Stanley Parable Dev Calls Out Cheating Achievement Hunters

The Stanley Parable has always poked fun at achievement hunters – play it for all of a Tuesday, don't play it for five years, and the infamous "Unachievable" which developer Crows Crows Crows said "is impossible to get". But players always find a way.

The Ultra Deluxe version is no different, even upping the "don't play for five years" trophy to ten. Good luck. Somehow, 3.3 percent of players managed to do that within a month of release. Unless they have time machines, they're cheating, and Crows times three is more than aware, posting a tongue-in-cheek tweet calling them out.

"You cheated not only the game, but yourself," it wrote. "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." You can almost hear the narrator foaming at the mouth with anger, with the "shortcut" in mention being that players are fiddling with their device's clocks, tricking their consoles into thinking they've jumped ahead ten years – digital time travelling.

People use this method to skip days in Animal Crossing, fast-forwarding the built-in momentum of progression, but it can also be used to not play a game for ten years to nab an achievement. All you have to do is go offline, change the clocks, go back online, and boot up the game again. Don't tell Crows I told you that.

Regardless, Crows' thoughts are clear, but the quote it shared isn't from the narrator – it's a meme that came about thanks to Sekiro, a PC Gamer piece, and a 'git gud' FromSoft player (as pointed out by GamesRadar). But now, whenever we sit back and read over that meme again, we'll no doubt hear Kevan Brighting berating us for our trickery.

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