The Creator of the Konami Code, Kazuhisa Hashimoto, has passed away.

The Konami code is easily the most memorable cheat code in gaming, spreading its wings outside of the gaming world to appear in song lyrics, movies and television shows. To this day, Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Start, is an Easter egg you can still find in AAA games, and has appeared in the likes of the Castlevania and Metal Gear Solid series, to name a few.

The Konami code is the brainchild of Kazuhisa Hashimoto – the developer of the Famicom port of Gradius. It’s now being reported that Hashimoto has sadly passed away.

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