On the list of NES games I played the absolute hell out of when I was a kid, the run-and-shoot classic Contra is pretty high up there. And if you're like me, this should make you feel all warm and fuzzy.
Some guy (redditor Equinn0xX) recently hacked Contra and used it to propose to his girlfriend. "I hacked Contra because she's worth it," he says. Aww.
"This is how I did it. In short, I bought Contra, dumped the ROM, hex edited the file, flashed it to a new ROM chip and soldered it all back together. Took some work but worth it. I changed player names to ours and also changed the ending text to ask her once she beat the game. She said yes! And to the purists who cringe when they see a hacked up cart...relax, it was for a good cause!" he says.
The game played normally - apart from the change in player names. The only real difference was the ending screen that displayed once his girlfriend beat the game:
Hats off, man.[Images via EquinnoxX, Imgur]