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Platform Nation’s “A Simple Question”: Game Cheats


This week we will look into a “this or that” style question, a direction I may take the ASQ in for a little while.  This week’s question is the age old question whose meaning has probably been distorted over time.  Game cheats have been around almost as long as games have, and yet there’s a stigma that using these cheat codes somehow cheapens the experience.  Yet I challenge you to find someone who didn’t use the Konami code to beat Contra, or ABBA to beat Ikari Warriors, or 007-373-5963 to get a peek at Mike Tyson because you couldn’t get past Sandman.  Now-a-days, people posting video of Rock Band performances with No Fail on, or who get rocked in Call of Duty while using a certain gun and attachment combination get blasted as cheaters or people taking the easy way out.  So I ask you:

Do you prefer to play games with or without cheat codes?


We’ll keep this in the context of cheat codes that were included in the game by the developers, and not using external trainers or game genies or any such things (though if you’re going that route, you probably use cheat codes too, so your answer likely remains the same).  Feel free to use the voting tool above, and/or leave your comments below.  I’ll also start asking questions a few days early on Twitter, and put some responses up here.  Check out #PNASQ on Twitter.


A Simple Question (ASQ) is a weekly segment for Platform Nation.  Each week, you’ll be posed a question.   Give a response and let the world know what you think, there is no right or wrong answer here. If you have a suggestion for a question, hit me up on twitter @vttym.

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  • Lee McElhatten

    I believe it is perfectly acceptable to use cheats or exploits that were put in the game by the developers. Games that have a cheat code option on the menu or that have a enable cheat option. For example, the cheats in COD 4 are perfecty acceptable since they were put there to be humorous an entertaining. I also don’t mind cheats used through other methods like gameshark or glitches in singleplayer games. But once you use them to affect a game against others it is bad sportsmanship.

  • Tristan Freckleton

    There are times when I want to enjoy a game for its story rather than its gameplay. At times like that I think cheating is fine. An example of this is Final Fantasy 6. I like to see the story without the trouble of level grinding. It’s when the cheats give you an unfair advantage over another person that I draw the line.

  • I agree with the other commenters. If you want to use cheats in single player games go ahead. Why would I care about that? I don’t personally use them because I like the challenge of games. But using cheats in multiplayer sucks and takes the fun out of the game.