasible amount of bounty, most of which you’ll never end up actually using. This concept could still be explored further, and with trial and error could be refined to be more realistic and impactful. For now, Dogmeat will just have to hold onto all your scraps like a good boy.

Mechanical Flaws – Keeping It Real

Games have certainly come a long way from low res 2D platforming, but you’ll find many newly developed games still have their blemishes. For instance, you can acquire endless Blood Echoes in the gameplay for Bloodborne simply by being in exactly the right place. Another example on in game mechanics failing is Minecraft, where if you lag ever so slightly the bottom of the map will load before the top, giving you a glimpse of the caves below. These not so obvious issues are obviously unintentional by the developers, but as a gamer, it is almost your right and responsibility to uncover these flaws and give the developers some food for thought. Most ‘unwanted’ mechanical issues get reported and hot fixed in a matter of days, though there are still a few errors that have been keeping keen gamers amused in the meantime.

In Game Purchases – Pushing Your Luck

A number of games on a variety of platforms have started taking advantage of in-game purchases to help build up the development studio’s revenue and to keep brand awareness as a whole in check. These purchases can be for a whole number of items and perks. Some games such as Overwatch and Warframe offer unique skins and emotes, others offer different maps and characters. The situation, however, turns somewhat sticky when you can outright purchase some of the most broken weapons and armour in the game. In some cases, these games are free to play, and anyone broke and willing enough will graft for weeks on end for these kinds of benefits. When these close-knit communities get filled with heavy walleted one upper’s it can really suck the enjoyment of playing the game. Aside from the communal disputes, you may also find that these purchases can build up and ultimately cost more than you originally thought.

Paid Boosting – Get The F**k Out

There are certain types of people in the world. Those who are hardworking and honest, and those who pay their way to success. Boosting services offer players the chance to progress massively in their chosen game. Just pay the fee, and another gamer will do all the hard work for you. Some pro level players buy into this for second accounts, but in most cases, it’s for people who are stuck in an endless farming loop, unable to progress further without a large amount of encouragement. Games such as Call of Duty, Borderlands 2 and CS:GO are all affected by these tricksters. The trouble with these services, and the one reason why it’s totes not worth, is that is can directly affect the ranking of other legitimate players, making it harder to climb your way up and away from the fakers. It also builds a certain toxicity in the community, continually damaging the appeal of the game itself. It’s best to steer clear.

Game cheats aren’t always a bad thing, and can even encourage further innovation and inspiration across the entire gaming sector, though be sure you’re cheating for all the right reasons!

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