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Looking Back To Password Systems

By Classicgamer On Apr 04 2015 01:26 PM

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If you're like me and into games from the mid to late eighties, then you remember having to write down a password to continue a game. This was especially tedious when several of the characters of the password look so much alike. Examples of this were "l" and "1", or "0" and "O". The longer the password, the bigger the pain it was to enter. Then, if you were like me and had illegible handwriting, you couldn't read the password two weeks later when you got around to playing the game again.

This wasn't so bad on games like Adventures of Lolo which only had 4 characters, all of which were big letters.
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On the other hand, it could be an insane password like the type used in Rambo or River City Ransom.
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G.I. Joe: The Atlantis Factor had the worst password system I've come across in my classic gaming. It consists of 14 3x3 grids in which you have to fill in one section of every grid with a character.
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Today, in real life we have pin numbers that can easily be hacked into. Your entire credit is kept safe by just four numbers. Why were all the games back then so taboo to be hacked into? If everything now needed in life is as secure as an old video game, there would not be so much identity theft.

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Comments: 7

That password system makes me not even want to play that G.I. Joe game.
Yeah tell me about it.
lol, glad we don't have to worry about that anymore! I remember Kirby's Avalanche (SNES) had passwords made out of the puzzle pieces you played the game with. I had to write down the colors of the pieces in order to remember them. Trying to draw the blobs was impossible...
I never played that game, but thanks for your input

View PostClassicgamer, on 06 April 2015 - 11:51 PM, said:

I never played that game, but thanks for your input
Too bad! It's a fun puzzle game! Definitely one of my favorites!

View PostChris, on 04 April 2015 - 05:51 PM, said:

That password system makes me not even want to play that G.I. Joe game.

It's really not that bad of game, sans the evilness of the password
It's still not worth it. There's tons of NES games better than G.I. Joe that I have yet to play.