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Pompa Continues – This Time with Midway Arcade Treasures

midway-arcade-treasures-extended-playToday’s posting adds another 16 scores to the database under John Pompa’s name. The games were all part of the  Midway Arcade Treasures: Extended Play for the Play Station Portable. Check out the extensive list of scores in the table below.

Like some of his previous scores, these scores were also sent to other verification sites as well as ours and we recently verified these on our settings as well.

Congratulations, John!

Think you can beat any of his scores? Check out our rules on our How to Submit page, record your game(s) and submit it to us. John has told us he looks forward to competition and we’d like to see some gamers provide him with some.

Game Name Variation Score Player
Name
Date
Midway Arcade Treasures: Extended Play – Arch Rivals Biggest Blowout 2 2 John A. Pompa 9/29/2011
Midway Arcade Treasures: Extended Play – Rampage Points- High Score 65,995 John A. Pompa 9/29/2011
Midway Arcade Treasures: Extended Play – Wizard of Wor Points- High Score 20,000 John A. Pompa 10/5/2011
Midway Arcade Treasures: Extended Play – Defender Points- High Score 7,050 John A. Pompa 10/5/2011
Midway Arcade Treasures: Extended Play – Xenophobe- Points Points- High Score 30,825 John A. Pompa 10/6/2011
Midway Arcade Treasures: Extended Play – Joust Points- High Score 43,150 John A. Pompa 10/6/2011
Midway Arcade Treasures: Extended Play – Championship Sprint Points- High Score 2,750 John A. Pompa 10/6/2011
Midway Arcade Treasures: Extended Play – Xybots Points- High Score 82,700 John A. Pompa 10/6/2011
Midway Arcade Treasures: Extended Play – Gauntlet Points- High Score 7,405 John A. Pompa 10/9/2011
Midway Arcade Treasures: Extended Play – Klax Arrangement – Points- High Score 69,348 John A. Pompa 10/10/2011
Midway Arcade Treasures: Extended Play – Marble Madness Points- High Score 19,730 John A. Pompa 10/10/2011
Midway Arcade Treasures: Extended Play – Sinistar- Points Points- High Score 68,025 John A. Pompa 10/17/2011
Midway Arcade Treasures: Extended Play – 720 Points- High Score 12,350 John A. Pompa 10/19/2011
Midway Arcade Treasures: Extended Play – Paperboy- Easy Street Points- High Score 15,975 John A. Pompa 10/23/2011
Midway Arcade Treasures: Extended Play – Spy Hunter Points- High Score 14,655 John A. Pompa 10/23/2011
Midway Arcade Treasures: Extended Play – Toobin’ Points- High Score 136,368 John A. Pompa 10/24/20119/27/2011

 

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Defending Charity

Defender_red_label.flyerSome people might think that it would be impossible to beat a score of 79,976,975, but Billy Joe Cain of Austin, Texas, thought otherwise.  He calculated that it would take at least 80 hours to get 80 million or more points to beat the current marathon record.  He estimated it would take a little more than 1 million points per hour to make it happen.  Having won not only the First Annual Texas Video Game Championships in and setting records recently for VGS for fastest time to a million and most points scored in an hour, he should know.

The game in question?  Defender.

But Biily wasn’t just wanting to break a world record on Defender, he was wanting to do some good as well and with, Josh Jones, his event coordinator and RecordSetter officiator, they settled on raising funds for the Mission Soup Kitchen in Killeen Texas. The kitchen provides meals for homeless and limited income clients.

They called the event “Defender Marathon – Charity Drive” and are seeking to raise $1,000 for the soup kitchen.  The fundraising end date is targeted for Wednesday, Nov. 20.

Billy received numerous useful tips and advice from record setting marathoners, including but not limited to Tim McVey of Nibbler fame, Lonnie McDonald, who is known for rolling Joust scores throughout the U.S., Ed Heemskerk, who is known for his Qbert attempts that were thwarted by power issues, and many others.

The week leading up to the event was plagued with technical difficulties.  A bad ribbon cable caused a number of issues – but once it was replaced, things seemed to go smoothly.    Several sponsors endorsed the event, including local companys —  Chuy’s on Barton Springs and Mr. Natural — and Kings Isle which provided perks for people who donate specific amounts.  VGS also sponsored the event, providing T-Shirts to be given away.

Billy Joe Cain, left, with Josh jones.  Photo courtesy of Josh Jones.

Billy Joe Cain, left, with Josh jones. Photo courtesy of Josh Jones.

The event was scheduled to start at 10 a.m. Nov. 16, but as Josh told me, Billy was wide awake and ready to go, so they started early, around 8:30 a.m.

Josh posted regular score updates to both the event page for the Defender charity run as well as his own profile.  A little after noon, Billy passed the 4 million point mark.  A little more than an hour and a half later, he hit 5.66 million.  By 10:22 p.m. he passed 15 million points and was still going strong.  At 2:17 a.m. Nov. 17, he had achieved 19 million points and by 10:10 a.m. he was at 26.5 million points.  Billy continued playing, averaging over a million an hour.  At 4:09 p.m., Billy was at 32 million, but then something happened – fatigue set in.

Billy started losing ships at a fast pace and after 32 hours and 35 minutes of game play, the marathon ended with a score of 33,644,725.

Billy posted this on Facebook regarding the difficulty of a marathon:

“In order to get your mind around this marathon run, combine rolling the million points, rolling the 256 ships, rolling the 256 smart bombs, and rolling the 256 waves into one giant mess, and while you’re doing that… keep track of:
– your food intake
– your water intake
– your ship count
– your smart bomb count
– your needed restroom breaks

And general human interaction while having news crews, online webcasts, online and in person interviews…

All the while being streamed on the interweb, managed by a referee, and not sleeping or leaving the machine for any reason without the game continuing to run, at a rate of losing ONE SHIP EVERY 7 SECONDS!”

Billy Joe Cain, back left, and his son, playing during the marathon attempt.  Billy was on Defender and his son was on Stargate.  Photo courtesy of Josh Jones.

Billy Joe Cain, back left, and his son, playing during the marathon attempt. Billy was on Defender and his son was on Stargate. Photo courtesy of Josh Jones.

One of the important tips Billy received was the he needed to stay mentally engaged, have conversations with others, etc.  Josh, while verifying the score and making sure Billy was okay, helped out with that, bringing in special guests, getting people to call in, reading questions to Billy for him to answer while he played.

After Billy and Josh get some rest, we intend to do an interview with them regarding the event.

Even though Billy didn’t achieve his goals of 80 million in 80 hours, he should still be recognized for setting an impressive record as verified by both RecordSetter and Video Game Scoreboard.  It was an amazing run even if it was cut short.  Congratulations Billy.

While the marathon attempt has concluded, the fundraising is still open for the Killeen Mission Soup Kitchen.  So far $803 of the $1,000 goal has been raised.  Donations can be made here: http://www.gofundme.com/defendingcharity

About Grace "Kayhynn" Snoke

Grace Snoke is a corporate journalist and author who enjoys gaming, reading, writing and jewelry making. Outside of her day job, she writes for a number of sites including: Video Game Scoreboard.com, Obsolete Gamer, SciTech Nerds and for a couple blogs and sites she owns. You can learn more about her adventures as an author here.

And the July Gamer of the Month Is…

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Before we announce the July Gamer of the Month, we would like to offer a small apology regarding the fact that this wasn’t posted at the end of August.  As most of you know, we were attending PAX at the end of the month and all of the things involved in getting ready for PAX put us behind on writing up this announcement and getting it posted.  At the same time, we wanted to be sure to do the article justice, so we waited till we got back into our respective offices to announce the winners.

As a recap, the July Gamer of the Month Competition was titled the Classic Crazy Challenge.  Gamers were invited to submit their best score achieved on their first life on three of five games: Burger Time, Defender, Donkey Kong, Frogger and Nibbler.  The games could be played on either arcade cabinets or MAME or a mix of the two.  Players were also invited to submit single scores if they didn’t want to compete in the monthly contest.

A large number of our entries, and the top 3 placers, came from attendees at the Star Worlds Arcade Summer Sizzle Event held Aug. 3 in DeKalb, Ill.  Without further adieu, here are the winners and their scores.

Mitchell Meerman is second from right, standing, next to the tree.

Mitchell Meerman is second from right, standing, next to the tree.

First place, and the July Gamer of the Month, is Mitchell Meerman.

On the first life for each game, Mitchell scored 117,800 on Burgertime via M.A.M.E., 85,100 for Donkey Kong, and 5,263,360 for Nibbler, the later two on arcade cabinets.

Second place goes to Darrin Cormier with a score of 35,650 on Burgertime, 13,000 on Donkey Kong, 4,900 on Frogger and 21,490 on Nibbler.

Third place goes to Kenneth Williams who scored 9,000 on Burgertime, 1,800 on Defender, 6,600 on Donkey Kong, and 1,790 on Frogger.

As Video Game Scoreboard’s Gamer of the Month, Mitchell receives:

  • VGS T-Shirt
  • Interview for Gamer Profile
  • Named Gamer of the Month for that Month
  • Competes at end of year Gamer of the year Tournament

Three other players submitted single scores for the first life score on the games.

Mitchell helping to set up streaming for Billy Joe Cain at Star Worlds Arcade Aug. 3 so Billy could stream his Defender attempts.  This room was where all the Classic Crazy Challenge Games were.

Mitchell helping to set up streaming for Billy Joe Cain at Star Worlds Arcade Aug. 3 so Billy could stream his Defender attempts. This room was where all the Classic Crazy Challenge Games were.

Gregg Hansen, of Scoreground,  achieved 53,700 on Donkey Kong, putting him in second place for the First Life High Score Variation.

Dean Deck achieved 14,740 on Frogger for the First Life High Score Variation on that game, achieving first place for that variation.

Billy Joe Cain, pictured above front and center also weighed in with a score of 144,750 on Defender with the First Life High Score Variation challenge, holding first place for that variation in addition to the records of fastest to a million and the One Hour Point Challenge on Defender.

Congrats to everyone who participated and extra congrats to Mitchell Meerman on his accomplishment of being named Gamer of the Month!

Our August Competition is still open till Sept. 15.  Check it out here.

About Grace "Kayhynn" Snoke

Grace Snoke is a corporate journalist and author who enjoys gaming, reading, writing and jewelry making. Outside of her day job, she writes for a number of sites including: Video Game Scoreboard.com, Obsolete Gamer, SciTech Nerds and for a couple blogs and sites she owns. You can learn more about her adventures as an author here.

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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Update: M.A.M.E. and the Classic Crazy Challenge

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It was brought to our attention that we forgot to post the settings for MAME or the rules for MAME Recording. That being said we have the following rules for MAME.

You should use wolfmame106 or MAME version 148 to play the games.

You may stream your MAME Games/export streams to YouTube for submission. If you do so, this will be considered a Direct Feed Recording and will require your digital signature on submission forms. When recording a MAME game for submission, please state your name then go into the settings for the game you are playing to show that they are at the required settings. If you are doing multiple games, you must do this for each game.

You may record, with a video camera, your MAME Game for submission. You may upload this video via YouTube or other service and provide links to us. When recording a MAME game for submission, please state your name then go into the settings for the game you are playing to show that they are at the required settings. If you are doing multiple games, you must do this for each game.

Please remember, you are limited to 1 life, your first life in the game, for this scoring challenge.  Anything scored after you lose your first life will not count.

The accepted MAME settings for the 5 games in the Classic Crazy Challenge are as listed below:

Burgertime
ROMSet: BTime
Service Mode: Off
Cross Hatch Pattern: Off
Lives: 3
Bonus life: 20000
Enemies: 4
End Of Level Pepper: Yes
Unknown: Off [All]

Defender
ROMSet: Defender
Starting ships: 3
Boot up > hold F1 down and press F2 > now you are on ’01 setting’.
Step forward through the 28 settings by holding F1 down and tapping F2.
To change a setting, use the 9 key. When your’re done (or go to this screen for proof of settings), cycle through to setting 28. Set this to 45. Hold down the F1 key and press F2 to get you back to the attract mode, ready to go. These settings will remain until altered or the use of restore setting at #28.

You are allowed to use any and all smart bombs during the first life for this competition.

Donkey Kong
Lives: 3
Bonus Life: 7000
Coinage: 1 Coin/1 Credit
Cabinet: Upright

Frogger
ROMSet: Frogger
Lives: 3
Cabinet: Upright
Special Rules: None

Nibbler
ROMSet: Nibbler
Lives: 3 [Extra Life after Every 4th Wave]
Pause At Corners: On
Cabinet: Upright
Service Mode: Off
Free Play: Off

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