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Trenches comic: Thursday Oct. 13, 2011

BrogeyBrogey Cinnabon AfficionadoSanta Monica, CAModerator mod
edited October 2011 in The Penny Arcade Hub
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Yes, the NDA applies to that too, you idiot.

10/13/2011 - Anonymous

Cheat Codes… not!

Most games will have developer codes to make the development and QA process more efficient. The cheat codes will, for example, let testers skip twenty-three levels or buff up when they need to. It’s the only way you’re gonna be able to test deeper into the game, and they’re usually removed prior to the final version.

One tester did not know this.

He was being something of a dick, and was cheerfully posting the developer codes to every cheat code website he could find, months before the game was ever released, despite the epic-level NDA he’d signed.

When the codes were stripped out, he got VERY upset, and even sent the Dev team a long rant disguised as a bug report. He went into detail on why the cheat codes were necessary and that his reputation online was being ruined.

Needless to say, his employment did not last long.

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  • RMS OceanicRMS Oceanic Registered User regular
    There should be more cheat codes in the world. But yeah, that was dumb.

  • InkyblotsInkyblots Registered User regular
    If it weren't for cheat codes I would of never gotten to the robot trex in the first Turok.

  • EncEnc A Fool with Compassion The Land of Flowers (and Dragons)Registered User regular
    Ever since someone pointed out the bean noses... what has been seen cannot be unseen.

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  • kingworkskingworks Registered User regular
    edited October 2011
    I make it a point to avoid using cheat codes.

    I don't complete many games these days or do it very quickly, but I feel good about the ones I do best on my own.

    I'm not above looking up clues for help on difficult puzzles or obscure quest requirements, though.

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  • HenroidHenroid How do you get a centrist to change their mind? Take away their privilege.Registered User regular
    That's a story I can believe. No doubts about any part of it.

    As for the comic, that exchanged happened at least twice for me when I was in school.

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  • SyphyreSyphyre A Dangerous Pastime Registered User regular
    His poor online reputation :( I totally laughed my rear off at this newspost.

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  • The GeekThe Geek Oh-Two Crew, Omeganaut Registered User, ClubPA regular
    B A B A up down B A left right B A start

    is the code for lots of lives and level select on the old TMNT II: The Arcade Game on the NES

    It is burned into my brain.

    And of course every one knows the Konami code (which also worked on TMNT II, as it was a Konami game. Only gave you lives, not the level select, if I recall correctly).

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    down up left left a right down

  • Jam WarriorJam Warrior Registered User regular
    Down Up Left Left A Right Down

    DULLARD

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  • HeadCreepsHeadCreeps Salt of the Earth Such a nimble bastard!Registered User regular
    Syphyre wrote:
    His poor online reputation :( I totally laughed my rear off at this newspost.

    His online street cred has been forever tarnished

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  • PMAversPMAvers GomorraRegistered User regular
    Developer codes!

    Always liked the ones in the old YDKJ games when we were testing them in the Berkeley System days. All questions were assigned a three-letter code that showed up in the upper-right corner of the screen (I'd like to say that's the right corner, been a while). One of the F-keys would bring up a dialog box that'd let you enter one of the codes and go directly to a question, in case you needed to test a specific chain of question/events.

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  • jackaljackal Registered User regular
    Did he post the cheat code to set up an unassisted triple play? Because I know of someone that could use it.

  • jwalkjwalk Registered User regular
    would have really been funny if it was a MMO type game..

  • Undead ScottsmanUndead Scottsman Revenge of Purple Steve Registered User regular
    I love cheats codes, as they add replay value for me. After I beat a game, it's always fun to run through it again while being overpowered. One of the reasons I was sad that Dead Rising 2 didn't have a megabuster-level weapon like the first game did.

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  • zepherinzepherin Registered User regular
    Companies treat their NDCAs seriously. Why does everyone forget that. They went through a lot of cost and bother having those drawn up because generic NDCAs are not very useful. They didn't do it for the fun and joy of legal work.

  • kaliyamakaliyama Registered User regular
    zepherin wrote:
    Companies treat their NDCAs seriously. Why does everyone forget that. They went through a lot of cost and bother having those drawn up because generic NDCAs are not very useful. They didn't do it for the fun and joy of legal work.

    Doing the find & replace to draft a "new" NDA from a template and ensuring it covers all the relevant bases shouldn't cost more than $5,000, and more likely it's done in-house.

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  • MaigaardMaigaard Registered User regular
    IDDQD and IDKFA.
    And of course all the console commands you can use in the new Fallout's. Does the safe require 75 lockpick, but you're only at 43? No prob.

  • GreasyKidsStuffGreasyKidsStuff MOMMM! ROAST BEEF WANTS TO KISS GIRLS ON THE TITTIES!Registered User regular
    I remember reading Nintendo Power every month and just scouring the cheat code section and trying to find stuff for games I owned/rented. So much awesome stuff.

    HALIFAX? and !YNGWIE! unlocking the Naboo Starfighter in Rogue Squadron blew my fragile young mind to smithereens.

  • zepherinzepherin Registered User regular
    kaliyama wrote:
    zepherin wrote:
    Companies treat their NDCAs seriously. Why does everyone forget that. They went through a lot of cost and bother having those drawn up because generic NDCAs are not very useful. They didn't do it for the fun and joy of legal work.

    Doing the find & replace to draft a "new" NDA from a template and ensuring it covers all the relevant bases shouldn't cost more than $5,000, and more likely it's done in-house.
    Probably done in house, but that is a cost. Whatever the in house councils billing rate, but the NDA that you are given when you sign up for a beta test is worlds different than an employment NDA. The ones I have signed were all project targeted and changed with each project. Maybe for testers it is different than what I am doing now, but NDAs are binding both ways. An indefinite NDA will just get thrown out, and they usually are a part of a no compete no solicitation agreement which if written incorrectly will also get thrown out. Now on the other hand if the company just has an NDA policy and simply fires anyone who violates it then yeah boilerplate stuff.

  • EgoTerroristEgoTerrorist Registered User
    My favorite cheat code of all time? Justin Bailey

  • AthenorAthenor Who needs lions when you have a battlecruiser? Registered User regular
    edited October 2011
    I remember reading Nintendo Power every month and just scouring the cheat code section and trying to find stuff for games I owned/rented. So much awesome stuff.

    HALIFAX? and !YNGWIE! unlocking the Naboo Starfighter in Rogue Squadron blew my fragile young mind to smithereens.

    The best part about that was that Episode 1 was released around a year after Rogue Squadron came out, and no one found that code... OR the art assets. They had hid everything extremely well in the code. Don't ask me how, especially with the wireframe, but they did it! The PC version required a download to get that going.

    Oh, and Justin Bailey is completely random happenstance; other codes will yeild similar results.

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  • EchoEcho Where da waaagh at? Moderator mod
    Maigaard wrote:
    IDDQD and IDKFA.
    And of course all the console commands you can use in the new Fallout's. Does the safe require 75 lockpick, but you're only at 43? No prob.

    IDSPISPOPD.

    Which, by the way, means "smashing pumpkins into small piles of putrid debris".

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  • DrZiplockDrZiplock Registered User regular
    The "wc3-mitchell" code from Wing Commander 3 was a pretty good one.

    Though, it still wouldn't help with getting left behind by the fleet because you failed to make it back to the carrier on time.

    Fuckers.

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  • DelzhandDelzhand Noxalas! Registered User regular
    down r up l y b x a

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    power overwhelming

    show me the money

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    Old Blizzard RTS codes.

  • Dark Raven XDark Raven X The woods are lovely dark and deepRegistered User regular
    19, 65, 09, 17.

    Then, 04, 01, 02, 06.

    These numbers, man. I will never forget them.

    Also, pretty sure muscle memory will allow me to pick up a Dualshock and fire off the "spawn a Hydra" code for GTA: San Andreas in less than a second.

    And miles to go before I sleep.
  • Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver Krypton, the noblest element. The gas of kings! Kings!Registered User, ClubPA regular
    The code in Golden Sun 2 to get your save data from Golden Sun 1 was engenius.

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  • Dark Raven XDark Raven X The woods are lovely dark and deepRegistered User regular
    Munkus, I wrote that code out.

    Gold level.

    All my info.

    So many characters.

    And I made a mistake somewhere in the transcribing process.

    Must've spent an hour rechecking that motherfucker.

    And miles to go before I sleep.
  • Delta AssaultDelta Assault Registered User regular
    edited October 2011
    Ohhhhhhh, Trenches comic. I thought this was gonna be a comic about Trenched.

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  • HewnHewn Registered User regular
    jackal wrote:
    Did he post the cheat code to set up an unassisted triple play? Because I know of someone that could use it.

    Nice.

    My favorite cheat codes, as a kid, were the level skip codes. Normally in those old NES games there was a platforming level I had no hope of completing. And with limited save function, skipping back to the problem level (or over it!) was truly a glorious event.

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  • OptyOpty Registered User regular
    I think the last time I used cheat codes was Goldeneye when they revealed the All Multiplayer Characters code a few years after it was out and it blew everyone's minds.

  • LanglyLangly Registered User regular
    I love having developer codes in games, just in case the game bugs out and I either lose save information or need to noclip through a bugged area or something. I rarely ever use them to actually play through the game, they're just useful tools to have when bullshit arises.

    especially in the new fallout games. Open world games usually get the most use of them.

  • IvarIvar Registered User regular
    jackal wrote:
    Did he post the cheat code to set up an unassisted triple play? Because I know of someone that could use it.

    Does this count as a comic edit?

  • FireflashFireflash Montreal, QCRegistered User regular
    Hah! I remember when I first started working as a tester. One of the new employee was a 16 yrs old kid. It was rumored that he had a connection for this job because rarely do ppl this young get hired for the job. The very first weekend after he got hired he posted some of the game's combos and moves on a forum. The next monday right after lunch a boss came to his desk and took him away to his office. A few minutes later he came back, escorted by the boss, picked up his things and left the building. So silly what some ppl would do for a bit of online cred.

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  • DarricDarric Santa MonicaRegistered User regular
    smashthestate

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