Apr 12, 2019

You cheated not only the game, but you became a meme

His words have been re-posted thousands of times on Twitter alone, spawning spoofs and parodies created by everyone from regular gamers to Sega of America. All of this came from a response to a gaming journalist who admitted he had cheated to beat a video game. It all started with FromSoftware's 2019 game Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, which has such a steep difficulty curve that PC Gamer's James Davenport admitted he used cheats to finish the game. Over the next few days, the words reappeared in popular posts as gamers poked fun at the hyperbolic statement, using it to call out well-known cheats in popular games such as Persona 5, Crash Bandicoot and Super Mario 64. The meme developed further, with technically skilled gamers modifying some of their favourite games to include the text within them, including clever edits of Animal Crossing and Link's Awakening.

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