Obviously as I have the good fortune to work at an arcade during the week, you would understand why I would be interested in learning about a Galaga World Championship, right? I think you would be as well since Namco’s 1981 space shooter belongs in the top ten list of classic arcade games. Somehow however the fact that a Galaga World Championship was going down in a competition called Score Wars – hosted by Meow Wolf – totally passed by my retrogaming radar!
Score Wars was held in Santa Fe, New Mexico from March 29th until April 1st. Santa Fe being the home base of Meow Wolf, a group consisting of over 200 artist that create and present interactive as well as immersive experiences. Like 2016’s House of Eternal Return which had a hand in being brought to life thanks to none other than George R.R. Martin of Wildcards and Game of Thrones fame. The art experience as described on Meow Wolf’s official site reads:
“…where guests discover a multidimensional mystery house with secret passages, portals to magical worlds, climbing apparatus, and surreal, maximalist & mesmerizing art exhibits along with a children’s learning center, top ten in the U.S. music venue and cafe area.”
[Via] Meow Wolf
I think you will agree that looks like all kinds of awesome fun and you might see why Meow Wolf is branching out to both Las Vegas and Denver. This year though marked the first outing for Score Wars, which as I’ve already said was sponsored by Meow Wolf and took place in an area of their headquarters. The point being to invite the World’s best Galaga players to see who would be the best of the best during a four day event that was live-streamed through Twitch. In addition they also had tournaments for Track & Field, Centipede, Asteroids and even 1982’s Nibbler. For that last arcade classic title they had Tim McVey in attendance where he shattered his previous World Record score of 1,781,630 points – delivering a whopping 6,447,590 points. If you have not had the pleasure of playing Nibbler before you can check it out in action thanks to this YouTube video from Old Classic Retro Gaming.
Best of all, Meow Wolf has graciously provided over 6 hours of the archived live stream. FAIR WARNING: I have not watched all of the event as of yet so I’m not sure if language becomes an issue – although I doubt it will be – still better safe than sorry.