The Game Genie
It seems the Game Genie is a staple for just about every NES player. Except for me, that is. I've never used a NES Game Genie in my life and I'm not about to start now. I don't even own one, if I saw one for a good price then sure, I may pick it up, but the only circumstances I would EVER use it are to make a game harder or to find some hidden sound test or equally cool trick. To cheat with the Game Genie, to me, would be like cheating on my NES.
Sure, it would seem innocent enough, using the Game Genie every now and then, but it just doesn't work that way. You use it one time, think "well that wasn't so bad", then you use it again, then again, each time more frequently. Give it an inch it takes a foot. And how do you suffer? You start to suck shit at all games. You get stuck at a hard part for 15 minutes before calling your old buddy Game Genie to bail you out. How many times have you read a post on a message board that says something like "Man, I really suck now, I can't beat anything. Damn Game Genie ruined me". Those are the kinds of testimonials I see.
So, basically, I don't use Game Genie for the same reason I don't drink, smoke or do drugs, I'm afraid I'll become dependant. True, I don't trust myself, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. I pride myself on what games I can beat and if I used a Game Genie on a game, even if I beat it legitimately later on I would feel cheap. The Game Genie helped me master it. Probably the most cheating I would ever do is use a Game Action Replay to save my state (actually had one of those for a short period of time as a kid).