I’m part of the generation that has grown up on video games, and I’m still a casual gamer. However, running a business and taking care of the kids rarely leaves me with excess time to spend on particularly hard game levels, so sometimes I look for a little help.
This cartoon came out of me searching a gamer website for tips. In addition to the traditional level walk-through, there were, of course, cheat codes to give you all sorts of help ranging from different clothes for your character, to complete invulnerability.
It all came together a few days later when I heard the phrase “taking it to the next level” on the radio, and I thought how great it would be if we could just enter a cheat code somewhere to get a new car, get that raise, and, hey, invulnerability couldn’t hurt.
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About the Author: Mark Anderson’s cartoons appear in publications including The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. Anderson is the creator of the popular cartoon website, Andertoons.com, where he licenses his cartoons for presentations, newsletters and other projects. He blogs at Andertoons cartoon blog.