What does a Konami Code have to do with the Canada 150th anniversary
$10 commemorative bank note just introduced? Or more specifically,
some readers may ask, what is a Konami Code in the first place?
Wikipedia calls it a “cheat code” for video games that affects the
game’s settings. It works by typing “↑↑↓↓←→←→ba” and hitting the Enter key.
It has also come to be used to access hidden messages called “Easter
Eggs” inserted on websites and in computer programs. And that’s where
numismatics and gaming, usually worlds apart, united as the Bank of
Canada came up with its latest gimmick.
Considering that Montreal is a center for the video gaming industry,
it should not surprise that its influence may have rubbed off on the
bank, where some enterprising programmers have inserted a bit of
Konami Code accessible programming onto the website introducing the
new note. Bank of Canada spokeswoman Josianne Menard said that “The
Bank of Canada’s web team thought the Konami Code was a fun way to
celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.”
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Here’s how it works: Go here. While there, type in the code and press
Enter. Shortly, the Canadian national anthem will begin to play,
accompanied by a downpour of miniature $10 bills cascading down the screen.
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Comments ranged from MSN.com’s “Canada might be one of the geekiest
countries ever” to Endgadget.com saying “The Konami code is in keeping
with Canada’s tradition of doing cute, pop-culture things with its
history” such as asking Twitter users to pick the “most Canadian”