Arcade Paradise designer says devs are “cowards” for not including cheaters

Talk to NME at Gamescom 2022 this week, the CEO of Nosebleed Interactive and Arcade paradise The designer, Andreas Firnigl, has spoken about the inclusion of secrets and cheats during game development, calling developers who choose not to include cheats “cowards”.

With a practical look at the recently released Arcade paradiseFirnigl showed NME “dumbest thing in the game that my team hates me for because obviously I’m the designer and CEO”. Calling it a “dumb, dumb secret thing”, Firnigl showed off five playable arcade machines in the game that “do not count towards the 35+ games” the game advertises as available.

“There’s Flappy Bird, but it’s called Fly Guy, Snake, a little escape game called Brick, Toad which is like Frogger, and a racing type thing. They’re 22 x 22 pixels.” Speaking further of his decision to include secrets and cheats in Arcade paradiseFirnigl said that everything secret has an achievement or a trophy so players deliberately go looking for it.

There is a particular cheat available for Arcade paradise – no spoilers! – and Firnigl said it was deliberately made public and obvious to players. “We actually want players to use this just because, you know, people don’t cheat in games anymore,” he said, before claiming, “Developers are cowards.”

Arcade paradise. Credit: Interactive Nosebleed

When asked if anyone had found all the secrets of Arcade paradise so far, Firnigl has commented that “people who notice it are always tweeting about it because they’re like, ‘What the fuck? This is madness’.”

Firnigl also talked about player agency and feeling like they are in control of what happens in the game rather than just being there as a happy coincidence. Arcade paradise sees the player take on the role of running the family laundry, but is soon given the option to include more aspects such as arcade machines, jukeboxes, game consoles and more.

“As soon as you get past that initial, ‘oh, I’m mean doing this’ and you’re like, ‘actually, I’m not mean doing this. I make more money doing this, what is “What the fuck is this? Yeah, fuck off, dad,” Firnigl said.

In other gaming news, Firnigl also commented NME that The Prodigy’s live drummer produced the majority of the soundtrack to Arcade paradise.

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