No, not really, I've edited things here and there, and made backups, but that was mostly just because of an older computer I use to use that would crash and corrupt the game saves.
I could give myself any amount of anything I wanted to at any time and build anything. I choose not to though, because what's the point in playing then, unless you just want to create worlds how you want without any challenge or sense of accomplishment other than the build itself? That's what creative mode is for.
I've even rebuilt a large ocean in survivor mode so it was level and without flowing water after removing fairly large islands just to fit in an underwater city I am working on. (I don't recommend it.)
A while back I got sick of "cheating" and removed all mods. I've never looked back really. I still have issues with switching to peaceful mode as a panic button. I wish I could turn off the ability to do so, or simply control myself lol. Hardcore mode solves the issue pretty well though.
I play multiplayer to restrain myself from creating a new world. Going screw this, cbf getting diamonds legit. Hmmm look TMI is installed well i'll just take a couple o'this and a couple o'this and oh crap...no one to show off all my fancy stuff to, I'll just go head over to multiplayer now
I don't understand the motivation to cheat in a game that has Creative mode.
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"Sometimes, I just wanna give up, say 'I'm done with this mess' and go to bed. But you know what; you can't shrug off your responsibilities. You got to pull yourself up and meet the challenges head on. That's the only way you're gonna get ahead in life."
In my main world I haven't used any mods. I've been tempted to install TMI to spawn some villagers since the closest village is about 4,000 blocks away, but now I'm building a track about 1,000 blocks long through the nether...
I've used TMI before, along with xray, fly, even Nodus at one point (I don't recommend it). I never felt bad, I just knew I was cutting corners and it wasn't as rewarding as it would have been had I done it vanilla. The great thing about Minecraft is I can switch jars and play completely vanilla if I want, and switch back to mods whenever.
The only time I cheat is when I am going to enter a nether portal. I save my inventory. Not because I don't want to lose anything, but because more than once I have appeared in thin air in the nether, and I have directly fallen to lava, or when I have entered the portal back to the overworld, I have appeared in a different place, and not in my own portal.
I am ok with loosing my sutff when I fail, but I am not ok at all with loosing my stuff because a bug in the game.
Appearing in thin air is definitely not supposed to happen, but appearing somewhere other than your original portal (but still in a portal) is not a bug, it's a side effect of the perfectly logical and predictable way portals work in the first place. When you first enter the nether, the location might not be a suitable spot for a portal, so the game chooses somewhere nearby that is. But this small perturbation in position inside the nether equates to a much larger distance in the overworld. So when you go back through that portal that, remember, wasn't quite exactly where it was supposed to be, you pop out in the overworld some greater distance from where your original portal was. If this is within 128 blocks of the portal, then you're fine, you'll just be teleported to it. But if it's more than 128 blocks away, the game just creates a new one at (or near) your entry point and you come out there, instead.
On topic: my world is no longer "legit," but I don't feel like I've cheated. Not very much at least. There was one time when I used TMI to switch to creative mode to keep myself from falling in lava, but the only reason I fell in the lava in the first place was because I was being careless, having just been playing around in creative mode beforehand anyway. Occasionally I do things to save myself some time, for example I will switch to creative and fly somewhere faster than I could get there by walking, or I'll spawn in some fully-renewable items just to save myself the trouble of going back to my storage area to pick them up. But I don't spawn in things that aren't renewable, just the things I could have made legit in the first place had I had more patience. And most of the time if I'm gonna die, I just let myself die. So am I "legit"? No. But do I feel like a cheater? Still no.
In Vanilla, i've never cheated on a serious world.
With mods, i'm considering it but I haven't yet. With Terrafirmacraft, you can't get many of the vanilla items like diamond and iron. I'm considering destroying certain high-quality Terrafirmacraft items for it (specifically, red/blue steel which are like diamond but harder to get) in exchange for vanilla materials.
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Did something happen to you in your childhood to give you this unreasonable fear of rutabaga?
Yes, I'm guilty. Minecraft isn't the only game I cheat on. I used to cheat for torches, and I cheat when my tools break because I think that part of the game is utter bull****. But people should play games they way they want, so I cheat. But I don't cheat myself millions of diamonds, that makes it stupid.