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I'm embarassed. I had to look up the Konami code because I couldn't remember all of it.
posted by Decimask at 9:30 AM on May 7, 2009


psst: Check the tags
posted by Dr-Baa at 9:31 AM on May 7, 2009


It took me a few tries to get it.

I'm disappointed at how short the list is.
posted by selenized at 9:32 AM on May 7, 2009


*tries it on metafilter front page*
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damn.
posted by jabberjaw at 9:35 AM on May 7, 2009 [1 favorite]


It's like Morse code for "I've wasted my life."
posted by kuujjuarapik at 9:35 AM on May 7, 2009 [5 favorites]


> psst: Check the tags

head->desk
posted by Decimask at 9:35 AM on May 7, 2009


Whoa.
posted by DU at 9:35 AM on May 7, 2009


This is crazy I have never herd of Konami codes. Reminds me of Ledgend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
posted by eiro0701 at 9:36 AM on May 7, 2009 [2 favorites]


.. .----. ...- . / .-- .- ... - . -.. / -- -.-- / .-.. .. ..-. . .-.-.-
posted by Dr-Baa at 9:38 AM on May 7, 2009 [1 favorite]


holy crap javascript rockstar is difficult. my cubicle neighbor was all, "damn why you typing so loud?!"
posted by Baby_Balrog at 9:38 AM on May 7, 2009 [1 favorite]


This is crazy I have never herd of Konami codes.

Wait-- what?

*checks eiro0701's age*

Oh, ok.
posted by Dr-Baa at 9:39 AM on May 7, 2009 [3 favorites]


Heard of cows? Of course I've heard of cows!
posted by klangklangston at 9:39 AM on May 7, 2009


It's not working for me for some reason. Maybe I need to turn off auto text search. (Where's the select and start buttons?)
posted by klangklangston at 9:40 AM on May 7, 2009


I was hoping the Google reader would do more than the little cartoon ninja peeking at me.
posted by Burhanistan at 9:41 AM on May 7, 2009


It's like Morse code for "I've wasted my life."

We waste them together, friend. Outside my window there is the sound of industry, an organism devoted to the productive use of time. Certainly it knows the way to reject a strange transplant, to take what it needs and to allow the rest of us to pass by effectlessly, like we pass by the register, like we wander the aisles, like we wonder what will satisfy our taste today, we take only what we think we need. We leave the rest behind.
posted by nervousfritz at 9:41 AM on May 7, 2009 [1 favorite]


I did it on the AskMe frontpage and I got 30 Questions!
posted by indiebass at 9:43 AM on May 7, 2009 [5 favorites]


I was hoping the Google reader would do more than the little cartoon ninja peeking at me.

Instantly subscribe you to 30 feeds?
posted by Dr-Baa at 9:45 AM on May 7, 2009


lame FPP. A page that only includes a link to wikipedia telling me I'd have to go back and type something in, when really, the wikipedia link should have been in the FPP, at least.
posted by Catblack at 9:46 AM on May 7, 2009


I may accidentally write "up up down down left right left right b a select start" into a grant proposal today.
posted by greekphilosophy at 9:50 AM on May 7, 2009




I'm embarassed. I had to look up the Konami code because I couldn't remember all of it.

I'm embarrassed. I didn't even have to think, my fingers went automatically to the right keys.
posted by Night_owl at 9:53 AM on May 7, 2009 [2 favorites]


Catblack, if you needed it explained, this post wasn't for you to begin with.
posted by greekphilosophy at 9:53 AM on May 7, 2009 [1 favorite]


Sure, it's a single-serving site. But with the cheat code it's a thirty-serving site.
posted by ardgedee at 9:58 AM on May 7, 2009


I got the code right on the first try, despite never actually using this code in any game. As far as I know, I've never even played any game in which this code works. You think you've wasted your life? I've obviously spent enough time hanging around the wrong parts of the internet that I've learned this stuff by osmosis.
posted by ocha-no-mizu at 9:59 AM on May 7, 2009 [3 favorites]


lame FPP. A page that only includes a link to wikipedia telling me I'd have to go back and type something in, when really, the wikipedia link should have been in the FPP, at least.

Flagged as not part of our cool little group
posted by grobstein at 10:03 AM on May 7, 2009


Anyone who hasn't played through Contra should whip out the code and have fun. It's pretty easy with 30 lives and continues, and it's a fun game.
posted by graventy at 10:04 AM on May 7, 2009




Hah. I was just going to mention the ESPN.com thing. It was hilarious. Whoever did it, I salute you, for you are most likely fired.
posted by zsazsa at 10:12 AM on May 7, 2009


ok, what am I doing wrong? I can't get past the stupid start screen.

/really didn't play many video games as a kid. maybe that's the problem - it senses that and won't let me in.
posted by Lucinda at 10:15 AM on May 7, 2009


It's pretty easy with 30 lives and continues...

But more fun with a turbo button. Are there any decent Wii "classic" controllers that have turbo buttons?
posted by cribcage at 10:21 AM on May 7, 2009


The quiet sense of expectation as I entered the code on MetaFilter.com wilted over the course of three seconds into a familiar sense of crushing disappointment and emptiness as the realisation that nothing was going to happen arrived and took a dump on my living room floor. In three seconds.
posted by WalterMitty at 10:22 AM on May 7, 2009


Anyone who hasn't played through Gradius III should whip out the code and have fun fucking die.


(I never thought to use the L & R buttons instead of the D Pad. I just though Konami was mocking my addiction to the code)
posted by Dr-Baa at 10:23 AM on May 7, 2009


I wanted to share this site with a friend, but I couldn't find the "select" button on my keyboard.
posted by explosion at 10:27 AM on May 7, 2009


Catblack, if you needed it explained, this post wasn't for you to begin with.

It was on the front page, so it was for everyone. I thought the single link was a weak FPP though, and still do. (Most single link front page posts are.) Oooh, people are embedding easter eggs based on the old NES Contra code into their websites. Wow, what a secret club y'all got going on!
posted by Catblack at 10:34 AM on May 7, 2009


Aw, I'm sure things will start looking up for you sooner or later.
posted by Burhanistan at 10:38 AM on May 7, 2009


Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right Select Flag and Move On, Catblack.
posted by joe lisboa at 10:44 AM on May 7, 2009 [3 favorites]


My keyboard doesn't have a select or start button!
posted by aubilenon at 10:44 AM on May 7, 2009


For a guy whose only post is HEY LOOKIT PEDOPHILE, you sure are an expert on FPPs, Catblack.
posted by klangklangston at 10:49 AM on May 7, 2009 [1 favorite]


It was on the front page, so it was for everyone.

Wrong.

Just the same way every question on AskMe is not meant to be answered by every user, every post on the front page is not meant to be understood or appreciated by every user. Sorry you didn't get it. Find something you do like; there's plenty to see here.
posted by greekphilosophy at 10:51 AM on May 7, 2009 [1 favorite]


Anyone who hasn't played through Gradius III should whip out the code and have fun fucking die.

(I never thought to use the L & R buttons instead of the D Pad. I just though Konami was mocking my addiction to the code)


I finished Gradius III without the code.
posted by grobstein at 10:52 AM on May 7, 2009


There is no cabal secret club.
posted by kuujjuarapik at 10:53 AM on May 7, 2009


I finished Gradius III without the code.

Of course you did. Using it would have killed you.
posted by Dr-Baa at 10:58 AM on May 7, 2009 [1 favorite]


As Klang mentioned, it works if you turn off the auto text search feature (on FF).
posted by Mister_A at 11:04 AM on May 7, 2009


Who's doing this? What's the motivation behind this? Is this coordinated?
posted by teabag at 11:09 AM on May 7, 2009


"lame FPP. A page that only includes a link to wikipedia telling me I'd have to go back and type something in, when really, the wikipedia link should have been in the FPP, at least."

First: The page didn't "only" include a link to wikipedia. It also included a keyboard-based access method to the further contents of the site.

Second: The only link that the first page included was to the wikipedia article. If there were a million links on the initial page, wikipedia being one in the haystack, then, yes, putting the wikipedia link in the FPP would make sense. But seeing as the wikipedia article was the only link on the bare white page, putting the wikipedia link in the FPP would have been really redundant.
posted by Bugbread at 11:09 AM on May 7, 2009


"It was on the front page, so it was for everyone."

Correction: It was on the front page, so it was for anyone. There is a difference.
posted by Bugbread at 11:11 AM on May 7, 2009 [2 favorites]


Correction: It was on the front page, so it was for anyone. There is a difference.

I stand corrected.
posted by Catblack at 11:15 AM on May 7, 2009


Who's doing this? What's the motivation behind this? Is this coordinated?

FEMA. Or the Fed. I forgot which I'm supposed to be afraid of today. Probably ACORN.
I mean, Contra is an anagram of Acorn-T. The "t" is for "treason," silly.
posted by joe lisboa at 11:35 AM on May 7, 2009 [1 favorite]


It's like Morse code for "I've wasted my life."

The videogame podcast posted here is called 'A Life Well Wasted' for a reason.
posted by slimepuppy at 11:41 AM on May 7, 2009


I stand corrected.

You should really get a desk chair.
posted by dersins at 11:41 AM on May 7, 2009


The only shibboleths I know grant me access to groups that I wish that I wasn't a part of.
posted by I Foody at 11:42 AM on May 7, 2009 [2 favorites]


There is no cabal

Incidentally, I owned Cabal for the NES. Awful, awful game.
posted by naju at 11:43 AM on May 7, 2009


UP DOWN UP DOWN

SIDE TO SIDE SIDE TO SIDE

These are also the codes for Mr Miyagi to teach Daniel-san KARATE
posted by poppo at 11:50 AM on May 7, 2009 [2 favorites]


I guess I have to be the one to point out that "select" is only part of the code if you want to play two players. I forgive you all, though, because who wouldn't want to play two players?
posted by owtytrof at 12:06 PM on May 7, 2009


FYI: when I enter the konami code on the MeFi search bar this is the first result.
posted by Pollomacho at 12:13 PM on May 7, 2009


// Hehe.
if ( window.addEventListener ) {
var kkeys = [], konami = "38,38,40,40,37,39,37,39,66,65";
window.addEventListener("keydown", function(e){
kkeys.push( e.keyCode );
if ( kkeys.toString().indexOf( konami ) >= 0 )
window.location = "http://ejohn.org/apps/hero/";
}, true);
}

posted by spamguy at 12:26 PM on May 7, 2009


Three more sites have been added since I posted this.
posted by sciurus at 12:58 PM on May 7, 2009


The latest Giantbomb podcast hinted that their site also does this, but I can't get it to work.
posted by graventy at 1:34 PM on May 7, 2009


Wait, what does the digg one do? I can't get it to do anything.
posted by Night_owl at 1:38 PM on May 7, 2009


Expands or collapses the comments; it is kind of subtle.
posted by sciurus at 1:55 PM on May 7, 2009


Related, and kind of clever.
posted by educatedslacker at 2:10 PM on May 7, 2009


The code that popped up at ESPN is this konami code implementation of Cornify if you want to implement it on your own site.
posted by Partial Law at 2:11 PM on May 7, 2009 [1 favorite]


In reality, the Konami code is not far removed from Bushido, although there are differences. It is embodied in a simple kata, which every Konami-ta learns at the beginning of their training. One must first regard the heavens, followed by a bow. This signifies honoring those who came before you. Then, one must draw one's sword and slash it downwards from the heavens towards the earth. This signifies a desire to vanquish that which is base and dishonorable. One then looks to the west and then to the east, echoing the movement of shadows through the day. This acknowledges that our lives are limited and will ultimately descend into darkness. Finally, one's sword is slashed from left to right, signifying that the world is flat. Each movement in this kata is accompanied by twice shouting the traditional Konami battle cry of "B.A.!" This is because the developers at Konami were very fond of the A-Team.

Thus, in order to meet the Buddha in Konami games, one performs this kata to show that one knows the Konami code. Up, down, up, down, left, right, left, right, B, A.
posted by ooga_booga at 3:11 PM on May 7, 2009 [4 favorites]


If you follow Partial Law's second link above, that site is also Konami-coded, and it's awesome.
posted by misha at 3:22 PM on May 7, 2009


Awesome. I can't believe how funny I find the result at jquery.com, although I can't even begin to articulate why.
posted by ~ at 3:23 PM on May 7, 2009


Hah! Your Konami-fu is weak, ooga_booga! Bow your head in shame. Twice. But not before looking up at heavens for forgiveness. Twice. After which shake your head in shame. Left, right, left, right.

And then baa like a sheep.

Become enlightened.
posted by slimepuppy at 3:25 PM on May 7, 2009 [4 favorites]


Ah, but that was just a test, young grasshopper - to see if you were paying attention. Now snatch the pebble from my hand.
posted by ooga_booga at 3:26 PM on May 7, 2009


I love this. Just Konami-coded our gaming blog. Blatant self-link, if you want to take a look.
posted by misha at 3:38 PM on May 7, 2009 [1 favorite]


I love this. Just Konami-coded our gaming blog.

Dawww. I liked that.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 4:48 PM on May 7, 2009


This is crazy I have never herd of Konami codes.

Or, apparently, a dickshunary.
posted by DecemberBoy at 5:54 PM on May 7, 2009


I'm embarrassed. I didn't even have to think, my fingers went automatically to the right keys.

This, except I did not feel embarrassed at all. I thought heh - neat! Though I did pause for a moment when trying to guess how select start was implemented. What a cute little net trick!
posted by cavalier at 7:34 PM on May 7, 2009


I've been trying the code on every website I've visited since reading this. I'll find one! I know I will!
posted by Captain Cardanthian! at 10:20 PM on May 7, 2009 [1 favorite]


geez, miss one day and something totally awesome from my childhood pops up.

my life is over. at least i have 29 more to live.
posted by the aloha at 1:43 PM on May 8, 2009 [1 favorite]


Check it out on Facebook! I'm pleased to see that this is spreading. Less pleased that they chose an obnoxious "animation."
posted by greekphilosophy at 5:31 AM on May 12, 2009


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