The Konami Code has gone from being a developer's secret workaround to one of video gaming's most famous cheats — and it's 27-years-old this week.

According to lore, the code was created by Kazuhisa Hashimoto, who was developing the home port of Gradius for the Famicom / NES.

Hashimoto apparently found the game too taxing to properly test, so he came up with a special code to make the process easier — it awarded the player a full complement of power-ups. Rumour has it that Hashimoto forgot to remove the code when the game was finished, and the rest is history.

To celebrate 27 years of cheating, Jace Hall has created this video. Enjoy, and afterwards be sure to post your favourite instances of the Konami Code throughout gaming history.

[source kotaku.com]