Metal Arcade: JJ Evangelista writes:
Since the beginning of gaming - from the table top, to the arcades, and eventually the home consoles - cheats and codes have always existed. Whether it was hiding cards in poker, hacking the code in a computer game, or Game Genie, rules were made to be broken.
In an age before the internet, before information was just a simple mouse click away, these legendary game changers were spread by word of mouth. Some were found in gaming magazines, like Nintendo Power. Others were luckily stumbled upon by happenstance. No matter how the knowledge was acquired, it eventually passed from gamer to gamer, and news of video game cheats spread. To know these codes was to be part of some secret society. You were privy to information that very few knew, and most of the world would never know.