What types of cheats does GameFAQs accept?

GameFAQs is looking primarily for six different types of cheats:

  1. Codes: A pushbutton or typed code, usually entered without an explicit prompt from the game (such as a "Password Entry" screen). Usually entered at the main menu, pause screen, or as a console command, and do things like provide unlimited lives or invincibility.
  2. Passwords: A level or cheat password, usually entered at a specific "Password Entry" or "Name Entry" screen. Usually used to jump ahead levels, unlock new features, or activate other cheat modes.
  3. Unlockables: Characters, items, or other features unlocked by completing certain in-game tasks. Usually in the form of "Beat level X to unlock character Y or something similar.
  4. Easter Eggs: Non-canonical (i.e. nothing to do with the game storyline) hidden bonuses placed in the game by developers. Usually requires a very complicated or unusual in-game task to find. Things like pictures of the developers and "joke" weapons or items are the most common kinds of eggs.
  5. Glitch: An in-game trick that exploits the game code to do something the developers never intended. Usually involves things like item duplication or playing supposedly unplayable characters.
  6. Secrets: Non-obvious in-game tricks or features to ease or enhance gameplay. Includes hidden items in out-of-the-way places, non-obvious boss weakness, tips for quickly and easily leveling up characters or gaining money. Needs to actually be a cheat, not found in the normal way you would play the game.

What types of cheats does GameFAQs not accept?

Basically, if it's not cheating or unlocked, it's not something we will post. Specifically, the following types of submissions will not normally be posted.

  • Puzzle Solutions: Solutions to puzzles that are part of the gameplay. Door unlock codes, safe combinations, and so on aren't cheats, they're required in order to complete the game.
  • RPG "Secrets": Hard-to-find, but still "normal" characters, items, and places in RPGs are very common and not true cheats at all.
  • Irreproducible Glitches: Glitches that don't work 100% of the time or rely on luck.
  • Patch Codes: Game Genie, Pro Action Replay, GameShark, Codebreaker, and other patch device codes. Most often, these codes are copyrighted by the owners and not meant for distribution.
  • Hints and Tips: Easy ways to beat a boss, pass a level, or other general tips that are good advice, but not actual cheats.
  • Saving Your Game Before Doing Something: "Before you do X, save your game, and if it doesn't turn out right, load your game back up!"
  • Reset Commands: Many games and consoles have an in-game reset command (i.e. L1+R1+L2+R2+Select+Start); these aren't unique codes, are fairly widespread, and are more often than not listed in the manual.
  • Copy Protection Codes: Codes that are found in the instruction manual or other game documentation to be used as copy protection.

Why wasn't my cheat posted?

In order to find out why a cheat wasn't posted, check your Contributor Status page. The reason for rejection should be listed there.

What are the requirements for a cheat to be posted?

  • Format: All codes and secrets will be posted in HTML. Only text is allowed, with only bold and italic markups allowed. No tables, graphics, scripts, or any other embellishments are allowed in cheat texts. You may compose your code in the text editor of your choice offline if you wish.
  • Appropriate Table Usage: When multiple codes, passwords, and unlockables are available for a game, they should always be placed in the table provided on the submission form.
  • Style/Grammar: The code/secret must be readable without too much effort. Spelling mistakes, grammar problems, ALL CAPS, and other easy-to-correct problems will prevent your submission from being posted.
  • Originality: Do NOT copy codes or secrets from other online sites or offline sources. While the code or secret itself is not protected by copyright, the presentation of it is. Copying without permission is a violation of copyright law, and is intolerable.
  • No Commentary: Do not include commentary, your e-mail, or anything else with your submission. Include the cheat, and nothing more.
  • Include Explicit Instructions: If it's not clear, explain where to put in the code, and what the code does.