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Guinness World Records 1987

Not too long ago I picked up this copy of an old 1987 Guinness Book of World Records and thought I'd share the gaming achievements listed for this edition. Several of the names here may be recognizable; Gary Hatt, Ron Bailey, Silly Bitchell, Donn Nauert, Steve Harris, Mark Alpiger, Don Novak, Jack Gale, Perry Rodgers, Roy Schildt, Chris Ayra, Paul Dean, and more.

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David Palmer, a name I don't believe I was previously familiar with, particularly was very prolific around this time having a number of world records.

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  1. 321Tieguy's Avatar

    I feel like its a bit rude of Guinness to call the scores "meaningless". Sure, my record in Panic Restaurant on NES may not be newsworthy, but some of these games, and consequentially some of the gamers throughout the span of Twin Galaxies, have become major cultural icons.


    I would have to assume a more accurate reason for not being the official keeper of video game scores is that not only are there just too many out there, but video games take a certain expertise to judge. On that note, I feel like Twin Galaxies has done a pretty good job of not only laying down standards for each game score, but (for the most part) preserving them for future gamers to come. I know a lot of people that diss on TG, but this organization does what Guinness couldnt for our community.


    Cool post. Mitchell's DK Jr score of 957K jumped out at me. I never knew he played that one.

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  2. Rogerpoco's Avatar

    Lol.

    It's/they are not as profound as all that, I suppose, but the occurrences of striking coincidences that has hit me here at TG is pretty funny.

    My current Bathroom Reader?

    Guinness, 1987.

    No idea how I came across that particular year's copy, had it for ages, just decided to pull it out and look up like, longest fingernails and stuff. Too cheap to buy a new one, my Son is on the lookout for a cheap "newer" one(lol, 2005 would even be "recent" , compared to 1987...).

    My biggest curiosity when reading is obviously, "which ones of these have been surpassed".

    I noticed the game scores, kinda glanced at them.

    Noone was any good at Burgertime by then, I guess.

    :D

    Yeah, me and Guinness aren't Friends, lol. Dunno how accurate this is, I never even looked it up, but J.D. had me all excited, was pretty sure I was gonna be in the book, as his scores had been listed, but evidently they dropped that score the year I got it, was a pretty big kick in the nards from behind, lol.

    Was good for me, really tho-I can name the exact moment I stopped taking any of this too seriously.

    :P

  3. sacrieon's Avatar

    Pretty cool bit of history there.

    It would be awesome if Twin Galaxies put on world competitions for Games that have big leaderboards, to have a live play off between the top players.

    It's a totally different environment siting at home and then being up on the stage competing.

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  4. Ninglendo's Avatar

    Kinda funny that they went with contest scores but I get it. By 1987 there was enough info about games that you could throw out any claim of 5 mil on Pac-Man. Tim McVey's billion point game in Nibbler isn't listed because of the choice to go with contest scores.

  5. RedDawn's Avatar

    Quote Originally Posted by Ninglendo

    Kinda funny that they went with contest scores but I get it. By 1987 there was enough info about games that you could throw out any claim of 5 mil on Pac-Man. Tim McVey's billion point game in Nibbler isn't listed because of the choice to go with contest scores.

    Thats the claim, but I dont think its entirely accurate. More than likely this was simply a list provided to Guinness by the USNVGT/Steve Harris. For all of Billy Mitchells scores on this list, were any of them performed at tournaments?

    I think being an offshoot of the old TG this list suffered from the same cronyism. The majority of scores on this list probably was from these events, but certain people on certain games may have been exempt from this requirement.
    I mean Tim McVeys Nibbler score and Bill Mitchells DK score were both done at the exact same arcade, both with witnesses, yet only one of those scores is on this list. Why? Cronyism. Thats my opinion.

    That said, it still has its significance.
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