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Apr 29, 2008
Want the more from your games? Cheat. When it comes to video games, there is no shame in taking advantage of the built in cheats and unlockables installed by game manufacturers. Although some purists stuck in the Puritan era turn up their noses at "cheating", video game cheats exist for lots of good reasons and are meant to be accessed.

There has hardly ever been a game in history which did not have cheats. Cheats were added by game makers from the beginning to speed up play-testing before the game's release. When manufacturers forgot to ditch the cheats before marketing the games, players soon discovered them and took advantage. While you had to be a genius to be able to cheat on the old computer games, through the evolution of modern games and game consoles manufacturers picked up on the popularity of cheats and began actually building them into the games.

Cheat codes are great for several reasons. Non-serious gamers love them because they are time savers. With cheats, you can skip levels that are too challenging or which you have already defeated. Since cheats allow you to change lots of aspects of the game and find hidden items, they make game replay way more interesting. Some cheats can make a game unpredictable or more challenging; some are just funny, like big head mode or rioting pedestrians. Some let you storm your way through the world of a game totally invincible in God mode; meanwhile "minime" makes your character so infinitesimal that it cannot be hit in close combat.

It doesn't take a genius to comprehend how cheats enhance game-play and add value. Cheats aren't a cop-out, in fact, they make a game more open-ended and creative. So let the stick-in-the-muds stay stuck on level nine for the rest of their natural lives. Everyone else can simply punch in the cheat and get moving!

It's never been easier to get to that special level, or even finish the game. Often, all you need is that little something that get you past hordes of zombies or thousands of invading troops. Indeed, effective cheats are ones that help, not overshadow. Of course, it is fun to mow down the zombie hordes, level after level with unlimited ammunition, but often that gets real old, real fast. Using cheats sparingly is an art.
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