Why do gamers need to use strategy guides?

strategy guide - One of my exes strategy guides.
@shaggin (37310)
United States
January 6, 2011 9:29am CST
I dont understand why people who play video games need to use strategy guides or walkthroughs. To me its like cheating. If I play a game I want to beat it on my own not beat the game because I used a help tool to get me through when I get stuck on a spot. For every video game that my ex had he had a strategy guide for it. It was so weird I always thought.
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@warvial (1154)
• Singapore
7 Jan 11
I admit that I am guilty of committing this cheat tricks. But if I have any alternatives, I definitely won't want to do that. But there are times where I get stuck at the same place forever and I really can't get through that stage, that's when I would rely strategy guides.
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@shaggin (37310)
• United States
7 Jan 11
Thats what a few of the other mylot comments said as well. To me thats not as bad as the people who sit and go through the whole game using the strategy guide. That doesnt show any talent except ability to read lol. I can see doing it how you do when you get stuck then looking for a cheat but I wouldnt do it all the time either only if I was really stuck and could not in any way complete the game without finding out how to get past that spot.
@warvial (1154)
• Singapore
7 Jan 11
I feel less guilty then. Indeed it's hard to understand why someone would want to finish an entire game based on strategy guide. Maybe they wants to boast to their peers that they have accomplish the impossible? Since no one will know of them cheating as they will only see the outcome. It just takes time before they realize that they are killing off their sense of achievement in gaming.
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@shaggin (37310)
• United States
7 Jan 11
LOL dont feel guilty. Lifes to short to sit around feeling guilty that you have looked up cheats for a game. I think thats highly possible why many gamers rely on strategy guides to beat a game. I would rather beat a game on my own then brag that I beat it and secretly know that I used a strategy guide to do it. I woudlnt feel like a true gamer cheating all the time.
@starrm (124)
• United States
13 Feb 11
There are a few reasons why some people use strategy guides when gaming. Personally, I don't. I can't justify spending an additional $10-$20 for instructions and would rather use that money to purchase dowloadable content for the game itself. Plus, a lot of gameplay cheats and guide can be found on Youtube. However, the reasons behind why certain hardcore gamers swear by using guides is to enhance the gaming experience and allow for 'completionists' to finish the game in its entirety. A friend of mine buys them only after he's finished a game once and then usually plays a game over with the guide to find everything he missed the first time through.
@shaggin (37310)
• United States
13 Feb 11
Yes I've learned now why most gamers use cheats. That is cool that your friend beats the game then buys a guide to play the game again to see what he missed. Thats the best way to do it I think instead of cheating the whole way through the game and not learning anything but how to do the cheats well lol.
@starrm (124)
• United States
14 Feb 11
Exactly. If you use a guide or walkthrough during your first time playing a game, where's the challenge? At that point, you're just following instructions. You might as well be putting together a piece of furniture. Thanks for the question.
• United States
6 Jan 11
I agree to a point. I normally will not use a guide to help me in a game but there have been times that I have been stuck in one area for a week or more because the game designers decided to put some obscure hiding place or whatnot that is almost impossible to find without the guide. I think they do that so you have to buy the guide to. Many games my husband has you can not beat unless you have the guide due to way the game is designed. I normally will not buy a guide anyway I can do search for it and find it free if I need help on a certain part.
@shaggin (37310)
• United States
6 Jan 11
Ahh thats interesting. That really does make sense. I bet they do that just to get people to buy the guide so they can make more money! So I guess I do understand now why people use guides but I think some people are just lazy and want to cheat their way through the whole game and that just doesnt make sense for them to do that.
• United States
6 Jan 11
I agree with you! My daughter just completed one of her Christmas games by just following the online guide. I understood getting past a certain hard part but she just walked through the rest of it and I told her how that was cheating and what was the fun in that? I guilted her and now she is trying again without the cheat
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• United States
19 Jan 11
Thats true because gamers sometimes get stuck. Me, I am a gamer but just an average one not one of those pro gamers. Some gamers just know the usual mechanics of a game and know whats coming next. I sometimes just get stuck on a game and have to search for a way to get out of it. The only strategy guide I like is pokemon because it will help me catch all the pokemon lol. Finding all the pokemon in a game is hard work if you think about. I have only managed to college 200 in one game due to a game guide. That took me forever though.
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@shaggin (37310)
• United States
19 Jan 11
There was this kid who was mentally retarted in my class who was obsessed with pokemon. So anytime I hear anything about that its like omg not again lol. That is one game I dont think my ex ever played or owned. Probably because he had that kid in his class in high school as well and probably felt the same way as me sick of hearing about it lol.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
8 Jan 11
I just reprimanded my son for being on his computer game all the time. I've been telling him that I don't like him to be just in front of his game all day without doing anyhing else. I said don't like this habit. And he also have strategy guides, cheat codes, etc. too! So, if this becomes a habit of his too, on how he deals with life, then all the more reasons that I don't want him playing his video games.
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@shaggin (37310)
• United States
8 Jan 11
I dont like my kids watching movies all day or playing video games all day either. My ex was addicted to gaming and spending money. It was insanity. Imagine if the power goes out and your son has to find something else to do lol. It would be like for me if the internet was done or the power was out and I couldnt be on my computer. I go nuts.
• Philippines
7 Jan 11
Yeah it is certainly kinda cheating. Honestly I'm was using walkthroughs whenever I'm stuck in a part of a video game. I do it because I only limit myself of playing. I'm only playing during weekends or holidays. So as much as possible I would like to somehow finish a game quickly so I could try more. That was my thought when I was in high school.
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@shaggin (37310)
• United States
10 Aug 16
To me the guides are just a huge waste of money. I wonder if they still make them. You must have commented on this after I quit mylot so I did not see this until now that I am back. I came back about 6 months ago when I heard they were paying again.
• United States
7 Jan 11
I guess gamers use strategy guides cause they are really stuck on a certain spot for days and can't figure anything out, they just suck on playing games and use any tips they get, or they just want to cheat. I'm the same way, I don't use strategy guides or cheats to beat the game cause I love to beat the game on my own without any help. Of course I do have some strategy guide, but that's just for a collection on the games I love and love the artwork they put on strategy guides.
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@fpsninja (874)
6 Jan 11
I aggree, but then i also disagree. I only used to use strategy guides (and i have never purchased one, i use free online ones on IGN) to do certian things ing ames. If i am playing a game, and i am stuck on a level because i do not know where to go (this was a big thing on a game called red alert 2 that i used to have, as you would have to know which wlal to blow down in order to get to the next part of the level!). My brother also uses it on Tomb raider, as without it, it can take hours and hours just to find some silly little axle or whatever that you need ot open a door or whatever. The last reasons i do it is for GTA and mercanaries. I use the guides to find out where all the hiden items are, if i am in the mood for finding a few.
@shaggin (37310)
• United States
6 Jan 11
I have gotten a few responses telling me different reasons why strategy guides are sometimes needed. I really never understood before but I getting the idea now. Once in awhile my ex would have me look up cheats online but almost always he would just have the strategy guide to go with the game. Gosh if he could have looked up the stuff online instead of buying all those guides my god he would have saved so much money. He had hundreds of them.
@asyria51 (2870)
• United States
6 Jan 11
I asked my husband about that. He told me it is not about cheating, it is about getting the most out of the game. He uses it to make sure he gets every item from a level before he goes on to the next. He does not use them anymore, but he did a ton in college. I think it was a patience issue.
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@shaggin (37310)
• United States
6 Jan 11
That makes sense in a way but still it seems like cheating to me. If you cant find all those items on your own then you arent trying hard enough is how I see it. I havent played video games in years though but when I used to play back when I had just graduated from high school I would play the game and try to get as much as I could and beat it. If I had used a strategy guide I would have beat the game first then went through the game all over again see what I had missed and seeing how much higher my score could have been if I had found all the things I hadent found when I wasent using the guide.
@nadrolski (220)
• Philippines
6 Jan 11
most of the gamers are too lazy to play the game by themselves, so they heavily rely on "spoilers" like walkthroughs/guides, which i believe ruins the fun, thrill and essence of the game. it might also mean that if a player uses such guides, he is truly a low iq gamer (it hurts to hear it, but that is the truth about those who uses spoilers). do not play a game if you play it with guides.
@shaggin (37310)
• United States
6 Jan 11
Yes I think the same thing to and to me its like whats the points. I mean I can see once in awhile if they get stuck looking up a cheat but not just using the guide for the whole game. My ex I always assumed because he did nothing but play video games that he would be like a pro. We went to a video game competition and he was one of the first people to lose so lol now I know hes not good without those guides.
@Rohvannyn (3118)
• United States
9 Aug 16
I'll play the game first, try to see how far I can get, and then use a strategy guide if I can't get through. I'll also often use strategy guides on my replays though because there are so many hidden things that I couldn't otherwise find.
@shaggin (37310)
• United States
10 Aug 16
Thats better the way you do it then. My husband would keep the guide on his lap as he played turning the pages. Thank you for digging this old post of mine up. I saw there was a few comments I never saw or replied to since I had quit mylot when it stopped paying. Now I have commented back to them and hope these old mylot members will see it and rejoin mylot as well.
• United States
31 Jan 12
I only use YouTube videos when I get stuck on something, but I try not to use them if I can figure out the stuff.
@shaggin (37310)
• United States
1 Feb 12
Thats a really cool idea. I dont think youtube was very popular back when my husband lived here and was alive. He used to just look up cheats and stuff online if he didnt have the strategy guide to go with the game in paperback form. If he had known about youtube and was able to watch videos on parts of the game he was stuck on I bet he would have done that. He probably would have just sat all day watching other people videos of games they were playing lol. He might have even had me make videos of him playing to upload to youtube who knows.
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
7 Jan 11
Gamers start out using strategy guides to further themselves in the game. After a while i think it just becomes a way to cheat the game and beat the odds of winning instead.
@shaggin (37310)
• United States
10 Aug 16
My son when he gets really stuck in a game will look up a cheat on youtube. He's 8 though. You mist have commented on this post after I quit mylot so I never saw it until now.
@Nadinest1 (2040)
• Canada
6 Jan 11
By strategy guides, do you mean cheats? Both my boys will go online and find cheats for certain video games when they get stuck. Why bother playing the game, I ask.
@shaggin (37310)
• United States
10 Aug 16
A strategy guide is a book of pictures of each stage. I think it had the cheats in it. You must have commented on this after I quit mylot so I did not see this until now that I am back.