I played at Wings. When an adolescent, I had a game which permitted you to fly in World War I.
Much of the game was dogfights between you and the enemy. The box for the game contained factual information about WWI, and a narrative within the game took you through to victory in 1918.
I liked the game. I just didn’t like being nailed by enemy fire.
Playing the game required extreme ability. The dogfights were mad.
You flew with a view from over the shoulder of the pilot in the cockpit of your aircraft. Soon you would know that when the pilot turned his head, enemy aircraft was nearing and the time was at hand to go in that direction. If bullets hit your plane, you knew you were in trouble.
Then it was time for diving away and getting as far from the fire as you could. If you could get an enemy in front of you, firing a volley ahead of him often meant he would fly right into it, and your trouble would be solved.
The game’s realism meant that you were likely to get cut to pieces no matter how you played. The game was fascinating, but as soon as your pilot met his end, the game required you to begin the war over. No one would wish for that, particularly with my Amiga 500, with its loading time.
There was a workaround that could mean evading death, and hence becoming one of the best pilots of the war–but it was cheating.
I found out by intuition that if enemy aircraft had me defeated, I could hit the hard reset command for the computer, and the rebooting computer would sweep away the game. What was the upshot? The diskette wouldn’t save the destruction of the pilot’s mission and I could give that another try.
Programmers had designed the game so that with successive missions your pilot became better at combat. The hardest missions could be won with an extraordinary pilot in your control.
War shouldn’t be treated lightly, and if the game reflected the time in the life of a teenage pilot at the outset of World War I, I would have gone to the grave. I am sorry, of course, not that I would have been shot down, but that I insisted in my foolishness to play a game so insensitively. How NPC is that?
Have you ever had to cheat at something innocent?