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What are the Different Types of Online Game Cheats?

Tricia Christensen
Updated May 16, 2024
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There are many different types of online game cheats, and a distinction should be made between cheats obtained online and used on offline games, and cheats specifically for online games. Most serious gamers know that offline games can be enhanced by searching the various game sites and bulletin boards for codes or maneuvers that will add interesting game features or make a game easier. Online games, the focus of this piece, also possess a number of game cheats, and these may be easter eggs, specifically built into games by programmers for adventurous souls to discover, or they could be codes or hacks applied to games that essentially alter the games and/or their organizing structure.

Given the vast number of online game cheats, and the many online games, it’s difficult to comprise a list of all the special codes. They change rapidly as people figure out new ways to approach games. There is a special proviso that exists for a great number of serious online games, particularly role playing games (RPGs). Many of them, especially games that are based on video games for other platforms, may deduct a great deal of points or kick people out of the games for attempting to apply cheats. While a few online games don’t do this, a cheat could still be costly.

The many different types of online game cheats transform many features of particular games. Some don’t change much about a character or gamer’s strengths but they might do amusing things like change a character’s clothing or the way the character can be visualized. Others might change the look of other characters, surroundings, or items. These cheats may be viewed most benignly because they don’t alter game play.

Many people want online game cheats that increase gaming success, and provided this is allowed, specific codes could help characters get stronger, have greater defenses, and be able to cast spells or perform maneuvers for which they’ve not attained the requisite experience. Alternately, a cheat could weaken enemy defense, making battle easier, acquire more items, or enhance items’ effects. Additional cheats help people access different places more quickly, move up levels, or gain more time.

Some online games work by a subscription and free play status. Though not a cheat, participation in massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) is usually better with paid subscription because it allows more freedom in the game or access to certain areas to which free players can’t get. Additionally, since MMORPGs involve characters playing at different experience levels, subscription players and beta testers tend to the have the advantage, possessing more items, experience, and more skill than new players.

Those looking for online game cheats are advised to simply search the game name and the word "cheats" or "hints" to get a sense of what is available. It then makes sense to read the rules of any online game and determine if applying cheat codes risks being kicked off the server. Even without cheats, many of these games are still fun.

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Tricia Christensen
By Tricia Christensen
With a Literature degree from Sonoma State University and years of experience as a EasyTechJunkie contributor, Tricia Christensen is based in Northern California and brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to her writing. Her wide-ranging interests include reading, writing, medicine, art, film, history, politics, ethics, and religion, all of which she incorporates into her informative articles. Tricia is currently working on her first novel.
Discussion Comments
By Chmander — On Jul 11, 2014

Maybe it's just me, but some games definitely feel like they're designed in a way in which you're supposed to use cheats to beat it, especially when compared to others.

By Viranty — On Jul 10, 2014

In my opinion, I feel that game cheats are a good solution for someone who is in a hurry to beat the game. This is especially the case if they happen to be on Spring Break and whatnot. As an example, a few months ago, I played a game called Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga.

Late in the game, there is a character that you have to pay three hundred coins. Because I didn't have that money at the time, and I didn't have time to grind for it by killing enemies, I simply entered a cheat code which allows you to have an infinite amount of coins.

By Krunchyman — On Jul 10, 2014

I don't know about anyone else, but I really don't like using online game cheats. Obviously, they're there for a reason, but unless you're in a hurry to beat the game, you should sit back and enjoy the ride.

On the other hand, I feel that cheats are good if you're feeling very frustrated with trying to one hundred percent it. Also, on another note, one thing that I do enjoy about cheats is some of them are just for fun, and they don't help you to win the game.

For example, in a video game called Banjo Kazooie, there is a cheat which can alter parts of Banjo's body. He can gain large feet, hands, or even a large head. As awkward as it is, it appears to be poking fun at the variety of cheats that are available on the internet.

Tricia Christensen
Tricia Christensen
With a Literature degree from Sonoma State University and years of experience as a EasyTechJunkie contributor, Tricia...
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