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03-28-2020 at 08:56 PM
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Does anyone have Donn Nauert's contact information? I think I found him on Linked in. I don't know why, but just looking at his number 1 scores that he set back in the 80s isn't just good, but they're incredible. I've noted that whenever he sets a number 1, he really, really sets a number 1. Maybe it's because it was the first record I ever set on TG, but there's something that especially interests me on how he managed to do it. The game could not have been out for more than a year at that point and given the amount of effort I had to go through to set the score it was just incredible. I only wish they managed to videotape his original playthrough. I find that the scores that were set decades ago that remain undefeated for who knows how long to be legitimately fascinating, as if they were surrounded by some kind of mystique that has been lost to the sands of time.

But that being said, I want to ask the guy if he remembers anything he did with them, like how long was his playthrough? Did it do it on two lives or four? Did he even know how to obtain the two extra lives? Did he just brute force it, or did he figure out how the bonus locker system worked? I am curious to know. I would like to also ask about some of his other records, like Cheyenne and Crossbow (which I submitted MAME track records for) as those are equally insane in just how big they are. The Cheyenne score must have easily taken 10 hours or more to achieve (I'm just guessing) and the Crossbow score was equally insane considering the immense difficulty in getting the characters to survive the 2nd to last section before the final boss (who is actually extremely easy to beat).

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  1. Rogerpoco's Avatar

    I have to admit...

    If someone tried to contact me in 40 years or so(likely not possible, 'cept mebbe with a Ouija board...)about my Burgertime score, the first thing I'd have to do is explain to them that I usually have trouble remembering what I had for dinner yesterday, let alone details about a game from 40 years before.

    Seriously, my Kids are named in alphabetical order, I was that worried about forgetting their names...

    :D


    I'm just messing with ya, Best of Luck in your research-in an Ideal World, you'll figure out those numbers ARE possible, and beat them(I haven't the slightest clue), but time will tell!

  2. The Evener's Avatar

    It was reported the Donn achieved his world records on Cheyenne and Crossbow during the 1985 Video Game Masters Tournament. The VGMT was an international tournament where arcade gamers could chase fame and glory at participating arcades across North America. Cheyenne is a unique case - the game actually maxes out at 99,999,999, but in Donn's case he manually added his accumulated gold bonus to his max-out score, arriving at 319,209,900. It's an unusual situation since typically a gamer can only claim or submit a final score based on what is displayed on the screen, not what a player could in theory add to the final displayed score manually by including in-game bonuses, etc. Without hearing from Donn or Walter Day directly, it's unclear how this arrangement came to pass during the tournament.

    You can read an 1986 interview with Donn about this gaming experience and history here:

    http://www.videoparadise-sanjose.com/ts-3.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Evener

    It was reported the Donn achieved his world records on Cheyenne and Crossbow during the 1985 Video Game Masters Tournament. The VGMT was an international tournament where arcade gamers could chase fame and glory at participating arcades across North America. Cheyenne is a unique case - the game actually maxes out at 99,999,999, but in Donn's case he manually added his accumulated gold bonus to his max-out score, arriving at 319,209,900. It's an unusual situation since typically a gamer can only claim or submit a final score based on what is displayed on the screen, not what a player could in theory add to the final displayed score manually by including in-game bonuses, etc. Without hearing from Donn or Walter Day directly, it's unclear how this arrangement came to pass during the tournament.

    You can read an 1986 interview with Donn about this gaming experience and history here:

    http://www.videoparadise-sanjose.com/ts-3.htm


    So that's how he did it! I did see the records on MARP and the holder there says it doesn't go beyond 99,999,999 so he stopped playing the moment he hit that score.


    That's even more incredible that he held his gold score for that long. But that would be a massive bonus if he held it for longer than 99 rounds (since the gold bonus doesn't go beyond that I believe). I'll be sure to read it.

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