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Old August 21st, 2013 (09:17 AM).
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I think it's great that people use Action Replay, just like I think it's great that people don't use it. If you like using cheats, use them. If you don't, then don't. I hate it when people put people down and say it ruins the game. That is purely an opinion and a cheat code that might ruin the game for you might make it more enjoyable for someone else. There are certain games that I don't like to cheat on at all. There are also certain games that I never play without cheat codes and it makes the game a lot more fun for me.
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Old August 21st, 2013 (05:21 PM).
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Trading:
1. The person you're trading with must know that the pokemon you're trading is hacked/cloned.
2. This means the only time you should trade hacks on the GTS is if a person makes a request that can only be obtained from hacking (e.g, lv9 Zekrom. Watch them suffer. >:])

Story Mode:
1. If you're going to use them for in-game achievements, you should NOT brag about it to your friends. It's fine if that's the only way you can beat these things, but don't pass it off as if you tried as hard as everyone else.
2. Perfectly fine for randomizing runs, but once again, don't brag.

Multiplayer Battling:
1. Do not use hacks unless if your opponent knows about it.
2. Do not use "legit" hacks unless if your opponent knows about it. This includes hacked items, such as obtaining more than one lefties.
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Old August 22nd, 2013 (01:22 PM).
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After finding out the latest AR firmware works on the 3DS I said "**** it" and performed some genetic engineering on my legendaries.

I'll make a short list of why AR codes or outside intervention of any kind (RNG, PokéGen) are a necessity for any serious Pokémon player.

1) IVs. That should be obvious. Breeding minimizes the randomness of IVs, but still makes it nearly impossible to get a flawless Pokémon (which, for reasons I won't discuss in this post, has become the standard of competitive play) or a Pokémon with a certain Hidden Power type.

2) The fact GF refuses to make IVs/EVs official. It's a hidden mechanic in the game. Every other RPG has a screen in which they show the skill points of the characters. In Pokémon, all you know is the final stat, which is a result of a calculation involving the base stat, IVs and EVs. Especially EVs are crucial for maximizing the potential of a Pokémon, but they're hidden in all games.

3) All of this info is hidden from the player, but that doesn't stop GF from giving NPC trainers in the Battle Subway/PWT Pokémon with perfect IVs and smart EV spreads, as a way to cheat the player.

4) Scarce availability of evolutionary items. In the 1st gen you could buy evolution stones. After that, GF has created gimmicky ways of getting evo items each gen, sometimes only allowing the player to get one (yes, ONE) of each item, like in Gold and Silver. They have been making the life of players easier, but it's still not ideal. A simple mechanic they could use is to allow evo items to be held by wild Pokémon that evolve by such items, but it seems they are too thick to think of that.

5) Scarce availability of TMs and/or ridiculous requirements for teaching Pokémon certain moves. HGSS had tutors which cost BP, and farming BP is very time consuming and not rewarding at all. In 4th gen and prior, TMs were single use and some of them (specifically the ones given by gym leaders) were only available once. In 5th gen, certain TMs cost a hefty amount of BP. Shards, while an interesting method to provide currency to Move Tutors, aren't that great because only in the latest game of the series B2W2 there's a way to efficiently farm for Shards.

6) Breeding takes too long. B2W2 included the Nursery, which helps a lot with hatching eggs, but without it, and even with a Flame Body Pokémon, breeding is basically mindless cycling back and forth until the Pokémon mate and the eggs hatch. This sort of mechanic is why RPGs are widely criticized by detractors of the genre for having boring gameplay.

tl;dr The problem with Pokémon is that, for a game focused on multiplayer and online battles, the preparation part of it simply takes too much time and effort. Older players are handicapped, and newer players give up before even trying. If things were more accessible, there wouldn't even be a need for simulators. Basically, Pokémon is like professional cycling, according to Lance Armstrong: you must cheat to win.

And therefore I will cheat.
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Old August 28th, 2013 (10:31 AM).
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Quote originally posted by molivious:
Pulling out the logic of your post, it's like saying no one cares if you rape or kill or "play" with your neighbor's wife and daughter since you live in a free, democratic country. People still have to keep a fair and moderate responsibility for their actions, especially if they're bound to trampling over someone else's "rights", or "morals" if they overdo whatever they're doing.
This seems more than a bit extreme. Let's not forget, even if you are traded a hacked Pokemon (against your wishes) -- of course, it's infuriating and not right, but this is JUST A GAME. I don't think it's necessary to compare hacking a video game to rape & murder.
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Old August 29th, 2013 (08:09 AM).
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I usually just mess with the wild pokemon modifier code since I am an offline user and not able to get my scizor and some gen 1 & 2 pokemon (in black2). So getting a level 5 scizor and my fav pokemon from gen 1 -2 in the early game helps alot.
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Old August 29th, 2013 (12:38 PM).
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One time I tried completing the main part of the game (beginning of the game to Pokémon League) in Pearl as a test, twice: Once while using cheats, once without any at all. I have to say, using cheats takes some of the excitement away. That is just me, though.
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Old August 29th, 2013 (01:50 PM).
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It doesn't bother me at all, I used to use them at some stage and I'm sure the majority of us have.
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Old August 29th, 2013 (02:23 PM).
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I think you should be able to do what you want on your own single player game. I've used Action Replay to quickly level up my team, get infinite TMs and get max stat Pokemon. But, I would never use Action Replay online. I have a separate team that hasn't been touched by Action Replay for online use, I only trade Pokemon that have never been Action Replayed, etc. As long as you're not affecting anyone else's game, it's fine.
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Old August 30th, 2013 (06:49 AM).
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If you mess up the IVs, possess any illegal moves, Pokemon and items that were obtained from AR, then that's plain wrong.

If you use it to fasten egg hatch, to fasten EV training like having Pidgeot appear in a location to train Speed, then I see no problems.

Nevertheless they are still called cheating, and same using for editors as well, whether the intentions are good or bad.
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