Tron High-Score Derezzed Once Again!

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.

New Tron World Record Score!

Another record shattering High-Score has filtered in by way of Twin Galaxies and this time it is Donald Hayes who has proven his merit on the Game Grid appropriately with Tron, scoring an impressive 9,120,000…and only using one life to do so! I think Kevin Flynn himself said it best with, “It’s all in the wrists.”

Until December 11th the previous owner of the Tron champion title was David Cruz with a score of 7,148,220 back in 2006. Twin Galaxies has posted an interview with Donald at the link above but here is a small excerpt:

TG: What’s your history with Tron? Can you take us through everything leading up to the new record?

DH: “Tron has always been one of my favorite games going back to the early 80s. When my local arcade first got Tron back when I was in high school, it didn’t take me long to figure it out and I broke 1M for the first time in December of 1982. I clearly remember reading a magazine back then which listed the world record at around 800K, so I guess I unofficially had the world record at that time.

My next big experience with Tron happened at the Funspot tournament of 2001. During the event, I scored my personal best of 4.58M and was recognized as the new world record holder. In 2005, David Cruz pushed the bar higher by scoring over 6.7M, and then over 7.1M soon after that.”

I would also like to add that Donald is wearing an awesome Space Fury t-shirt!