If you’re old enough to remember the N64 classic GoldenEye 007, you might also recall that the game featured a bunch of push button cheat codes which could be entered to change the game and unlock all of the weapons. You might also be one of the many people who were upset that its spiritual sequel, Perfect Dark
It turns out there’s a good reason for that omission. We’ve been speaking to former Rare staff Beau Chesluk to celebrate the game’s 20th birthday, and he has confirmed that there was a cheat menu in the game, but he accidentally deleted it.
Now’s a good time to apologise. During the time when we had to crush it down from 8MB to 4MB, we were going through code looking for stuff to delete and I found this file from GoldenEye where someone had put in all the button cheats. And I thought, ‘Oh, there’s no button cheats, this must be old.’ So I deleted it. Sorry. I’m very sorry.
We’ll forgive you, Beau. Time is a great healer, after all.