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03-09-2021 at 05:18 PM
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PacMan Scores: Bill Mitchell, Chris Ayra, and Bill Bastable

Reading Billy Mitchells Wikipedia page I see several statements I question, but one in particular claims:
"He set a new record score for Ms. Pac-Man of 703,560 in January 1985, which stood until it was surpassed in 2001 by Ayra."
It sources this claim with a link to TG's Ms PacMan Arcade Page, but if you actually read the page it says Chris Ayra
achieved a score of 920,310 in 1999, not 2001. If we have any Wikipedia editors in the house there's one for ya.

And speaking of Chris Arya, has disputing his Feb 2000 perfect Pac Man score ever been discussed? Allegedly this score
was entered onto the scoreboard solely due to a late night call to Walter from....you guessed it, Billy Mitchell. Chris and Billy later sent a tape to Walter, but the tape didnt contain footage of the whole gameplay, which was required even at that time. They stopped filming when it came to the 1 second blue ghost boards and places where he wanted to keep his strategies secret. This broke the rules TG
had in place at the time, but Walter either never watched the performance or in a display of favoritism accepted a score that went against the rules.

And while we're on the subject of Pacman players, I believe Bill Bastables' 1991 Ms PacMan score of 915,180 should be recognized on the TG leaderboard.
There is News footage of this event (Channel 40 Sarasota FLA News, March 26, 1991) which shows him playing the Ms Pac Man Cabinet, tells the score of 915,180, documents that it took place over the course 9 hours 45 minutes from 11:30am to 9:15pm, took place at a location called 'Pirate's Cove' in Sarasota Florida, etc
It includes footage of him playing the game, as well as a close up of some of the gameplay.

This is MUCH more evidence than most older
scores have, not to mention the fact that Bill Bastable had been somewhat slighted by the old Twin Galaxies, it would be a fine gesture on TG's behalf and go a way in making up for the company's past wrongdoings by recognizing this accomplishment.
I would note that in the past Twin Galaxies did have a precedent of recognizing older scores based on thorough documentation and published reports, so unless the implementation of TGSAP ended that practice it would be within the realm of possibility.
That score wouldnt be #1 anyway, it would be #4, so less controversial as well.

The News footage about Bill Bastable's score as well as Chris Ayra's Pacman footage can be seen in the low budget documentary 'Perfect Fraudman' by Dwayne Richard.

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