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The legendary Konami code that is used in memes, and referenced probably more than any other gaming code, the Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B,A, Start! The person behind its creation, has passed away. Former Konami employee Kazuhisa Hashimoto, left this world at the young age of 61.

Konami confirmed the death on Wednesday, saying on Twitter, “We are saddened to hear about the passing of Kazuhisa Hashimoto, a deeply talented producer who first introduced the world to the ‘Konami Code.

The ↑ ↑ ↓ ↓ ← → ← → B, A, Start, has lived on for over three decades and continues to be a comical Easter egg in many modern games. While it’s most closely associated with Contra and the NES, the first game in which the Konami Code appeared in was 1985’s Gradius. As the legend goes, Hashimoto was responsible for the conversion of the game from its arcade system to the Nintendo Entertainment System Console. The creator found that the game was just way too hard to beat, and as such, created the code in order to give himself more lives. The game finally shipped to homes around the world, but it turns out he forgot to erase the code from the game and thus it gives us the code we so loved for all these years. 

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