Here's a video of Don's perfromance.
Dispute: John McAllister - Arcade - Kick / Kick Man - Points - Player: Steve Farmer - Score: 8,519,300
First of all, I think it is awesome that people care so much about video games. Especially, one as ancient as Kickman.
This record was set during a publicity event for the opening of a new video game parlor. The event was officiate by referees from Twin Galaxies. Several records were set including one for defender which did not end up standing. This score was set using the proper fashion. I was given one chance to set the record and if it didn't happen I was SOL. I would like to respond to some of the comments I have seen. Yes, there is a kill screen, but when you are a video game obsessed 12 year old the new challenge becomes getting the most points possible before the kill screen. With these old video games there were ways to rack up points that you could only find by trying countless variations. I played this game every day and would dream about playing it at night. In regard to the the rules being somehow skewed, I would like to point out that most of the top records were all created with about a year of each other so the rules for them were probably the same for me.
BTW After setting this record, I got a huge blister on my right thumb from the tracking ball.
I do appreciate the gusto that you all go after the truth,
Kick/Kickman uses the gfx image below for the 100,000th digit. starts with where you see the 0, then after 9 you start getting those weird graphics...until you start the alphabet. I used to just know that D=20 , N=30, and x=40. In other words, if your score is X98450, that would be 4,098,450. After Z you get the next graphic after z. When I used to play in early 80's this I would always get the killscreen around Y and Z.
The score does not appear in the 1998 TG book, nor does the current second place. The top score in the ’98 book is Tom Bundy’s current third place.
However it does appear in the 2009 third edition and is listed as having been set at the Cosmic Palace arcade in El Sobrante CA. TG High Score Rally is given as the verification method. Does anyone have a good theory as to why it appeared in one and not the other?
It would be great if you could provide some insight into how you achieved this score. We appreciate your coming here and posting about it.
Are you on my radar?
I'd rather be last on every game than throw my time away chasing only one score.