Credit: Kidsday illustration / Michael Ghodsi

I love to play basketball, both outside and on a computer. I begged my parents to get me the NBA 2K15 game when it came out, and on my birthday they got it for me. I was so excited and couldn’t wait to start playing. Soon I became a master of the game. My parents were strict about computer times, so every chance I was able to play, I did.

One day when I was playing I thought to myself, how do I get better at the game? I tried to figure out and find cheats because I had heard my friends say it for other games. Cheats are how you get rewards, increase your score, do hard plays and lots of other stuff to help you do better in your game. But whatever I did, any cheat I entered or any friend I asked, it didn’t work. I asked all my friends if they think cheats are real and some said yes. So I tried again and again and was sad to see that nothing worked.

In the end, I was happy that I did not find out any cheats because it just made me more determined to master the game on my own. It’s like my mom always says, “When you do something on your own, you feel good about yourself.” I’m not a pro at the game yet, but I’m getting better every day. Not finding the cheats helped me to learn and grow and become the best I can be.


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