In 1999, game developer Mike Mika was working on adapting the Atari game "Klax" for the Game Boy Color. When he finished ahead of schedule, he decided to slip a little something extra into the game -- a marriage proposal.
In a recent interview with Wired, Mika explained that his then-girlfriend (and now-wife) really liked puzzle games like "Klax." Once the game was released, he spent three years urging her to play it so that she would uncover the proposal -- but she never did.
Years later, video game magazine Tips & Tricks was doing a special issue spotlighting game codes that had never been made public before. Mika submitted the "Klax" proposal code, which was later published in the magazine along with a shout-out to his girlfriend.
One night, he left the magazine open for her with the game all cued up.
"The rest was history after that," Mika said.
Watch the video above for more on his awesome, albeit delayed, proposal.
This isn't the first time Mika has made headlines for his hacking skills. Earlier this year, he hacked the Nintendo game "Donkey Kong" so that his young daughter could play the game as a female character. In the regular version of the game, the main male character (who later became Mario) must rescue a damsel in distress from the evil Donkey King, but Mika was able to change it so that his daughter could do the rescuing instead.
And he isn't the only romantic nerd to hack a game in order to pop the question. Last week, Redditor Equinn0xX posted photos and a step-by-step description of how he hacked a retro Nintendo Contra cartridge to propose to his girlfriend.
Check out more geeky, but awesome, marriage proposals in the slideshow below.