Mountain = molehill.
This is - without a doubt - one of the most ridiculous arguments I've seen in some time. "Whether or not a videogame record was achieved legitimately." Cripes, is there some kind of Barnstorming High Score Prize I'm unfamilar with? Is there a cash prize or a governmental position at stake? No? Then what's the big friggin' problem?
You guys are tearing up game code, looking for loopholes. You've all but called Ron and Todd cheats and liars. You're playing the game over and over, trying to duplicate the feat and, when you can't, you say it's impossible. Maybe or maybe not, but this is getting truly stupid with regards to the obsessions with discovering "The TRUTH!"
People, please, get a grip. It's a 20-year old Atari high score. Don't start arguing about ethics, morals, cheating, etc. This is completely assinine.
Thank you. You are right on the money here. Yes, it is a 20 year old game and no there are no prizes, positions, etc. at stake or up for grabs. Yes, we do offer prizes and such for our events, but nothing was given to Todd for this achievement. I like Steve's point... Todd did disprove the very programmers at Activision who said he absolutely could NOT achieve 5.51 on Dragster because their test program couldn't do it. He went there in person and proved them wrong... Once Todd get's back from the MoA event, I'll invite him here and this can be settled once and for all.