“Konami Code” Turns ESPN.com Magical, Sparkly

There are times when technology leads us to a breakthrough, a new way of learning and understanding the world. Sometimes, the Internet raises the level of knowledge and raises the level of humanity just one small, incremental, yet wondrous bit. This is not one of those times.

ESPN.com Unicorn Screencap

According to KOTAKU, who we can’t thank enough, some rascals in ESPN.COM’s web development department added a simple bit of programming where if you type in the legendary “Konami code” on their home page, all sparkly unicorn hell breaks loose.

Yes, those would be unicorns, rainbows, glitter, random fabulous adjective, Comic Sans font, and what we think is Hello Kitty riding a pink pony. That. just. happened.

Oh, and you do remember the Konami code, made most famous by Contra, right? We shouldn’t even have to tell anyone between the ages of 21 and 33 this, but it goes up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, start. Now, you probably don’t want to hit the “start” button on your computer unless you feel like rebooting it, but ENTER will do instead.

Go ahead to ESPN.COM right now and try it. Seriously, go do it; our screencap doesn’t do the sparkling horror justice. It was still active as of the time of this article going live, but it can’t be much longer until the suits at the WWL catch wind of this and delete the offending code.

And on that note, let us pour out a little St. Ides for the programmers who came up with this, then leaked it to Kotaku; they’re toastier than toast when they’re found out. It’s a shame, because this is the most epic, genius website idea we’ve seen in years - and that’s saying a lot, considering the work of Twitter, YouTube, and DinosaursF***ingRobots.com. Bravo, gents. May the 10-month search for a new job be worth it.

UPDATE: It looks like the code has been removed. That’s a shame. Here’s one more screencap for the road:

Unicorn 2
(Click the pic for the full-sized, giant honking version.)