6 Reasons Developers Don’t Do Cheats Anymore
It used to be so much fun – pick up a magazine, find the latest codes for your favourite game and enjoy the power of unlimited lives, permanent invincibility, endless ammo and more. But today, proper cheats have all but disappeared. But that’s no coincidence – there’s a variety of reasons why gaming is no longer a cheater’s paradise, and some of them might surprise you…
Because cheats have to be tested
Back in the Nineties, if you were a bored developer working late, you might do something odd like put frivolous hidden characters in the game, or insert a sly in-joke about your boss. But today, that addition would mean a lot more testing and debugging work, because woe betide anyone who releases a game in which the cheats don’t actually work. Take the Fergality here: at one point in development, the smoke graphics were corrupted – that’s a lot to fix for a late-night joke.
Because the lawyers get involved
When games started to become big business, the lawyers started taking notice of them – and lawyers can suck the fun out of anything. NBA Jam could get away with using the likenesses of Bill Clinton and Prince Charles 20 years ago, but could you see any legal department on the planet approving the unlicensed use of a celebrity likeness now? Exactly.
Because the cheat device manufacturers finally lost
The Game Genie was brilliant, wasn’t it? Edit a few memory addresses and Bob is your auntie’s very special friend – you could enjoy infinite lives, level selects and more. But today, memory is protected from unauthorised tampering, so the Xploder devices for Xbox 360 and PS3 were comparatively weak save editors.