Almost everyone has known the struggle of being “stuck” in a video game. So what do we do when we’re stuck? We get help. Some people in the gaming world say getting help from a source outside the game itself is “cheating”. But is it?
I’m guilty of using walkthroughs in games like the Legend of Zelda series. If you’re a Zelda fan, you’ll understand that I only used walkthroughs for those mind-numbing, frustrating temple puzzles. Did I think I was cheating? Yes and no. Yes because I was cheating myself from feeling that sense of self-discovery that comes with figuring out where to go next. No because it was something I felt like I had to do or else I’d chuck my controller across the room.
Some companies rely heavily on the publishing of walkthroughs to make money. Games like Skyrim almost require a walkthrough with the amount of side quests and items available to the player in the game.
I think the use of walkthroughs is okay to an extent. It’s different than if you type in cheat codes to effect the outcome of the game. If you’re constantly looking down at a walkthrough as you’re progressing through a game, you’re doing it wrong.
What do you think? Is using walkthroughs okay in small doses? Is it okay at all? Let me know in the comments below.