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It Ain’t Easy Makin’ Games: Top 8 Video Game Cheats, Hacks, and Codes


In this final whirlwind post of the “It Ain’t Easy Makin’ Games” series, our dear readers will be hit with a rainstorm of cheats, a blast of hacks, a hurricane of codes to rival the freak storms that have been pummeling the American East Coast in recent weeks and preventing some loyal players from feeding their troops. Let the games begin.

8. White Treasure Ship in Super Mario Brothers 3

Photo credit: http://www.mariowiki.com/Treasure_Ship

This cheat is great not only because it appears in one of the greatest Mario games ever but also because it’s just so damn complex. A far cry from simply mashing the right series of buttons at the right time, the coin-laden White Treasure Ship appears only if you are in World 1, 3, 5, or 6; one Hammer Brother is on the world map; the last two numbers in the number of coins you possess is a multiple of 11 (for example, 33); the tens digit in your score is the same number as the last two digits in the number of coins you have (in this example, 3); and you finish a stage in a time that ends in an even number. Only then may you board and collect the bounty of this ghostly pirate ship—and, even then, you have to make sure you can access it on the world map. Phew! [1]

7. Talking Crab Merchant in Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind

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“Where is the talking mudcrab?” is a question raised by countless Morrowind players on forums across cyberspace. Apparently this clever arthropod resides on a small island southeast of another island called Mzahnch, and the ability to walk on water is a prerequisite for reaching it. But why venture to the far corners of the map just to converse with a nondescript crustacean that, by some accounts, looks like a rock? Well, because it is not only a talking mudcrab but also a trading mudcrab, and since it lives in such a remote place, it will buy your goods at a very favorable price! [2]

6. Doom God Mode

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The God Mode to end (or, rather, begin) all God Modes, this fear fest of invincibility (barring attack involving telefrags or extremely powerful weapons, usually found only in mods) can be unlocked with a simple but cryptic “IDDQD” typed in during gameplay. Doom II brought the advent of Hell on Earth, perhaps, but this sounds like heaven to me. [3]

5. Syndrome

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One of the first and most successful hacking programs in a series of illegal World of Warcraft mods, this program gives abusing players myriad unfair advantages ranging from extra speed to immunity to fall damage and teleportation powers. While we certainly can’t earnestly call unfair infractions of MMO rules a “best” cheat, Syndrome still deserves a spot on this list for being notable in its own right.

4. Mortal Kombat Blood Mode

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Thanks to the ever-present and oft-superficial moral traditions of conservative American society, Mortal Kombat developers Midway decided to censor the blood in the Sega Genesis release of this fighting hit (no pun intended; I swear). But they did not, however, forget to include a cheat code that enabled the return of the gore with a quick press of ABACABB on the Code of Honor screen, allowing MK to pander to our Puritan parents but also make at least some contingent of bloodthirsty gamers happy. Normally, making a game more graphic and violent might not seem to be a good thing. But in the name of independent thought and free choice, the Mortal Kombat Blood Mode deserves a spot on this list. [4]

3. Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, (Start)

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Immortalized in a catchy rock song by the Ataris and named the number 1 cheat code in video game history by Cheat Code Central, this familiar sequence of buttons is best known as the Konami code. It first appeared in Gradius for NES with the effect of giving the player a fully equipped ship but is perhaps best known for its appearance in Contra. [5], [4]

2. Game Genie

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All right, not a single cheat or hack per se, but who can forget this lovely add-on to early consoles like NES, SNES, Game Boy, and Sega that enabled you not only to swiftly enable a library of hacks for countless games but also program your own cheats? Its design was admittedly cumbersome (fitting it into your NES with a game attached was about as easy as rubbing a real genie out of your living room lamp), but its results magical (who could forget moonwalk Mario?).

1. World of Warcraft Kinect Hack

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Aiming for something much more worthy than a silly teleportation bot, a team of researchers at the University of Southern California have built a software interface between Kinect and World of Warcraft called Flexible Action and Articulated Skeleton Toolkit (FAAST), which allows you to substitute body motions for keyboard hotkeys and literally immerse your physical body in, well, the world of Warcraft. While the technology is currently primitive and, as developer Eric Suma reports, “isn’t going to be a substitute for your keyboard and mouse,” it is a step in a direction of some very compelling possibilities, among them more active and generally healthier gaming. And it’s open-source; hooray! [6]

And that’s it for our brief series of It Ain’t Easy Makin’ Games. Through it, we’ve time-traveled back to a variety of classics and favorites, checked out some console-eating and even OS-killing errors and patches, shaken hands with metal primates and Nintendo’s very own gloved Master, and, we hope, gained a greater appreciation for how difficult and complex an endeavor it is to churn out something like Call of Duty, Imperial Warfare, or even just Fruit Ninja—because, truly, it ain’t easy makin’ games.

–shivaniran

Sources

[1] http://www.mariowiki.com/Treasure_Ship

[2] http://www.supercheats.com/xbox/questions/theelderscrollsiiimorrowind/41282/Where-is-the-talking-mudcrab-a.htm

[3] http://doom.wikia.com/wiki/Doom_cheat_codes

[4] http://www.cheatcc.com/extra/top10videogamecheatcodes2.html

[5] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konami_Code

[6] http://www.wired.com/gamelife/2010/12/kinect-hack-world-of-warcraft/

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