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.
Just a few weeks back I reported how Steve Weibe had reclaimed the highly coveted High-Score spot from Billy Mitchell who had reclaimed it from Hank Chien…well, on Dec. 10th it was reported by Twin Galaxies that Chien has yet again nailed the top spot with an additional 3,500 more points for a total of 1,068,000.
From the official interview by Twin Galaxies,
“TG: First off, Hank, congratulations on reclaiming the title belt. How does it feel to get it, lose it to Billy Mitchell, only to have that beaten by Steve Wiebe, and then reclaim it? Was it harder this time?
HC: Thank you! I was obviously very excited to claim the title the first time. However, I knew it was only a matter of time before Billy Mitchell or Steve Wiebe reclaimed it. However I did not expect it to happen on my birthday! Yes, Billy Mitchell’s score was announced on my birthday. I also knew Steve Wiebe was trying over the summer but heard he was having some vertigo issues. When the summer was over, I thought the vertigo had gotten the best of him and was surprised when it was announced in September. I knew the score was still within my reach. Although I was excited to reclaim it, nothing beats the first time! Of course it was harder this time, however I have gotten better since last time so relatively speaking it was a bit easier.”
There is some even more exciting news coming out from Twin Galaxies…but I will leave that until another posting later. A big thanks to Twin Galaxies for the heads up as well as the photo seen above.
The High-Score information just keeps on rolling in from over at Twin Galaxies and this time the 25 year old Joust High Score held by James Vollandt has been tilted off its ostrich mount by John McAllister with a score of 107,301,150, who played the game for over 50 hours. James Vollandt held the title with a score of 107,216,700 points…so it was a close one to be sure. Pictured below thanks to Video Games Blogger.com is McAllister when he broke the Asteroids world record in April of 2010.
John McAllister also holds the #1 spot at Twin Galaxies on the following arcade titles:
Asteroids Deluxe 3,333,360
Cloak & Dagger 1,497,744
Lost Tomb 1,384,810
Robotron 2084 (Tournament) 1,236,950
Star Castle Easy Chip 10,001,110
Hard Chip 29,800
Super Sprint 17,020
Make sure to follow the link above and read the interview by McAllister and referee Stephen Boyer!
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!
Somehow this High-Score breaking news slipped past me, I must have been too busy quashing the Grid Bug infestation in the right hand columns to notice. But thankfully Patrick Scott Patterson of the Examiner had keener eyes. A huge thanks to the Examiner of course for the heads up on this information as well as the photo posted below.
On New Year’s Eve it is was announced by Twin Galaxies that the then world record score of 3,275,720 held by Phil Day since 2009 had been bested by its previous holder, Andrew Laidlaw of Washington State, with a total score of 4,525,150. The Examiner reports that the settings for the Galaga machine allowed only a maximum number of 5 ships in total for the entire time of playtime of the classic Midway game. The two world holders have apparently become friends since Day took Laidlaw’s original top spot. In an interview the world record holder stated:
“Phil and I were in regular contact while he was chasing my previous record,” Laidlaw said. “I offered any tips I thought I could and he in turn sent me a disc of his game play. Our rivalry is very much enjoyed by both.”
The Examiner also reports that Phil Day has retried from Galaga competition and “I have to admit, I didn’t think he was going to beat it with such a huge score, and it is a huge, huge score, which I think is great,” Day said. “These old games need to be pushed to the limit, and Andrew is doing just that.”