Video Game Codes & Cheats
Question: What are they and what do they want with my console?
developed from basic two dimensional shooters (remember
Asteroids?) to 3D universes controlled and created by the player.
In the world of electronic video games, godlike potential and
promise looms ever the closer. All good stuff in my opinion.
realism has amplified to such a degree that it’s often hard to
tell the difference between programmed images within a video game
to the ‘real thing’, whatever that may be. At this juncture, all
that’s missing is a digital leap of faith and a practiced
suspension of disbelief. I do it all the time and I assure you,
it’s quite safe.
constant remains within the world of gaming - codes, cheats, and
Easter eggs. But what exactly do these esoteric terms mean?
function of a Cheat Code - and what’s it doing in my living room?
A cheat code
is a (usually swift) button combination tapped into a hand-held
controller; or password, triggering an event or affect within the
video game itself. These affects can be as crude as adding ammo to
a gun, or, in a more godlike tap of your controller’s buttons,
augment a character's physical condition. You can even go so far
as to change your character to a completely different organism.
Sound weird? Sure it is, but players just love that ‘out-there’
possibility to alter their universe. Don’t we all? Hey, pass me
Easter eggs on
the other hand are a hidden interlude, or bonus sequence, stashed
within a game or DVD – you’ve just got to find them. An account of
the very first Easter egg is unknown, but game developers continue
to include them into their projects and players seem to take
pleasure in the pursuit.
have even extended into the film industry. It’s the same hunt, but
using the movie’s title screens and directional handset movements
to do the job. These codes could even be described as ‘powerful’
in the real sense, as in many cases, a DVD player code can be used
to make your equipment ‘region free’ – in short, allowing you to
play discs from any country in the world.
Tell me then
– what’s a Cheat Device?
In addition to
the cheats we’ve discussed (entered through a handset controller
or keyboard) there are also cheat devices on the market. These are
pieces of hardware or software allowing players to enter a cheat
code to adjust the game's contents - you just have to pay for it.
Popular examples of these devices are Game Shark, Code Breaker and
It goes to
show you the length individuals will go to modify their games.
We’ll stop to ask a brief, but not particularly deep question
here. Is there any ‘meaning’ in all this? Well, you could say it
boils down to ‘control’ itself, control of a person’s environment
and perception of it. On the flipside – let’s nail in a few cheats
and get all we can for our money! If they game has a hidden
sequence tucked away and activated somewhere up a chimney, I’ve
paid for it and I want to see it - now!
question - Are Cheat Codes Safe to Use?
cheats, DVD codes and Easter eggs are time-worn by a worldwide
community of gamers, and ‘in general’ are utterly safe to the
system and game. Tapping in a simple cheat code, simply prompts
the software to run an adapted program sequence - allowing the
desired affect to be achieved, for instance – God Mode!
‘can’ be occasion to use caution when activating a cheat. Codes
that require the use of a downloadable and thus ‘executable’ file
can be particularly risky. This is down to the morality of the
tech-head that designed the program. Only he or she knows exactly
what’s being unleashed when the file is opened. You hear few
stories regarding cheats reducing a system to ashes, so you're
quite safe, probably.
At this point,
it’s essential to note that the use of any code, either by manual
input or by using a software patch, may cause a game to become
unstable. The most likely affect of this will be the inability to
save your game down. It’s not Armageddon, but it’s hugely annoying
after blasting your way through to the last level of your latest
have Cheats, DVD Codes or Easter Eggs?
every video game system can use a cheat code in one form or
another, covering the most popular
consoles and handhelds you can buy. We’re talking Sony PlayStation PS2,
360, PC, Nintendo Wii and PSP - the list goes on.
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