Featured Blog Post: 23 Places Where the Konami Code Lives On

By on Dec 1, 2015 in Issue 15 | 0 comments

Way back in 1985, Kazuhisa Hashimoto was working on the arcade game Gradius. Because he didn’t want to actually play the whole game during the testing process, he developed a little shortcut that gave him a full set of power-ups, letting him live long enough to easily get to where he needed to without dying. When the game went live in 1986, the code was still there. To get full power-ups, all a player had to do was enter the code up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A.

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Our sixth Featured Blog Post shows how the Konami Code still lives on, with 23 places on the web, and outside it, where it’s used. My favourites include the website which hosts a secret and rare interview between Gene Roddenberry and William Shatner, a site that fills your screen with unicorns and rainbows, and an online door company that provides access to some very special doors.

The Wuufu Warble also hosts a secret when you enter the Konami Code, providing you’re running Chrome. And don’t forget to scroll the page when it activates. But you didn’t hear that from me…

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