Scoreboard Spotlight: Joe Dearman Blasts Defender & More!

Twin Galaxies Editorial Staff,

December 27, 2023 4:06 AM

A California competitor in Twin Galaxies' first ever event – the "California vs. North Carolina" tournament in August 1982 - continues his arcade journey with a 21st century high score on a classic arcade hit!

We know that gaming is a life-long passion and that's why we're proud to highlight some amazing achievements as part of our holiday round-up. In addition to chess wizardry, feasts of fruit, newspaper headlines, and public safety, we catch up with a competitor who was there with Twin Galaxies when it all started way back in 1982, so read on!

GregDeg – Video Chess (Atari 2600) – Quickest Checkmate

Move over, Kasprov, we have a new chess genius in town. In his latest submission, GregDeg went toe-to-pixel against the Atari 2600 console on Video Chess. In a classic battle for quickest checkmate, GregDeg sealed his victory in 49 seconds, beating the previous record of 1:11 set in 2019.

Cbanks – Pac-Man (NES) – Points

Cbanks was back for another Pac Attack on the TG leaderboard with an inspired run on Pac-Man for the NES. Last December, Cbanks earned 79,610 points to take third place, and a year later he returned for with improved Pac powers, snacking on even more dots, ghosts, fruits, bells, Galaxians, and keys to clear 23 mazes for a new high score and TG record of 177,160 points. Congratulations! 

Cxm – Paperboy 2  (Sega Genesis) – Middle Way – Points

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Cxm wasn't done with his special deliveries on Paperboy 2 for the Sega Genesis. Riding through streets filled with danger and chased by an angry swarm of bees, Cxm spread the news that he nearly tripled his previous high score with a new TG record of 85,490 points on the Middle Way course.

Andrew Mee – Flatout (Xbox PAL) – Pinewood Crashcup – Fastest Time

Andrew Mee has a public service announcement - please wear your seatbelts at all times when racing on Flatout for the Xbox. During his race on the Pinewood Crashcup, things got a bit bumpy out there, which lead to a premature end to his run since it's hard to steer when your avatar is flying through the air. But after a restart, Andrew's driver remained firmly behind the wheel as he finished up with an inaugural record of 3:37.52.

Joe Dearman – Defender (Arcade) – NO BAITER HUNTING - Points

This December, Joe Dearman returned to the arcade to take up some unfinished business on the shooter classic Defender. As a participant in Twin Galaxies' first tournment - the California vs. North Carolina Challenge - back in 1982, Joe was never a stranger to high score competition. In September 2022, Joe continued his climb up the Defender leaderboard with 265,725 points. Eight months later, he returned to push his score to 308,400 points. And then this December, Joe pushed it all the way to the top with a new TG world record of 388,700 points on the “No Baiter Hunting” [5 Life limit] track in what TG member Almighty Dreadlock called “the greatest spectacle of human skill, brought out by the beauty of a machine.” Congratulations, Joe!

This covers our Scoreboard Spotlight for this week. As a reminder, these were just a few of exceptional records that were adjudicated and accepted recently. Every record that made it through verification and landed on our leaderboards has a well-deserved place in the Twin Galaxies gaming pantheon.

Wishing you the very best this holiday season!


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