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Cheat Terms, Definitions & Usage

Cheat
A lot of different things fall under this category. The most common is Cheat Codes. These are secret codes typed in while playing or while at a menu in the game. This will give you invulnerability, all weapons, more money etc. In the beginning these codes were left in the game by the programmers for easier betatesting, but have lately more and more become a regular "feature" like any other option.(ie. in "Turok: Dinosaur Hunter" there is even a menu option for the Cheatcodes)

Trainer
A 3rd party program that can either be a TSR (Terminal Stay Resident - usually used for DOS based games), or can simply remain running while your game is in progress (for Win95 based games). Trainers allow you to turn on and off certain qualities or enhancements that were not included in the original game. This could be Unlimited Lives, Unlimited Money, Invulnerability, etc. The trainer alters the original memory locations to allow you to "Cheat" where you wouldn't be able to do so without it.

Why won't the "XY" trainer work with my game?
The most frequent reason that trainers and cheats appear to be "not working" is due to incompatibility with different versions of the game. Trainers are created to alter specific memory addresses within the game. When game companies update their releases, this usually alters the memory locations. Other reasons may include unzipping the cheat into the wrong directory, etc.

I typed the codes in the game but nothing happened.
What am I doing wrong?

The most frequent reason that trainers and cheats appear to be "not working" is due to incompatibility with different versions of the game. When game companies update their releases with patches, they sometimes remove or change pre-programmed cheat codes.

What is a Game Shark ?
A Gameshark also known as The Pro Action Replay is a cheating device for the Nintendo 64, Playstation, or Sega Saturn (one does not work for all systems you must buy the one made specifically for each game system) it is like the Game Genie or original Action Replay for the old 16-bit systems. You can purchase a Gameshark/Pro Action Replay at any store that sells video games.

Command-Line parameter
If you've ever come across a cheat that asked you to add a string to the end of a game's shortcut (such as "-console"), this is what's commonly called a Command-Line Shortcut. In order to make this change, follow these instructions:

1. Press "Start" and navigate to the icon (or shortcut) for the game.
2. Right-click on the icon for the game, then select properties.
3. In the "Target" box you'll find the location of the game (ie: "C:\Program Files\Game\Game.exe"). This is where the change needs to be made.
4. Add the Command-Line Shortcut to the end of this line (ie "C:\Program Files\Game\Game.exe" -console).
5. Once you make the change, select OK to save.

Important Note: If your "Target" has quotations around it, make sure you put the Command-Line Shortcut outside of the quotations (as shown above). Quotations will only be present if your game resides in a folder or sub-folder that has a space in it's name (ie: "Program Files"). Simply place the Command-Line Shortcut at the end of the "Target" line if no quotations exist (ie: C:\Game\Game.exe -console).

Simplest way to load the game with command line parameter:
-Go to your Windows Start Menu
-Select Run
-In the Run box, enter the game's .exe file relative to it's root, followed by the desired command line parameter. For example, if you have Opposing Force installed on your computer in C:\Half-Life\hl.exe, then enter: C:\Half-Life\hl.exe -dev -console -game gearbox

Easter Egg
This is something extra that the programmers have hidden in the software that is usually activated by some sort of secret code or series of commands. Easter eggs usually do not provide advantages in the game, but are more of "Jokes" the author included for fun. These can range from hidden pictures of the author to changing the appearance of the character you're playing. The most famous egg is probably the character "Max" from the LucasArts adventure "Sam & Max Hit the Road" who had cameos in almost every game released from LucasArts.

Editor
This is usually a small program that allows the user to modify files saved from the game. These can be saved games, or .ini files containing game-specific information. An editor is basically a front-end for a hex cheat. Someone has created a program to do the editing for you based on user-defined criteria.

HexCheat
This is probably the most difficult cheat to pull off. The cheat will usually contain a "hex address" and a value to change it to. You must use a hex editor in order to use the cheat. Hex editing allows you toalter the game by changing values stored in the original .EXE or data files. Always make a backup before attempting hex editing. (For more detailed info on hex editing, please read the documentation packaged with the editor).

Save Game
This is a copy of a "saved game file" from a particular game. This might be a game saved after completing a very difficult level, or simply with modified characters for easy gameplay. These files should be copied into the appropriate save-game directory of the game you are playing.

Walkthrough/Solve
This is a text or DOC file that contains step-by-step instructions for completing a game. Mostly for adventure games.
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