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Flashback Friday: Game Genie

by Sean P. Aune | June 13, 2014June 13, 2014 10:00 pm PST

With E3 wrapping up for this year, let us jump back in time to the oddness that was the Game Genie.

In the early 1990s a little device showed up on the gaming scene called Game Genie. With this device you could enter codes that would give you all sorts of odd powers within the games such as infinite lives, better weapons and so on. Essentially you were manipulating the code of the game itself, and while it was fun for a time, it was also usually buggy as heck and took all of the fun out of what you were playing.

There were other devices that showed up over the years such as GameShark, but Game Genie is probably remembered most for the endless stream of ads inc omic books than for actually being first to market. There was a time where you couldn’t pick up a comic without that Game Genie logo being plastered on the back cover. Working in a comic book shop at the time, I know I certainly got tired of seeing it.

The days of the code manipulators seems to be long gone, but they shall live on in really bad commercials.

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...