How Time Shortages Turn the Duck Into a Cheat

Image by Flickr User: Thomas Schrantz
Image by Flickr User: Thomas Schrantz

I used to be a cheater. Fortunately, not the kind one could get in trouble over, but it was something I practiced occasionally, nonetheless. Okay, by occasionally, I mean quite a bit more than occasionally. In fact, I used to do it all the time.

I know, I’m a bad person.

You see, I used to cheat a good deal in my video games. Whenever anything was remotely difficult or took any effort whatsoever, I would go on the Internet and look up what I needed to do, and the only thing that kept me from cheating as much as I wanted to was the fact that I wasn’t so good at using the Internet back then. I didn’t know that the best term to look for was “walkthrough” rather than “cheats”, and so I rarely found a thing and was, thus, still forced to fend for myself most of the time. But, boy, did I want to cheat, and yet, whenever I managed it, it almost always ruined the experience.

Not only can you run into spoilers when you cheat, but it can take the satisfaction out of a game when you have a guide holding your hand the whole way through. I could rarely ever get through a full game without cheating on something, and oftentimes, I found that the location I couldn’t get through, or the item I couldn’t procure, or the boss I couldn’t beat…well, if I had just put just a teensy bit more effort into it, I could have easily done it on my own, without help from anyone. But, as much as I told myself this, it still didn’t erase the fact that I didn’t do it on my own. In actuality, I had gotten help, and I wondered if all the games I had finished really counted when it was not done by my skill level alone.

As the years went by, I found myself needing to cheat less and less, and I now rarely cheat at all anymore, and it occurred to me one day that I was finishing nearly every game I had without one peek at a walkthrough. It was a freeing revelation, to find I had beaten all these games through my talent and my talent alone. Sure, I did cheat every now and then when something was really tough, but these moments were few and far between.

And then, something happened. Now that time has become rather scarce for me lately, I have started cheating again, not because I am unable to get through the game myself, but because it’s faster to cheat. With less time for gaming, I don’t have the time to waste wandering around somewhere looking for the key or being annihilated by a boss a dozen times until I learn the perfect strategy. And while I regret this new, hurried approach to gaming, I still do it.

And I really wish I didn’t. I’ve always been the kind of person that rushed through things, whether it ruined the experience or not, but now I’ve gotten more impatient than ever, and it makes me worry a little that I’ll start ruining my gaming experience even more than the shortage of time will.

As I said, games are far more satisfying for me when I figure them out on my own. Some of my best gaming moments were when I figured out how to beat tough bosses myself or was able to solve a baffling puzzle. That’s why I love “The Legend of Zelda” series so much because of those puzzles and the immense satisfaction I get for solving the difficult ones. Now think of how fun those games would be if I cheated through everything that took any actual thought. The mere notion of such a thing is enough to send chills down my spine.

I can’t let a time shortage take the fun away from my gaming. I simply mustn’t allow it. Nay, I shan’t succumb to such a fate, and so I must resist the urge to cheat whenever possible. But, what about you, dear readers? Are you…cheaters, too?

The Duck’s a Cheater-Cheater Sandwich-Eater


6 Comments Add yours

  1. Hatm0nster says:

    Hello, my name is Hatm0nster and I’m a Pokemon cheater. I wasn’t much for outright cheating in the past. I’d use guides sure, but mostly for finding out obscure locations of stuff for 100% completions and such. Besides with guides, the knowledge eventually becomes your own in a way. (I now have Luigi’s Mansion memorized thanks to a guide and perhaps a few too many playthroughs).

    At any rate, the big exception to this was Pokemon (red, gold, ruby, it didn’t matter!), I just did not have the patience to do it the right way. I played through pokemon countless times in my grade school days, but I think I only ever managed a couple of legit playthroughs up to the elite 4. Every other time was frought with gamesharking of all kinds. Infinite masterballs, infinite money, uncatchable pokemon. You name it! I even went so far as to actually catch MissingNo (which you should NEVER do) because the thought having a glitch for a usable monster just sounded awesome!

    Even nowadays I still can’t quite keep myself from it. It’s irresistable, especially now that there are EVs and IVs to think about. I still have a completely legit team that I worked hard to train of course, an it alwasy feels great to have it perform well against my friends (better than a cheat team ever would). Still, that doesn’t mean I don’t have a box of perfect iv or shiny Rayquayza’s stashed somewhere… 😉


    1. duckofindeed says:

      I got through most of Pokemon Silver on my own (I had the time for it back then), but when a friend let me use their Gameshark, I had tons of fun getting unlimited items and getting Pokemon not actually available in the game. You have to cheat in Pokemon, it’s too fun.

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  2. renxkyoko says:

    I put in 1000 hours on Persona 3 FES…. could have been more if I didn’t use the walkthrough. It saved me.


    1. duckofindeed says:

      Woo, that’s a lot of hours. I couldn’t do that, even with cheating. I’m too impatient.


  3. cary says:

    I’m a confessed cheater, no doubt! I WISH I had the time nowadays to amble through a game at my leisure, taking days to solve puzzles and weeks to find every last little secret. But those days are long gone. I try very hard to keep my cheating at bay — and about the only way I can do it is to lock my phone away while I’m playing! Otherwise, I tend to keep it nearby and loaded up with a walkthrough just in case I hit a terrible spot. I’ll admit that I’m skimming a walkthrough as I’m trying to find all the artifacts in Metroid Prime. Though they really aren’t ideal, as you pointed out, because of all the spoilers. Even just looking up very specific hints can reveal spoilers. The Internet is just one big spoiler, really.


    1. duckofindeed says:

      That’s funny, I currently have a tablet with a Chrono Cross walkthrough permanently loaded onto it. I try very hard to figure the game out on my own, but old games are so darn vague, I never know what I should be doing half the time.

      One day, when I’m a millionaire, I’ll have all the time in the world to figure games out myself again. Except when it’s too hard, of course.

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