Frequently Asked Questions
Locate the "CLICK TO GET VERIFIED" link located within the drop-down user menu, click the link and follow the instructions.Participate in the Twin Galaxies Submission and Adjudication Process (TGSAP) Build Credibility Points Earn Submission Points Sponsor the creation of new Game Tracks for ranked competition Develop an accredited Player Skill Index Rating (PSI) Use the Tournament System
VERIFIED users are users that have gone through the Twin Galaxies' user verification process, and TG maintains contact information on each user. These users are real people, who have voluntarily submitted their identity and personal information to be able to be eligible to be awarded world records and other forms of public recognition for achievement.No new world records will ever be allowed into the TG database without full name and proper contact information. TG needs to know who its participating users are, and the participating users themselves need to know that they are competing with other real and serious participants. All user information is kept private and confidential in accordance with our Terms of Service.
Additionally, while you are able to link your own supportive youtube videos in the text description of your submission, the only video that can be considered as an official score performance is the video that you directly upload to Twin Galaxies.
2.0.a - Adjudicators shall determine via it's collective experience whether any tactic(s), leeching or otherwise, either defeat the generally accepted understanding of the spirit of the game or take advantage of known or unknown programming glitches, and whether said tactic(s) should be banned. Thus, gameplay records using banned tactics shall not be recognized by Twin Galaxiesfor inclusion in its scoreboard.
2.0.b - Rule 2.0.a, although applicable to all gameplay efforts, may be applied differently to team-play efforts at the discretion of the Twin Galaxies Adjudicating Community when it has been determined through their collective experience that tactic(s) only possible during team-play efforts yield unfairly accumulated points not otherwise possible during single-play, and which in addition do not contribute to a meaningful or conservative attempt towards progression within the generally accepted understanding of the intended spirit and direction of the game.
2.0.c - Twin Galaxies recognizes that game titles which have a count-down time limit, hidden or otherwise, should allow a player the opportunity to maximize their score productivity within the limited time limit available, providing the tactic(s) employed by the player are not deemed banned by the track variation rules. Therefore, tactics that are not deemed banned by the specific track variation rules are allowable within the time limit constraints of normal gameplay for such titles.
2.0.d - Twin Galaxies recognizes that there may be game titles which, based on the collective experience of the Adjudicating Community, contain program glitches or flaws that affect the counter of extra lives, weaponry, shields, health units, or other game-affecting attributes, which contribute to continuance of the gameplay, and which defeat the generally accepted and understood original spirit of the game. In such cases, usage of the tactic(s) necessary to bring about such continuance shall be deemed illegal and banned under rules section 2.0.a.
3.0.a - Twin Galaxies recognizes that there are game titles programmed so that continued longevity within a section/stage/area of a game results in progressively increasing speed, difficulty and challenge while remaining in the section/stage/area in question. The Adjudicating Community shall determine via its collective experience whether a game title or performance falls into this category. If so, then so long as tactic(s) employed by the player do not violate any rules contained within section 2.0 of the Twin Galaxies policy on leeching, then the player shall be allowed to pursue additional point-earning opportunities within said sections/stages/areas at their own risk.
3.0.b - Twin Galaxies recognizes that there are game titles programmed so that additional point-earning opportunities exist based on longevity within a stage, and the Adjudicating Community shall determine if continuance within the stage violates rule sections 1.0 or 2.0.a at their discretion and based on their collective experiences. Should the Adjudicating Community determine that continuance within a section/stage/area of a title does not violate either rule section, the player(s) may continue gameplay tactic(s) within that section for the purpose of additional point scoring.
Twin Galaxies currently defines a video game marathon attempt to be at least 12 hours or more played on single game start with no additional continues. Therefore, the rules below ONLY apply if the game meets or exceeds this threshold.
Only titles that have a marathon track variation set up in the Twin Galaxies database are eligible for marathons.
The Twin Galaxies' policy is that there is no formalized "break" offered.
Rather, the gamer is allowed to spend as little or as much time away from their game in progress as they want, mid-attempt, and must be responsible for the results of their actions.
Thus, if a gamer wishes to rest while 800 men on "Q*Bert" are lost in the process, that is their decision to do so, and at their own risk.
During these self-imposed "breaks" the gamer's attempt must remain untouched by another individual, or the game attempt becomes void. However, during this time, the controls may be adjusted / tightened providing the actions are caught on camera.
Some games have a non-glitch tactic available which allows the gamer to set up or create an artificial "break" in the action, which further allows them to enter a state where their game is in little or no danger of changing in immediate status for a period of time. Such titles would be the “pacman-type” series in which "hiding spots" allow refuge for a few minutes until the ghosts reverse directions.
Such tactics are allowable ONLY IF this situation is temporary and eventually changes on it’s own accord. However, some non-glitch tactics can provide refuge for an indeterminate period of time. Using these tactics, only a fifteen (15) minute break is allowed every 3 hours.
For example, in "Tron", a gamer in the "Red Tank Wave" can hide in the top right corner for a lengthy period of time, and is therefore invalid for usage in marathon gameplay unless the gamer only does so for 15 minutes every 3 hours.
Means of pausing an arcade marathon attempt resulting from glitches, such as the freezing of the game in "Defender" and "Q*Bert" are expressly forbidden, are prohibited and would invalidate the attempt.
For the home console format, using pause for any reason is not permitted.
Yes, another individual may wake you from a state of sleep. Or you can utilize a clock if necessary. Either is acceptable.
Yes, providing the maintenance or replacement is captured on film. These actions can be undertaken while the gamer is on or off "break" at the gamer's own risk.
Home console players cannot use a "pause feature" to switch joysticks or controller pads mid-gameplay, and must switch joysticks or controllers at their own risk
Gamers are encouraged to consult the Twin Galaxies forums in advance of their attempt to determine for their title if any tactics they plan to use would potentially invalidate their score attempt in the view of the Adjudicating Community.
Such tactics would theoretically include usage of infinite loops in game behavior, such as can be employed in "Super Smash TV" (SNES) in the stage entitled "Buffalo Herd Nearby" in which a gamer can evade their enemies for as long as necessary via constant encirclement, providing the herd count does not fall below a certain threshold.
Point-scrabbing, hunting or leeching techniques may also invalidate your gameplay. Gamers are again encouraged to consult the Twin Galaxies forums to determine if their point-acquisition tactics are legal or banned, if known to be so, or if the tactic is not known, then it is the responsibility of submitting gamer to consult the Twin Galaxies forum community and work to determine for a fact whether the tactic(s) in question are valid point acquisition tactic(s) or not.
No. 3rd party individual(s) are not allowed to touch the game controls or dip switches in any way and exercise dominion over the gameplay in progress. The act of doing so immediately voids the marathon attempt.
Twin Galaxies acknowledges that, as with all gameplay attempts, physical interruptions can occur...cables become disconnected, video recorders stop recording, cords become unplugged, RTF cables "shift" and images become too grainy to see during home console play, or other "Acts of God" may occur.
Your final score will be recognized as that which was achieved, demonstratedand presented before the attempt ended.
If when reviewing the evidence, there are questions or concerns, you can utilize the discussion thread that is part of the submission thread and directly raise those questions or concerns with the original submitter and other community members.
The original submitter is able to respond and participate in the discussion as much as desired. If you need more evidence to satisfy your concerns, you can ask the original submitter to add it to the submission thread.
When the voting period ends, the submission thread is closed and the final results are computed and the score is either ACCEPTED into the Twin Galaxies database, or it is REJECTED.
If the score is ACCEPTED, the now-permanently-closed-submission-thread is moved to the ADJUDICATION ARCHIVE, under the ACCEPTED category as a permanent record and visible reference of the adjudication – and the newly entered score in the database is hot-linked to this permanent record for all see.
If the score is REJECTED, the now-permanently-closed-submission-thread is moved to the ADJUDICATION ARCHIVE, under the REJECTED category as a permanent record and visible reference of the rejected adjudication result.
Being an extreme skeptic, seeing conspiracy in every nuance, or carrying an artificial bias will lead you toward an incorrect judgment that will not be in line with what everyone else might reasonably believe when reviewing the same evidence - and that will put you on the "losing" side of an adjudication procedure, causing you to lose valuable credibility points and reputation!
On the other hand, you must not be unreasonably easy with your judgments either. Failing to identify someone who is clearly cheating will also wind up damaging your credibility and reputation as well!
It's a delicate balance, but the main goal is to be reasonable and have fun with the process!
When a track is formally submitted, it is placed in the NEW GAME TRACK MARKETPLACE, where it must await additional sponsors to review and donate more submission points until the total amount needed to accept the track is accumulated.
In order for the track proposal to be accepted into the database, the system has been currently set to require an additional 50 submission points to be donated toward the track proposal.
Any VERIFIED user can donate to any track that they want to sponsor. Donating to your own proposal is allowed.
The minimum donation is 2 Submission Points.