I have always been a cheater in games. As a kid it was mainly because I was bad at games or wanted to screw around. In my teens & early 20s I cheated a lot less because I played a lot more multiplayer and console games. Now that I’m older and have less time to game I find myself cheating more to the point that I regularly use cheat engine and cheat happens.
Some games it to fix or skip some part of the game I am unhappy with, for example after my first playthrough of Skyrim I started using to console to give myself tons of gold because I found the process managing inventory and selling loot annoying. In Borderlands the Pre-Sequel I knew I would only play it once so I gave myself extra skill points to test out more abilities more quickly. Right now I am hitting a wall in Ashen, I don’t really like Souls-likes but want to see the rest of the game I will probably find and infinite health cheat to play the rest of the game.
I have mixed feelings about my willingness to cheat, on the one hand it makes it easier to find my own fun in games I paid for and might not be loving, but it also cheapens the experience of the games and can make them less fun or interesting. There is also the issue of online leaderboards, Just Cause 3 had stunt challenges that unlocked some upgrades, I didn’t enjoy them so used a trainer that froze timers, but also put me at the top of some online leaderboards in the game which i felt a little bad about.
What do other people think about cheating in singleplayer games and especially paying for something like cheathappens?