Let’s say you’re up late at a friend’s apartment playing Grand Theft Auto and you’re feeling a little crazy. What better time to add some cheat codes to increase the wack factor? Turn pedestrians against you and watch the bullets fly behind every parked car! The cheats for that game are especially cool, but almost every video game known to man has cheat codes installed. In fact, since the dawn of the gaming industry, developers incorporated cheat codes into games for their own use (they made testing games faster) and they simply never removed them.
Computer fanatics being what they are, they stuck to the codes and also learned to use what was called “POKES” to modify certain memory addresses. The fun was just beginning. When the developers learned that gamers were expecting the built-in Cheats and Unlockables games, they began to regularly incorporate them into each game.
These days, you can change all kinds of aspects of the game using cheats. The ever-popular giant head feature, for example, is just one of many changes you can create, although unless it’s really blunt, it’s hard to imagine why anyone would have fun with that one in particular. However, shapeshifting is a cool trick in some games, as is invisibility or the ability to fly. You can also put a “No clip” code and put the game in an ethereal mode where you can float through solid objects.
Power-hungry players have a cheat field day. You can play in God mode, which means that you are practically invulnerable to anything and cannot be killed. You can also add weapons, money, or other useful possessions to your stash; you can become gigantic; Or you could use a code to achieve infinite resources like ammunition.
So really, with cheat codes, you can play a game over and over again and make it interesting every time. Even the games you’ve beaten can be fun. And no matter what basement players who live in their parents’ basement tell you, there is nothing wrong with cheat codes.