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05-13-2017 at 04:53 PM
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Arcade records

About half an hour from where I live, there is a video game bar. One day, I might try a record for Centipede or some other game; though I'll have to plan it so I can last 12+ hours for the marathon records. I could try and ask the bar staff to set the machine to TG tournament mode just for my attempt, but other than that, I'd better plan any marathon records before I attempt them.
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  1. jpittman's Avatar
    You had also better be clear on what the TG requirements are regarding a video evidence package for arcade submissions. It would suck to go through all that only to find out afterwards that your video is lacking in some, vital respect (i.e., not showing motherboard and DIP switches after game over, not having a continuous video with no stops/starts, not keeping the screen displayed and in-focus, etc., etc.).
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    Quote Originally Posted by jpittman
    You had also better be clear on what the TG requirements are regarding a video evidence package for arcade submissions. It would suck to go through all that only to find out afterwards that your video is lacking in some, vital respect (i.e., not showing motherboard and DIP switches after game over, not having a continuous video with no stops/starts, not keeping the screen displayed and in-focus, etc., etc.).
    I've always thought that as long as the correct settings are present (starting lives, difficulty, and extra lives), it's valid. I think it's mainly Donkey King that requires filming inside the machine. The Centipede rules for example don't explicitly require showing the dip switches, but I know that the more evidence you have, the better.
    Updated 05-13-2017 at 07:59 PM by Cool_Al
  3. jpittman's Avatar
    Well, I think you're making a mistake assuming that. If you'll look at most of the recent arcade submissions that are accepted by TGSAP, you'll see that adjudicators expect the machine to be opened and the DIPs to be clearly shown during the recording after the game is over. Also, any video that isn't a complete, unedited performance is frowned upon and less likely to be accepted.

    You can do whatever you want, of course. I'm just trying to advise you in a way that will avoid potential frustration and disappointment on your part later on.

    Cheers!
  4. Cool_Al's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by jpittman
    Well, I think you're making a mistake assuming that. If you'll look at most of the recent arcade submissions that are accepted by TGSAP, you'll see that adjudicators expect the machine to be opened and the DIPs to be clearly shown during the recording after the game is over. Also, any video that isn't a complete, unedited performance is frowned upon and less likely to be accepted.

    You can do whatever you want, of course. I'm just trying to advise you in a way that will avoid potential frustration and disappointment on your part later on.

    Cheers!
    Obviously, I'd make my video continuous until the end. I'm also learning that although some things are not explicitly required, it's best to put them in anyway; the more evidence (including dip switches), the better. So you're right about just showing the settings (plus, now that I think of it, how can you tell difficulty by just looking at the screen?). I'll definitely try to film inside the machine (with permission from staff; they likely wouldn't be too happy with me just randomly opening a machine and yanking out the dip switches :P).
    Updated 05-13-2017 at 08:01 PM by Cool_Al
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    Better yet, I could try showing the dip switches both before and after gameplay. Maybe that might add credibility to my claim.
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