First of all a big thanks once again to Twin Galaxies for the heads up on the Tron High-Score crown being handed back to David Cruz, just a week after it was claimed by Donald Hayes! David racked up an incredible score of 11,125,999 points, which took him 16 and 1/2 hours to pull off in a Herculean marathon session. Anyone who has had the privilege of watching the documentary, High-Score, will remember the pain of aging arcade machines throwing a wrench into marathon plays, David himself suffered such a fate as told below from the Twin Galaxies site:
“According to Cruz, he had previously attempted to break the score during a special ‘TRON Off’ tournament alongside Donald Hayes at a Richie Knucklez arcade event a week earlier, but was thwarted by an unfortunate run of cabinet malfunctions.
“The timing of when this was done had a lot to do with Donald’s score; that and the fact that I was not able to properly defend my record due to a faulty machine also made this my top priority,” recalls Cruz.
Touching more on his back and forth with Hayes, Cruz adds: “I don’t know if I would actually call it a rivalry since Donald has so many records. Donald always said that he would take the record back, and he did. We both have proven that we can play for a long time on this game.”
I’m not sure about you all, but when I get digitized again and sent to the Game Grid I think I want David Cruz and Donald Hayes on my side.