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321Tieguy
08-02-2021 at 10:26 PM
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Time to introduce myself!

Hey guys, Ive been adjudicating and submitting scores since November of 2020 and I figured it would be nice to properly introduce myself. My name is Eddie, or as some of you might know me, Edward Pilcher aka 321TieGuy. My first memory of gaming is playing Rad Racer on NES in the late 80's. I grew up with video games all my life, but started following Twin Galaxies in the early 2000's. Its hard to believe it took me nearly 20 years to create an account and start submitting scores of my own.


I always dreamed of having one high score here, but never had the equipment to do so. Early last year I started streaming on Twitch, and I realized...I could use my new gear to get into Twin Galaxies! And my Everdrive was ok to use on submissions. I quickly put in work on one of my favorite games at the time, Panic Restaurant on NES. I set up my camera, being careful to follow all the universal and track rules...And when I had gotten my first world record, my hands were shaking.


Its been so nice joining this community, having my scores accepted, and helping all of you get your scores accepted as well. I mainly vote on retro consoles because thats what I am most familiar with, but lately Ive really enjoyed judging scores on games like Hill Climb Racer, Dangerous Golf, and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater as well.


In closing, Im really glad that Ive finally become part of this community. A simple hope of having 1 world record has turned into a verified 30 at this point, and I hope to improve my skills as I go forward. I truly do believe that Twin Galaxies will be around for a long time and that we will be champions to future generations to come. I look forward to getting to know you guys more in the future, and I look forward to bonding over the video games we all love and grew up with!

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  1. datagod's Avatar

    So glad you took the time to introduce yourself!! Belated Welcome to Twin Galaxies!!

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  2. RedDawn's Avatar

    Howdy Eddie!
    Your story is similar to mine, I was a long time lurker before finally making an account here as well. For being relatively new you have taken to the community quite well, I suppose you're officially a part of the group by now! LOL
    I still think of myself as a newbie really though, 2018 I think was my official join date.

    Thanks for voting on my Tony Hawk submissions! Is NES your primary/favorite console? What are some of your favorite games? Are you American? What part of the country do you hail from?

    Very nice NES Rampage score btw. Since I have the Rampage record on Arcade, PS3, and Rampage World Tour PS1 I had considered going after the NES Rampage score but its pretty insane, and the gameplay is a whole lot different from the original arcade version.

    I like how most of your submissions have been going after somewhat obscure games too. Its too bad you didnt come around earlier when Rudy was around because he tended to go after more obscure games as well, and on the same consoles you play. I suppose you could still compete with him if you wanted to though.

    Anyway, great introduction, and welcome to the club :)

  3. Rogerpoco's Avatar

    I'm not an author or editor or anything, but if I weren't so lazy I believe I could compile some of these stories, "interview" others, add my own...uhhh "creative storytelling"(not that anyone else doesn't do a great job telling their stories already), and make something of an interesting book out of it.

    Well...

    Interesting to the people here, at least.

    :D


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  4. AndrewRay's Avatar

    Glad to have you part of the community, dude! I set out initially just to make it to the top 10 on a leaderboard last July, and now here it is just over a year, and 18 records later, haha! Addicting, isn't it? :P

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  5. Rogerpoco's Avatar

    Seriously, hate to keep popping in on this one, it's kinda what I do a lot, lol.

    Several of you chiming in really seem to have something of the spirit that I like and encourage.

    Not giving my whole life story, I've told it a dozen times here at least, but I just came here because of Burgertime, I knew I was planning on getting the MAME W/R, and this was the place to post it.

    Was an anomaly for me, I mostly just played games before that, my whole life, but wasn't very good at them, except the Tiger Woods stuff, lol.

    Didn't have really anything in the house, collection-wise after the Burgertime was done, I was like well...what do I do now?

    So I kept playing some MAME some, eventually voted on some 2600 stuff, decided I needed one of those, etc, etc, etc.

    Pretty much have every cart-based system you can think of now, haha, not rich, but keep my eyes open!

    Having "a" World Record/High Score is cool, but you really can shoot for more than that, if you explore, and you can really learn how to get better and better here, by paying attention.

    I like the overall stats-every score doesn't have to be first place, some are home runs, some are singles, some are bunts, but they still all add up in time.

    Definitely-most everyone has a favorite system, etc, etc, but as far as scoring, "games are games", just keep finding ones you are good at, mebbe even a niche(I like timed stuff mostly myself), and keep blasting away!


    Main thing causing me to comment, was Andrew, "Addicting".

    I swear to goodness, my 5 year anniversary here is in a few days-my attention span ain't so good, I can't BELIEVE I am still here.

    Addicting?

    Ya. It is.

    :D


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  6. RedDawn's Avatar

    "Having "a" World Record/High Score is cool, but you really can shoot for more than that, if you explore, and you can really learn how to get better and better here, by paying attention.

    I like the overall stats-every score doesn't have to be first place, some are home runs, some are singles, some are bunts, but they still all add up in time."

    Here lately I have realized this more and more. At first I didnt see the use having numerous records of "bunts and singles" but I look at it more as tracking my progress. On Rampage PS3 I didnt start out with the ability to post a 800k score, I started off submitting 100k scores and progressed more and more all the while submitting scores along the way. Same thing with Choplifter. Now all that progression is documented and I can go back and watch it if I wish to thanks to the "View all Submissions" button on every leaderboard.

    It's also changed what games I purchase. Now if I decide to buy a game for, say, the Sega Genesis, the first thing I will do is look at the Sega Genesis Leaderboard and see what games have the most submissions. Going after games of this nature will help boost ones ESI as well, something which I mostly viewed as pointless when I first joined.

    This is something Ive been fleshing out in my mind lately, what exactly my goals here are now.
    Your right though, it can be addicting. Especially when you have some competition.

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  7. Rogerpoco's Avatar

    One thing.

    I'm not in any way unabashed about my insistence that Flashcarts are a necessity, and kick ass.

    Essentially, MAME is a flashcart, and that's where I started.

    2600 was about the next thing I really got into, and I was strongly encouraged to get a Harmony Cart.

    When I got into NDS/SNES/Genesis, I actually inadvertently had flashcarts for them , free, for moderator work at NeoFlash, over a decade ago(they offered them to mods. I hadn't had an SNES or Genesis in years, but turning down free stuff is stupid...)..

    So I actually spent a couple of years playing on the flashcarts, laughing at people who insisted on buying games...

    Until I started buying games, lol!

    Now, I look at them as devices you can score on for games unattainable elsewhere, expensive/homebrew, etc, but ALSO as a catalogue of sorts-if I like a game, it's almost certain anymore I am gonna try to eby or better the real deal cart.

    Just today-purchased Burnout for the NDS, the game I have been playing lately.

    It took me a solid week, I am sure, to build up stats enough to earn the car that is competitive-no way I am doing that again, but my "collection" still insists I have to own it.


    Again-I'm way up, on many leaderboards. You HAVE to have the flashcarts, to fully explore the system to see what you like.


    Genesis-Man-Ayrton Senna, and Super Monaco GP.

    SOOOO addicting, running time trial laps, figuring out the best way to get thru each corner-it's probably my favorite challenge, and you've seen how much ground I've covered.

    Also get an NDS. It's, oddly, my favorite system, has about every kind of game, and the way developers could use different ideas for control schemes is really neat.

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  8. 321Tieguy's Avatar

    Quote Originally Posted by RedDawn

    Howdy Eddie!
    Your story is similar to mine, I was a long time lurker before finally making an account here as well. For being relatively new you have taken to the community quite well, I suppose you're officially a part of the group by now! LOL
    I still think of myself as a newbie really though, 2018 I think was my official join date.

    Thanks for voting on my Tony Hawk submissions! Is NES your primary/favorite console? What are some of your favorite games? Are you American? What part of the country do you hail from?

    Very nice NES Rampage score btw. Since I have the Rampage record on Arcade, PS3, and Rampage World Tour PS1 I had considered going after the NES Rampage score but its pretty insane, and the gameplay is a whole lot different from the original arcade version.

    I like how most of your submissions have been going after somewhat obscure games too. Its too bad you didnt come around earlier when Rudy was around because he tended to go after more obscure games as well, and on the same consoles you play. I suppose you could still compete with him if you wanted to though.

    Anyway, great introduction, and welcome to the club :)

    Ive been in Seattle, WA for about the past decade. With Nintendo of America being located so close, there is a pretty good sized retro gaming/pinball scene out here. I've definitely had my NES the longest, about 15 years now. When I started streaming that console, it wasnt long before I decided to rebuild/replace my entire collection. Now, I have the NES, SNES, Genesis, and Gamecube ready to record. It seems like Im edging closer to "newer" retro games as well, since Im hoping to get my N64, PS1, and Dreamcast ready.


    Most of my favorite games growing up never even involved high scores! Banjo Kazooie, Pilotwings, Final Fantasy...But I would say one game I fell in love with that definitely planted the seed was Black Ops 2: Zombies. I was always pushing to survive one more round, and make it a few places higher on the online leaderboard. I didnt want attention from it, I just wanted that feeling that made me say "Thats me, I did that." And thats when I realized I was addicted to competing in video games.


    What you mention about Rudy is the same thing I liked about Ryan Genno (Who lost his WR in Panic Restaurant to my first submission) . He would often turn a game on that he might not be familiar with, give it his best, and then move on to another. It gave me a nice excuse to try new games, and a few scores that I could realistically achieve. I've been doing the same a little, but I'll always come back and give it another go if someone beats my scores, so its ok to start small I say!

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