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    Was 2005 the Most Active Year in TG History as far as Records ?

    Hello fellow gamers:

    I decided to take a look back at the ever-changing Twin Galaxies "leaderboard" during the website's formative years, and found what I believe is the most prolific era of the world record "leaderboard" since implementation.

    The original "leaderboard" did not exist until sometime after Jul07/04...I found the very first archived example on Jul18/04.

    At inception, the rankings were reflective of console performances although all records were included. This was due to the simple fact that no one had more than 5 or 10 arcade world records attributed to them in the TG database at the time, plus the number of "platforms" in the database with record results was quite limited as compared to today.

    While the progression follows based on selected points in time throughout 2005, including the implementation in July 2004, I can explain the major shifts that you will now see...

    7/18/04 - I did not bother to check, but sometime after this point the leaderboard was expanded beyond just the top ten. Additionally, in short order, you needed at least 100 records to qualify for the top 10 making this among the very last times under 100 records would suffice.

    1/24/05 - since implementation 7 months prior, approx 100 new records were attributed to Todd Rogers, and the results of the huge TG backlog of console-based records finally being entered into the TG database was apparent as both Matt Leto and myself entered the top 5. Note that Corcoran at this point is no longer part of TG so his scores can only fall at this point unless a higher score than his is removed from the database thus giving him back the top spot for that score.

    1/29/05 - this is the first archived point where Todd eclipsed Ron for 1st place. At one point Todd reached as high as 305 scores if memory serves. VERY shortly after this referee self-entry ended.

    2/09/05 - the MAME upload from Mark Longridge's site, the MAME backlog of "inaugural scores", and remaining backlog of console-based scores took place since 1/29/05...a LOT of scores were entered into the TG database and the leaderboard landscape significantly changed. I briefly was in the top position with at peak 447 records though these were quickly whittled down. It is noteworthy to mention that in this era, the "rules" for a title were not visible unless at least one score was present, and since TG was setting the rules, the only way to make this happen was to get "inaugural" scores uploaded quickly. I happen to be the referee who made it a personal project to do so, later joined by a fellow referee down the line. Also of note due to the console upload, Tom Duncan's presence was known as he quickly ascended to the #6 spot.

    3/30/05 - the next batch of the console backlog was uploaded and Matt Leto vaulted into the top spot with Tom Duncan quickly moving into 3rd place. Ron, Todd and I occupied the remaining spots in the top five.

    5/31/05 - the continued pace of submissions by Tom Duncan moved him into 2nd place, taking back some of Matt's scores in the process. Curiously, between 3/30/05 and 4/29/05 Todd lost 10 scores...I have no idea why.

    6/29/05 - another major shift took place...Alexander Trammell bursts onto the scene and is suddenly in 3rd place with 466 records, just shy of Tom Duncan. Both Todd and Ron fall out of the top five spots but not by much as David Yancey is now in #5

    8/31/05 - major increases from both Tom and Alexander increase their record count while simultaneously whittling down some of Matt's records. My own count continues to decrease while Troy Whelan now breaks into the top five.

    12/31/05 - fast forwarding four months, Tom Duncan firmly assumes the top spot with more than a thousand records attributed to him. Matt and Alexander are still the next two spots although Matt has by this time left TG while Alexander continues to submit as does Troy. By this time, my 2600 submissions have subsided and I'm only submitting on MAME and modern console, so from early 2005 I am down from a peak of 447 scores to just 342 and falling. Outside of the top five, Todd, Ron and David occupy those spots.

    Here, now, are the details to evaluate...

    https://web.archive.org/web/20040707...laxies.com:80/


    As of 7/07/04 the leaderboard has not yet existed !!




    https://web.archive.org/web/20040718...laxies.com:80/


    As of 7/18/04, the first archived leaderboard showed...


    #1 - 348 records by Ron Corcoran
    #2 - 192 records by Todd Rogers
    #3 - 183 records by Stephen Knox
    #4 - 177 records by Mike Morrow
    #5 - 105 records by Mike Morrow


    and, or note...


    #10 - 61 records by Jimmy Thai




    https://web.archive.org/web/20050124...laxies.com:80/


    As of 1/24/05, the leaderboard showed...


    #1 - 302 records by Ron Corcoran
    #2 - 293 records by Todd Rogers
    #3 - 222 records by Matt Leto
    #4 - 179 records by Stephen Knox
    #5 - 152 records by Robert Mruczek




    https://web.archive.org/web/20050129...laxies.com:80/


    As of 1/29/05, the leaderboard showed...


    #1 - 300 records by Todd Rogers
    #2 - 294 records by Ron Corcoran
    #3 - 222 records by Matt Leto
    #4 - 177 records by Stephen Knox
    #5 - 153 records by Robert Mruczek




    https://web.archive.org/web/20050209...laxies.com:80/


    As of 2/09/05, the leaderboard showed...


    #1 - 402 records by Robert Mruczek
    #2 - 299 records by Todd Rogers
    #3 - 293 records by Ron Corcoran
    #4 - 222 records by Matt Leto
    #5 - 178 records by Stephen Knox


    and, of note...


    #6 - 150 records by Tom Duncan




    https://web.archive.org/web/20050227...laxies.com:80/


    As of 2/27/05, the leaderboard showed...


    #1 - 397 records by Robert Mruczek
    #2 - 299 records by Rodd Rogers
    #3 - 293 records by Ron Corcoran
    #4 - 222 records by Matt Leto
    #5 - 199 records by Tom Duncan




    https://web.archive.org/web/20050330...laxies.com:80/


    As of 3/30/05, the leaderboard showed...


    #1 - 714 records by Matt Leto
    #2 - 393 records by Robert Mruczek
    #3 - 298 records by Ron Corcoran
    #4 - 297 records by Todd Rogers
    #5 - 241 records by Tom Duncan




    https://web.archive.org/web/20050428...laxies.com:80/


    As of 4/28/05, the leaderboard showed...


    #1 - 741 records by Matt Leto
    #2 - 385 records by Robert Mruczek
    #3 - 315 records by Tom Duncan
    #4 - 289 records by Todd Rogers
    #5 - 288 records by Ron Corcoran




    https://web.archive.org/web/20050531...laxies.com:80/


    As of 5/31/05, the leaderboard showed...


    #1 - 703 records by Matt Leto
    #2 - 444 records by Tom Duncan
    #3 - 393 records by Robert Mruczek
    #4 - 288 records by Todd Rogers
    #5 - 287 records by Ron Corcoran




    https://web.archive.org/web/20050629...laxies.com:80/


    As of 6/29/05, the leaderboard showed...


    #1 - 703 records by Matt Leto
    #2 - 486 records by Tom Duncan
    #3 - 466 records by Alexander Trammell
    #4 - 389 records by Robert Mruczek
    #5 - 290 records by David Yancey


    and, of note...
    #6 - 288 records by Todd Rogers
    #7 - 287 records by Ron Corcoran




    https://web.archive.org/web/20050727...laxies.com:80/


    As of 7/27/05, the leaderboard showed...


    #1 - 685 records by Matt Leto
    #2 - 548 records by Tom Duncan
    #3 - 490 records by Alexander Trammell
    #4 - 388 records by Robert Mruczek
    #5 - 287 records by Todd Rogers


    and, of note...


    #6 - 283 records by David Yancey
    #7 - 282 records by Ron Corcoran




    https://web.archive.org/web/20050831...laxies.com:80/


    As of 8/31/05, the leaderboard showed...


    #1 - 661 records by Matt Leto
    #2 - 624 records by Tom Duncan
    #3 - 590 records by Alexander Trammell
    #4 - 370 records by Robert Mruczek
    #5 - 315 records by Troy Whelan




    https://web.archive.org/web/20051231...laxies.com:80/


    As of 12/3/05, the leaderboard showed...


    #1 - 1,087 records by Tom Duncan
    #2 - 663 records by Matt Leto
    #3 - 636 records by ALexander Trammell
    #4 - 343 records by Troy Whelan
    #5 - 342 records by Robert Mruczek


    and, of note...


    #6 - 278 records by Todd Rogers
    #7 - 263 records by Ron Corcoran
    #8 - 228 records by David Yancey
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    Damn, Matt Leto got about 500 records in a month
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    Actually it was much more than that, nearly 800.

    He sent in a parcel with 30+ VHS cassettes and a "master list" of scores, but the sequence and start times of each record was not accurate, so it took months to verify this submission.

    The scores were uploaded in bulk via Access.MDB file over at least two batches, but by the time the final batch was uploaded some of those scores had since been beaten so the timeline shows only approx 500 scores for a month. In truth it was much more, but the administration/validation/entry time took a lot longer than that.
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