No, buying treasure from the game itself is not cheating, although you can argue from a purist point of view that it is certainly a short-cut and earning the treasure is perhaps the "right" way of progressing.Originally Posted by cranberrylotion
I myself, after a couple of glasses of wine last weekend admitedly, purchased 1500 gems and some food which gave me a significant short term boost, at the cost of around £50. It got me up to L14 quite quickly, but hat is quite a serious amount of money, and not something that I can sustain regularly! In real world terms it has now turned my copy of Dragonvale into a game costing more that most of my PS3 titles! :O
Moreover, I actually regret it now being at L19 since I have "discovered" the joy of breeding. With hindsight, the shortcuts I took to just hatch lots of the early "25 gem" dragons weren't really worth it.
The cheating comes into it because it is possible to hack your device, via jailbreaking (although jaibreaking itself is not enough), so that you do not have to pay for treasure with real world cash. Before going any further I must clearly state iPF's rules on this subject. Bypassing Apples paywall is illegal and the staff at iPadForums neither condone or support piracy / stealing in any way. Jailbreaking is NOT about getting apps or in-app purchases for free, it is about enhancing your device to do things differently, however we cannot prevent people seeking out these illegal hacks and installing them after they jailbreak. What we can and do prevent is any discussion of promotion of the way to do the illegal hacks. Rant over!
You will come across DV players from time to time who have unfeasibly high stocks of gems, food, or cash. Some have argued that they are rich and can afford it, however, one in one recent case on these forums I did the calculation and the member would have appeared to have currently well over $100,000 of real world cash tied up in their current unspent stock, not to mention the cash already spent to get where they were in the game! You can draw your own conclusions.
To summarise, and of course IMHO, purchasing treasure from time to time to give yourself a boost is not cheating. But bypassing the Apple paywall is illegal and lifts all restrictions in the game giving you limitless resources. That IS cheating, and even if you disagree, it IS illegal.
Finally, whilst you are all free to have your own opinions about the morality of cheating, and indeed to cheat yourselves, we don't support the public criticism of individuals who may or may not be cheating here either. Be respectful. If you don't agree with cheating, simply don't play with anyone you suspect of being a cheat. At the end of the day, you don't have proof you are not playing with Richy Rich!