Video Game Cheat Codes: Why Do Game Developers Make it?

Video game cheating is one of the heated arguments in the gaming industry and community. For some players, using cheats is definitely an unfair method of playing any types of games. According to them, the essence of the games is being compromised when there are some cheat codes used. On the other hand, other players consider cheat codes as a tool to explore the games and for entertainment purposes. As long as there is no taking of advantage amongst players, cheat codes are totally fine. But the question is, why do game developers create cheat codes?

In general and in most cases, cheat codes are designed for games so that developers can easily evaluate or test the games that they have created. Hence, through cheat codes, any features of the games will be tested without any limitations that a player may encounter. For instance, if a developer wanted to check out how difficult a specific character or hero can hit, to die would be a main inconvenience. As a result, developers use cheat codes so that he can’t die and test the feature without being hindered by death.

The very first cheat code ever created was the Konami code created by Kazuhisa Hashimoto who was developing the homeport of Gradius. Since most of the parts of the game were difficult, Hashimoto created the cheat code. However, he forgot about the code and it was able to reach the final version of the game. Since then, cheat codes became rampant and were usually created when developing a particular game.

Nowadays, many developers consider making cheat codes not only for testing purposes but also for entertainment. Consequently, it has become a major issue. For more information about cheat codes, read more here.

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Dawn Malicdem is a graduate of AB Communication Arts in De La Salle University. She is a media enthusiast, journalist and a photographer. She also plays golf during her free time.