Happy Birthday, Konami Code

This week in 1986, the release of Gradius ushered in the era of the Konami Code, a series of button presses that would become synonymous with not just gaming on the NES, but gaming in general. » 4/22/13 10:22pm 4/22/13 10:22pm

Man Misses Out On $7,000 Because He Didn't Know The Konami Code

You'd think that the Konami Code would be a well-known part of pop culture these days, even if you're not a gamer. It's everywhere. » 8/03/12 7:30pm 8/03/12 7:30pm

French Presidential Candidate's Website Hides an 8-Bit Konami Code…

Democratic Movement president François Bayrou may be a longshot in next week's French presidential election, but he's won my nonexistent vote with a secret NES-era message hidden in his official website via the Konami Code. » 4/17/12 1:30pm 4/17/12 1:30pm

The Konami Code Shows Up In the Strangest Places

There are misdemeanors I have committed in this life, I'll admit it. For example, I recently got a ticket for jaywalking and it cost me $200. For jaywalking. I'm still very angry about this situation and am actively devising a plan to exact revenge on the LAPD, and guess what! Now you're all accomplices. » 2/28/12 8:00pm 2/28/12 8:00pm

Why's the Konami Code So Damn Easy To Remember?

If you grew up in the 1980s and played video games, you know the Konami Code. It's very easy to remember. Kazuhisa Hashimoto, inventor of the Konami Code, said there's a reason for that. » 1/16/12 6:00am 1/16/12 6:00am

Another Use for the Konami Code

Some who have wrangled with Netflix customer support are aware of this, but it isn't widely known. When it came time to give the movie service's PS3 application a bailout menu to de-list the device from an account, they used the Konami Code. » 2/27/11 2:00pm 2/27/11 2:00pm

The Big Picture, in a Tattoo

Tattoo spied at the Brighton Tattoo Convention in London last month. It references the lyrics of "Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Start" by the Ataris. Picture by Iris James, seen via Hawty McBloggy. » 2/27/10 7:00pm 2/27/10 7:00pm

NES Controller Flash Drive Secured by Konami Code

The list of NES case- and controller-mods we've seen covers just about everything imaginable, but Joe from the modder site Proto Dojo goes one better - making a USB drive unlockable by the Konami Code. » 10/11/09 7:00pm 10/11/09 7:00pm

The Palm Pre Is All Over This Konami Code Business

While it's not as, ahem, magical as its employment on the ESPN front page, you can still find a use for the Konami Code on the new Palm Pre smartphone. » 6/10/09 8:30am 6/10/09 8:30am

You Got Konami Code In My Google Reader

Any of you use Google Reader for your RSS needs? I do. Mostly because I can access it from any PC, and it's super-easy to use. Anyway, enough of the free advertising! Seems somebody at Google HQ is a fan of the ol' Konami code, because it's been found that if you open up your Google Reader and punch in the code on… » 6/11/08 3:30am 6/11/08 3:30am