How Do Developers Create Game Cheats?

developers-create-game-cheatsThere are many ways to cheat on a game. You can do a code like in many old-school Konami games (up-up, down-down, left-right, left-right, B, A, start or select-start if you want to do the cheat with two players) that was first used by a Konami developer in order to play through a game he himself wasn’t skilled enough to beat. Hackers go about cheating by exploiting software bugs and glitches, as in the case of accessing the Minus World in the original Super Mario Brothers game. Some might not even call this method cheating based on whether the exploit is common knowledge or not. Many speed runners use glitches to shorten the time of their run. What’s more, some glitches are so hard to trigger it may be considered a skill rather than cheating.

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  • As far as games are concerned, the more difficult to accomplish the cheat, the less of a cheat it appears and it may become more of a feat instead. Developers might even jest that a glitch is a feature (albeit an unintentional one), like in the case of Street Fighter II and the concept of combos (which wasn’t an intended feature but since players loved it, it’s since been incorporated in future games).
  • Combos, Kara Cancels, and Kara Throws are notoriously difficult to pull off.They take split-second timing or frame-by-frame knowledge to exploit their buggy nature; so much so that developers might sometimes shrug a popular exploit off and let it become a feature as defined by the most avid players of their games. However, there are exploits, cheat codes, and hacks that make the game outright easy and accessing them is quite easy as well.
  • They’re more in line with what you’d call a cheat because like with cheating on a test or cheating with a spouse, you’re gaining access to something you’re not supposed to gain access to. It doesn’t take special skills to read a cheat sheet in order to put in the right answers as though you’re doing an open book exam. On the other hand, the difficulty of cheating on your significant other without getting caught doesn’t make the act any less morally wrong.
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