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#1 Albert OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Mar 5, 2014 9:15 AM

Frequent visitors to AtariAge may know about our weekly gameplay tracker, started by AtariAge member cvga in 2008 and continued by thegoldenband since 2010. Participants in the tracker simply log the amount of time they spend playing games on pre-modern platforms (i.e. anything up to the Dreamcast), and the numbers are then totaled each week to see which games and consoles have gotten the most time.
 
One of our members, Atarian7, has been on a quest to reach the maximum possible score of 999,999 points in the game Kaboom!. He's come very close in the past, logging a score of 928,982 in April 2012, and his prowess has even earned praise from Larry Kaplan, the game's designer.
 
As of this week, he reached a tremendous milestone, and has now logged over 100,000 minutes of Kaboom since the tracker was founded. That's more than two months of continuous play! Will Atarian7 reach 999,999 points before he reaches 999,999 minutes?
 
Thanks to thegoldenband for bringing this to my attention, as well as writing up the above news item!



#2 Master Phruby OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Mar 5, 2014 10:02 AM

How did you do two months straight of game play?



#3 slab0meat OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Mar 5, 2014 10:06 AM

And I remember being so happy when I got the guy to change his frown to amazement (what was that at, 10,000 points or something?  I haven't played since I was a kid)...



#4 Lynxpro OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Mar 5, 2014 11:05 AM

Well, you could pause the game on the A8/5200, or a modded 2600...

#5 Master Phruby OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Mar 5, 2014 11:24 AM

Isn't that cheating? Doesn't the game use the same drop patterns and max out on speed after a while?



#6 Trebor OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Mar 5, 2014 11:35 AM

How did you do two months straight of game play?

 

I believe the intent is to state that he has played Kaboom! a total of 100,000 minutes through all his various tries at reaching 999,999.  The total minutes if added together equates to about 2 months of playing the game - but was not done so consecutively, rather through numerous different attempts at reaching the goal.

 

See an example of one of his postings here: http://atariage.com/...6/#entry2671485



#7 adamchevy OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Mar 5, 2014 11:57 AM

That's impressive, most impressive. Imagine if kaboom was as an mmorpg. That number would be crazy.

#8 thegoldenband OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Mar 5, 2014 12:45 PM

I believe the intent is to state that he has played Kaboom! a total of 100,000 minutes through all his various tries at reaching 999,999.  The total minutes if added together equates to about 2 months of playing the game - but was not done so consecutively, rather through numerous different attempts at reaching the goal.

 

See an example of one of his postings here: http://atariage.com/...6/#entry2671485

 

You've got it. I wouldn't have expected that this would be misunderstood, but I guess we should change it to "That's the equivalent of more than two months of continuous play!"



#9 bomberpunk OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Mar 5, 2014 12:54 PM

is there a 3D top-down version of Kaboom out there? if not there should be. with multi-player.



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Posted Wed Mar 5, 2014 2:26 PM

Very cool! Quite the milestone Atarian7!



#11 Master Phruby OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Mar 5, 2014 2:52 PM

I see so his high score was done in 399 minutes. It just too over two months of practicing to get there.



#12 thegoldenband OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Mar 5, 2014 3:26 PM

Master Phruby, I'm not sure why you're having a hard time following this, but:

 

1) Atarian7 has logged over 100,000 minutes (on our gameplay tracker) playing Kaboom over the last 6 years. This has happened over the course of hundreds of sessions, spanning from late 2008 until this past week.

 

2) During one of those sessions in April 2012, he scored 928,982 points. (That week, he played for a total of 763 minutes.) That's his high score to date.

 

3) The "399 minutes" post is just one example from this year, and has no particular relevance to his high score.

 

4) Reaching the maximum score of Kaboom takes about 3 hours, from what I understand, so no single game can take much longer than that (though the game automatically pauses between rounds).

 

Does that make sense now?



#13 Ripdubski OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Mar 5, 2014 5:30 PM

Congrats Atarian7!



#14 fdurso224 OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Mar 5, 2014 7:20 PM

Hi guys,

 

This great. More power & respect to Atarian7!

 

Anthony...



#15 jetset OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Mar 5, 2014 7:52 PM

That's fuckin' hardcore right there. :thumbsup:



#16 Gorfy OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Mar 5, 2014 8:10 PM

Congratulations  on the milestone, Atarian7 :!: :) :thumbsup:



#17 Christophero Sly OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Mar 5, 2014 8:25 PM

Crazy.

I should have kept track of how much time I spent playing Dragster back when I was fervently trying to break 5.61 secs. Nowhere near 100,000 minutes, but long enough that I finally had to give it up because I was getting nerve damage in my hands.

Edited by Christophero Sly, Wed Mar 5, 2014 8:28 PM.


#18 fiddlepaddle OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Mar 5, 2014 10:02 PM

That's almost a man-year of labor (1,667 man-hours), in six years.  So, assuming a 40 hour work week or 8 hours per day monday thru friday, with an hour for shower-sh..-breakfast, an hour for lunch, an hour for dinner, 8 hours of sleep, sex life and family stuff all day saturday, and Sundays off of course. 

 

Then there's Poker night/Bridge night/Bowling night, Boy Scout and PTA meetings, grocery shopping, laundry, two hours of TV every day, commuting to work, yard work, walking the dog or cleaning the litter box, buying light bulbs and toothpaste, checking in with Mom and Dad and the siblings, beer runs, and answering telemarketing phone calls.  

After ALL THAT, Kaboom! still gets over an hour every single day!
 



#19 moycon OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Mar 5, 2014 10:49 PM

Simply awesome! My hats off to Atarian7!!  :thumbsup:



#20 cvga OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Mar 5, 2014 11:21 PM

Congrats Atarian7! Hope you reach 999,999 so you can cross it off your bucket list!

#21 carlsson OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Mar 6, 2014 4:01 PM

Yes, very impressive!

 

As a relative newcomer to the tracker (since July last year), I can add that by participating in it, you easily triple or quadruple the amount of time you previously spent on playing retro games. I went from playing one game every second month to at least an hour a week of random games. I suppose in that way it is a bit like start exercising, once you get going you can't imagine why you didn't start doing it sooner.



#22 thegoldenband OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Mar 6, 2014 7:31 PM

Yes, I strongly encourage folks to consider joining us on the tracker! It really does transform how you look at your gaming, or at least it has for me. I've been logging my own times since the start of 2010, and it's brought a mindfulness to my gameplay that has, in turn, added a lot to my enjoyment.



#23 BillyHW OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Mar 6, 2014 8:54 PM

What happens to the score at 1 million, does it roll over?



#24 thegoldenband OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Mar 6, 2014 10:14 PM

I just tried it in Stella, by setting RAM locations $A1 through $A3 to 99 99 98 and catching one more bomb, and the game simply freezes at 999999.



#25 grownup OFFLINE  

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Kaboom: one of my top favrite games for the VCS. Paddle games ROCK






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