When it comes to games, it’s all about winning. Many game players like to cheat, and computer gaming is no exception.
Creators of computer games incorporate the devil’s con in every game they design. In technical parlance these are called “cheat codes.” These are basically hints that, for example, let you progress to the next stage of the game by just pressing a few keys. It’s like those hidden emoticons of various messenger services available on the net, but not in the “official” user books. Yet now there are cheaters’ clubs, cheaters’ handbooks and guides available at practically every bookshop. Websites are full of such cheat codes.
However, for the discerning and serious gamer, cheat codes are a strict no-no. These are used only if a software bug causes the program to halt or freeze the computer. Developers felt the need for cheat codes to test software against possible malfunctions. In the today’s changed scenario, the use of external software and additional hardware to manipulate the settings of games is termed “hacking.”
Cheat codes devised for testing the uninterrupted gaming experience are deliberately left behind, sometimes by developers, so that they can be introduced into the next version of the game. Rampant betting on Internet-based interactive games has created forums and clubs spreading awareness about cheat codes for mutual benefit. Most PC games are developed with changes in mind, and it has often been witnessed and endorsed by the gaming industry that modifying games sometimes makes the original better.
Every popular computer game has been modified, and it is certain that cheat codes are here to stay, for better or for worse.