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Wait... People Still Use Game Genies?

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Back in the day, I remember seeing the Game Genie for the SNES and SEGA Genesis, but honestly thought it had faded into legend. But now it seems that the Game Genie is making a comeback courtesy of Hyperkin with the July 17 release of the Game Genie: Save Editor for PlayStation 3!

It comes in a USB drive that contains the Game Genie setup program. You install it onto your PC, and then use the USB drive to swap save files between your PC and PS3. And now that you've got a rewritable Game Genie and the internet, you'll have a constantly updated database of cheats and "enhancements." Something you couldn't do back in the '90s. Games with mods available at release will include Uncharted 3, Batman: Arkham City, Final Fantasy XIII-2, and Skyrim.

I personally never bothered with a Game Genie back when I was younger. I never even really used cheat codes except for one time in Tomb Raider... 2, I think... where I made it to the final boss and had no ammo left, so I did the little trick where you make Lara run and jump in a little acrobatic sequence that fills up your ammunition stores. I'm not proud of it, but it was easier than going back and starting over. I kind of feel like these devices suck the fun out of a game, but Hyperkin clearly thinks there's still a market for them, hence updating the Game Genie for the current generation of consoles. Are any of you going to pick it up and cheat your way through games, skipping levels, unlocking unlimited ammo and weapons and turning on invincibility?

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I occasionally cheat, but it's only after I've cleared a game on normal difficulty at least once. And I never use save editors, hacks, or anything like that, just programmed in codes. I know both of those are like "Well, I only kill people if they REALLY deserve it," but screw you, I feel justified.

Andre' said:

...I used to have a gameshark the less notorious cousin of the game genie...but since i tended to play mostly turn based rpgs like BoF and FF, I would use it to skip the grind and enjoy the story. The difficulty level, whether enemies or grinding, tended to keep me from wanting to pursue the games till the end at time, especially BoF4. Then again, back then we had all those stradegy guides with "secret item" locations and stuff, too...

Robert said:

I would play around with cheat devices after I thoroughly enjoyed the game with the device, and I didn't always use them to make the game easier. I remember using them to lower or eliminate experience points in some RPG's, and I also remember a nifty code that would switch the motion captures in Tekken 3. Watching Dr. Boskonovitch or Gon perform Eddie's moveset was aweseome.

Alex said:

I used something like it to play darkstalkers (all the import versions) on my Saturn!
Heaven!!!!
Never saw the need for any codes other then to play imports.

gryphon blaze said:

i will only use this on the games i finished already for replace value because i what to kick ass and get payback for all the times i put some of my games in super hard mode. :)

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