Stiq Figures, May 21 - 27: Cheat code edition

Welcome to Stiq Figures, where the sales data is after the break and the posts don't matter. Every week, we take a look at, uh, something – meanwhile, the previous week's Japanese hardware sales figures are posted after the jump, and a discussion of said figures takes place in our comments. It may not be conventional, but it's a time-honored Joystiq tradition.

Cheat codes have always been a part of gaming. Though less popular in recent years, punching a code into games in years past would often lead to power-ups and secret characters intentionally set aside by developers.

Most everyone knows the Konami code, or what happens when you type "Justin Bailey" into the password field in the first Metroid game. Playing as Bill Clinton in NBA Jam continues to be a highlight in all of sports video games. Even the discovery of a code that unlocks characters is thrilling, such as driving off a building in Twisted Metal 2.

But not every game makes a statement in the way Space Quest II: Vohaul's Revenge did. The game was designed by Mark Crowe and Scott Murphy, also known as the Two Guys from Andromeda. At any point in the game, players could type the word "cheat" and not only win the game automatically, but receive 255 out of the total 250 points possible. Cheaters also get a special message from Crowe and Murphy, calling them "the most bitchen adventure game player in the world."

3DS: 55,212 [UP] 9,460 (20.68%)
PS3: 14,771 [UP] 2,745 (22.83%)
PSP: 10,617 [DOWN] 35 (0.33%)
Vita: 6,675 [UP] 328 (5.17%)
Wii: 6,149 [UP] 193 (3.24%)
Xbox 360: 3,069 [UP] 2,244 (272.00%)
PS2: 1,027 [DOWN] 139 (11.92%)
Dsi LL: 628 [DOWN] 55 (8.05%)
DSi: 431 [UP] 6 (1.41%)

This article was originally published on Joystiq.