You see that code on the screen? It’s from the latest episode of the animated TV series Archer. In this segment, the scientist in frame (Dr. Krieger) is entering a launch code into a computer to launch a nerve-gas missile. But the code isn’t random—it’s an Easter egg.
If you are a programmer you’ll recognize that number sequence as a hexadecimal code. When that hex code is decoded it becomes UUDDLRLRBA, or “up up down down left right left right B A.”
If you’re a developer who isn’t a big gamer your fun may end (for the moment). And if you’re a gamer who understands or writes some code, your fun is just beginning. That sequence of numbers is the Konami Code; a cheat code used in many Konami games.
Why is this awesome? I don’t know. Maybe because when retro-gaming illustrators pay homage to programming on television shows, it makes developers feel happy? Not Pharrell Williams “happy,” but at the very least giddy.