Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Origin of cheating ....

Ever wonder to yourself "Self, where did that Konami code come from"? Well now you won't have to.

Back in 1985 Kazuhisa Hashimoto was working on the NES port of Gradius, a side-scroller which anyone who has played will tell is an insanely tough game. While testing his game he would constantly die and not be able to get the later sections of levels. He basically thought to himself "Fuck, this is hard. I wish I had a cheat", then he realized that there was no reason he couldn't.

He came up with a simple pattern that would be easy for him to remember and added it to the game, giving himself all the power-ups that he would need to get threw to the end of levels.

When he submitted the final copy of the game, he had forgotten to remove cheat code from the game. And thus the iconic code that has been used in dozens of other games was born.

You can read more here.


  1. That's cool, I never knew the story behind it. I wish games still had cool cheat codes these days.

  2. That's pretty interesting. I never knew there was actually a story behind the cheat code lol.