COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The developers behind Rare’s Nintendo 64 game GoldenEye have confirmed something you already knew deep down inside: Playing as Oddjob is cheating.
Oddjob was included in the game as a multiplayer only character, and it didn’t take long for games across the country to put house rules in place that banned anyone from playing the character (or risk your friendship).
The game was released 21 years ago, and the developers now admit the character broke some of the game’s key mechanics. The character was so short, the game’s auto-aim would send bullets flying over his head. In fact, the best way to land a shot was to stop moving yourself and aim down.
If that doesn’t sound like cheating, here’s what GoldenEye’s lead environment artist Karl Hilton told Mel Magazine.
“We all thought it was kind of cheating when we were play-testing with Oddjob, but it was too much fun to take out and there was no impetus from any of us to change it,” Hilton said.
“It’s definitely cheating to play as Oddjob,” gameplay programmer Mark Edmonds agreed. “But that can just add to the fun when you’re all sitting there next to each other and berating/poking/hitting the person who chooses him.”
So there you have it. Playing as Oddjob is officially cheating. Let the bans live on!