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Why Have Cheat Codes Disappeared From Video Games?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSkI3oN9o0U

I miss Gameshark


It was fun having those cheats for the PS1 and PS2 games (OFFLINE). I enabled the cheats on my 5 playthrough of Fatal Frame 2 on the hardest difficulty.



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I've only ever cheated on sims and guitar hero. All game companies just want to think of ways to get money off you not ways you can play their game faster.
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Blah, blah, blah. Cheat codes game development facilitating early access replacing actual game quality assurance and debugging. Ten million monkeys. Sonnets of Jeltz.
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Game Shark & Game Genie were hacking tools, not necessarily cheat codes.

The Konami code was accidentally left in Gradius that became popular from word of mouth.

But games are different now. Cheat codes wouldn't make sense on a lot of games. That's why we have easy mode.
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zangeif123 wrote:

Game Shark & Game Genie were hacking tools, not necessarily cheat codes.

The Konami code was accidentally left in Gradius that became popular from word of mouth.

But games are different now. Cheat codes wouldn't make sense on a lot of games. That's why we have easy mode.


if only Dark souls/Bloodborne/Nioh, etc.. have easy mode

speaking of which..



btw.. you can still use cheats in StarCraft games right ??
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dulun18 wrote:


zangeif123 wrote:

Game Shark & Game Genie were hacking tools, not necessarily cheat codes.

The Konami code was accidentally left in Gradius that became popular from word of mouth.

But games are different now. Cheat codes wouldn't make sense on a lot of games. That's why we have easy mode.


if only Dark souls/Bloodborne/Nioh, etc.. have easy mode

speaking of which..



btw.. you can still use cheats in StarCraft games right ??


That's kinda the point of those games. And I got really far in Dark Souls but just could get past those two gold bosses. I wish I had a cheat code for that.
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Well we got mods and hacks, but other than that I guess 3DS Powersaves is the last of Cheat Codes in gaming
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I remember having sheets of paper full of cheats for GTA San Andreas and Vice City. Get those unlimited ammo, no cops and jetpack Was fun at the age of 12 or something.
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You don't need them when you have people on YouTube showing you how to do things.
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Yup, simple answer. YouTube.
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A lot of things, but one of the big ones was oddly enough the big mess with GTA's "Hot Coffee" back in the day. Sure, it wasn't a cheat code, but there was such a backlash that at least some publishers got very gunshy about adding any sort of 'hidden' content, even innocent type of stuff. There were a few related things, like someone putting part of a Simpson's episode on a PS2 master in order to fill up space (outer rim of the disc has a faster read speed, so you'll get better load times - of course, the PS2 ISO making software could let you insert blank space to the center of the disc, but anyway).

I know at my studios we were always required to tell the publisher every cheat code we had in (partly for testers to get through the game easier, partly for legal shielding post-release), and they had the final say on what could go in to the released game or not. For an awful lot of codes, they'd simply say no, because if there was any hidden content, people would look for more - and if it wasn't there, they'd spread rumors about it maybe existing. If you were aiming for a T rating, you got shot down for even the most innocent of codes.

At least, that was the worry I was told about, but I think it was overblown to a large extent.
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Lol, gameranx much?

I do agree with the explanation involving the evolution in coding, furthermore the functions of cheat codes seem to have been swapped with the growing amount of mods made by the community available through places like steam. In part this allows users to make their own cheat codes and get as creative as they wish so I don't believe this is necessarily a bad thing.
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