Atari 2600 / VCS - Gorf - NTSC - Game 1 (Points) - 701,000 - Garrett C. Holland

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  1. Atari 2600 / VCS - Gorf - NTSC - Game 1 (Points) - 701,000 - Garrett C. Holland

    09-01-2019, 11:39 PM
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    NTSC - Game 1 (Points)
    Track
    https://www.twingalaxies.com/scores.php?scores=3776
    Rank
    1
    Rules
    The difficulty switches are not used in this game.
    Any other settings should remain default upon boot-up.
    Submission Message
    General timeline in the comments.
    Chart for symbology and for a per-10K timeline:
    The 10K-position score sprites on Gorf begin degrading at 100K (combining 2 halves of 2 different sprites), and get progressively worse, and ultimately illegible. The sprites in the 1K and 100 positions begin degrading at 500K, with the latter getting worse at 550K, and all 5 get nearly unreadable shortly thereafter.
    Helpful considerations while adjudicating:
    1. All enemies on the invaders stage are worth 50 pts, the least for any target in the game. Therefore, if one is hit and causes the digit in the 1000s column to increment, that necessarily will mean the following 3 digits are all zeros, and is intentionally how I ended the game.
    2. The digit sprite in the thousands position degrades the least, and is generally legible always.
    3. Extra lives are awarded every 10K, therefore, one may confirm scoring increases by tracking the lives counter to supplement other adjudicating techniques.




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  2. 09-01-2019, 11:41 PM
    Timeline:
    0:00:05 Diff Sw settings
    0:00:07 Title select
    0:00:12 Power on
    0:00:33 Start of run
    0:37:03 100K
    1:11:33 200K
    1:45:58 300K
    2:26:40 400K
    3:05:39 500K
    3:45:45 600K
    4:22:36 700K
    4:23:14 Suicides begin
    4:23:50 End of run @ 701,000
    Run duration: 4h 23m 17s
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  3. 09-01-2019, 11:46 PM
    Video uploaded is highly-compressed to bring the size below the 5GB TG threshold. Hi-res video has been uploaded to YouTube.



    Also, I am willing to upload multiple the hi-res video in multiple segments if there is enough demand for it.
  4. 09-02-2019, 12:21 AM
    At last!! I’ll take a good look at this later today

    Awesome stuff!!
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  5. 09-02-2019, 03:51 AM
    What a great performance. All the rollovers check out.

    The digits in the final score are degraded but I can confirm it is 1,000 (701,000).

    The game doesn’t keep track of lives earned after 9. The fact that you stopped voluntarily didn’t affect you.

    You completed 233 waves (1,165 boards). This is beyond impressive… Accepted!!!


    Why do you think the difficulty level changed around 390,000?
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  6. 09-02-2019, 04:10 AM
    WOW!! looks like you broke the game just after the 390K
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  7. 09-02-2019, 07:33 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by nads View Post
    WOW!! looks like you broke the game just after the 390K

    Hmm.
    Scary.
    I think the cart is trying to develop intelligence, and independent thinking...

    From what I saw, the Invader said "You know what? Screw it. He's going to shoot me anyway, and running won't help me a bit...".
    :)
    Droplets of yes and no
    In an ocean of maybe
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  8. 09-02-2019, 08:09 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by GregDeg View Post
    Why do you think the difficulty level changed around 390,000?
    I have a theory, which I'll be looking into today. I'm thinking there's some sort of 1-byte mission (set of four waves) increment counter that gets factored in when assigning the invaders lateral speed, with the status of the invaders being another factor (based on how many invaders are remaining). Probably something like 0 = starting speed, 1 = intermediate speed, 2 = last invader speed.

    I'm guessing the dramatic change occurs on the 128th mission, and if the above is true, that would but the invader speed variable value at 256 on the 128th mission causing the product value (128 * 2) to become 256, and therefore, rolling to zero. I'm sure it may be a little more complex than that, but it's where I'll start.
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  9. 09-02-2019, 08:59 AM
    GG
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  10. 09-02-2019, 05:34 PM
    Another cart absolutely dismantled!! Beyond amazing run Garrett!
    Accepted!!
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