Have you ever cheated at a video game? I know I have. Wherever I can, I cheat. Codes, walkthroughs, you name it. I just makes things a lot easier, you know?
Not everyone agrees with that, though. Earlier this year, Call of Duty apparently banned over 70,000 cheaters from the game and announced its “zero-tolerance policy,” showing that hacking a game to your personal advantage — especially in online multiplayer games — is frowned upon by most.
Regardless, depending on who you ask, cheating is also fun…obviously because it gives you a leg up during gameplay and makes things a lot less challenging.
With that said, online gambling site Compare.bet set out on an illuminating quest to reveal which video games people cheat at most, and the results are…interesting.
To call out these cheaters and uncover the top 20 games gamers cheat most at, the platform analyzed the number of monthly Google searches for cheat codes in both the UK and the USA.
The telling analysis revealed the number one video game folks cheat at is The Sims 4. That’s right, my friends. The Sims 4. The game where you can WooHoo, die from a swarm of flies, and get eaten by a cow plant.
To put things into a numerical perspective, the monthly average of searches for the term “The Sims 4 Cheats” is a staggering 404,000 in the U.S., and 87,000 in the UK. Wow, guys.
Actually, speaking as someone who plays the The Sims religiously, I’m not ashamed to admit that I love cheating. I use absolutely every cheat possible. There’s one for teleportation, job promotions, fulfilling all of your Sim’s needs, etc. The best one? The money cheat: Motherlode. It’s such a treat to watch your net worth increase exponentially at the push of a button. If only real life worked like that.
Next up in second place is Grand Theft Auto: V with 154,000 monthly searches in the U.S. and 35,300 in the UK. And in third place is The Sims 3 with 56,000 monthly searches in the U.S. and 9,000 queries in the UK. Clearly, all you gamers can’t get enough of cheat codes for The Sims games.
Below, check out the complete list of video games most cheated at in a handy infographic with stats for average monthly online searches for cheats.