Gaming fans tend look down on cheating and believe the act stains associated accomplishments. For instance, when the final boss of “Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice” proved too much for PC Gamer’s James Davenport, he used a cheat to make the fight easier. As Davenport explained at the time, he still enjoyed the game and didn’t want to let the game’s intense difficulty overshadow that enjoyment or sense of accomplishment. However, it seemed like the full force of the internet crashed down on him after the article.
The blowback from this article spawned the famous “you cheated not only the game, but yourself” tweet that deemed his success a “hollow victory” and became a meme in its own right. Whether or not you agree with this statement, at least Davenport had the decency to cheat within the closed system of a single-player experience. Not everyone is that honorable.