California Extreme Final Results to be Announced July 9, 2006
California Extreme Official Announcenment
Jonathan Koolpe - Organizer (CGE 2006)
CA Extreme Official Announcement! From www.classicgaming.com
" on: May 19, 2006, 11:41:22 AM "
California Extreme to be held in San Jose, CA. - 10th annual show
Hey all! Just wanted to post the official announcement here...this went out to
folks on our mailing list a few weeks ago actually...
Check out some of the included links for some cool movies, reviews, and other
stuff related to the show. Also, be sure to check out the T-shirt design contest
that's on right now!
Jon (CE organizer/staff member)
California Extreme, the pinball and classic video games show held at the San Jose
Convention Center, is gearing up for our big 10th annual show. That's right - it's
our 10th year and we're working to make this the biggest and best year yet! It will
be held on July 8 and 9, 2006 at Parkside Hall. Some of the plans for this year
- Win prizes! As always, you could win a pinball or video game in our raffle.
Or, enter our pinball tournament and play with the best in our A Division, or
for fun and prizes in B Division. Also, there will be a "No-Limit Pinball"
match-play tournament. Link
- Speakers - as always, we'll have a full schedule of speakers on both the
pin and video side, including many of the big names behind the biggest games.
Past speakers have included Atari video alumni like Mike Albaugh, Ed Logg, Al Alcorn,
Owen Rubin, and pinball legend Steve Ritchie. The always popular "How to Play Pinball"
seminars will definitely be back as well as the expert video panel who will discuss
their favorite games and give out tips and tricks so you can improve your own scores.
We are also currently lining up a talk about pinball prints and art and how it is done.
Look for more speaker announcements soon.
- Lots of games to play! Last year there were more than 400 games all set on free play:
Everything from the favorites like PacMan, Asteroids, Twilight Zone, and Funhouse to
rarer games that you just don't see everyday like Quantum, Journey, Fathom and Pinball
Magic. And don't forget the smattering of "other" games like the unmissable Ringer,
Cosmo Gang, Panic Park, and Prop Cycle. Every year we also have a huge selection of
rare, prototype, and one-of-a-kind games on both sides. Last year's rare pins included
Big Bang Bar, Kingpin, Spectrum, and Orbitor 1; last year's videos included Freeze, Akka
Arrh, Marble Man (Marble Madness 2), 6 linked Rush 2049 Tournament Editions, and
Primal Rage II. In addition, there will be at least 2 prototype games this year
that have never been seen before! See the list games at:
Please note that this list is only a partial list… many more games than are listed
will be at the show!
We're planning some big surprises for our big 10th show, and, we want to get your
help! Here are some ways you can help us make this a great show:
- A t-shirt design contest. It's our 10th year and we would like to commemorate it
with a cool t-shirt, maybe yours! You are encouraged to submit designs for what you
think would make for a great CA Extreme T-shirt. Submitted designs will be voted on
and if your design is selected, you'll get some cool stuff including free admissions
and other goodies. Please see http://www.caextreme.org/2006-show/tshirtcontest.html
The 7th Annual D-L-P Gathering at CALIFORNIA EXTREME 2006 Link
San Jose, California - July 8th / 9th, 2006
California Extreme (CAX) is an annual celebration of coin operated video games,
pinball machines, and other novelties you once found in arcades and game rooms
across the world. It's two days that celebrate this exceptional entertainment medium,
featuring tournaments, speakers, parts vendors, and an opportunity to see and play
HUNDREDS of games you may have not seen for years.
The D-L-P will have their 7th annual gathering at CAX 2006. Come out to meet D-L-P
members and many others for a weekend of fun and games. Below is a list of the
laser disc games that will be at CAX 2006 and a list of the "D-L-Pers" who will be
attending the show. More to be added soon!
LASER DISC GAMES
California Extreme Event (2006)
For more details. This contest is on now so don't delay if you're interested!
- Are you a show veteran? We're looking for those people who attended the show's
humble beginnings in the bookstore in 1997 and have made it to every show since then.
We'd also really love to see pictures that people have from previous shows, particularly
the early shows. Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are a veteran and/or have
some cool pictures to share.
- Bring games! We're really excited to make the 10th show the biggest yet. And the
best way for us to do this is to have as many games as possible in attendance. A big
"thank you" goes out to everyone who has brought games previously and we hope to see
many of your games again, but if you haven't brought games previously, this is the year
to do it! Even if you have just 1 game, dust it off and bring it on down to the show
for the fun. You will find information about bringing your games to the show (bring a
game for admission discounts and early access to the show floor ... bring 3, get in
free! - Bring a fourth, get a free t-shirt) by checking our website at www.caextreme.org.
The Pinball Rodeo is coming back! We are pleased to announce that Dann Frank and
the Pinball Rodeo will once again make an appearance at California Extreme. Come
and try out some of the zany, modified machines to see how you do! Can you flip
your flippers with your feet? Can you do Tag Team Pinball? Come and find out!
Added to the speaker list this year is a panel on pinball photography, arcade murals,
and video game music. These speakers/artists were inspired by the imagery of arcade
games and amusement parks and have come up with some fascinating things to show
and tell. More details to be announced.
Come and see why over a thousand people have become regular participants at
California Extreme. Link
California Extreme (2005) Last years Post Link
San Jose Pinball Masters Tournament to be held on July 8-9, 2006
California Extreme 2006
July 8 -9 , 2006
San Jose, California
California Extreme Classic Arcade Games Show
An annual celebration of coin operated pinball machines, video games and
Video games and pinball machines are set to invade San Jose ... soon!
Guinness Book of World Records and Twin Galaxies Presentation
Guinness Book Video Game & Pinball Masters Tournament
Twin Galaxies creates a poster for California Extreme 2006 Link
Walter Day of Twin Galaxies to follow the tournament results Link
All the games on display are set for free play, so leave your quarters in the ash tray
in your car. You won't need 'em.
Many great players will be attending California Extreme.
Jim Belsito is ranked 6th in the entire world among pinball players by the
newly-resurrected International Flipper Pinball Association and he either wins
or places in every pinball tournament he plays in often times being in the
money with a cash purse. (Pinball World Rankings)
Jim Belsito is to pinball tables as Billy Mitchell is to video games:
A Grand Master Champion. Link
2006 San Jose Pinball Tournament
(Jim Belsito - Co-Chair; 2006 San Jose Pinball Tournament July 8-9, 2006)
Jim Belsito to co-chair the 2006 California Extreme Masters Pinball Event
which should bring some real competition.
Jim Belsito resides in Southern California and is President of the Inland Empire Pinball
League at Lake Alice, Riverside, California.
Each year Jim Belsito and his Pinball League friends join him from
Southern California for the annual trek to Northern California for the
big San Jose California Extreme pinball competition. There are hundreds
of classic pinball games to play as well as classic vintage stand-up video games.
2005 California Extreme Pinball Championship Results
Results for California Extreme (2005-08-06)
The points below are those which were rewarded for California Extreme (2005).
It does not show any weightings that might be in effect. World Pinball Player
Rankings (WPPR) points for this event: Link
California Extreme (2005) Points Received
Jim Belsito 28.0000
Bowen Kerins 25.0000
Keith Elwin 10.0000
Neil Shatz 5.0000
Chris Newsom 1.0000
Rick Stetta 1.0000
Andrei Massenkoff 1.0000
Greg Dunlap 1.0000
Top (10) World Ranked Pinball Players as of (2006) Updated: 6/1/06 Link
Latest World Rankings 6/1/06
Rank Name Points
1 Keith Elwin 361.0
2 Bowen Kerins 285.5
3 Neil Shatz 212.6
4 Lyman Sheats 201.0
5 Chris Newsom 200.3
6 Josh Sharpe 178.8
7 Jim Belsito 170.6
8 Jörgen Holm 166.6
9 Trent Augenstein 155.9
10 Zach Sharpe 151.9
This World Famous Pinball Tournament is considered a Masters Level Tournament in
which those who place will get World Pinball Player Rankings (WPPR) points
from the International Flipper Pinball Association. There is also in the money
cash prizes for those who put in the highest scores.
California Extreme (Missile Command/Disc of Tron)
California Extreme 2006
Come celebrate the 10th Annual California Extreme show on July 8-9, 2006.
Hundreds of games are on free play and their are more pinball machines and
arcade games collected than at any other public show. A whopping 450 games
were at the year 2005 California Extreme Show. There is the World Famous
pinball Tournament, to find the best player in the world. World renowned
Guest speakers from the pinball and video game industry will be speaking
about their careers and many mini tournaments will take place.
The Extreme Team
The official Web Site: www.caextreme.org
What is the event? The Galaxy's Premier Arcade Game Show
When is the event? July 8th & 9th 2006
Who is invited? Anyone who remembers the best games to be played for a quarter.
Revisit the arcade games from past to present. Hundreds of Pinballs, Video Games,
and other arcade items.
Food Fight Standup Video Game - Side Art
Where is the location? Parkside Hall, next to the Tech Museum in downtown San Jose, CA.
Bring (3) games and get in for FREE!
Bring games to the show for free or discounted admission. Show off your games, share
with others enthusiasts, and get involved.
Discounts for 1 or 2 games, 3 gets you in for FREE. See official California Extreme
website for details.
Become an exhibitor and get in for free!
Varkon Standup Video Game
Bring three approved games (or two EM's; Electric Mechanical Pinball Games) and
get in free for the weekend, and for Friday Exhibitor Preview. Contact California
Extreme for exact details.
If you only have 1 or 2 games available for the show there is a discounted admission.
Some games will be never seen before prototype games that cannot be played anywhere
Volunteers also get in for free. Those who take tickets, move games, watch the
door or are guest lecturers will get in for free or for a reduced admission.
Time donated must be approved by California Extreme and will be on a sliding scale.
California Extreme General Admission
Sat., July 8th - 11AM to 12 Midnight
Sun., July 9th - 11AM to 9 PM
Pre-register and get in a half-hour early (10:30 AM) on Saturday and/or Sunday.
California Extreme - Asteroids
13436 Pastel Lane
Mountain View, CA 94040
Two days of classic arcade madness, no quarters necessary!
Blow the dust off of your games and bring'em down to the
show. Three approved games gets you in free! 1 or 2 gets
a discounted admission!
Pre-Register by June 30th, 2006
California Extreme phone: 1-408-390-PINS
Pre-Registration Weekend Pricing for Adults:
Weekend (Sat. & Sun) $50.00
Weekend plus T-Shirt* $65.00
Drawings 2/$5, 5/$10
All checks and info. must be directed to California Extreme, Promoter of Show.
California Extreme Email: email@example.com
How California Extreme Started
The Brain Drain Team - "Classic Arcade Games Show".
Arcades were once a fixture on the American urban landscape, and games were plentiful
in rural cities too. The closest heir of today is the so-called "Family Entertainment
Center", but there are a few people who would like to relive the 1980's.
Under the title California Extreme, Chaney, Louie, TJ Beyer, Brad Martinson and
Alan Whittle started the convention in 1995 after the demise of Wild West Pinball Fest.
The idea was to integrate the all-pinball Wild West Fest with video games.
The first California Extreme took place at a Bamboola-type kiddy land called
Playland at what was then a fire-retardant Town & Country Village. You had to
know someone in order to get in, so the attendance level wasn't nearly as high
as it is in today's annual California Extreme event.
Now that the event is at Parkside Hall in San Jose, it attracts many of the
old-school video game and pinball enthusiasts from around the world.
California Extreme (Space Duel Released 1982)
This a geekfest of gigantic proportions. Classic vector video games like
Battlezone and Tempest will be hooked up to a laser and shot up on the big
screen for all to see.
The games come from private collections throughout the world and many are in
Games are disappearing
San Jose Area and the 1980's
There was a time when arcades were part of the Silicon Valley landscape.
Workers would duck into Time Zone at Oakridge Mall, Merlin's Castle in El Paseo de
Saratoga, Bullwinkle's in Sunnyvale, Eli McFly's in Campbell, Chuck E. Cheese on
Tully or Tilt at Vallco to drop quarters and let off some steam. Today, Dave & Buster's,
Chuck E. Cheese, Golfland, Nickel City and a few independents dedicate rooms to games.
The stand-alone arcade is a rarity, especially outside of the Silicon Valley.
Blame home consoles and PCs.
The Weekend of Speakers - Atari panel
In the California Extreme weekend, there is a panel discussion with Atari programmers
Mike Albaugh, Ed Logg and Owen Rubin. Albaugh, referred to as a "guts monkey," did a
lot of the behind-the-scenes technical work for Atari. Logg was the man behind Asteroids,
Centipede, Millipede and Gauntlet. Owen Rubin did a lot of the classic vector games,
including Major Havoc, Space Duel, Orbit, Tunnel Hunt and Battlezone.
A lot of old-school games will be in there, but there will be a few "new classics"
The weekend is a video game nut's dream come true. It's the dream-house picture
blown up to IMAX proportions. It's like entering a galaxy where it's 1982 again!
2006 Location of Event
Parkside Hall on the corner of Almaden and Park avenues, across from the
Convention Center and behind the Civic Auditorium in downtown San Jose.
2006 SHOW GAMES LIST SO FAR
Last updated March 4th, 2006
Akka Arrh (Atari Proto)
Beavis & Butthead (Atari Proto)J
Blood Lust (Prototype)
Bounty Hunter (Prototype)
Bump N Jump
Dig Dug (cocktail)
Discs of Tron (Upright)
Donkey Kong Steve Lin
Donkey Kong (w/ DK 2 ROMS)
Donkey Kong, Jr.
Eliminator (4 player cocktail)
Fire Beast (Prototype)
Fire Truck Steve Lin
Freedom Fighter (Atari lassr disc prototype never seen before!)
Gauntlet II (4p)
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Killer Instinct (dedicated)
Klax Mini Proto
Mach 3 Steve Hertz
Major Havoc (dedicated)
Marble Man (Atari Proto) Staff
Marvel vs Capcom
Metal Maniacs (Atari Proto)
Mickey's Magical Tetris
MK3 Ultimate (dedicated)
Mr. Do! (custom mini)
Ms Pac Man Mini
Ms Pac Man
Namco classics (cocktail w/Rally X, Dig Dug, & Pac-Man)
PacMan (With MAD PAC kit)
PacMan (cocktail w/96-in-one kit)
Paperboy Kevin Rhinehart
Quak (Touch Screen)
Roadrunner (Rare Atari laserdisc prototype. First appearance at CAX!)
Star Wars (Cockpit)
Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back
Street Fighter 2 CE HF
Super Puzzle Fighter II
Track & Field
Track & Field (cocktail)
Wizard Of Wor
* Black Knight 2000
Eight Ball Deluxe
Genie Randy Woolf
Pinball Pool Randy Woolf
Scared Stiff Bob Ellingson
Tales of the Arabian Nights
World Cup Soccer '94
World Series Mark
Steve Wiebe and Roy Shildt (Mr. Awesome) showing their stuff at Califonria Extreme (2005)
Will Steve Wiebe from Redmond, Washington and Roy Shildt from Los Angeles, CA
come again to California Extreme in July 8-9, 2006? Or to the big event at
New Hampshire's Funspot Arcade on June 1-4, 2006 to support "TEAM USA" when the
Britt's invade the Third Floor of Funspot World Famous Classic Coin-Op
Video game & Pinball Tournament VIII?
Will Paul Dean, Spy Hunter Champion, show-up for California Extreme July 8-9, 2006? YES!
Last Years triple hitter predictions for California Extreme Link
Last Years 2005 California Extreme Speakers and Seminars were great, they entailed
Atari Film Festival
(What happened at California Extreme in 2005)
The Atari Film Festival returned and had some fresh footage unearthed from the archives
featuring some great Commercials, game test footage, and the height of fashion
sensibilities! Al Alcorn, Ed Rotberg, Owen Rubin, and Kelly Turner were scheduled
to help you fully appreciate what you've watched watching. (Hey Atari alum ... let us
know if you'd like to get involved!)
Pinball creators Greg Dunlap, Ted Estes, and Steve Ritchie were on hand to
discuss game design. Find out about how a rule set evolves for a game and why
your favorite shot is so easy or impossible to hit!
Pinball Tournament Results of "A" and "B" Tournament Play.
2005: How to Play Pinball: Bowen Kerins, Rick Stetta, Jim Belsito
We learned the tricks and techniques - straight from the wizards themselves!
Why California Extreme Exists
A dedicated band of enthusiasts wants to share their passion and nostalgia for the
Halcyon days of their mis-spent youth, when quarters did not last long in their pockets,
And fun was measured out in "Specials" and not tickets.. and it's all on Free Play!
(2005) California Extreme Time Warp!
Pinball machines take you back to the malt shops of the 50's or the pool halls of the
Video games to transport you back to the days of disco and pizza parlors. Come get
Warped with us!
Hundreds of games on Free-Play
Pinball Machines, Classic Video Games, arcade rarities and
Two days that celebrate this exceptional entertainment medium
Here is an opportunity to play games you may have not seen for years.
Drawings, tournaments and seminars.
Speakers, forums and panels consisting of Pinball experts, Atari Alumni, Industry
Insiders, Cinematronic Cognoscenti and as added attraction, a nearly complete
Showing of rare Cinematronic games including a comprehensive vector-game line-up!
Midwest Gaming Classic (June 3-4, 2006)
Twin Galaxies and Billy Mitchell Present
Midwest Gaming Classic
The Midwest's Largest Electronic Gaming Event
June 3-4, 2006
Midwest Classic Electronic Gaming
Midwest Gaming Classic
An all Encompassing Electronic Gaming Event
Poster of Event Link
Featuring 21,000 Sq. Ft. of home video games, pinball machines, arcade video games
Saturday June 3, 2006 - 10:00am to 8:00pm
Sunday June 4, 2006 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Single Day Ticket: $10
Two-day Ticket: $20
Tournament Package: $65
Olympia Resort and Conference Center
1350 Royale Mile Road
Oconomowoc, WI 53066
Ben Heckendorn - Creative portable console hacker and author
Scott Adams - Creator of the adventure genre and PC Gaming Pioneer
Ellen Lurie - An Audio Lead with Raven Software
Midwest Pinball Championships
Midwest Video Championships
Numerous Pinball Mini-Tournaments
Pac-Mania Video Game, Manufacturer: Namco, Year Released: 1987
(June 3-4, 2006) Midwest Gaming Classics Pac-Mania Contest
Pac-Mania Game Introduction
In this 3-D sequel, Pac-Man gets to eat and run from ghosts in four different mazes,
each complete with its own theme music and name. Some of the levels include the LEGO-like
Block Town, the original maze Pac-Man's Park, the closed-off top Sand Box Land, and the
extremely large Jungly Steps which looks like a bunch of steps.
Steve Epstein and Roger Sharpe of IFPA will be contest referees
After a day of judging intense pinball competition, Steven Epstein and Roger Sharpe
will be sitting down and talking... but it won't just be any speech -- it will be the
Midwest Gaming Classic's "Suite Talk," a Saturday night after-hours event in which
these two fascinating men will field your pinball questions and answer them with
stories that they have compiled from years of being instrumental in the pinball
Classic Coin-Op Video Game & Pinball Tournament
Funspot VIII Tournament
(June 1-4, 2006)
Weirs Beach, New Hampshire, USA
Funspot 8th Annual Classic Coin-Op Tournament
BurgerTime Manufacturer: Bally Midway, Year: 1982
FUNSPOT HIGH SCORE NEWS UPDATE: BurgerTime New World Record
Bryan Wagner - BurgerTime
6/2/2006 From Twin Galaxies Message Board reporting Bryan Wagner's
New Higher BurgerTime World Record of 9,000,000 done at Funspot Arcade at
Weirs Beach, NH on 6/2/06. Link
Simultaneously he got a world record high score of 485,200 on Rolling Thunder beating
the previous world record score of 254,840 done on July 15, 2002 by Jon Dworkin
from Brooklyn, NY.
Rolling Thunder - Manufacturer: Atari, Year: 1986
Bryan Wagner was able to get to world records Burgertime and Rolling Thunder
simultaneously because there is a slow down on screen number 28 on Burgertime
giving him ample time to get another world record while waiting for screen 28 on
Burgertime to cycle through. Link
"High Score" - A Missile Command Documentary. This documentary follows Portland
gamer Bill Carlton as he attempts to break the world record. Link
Funspot International Classic Videogame & Pinball Championships
2006 Funspot Tournament (June 1-4, 2006)
Gary Vincent at Funspot Walter Day Immediate Release Video Game "High-Scores"
Funspot News Release Link
WEIRS BEACH, NH -- International Event Classic Video & Pinball Tournament
Weirs Beach, NH, with camcorder-totting video game addicts
Breaking video game world records June 1-4, 2006
Funspot Family Entertainment Center in Weirs Beach
FUNSPOT is a family owned and operated entertainment supercenter, founded by
Bob Lawton in 1952. Classic Games have always been a passion and now it is
a museum of sorts with many classic games to play.
Some of the games involved in possible record breaking scores on the classic
video games from the early 1980s, include: Arkanoid, Berzerk, Carnival,
Congo Bongo, Crystal Castles, Elevator Action, Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong,
Jr., Frogger, Galaxian, Galaga, Hypersports, Joust, Kangaroo, Kung-Fu Master,
Mappy, Marble Madness, Missile Command, Ms. Pac-Man, Pole Position, Popeye,
QIX, Rally-X, Robotron and Track and Field.
The Funspot tournament will see competitors try to establish new world records on
over 100 other classic titles. The highest scores logged during the four day event
will be published in the Twin Galaxies' Official Scoreboard of the worldwide
electronic gaming industry.
Organizers of the event describe the Funspot contest as "a gathering of the tribes."
Walter Day, editor of the Book of Records and chief scorekeeper at the event, has
been receiving emails from players in Europe, Canada, Mexico and South America who
are not only planning to come, but are contributing games and labor. Billy Mitchell
has a new poster made up for this event. Link
Champions In Attendance
Billy Mitchell Commissioned Champions in Attendance
Funspot Poster #77 for the June 1-4, 2006 Funspot Event
8th Annual International Classic Game Tournament - June 1 - 4, 2006
This Funspot VIII 2006 poster, being read by a young lady in hand (above)
has been signed by the prominent players in the classic gaming
hobby in attendance at the Funspot Tournament and is one of 50,
used as a collectable, as well as the Billy Mitchell commemorative
hot sauce labels on the collectables table.
British Invasion at Funspot VIII - Billy Mitchell Hot Sauce
Label Given to Gary Whelan, British Galaxian Champion
Commemorative Hot Sauce Label for British Invasion
American, Perfect Pacman player Billy Mitchell has made a special sauce
for British Gamer Gary Whelan, (Above) and his comrades, for traveling
from Britain to America to compete at the Funspot Event, in which Gary Whelan
set a new world record on Galaxian.
Gary Vincent, Operations Manager at Funspot, sees classic video game playing as a
burgeoning new hobby. "Not only are old-time players in their 40's coming to this
event," explains Vincent, "but newer, younger players will be competing who missed
the video game 'golden age' of the 80's, but learned Galaga, Tetris and Arkanoid much
later on their Playstation or Dreamcast game consoles." The event is decidedly
breaking down the barriers between the diverse segments of electronic gaming.
Robert Mruczek, Twin Galaxies head referee, believes all video game players share
the classic titles as a common cultural experience. He says: "Even though many
of these younger players are more at home with Playstation, Dreamcast or PC-based
games, they all know Pac-Man and Zaxxon and are inspired to attend this contest."
Numerous Playstation champions will be trying to translate their PS skills into
big-score performances on classics like Tetris and Excitebike at the tournament.
"Right now," says an anonymous superstar, "I am a contender on Playstation's
Tony Hawk Pro Skater but believe I can convert my talents over to some of these
older games." Other console champions are equally as confidant. Among them are
David Nelson, New Hampshire Video Game Team of Laconia, New Hampshire and
Brian Laskiewicz of Morris Plains, NJ, who plan to utilize their home game skills
to break arcade records. Laskiewicz, in particular, thinks his world record on
Playstation's Pac-Man World; has prepared him for success
on the 1987 arcade hit, Pac-Mania.
And with big cash bounties promised for new world records, "high-score-fever" is
gripping the hearts of players, making a trip to Funspot a major summer destination
for the whole family. One such family is that of Zack Hample, a 262-year-old English
major from Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina, who recently joined the
ranks of the video game elite when he managed to break the world record on the arcade
edition of Arkanoid. Guinness Players Biographies Link
Funspot British Invasion
Walter Day claims that these British Masters of classic arcade video games are possibly
as great or even greater than the most famous video game champs produced by the
legendary arcades of Los Angeles and New York City back during the "Golden Age" of
video game arcades.
There will be many legendary playoffs with the Americans against the Brits, this year.
Some of these great British players include Tony Temple; Missile Command and Gary Whelan;
Galaxian Champion and Greg Mott; Robotron Champion. Paul Drury, of Retro Gamer Magazine
from England will be at Funspot to report the record breaking scores back to his
homeland across the pond.
CGEUK 2005 London, England: Classic Gaming Expo UK
CGEUK European Championship - August 13, 2005
"Team USA" went to England last summer to play these same Britt's and USA did very well
at the CGEUK Event.
See US NATIONAL VIDEO GAME TEAM Link
The "Team USA" team members were USA Champions Doris Self; Q*bert, Perry Rodgers,
Galaxian, Donald Hayes; world record holder on Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Centipede, Burgertime and
Donkey Kong. Donald Hayes has now
pulled down five big ones, too: Tron, Centipede,
Dig Dug, Domino Man and Super Zaxxon. Shawn Cram, Brian Kuh, and Steve Sanders; Joust Champion.
Donald Hayes - ONE MILLION on "Joust" (TGTS) !!
May 27, 2006 Donald Hayes clears 57 ultra tough Joust waves on him own coin-op Joust
Video Game, to set a final score of 1,008,500 points, eclipsing the previous
Twin Galaxies World Record of 1,002,500 set on 6/30/1984 by Don Morlan. Donald
Hayes squeaked by the previous world record by approximately 6,000 points.
See the Joust High Score Table Link
New Update at Funspot: 06/03/06 Tron Link
David Cruz did it again surpassing his old world record on 06/03/06 at the Funspot
Tournament VIII. He beat his old world record of 6,768,288 which was done on 09/05/2005
with a new world record of 7,148,220 on 06/03/06, pushing his score further away
from previous world record holder, Donald Hayes. Link
Robert Bonney's 12M Tron Score was removed, which was from the Wild West Days Link
Survival Of The Fittest - Joust 2 - Manufacturer: Williams, Year: 1986
New Update from FUNSPOT: 06/03/06 Joust 2 Link
Robert Griffin got 13,012,450 joust II that's thirteen million points on 'marathon'
mode after 8 hours of continuous game play for a new world record on Joust 2 at the
Funspot Tournament on June 3, 2006.
This surpassed the old world record of 2,655,600 done on Thursday, June 16, 2005 by
Dwayne Richard from Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada. Link
6/3/06 Funspot - Robert Griffin made a new world record on (TGTS) 5 men only tournament
settings with a superb score of 572,800. Link
Brian Kuh, Hoboken, NJ
Donkey Kong and Brian Kuh
Brian Kuh may never beat Billy Mitchell's 1,047,000 Donkey Kong score but he is mastering
the games one by one and getting more consecutive world record scores than Billy Mitchell
ever had in the early 1980's. Donald Hayes has been noted for owning more major classic
arcade world records at the same time than any other gamer in Twin Galaxies history until
now. I'm waiting to see if he will go after some of the harder "Holy Grail" high scores such
as that of being first to score 1 million points on "Ms Pacman", or being one of the very
few scoring 1 million points on "Donkey Kong" or 1 million points on "Joust".
Achieving a score of 1M on "Joust" at TGTS ranks as one of the top five "Holy Grail" score
s from the classic arcade era in TG history.
Twin Galaxies Holy Grail of High Scores: Link
Holy Grail of Video Game High Scores
1. Achieving a perfect game of "Pacman" of 3,333,360 points
2. Achieving one million points on "Donkey Kong"
3. Achieving one million points on "Robotron" at TGTS
4. Achieving one million points on "Joust" at TGTS
5. Achieving one million points on classic "Ms Pacman"
Brian Kuh from Team USA, takes over with the most Funspot Standing World Record's
in One Day - June 1, 2006. He's showing the Britt's what the US National Video Game Team
is all about.
The 2006 Funspot Event just broke through a new level of world records accomplished by
one person. Brian Kuh, who won Mark Alpiger's Tournament at Challenge Arcade last March of
2006, broke more world records than anyone else has at the first day of the June 1-4, 2006
Brian Kuh Coin-Op 15 First Place World Records done on June 1, 2006 at Funspot:
APB, Chase H.Q., Guerrilla, Heavy Barrel, Hot Rod, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,
Indy 4, Lemans, Lazarian, Paperboy, Radical Radial, Super Sprint, The Real Ghostbusters,
Turbo Out Run and Xenophobe. He also got a second place world record on the game Road Runner,
almost beating the previous world record of 2.2 M by Mark Haber.
Brian Kuh's exact world record scores will be posted in the very near future!
I'm sure he will be back to participate in California Extreme on July 7-8, 2006
as he did in 2005.
FUNSPOT HIGH SCORE NEWS UPDATE: The Final Results are in for the Winners of the
As originally reported by Gary Vincent, Funspot Family Entertainment Center
Operations Manager for the Funspot 8th Annual International Classic Game Tournament
on Thursday, June 1st through Sunday, June 4th, 2006: Link
Funspot (2006) Classic Arcade Player of the Year: Michael Sao Pedro
Player of the Year: Michael Sao Pedro (Mike Pedro)
Mike Sao Pedro
Mike Sao Pedro has put pen to ink and signed the official Funspot VIII
poster #77 which will be signed by all namesake attendees.
Poster #77, (above) is one of the latest posters commissioned by Billy Mitchell
as a gift to the gaming hobby. Only 50 copies, individually numbered in sequence
will be produced to commemorate the Funspot VIII event. The poster was designed
by the noted graphic artist and singer/songwriter, C.J. Hoose of Fairfield, Iowa.
2006 Funspot Competition Results:
2006 Player of the Year: Michael Sao Pedro (Mike Pedro)
Pinball: Michael Sao Pedro
Color: David Nelson
Monochrome: David Nelson
Ladies: Christian Cram
The End: Perry Rogers
Spy Hunter: Steve Gumtow
Duck Hunt: David Cruz
Phoenix: Adam Wood
Michael Sao Pedro (Mike)
2006 Funspot Player of the Year
2006 Funspot Championships (PoTY) Classic Arcade Player of the Year Link
Michael Sao Pedro - 2006 Player of the Year and Pinball Champion
Pinball: Michael Sao Pedro
2006 Winner of Two Funspot Tournament Challenges:
"Color Video Game: Challenge" "Monochrome Challenge"
Color: David Nelson
Monochrome: David Nelson
Ladies: Christian Cram
The End: Perry Rogers
Spy Hunter: Steve Gumtow
Duck Hunt: David Cruz
Phoenix: Adam Wood
Funspot Player of the Year Poster (2005)
Player of the Year (2005)
David Nelson and Dave Sao Pedro shared player of the year in 2005,
but this year, in 2006, Dave Sao Pedro takes the honors all by
himself as Funspot Player of the year. His percentages on each
game in the tournament put him in first place this year and he
will receive all of the accolades.
Adam Wood - 2006 Funspot Tournament Champion of Phoenix
Perry Rodgers - 2006 Funspot Tournament Champion of The End
New World Records
Posted: 6/8/06 Funspot World Records set at Funspot VIII Competition
New World Records based on titles that already had established World Records:
1942 - 12,677,320 by Martin Bedard
Astro Fighter - 26,670 by Fred Pastore
Astro Invader - 56,330 by Fred Pastore
Blueprint - 146,300 by David Nelson
Burgertime - 9,000,000 (even) by Bryan Wagner
Buster Brothers - 2,228,150 by Greg Mott
Galaxian - 503,710 by Gary Whelan
Indiana Jones (Hard 3 lives) - 1,260,570 by Darren Harris
Indy 4 - 162 by Brian Kuh
Joust 2 (Marathon) - 13,012,450 by Robert Griffin
Kiss (pinball) - 2,696,420 by Michael Sao Pedro
Land, Sea, Air Squad - 683,200 by Tim McIlroy
Lazarian - 166,620 by Brian Kuh
Leprechaun (TGTS) - 567,475 by Todd Rogers
Paragon (pinball) - 1,374,470 by Michael Sao Pedro
Playboy (pinball) - 1,722,420 by Michael Sao Pedro
Quartet - 815,200 by Adam Wood
Radical Radial - 432,850 by Brian Kuh
Rampage - 153,530 by Jason Cram
Ring King - $2,378,00 by Walter Glassett
Rolling Thunder - 645,860 by Bryan Wagner
Sega Hot Rod - 272,380 by Brian Kuh
Superbug (Expert Course) - 360 by Martin Bedard
Tron - 7,198,220 by David Cruz
2005 Classic Gaming Expo-UK (CGEUK)
CGEUK location: Croydon, south London, Saturday 13th August 2005
Twin Galaxies has one thing in mind for coming to the UK. That is to identify
the champions of the UK and get them into the book (Twin Galaxies' Official Video Game
and Pinball Book Of World Records). There are many deserving UK superstars
which are being overlooked by the Book Of Records. They need to be found,
like the Holly Grail of Video Game Champions.
The CGEUK Classic Video Game Titles for the competition were the following:
Millipede, Robotron, Kung Fu Master, Galaga, and Joust.
The notable British players at the CGEUK 2005 Contest were the following champions:
Nick Hutt; Space Harrier, "TT" Tony Temple; Missile Command, Gary Whelan; Galaxian
(was sick on day of the event.)
British Gamer, Nick Hutt (Space Harrier Champion)
British Gamer, Gary Whelan, Galaxian Champion sits with his Cocktail Table
Galaxian Coin-Op Video Game
British Gamer, Tony Temple (Missile Command Champion Medallion)
Tony Temple, Missile Command Champion from Ashbourne, Derbyshire, United Kingdom
Missile Command - 3/30/06 1,967,830 points
The only world record broken during the CGEUK was Space Harrier in which Nick Hutt
wiped out the previous 20 year old record. Link
CGEUK Rallies British Gamers to Challenge France to 'London vs Paris' video game
championship in summer 2006. Link
After many CGEUK mishaps the Brits are going to get
to play against the Americans at the 2006 New Hamphire Tournament.
Twin Galaxies reports that the London vs Paris challenge will take place
after finding an appropriate venue for that match up. Link
Despite financial difficulty in 2005, CGEUK went ahead and had a great show. Unfortunately, some
sponsors didn't pay their share so Chris Millard, Organizer has to figure
out another way to come up with the money in order to have a CGEUK show in 2007. Link
I would safely say that the Americans took that crown, and the Britt's want their
Crown back, so here they come on June 1-4, 2006 to New Hampshire, America to do
some damage with video game high scores.
The Brits are coming to America!
These Englishman are ready to take on the best of the best of America in a challenge.
Arkanoid champ, Stephen Krogman, of Boca Raton, Florida will be showing his skills
as well as many other champion players. Donald Hayes is the superstar of this century
and he may be able to hold back those Britt's as well as Abdner Ashman, the Robotron and
Ms. Pacman Champion from New York.
Here is a brief list of some of the Legendary players and sponsors who will be at
the Funspot VIII Tournament:
Some of the famous video game attendees and staff to attend Funspot VIII include
Attendees to participate on June 1-4, 2006:
Sandra Lawton, Bob Lawton, Randy Lawton, Steve Lawton - (Owners of Funspot).
Gary Vincent (General Manager of Funspot)
Greg Mott, Paul Drury, Tony Temple, Gary Whelan - England Video Game Competitors
Robert Mruczek - Chief Referee Twin Galaxies
Walter Day - CEO/Author Twin Galaxies
(2006) American Champion Video Game Players:
Martin Bedard, Tom Votava, Greg Erway, Donald Hayes
Shawn Cram, Christian Cram, Anna Cram, Jason Cram - Family Champions of New Hamphire
Funspot: Shawn & Christian Cram
Brother and Sister Classic Video Game Team (2006)
Shawn Cram "Team USA" (Playing Joust) at European Tournamnent (CGEUK 2005)
Champion Players to be at Funspot VIII
David Nelson; New England captain US National Video Game Team, Derek Fonda,
Adam Wood, Joel Hedge Richard Marsh, Pete Whittle, Abdner Ashman, Cameron Feltner,
Steve Wiebe, April Simmonds, Pat Laffaye, Troy Whelan, Derek Litton, Nik Meeks,
Robert Griffin, Tim McIlroy, Mr. Kelly R. Flewin, Darren Harris, Greg Bond,
Bryan Wagner, Nick Ortakales, Todd Rogers, David Cruz, Perry Rodgers, Dave Demers,
Steve Kyriakides, Scootie Ahlers, Fred Pastore, Steve Sanders, Emily Hughes,
Justine Baker, Mark Alpiger, Mark D. Boolman, John Zabel, Michael San Pedro.
US National Video Game Team
USNVGT: Official New England Team Roster
David Nelson - team captain
Michael Sao Pedro
Video taped Performances
Players must commit their stellar performances to videotape in case a surprise world
record falls in their lap. "The world's top players now rely on videotape as the
medium of proof to authenticate their high-score achievements," says Funspot's Vincent.
"And, during the contest, some players will even go so far as to bring their own film
crews to Funspot." Interestingly, the trend to videotape has spread even beyond the
confines of Funspot. Tim Curtis, a recreation director for the Kentucky state park
system has booked a Louisville pizza parlor as the site of his world record
attempt on Space Firebird, a 1980 classic video world record. "You can bet we will
videotape the entire game."
This removes any shred of doubt in the other players' minds.
"The video game phenomenon back in the early 1980's was not just an American experience.
There are a group of players coming to Funspot from Finland who knew and loved Pac-Man
and Centipede just as much as any kid from New York City or Detroit and have just as
much right to take home some world records."
Funspot is famous for owning one of the world's largest collections of classic games
and is one of the largest indoor arcades in the United States. Located on a 33-acre
site near Lake Winnipesaukee, it draws between 500,000 and 600,000 people a year to
its 60,000 square-foot-entertainment complex. Operated by the Lawton family for 55
years, Funspot offers over 500 games, ranging from the classics to today's high-powered
interactive games such as Daytona II and Star Wars Trilogy. The Twin Galaxies
Intergalactic Scoreboard, based in Fairfield, Iowa, has been keeping score for the
world of video game and pinball playing since 1982 and monitors the highest scores
on all home and arcade video games, PC-based games and pinball.
Call Gary Vincent at Funspot at (603)366-4377 or go to http://www.funspotnh.com for
further contest information. Please visit the Twin Galaxies Scoreboard and message
board at http://www.twingalaxies.com.
Paul Dean, Spy Hunter Champion June 28, 1985
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