The Game Genie is a series of cheat systems designed by Codemasters and sold by Camerica and Galoob for the Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Game Boy, Mega Drive/Genesis, and Sega Game Gear that modifies game data, allowing the player to cheat, manipulate various aspects of games, and sometimes view unused content and functions. It is known as the first example of consumer-friendly “game enhancement” by means of (temporarily) directly altering the binary code of a game. Although there are currently no Game Genie products on the market, over 5 million units have been sold worldwide, and most video game console emulators feature Game Genie support. Emulators that have Game Genie support also allow a near-unlimited number of codes to be entered whereas the actual products have a much smaller limit that usually tops between 3 and 6 codes.
I spent many a long happy hour banging in random pokes for funny effects. Sometimes you’d end up with real corkers giving you just the special effects the printed book couldn’t. Other times the levels or music would change or the game could actually get harder.
But currently I’m returning to my old game systems and random pokes. The unique noises I can tease from my NES or Game Boy are just right for sampling and use in recording work!