What does You Cheated Not Only the Game, But Yourself mean?
You cheated not only the game, but yourself is a reference to a viral tweet of @Fetusberry, criticizing James Davenport, a PC Gaming journalist, who used cheats to finish “Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice”.
Online, the tweet is spread as a copypasta as a reaction to exploits and cheats both in video games and in real life.
You cheated not only the game, but yourself.
You didn’t grow.
You didn’t improve.
You took a shortcut and gained nothing.
You experienced a hollow victory.
Nothing was risked and nothing was gained.
It’s sad that you don’t know the difference. https://t.co/upkhLSNQNO
— Fetusberry「Angel Friend™」Crunch (@Fetusberry) April 6, 2019
What's the origin of You Cheated Not Only the Game, But Yourself?
“Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice” was published by Activision on March 22nd, 2019.
On April 5th, 2019, PC Gamer published an article by James Davenport with the title “I Beat Sekiro’s Final Boss with Cheats and I Feel Fine”.
The article was shared by the Twitter account of PC Gamer on the same day.
Twitter user @Fetusberry reacted to said tweet by writing a small lecture, stating with the sentence “you cheated not only the game, but yourself”.
Spread & Usage
How did You Cheated Not Only the Game, But Yourself spread?
The tweet instantly gained popularity, both on twitter, and on other sites as a copypasta, frequently combined with screenshots and depictions of widely known videogame cheats.
The meme would be mostly seen on Twitter and Reddit.