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Father of Konami Code passes

The hero of classic games

27 Feb 2020

Entertainment company Konami announced the passing of game programmer Kazuhisa Hashimoto, most well-known for inventing the Konami Code.

The Konami Code is a hidden command adopted in video game masterpieces the likes of Gradius, Silent Hill and the Bemani series. For the case of shooter Gradius, inputting the command could trigger complete power-ups or utter self-destruction. And the code is best remembered to grant players 30 lives in Contra.

Overseas fans have been mourning Hashimoto’s passing since Konami made known the news on 27 February, with many posting video messages of “UP UP DOWN DOWN LEFT RIGHT LEFT RIGHT B A” in tribute of the great man.

Rest in peace.


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