This week, our Sunday Scribblings prompt is Code. If you decide to write a post based on this week’s prompt, be sure to go back here and share your link so everyone can see how you interpreted things! Here’s what I did with it…
Anyone out there remember the Konami Code?
If memory serves, it was a cheat code that was common among a number of old school video games released by Konami for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Honestly, the only game I ever successfully used it on every single time was Contra, a game that centered around a Schwarzenegger-esque action hero tasked with stopping an alien invasion.
Thing is, without the code, you begin the game with three lives. And this is the kind of game where one hit from anything will kill you. So, at the age of seven, playing this thing in my cousin’s basement, playing a 2-player co-op mode, we were both out of lives before reaching the mid-point of the first stage.
With the Konami Code… Well, that changed everything. As the title screen began to appear on screen, on the first player’s controller, you would press UP, UP, DOWN, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT, B, A. If your timing was right, both players began the game with 30 lives.
Did having 30 lives make the two of us invincible? Absolutely not. But part of the beauty of this cheat code was that you would get an additional 30 lives when you continued the game after reaching a game over. I’m pretty sure we got three continues. And when you continue, you start back at the last stage you died on, not back at the beginning.
With the three lives, my cousin and I would spend our lives in the jungles of the first stage and then start our continued game right back at the start of the first stage. Not cool…
I know it’s possible to get through the entire game without getting hit. There are plenty of gamers out there who know where every enemy and every bullet and every bomb is going to be and they know how to avoid every single one of these things. As a kid, I was not one of those players. As an adult, I’m sure I’m not one of those players.
Honestly, I don’t know if the code worked for any other games. Being called the Konami Code, one could assume it could be used with other games published by that particular company. I only tried it on Contra.
Any old school gamers out there have more knowledge about this cheat code? Did it work for games other than Contra? How do you feel about cheat codes that are built into video games? By virtue of being called a “cheat” code, does it some how cheapen the gaming experience in your eyes? Let me know what you think down in the comments!
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