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God mode is a video gaming term that refers to invulnerability.
The term originated in Moria and popularised by the games of id Software in the 1990s. Enabling god mode, often by means of a cheat code, usually grants the player invunerability from damage. The name is derived from the command traditionally used to activate it: typing "GOD" in the game's command console. Other effects may be activated, for example unlimited ammunition. The cheat is commonplace, particularly in action-oriented first-person shooters such as Quake or Half-Life. The early shooter Rise of the Triad used God Mode as a power-up: the player begins making "Godly" noises, becomes ten feet tall, and can destroy enemies with a energy blast from his hand.
Use of god mode or other cheats is frowned upon in multiplayer gaming. Most cheats are disabled in most muliplayer games by default. However, in some games, cheats are integrated into the gameplay. Dedicated game servers running certain tools (such as "AMX" or "Admin" mod for Half-Life) allow the administrators of the server to grant and revoke god mode or other abilites. Another command, called "roll the dice", is used to randomly give an effect (good or bad) to the player using it (he is rolling his dice, so to speak). God mode is usually in the list of possibilities.
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