Every game has legitimate ways to play it which means you’ll be completing challenges and feeling the satisfaction of winning at the game because it is your own skills and abilities that earned you the victory. Nothing beats the feeling of finally being able to beat another player ranked higher than you, or defeating that boss you’ve been trying to kill after countless attempts. However, not everyone feels the same way about gaming, these people use hacks, or cheating software to accomplish their goals in the game to the detriment of themselves and the community which brings me to the topic at hand.
Cheating your way to victory is complete bullshit.
The Flawed Reasoning behind Cheating
The main reason why people cheat is that the challenges in the game is too difficult for them to accomplish or that the game takes too much effort to play so to solve that problem they resort to cheating. Cheating is an easy short-cut to achieving your goals, so what’s the actual problem here? Firstly, you don’t actually lose anything, and secondly you get your rewards faster. There shouldn’t be any problem since that the more rewards you get, the happier you’ll be. So we shouldn’t worry about people cheating in games, right?
Not so fast there, that mindset cheaters have are completely bunk. While you will feel happy for finally being able to see what happens when you finish a level, the gratification is instant and it will be short lived. When you cheat, you don’t use your own skills and abilities to win, you’re actually using somebody else’s. Is there any point of playing the game in the first place if you’re not going to actually use your skills and abilities or even put in the effort to win? Actually let me put it this way, why do you play games? If your idea of playing games is to have fun, and by fun it is to win all the time at any cost then you’re missing the point entirely.
Games are fun if you accept the challenges it gives you, then you as the player overcomes those challenges with your own skills and abilities. If challenge is too hard, you can get a friend to help you by giving you tips so you can still have a go at playing the game, but what if you have a game where everything is so easy that even somebody who hasn’t even moved up from the 2nd grade can do it? Do you really think a game this easy is worth playing? All I’m trying to say, is that cheats turn challenges into mush, rendering the game not fun.
One of my friends hacked a game so hard he unlocked everything he wanted in the game. He hasn’t touched the game since. – A random friend.
Cheating in MMOs
In MMO’s, grinding is a bitch to do, no doubt about it. One hell of a shit tonne of unnecessary hard labour to get that one thing in the game is annoying as fuck. In this case I can sympathize with those people who use bots to do all of that for them, as repetitive tasks like these bore the hell out of the player however, I can never justify their methods. On the other hand, what about the people who actually put in the time and effort to develop their skills, trade up to earn the in game cash, and spent countless dungeon crawls getting the rare item they always wanted? All of the blood, sweat and tears they’ve invested in the game will all be for naught.
Botting is one huge bird flipping to those who actually legitimately played the game. One prime example of this is that bots will accumulate rare items, and then they’ll sell the items for very low prices, and it makes these items too easily accessible, thus lowering causing a huge price drop. This makes it harder for players to gain profit, and when it gets too hard to make money they’ll just give up. Not to mention when all the rare items are so cheap, why even bother? The in game economy will become very stagnant which is detrimental to the game’s community.
Cheating in Competitive Gaming
In competitive games, where things tend to get very heated and for an inexperienced player the amount of skill they need to acquire is staggering. To improve your skills by being through your undying dedication to the game is what makes the game fun. That satisfying feeling of being able to beat a player who is better than you in terms of skill level after a intense game, and trying out many other legitimate strategies to employ to secure your victory is what makes the game fun. These games, encourage you to improve yourself to play the game better, and then comes along a cheater who shits on all that.
I shot you from above when you least expected! XD – Haiji Onii-san
Well, fuck you man! Good one! – PiG
You can’t have good times like these if you cheat.
Think about it, being insulted by a high ranking player isn’t all that bad, you were never all that great anyway so you’ll just have to get better. However, being humiliated by a nobody who can’t play properly? That’s downright complete ass. To a competitive gamer, losing is a huge deal, they will review their games to see what they did wrong, what could be improved, etc. The extents they go through is very painful, and to achieve a rightful spot in high up in the rankings is what they strive for. Meeting somebody who shits on the system and doesn’t want to follow the rules of the game will aggravate a competitive gamer to no end.
The frustration of losing all the time will potentially kill the competitive spirit of the gamer, add cheating scrubs to act as a catalyst that effect, and the highly skilled players will start leaving in droves. Why would you even bother when the game isn’t fun anymore when all those cheaters run rampant in the game?
There’s also one last consideration to note, can you trust the people who make the cheating software and hacks? You might end up losing money to fraudulent transactions, having your computer infected with malware, and your account banned permanently from the game even if they promise that the cheating software is virtually undetectable. Do you really think it’s worth the risk? Hell the fuck no.
Not all cheaters are assholes, however the cheaters who don’t give a fuck about what others think or feel are frankly are even worse than the worst kind of people you’ll ever meet in online gaming. They literally use cheating as a way to cause grief just to satisfy their thirst of feeling dominating and powerful just to fuel their bloated personalities. A person who doesn’t give a shit about others and hurts others for their own self-gain is the most despicable type of person, it’s the fastest way a person can lose friends. It’s not cool to wreck things other people worked hard for.
In recent news we have heard that Blizzard Entertainment is suing the hackers for selling StarCraft II cheats. This is because they know the ramifications of cheating in their games, and they actually do give a fuck when somebody is destroying what they’ve created. There’s a reason why online gaming companies implement anti-bot, and anti-cheating measures to their games, they want to preserve their game’s entertainment value so that everyone can have fun and not just a select few who use cheats.
That is all I have to say about cheating for now.
Good Luck, Have Fun.