what an embarrassing title for a post. it’s true though. i used to be really into the cheats. it was rarely used to get past a level, but mainly to mess around in. anyone remember grand theft auto: san andreas? those flying cars? man, i spent forever doing that shit. and like i actually put that jackass cj through the gym all the time – i had a cheat for that too. there’s a long list of ps2 games i did that with.
anecdote time! i know someone who is such a casual gamer she [let’s call her little_nerdxo] is able to go weeks without starting up the playstation 3. YES. WEEKS. i wasn’t quite sure what to do with that news either, but i have seen it firsthand. little_nerdxo seems almost proud of it. anyway, little_nerdxo, not content with the sandbox-style world of grand theft auto 4, likes to introduce her own version of playing. she enters in a bunch of cheats to get the weapon upgrades, jacks a nice car from some liberty city asshole and then runs around destroying people. she likes to target cops mostly, but also hassles pedestrians. the game is over when the city rallies its troops and takes her down.
little_nerdxo’s game style isn’t for me, but the interesting thing here is that the game actually blocked her from getting trophies. second she punched in that last code button, she got notified about the trophies she was going to miss out on.
i was a little horrified, i have to admit. it’s all about the trophies! what else can you use to boast to other gamers about?! when i got my ps3 in april 2009, i quickly became a trophy whore! to this day, i have never used cheats. overnight, i was an honest gamer.
sometimes it’s tough. i won’t deny i occasionally get tempted. when i was playing gta4 and i ran out of bullets, it would have been nice to magically receive a fresh supply.
at the end of the day though, it’s about being a better person. you know, ethics and shit like that. there’s no cheats in life.