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Re: Who uses cheats?

Postby Geoff_B » 18 Mar 2013, 16:35

Funny thing about "poweroverwhelming". In Brood War it worked against you. I'm not sure exactly how it works but in the scripted events that ended missions, if one character had to kill another and the cheat was on then the character would never die. So all these attacks would pour onto the hapless victim who would just stand there taking it all. Took me a couple of minutes to realise it was cos I still had the cheat on.

In other news coming up to the halfway mark in Heart of the Swarm and haven't had to cheat yet. Yay me.
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Re: Who uses cheats?

Postby phlip » 18 Mar 2013, 22:42

Yeah, what "poweroverwhelming" did was make it so computer players did no damage, rather than making you invincible. You could see this in free-for-all custom games, when the computers are battling each other with big armies, and neither side is doing any damage...
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Re: Who uses cheats?

Postby DeltaStrata » 18 Mar 2013, 23:05

Geoff_B wrote:Funny thing about "poweroverwhelming". In Brood War it worked against you. I'm not sure exactly how it works but in the scripted events that ended missions, if one character had to kill another and the cheat was on then the character would never die. So all these attacks would pour onto the hapless victim who would just stand there taking it all. Took me a couple of minutes to realise it was cos I still had the cheat on.


I thinke it even happened in the first campaign, actually, though I couldn't say when specifically. But yeah, Aldaris' death at Kerrigan's handes (claws, tentacle-wings, whatever) couldn't proceed while god mode was on, and I thinke there were a few others as well.
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Re: Who uses cheats?

Postby Geoff_B » 25 Mar 2013, 14:41

So much for trying to avoid spoilers :P But I think it was only in Brood war because of the reliance on scripted events to progress the story.

Anyway here's an interesting article on why someone plays on Easy mode which pretty much reflects my own views.
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Re: Who uses cheats?

Postby Milo_Xaben » 05 Apr 2013, 10:04

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Re: Who uses cheats?

Postby Geoff_B » 05 Apr 2013, 10:39

A) It's not an escort mission. She never gets attacked, injured or killed. It was one of the development decisions.

B) Fair point.
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Re: Who uses cheats?

Postby Amake » 06 Apr 2013, 10:33

I do like games to challenge me, but I also have absolutely no respect for the designers' ability to predict how challenged I want to be. I'll play games on my own terms. You might call that cheating, but I call it taking responsibility for my own entertainment.

For example I like to play Diablo 2 with a mod that makes the game considerably harder, or use Cheat Engine in Binding of Isaac to make a run more fun - sometimes massively overpowered. Good times abound.

I also flip back to earlier pages when I read books.
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Re: Who uses cheats?

Postby Darkobra » 18 Apr 2013, 04:20

I only cheat in a game I have completed thoroughly and usually only as a means to speed things up. Or more likely, doing the fun cheats like adding secret characters that can't be obtained any other way.

In Skyrim, I spawn a lot of ingots so I can get my 100 smithing. I completed the game thoroughly, DLC came out and that DLC corrupted my save. So I started again from scratch, used the console command to get my ingots to make my smithing 100 (since you don't get the direct bonuses due to a bug from just making it 100 smithing purely through console) and got to the end again. Once again, new patch, new corrupted save. So that battle kept going on! Lost a level 70 warrior and a level 60 mage!

Getting 100 smithing, alchemy and enchanting the first time was so tedious I will never do it again. I have already passed the test.

In other games like Virtua Fighter, I use the Durel cheat to play as him sometimes as it's the only way to get him. You can't just beat the game with every character and unlock him. I tried! Worst part is, cheats like that don't exist anymore. You know why? DLC! Why press a few buttons for free when you can press a few buttons to activate your bank card and pay for it?
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Re: Who uses cheats?

Postby Valkyrie-Lemons » 21 Apr 2013, 08:03

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Re: Who uses cheats?

Postby empath » 21 Apr 2013, 10:22

...okay. Seems like an interesting read; I perused the first few pages and the opening engages me, without pushing an agenda.

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Re: Who uses cheats?

Postby Bebop Man » 29 May 2013, 16:15

To be perfectly honest I don't remember the last game I played that had cheat codes for it. Do walkthroughs count as cheating, though? Usually I consult them at the beginning of a game, to see if there's a way I can accidentally trigger a bad ending or forever miss a collectible.
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Re: Who uses cheats?

Postby Professor Steve » 29 May 2013, 16:21

I think the last game I played with cheats was The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. The game wasn't particularly difficult for me, but it was one of those games I played just to explore the world, I had no need for such petty nuisances as death. It took me well over 5 years to actually get around to beating the game, and my primary motivator was that I was not allowed to play Skyrim until I did so. Oblivion, for me was more a game that I would play to break. The story was great, but the world was so fun to mess around in. (doubly so with mods)
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Re: Who uses cheats?

Postby Drecon » 29 May 2013, 23:22

Wait... Elder Scroll games have cheats? I actually never knew that.
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Re: Who uses cheats?

Postby Professor Steve » 30 May 2013, 00:16

They do if you play on PC
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Re: Who uses cheats?

Postby Drecon » 30 May 2013, 04:04

I play on PC but I've never felt the need to cheat in one of these games (although I've never played Oblivion, I've heard some things about that game that might have changed my mind)
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Re: Who uses cheats?

Postby Darkobra » 30 May 2013, 08:22

Oblivion was actually my favourite in the series. Some say Morrowind was. And some, for some strange reason, say Skyrim.
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Re: Who uses cheats?

Postby Professor Steve » 30 May 2013, 14:49

Drecon wrote:I play on PC but I've never felt the need to cheat in one of these games (although I've never played Oblivion, I've heard some things about that game that might have changed my mind)

It's not that I needed to cheat. It's just something I kind of did
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Re: Who uses cheats?

Postby Bebop Man » 21 Nov 2013, 08:40

I did it in AoE all the time. Pepperoni Pizza, Lumberjack, Coinage, Quarry, Big Daddy, Photon Man, E=mc2, No Fog...
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Re: Who uses cheats?

Postby Genghis Ares » 21 Nov 2013, 14:15

If there are fun cheats, I'll play around with them at times. If they block something in the game, like achievements/trophies or access to other stuff, I don't.

I'll use glitches and exploits from time to time if I want to go about beating something a little easier that is frustrating me or to just make my own fun.
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Re: Who uses cheats?

Postby ex-Lurker » 20 Dec 2013, 11:22

In "normal" play I do it to fix glitches (e.g. falling through the map) and design decisions that cause me to have significantly less fun (although it takes a lot to trigger this one).
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Re: Who uses cheats?

Postby vazhkatsi » 07 Jan 2014, 20:08

the starcraft era I used to use money cheats because I didnt really understand how to play efficiently
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Re: Who uses cheats?

Postby Merrymaker_Mortalis » 19 Jan 2014, 06:30

I use console commands in games if there's a pointless restriction.
Like Skyrim if I've already got like 5 saved files with max Blacksmithing. Or if I want to change my race.
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Re: Who uses cheats?

Postby TimeLoss » 29 Jan 2014, 05:50

As many have already said I think it depends on both the game and the person.

With Morrowind I occasionally have to use the console's "fixme" command to unstuck myself from some object in a cell I stupidly jumped into. I am certain anyone who has played Morrowind long enough has had a similar experience.

To me there comes a time with any Elder Scrolls game where you have to resort to the console or some exploit, particularly if mods are involved. Even most veterans of Daggerfall know well the "void" and how to both enter and leave it.
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Re: Who uses cheats?

Postby Antitonic » 29 Jan 2014, 06:39

I do when it's reasonable in my mind to do so. For something that's basically new, a FAQ is about as far as I'll go. For something with a bit of age on it, I'll load up cheats. For example, watching Kathleen's stream has enticed me to pick up FF12 again. Now, I do this because I'm bad at games, but I still want to experience the story they have to tell. Whatever skill I had when I was younger has disappeared so quickly, you'd swear I was in an industrial accident and lost both hands or something.*

So yes, I'll quite happily turn on infinite health and things like that (not like Max Stats, Instant Win, or others in a similar vein), because it's not the gameplay I'm really after. Maybe movies just need to be better? :P


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Re: Who uses cheats?

Postby AdmiralMemo » 29 Jan 2014, 07:27

Reading Antitonic's post, I think I've figured out something...

When game-play interferes with the story or progression in some way (you're not skilled enough, the game is badly-made, or various other reasons), using cheats becomes acceptable.
When game-play complements the story (or there is no story), using cheats is only cheating yourself.
If you're just screwing around to see what you can do (like Garry's Mod-style play, with games like GTA and SimCity as good examples of games that this becomes an option), cheating also becomes acceptable.
In competitive multi-player, using cheats just becomes a straight train to being a hated person.
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