« on: September 21, 2013, 07:21:15 pm »
I generally don't like to cheat, and would much rather power-level (when applicable) to drop the difficulty than out and out cheat. But how a person derives their enjoyment from a game is none of my business as long as it's not something played competitively.
Something a few RPGs are doing nowadays (the Tales series in particular, and Resonance of Fate in a lesser capacity) is giving the player options for a new game plus. I like to reset my levels, increase item drop rate, and bump experience and money gains to 2x, and carry over small things, particularly if a higher difficulty, or bonus boss unlocks. It allows me to skip much of the grinding and still have an experience that I find difficult and rewarding.
The majority of what I play is RPGs and I don't like being max level, or hitting it too early, because I like to manage stat growth (if I can) and I like watching characters develop.
All and all, I like hard games, and I like to be challenged, so I very rarely cheat (I don't even like looking things up if I can help it) but there's a lot of genres I'm bad at and sometimes I just want to beat what I'm playing. That said, I have a lot of free time relatively speaking, and if someone wants to turn on God Mode and plow through a game, then I've got no issues with it personally, it's just not my preference.