The Secret Origins of 5 Famous Secret Codes

It seems this day that the concept of a cheat code is just plain dead. Once upon a time you lived for the day when you'd discover the secret combination of button presses that would gift you with more lives, infinite ammo, a super jump, whatever wish your heart desired to beat those old school Nintendo-hard games.

It's all but gone from modern gaming, though for some reason every game recently played lately has a button sequence that makes everyone's heads larger for reasons that probably make sense to a game designer that's been up for three days straight. Here's a look back on the codes that defined classic gaming, and how they even came to be in the first place.

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