Weekend Open Forum: Most memorable gaming cheat codes

By on October 15, 2010, 8:15 PM
Cheating is without a doubt one of the most maligned aspects of gaming. It makes us think of people who aren't willing to put in the effort necessary to beat a game fair and square. We’ll leave online cheating out the context of this ‘Weekend Open Forum’ as that raises an entirely new set of ethical questions – and let me just go on record and say I’m completely against it. But I’d be lying to you if I said I’ve never used a code myself to get past a frustratingly difficult level or just for the heck of playing as an unstoppable killing machine.

The fact is developers have been building cheats directly into their games for almost as long as video games themselves have existed. They may do so for testing purposes or perhaps to increase the title’s replay value. Some of them are not even designed to give the player an advantage in the game, but rather make it more challenging by making enemies tougher, and some can add a whole new element to gameplay by giving users unusual skills such as the ability to walk through walls or allowing them to modify their character in terms of appearance.

Nowadays it’s easy to jump online and find a cheat within minutes, but there was a time when you’d had to wait months for your favorite games magazine to come out with it, and usually the codes involved entering a complicated sequence of buttons on a game controller. Today we want to hear about those codes that stuck to your memory over the years -- or maybe some that were so ridiculous that you’ll have to Google them. I’ll just mention an obvious one and a more obscure one to get the conversation started: IDDQD for Godmode in Doom II (PC) and pressing B thirteen times while rotating the D-pad 360 degrees clockwise during the match-up screen to get power dunks in NBA Jam (SNES).




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cyrusjumpjet cyrusjumpjet said:

up-up-down-down-..... well, you know the rest.

mtrenal said:

Allyourbasearebelongtous in about half of the RTS games on the market

Chazz said:

Metroid for NES: Justin Bailey

Guest said:

(Genesis) Sonic the Hedgehog

up,down,left,right,A+start unlocks all levels if memory serves.

mccartercar said:

Game:

Carmageddon 1 1997

Cheat code:

Super turbo Car -- Type: SOAPY TIT WANKS

..Well actually everyone of the cheat codes for that game were outrageous...like this one:

Blind pedestrians -- Type: HAMSTER SEX

and if your remember carmageddon this guy is remaking it in XNA with physx:

http://blog.1amstudios.com/

LinkedKube LinkedKube, TechSpot Project Baby, said:

up down left right x2 a start

Guest said:

It's not a cheat but I remember when playing Dragon Spirit for NES, there was an alternate dragon (the gold dragon) and the story changes as well.

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

idspispopd

Psychodan said:

cyrusjumpjet said:

up-up-down-down-..... well, you know the rest.

This has got to be the all time number one cheat code. I can start saying this code around any old school gamer I know and they will finish it.

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Hmmm...I don't know if I've ever used a cheat code, but have looked up walk-throughs on the Internet from time-to-time if I get really, REALLY stuck. I mean I'll put in several hours to try and figure out a problem before I'll look for help.

But I think the worst for me was Grim Fandango. It was such an abstract game with really bizarre puzzles, I just couldn't get most of it. Couldn't think outside of the box enough to play the game well. Remember having to jump on the Internet a number of times looking for help on that one.

TitoBXNY TitoBXNY said:

Diablo Hacks: God Mode, Duplicating items using town portals. lol UP-UP...........is the most famous.

I never cheat in games, but it was so annoying to see others.

myrmidonks myrmidonks said:

I'd say rosebud;!;! etc. in The Sims

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Right, Left, Down, Up, A, B = 10 lives in Super C (Since everyone got trumped with Cyrus's 30 lives cheat)

---agissi--- ---agissi---, TechSpot Paladin, said:

IDDQD is most memorable but next to that: It's Twisted Metal 2 for Playstation. Up Down Left Right Right Left Down Up while holding R1+R2+L1+L2 for god mode and/or R1+L1 for all machine guns, R2+L2 for all rockets. IDDQD immeadiatly came to mind while reading the article title, and sure enough there it was in the article. This made me remember the Twisted Metal 2 cheats. I had great fun playing that game as a kid.

motrin said:

twisted metal 4!!!

infinite specials! i used to have it memorized

Guest said:

Rocket car from original Age of Empires: bigdaddy

grvalderrama said:

Twisted metal 2!!!! OMG... what happened to that kid that I was? sniff... lol

Guest said:

2nd after IDDQD is

Black Sheep Wall

madboyv1, TechSpot Paladin, said:

The Descent series games had some memorable ones... like burgergod, Shananigans, ByeByeMonkey (a personal favorite since it enabled a chase cam)... oh yeah, SuperHiRes (enabled 1024x768 and 1280x1024 lol).

Guest said:

Konami codes ftw!

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

noclip !

Guest said:

Has to be the PC version of the NES classic game "The New Zealand Story".

To get infinite lives: Pause the game and press "M". You will then hear a laser gun

sound. Then simply type "MOTHERF**KENKIWIB**TARDS" (fill in the stars...) and you get infinite lives!

Swanen said:

Two come to my mind quick,

32167 dragons in Heroes of Might and Magic.

24328 on the fax machine to get more more money in Theme Hospital. Hospital internal speakers then states, "A cheater running the hospital" over and over

treeski treeski said:

poweroverwhelming

noclip

impulse 101

Lurker101 said:

down R up L Y B X A

Street Fighter II

bielius bielius said:

Operation Cwal, Black sheep wall - Starcraft.

Guest said:

age of empires !

pepperonipizza

robin hood

rock on

SilverCider said:

Alien Trilogy on Sega Saturn - fillmyboots and flyto (level#) I always used these to get unlimited ammo and to get past levels I had already finished (I couldn't save games )

applefruit said:

how do you turn this on

age of empires 2

Guest said:

Game: Original Mortal Combat - Sega

Cheat: Blood

At Title Screen: A,B,A,C,A,B,B

Guest said:

The most famous code has to be the Mortal Kombat blood code for the genesis. People should feel ashamed and embarrassed that they have not already mentioned it: abacabb. Ashamed. I don't even play video games and I remember this one from my youth.

DjKraid DjKraid said:

some more classic sims cheats

I'd say rosebud;!;! etc. in The Sims

Yes and klapaucius and motherlode

Staff
Per Hansson Per Hansson, TS Server Guru, said:

cyrusjumpjet said:

up-up-down-down-..... well, you know the rest.

Ahh, the memories, playing Gradius till late late at night

Actually my cheating pretty much stopped with the NES 8-bit games, I don't use them in PC games at all...

Benny26 Benny26, TechSpot Paladin, said:

That cheat in Metal Gear Solid 3 that lets you see The End

The only MGS cheat i'am aware of

Guest said:

"russformario" in the first Carmageddon, I think it gave you 20 seconds of pedestrian killing lightning :)

Come to think of it, that DOES sound a bit extreme !

Guest said:

This isn't really a cheat, as you don't get any weapons or ammo, etc

In Starcraft Broodwar, when playing as Zerg, enter "Radio Free Zerg"

And listen to the Zerg radio transmission!

twojpodlysyn twojpodlysyn said:

godmode

noclip

allthebuttons

lumberjack

gouranga

T77 T77 said:

i cant even remember when was the last time i used a cheat.i guess i never used one.

i always thought that it would defeat the basic purpose itself of using your skills and getting past a level.

moreover i haven't figured out till this date how to enter a cheat and get it up and working.

Guest said:

Secret Area in Donkey Kong Country: Down Down Y Down Down Y at the title screen.

Guest said:

It is not really a cheat code, but one of the worlds in Super Mario Brothers gave you virtually unlimited 1up's if you caught the turtle coming down the stairs at the right moment.

Guest said:

No one mentioned /god

:)

Flannelwarrior said:

There is no cow level

matrix86 matrix86 said:

Oh where to begin, lol. I used to use cheat codes on whatever game I could. I never really cared about the games, just found it fun to run around with unlimited amo and all that other good stuff.

But then I got married and my wife would actually get upset that I was using cheat codes. Never was sure why it bothered her sop much, but like the saying goes..."if mama aint happy, nobody's happy." So I started actually playing fair...and hated it, lol.

Guest said:

Cake

Hammer

Earth

Apple

Tap

Anyone remember this one? :D

cyrusjumpjet cyrusjumpjet said:

Wendig0 said:

Right, Left, Down, Up, A, B = 10 lives in Super C (Since everyone got trumped with Cyrus's 30 lives cheat)

I saw the post and I knew I had to say it before somebody else did! haha. Game over

Guest said:

corwin of amber

hurry up guys

DNKROZ

DNstuff

iddqd

idkfa

Windows 95... The memories.

and war aint what it used to be

Relic Relic, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

CTRL + ALT + ~ the most important key to unlocking it all!

Guest said:

OFF:

Cheating is ok if you're doin it for fun, not for progression to higher levels, or to win a multiplayer game.

The face of cheating was changed when "bot" type programs appeared, they we're and still are the highest on my despise list.

Though I remember in the days of MSN Gaming Zone in a Age of Empires I game, in the lobby I forgot to look if the cheats we're enabled, and I got rushed not by troops, but by cars.

ON topic:

glittering prizes Warcraft II

I see dead people Warcraft III

there is no spoon Warcraft III

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