Dispute: Jeremy Young - Arcade - Robotron: 2084 - Marathon - Player: Brian King - Score: 348691680
Currently Playing: Front Page Sports baseball '98 (PC) (using custom built 2017 rosters)
//www.videoparadise-sanjose.com/tg-rules.htm - Old TG rules around marathon play which explicitly state that restarts during a marathon were ok.
The old 80's scores are interesting footnotes, but it's hard to take them seriously when many scores back then were either completely made up or played under different rules. I see no way we're actually going to be able to sort out which are which 35 years later. I do agree that something has to be done about this Robotron score that ends with impossible digits. This has been an embarrassment for TG for years.
In addition to the challenges with Robotron that Tim mentions below, there is also behavior just before scoring 100,000,000 that can result in receiving no extra lives for a prolonged period of time after the 100,000,000 rollover.
The other issue that gstrain refers to is a "goldilocks" period that occurs just before 100 million. Everything you shoot gives you an extra life, which is "owed" later. If you get 30 extra lives during that goldilocks, you will have to get 31 lives/bonuses for you to actually get an extra life. So two things could easily happen - rolling the lives which can be very difficult to recover from (but not impossible, depending on where you are in the game), or you simply get a lot of lives and can't survive until you can receive them again.
None of these issues are insurmountable, but add to the difficulty in attaining such scores. At that time there was no lives counter so it would be very easy to accidentally roll the lives. This has since been updated with the "tie-dye" romset.
I would ask him whether he has any information from back then on the event like newspaper articles, etc... especially anything that mentioned what the precise score was. I would also ask if he and any problems with the machine rebooting.
Does anybody know what magazine that is from? If I ever knew I don't remember, and don't remember where I got it.
The article you posted said the gamer was 19 years old, but this Brian King started high school in 1989, which would have made him under 10 years old in 1983 when the record was set...I think we're looking for someone else.