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Salim Farhat
10-19-2018 at 09:07 AM
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Wall Entry at 10-19-2018 03:55 PM

Guys, I was wondering something about potentially adding early 80s gamers to the scoreboards. While obviously it is nothing but hearsay and has no real solid proof but... did anyone here ever watch Starcade? That early 80s TV show that was the first ever video game game show. I watched a lot of it and had MAME up to play the games to compare myself to the players (I do usually get better, unless the game is Donkey Kong or Pac-Man. Not much of a player of those, but I practiced a little just to be competitive!)


Anyway, there was an episode which I will have to dig back up in which they took a break to introduce people to the staff and show off their gaming chops. They showed the staff and the games they were experts at and then stated what their personal bests were. I found those scores to be really interesting, with Geoff Edwards (the host of most Starcade episodes) claiming to have a Joust score of around 2 million points circa 1983. This would put him as number 14 on the Joust (arcade) scoreboard under the marathon setting, assuming everything was on factory defaults, which in the early 80s I assume was the case for the vast majority of all cabinets.


What do you guys think? Give the man who hosted the first video game show a credit on our scoreboards?

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  1. Emayl's Avatar

    It's a nice thought, but if you're talking about actually adding them to the scoreboard, I'd say no. What do you plan to put down for a score - "around 2 million points" with a verification date of "circa 1983?" It doesn't jibe with TGSAP standards.

    If you're just talking about some kind of acknowledgement that doesn't involve the player actually being placed on the scoreboard, that's something I could get behind.

  2. Pixe Sukola's Avatar

    I don't think that would be a good idea.

    1. There is no way to confirm those scores and it would not be fair to the people that would end up below the new score on the leaderboard.

    2. I think only the people that actually want their scores up here should be able to submit them. Maybe somebody does not like TG and wouldn't like their name on the site.

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  3. Snowflake's Avatar

    I see pros and cons overall I like it but it needs to be done right. Maybe verification method of “rumor” or something like to indicate it doesn’t have the high standards of tgsap. Also I can see people getting especially upset on first places being rumor. Maybe some sort of sorting where regardless of how high the score such things always go to the bottom. Mathematically it’s awkward to say a higher scores gets a worse ranking but I think you’d need to

  4. Salim Farhat's Avatar

    Quote Originally Posted by Emayl

    It's a nice thought, but if you're talking about actually adding them to the scoreboard, I'd say no. What do you plan to put down for a score - "around 2 million points" with a verification date of "circa 1983?" It doesn't jibe with TGSAP standards.

    If you're just talking about some kind of acknowledgement that doesn't involve the player actually being placed on the scoreboard, that's something I could get behind.


    The scores they gave were rather concrete in their actual number. I said 'around 2 million' because I personally don't remember. I'll look up the episode and post a link. I don't want to make an official gesture on what should or should not be added, but maybe some kind of acknowledgement, yes. Geoff Edwards was sorta important to gaming culture back in the Golden Age of Arcades since he not only hosted the show for the longest time, but he was the most involved. He became a gamer in his 50s (which in the early 80s was ancient) and continued to be a dedicated gamer until his dying day in 2014.

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  5. Emayl's Avatar

    Quote Originally Posted by Salim Farhat



    The scores they gave were rather concrete in their actual number. I said 'around 2 million' because I personally don't remember. I'll look up the episode and post a link. I don't want to make an official gesture on what should or should not be added, but maybe some kind of acknowledgement, yes. Geoff Edwards was sorta important to gaming culture back in the Golden Age of Arcades since he not only hosted the show for the longest time, but he was the most involved. He became a gamer in his 50s (which in the early 80s was ancient) and continued to be a dedicated gamer until his dying day in 2014.


    No argument there about Edwards. He treated the contestants on Starcade like actual competitors, expressed genuine admiration for good performances and wrapped it all up in a friendly, enthusiastic 1980s game show vibe. I watched the original run on TBS back in the day when I could, which could be tough because my family didn't have cable TV at the time.

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  6. EVN's Avatar

    I think in this day and age: "No vid, no did" simple as that.

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