Dispute: Sean Dwyer - Sega Genesis / Sega Mega Drive - Columns - NTSC - Points - Player: Keith Danforth - Score: 99,999,989
|Sega Genesis / Sega Mega Drive - Columns - NTSC - Points|
|Rules||1 Life, Arcade Mode, HARD Difficulty|
Special Rules: You must enter the MENU option to change the difficulty to HARD. You may freely choose your own starting level/difficulty of Easy (Lvl 1), Medium (Lvl 5 + 20K Bonus) or Hard (Lvl 10 + 50K Bonus)
[Please note that you may use either the Original Cartridge, the 3-In-1 Cartridge or the 6-Pak cartridge for your attempt.]
|Player Name||Keith Danforth|
|Disputed Score||99,999,989 (Rank 1)|
|Dispute Evidence / Rationale||Twin Galaxies's database states this score was verified by a referee on June 11, 2004.|
This is absolutely false. To the best of my research, this score first appeared in issue 22 of Electronic Gaming Monthly from May 1991:
The magazine states that the scores are current through March 1991, meaning that is the latest date the score could be performed to be included in issue 22.
Problem 1 is that TG's database is reporting incorrect information as to both the verification date and method of this score.
Problem 2 is EGM does not record the settings the score was performed at, nor would the required evidence of a photograph be able to confirm this. There are two modes of play for this game, Arcade and Original, as well as multiple difficulty settings for each. It is impossible to know if the assumed score meets the requirements of the track, (Arcade mode, Hard difficultly).
This score should be removed from TG for these reasons.
Additional justification for removal
An excellent player scores about 10,000 per minute. This would take the record-holder approximately 167 hours or 7 straight, non-stop 24-hour days of playing with no breaks to achieve 100 million. Players would not be able to pause the game. Did this dude use a bed pan or something? This game also gives no "extra lives", so the player can't simply walk away for 30 seconds and expect to have the game not be over by the time they got back. Any 7-straight-day-with-no-break marathon run, I would like to see some sort of evidence or even a witness who claims they know someone who knew someone who was related to someone who heard that this run may or may not have happened, at the very least, none of which exist.