Cheaters never prosper… at least in real life. In the world of video games, cheaters always prosper. Why struggle with a high level boss when you can easily bypass him with a level select code, or humiliate him with infinite lives and ammo? Why stop there? How about entering in some cheats that will earn you mad money fast? If you’re going to break the game, you might as well go all the way.
There are so many great video game cheats out there that it would be a waste to not use them. Just because a video game cheat is available, however, doesn’t mean the developers want you to use them. If they must, developers will take action and punish anyone cheating in video games… or, at the very least, relentlessly mock them.
Developers have found numerous ways of making fun of cheaters in video games. They’ll strip you of your achievement points, remove all vital items for completing the game, or, tease you by having your beloved game characters call you out on your cheating ways.
Don’t enter that Konami Code just yet. Here's a collection of video games that will mock you for cheating. What are your favorite examples of video games that punish cheating? Make sure to vote up the cleverest ones.
If you shoplift as Link in The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, the Hero of Time will forever be known as a thief. In the Game Boy game, it’s possible to pick up and steal any overpriced item from the Town Tool Shop in Mabe Village by simply running circles around the shopkeeper and skedaddling when he’s not looking. If you commit this fiendish act, however, the game will brand you a thief for the rest of the journey; replacing the name you gave Link with the shameful title. Whether it’s an unimportant NPC or the Wind Fish himself, every character in the game will refer to Link as a thief. If you try to return to the shop, you’ll be greeted by the shopkeeper and a laser blast to the head.
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Don’t ever push your luck with Gruntilda Winkybunion. In the Nintendo 64 version of Banjo-Kazooie, there’s a sandcastle in the beach-themed world that’s perfect for entering cheat codes. All you have to do is butt-stomp the correct sequence of letters. While the game occasionally rewards you with cheat codes for completing secret puzzle challenges, there are other cheats hidden in Banjo-Kazooie that will allow you to bypass Gruntilda's Lair at a faster and unintended pace. One illegal cheat code is fine. Two illegal cheat codes is okay. Entering three illegal cheat codes, however, will prompt Gruntilda to threaten to delete your save file. If you don’t heed her warning, your game save will be deleted.
There’s no reset button on the game of life, but there is in Animal Crossing. It’s incredibly tempting to punch the reset button on your Nintendo console, whenever something in the game doesn’t go your way. One annoying animal resident, however, won’t let you off the hook. If you turn off Animal Crossing before saving, a mole named Resetti will pop up the next time you turn on the game and bore you with his long-winded rant about the importance of saving. Rapidly tapping the A button won’t do it, as he’ll occasionally ask you questions to make sure you’re paying attention to his words. Answer incorrectly and he’ll start his rant all over again. “There is no reset button on life! Make sure to save before turning off your game!” Thanks, Resetti.
The Doom engine wasn’t the only thing that Heretic, the first-person fantasy shooter, borrowed from the classic game. The “idkfa” cheat from Doom - which grants the user all keys, armor, and ammo - was usable in Heretic. Using that code in Heretic, however, had the opposite effect. All weapons and ammo the player was using would be gone, except for a measly staff. "Cheater - you don't deserve weapons!” would also appear onscreen.