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Ode to the Many Codes We Missed
By Cyril Lachel     |   Posted on December 24, 2016   |   Episode 31 (Show Archive)  

Welcome to the 32 Dangerous Cheat Codes, a brand new series that will run daily between November 24 and December 25. Join us as we discuss the hazardous ramifications of some of your favorite cheat codes. On the penultimate day, we're taking a look at the many, MANY codes we didn't have a chance to get to. This includes everything from Sonic Chaos to Tony Hawk's Pro Skater to Ghouls 'n Ghosts. We cover a lot of ground in this brand new episode of the 32 Dangerous Cheat Codes.

Fluffy has a serious case of FOMO. All day long, he just sits on the couch watching TV. He's constantly worrying that his friends are out having the time of their nine lives while he stays home, bored and alone.

Well, Fluffy, I know how you feel. Here we are on Christmas Eve and there are so many cheat codes I didn't get a chance to talk about. I'm not going to lie, I'm kind of freaking out about it. So in order to make things right, I think we should check off as many of these missed codes as possible in one fast-paced video. Let's do this.

We didn't talk about the code that makes Sonic the Hedgehog throw a hadouken fireball in Sonic Chaos on the Master System. We didn't talk about how you can turn on rapid fire in Final Fight, despite posting a full video about the game's bosses just a few days ago. We didn't talk about how you can literally bypass races in Jaguar XJ220, because it's impossible to top a headless racing game. We also didn't talk about how you can change PaRappa the Rapper's voice, since I have no interest in pulling on that thread.

Believe it or not, there were a lot of great codes I wanted to talk about, but couldn't find a compelling angle. I'm talking about the second quest in The Legend of Zelda, paintball mode in GoldenEye 007 and Donkey Kong head in Earthworm Jim. These are all great codes, but they just didn't speak to me at the time.

The same can be said about the many, many codes found in the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater series. This is a franchise with a long history of fun codes, and I almost used Activision's long-running extreme sports game instead of Grand Theft Auto to make my plea for more cheat codes. But after a string of disastrous sequels, gimmicky controllers and a horrendous resurrection, I think we've seen the last of the Birdman for a while.

One of the codes I thought about doing was this crazy Ghouls 'N Ghosts do EVERYTHING trick. According to EGM, you had to reset the game four times, press the A button four times, press up, down, left and right, then hold the B button and press Start, followed by you holding the C button and pressing Start again. After all that, you play the game until you get to the right side of the bridge and then ... actually, you know what, there's a reason why I didn't do this code. Sometimes you're not meant to do everything.

Moving on, I'm also kicking myself for missing some of the more general types of codes, such as the always-popular God Mode and the whole concept of infinite lives. I also didn't spend much time talking about the absurdity of the level select, though we did address it indirectly in the much-reviled Last Battle episode. What's more, I talked about removing the music from Syd of Valis, but not the hundreds of games that had sound tests. And I didn't even mention a single cheat code that revealed the names and faces of the people that made the game.

I'll be the first to admit that we skipped a lot of obvious codes and missed huge opportunities, but we covered a lot of ground and had a good run. Much like Fluffy, we have to come to grips with the reality that we can't do everything, and sometimes you're going to miss out. That's just part of life. I'm sure I'll spend the next decade beating myself up for not devoting an entire episode to Justin Bailey, but at least I got a chance to finally make a lemon party joke. See you tomorrow for the 32 Dangerous Cheat Codes series finale.


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