Asmussen also went on to discuss hidden modes and functionality in other games, such as Gauntlet: Dark Legacy. “Back then, you put the quarter in and input a little code and it would remember your player profile. Or… if you put in a special code, it would bring up a special player profile that couldn’t be owned. If you put in PNK666, you got to play as a green mohawk, big head version of me with a chainsaw. Then there was… STG333 was… I had a steel baseball bat and it was more of a ‘normal Stig,’ kind of thing.”Once, Asmussen even used the secret code to impress a date. “One thing that was really cool, though, is… I think it was on the second date with my wife. We were at this bar, in San Francisco here, a place called The Crowbar. I don’t think it’s around anymore, but there used to be this big arcade next door to it,” Asmussen said, “After we left, we were going back to the car or whatever, and I said, ‘Let’s stop here for a second,’ and I went up to Gauntlet, I put the thing in, and I put the code in, and she’s like, ‘That’s you!'”
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