Remember the Contra code?

Remember the Contra code?

Image © Tixtis | – People Playing At Games Week 2014 In Milan, Italy Photo


Well have you ever tried entering it on a super sized Nintendo controller!  

And come to think of it, was this the first cheat code that you ever used?  It certainly was for me, and I’m not a big fan of cheats.  To be honest, I hardly remember any cheats in the original Nintendo and Sega games.  You played hard, you died, and then you repeated until you finally beat it.  Even Super Mario Bros was harder than 99% of today’s games… well perhaps that’s a slight exaggeration 🙂

So what’s the hardest game you’ve ever played?  For me, Phantasy Star II for Sega Genesis.  If you played the game, you know exactly what I’m talking about.  For a game released in 1990, it easily took me over 500 hours to beat – so thank goodness I was only 10 years old with plenty of time to burn!

Now over the past 3 decades, game systems have taken leaps & bounds in terms of sophistication, processing power, and feature sets.  Almost every game these days is an online multiplayer with incredible graphics, realistic gameplay, and imaginative quests & journeys.  So why do we care so much about these details?

I’ll tell you why – because we want to achieve Virtual Reality (VR)!  Imagine a gaming world where you become completely immersed into your environment – where you see, hear, and feel events as if it’s real.  It could be a first-person shooter, an MMORPG, Minecraft, or even a new spin on Leisure Suit Larry – you’ll automatically get hooked in and end up playing into the wee hours of the night. So yeah, we’ll all need shrinks to help us differentiate between reality and our “imaginary” worlds.  

I’d also like to personally bet that online VR Dating becomes the next big thing.  I picture people from all around the world logging onto their favorite avatars, dropping into the nearest VR dance club, and practicing their pickup lines on one another. Oh yeah…. it’ll happen!

So with all that said, how long until we see VR as the gaming standard?  I’m talking about everybody and their neighbor owning a headset in order to play games, teleconference, watch tv, or simply relax with the beautiful view of a Hawaiian beach. Well let’s take a closer look and get Down 2 The Numbers:

First off, let’s clear up the difference between Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality.

  • Virtual Reality: User interacts with Virtual Objects in a Virtual World (think Oculus Rift).
  • Augmented Reality: User interacts with Virtual Objects in the Real World (think Pokémon GO).

Now with that in mind, we’ve analyzed data from the following sources to build our opinion.

All 3 sources indicate exponential growth for the next 2-4 years, with general adoption of VR occurring around 2021.  By this time, graphics should be impeccable, motion sickness negligible, form factors significantly reduced, and price points more than reasonable.  Just a hop, skip, and jump away!

Ok, enough digression, let’s get back on topic. So that Contra cheat code – how did it go?  

Let’s see, was it… Up Up.. Down Down.. Left Right.. Left Right.. BA..  Start… is that right?  

Of course it is!  If you played the game you know it’s mandatory to get those 30+ lives to simply get through the first couple levels. Now the question is – Did you ever beat the game?  I know I never did!  I would need at least 100 lives to get through… and then just maybe, I’d be able to “flip” Contra.  

So I raise my glass to you Contra – I’ll remember your cheat code until the day I die… literally that is (not just in-game).


MPS Verdict = Video game technology is evolving at the speed of light, and by 2021 it’s expected that Virtual Reality will become mainstream.  We will all be psyched when it does!


Posted on Feb 18, 2017 by MyPointSaver Team

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