Well, the CGE score was performed in front of the three TG referees and about forty people, so I don't know what to tell you about that. If that many witnesses are not good enough, I don't know what it...or maybe I do...some of Todd's previous scores were performed in front of tremendous audiences well in excess of several hundred, for Activision years back of course.
Basically, if at a TG sanctioned event a player...ANY player for that matter...performs under the strict guidelines in the presence of one or more authorized referees, performances can be considered as having been done. There is a certain modicum of trust inherrant with being the self-appointed and recognized worldwide body for score tracking when it comes to live events.
However, even we have certain exceptions. For example, we absolutely will NOT accept a Ms Pacman score without proof on videotape, and make no exceptions as to whom. That's just for starters. There are many, many more...games where the possibility exists of a player continuing, and worse, where the score is not reset to zero, games with "leeching" tactics (i.e. hunting, point-scrabbing), games with known glitches and bugs, games in which entire segments can be ignored due to poor programming, 2nd player leech tactics like Joust and Marble Madness...the list goes on.
But with respect to scores witnessed at live TG sanctioned events, such as the Mall of America going on right now as we speak, last month's Funspot Classic, and the upcoming CGE, the situation absolutely exists for any gamer to produce a world record, or maybe just their personal best on any title while in the presence of the watchful eye of a TG referee.
Understand that there is a substantial cost involved with videtaping every single gameplay attempt on every single monitor, console setup, game or PC in useage for the duration of an event. Frankly, TG does not have the resources for that. Gamers have to accept and trust that accomplishments at live events fall under a special consideration, and with very few exceptions, that TG stakes it's integrity on all scores recognized at such events.
Todd, upon his return from Mall of America in Minnesota, is part of the currently running Atari 2600 "Time-Based Deca" which I am hosting on behalf of Twin Galaxies. And Barnstorming 1B is one of the events, by the way. This is a very interesting competition should anyone wish to join and try their skills against gamers like Todd, Ron and myself.
The best part is some rare carts are offered as prizes from my personal collection. If you cannot find the information easily on this, try here... http://www.twingalax...k/atarideca.htm
Good luck to all competitors !!
Robert T Mruczek
Twin Galaxies - Editor and Chief referee
Star Wars classic arcade champion
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