What Happened to Video Game Cheat Codes?
I’ve been a gamer since birth  and although I’ve been playing games for over 20 years, I recently looked up and recognized that something very important to me [and gaming] was missing from this generations’ games; cheat codes. What in the heck happened the video game cheats?
If you’ve been a gamer for any extended amount of time, you can finish the rest of this pattern, Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right… fill in the blank. The Konami code is quite possibly the most popular cheat code in the history of gaming cheats and although it applies to quite a few games, it’s most known as the game cheat for Contra that unlocked 30 lives. The Konami code made Contra somewhat beatable and cheat codes like the A, B, A, C, A, B, B cheat that unlocked blood in Mortal Kombat served to enhance the experience of video games – so why have they disappeared.
Back in the retro [and even somewhat modern] days of gaming, cheat codes meant everything – and could even make or break a game. Cheats were plastered all throughout gaming magazines, cheat cartridges like Game Genie, Action Replay, and GameShark were top sellers, and lots of gamers only visited the web for the sole purpose of finding cheat codes and in-game secrets. Game codes were a big secret in their heyday and if you bought a game that didn’t have any, you felt somewhat ripped-off.
Some reason that cheat codes are no longer needed because games aren’t as hard as they used to be or that game codes made games too easy, but cheat codes served more purposes than just making games easier and those that didn’t want to use cheats simply didn’t have to use them. Sure, games are a lot easier than back in the retro days and motion gaming has made it so that controllers are actually needed for all systems, but that doesn’t warrant the disappearance of game codes altogether. Cheats gave extreme fans the extra features they craved and are one of the most missed relics of gaming past.