Posted March 25, 2006

2006 Video Game Classics Showdown

The 2006 Dodge City Video Game Classics Showdown will be at Apollo Amusements, 820 Andrews Street, Pompano Beach, Florida'
April 6-9, 2006

Sponsored by Apollo Amusements and Twin Galaxies

The 2006 City of Pompano Beach Classic Video Games Competition The American Old West had the typical archetype, of the cowboy, in the Wild West settling in the wild frontier of Western North America from around 1887. The American Old West analogy is compared to the classic arcade era of the hey day of arcade video games from around 1980 to 1987 when video games were being mastered at phenomenal rates in Arcades all over America and around the world. Amazing high scores were turned in, but it isn't enough to have gotten a high score, you need to prove it in front of other World Level Players to achieve fame. Players have come from just beyond the horizon from all over the world to prove they are the best of the best. They have buckled in and are ready to beat any and all competitors who are willing to get in the ring with these top notch gun slingers of the classic gaming genre. This pilgrimage has now gone to Pompano Beach, Florida from the wilds of Weirs Beach, New Hamphire and beyond. The Classic Video Game Big Guns will be meeting at Pompano Beach, Florida Buffalo Bill Rifle Pompano Beach, Florida Competition You don't want to miss this Show Down Competition which will leave the last man standing! Pompano Beach, Florida becomes a Wild-West Town the weekend of April 6-9, 2006 as legendary classic gaming superstars converge on Apollo Amusements to face-off in long-standing rivalries. This is really a revival of the long lost art of Marathoning and basically getting unbelievable high scores on the classic video games of yesteryear. The Highest scores will be given a place in the 2007 Guinness Book of World Records. Gary Whelan - "I am coming to the USA" Are you ready for Fame? Gary Whelan - Yep, I am ready Dust off your hat and sharpen those spurs!! Guess who's coming to the USA? Come watch Gary Whelan, Worlds best player of Galaxian, now arriving from England to take on his life long-time American rival, Perry Rodgers, in the Dodge City of Video Games at Apollo Amusements in Pompano Beach, Florida. Many other top guns are also invading Pompano Beach to prove that they are the best players ever to compete in a classic coin-operated video game competition. These players are a Whip Crack Away from landing a spot in the 2007 Guinness Book of World Records. This is a time to watch history happen! You will need to hold enough provisions in your saddlebags for you and your compradres for three to four days. This video game competition to take place April 6-9, 2006 at Apollo Amusements, 820 Andrews Street, Pompano Beach, Florida, USA. If you head out in the fall or spring without your long red underwear, we’ll just call it natural selection if you never make it back. Good luck! Perry Rodgers Perry Rodgers, 1983 Galaxian Champion from Seattle, Washington is in a live Galaxian shootout against English Rival, and current 2006 Champion, Gary Whelan. Lets finally see who can perform under the pressure and scrutiny of a live audience. Will it be the Americans or the English who will overcome and win this challenge? Galaxian Rivalry Gary Whelan is shooting for the almost impossible high score of one million points on Galaxian. This high score will win him the Billy Mitchell Bounty prize of $1,000.00. Link Wild West Indian Drawings Buffalo Bill Cody - Wild West Show Buffalo Bill Cody did practically everything in the Wild West: scout, trapper, Pony Express rider, and won the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1872. He became the world's ambassador to the Wild West when his Wild West Show premiered in Omaha in 1883. Pompano Beach Florida is bringing back the feel of the wild days of the early 1980's with their video game classics competition. Where else will you be able to see the Legendary Guinness Players of the 1980's compete against the Modern Era Players of 2006? Only one percent of arcades are in existance today, and classic arcades are as rare as a Buffalo Bill Show. Masters Competitions of the 1980's The reason for the Coin-Operated Video Game Masters Competitions in the 1980's was to divide the men from the boys and find out who the best of the best was and now this era of competitions is being restored by Twin Galaxies and Documentary Crews looking for a bit Video Game Nostalgia from the 1980's. Legends of the Golden Age Who's the toughest Gun in the "Dodge City" of classic Video gaming? The best of the best have been invited to compete at John Russo's, Apollo Amusements, Pompano Beach, Florida. Most of the players attending are Legends of the Golden age with records already recorded from the 1984-1986 Guinness Book of World Records. All are players who have top tier World Records already, and are now going to prove they are the best in the world with new world records that the world had previously thought to be impossible. It is amazing that these World Records keep on getting beaten now 20 years after the release of these classic video games, and after so much competition over the years. There is a renewed interest in classic video games, because the players who were in there 20's are now in there 30's and 40's and wish to revisit there childhood with one more world record under there belt as the Guinness Book is back in business regarding Classic Video Game World Records after a 20 year hiatus. The games of yesteryear have now become that of national nostalgia and new gaming rooms are being built to house those old classic from the 1980's. The Golden Age, Who are these Legends Many of these players are the Guinness Book of World Record players from the Masters Tournaments of the 1980's which were published during the Golden Age of the Video Games. Each of these players say that they are the best at their game, and current era high score holders have challenged these First Place World Record Holders to a live match. It's alot easier to play a video game at home without any pressure of competition from your competitors, but now you'll have to prove you can compete on demand at a world record skill level. There will be plenty of T.V. and Documentary crews to record this gaming history while it is in progress. It is interesting to find that the players that were published in the Guinness Book in the early 1980's are just as good if not better than they were when they won competitions in the early 1980's. You can't fake it with this competition, because you will be watched by the best Players in the world. Along with the referee's of Twin Galaxies. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Walter Day (Partial Thread) Guinness Book 2007 Founder Posted: Sat March 25, 2006 8:29 am ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Now everybody knows that Twin Galaxies is supplying Guinness with their video game content. So, Guinness World Records is relying on TG to determine who is the most successful video gamer of all time. Regards, Walter ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- RMRUCZEK (Partial Thread) Robert Mruczek Senior Referee Posted: Sun April 02, 2006 2:56 am Post subject: Reasons Behind the Possibility -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hello fellow gamers: (Partial Thread) Guinness prides itself on being the end-all-be-all of the verification process, which is why years back they extracted themself from the video game genre entirely... too many variables. It has taken TG more than 20+ years to reach where we are now. Robert Mruczek ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Walter Day (Partial Thread) Founder Posted: Sun April 02, 2006 10:10 pm Post subject: ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I am completely involved with our interactions with the Guinness-related contests for the 2007 Guinness Book. We will continue to verify scores that are submitted to us in our required formats following our own verification guidelines. Respectfully, Walter Day ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Transportation of the Wild West Transportation Classic Gamers are coming from all over the world using every type of transportation imaginable to make the trip to Florida, their final pilgrimage, to find out if they have the right stuff. The classic games in contention: Qbert, Gorf, Ms. Pacman, Galaxian, Dig Dug, Joust, Zoo Keeper, and Donkey Kong. Meet the Superstars at Apollo Amusements Arcade on April 6-9, 2006 Apollo Amusements Standards Authority and Arcade Association (ASA) The Legendary Players who are competing against each other at the Apollo Amusements Arcade Event are the following: Kelly Tharp, Doris Self, Perry Rodgers, Gary Whelan, Donald Hayes, Steve Sanders, Abdner Ashman, Todd Rogers, Shawn Cram, Jason Cram, Steve Wiebe, Dwayne Richard, Todd Rogers and many more. (With a surprise visit from Billy Mitchell) From Kelly Tharp: Ed Cunningham of Launch Pad Productions has offered to send me to Florida to do a 5 man Q*bert contest against Doris Self,for an upcoming film about classic arcade gaming. There are also going to be 4 other titles Galaxian,and Q*bert for sure. He is flying in the top Galaxian player, Gary Whelan, from the UK to battle against a player from the states. At first I was not going to do it, how could i win? If i won people would say how could you beat an 80 year old lady? If i won "how could you do that to such a sweet lady? But I think I just might do it. It would probably be fun;and I have not been in any movies in a while so, why not? Anyway I will post more info as it becomes available.

Q*bert - Kelly Tharp of Sellersburg, Indiana VS Doris Self of Miami, Florida

Galaxian: Perry Rodgers of Redmond, Washigton VS Gary Whelan from Dukinfield, England

Joust: Donald Hayes of Windham, New Hamphire VS Steve Sanders of Shawnee, Kansas

Ms. Pacman: Abdner Ashman of Queens, New York

Gorf: Todd Rogers of Brooksville, Florida

Zoo Keeper: Shawn Cram VS Jason Cram of Lebanon, Maine

Donkey Kong: Steve Wiebe of Redmond, Washington

Did Dug: Dwayne Richard of Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada

These results will go into the 2007 Guinness Book of World Records. It has been over 20 years since Classic Video Game Score World Records have been in the Guinness Book. Tequesta Indian Tepee
The City of Pompano Beach The City of Pompano Beach played an important role in the development of South Florida. Located exactly mid-way between Palm Beach and Miami, The city was at one point the southernmost railroad station of the famous Florida East Coast Railway built by Henry Flagler. In fact, one of the Railroad's employees, Frank Sheene, gave the city its name when writing Down the name of the fish he had for dinner one evening during his Survey of the shoreline. The fish "Pompano" runs abundantly in the warm Waters of the Atlantic off our sandy beaches. Southern Florida was originally the home to the Tequesta Indians, surviving on the subtropical land by living in villages near the ocean. Pompano Beach is centrally located in Florida's famous Gold Coast and covers over 25 square miles in northern Broward County with over 101,000 full time residents. Pompano is approximately 33 miles between Miami And Palm Beach, Florida and only 12 miles from Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport and Port Everglades. With the only coral reef system in the continental United States, and Three and a half miles of pristine sandy white beaches, Pompano is an ideal vacation area. Apollo Amusements, 820 Andrews Street, Pompano, Florida 33069 John Russo (877)-352-7529 ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Press Releases 3/24/2006 Who's The Toughest Gun in Dodge? Link Video Game Gunslingers Fight for Listings in 2007 Guinness World Records Book On the Twin Galaxies web site is an amazing poster by the extraordinary C.J. Hoose, the singer/songwriter turned graphic artist in Fairfield, Iowa. Link Wild West Show Don't Miss the Lastest Wild West Show The idea of a Dodge City showdown started with the US National Video Game team way back in 1983. The professional team of video game players drove into town and into the nearest arcade challenging all of the local hot shots! Founded on July 20, 1983, Walter Day would challenge other cities, states and then countries to play against the US National Video Game Team. The world's first organized, professional video game team the USNVGT toured the United States during the summer of 1983 in a 44-foot GMC bus filled with arcade games, appearing at arcades around the nation, conducting the 1983 Video Game Masters Tournament, whose results were published in the 1984 U.S. edition of the Guinness Book of World Records. The future Masters Tournament results were published in the 1984-1986 U.S. editions of the Guinness Book of World Records. I the US National Video Game Team (USNVGT) visited the Italian and Japanese Embassies in Washington D.C. to issue challenges for an international video game championship. In 1987, the USNVGT toured Europe where it defeated a team of United Kingdom video game superstars. These team members came from all over the country and were video game drifters, taking Ottumwa's "Dodge City of Video Games" with Walter Day at the head of the pack, going on the road to challenge any players foolish enough to risk their quarters on a game against the best players in the world. This crack team of gun slinging joystick players never lost a match! Now the great players of the 1980's are once again showing up to play against the modern era classic players, and it is quite the showdown. Do these old Dinosaur classic video game players still have what it takes to play against the new current era players who claim they are the best? It will be quite a match! Current US National Video Game Team Link Classic US National Video Game Team Link The Apollo Amusements Event is an Individuals Only event but some famous US National Team members will be appearing to challenge those who are willing to face them. Who's The Toughest Gun in the Dodge City of Video Games?? April 6-9, 2006 Apollo Amusements 820 Andrews St. Pompano, Fl 33069 (877)352-7529 John Russo Pompano Beach, Florida -- March 24, 2006 -- Pompano Beach becomes a Wild-West Town the weekend of April 6-9, 2006 as legendary classic gaming superstars converge on Apollo Amusements to face-off in long-standing rivalries. At stake are listings in the forthcoming 2007 Guinness World Records Book(TM), which is unveiling a Computer Games section for the first time in 20 years to honor the achievements of the electronic gaming world. Guinness World Records(TM) and Twin Galaxies have established a partnership to find the greatest gamers on all gaming platforms, past and present. To have your achievement evaluated for consideration by Guinness World Records, please contact Twin Galaxies and follow our submission guidelines. Everybody is welcome to come to Pompano Beach to watch the fireworks. Posted below is a news release that describes the featured events scheduled for the weekend: World Records Set on Classic Arcade Games in April Competition To Be Submitted to Guinness World Records(TM) Pompano Beach, FL - March 25, 2006 -- During the first week of April 2006, several American pop-culture icons will be pushed beyond their limits in south Florida. Man will compete against man, against machine, and against history…with an 80-year-old retiree thrown in for good measure. Games including Q*Bert, Ms. Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Galaxian, Dig Dug, Joust, Gorf, and Zookeeper may finally meet their match when “The Toughest Gun in Dodge City” tournament is held April 6th to 9th, 2006 at Apollo Amusements; 820 Andrews Street; Pompano Beach, Florida 33069. For the first time in 21 years, the 2007 Guinness World Records Book(TM) will include video game high scores. Any records broken at the “Toughest Gun” competition will be submitted to Guinness World Records by Walter Day, President of Twin Galaxies, the worldwide authority on video game scores, just in time for the Guinness World Records publication deadline. The chance to be recognized by Guinness World Records will bring many of the most heated rivalries and high score attempts in gaming to the surface. Here are the biggest matchups and high-score attempts, listed in alphabetical order: Dig Dug Dwayne Richard of Grand Prairie, Alberta, will attempt to set a new standard on Dig Dug, taking the record from Donald Hayes in the process. Score to beat: 4,388,520; Donald Hayes Link Donkey Kong Steve Wiebe, a middle school science teacher from Redmond, WA, will attempt to claim the record on Donkey Kong, currently held by the Video Game Player of the Century: Billy Mitchell. Mitchell, a restaurateur and hot sauce manufacturer from Hollywood, FL, became the first player in history to record a perfect score on Pac-Man in 1999. No one has ever broken 1 million points on Donkey Kong at a public venue, and the classic gaming world is watching this event to see if history will be made. Score to beat: 1,047,200; Billy Mitchell Link Note: Donkey Kong Story: Robert Mruczek story from MTV NEWS: Link He cues up the tape, which, having been output from a "Donkey Kong" arcade machine, plays sideways on his TV. Billy Mitchell's good enough to have cleared one of the game's boards at just the right moment to make sure that the score is a flat-out 1 million. The six-digit counter rolls from 999,999 to all zeroes. Billy goes on to score 1,047,200 points, a new world record. Somewhere in there he has the game's hero jump from one girder to another in a move that floors the gaming referee. "Every now and then he does something that surprises me," Mruczek marvels. "And I thought I'd seen it all." Gorf Todd Rogers, a.k.a. Toddzilla, will drive from his home in Brooksville, FL, looking to put an unbeatable number up on Gorf. Rogers, who earned a living in the early to mid-80s making appearances at video game conventions, has held the Gorf record since it first hit the arcade, but may be best known for his better-than-perfect 5.51 second run on Dragster. Score to Beat: 653,990; Todd Rogers Link Galaxian Classic Video Game Showdown Galaxian A U.S. vs. U.K. showdown will pit Galaxian’s current World Record holder, Gary Whelan, from Dukinfield, England, against former champion Perry Rodgers of Redmond, WA. Whelan will be making his first trip to America for this match-up, which has been several years in the making. Score to Beat: 399,290; Gary Whelan Link Perry Rodgers was the Galaxian Champion for 20 Years -- Until Gary Whelan Took the Crown. Now Perry wants his Crown Back Note: Gary Whelan missed the last showdown against Perry Rodgers do to an illness during the time of the CGE-UK Classics Arcade Event in London in 2005. But he is fine now, and is flying to Florida to prove he is the best in the world to play against Legendary Superstar, Perry Rodgers, from the 1980's era, who had held many world records in the last 20+ years including Galaxian. Joust Hayes, meanwhile, who will be traveling from Windham, NH, hopes to add Joust to his amazing total of 11 classic arcade records. Standing at the Joust next to Donald will be Steve Sanders, an attorney from Kansas City, MO, who will be trying to reclaim one of the many records he held in the early 80s. At one time Steve Sanders had a TG: Donkey Kong score of 3,151,800 reported by U-Totem convenience store: Kansas City, MO. September 11, 1982. Printed: Joystik Magazine Issue January 1983 Pg. 71. Score Recanted by Steve Sanders in King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, Documentary (2007). UtoteM Bought out:Circle K Corporation bought all of the stock of Utotem Inc. for 225 million dollars from American Financial Corporation, and in 1984 rebranded the 1000 stores as Circle K stores. Score to Beat: 2,655,600; Dwayne Richard Link Dwayne Richard High Score Bounty Story: Link The biggest win came from Dwayne Richard, a 37-year-old gamer from Grand Prairie in Alberta, Canada. He scored a new world record on the arcade game "Joust 2" and will be paid $2,500 for his efforts. He hadn't tried Mruczek's other bounties, but this one was different. "It was so much money," Richard says. Mruczek, who thought the game was one of the 10 hardest ever to hit the arcades, asked players to not only surpass the previous best achievement of reaching the game's 26th level, but to reach the 100th. He hadn't expected the record to fall. Ms. Pac-Man Abdner Ashman of Queens, NY will be out to prove that his World Record of 921,000 points on Ms. Pac-Man is no fluke. Mr. Ashman has been recording scores so high that many of his peers need to see them achieved in public in order to believe them. Score to Beat: 921,360; Abdner Ashman Link Billy Mitchell - A Video Game Hero/Legend Billy Mitchell - Top Gun From the 1980's Q*Bert The Q*Bert World Record has stood for over 20 years, will be pushed by Kelly Tharp, who will take a 48-hour train ride from Sellersburg, IN to challenge Doris Self of Plantation, FL. Doris has been working day and night to reclaim the Q*Bert World Record she held in the mid-1980s, when she was 58 years old. Now 80, Doris has been focused on her comeback since her old arcade buddy, Billy Mitchell, bought her a tournament-spec machine so she could train at home…in between Texas Hold ‘Em tournaments, Bridge League, and Craps games at the local casino. Score to Beat: 9,437,400; Kelly Tharp Link Zookeeper It will be brother against brother as Shawn and Jason Cram of Lebanon, ME travel south to do battle on Zookeeper. Shawn currently holds the record, but both he and Jason have been working on a new technique that could generate a score once thought impossible. Whoever pulls it off will take Zookeeper bragging rights back to their personal arcade, housed in the family’s basement. Score to Beat: 35,732,870; Shawn Cram Link Who will be recognized as the best in the world on some of the most popular video games of all time? The gamers whose 3 initials are atop the high score page at the conclusion of “The Toughest Gun in Dodge City” tournament. Press Contact: Ed Cunningham & Walter Day (310) 567-8525. The Bullets are goin' to fly on Main Street With the Fastest Reflexes in the West! Who will triumph in this Classics Video Game competition? Only time will tell who the best of the best will be, and the great names will go into the 2007 Guinness Book of World Records. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Mark Alpiger reports on high scores made at Apollo Pompano Beach Florida Showroom Arcade Competition in Florida. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Author: Mark Alpiger Author Topic: Pompano Beach, FL, aka Dodge City Link Mark Alpiger basks in the glow of a new 'Glob' wr... Pompano Beach, FL, aka Dodge City « on: 4/7/06 at 09:39:28 AM » -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I got into the Palm Beach / Ft. Lauderdale area yesterday, and braved rush hour traffic to make it to the Apollo Amusements showroom, where Ed Cunningham of launch pad productions and Walter Day of Twin Galaxies were heading up an event whose world record results will make it into the 2007 Guinness Book. Guinness World Records A lot of the Funspot 'gang' was there, including Shawn, Jason, Anna, and Christian Cram (along with mom and David in tow), plus Donald Hayes, Pat Laffaye, and Abdner Ashman. In addition, there was Kelly Tharp (getting in late), Doris Self, Dwayne Richard, Steve Wiebe and Steve Sanders. Speaking of getting in late, that's exactly what Abdner Ashman did on Ms. Pacman. Just a bit before midnight, he finished up a new world record game of Ms. Pacman, logging an impressive 933,580. He 'only' made it to screen 133, so that's a very high mark. His score was helped along nicely by the last fruit being a pear. Donald Hayes and Steve Sanders tried to post some strong Joust scores (both around the half-million mark), and Pat Laffaye tried often on Frogger, as did Steve Wiebe on Donkey Kong. Jason Cram scored 22M on Zoo Keeper, which is now the second highest Twin Galaxies score. Stay tuned for more updates, and, let's hope the records flow throughout the event! (Lots of Press are Covering each high score for a new high score documentary.) ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Abdner Ashman & Walter Day Celebrate Abdners New Ms. Pacman World Record of 933,580 In Breaking News on April 7, 2006 Abdner inched pass the old world record which was also his alone to a new world record of 933,580 on Ms. Pacman. Thats clearing everyboard until the kill screen end to the game at level 133. (game reset after board 133)! The Guinness World Records(tm) 2007 Book 2007 guinnessComputer Games section has requested Abdner Ashman's photograph so he may be about to receive the attention he deserves. Link Abdner Ashman surpassed his previous world record of 921,360 which was done on August 9, 2005 for the new world record of 933,580 done at Apollo Amusements on April 7, 2006. Breaking News from Twin Galaxies Link Ms. Pac-Man World Record Falls at Apollo Amusements Abdner Ashman Scores 933,580 with no extra Boards 4/7/2006 Abdner Ashman Scores 933,580 with no extra Boards as he finishes with 133 screens. Ashman to be submitted to Guinness World Records 2007 Book. As the "Toughest Gun" events enters its second day, Ashman is the first videogame 'fast gun' to strike paydirt. Abdner Ashman's last world record pacman jr. and Robotron World record high Scores were done at Total Amusements in Humble, Texas at the Legends of the Golden Age High Score Competition. Link See the results of the Addner Ashman Totally Amused Arcade High Scores and of Paul Deans High Scores at the Classics Totally Amused Arcade Event. Link ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Scores at Toughest Gun Twin Galaxies Forums Link Walter Day Founder Posted: Fri April 07, 2006 8:55 pm Post subject: Scores at Toughest Gun -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- So far, 864,000+ Donkey Kong Steve Wiebe 933,355 Abdner Ashman Ms. Pac-Man (World Record - No Extra Boards) 277,000+ Todd Rogers Gorf 5-man (World Record) 300,000+ Pat Laffaye Frogger 780,000+ Steve Sanders Joust 5-man 484,000+ Doris Self Q*Bert 5-man 22 Million Shawn Cram Zookeeper 167,000 Gary Whelan Galaxian (Emulation) More to come during the next two days.... Walking the Streets of the Dodge City of Video Games 5/2/2006: Results from the recent Dodge City of Video Games; Apollo Amusements, FL. More info on World Record High Scores to be consider for the 2007 Guinness Book: Link Classic Coin-Operated Video Game Computer Games High Scores Guinness Book of World Records 2007 by Guinness World Records, Guiness (Manufactured by) More Views Hardcover ISBN: 1904994121 Pub. Date: August 2006 Ms. Pac-Man 933,580 (New World Record) Abdner Ashman, Queens, NY Raven Pinball 1,040,000 (New World Record) Luis Lopez, California Gorf (5-Man) 294,650 (New World Record) Todd Rogers, Brooksville, FL Joust 800,500 (2nd Place in the world) Steve Sanders, Kansas City, Mo Joust 787,000 (3rd Place in the world) Donald Hayes, Windham, NH Frogger 490,000+ (2nd Place in the world) Pat Laffaye, Westport, CT Zookeeper 29 Million+ (2nd Place in the world) Jason Cram, Lebanon, ME Zookeeper 22 Million+ (3rd Place in the world) Shawn Cram, Lebanon, ME Galaxian 167,000+ (3rd Place in the world) Gary Whelam, Dukinfield, UK Donkey Kong 864,000+ (4th Place in the world) Steve Wiebe, Redmond, WA Q*Bert (5-Man) 530,000+ (4th Place in the world) Kelly Tharp, Sellersburg, IN Q*Bert (5-Man) 521,000+ (5th Place in the world) Doris Self, Miami, FL Dig Dug 2.1 Million+ (16th Place in the world) Dwayne Richard, Grand Prairie, AB, Ca Dig Dug 1.1 Million+ (21st Place in the world) Kelly Tharp, Sellersburg, IN -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Walter Day Posted: Sat April 08, 2006 12:43 pm Post subject: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Update: Joust Duel: Donald Hayes 787,000 Steve Sandedrs 780,000 ZooKeeper: Jason Cram 29,353,000 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- MDARULZ (Mark Alpiger) Link cag superfan Administrator Elite Member Re: Pompano Beach, FL, aka Dodge City « Reply #3 on: April 10, 2006, 10:02:55 AM » -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Partial Thread Quote from Mark Alpiger - Apollo Tournament, Pompano Beach, FL) There'll be more on the event later, but suffice it to say that it was absolutely the best collection of talent in one room (with the fewest 'lower tier' players I've ever seen at a contest) since some of the best 80's events. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Apollo Amusements (Coin-Operated Classic Video Games Dodge City Contest) 820 Andrews Street, Pompano Beach, Florida Apollo Amusements Guinness Contest Tournament Classic Game Players Some of the above player are Jason Cram - Congo Bongo, Anna Cram, and Christian Cram - Starship 1 Champion, Donald Hayes - Many World Records Held, Pat Laffaye - Paperboy Champion, Abdner Ashman - Ms. Pacman World Record Holder, Kelly Tharp, Doris Self - Q*bert 2nd Place Tournament Mode, Dwayne Richard - Joust II Champion, Steve Wiebe - Donkey Kong Champion, Steve Sanders and from London England, Galaxian Champion Gary Whelan. With Walter Day, Twin Galaxies Referee and Guinness collecter of World Records. Donkey Kong and Q*bert will be the highlights of the Competition Kelly Tharp to play against Doris Self in Q*bert and Perry Rodgers to play against Gary Whelan on Galaxian and Steve Wiebe to try and make over 1 million points for the first time ever at a public venue. All World Records to be recognized by the 2007 Guinness Book of World Records. The contest roars on and high scores are dropping on by one! See the high score website updates from Apollo Amusements. Twin Galaxies reports new Guinness Book classic coin-operated video game champions to be inducted into the 2007 Guinness Book of World Records after their world record achievements. Link Galaxian - Gary Whelan --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Classic Video Game Championships Across America March 30, 2006 - Classic Gaming is making a Comeback? Between Robert T Mruczek's Bounties and Mark Alpiger's Bounties for World Records and the renewed interest in classic video games from new electronic phones and Ipods, along with some classic arcade competitions at Funspot in New Hamphire, and marathon competitions at Ground Kontrol in Oregon and Totally Amused Arcade, Texas, Challenge Arcade, Penn., as well as the California Extreme Expo which celebrates the coin-operated classic video games and pinball, it seems that interest in classic gaming is coming back into the forefront of gaming. News is starting to spread and a new video game classics competition is coming up at Apollo Amusements, Pompano Beach, Florida on April 6-9, 2006. World Records Set on Classic Arcade Games in at Apollo Competition in April to be submitted to the 2007 Guinness World Records Book. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Competitions Funspot Classic Games Central
Funspot Classic Video Game & Pinball Championship 2006 (June 1-4, 2006) The Funspot Classic Game Tournament, recognized as the largest and most famous classic videogame & pinball tournament in the world. Starts on Thursday, June 01, 2006 The End Date Sunday, June 04, 2006 Location: Weirs Beach, NH Weirs Beach, NH USA Funspot Amusements Route 3, P.O. Box 5428 Weirs Beach, NH 03247 Phone: (603) 366-4377 Fax: (603) 366-2077 Contact: Sandra Lawton Email: Mailing Address: PO Box 5428 Weirs, NH 03247-5428 Gary Vincent - General Manager --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Midwest Gaming Classic 2006 Midwest Gaming Classic (June 3-4, 2006) Link Event to be on June 3rd and 4th at the beautiful Olympia Resort and Conference Center in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin Starts on Saturday, June 03, 2006 End Date Sunday, June 04, 2006 Location: Oconomowoc, WI Oconomowoc, WI USA ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2006 Apollo Amusements Video Game Gunslingers Competiton (April 6-9, 2006) Event results to make it into the 2007 Guinness Book. Apollo Amusements Apollo Amusements 820 Andrews St. Pompano, Fl 33069 (877)352-7529 John Russo Classic Coin-Operated Video Game Gunslingers Fight for Listings in 2007 Guinness World Records Book at Apollo Amusements, Pompano Beach, Florida. The forthcoming 2007 Guinness World Records Book, which is introducing a Computer Games section to honor the achievements of the electronic gaming world. Link ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Ground Kontrol Arcade Ground Kontrol, a classic arcade in Northwest Ground Kontrol opened in Southwest in 1999. The current owners bought the business in 2003 and moved to Couch Street in 2004. Ground Kontrol is a 1980's retro coin-operated arcade in Portland, Oregon dedicated to preserving and enjoying video game history boasting with more than 75 classic arcade games and pinballs. In the original 12th Avenue building, the motif was set it up with an industrial, cold war feel: yellow and black hazard stripes, damaged printers and monitors, and the name spelled out with '70s-era computer lettering like on the bottom of a bank check. We're making it a little more fun by introducing some color and game graphic elements. Anthony Ramos Link The arcade started serving beer in May and has since added free live music, mostly electronic and 1980s, three nights a week. After five years of ownership, Ground Kontrol soon became ground zero for a budding 1980's coin-op nostalgia. Link High Score, an independent documentary partially shot at Ground Kontrol, follows Bill Carlton's quest to achieve the highest Missile Command score of all time. 'Ground Kontrol' takes gaming seriously, and will go out of their way to help an interested gamer set a record. Plus the staff genuinely appreciates video games. Ground Kontrol 511 NW Couch St. Portland, OR 97209 phone: (503)796-9364 USA Neil, manager and owner owners Anthony Ramos, Jeffrey McEachin -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Challenge Arcade Competition (March 17-19, 2006) The Challenge Arcade is located at the Berkshire Mall, 1665 State Hill Road, Wyomissing, PA 19610 (Reading area). Their phone number is 610-376-1650. Challenge Arcade 1665 State Hill Road Wyomissing, PA 19610 phone: (610)-376-1650 Owner: Joe LeVan, Manager: Johanna Levan USA The 2006 Classic Arcade Gaming (dot com) Tournament March 17-19, 2006, Challenge Arcade Classic Gaming Tournament in Reading, Pennsylvania Link
Winners of March 17-19, 2006 Contest: Link Prize Place Name Total Score Percentile Money Won --------- ------------ ----------- ---------- --------- 1st Place Brian Kuh 42 99.20% $200.00 2nd Place Donald Hayes 40 96.39% $100.00 3rd Place Bryan Wagner 39 77.08% $ 50.00
-------------------------------------------------------------------------- Totally Amused Arcade and Vidpin Amusements (December 2-4, 2005) Totally Amused Arcade in Humble, Texas becomes the arcade capital of the world Link A video game convention of superstars who were prominent back in the early 1980s is scheduled for Humble, TX, the weekend of December 2-4, 2005 Link Legends of the Golden Age meat at Totally Amused Arcade Link Totally Amused Arcade and Showroom Humble Plaza Shopping Center 19333 Hwy 59 N, Humble TX, 77338. Owner: Callan Hendricks of Totally Amused at (832) 347-6570. Vidpin Amusements Link Story Link -------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2006 California Extreme Classic Arcade Games Show (July 8-9, 2006) An annual celebration of coin operated pinball machines, video games and other novelties you once found in game arcades. It's two days that celebrate this exceptional entertainment medium, featuring tournaments, speakers, parts vendors, and an opportunity to play games you may have not seen for years. Link California Extreme July 8-9, 2006 Parkside Hall 180 Park Avenue San Jose, CA 95113 Email: USA -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Pinball: 2006 Pinball Tournaments Link ----------------------------------------------------------------------

2006 London vs Paris Video Game Classics Competition (Cancelled)

2006 CGE UK Video Game Classics Show (Cancelled) Link

The following is a great blow for the classic gaming world...

Breaking NEWS: Due to debt and demoralizing negativity from those who should know better, heroic CGEuk 2006 (CGEUK2K6) organizers Chris and Christine Millard have cancelled this years CGE UK event. Thus the high score challenge issued to the French appears to be dead in the Channel. Shame - how sweet would it be to beat the old enemy at Frogger. --------- cgeuk cancelled: Retro-Trader Forum And Online Arcade -> General Pages -> Retro Announcements -> Retro Fairs and Expo's Link --------- admin Posted: Dec 23 2005, 03:11 PM Administrator Link Group: Admin Posts: 122 Member No.: 1 Joined: 30-May 05 Thought I should update this thread, as most people know, Chris Millard decided for various reasons not to do a CGEUK show in 2006, the CGEUK 2006 show is cancelled. The forum was on still, but I noticed today he has actually taken the forum down also. This is a quote from the board, and are CGEUK.Coms words not mine - _______________________ "CGEUK has been taken offline. We may bring the show back for 2007 - it depends on how many people want it to continue along with us being able to recoup the money that we are owed from at least 4 people / organisations involved in the 2005 event who stiffed us, and left us severely out of pocket... We can still be e-mailed at our normal address..." ________________________ This is a great shame, as a sponser of the 2005 show, and as the first person to sign up to the original 2004 show, I know how much work we put into attending the shows, and also how much Chris and Christine also put into them, and whilst I dont know every detail of the problems they faced, one can only say, that it is a great shame this has happened, and wish them both the best for the future. Boyo is still looking at the Retro ball being held next year 2006. I can also say that before CGEUK 2004 was announced we had already been looking at doing a retro show, and had even gone as far as viewing several venues, with a show promotion and managment company we used to do the web sites for. We decided at that point in time not to go ahead as we had so much else on the go, and then CGEUK 2004 was announced anyway, so we signed up for that. With the introduction of the Retro-Bytes magazine, and the Retro-Soft mainstream games in 2006, it is a decision we may revisit early next year, so its not all over yet, in fact it is only just started ..... !! Regards to all, and a round of applause please also for Chris and Christine for the hard work they did put in, during 2004 / 2005. Thank you, "Chris Millard" and "Christine Millard" -------------------- Paul A -------------------- CGE-UK 2006 Event CANCELLED -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- London vs Paris The Classic Gaming Venue of CGE UK 2006 has been cancelled. London, England competes against Paris, France in 2006 CANCELLED London VS Paris signed Proclamation The Challenge CGEUK Challenge the French EventPublished: Tuesday 27th September, 2005 Link CGEUK Rallies British Gamers to Challenge France to 'London vs Paris' video game championship in summer 2006 Event Described as a "Video Game Championship to Settle a 650-year-old Rivalry" Croydon, London, U.K. - July 26, 2005 -Video game enthusiasts throughout Great Britain are gathering at the forthcoming 2005 Classic Gaming Expo-UK to sign a proclamation that challenges the gamers of France to a "London vs. Paris" gaming tournament planned for London during the summer of 2006. The event is described as a video game championship to "settle a 650-year-old rivalry." On Friday, August 12th, at 1:00 PM, the 8-foot tall proclamation, printed on vinyl, will be unveiled during a CGEUK press conference in Fairfield Hall, in the London suburb of Croydon. The actual signing of the petition will take place in Fairfield Hall the next day, Saturday, August 13th, during the course of the 2005 Classic Gaming Expo-UK. Gamers attending the CGEUK will be invited to sign this proclamation. "The 'London vs. Paris' event will be conducted in a spirit of fun and friendship," explains Chris & Christine Millard, co-founders of the CGEUK. "The difficult years of past Anglo-Franco conflicts," Chris Millard says, "are now long behind us and we can now use the fun and entertaining medium of the video game as a way to create positive cultural ties between our two nations." The contest will be conducted on 10 different games representing all eras of video game history, including maze games from the coin-op arcade era to modern console and PC titles. The event will be organized by the editorial staff of Twin Galaxies' Official Video Game & Pinball Book of World Records, the official record book for the worldwide electronic gaming industry ( The Classic Gaming Expo-UK, now in its second year, was founded by Chris and Christine Millard of London and is described as the UK's "foremost all-format retro gaming event." Attendees at the CGEUK will be able to play video game systems from all historical eras - from the oldest arcade coin-op classics, like Pac-Man, Donkey Kong and Frogger, to the greatest home systems, including the Atari 2600 and Commodore 64. The event can be found on the internet at Walter Day, editor of Twin Galaxies' book of world records will join CGEUK's Chris & Christine Millard in leading a contingent of players over to France to issue the challenge. Day says: "The completed proclamation will be hand-delivered to Paris on August 15th - the Monday following the CGEUK - where it will be turned over to members of the French video game industry who will work on developing a French team to travel to next year's Classic Gaming Expo-UK (2006) where the 'London vs Paris' tournament will be conducted." Also among the British entourage traveling to Paris will be Billy Mitchell, the American gamer who achieved history's first "perfect" game on Pac-Man and who was declared the "Player-of-the-Century" at the 1999 Tokyo Game Show. Mitchell, who is considered to be the world's most famous video game player, commissioned artists at his own expense to create the over-sized proclamation and the logo artwork used for the challenge. Mitchell says: "I congratulate Chris and Christine Millard for their bold creativity in using the CGEUK as a platform for initiating this positive interaction between France and England." Twin Galaxies' Walter Day, based in Fairfield, Iowa, USA, notes: "Its only fitting that we are delivering this proclamation on August 15th, Napoleon Bonaparte's 236th birthday. He liked challenges like this and he would have liked to have been here for this." -------------------- Twin Galaxies: -Poster #52: London vs. Paris Proclamation Where: CGEUK, Croydon, UK, August 13, 2005 How Many: 20 copies, individually numbered on lower front. Distributed: Yes, given away as free gifts via mail and at the CGEUK. Who Has #1: Chris Millard of the CGEUK Classic Gaming Expo UK organizer Availability: None Left Commissioned by: Billy Mitchell Designer: C.J. Hoose, Lady Mac, Fairfield, IA -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Gary Whelan (sandinista) Link Location: Manchester UK Posted: Sun Jul 24, 2005 3:11 pm Post subject: Galaxian High Score -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Yeah, Paul Drury asked how my attempt at the 1M was going, and if he could print my best score so far ... so I thought about it for a second, and then said yes . Still a way off target, but I haven`t given up hope yet Was my best score by a mile that one . Whatver my best score is come the end of the year, I`ll send it off to TG for verification . Looking forward to CGEUK now ! It`s so near .... GreyTop1, Barthax, are you two going ? See you there Al ! sandinista _________________ Galaxian Arcade World Record 399, 290 *AreYou ready for fame ? Yeah, I`m ready ! * -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Gary Whelan Medallion March 11, 2006 - High Score Story from England: Gary Whelan, the recognized Galaxian world champion, is making steady progress towards the elusive one million points high score bounty which will net him $1000.00 from Twin Galaxies. He has just broken over 800,000 and is continuing on his pilgrimage. However there are rumors of an unknown gamer from Sheffield who has accomplished a staggering 1.4 million. Aug 16, 2005 4:29 pm One thing which was a downer was that Gary Whelan (Sandanista) fell ill days before the 2005 CGEUK event and the Galaxian showdown never took place. Link Get well soon Gary!! ---------------------------------------- A forum regarding the CGEUK event Link ---------------------------------------- Previous News for CGE UK 2005 4/28/2005 Link ---------------------------------------- Retro Gamer Picture from 2004 CGE UK Event Retro Gamer editor talks CGE UK Ellie Gibson 15:01 28/04/2005 Martyn Carroll discusses plans for classic gaming event As the full line-up of special guests for this year's Classic Gaming Expo (CGE UK) is announced, Retro Gamer editor Martyn Carroll has revealed details of sponsorship plans for the event. Retro Gamer Forums Link Speaking to, Caroll said that the magazine is delighted to sponsor CGE UK for the second year running. "I think that the event is important in that it brings together all corners of the retro community. Retro shows are certainly not a new thing, but in the past they've tended to concentrate on specific formats. "CGE UK, on the other hand, covers everything related to retro gaming, from computers and consoles to arcade machines and pinball tables." As part of the sponsorship deal, Retro Gamer will host a stand running special promotions throughout the day. "There will be a number of classic arcade machines on our stand, and we'll be offering prizes to gamers who register the highest scores," said Carroll. "We'll also have a collection of rare retro hardware on display," he added. CGE UK organizer Chris Millard recently announced the line-up of special guests booked to attend the expo, which includes Jet Set Willy creator Matthew Smith, ex-Bullfrog employee Andy Nuttall, legendary developer and collector Archer MacLean and Simon Butler and Mark Jones of Ocean Software. In addition, Galaxians world record holder Gary Whelan will attempt to beat his own record at the event. "Matthew Smith stole the show last year, and it's great that he'll be returning," Carroll commented. "However, I'm particularly looking forward to seeing Archer MacLean's private coin-op collection. He'll be bringing along several machines, all of which have been lovingly restored to their former glory." The Retro Gamer editor went on to say he was keen to attend the Q&A session with Butler and Jones. "It should also be very revealing, as Ocean really was the EA of its day," he said. Published by Cheshire-based firm Live Publishing, Retro Gamer is the UK's only newsstand retro magazine. It proved an instant hit with classic gaming fans when it launched at the end of 2003, with copies of the sold-out first issue changing hands for more than £80 on eBay. Other confirmed CGE UK attendees include, Cronosoft, and gamesTM. The event will take place in Croydon's Fairfield Halls on Saturday August 13, 2005 More information is available at Classic Gaming Expo UK "Retro Player" the official magazine of Classic Gaming Expo UK was launched at the event on August 13th. If you were fortunate enough to have come to CGEUK ... If you were fortunate enough to have come to CGEUK on the day, then you should have got your copy already! However, if you missed CGEUK, OR would like an extra copy or two, you can buy them directly from us for just £1.99 (cover price £4.99) INCLUSIVE of P&P within the UK. This 68 page magazine has various articles, features, coverage of the CGEUK 2004 PLUS details of this years exhibitors. AND Chris & Chris (the event organizers) will even sign it for you if you wish! ------------------------------------ 06-09-2005: LIVE PUBLISHING / RETRO GAMER: I understand that LIVE PUBLISHING, he company behind RETRO GAMER has gone into recievership. If this is true, the Issue 18 will be the last published issue. This may explain why they cancelled their stand at CGE UK 2005 at such short notice. 1-1-2006 (RG) RETRO GAMER NEW OWNERSHIP is now back in business. Retro Gamer Magazine is Back for 2006! ------------------------------------ The event was originally going to be part of Gamestars Live, however when the Gamestars event went under it looked like 2005 would be a year without a UK Classic Gaming Expo. Link ------------------------------------ Console Passion, A CGE UK 2005 Report Link ------------------------------------ CGEUK Venue for Q*bert Record Attempt (Qbert) Classics Coin-Operated Event August 5, 2005 80 year-old Florida lady, Doris Self. ----------------------------------- Doris Self at age 80 CGEUK Contet August 13, 2005 London England Beautiful Croydon in the South East of England this year plays host to the UK's Classic Gaming Expo. Amongst the retail parks and office blocks, misty-eyed gamers will gather for a dose electronic nostalgia. This is one of those 'heartwarming' news items, for the Expo will be the stage on which one of the worldwide community's maturist members will try to reclaim her world title. 80 year-old Doris Self first tried her hand at video games some 22 years ago, shortly after the death of her husband. Trying her hand at a Q*bert machine in a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant, the then 58 year-old Plantation, Florida resident quickly became addicted. And it wasn't long before she joined teenagers at the arcade, ten minutes walk from her home, frequently pulled All-nighters, and not returning home until seven in the morning. Mrs. Self is no fan of newer video games: "I've tried quite a few. I don't care for the newer, modern games at all, but I do play a few of the classics because I got started on them. I always end up going back to Q*bert." After becoming world champion at her favored, pyramid-coloring discipline, Doris' world record was beaten a year late in 1985. But she continued to hold the record for the oldest video games champ, until a young whippersnapper - a 72 year-old man from New Hampshire - snaffled her title with a Depth Charge hi-score. Spending a few years in the wilderness, playing poker and craps, she was persuaded by gaming friends to have a shot at reclaiming her title. After training hard on a borrowed arcade machine, from Billy Mitchell, Mr. perfect pacman player, she's flying into England next week to make at attempt at a target of 1.8 million points (her own record set back in 1984 was a mere 1,112,300 points). She failed in her last attempt at the Weirs Beach, NH competition, but is supported in her quest by Billy Mitchell, the man who is the best known classic gamer because of his achievement at a 'perfect' score on Pac-Man. The UK Expo - and Doris Self's record Q*bert attempt - takes place on August 13, 2005. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1-1-2006 Doris Self did not beat the world record but in recent news, she is in for a showdown with the number five best Q*bert player in the world. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kelly Tharp Q*bert Marathon at Challenge Arcade Author Topic: Launch Pad Productions Link LJM Kelly Tharp, Q*bert Champion dethrowns Classic Guiness Book Player Jeff Peters Kelly playing his wr marathon... Launch Pad Productions « on: March 09, 2006, 05:34:06 PM » -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Launchpad Productions Ed Cunningham of Launch Pad Productions has offered to send me to Florida to do a 5 man Q*bert contest against Doris Self,for an upcoming film about classic arcade gaming. There are also going to be 4 other titles Galaxian,and Q*bert for sure. He is flying in the top Galaxian player, Gary Whelan, from the UK to battle against a player from the states. At first I was not going to do it, how could i win? If i won people would say how could you beat an 80 year old lady? If i won "how could you do that to such a sweet lady? But I think I just might do it. It would probably be fun;and I have not been in any movies in a while so, why not? Anyway I will post more info as it becomes available. Kelly -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kelly Tharp High Scores: WR holder Tapper 9,437,400 Jungle Hunt 521,620,Mousetrap 18,000,000 Q*bert 19,941,000 burgertime 3,800,000 Battlezone 1.1 million robotron 2084 27,000,000 have finished: Crystal Castles,Galaga,Kick Man,Pac Man Paperboy,dragonslair1&2 Space ace,cliffhanger, and Marble Madness -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Will Kelly Tharp be compared to Billy Mitchell, Donald Hayes, Jeff Peters and Phil Britt when his Multiple Marathon attempts are through. Only time will tell. So far there is the Tapper and Q*bert marathons and next on the long list is Mousetrap. And he always comes through with excellent marathon scores. Kelly Tharp has already won his way into the gaming history books by taking the Tapper Marathon crown on December 4th in Humble, Texas during the highly-acclaimed "Legends of the Golden Age" classic gamers reunion at Totally Amused Arcade. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Mousetrap Link « on: February 10, 2006, 07:00:18 PM » -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kelly Tharp: To let everyone know I purchased a mousetrap machine today,and I'am having it shipped to Challenge Arcade. I'am going to marathoon it at the contest,or sometime after depending on the situation at the time of the contest. Part of me wants to play the contest and beat Donald Hays;but I have been wanting to do a Marathon on mousetrap for sometime. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Mark Alpiger MDARULZ cag superfan Link Mark encourages people to try for his bounties... Re: Launch Pad Productions « Reply #1 on: March 10, 2006, 11:20:04 AM » -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I just heard from Dwayne Richard last night, and this Florida event (near Ft. Lauderdale) is actually going to be a contest, of sorts. I don't know if it's a true tournament (where overall results on certain games count), or if it's going to be like the Master's Tourney, and you just pick the games that you want to play, and submit a good score on. In any case, like the Houston event last December, this is going to be at a 'showroom' type of location, and games in addition to the ones already there will be brought in. Now, the interesting thing is, the results will be submitted for publication in the 2007 Guinness book, so, getting video game scores back in there, where they belong, is great. Note that Guinness was previously in the news on the TG site back in December, I think (tho the date is now more recent), in regard to their 2006 edition. Dwayne Richard Dwayne Richard said that Crystal Castles, Dig Dug, and more, would be there, and that Billy Mitchell and Chris Ayra (who both live in the area) would also appear (oh, and Dwayne's coming too). He confirmed what Kelly related above, so, in addition to Kelly and Doris competing on Q*bert, Gary Whelan will go against Perry Rodgers on Galaxian, which is great, since it didn't happen during the England event last August, due to Gary being ill. Well, I'm tentatively thinking about going, even with it happening a mere three weeks after my PA tournament, and less than two months before Funspot. Oh, and as I told Kelly, don't think about Doris and her sex or her age. Play your game, do your best, and 'nuke' her, if that's your best result. To sweeten the pot, as I did when Kelly tried the Q*bert marathon last month, I'll again offer (to Kelly only, during this event only) some bounties. Specifically, I'll give him $100 if he can top the current 5-man wr of 2,222,220 points on one-man only. I'll also offer another $100 to him if he can get at least 5 million points using 5 men, or less. So, let's hope that will give him a little added incentive, and, perhaps Billy Mitchell will give Doris some incentive, too. After all, bribes (and, I don't mean just money - a promise of a nice dinner would be a nifty perk) can never hurt when one is working towards a goal. Well, that sums up what I know for now. If I go, I'll be sure to cover it in full, for CAGDC (Classic Arcade Gaming (dot com)). -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- MDARULZ - Mark Alpiger Post on Mark encourages people to try for his bounties... Re: Reading, Pennsylvania « Reply #10 on: March 19, 2006, 10:41:46 PM » Link Challenge Arcade Competition Link The Challenge Arcade Competition Results !! The four money places (with amounts shown) are as follows: Brian Kuh came in first (score: 42, prize: $200), Donald Hayes placed second (score: 40, prize: $100), Bryan Wagner came in third (score: 39, prize: $50), and Frank Lupia rounded things out at fourth (score: 36, prize: $25). The scoring system breakdown, along with the rules, will be detailed on the aforementioned 'another posting'. Some of the contest scoring highlights were: Kelly Tharp topping Crystal Castles at 795,374, Brian Kuh logging 1,210,020 on Road Runner, Bryan Wagner's Dragon's Lair triumph of 373,508 (probable new wr, due to a glitch on the current TG high score), Donald Haye's new CAGDC wr (contest rules - one hour play time limit) of 216,900 on Frogger, and also a great Ms. Pac-Man score (again, contest rules) of 191,900, plus Donald's wr score on my favorite, The Glob, at 118,150. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I would like to point out that the CGE-UK 2005 is the only remaining England non-industry computer show that is still going ahead this year; all other shows have been cancelled) Link There is a Back in Time and Retrovision this year too :-) ----------------------------------- Retro expo to go ahead despite Game Zone cancellation Link Ellie Gibson 14:52 19/04/2005 ----------------------------------- Chris Millard explains why and tells us what makes classic gaming so popular What with the recent cancellation of ECTS, GDCE and SCoRE, the UK games industry's event calendar has been looking empty of late - but an announcement today reveals that the Classic Gaming Expo is still taking place. CGEUK was previously down to host the 'Retro Zone' at this year's Game Zone Live, but since that event was also cancelled the future had been in doubt. However, it turned out there was plenty of support for a standalone show, as CGEUK organiser Chris Millard told "We held the first Classic Gaming Expo last year, and it proved very popular. GZL approached us to do Retro Zone because we'd done a better job of exhibiting classic games than they had," he said. "When we heard that GZL was cancelled, we approached all our exhibitors and supporters with the idea of doing our own separate event and the response was overwhelming. "Every single one said they still wanted to be involved, and were prepared to move their schedules around to fit the new date," Millard continued. "Even our special guests rearranged their schedules for us." CGEUK will now be held on Saturday August 13, when classic gaming fans can visit the Fairfield Halls in Croydon to see consoles, computers, arcade machines and pinball tables dating from the seventies right through to the nineties. Gamers will get to go head-to-head on classic machines, competing at games such Outrun, Space Invaders and Pac-Man. There will also be competitions for gamers with disabilities - these are being organised in conjunction with OneSwitch, which manufactures and imports products for disabled gamers. Coin-Operated Games Competition Winners Left to Right Walter Day, Shawn Cram, ?, Donald Hayes, Nick Hutt, Billy Mitchell Here is a Twin Galaxies poster commemorating this event. Link (CGEUK) Crowning The Classic Video Game Champions Donald Hayes was made USA player of the year by Twin Galaxies in 2005 and runs right through the European Competition. He is unstopable. Link 8/28/2005 Donald Hayes is Player-of-the-Year Wins "European Championship" and scores "Perfect" Pac-Man Donald Hayes Designated Gamer of the Year for 2004-2005 Link Donald Hayes, Winner of the CGEUK Competition in 2005 "Perfect" Pac-Man score and "European Championship" are latest Successes After Donald Hayes won the recent "European Championship" held in London at the 2005 Classic Gaming Expo - UK, there was little doubt that Hayes was the dominant leader in the growing worldwide classic gaming hobby. And, his European victory may be considered by some to be a minor feather in his cap when compared to his recent "perfect" game on Pac-Man In addition to winning the recent "Crowning the Classic Video Game Champions of European" event, Hayes has also captured the world title on Millipede and Frogger during the last 12 months, bringing his gold medal total to eight concurrent world titles. During that time, however, his Tron world record was eclipsed by David Cruz. But, Hayes says: "I am focusing on Tron again with the intent to win back the title." Special guests at the show will include Matthew Smith of Manic Miner fame, Andy Nuttall and some of his Bullfrog colleagues, plus Ocean Software staff. Archer Maclean will also be there to show off some arcade machines from his private collection. When asked why there's still so much interest in classic gaming, Millard replied: "It's difficult to say... There are a lot of different answers. "But overall, the simplicity of the games has a lot to do with it - the games are a lot more playable than some of the stuff that's out there now." And retro gaming doesn't just appeal to older gamers, apparently. "When we first started taking classic games to events, kids were going straight for our machines. Rather than the newer consoles, they wanted to try out the Atari 2600s and the BBC Acorns," said Millard. "For kids, it's fascination because they've never seen the technology before. For the 30-plus adults, it brings back memories and evokes a lot of nostalgia." There are a limited number of stands left at this year's CGEUK - anyone wishing to exhibit should email Millard at Tickets will go on sale shortly from the official CGEUK website. ----------------------------------- Game Zone Live cancelled Link April 3 2005, 07:50 PM Game Zone Live cancelled as key exhibitors drop out Rob Fahey 13:17 31/03/2005 UK consumer games show Game Zone Live has been cancelled after failing to attract key companies including Sony, Microsoft and Electronic Arts, but trade show EGN will go ahead in a different venue, ELSPA has pledged. Game Zone Live, which was known as Game Stars Live last year, was due to run in the giant ExCeL exhibition space in London's Docklands district in early September, and was to be supported by a new television series about videogames. However, a lack of support from platform holders Sony and Microsoft - despite both of them having new consoles emerging this year - and top publisher Electronic Arts has meant that the show is unable to go ahead. This has left trade event EGN in a difficult situation - the event last year ran alongside Game Stars Live, and the combined consumer and trade event was widely hailed as a success. However, despite the collapse of Game Zone Live, British publisher association ELSPA has pledged to go ahead with the EGN event at a different venue, and says that it remains committed to running a trade event in September. "The cancellation of GameZone Live has no impact on the future of EGN, aside from the location," an ELSPA spokesperson told this afternoon . "The feedback from last year’s inaugural event was incredibly positive and ELSPA is looking forward to building on a successful launch." "The UK is the gateway the European market and we intend to maintain a strong industry-facing event in London this year," he continued, "specific details of which we’ll be announcing shortly." ----------------------------------- Retro Mart Link What? You were not there? You missed one of the best shows ever! Shaun reports from the Classic Gaming Expo... It all started as an idea, and the man behind that it was Chris Millard. He wanted to bring the Classic Gaming Expos, which are regular events in the USA, over here to the UK, and he set about planning it. The time, it seemed, was perfect for such an event. It is Micro Mart however who can lay claim to helping such an event come about in the first place, as this publication started this column and allowed an extensive retro feature area at both of the Micro Mart Computer Fairs to date. The CGE UK however was bigger and better than anything else. ------------------------------------ 4-4-2005 Link Meet your childhood gaming heroes! Meet your childhood heroes! The Guys who founded computer gaming in the UK! CGEUK 2005 is looking very good thanks to an awesome line up of names that kick started computer gamin in the UK… Held at Fairfield Halls, Croydon on Saturday 13th August 2005, the Classic Gaming Expo has some very special guests this year, as well as plenty of stalls with something of interest for anyone into gaming. Among the notables turning up on the day you’ve got : Matthew Smith, responsible for the classics Manic Miner and Jet Set Willy - back in the day of the humble ZX Spectrum. Archer MacLean, rightly credited with some of the finest software on the Commodore 64, including Drop Zone, International Karate and IK+ Archer also coded the superb Jimmy White's Whirlwind Snooker for the Amiga and other 16-bit platforms. More recently, MacLean has been working on Sony's PSP and is credited with the radical game Mercury for the hand-held beast. He'll be bringing part of his private collection of arcade machines along with him too! Andy Nuttall, famed for his writing on the magazines Amiga Format and The One as his work at Bullfrog. During his time at Bullfrog, Nuttall worked on many games that will be instantly recognisable to many retro gamers, including the classics Populous 3, Theme Park and Theme Hospital. Simon Butler & Mark Jones, these guys worked on some of Ocean’s finest big-budget games for many 8 and 16-bit machines during the 80s and 90s. Butler's worked on the games Hunchback, The Never Ending Story and the joystick-destroying Combat School whilst Jones is credited with work on the ZX Spectrum versions of Wizball, Gryzor Vindicator. The Shaw Brothers, between 1985 and 1992 these guys produced no less than 40 different games released through many software publishers at the time, and some of which also ended up on magazine cover tapes such as Sinclair User and Your Sinclair. Jonathan Cauldwell was responsible for many games for the ZX Spectrum during the early 90s and has recently produced some technical marvels in more recent times for the platform, including the superlative platform/puzzler Higgledy Piggledy and game creation kit Platform Game Designer. And finally, Gary Whelan, who is the current world record holder for the highest score of Galaxian. He is attempting to beat his own world record during the day. And if that weren’t enough, there’s even a chance to win a MAME arcade machine that will be built throughout the day! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tony TT (Tony Temple) (Missile Command Champion), from England will not be able to make it to United States for the Dodge City Video Game Showdown. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- David Nelson - 2005 Player of the Year bernard (David Nelson) Link Senior Referee Location: Derry, NH Posted: Mon April 03, 2006 1:15 am Post subject: truly outrageous -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hey Tony, Outstanding performace on an extremely difficult and relentless game. I am in awe of your incredible accomplishment in getting a phenomenal new world record on what is one of the most coveted classic games to own the record on. Nice job. How about joining us at this summer's Funspot tournament so we can all congratulate you in person and maybe witness some of your amazing skill in action! _________________ -David Nelson : New England captain US National Video Game Team -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To see some local dates of USA Classic Gaming Expo click here. The CGE2K5 USA Auction was quite a success. To see the auctioned off items click here.

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Paul Dean, Frenzy Champion December 4, 2005 Paul Dean named All Star Marathon crown on December 4th in Humble, Texas during the highly-acclaimed "Legends of the Golden Age" classic gamers reunion. The 'Legends of the Golden Age' tournament held in Houston, Texas, in December of last year saw several long standing records broken, but perhaps the most apt was Paul Dean's marathon game on Frenzy, Stern's follow-up to Berzerk. Paul suffers from Sciatica, which meant he had to spend the vast majority of the 41 hours on his feat. (Paul Drury - Writer - Retro Gamer - Breathing new life into Classic Games.) (REtro Gamer Cover - Bio-Mechanical... Beautiful... Deadly... R-Type the complete lowdown.) (Sonic the Hedgehog and R-Type) (Retro Gamer #21) RETRO GAMER Magazine Issue 21 RG reached issue 18 towards the end of 2005 and ceased production. Imagine Publishing took over the magazine, and this is the third issue of the relaunched title, #21 ISSUE 21 - Retro Gamer (R-Type) Cover RETROGAMER (IP retro gamer mags) Retro Gamer R-Type Issue Number 21 -------------------- At it's height 40 percent of the population was gaming and now it is at only 15 percent, so what happened? The local arcade disappeared, Pop culture was redefined and then it went splat in your face blood and gore. Games are now very complicated and time consuming and no longer the quick fix of the 80's three minutes of bliss for a quarter. When we get back to the basics of good games that are simplistic yet interesting and hard to master without all the hype and bells and whisles those players from yesteryear will return. Just look at the big boom of handhelds with yesterdays classics and the new found popularity. Get rid of the bleed and that of piggybacking on the lastest thrill and get back to the basics of making games that are fun to play and easy to participate in without having to be a PHD in gaming to play the thing.

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