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Join Us at Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show!

northwest-pinball-and-arcade-show-2014Join us at Northwest Pinball and Arcade show, June 6-9 at the Tacoma Convention Center in Tacoma, Washington for fun, games and friendly competition.

Once again, Video Game Scoreboard will be in attendance to verify world records on a number of arcade games. We will also be continuing the 1-Life Challenge we started earlier this year.

Similar to the Gamer of the month challenge we did last year, this year we have a number of new games set up for a new 1-Life Challenge. The challenge is: how high of a score can you get on your first life in these specific games.

The first of a series of these contests happened with Star Worlds Arcade at Midwest Gaming Classic and the second live contest will be at Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show.

The games for the challenge are: Frogger, Galaga, Ms Pac-man, Robotron, Centipede and Donkey Kong.

After Northwest Pinball and Arcade we will be opening the contest to everyone for normal submissions as well as at future live events.

This 1- Life Challenge will be a year long event with the top winners named in January 2015. Winners of each individual competition will be announced as well, then ranked against the other competitions.

We look forward to seeing you at Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show!

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The Neighborhood Arcade Network Update – Star Worlds Arcade

neighborhood-arcade-updateWhen on the east side of town, no need to take the bus when we have Rush! Atari’s San Francisco RUSH 2049 has hit the floor hereat Star Worlds Arcade. I have been a big fan of the RUSH franchise as it has evolved. Strap yourself in and get ready for a bitchin’, radical, futuristic road race! Insert your tokens and create your profile using the on-board numeric keypad. This feature lets the player create and store his or her own profile/stats. The driver can also earn coins that unlock upgrades to your cars and tracks. One has to love the old school modem connect sounds as your logging in <smiles>.

Atari spared no expense with its smooth flowing graphics and thumping audio sound system! The game features very aggressive, progressive, futuristic music tracks, letting the player select the volume level of the music by tapping the music button. The driver has several views to choose when racing on many tracks. Like every San Francisco RUSH in the series, there are hidden Easter eggs as you fly by at warp speeds to earn coins, and shortcuts on the track. The programers did a fantastic job with this one, and I am sure players will keep returning to play.

Atari has come a long way since Pole Position, that is for sure. Atari has always been a major leader when it comes to driving games in the coin-op industry. Grand titles like Championship Sprint, Badlands, Super Sprint, Road Blasters, Stun Runner, Pole Position, Hard Driven’, Race Driven’, and Radical Bikers in the 80’s and 90’s. Back in the 70’s, they had many successful titles like the Sprint series, the Grand Track series, Night Driver, Le Mans, and several others.

rush-2049As a little kid, I remember seeing the black and white driving games at places like Old Chicago in Bolingbrook, IL, as well at the famous Kiddie Land Amusement Park in Melrose Park, IL. In the 80’s, I was lucky to hang out at the penny arcade that was in downtown Wisconsin Dells. The operator of the games often tossed tons of older games in the back of the arcade as long as they were still working. Hardly anyone played those games; they would rather stand in line to get on 1 of 10 Ms. Pac-Man or Donkey Kong machines (LOL). It was nice to be tall enough to finally try out the 70’s drivers.

I purchased my first driving game back in 1985, the year that Star Worlds Arcade opened. It was this beat up Atari Le Mans machine. I did a lot of clean up and some repairs. I got it up and going not really even thinking the game was 9 years old at that point. The craziness started the first night I launched the title to the gamers. Two girls named Bonnie and Jessica came in with driving gloves on and pretty much told every guy in the arcade that when it was all said and done they would win over everyone! They added the rule that two people could drive, one steering, and the other shifting. For weeks, Le Mans was my number one token earning game in the arcade. Their bark and bite were for real too. They held the top score and if beaten would come right in and take it back! Pole Position II would be the next Atari driver I would buy. I think my Mom about wanted to kill me when she saw what I had spent on a used machine. She quickly realized I knew what I was doing when the machine was a top earner.

We eventually had 6 of them between the arcade and my customer route, both upright and sit down cabinets. Star Worlds still has one upright and one sit down in its collection today. Jumping into the Rush seat and taking Blinky for a ride….

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Troubles Plague Marathon Attempt

nibbler_000A marathon run on the classic arcade game, Nibbler, was held Dec. 26, 2013 at Star Worlds Arcade with Mitchell Meerman at the helm competing for first place. The run was to raise funds for TAP – UIUC Champaign Urbana.

The run started at 7 a.m. but failed a few hours later when the machine was accidentally reset.  Not willing to give up, the marathon attempt restarted after 3 p.m.

Unfortunately, the time lost from the first run was a toll on Mitchell and his marathon run ended with 251,169,160 after twelve hours of play.  Factor in that he had another 7 hours before that and it’s an impressive feat and deserving of being added to our list of scores.

While he didn’t make the world record spot he was hoping for, the score does put him in the top 10 scores* of all time on Nibbler Marathons.  The current world record depending on which site you use is either Tim McVey with Twin Galaxies and 1,041,767,060 points or Elijah Hayter on Aurcade with 1,042,774,470.


*Exact score place is 6th place based on research to compile the top 10 Nibbler Marathon scores found here.

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Defending Earth From Alien Attacks

Billy Joe Cain playing Defender at Star Worlds Arcade Summer Sizzle Event.

Billy Joe Cain playing Defender at Star Worlds Arcade Summer Sizzle Event.

Billy Joe Cain, who won the Texas Defender Championships in 1982, proved he could still defend earth from alien invaders at the  Star World’s Arcade Summer Sizzle event Aug. 3.

Billy set a number of unique records on Defender at the event, including the following:

As part of the Classic Crazy Challenge, Billy set an initial score of 134,600 points on the first life, but eventually upped that score, ending with 144,750 points on his first life.  Players in the Classic Crazy Challenge were asked to submit their highest score set on the first life of play.  Many players, Billy included, kept trying over and over to up their score before they finally submitted their top score.

Billy also set two records on the same game.  The first record he set was Fastest Time to 1 Million Points, which he achieved in 50 minutes and 12 seconds.  He then continued playing from there to see how many points he could achieve in an hour of play.  His final score after an hour was 1,251,750.

Not satisfied to end his run there, Billy also played a round of Stargate on Industry Standard Tournament Settings.  While he didn’t set a world record with that run, he did score high enough to place fourth on those tournament settings, with a score of 130,425.

Billy, center, with his son Matthew, in the Classic Crazy Challenge room.

Billy, center, with his son Matthew, in the Classic Crazy Challenge room.

Billy’s son, Matthew Cain, also participated in setting records, playing on the 3-player settings on Stargate and setting a score of 54,750.

Congratulations to both Billy and Matthew for the records set at the Star Worlds Arcade Summer Sizzle Event.


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Accepting Submissions for All Systems/Devices/Games


We are pleased to announce that we will be accepting submissions on any system and any game starting today.

We have received several requests for us to add other consoles to our site and we are working towards that. At this point, we will be adding systems and games as players submit their scores to us. So if you have a score on Joust for the Atari 2600, send it to us. We’ll add the system to the list of systems we’re tracking and add the variation recorded on and go from there.

To help expedite the process, you are encouraged to submit the variations/system prior to submitting your score, to our request for variations forum, found here: If you choose not to create a post on the forum requesting the system, game and variation, you must provide the requested game variation including but not limited to rules, settings, etc. with your video submission. This should be included in the spreadsheet sent in with the video submission. We would also like to note that we reserve the right to reject a new game/variation dependent upon a joint consensus of staff in regards to the variation.

We have recently added tracking for Intellivision, Android systems, Atari 7800, NES and other systems through player submissions.

If you have any questions, please visit our forums and ask them there, or email us at

We look forward to receiving your submissions.

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