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Posted by Nathan Strum, 31 January 2018 · 440 views

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Artie has made a calculation error here. He calculated 4 frames, but 0.03 seconds is resulting from 2 frames.

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But the difference is .06 seconds, which is four frames in Dragster (stepping through the debugger in Stella). So isn't that 4 frames x 76 cycles x 262 scanlines?

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Ah, yes. So Artie and you are absolutely right. :)

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Whew! :D I always get nervous when I research strips like this. ;)

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I still say that all of his "records" should be deleted from the TG database, especially all those he inserted himself without any proof...

He was caught often enough, on AA with Dragster, Barnstorming, on Twingalaxies with Adventures of Tron. Who believes that bullshit about personalized copies he alone got straight from the developers...

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Instead of deleting the records only from Todd, I would suggest a clean start for all records. They used to be added without any real validation.

For old records, old evidence (e.g. Polaroids) should be accepted. For new records, the evidence has to be stronger.

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Oh wow, his scores actually have been finally deleted this week: http://www.twingalax...-of-todd-rogers

 

I gave up the fight back then when it took me a nervewrecking several page long thread on TG to get his Adventures Tron Score removed, which he had posted on a HSC here and entered it himself straight into the TG Database. Of course he had no proof whatsoever and lost the video tape or some other bullshit. At least that one score got deleted in the end and in the aftermath of that incident TG established a database lock that made it impossible for referees to enter scores for themselves...

 

That was a decade ago... good to see that others continued to carry the torch...

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I still say that all of his "records" should be deleted from the TG database, especially all those he inserted himself without any proof...
He was caught often enough, on AA with Dragster, Barnstorming, on Twingalaxies with Adventures of Tron. Who believes that bullshit about personalized copies he alone got straight from the developers...

 
They did remove them.

 

Edit: Looks like I was typing while you were posting a follow-up. :)
 

Instead of deleting the records only from Todd, I would suggest a clean start for all records. They used to be added without any real validation.

For old records, old evidence (e.g. Polaroids) should be accepted. For new records, the evidence has to be stronger.


Agreed. They should just clean house and start over - if they really want to be taken seriously. Sure, that's going to ruffle quite a few feathers, but I would suggest if you're capable of being the world record holder for a particular game, it should be repeatable. Not a fluke. So just practice up and resubmit. The biggest downside for TG is that they would be inundated by mountains of new scores as people rushed to reclaim records. But I also think they should lift any bans - anyone should be able to participate, provided everyone meets the new standard of proof.

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When I asked him how he managed to score _exactly_ 999,999 in Adventures of Tron he told me this:

 

"Well i have a rather strange observation about AoT. The first version i played maxed at 999,999 while the other one of the 5 labeled versions flipped at 999,900. I will be playing the other variations to see if there are more notible differences. I didnt make it public because i wanted see what happens first so not to cause any confusion to the gamers as i may have to track seperate provisions for this game on the TG data base."

 

I was so dead angry towards that scumbag at the time... I've been sitting down, trained playing the game for months, taped it, sent a copy to the states for some serious cash, waited weeks for verification - and he just opened the database, typed 999,999 - Tada! new WR for the Almighty Todd...

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After watching King of Kong, I lost any respect for the clowns running TG at that time. It was so obviously a good-ol'-boys club, and if you weren't "in", then you had no chance of being treated fairly. It seems they're trying to repair their reputation now, but I still don't take any of the scores seriously. If I wanted to try and set a "world record", I'd just play the game, record it, put it up on YouTube, and people could accept it or not. If I knew I set it, that would be enough for me.

 

The 2600 HSC is fine for my skill level. I'm pretty much middle-of-the-pack, which at my age, I'll take. :)

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Mind you, I left TG forever after this incident in 2005. The HSC was always fun, as were the Summer and Winter Olympics we played here, true. Don't know if it's still running, but I also liked the "MARP" scene for a while. They give you a special no-cheat-possible MAME where you record your game, which felt quite fair :)

 

Nowadays I'm still running my personal "100% every Cacpcom game ever" challenge. Since 2010 I completed over 130 games from their library. Just got somewhat slowed down lately from a stroke in 2016, Netflix and the kids claiming the TV for Minecraft :D

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A stroke? Wow - that's some scary stuff! Hope you're doing better now.

 

How many more Capcom games do you have left to go?

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My guardian angel did an amazing job, as today I'm mostly without symptoms. Some light anxiety disorder I'm occasionally struggling with and I'm on daily Aspirin, but that's it for now.

 

I did all games from 1984 to 2002 and a handful from 2003 already. Currently I play Mega Man Zero 2, Viewtiful Joe is next  :)

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I like that the whole time he's talking,   Artie has the Dragster game in his cart slot haha...

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I like that the whole time he's talking,   Artie has the Dragster game in his cart slot haha...

 

I usually put specific games in for a reason. :)

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