The ethics of 3rd party hacks

I remember the countless hours my brother and I spent clearing this content.

Final Fantasy XIV is a game that has captured the hearts of millions of players around the world. It’s a world filled with adventure, friendship, and challenges that have made it one of the most popular games of its kind. However, there is a growing problem in the world of Final Fantasy XIV that is starting to have a significant impact on the game and its players. That problem is cheating.

The use of third-party hacks in Final Fantasy XIV is a complex issue that raises questions about ethics and fair play. While some players may turn to hacks for quality-of-life improvements, such as better graphics or features that should be in the game, it’s important to understand that there is a fine line between these types of hacks and those that allow players to see things that were not meant to be seen or give them an unfair advantage. The latter type of hack abuses the game and goes against the spirit of fair play. You know the type of hacks I am speaking about mostly those that allow reading network data, breaking the camera view or showing hidden area damage that otherwise you would need to see yourself.

Abusing hacks that give players an unfair advantage is simply not acceptable and goes against the fine line between what is considered ethical in gaming. It takes away from the hard work and dedication of legitimate players and ruins the game for everyone. On the other hand, using quality-of-life hacks that make the game more enjoyable for all players can often be seen as a grey area. I can understand why people use them – I would jump to using a graphic hack if it gave me a usable hood with the healer and cleric robe and I do not know where I would be if I couldn’t use Advance Combat Tracker to see just how bad alliance parties are nowadays or to abuse Diana’s caster DPS.

However, it’s important to remember that even using quality-of-life hacks can become a problem if they are abused. The more people abuse these hacks, the less meaningful the game becomes and the less enjoyable it is for everyone. So, it’s important to understand the fine line between what is acceptable and what is not and to respect the effort that goes into creating a fair and enjoyable experience for all players.

The world’s first race to clear The Omega Protocol is what has made me write this and that is being affected by cheating using a camera hack to be able to see as much of the arena as they need to do so. Using hacks to complete content ruins the excitement and sense of community that comes with being part of the race. It takes away from the achievement of those who have worked hard to get where they are and takes away from the prestige of the world’s first race. It is even more annoying as their excuse boils down to “the Americans did it, so we did too”.

While the use of hacks and cheats in Final Fantasy XIV is primarily a concern in multiplayer games, it’s worth mentioning the ethics of cheating in single-player games as well. In single-player games, there are no other players to consider and the only person who is affected by the use of cheats is the player themselves. In this sense, cheating in single-player games may not have the same impact on the wider gaming community and it can be argued that players are free to play the game in any way they choose.

However, in multiplayer games, the situation is different. In PvP (player versus player) games, cheating goes completely against the principles of fair play and takes away from the competition and excitement of the game. It gives players an unfair advantage and takes away from the sense of accomplishment that comes with success. In PvE (player versus environment) games, like Final Fantasy XIV, cheating also goes against the spirit of the game and undermines the effort of legitimate players.

Cheating in any form, whether it be in single-player games or multiplayer games, goes against the principles of fair play and takes away from the sense of accomplishment that comes with success. While the impact of cheating may be different in single-player games compared to multiplayer games, it is important for players to understand the ethics of cheating and to respect the spirit of the game although I do enjoy the fun of modding the feck out of a single player game to break it in unintended ways!

But seriously in a PvE game don’t be a dick to others and play fair.

Need to reference?

Ellis, M. (2023). The ethics of 3rd party hacks. [online] Snat's Narratives & Tales. Available at: [Accessed 25 May 2024].

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Cheating in Final Fantasy XIV: a complex issue that raises ethical questions about fair play and undermines the spirit of the game for everyone.

2 thoughts on “The ethics of 3rd party hacks”

  1. I think that cheating is wrong in any circumstance, whether it is in a single player or multiplayer game. Cheating takes away from the sense of accomplishment that comes with success and it is unfair to those who are playing the game legitimately.

    • Is that the case when playing a single game? There are no real bragging rights or anything and such places where there are such as speedrunning has their own set of rules.


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