I’ve been playing World of Warcraft lately mainly because I have not had the mental capacity (due to reading for and prepping literature courses) to do a lot more than level my Paladin, who has recently hit Outland. The whole experience of looking at the game from a new perspective has helped bolster my enjoyment.
Because I’ve enjoyed the Paladin so much, I’ve actually taken to really enjoying Paladin lore. One of the things I’ve done is downloaded the Arthas novel for my iPhone Kindle and read it during my spare time. At roughly a quarter through it, I can say I’m intrigued and want more.
So my attention turned to that Warcraft III Battlechest just sitting in my bedroom corner, never having been finished. But with my schedule and incredibly limited gaming time, how can I ever expect to work my way through the main game and the incredible expansion pack?
Answer: God Mode.
I have abhorred God Mode and similar cheating in games—and cheating it is—since I was young. I’d rather play a game on Easy than use an invincibility code. Heck, I’d rather spend hours on a game being stuck in the same spot than even keep a strategy guide beside me or access one on the internet. (I draw the line on consulting one when I absolutely stop having fun, though. That’s kind of missing the point.)
Even by going Easy Mode, I would be able to say I had accomplished something. With God Mode, I wouldn’t be able to say that I had played at all. More like I had pointed, clicked, and watched the game play itself.
But what if the only reason I want to play a game is solely for the story, like my current interest in Warcraft III? What if I had no interest whatsoever in the genre, platform, puzzles, or mechanics of the game world? Would it be wrong for me to just enter the God Mode cheat and cruise my way through all the campaigns to finally experience the story?
Even with my disdain of such cheats, I don’t think so.
Why would I deign to get off my nerdrage fueled, self-righteous high horse, you ask? Because my purpose for playing the game in the first place is not to have fun (in the strictest sense in regard to gaming), nor would it be to experience the well-crafted content in a way the developers made it to be conquered.
No, my whole reason for even reinstalling the game would be to see first-hand the original story. I don’t see it as being much different than reading Arthas, Rise of the Lich King or even just looking the lore up on WoWwiki and reading a summary of WCIII’s story. I would be God Moding solely to experience the narrative portion of the game, not actual mechanics. I would be playing in only the loosest sense of the word.
For me, this is just another way to get an interesting story. I equate it with reading a summary or watching a TV show: non-interactive entertainment. I wouldn’t (and couldn’t) consider to have played and beaten Warcraft III by going invincible, but I would get to see some content that I would not get to experience otherwise. To me, the end justifies the means. I want to see Arthas become the Lich King, Illidan become the Betrayer, and Archimonde thrown down at Hyjal. I don’t want to read about it…again.
So tell me now, do you God Mode in any games? If so, what makes you do it and why? If not, the same question to you!