M.A.M.E. - Nibbler [set 1] - Points [Marathon Settings] - 210,436,070 - Michael Kibbey

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  1. M.A.M.E. - Nibbler [set 1] - Points [Marathon Settings] - 210,436,070 - Michael Kibbey

    01-22-2017, 02:26 PM
    Points [Marathon Settings]
    WolfMame version
    ROMSet: Nibbler
    Lives: 3 [Extra Life after Every 4th Wave]
    Pause At Corners: On
    Cabinet: Upright
    Service Mode: Off
    Free Play: Off
    Special Rules: None
    Submission Message
    Hi all,

    This is my submission for a score of 210,436,070 I scored on Nibbler using MAME v.181. This attempt took me 14 hours of play time.

    The attempt was also live streamed on Twitch.tv with a link to the highlight below.

    Twitch highlight:
    (Apologies for the bad audio quality at times, Aus internet )
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  2. 01-22-2017, 02:34 PM
    Final Score Screen

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  3. 01-22-2017, 07:00 PM
    well done sir
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  4. 01-22-2017, 07:08 PM
    Big run sir. What a marathon! I'm sizing up the WR on NES Jackal and it looks like it will take me 9 or 10 hours and that'll be the longest run I've ever made. 14hr is pretty huge. No offense to McVey or RTM or anyone else that would like to pipe up and say "I've marathoned longer" because that's not why I'm saying this. Anything 10hr+ deserves praise. Double digit hours. Have you seem David Gomez's Robotron arcade runs on here? Massive marathon efforts.

    Nice work.
  5. 01-22-2017, 07:10 PM
    I'll finish watching tomorrow. So far so good. Looking forward to voting YES
  6. 01-22-2017, 09:19 PM
    Thanks Ben :)

    Didn't anticipate getting this high of a score at all. During the stream I said I'd have "a quick game of Nibbler before some more DK" and attempt to go for 5ish million or so because I wasn't super confident in my abilities. Next thing I know I'm 14 hours deep lol
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  7. 01-22-2017, 10:20 PM

    Nice one mate.

    Watched a good portion of this live so can confidently vote yes.

    AFAIK the "Nibbler" ROMset in 106 was rev 6, but later changed. Also the dots don't regenerate in this version, which can easily be seen in the video

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  8. 01-23-2017, 12:27 AM
    Very nice(high) Nibbler score Michael. Congrats.


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  9. 01-23-2017, 01:00 AM
    Thanks for that Barra.

    I should have specified this was done with Nibbler rev6. Can confirm that 2nd and 3rd place on the leaderboard at the moment were both done using rev6 too.
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  10. 01-23-2017, 03:23 AM

    Joseph H. Ulowetz and John M. Jaugilas
    Datamost (home)
    Joseph H. Ulowetz and John M. Jaugilas
    Arcade (original)
    Apple II
    Atari 8-bit
    Release date(s)
    Snake game
    Single player, 2 player alternating

    Nibbler is an arcade game by Rock-Ola, the most successful game released by the company. Its gameplay is a variant of Pac-Man and Snake: the object is to navigate a snake through an enclosed maze, while consuming dots along the way. The length of the snake increases with each object consumed, making the game more difficult. The player must avoid colliding with the snake's own body sections. When the snake hits a wall, it stalls and rapidly runs down the level timer. After all the objects on the screen have been eaten, the player progresses to the next maze.

    A home version was produced by Datasoft for the Atari 8-bit and the Apple II.

    Nibbler was the first arcade game on which a player could achieve one billion points.In the Competitive Arena[edit]

    Nibbler world record attempts by Tim McVey and Dwayne Richard at MAGFest 7 in 2009.
    Nibbler was the first video game with a nine-digit score counter and the first game where it was possible for a player to score one billion points. The core patterns and strategies used to achieve that were introduced at Twin Galaxies Arcade by Tom Asaki of Montana, who made a pilgrimage to the arcade in Ottumwa, Iowa in 1983. Asaki aimed to become the first gamer to reach one billion points on any game and to win a Nibbler machine from Rock-Ola, who were running a contest for the first billion point game. Due to a number of setbacks, Tom only reached a score of 838 million points.[1]

    The billion point mark was first reached by Tim McVey at the Twin Galaxies Arcade on January 17, 1984, scoring 1,000,042,270 points. News of his accomplishment was carried by the wire services and a feature story on his feat was published in the July 1984 issue of Computer Games Magazine. As McVey was a resident of Ottumwa, which had just been declared the "Video Game Capital of the World", he became the first video game player in gaming history to have a civic day set aside in his honor: "Tim McVey Day" on January 28, 1984. Officials from Rock-Ola, the game's manufacturer, were in attendance to award Mr. McVey a free "Nibbler" arcade machine for his accomplishment.

    Soon after the mark was set, Italian Enrico Zanetti set out to break McVey's score and did so with a score of 1,001,073,840 on September 27, 1984. However, this was not discovered by anyone in the United States until years after the marathon and was never officially verified. Along with Nibbler being a fairly uncommon machine and the probability that the machine that Zanetti played on was a bootleg, the score has been disputed, most notably by McVey and Rick Carter.[2]

    Decades later, Dwayne Richard of Canada broke the coveted billion point mark. It was later revealed that the circuit boards used in his game were analyzed and found to have a timing problem that created an unfair advantage by speeding up certain parts of the game allowing him to arrive at a top score much sooner, and were estimated to shave multiple hours off of Richard's marathon game session time. To avoid further controversy, Mr. Richard requested his removal of the world record score from the Twin Galaxies International Scoreboard. Sometime later, upon investigation of Mr. Richard's game board by Glendale California based Vintage Arcade Superstore, it was found that a 6502 microprocessor chip which had experienced a mechanical failure and was operating at a faster speed.

    Twenty-nine years after McVey's billion point score, the score was broken four times in the span of less than two years. Rick Carter of Glen Burnie, Maryland was the first to break the billion point barrier and claimed the world record with a score of 1,002,222,360 on July 31, 2011.

    Approximately five months later, Tim McVey reclaimed the score on Christmas Day 2011, with a score of 1,041,767,060.

    Giuseppe Siciliani & Bruno Guarascio (from Cirò Marina KR - Italy) are the first players in Italy and Europe (over 87 hours of continuous play).

    Man vs Snake film[edit]
    Main article: Man vs Snake
    In 2013, producer/director/editors Andrew Seklir and Tim Kinzy used Kickstarter to fund the making of a documentary film, titled Man vs. Snake: The Long and Twisted Tale of Nibbler, about the difficulties of achieving a one-billion point score on Nibbler. The documentary had been filming since 2008 and was successfully Kickstarted on September 16, 2013. The movie premiered at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas on September 27, 2015 where it won the Jury Award for Best Picture Documentary. On April 17, 2016 the film made its Canadian premiere at the Calgary Underground Film Festival where it again won the Jury Award for Best Documentary. On May 24, 2016 it was announced that Man vs. Snake would be distributed internationally by leading independent film and documentary publisher Filmbuff with a release date scheduled for June 24, 2016.[3][4][5][6][7] The documentary is now available to view on Netflix.
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