What Ever Happened to Cheat Codes?

May 3, 2010 at 5:47 pm (Console Gaming, Gaming, PC Gaming) (, , , , )

Looking back on my gaming career, I’ve noticed many changes in video games overall. From improvement on the graphics, and higher quality sounds. But one question came to mind recently. What ever happened to cheat codes? They seem to have just disappeared one day, and no one looked back.

There was a time when I would jump into a game of Warcraft III with the intention of some messing around. I’d hit Enter, and type in the multiple codes. Whosyourdaddy, enter. Iseedeadpeople, enter. Etcetera.

But now, there’s nothing like that left. Sure, you’ve got your high quality FPS, or your mind boggling puzzles. But I miss those games where I could just mess around.

Maybe Open-World games and Meta Gaming have replaced them. It doesn’t feel that way to me… Maybe Action Replays, Gamesharks, or Codebreakers pushed them away. But those “codes” aren’t intentionally put there by the creators.

To me, the days of the Contra type Up, Up, Down, Down are gone. Like a fading ripple on a pond. All I want is to have some fun with invincibility or one-hit-kills, but it seems the average gamer of today doesn’t want that.

I’ll take some fun with cheats over a simple digital achievement any day.

And because they asked, I’ll mention Jason and Brian.

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3 Comments

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  2. aoeu said,

    What about developer console in source games? That’s still fun. Though you could just as easily play garry’s mod instead, but changing timestep and gravity around is fun.
    Also, cheat codes still exist in console games, not like those matter, though

    • Tyler Reid said,

      Garry’s Mod is rather boring though. Yes, you get a greater degree of control, but there’s no sense of accomplishment to building anything. With Minecraft, you gather the materials and build it, then you look at it and say, “I worked hard to do that.”
      Zero Punctuation has a better explanation than I do on this feeling.

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