Growing up during the 1980s was a golden age for me when it comes to gaming. My first system was an Atari 2600, and after playing it for the first time I didn't want another toy as long as I lived. Just more and more games.....keep them coming I said to myself, anyway I can get them. At the local pharmacy you could eventually get carts for only $1.99.
Pretty cheap, but then again quite a number of the games themselves were pretty cheap which led to the downfall of the video game market. That is until Nintendo came along to clean up the mess and introduce a quality system that its third party developers had to abide by. Konami was of course, one of them.
Still games where even more challenging than ever, and well there are sometimes when you just need a helping hand in getting through that difficult stage. The famous Konami contra code as it is better known came to the rescue in a number of games, which at the time also included other titles like Life Force and Gradius which originally started the code to begin with. The head developer of Gradius discovered that his own game was somewhat difficult, and he needed a way for his beta testers to test the game without too much problem.
After implementing the code by the time the game went into print he had forgotten to take it out, and well.....ever since then the code just sort of took off in ways you can't even imagine. Even real life events and other applications outside the gaming realm have made use of the code, as you can see from a number of videos below. Let's take a look at a few shall we?
Yes, even Family Guy has made use of it at one point during their episodes. In this episode the famous lot gets trapped in space and are trying to figure out how to save their lives and get back to Earth. Peter Griffin decides that the Contra code might be the answer. Obviously it isn't, but that doesn't stop the show from making a joke of the matter.
Ahhhh, who wants to be a millionaire? We all do right? So does this guy on the famous TV show that produced such high ratings, but sadly after being asked the question about it from a category called "Cracking the code" he was asked a simple question.
"Well known to avid video gamers, the key sequence Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Start is a "cheat code" known as what?" He was given four choices as usual in the game, A: Atari Code - B: Bandai Code - C: Capcom Code - D: Konami code. Yeah, you guessed it.....he got it wrong and could have made a few bucks. Oh well, not everyone is a gamer and knows it.
Time to get out of the house and quit playing videos games. Too many people have an obesity problem and well Nerd Fitness is here to remedy that problem by actually making use of something from the world of games. The Konami code workout is a routine where you can exercise while using it at the same time.
How in the world does that work you ask? You'll just have to watch the video my friend and see for yourself as it takes a demonstration to make it clear. Who knows, if you're into exercise and fitness you may add this to your daily routine to help stay in shape. It couldn't hurt could it?
Gaming cheat codes entering into the world of music? Well and why not I say, and who better to give that performance than Black Nerd Comedy who does a "Paper Planes Parody" with the famous Konami Gradius code? From the YouTube page - "Black Nerd Comedy" is Nerd & Geek Culture, Pop Culture Entertainment and 80s-90s Retro Nostalgia from Actor, Comedian, Writer and "Black Nerd" Andre Meadows.
The official YouTube video also has a number of other game related videos from other titles worthy checking out if you like, but this is likely my personal favorite of the mix, and is done quite well.
While the famous 30 lives and power ups code still lingers in pop culture to this day, if you yourself have any videos based on it that you would like to share, feel free to leave a comment below with your information and I just might do an article about it. Until then, Keep Calm and use the Konami Code.