In the last couple of weeks, I’ve made what amounts to a Herculean effort in terms of my gaming backlog. That means that I’ve utilized the strength of ten mortal men to play lots and lots of video games, and the pile of judgmental game titles, physical and hypothetical, have lessened their gaze of fury, demanding to be played.
Basically, I’m having fun.
The most recent target of my gaming swathe has been Borderlands 2, the ludicrous FPS action RPG that can barely support any more capital letter descriptors. Nick and myself have been tearing through this game like nobody’s business, and just this past weekend managed to smite the Warrior, the game’s final fiery boss (with some help, of course). Naturally, one of the biggest draws of any dungeon crawler like Borderlands happens to be the massive amount of loot that you have access to, and according to legend, the Warrior drops some mighty fine bonuses.
But unfortunately for us, no Conference Call shotgun landed at our pixelated feet. In fact, there was only one legendary item, which Nick promptly swooped up, and it turns out it’s one of the worst legendary drops in the game. During all of this commotion about loot drops, the folks watching us in the stream were encouraging us to duplicate Nick’s legendary item through some well known glitches, effectively giving us as many of them as we wanted.
Which brings up an interesting quandary. Aside from the fact that it would make for a pretty lame stream if we were signing in and out of Borderlands 2 constantly, I have a bit of a moral qualm with glitching in games to get big ticket items or victories. Am I above abusing the occasional bug to get some money or to perhaps make a boss fight simpler? Heavens no. But I am opposed to fundamentally altering the game through the use of a glitch or an item dupe (although I did this with the W Summon in Final Fantasy VII to make Emerald Weapon more palatable).
I don’t think it’s actually wrong per se, to use a glitch or a cheat to your advantage in a single player game, but I do think it tarnishes the experience for me somewhat. That doesn’t mean I have a problem with other people doing it in their own games, I just don’t see the point myself. Then again, I’ve probably bounced back and forth on this issue to suit my own needs at a particular time over the years.
So what do you guys think? Do you engage in things like item duping and glitches to make a game easier, or to get what you want from a game faster? Do you have an issue with these kinds of tactics? Should me and Nick have just duped as many items as we wanted and ran amok with all of the mad lootz? Go!