Hello fellow gamers:
Now that TG is under new management, I wanted to air one long-standing policy that I think warrants serious discussion.
Arcade games (and MAME) have always been required to not be set to "Free Play". What I was told years back by some of my fellow staff members is that they were not 100% sure whether for some titles being on "Free Play" would in some capacity change the behavior of the AI, so the unilateral policy was that a coin must be inserted.
Another reason, which applied to far fewer titles, was that in some cases the presence of the credit in the game, whether due from a quarter/token or free play, prevented the "splash screen" from showing up which, depending on the title, was a valuable part of the adjudication process. For example, it was Chris Ayra who pointed out to me years back that when "Donkey Kong" already has a credit in you will not see that "Nintendo of America" logo show on the bottom of a certain splash screen (it's been awhile so I do not remember the specific details).
Anyway, seeing how so many scores were validated by TG from events such as "Mall of America" (2000-2001), Philly Classic (2004) and other venues over the years, where all titles were typically on "free play" for the duration of these events, it seems incongruous to have this provision part of the standard rules when so many already-validated scores over the years were achieved while in "free play" mode.
I am guessing that this policy still exists seeing how I still see it as part of the rules/settings as is appended to several variations that I have recently been looking at.