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02-14-2020 at 09:41 PM
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In Search Of...The Amusement Players Association International Scoreboard

While looking into the history of high score competition, I've come across or rediscovered several different "leaderboards" that gamers used prior to the web-based appearance of the Twin Galaxies in 1997/98. At the same time, I was interested in examining scoreboards that appeared in magazine or other publications in the mid- to late-1980s: enter the Amusement Players Association International Scoreboard. This scoreboard appeared in computer and gaming magazines in addition to the official newsletter of the APA called "Top Score." For an annual fee, a gamer could sign up to be a card-carrying member of the APA and compete wither others by submitting scores that would be tracked as part of the scoreboard. The newsletter boasted that the APA tracked hundreds of scores, and I wanted to learn more about its fate - does someone still have the raw materials of the scoreboard in their possession? If so, might it be possible to digitize the material and post it on the web for others to see and compare? Both Steve Harris and Perry Rodgers were part of the APA and Newsletter production, but I haven't been able to reach either of them to ask about the scoreboard's fate. Can anyone here help with this search, either by putting me in contact with Steve or Perry, or sharing their own direct knowledge of the situation? I'm slowly drawing up a list of Internet-based scoreboards that I plan to share in the TG Wiki as part of "gaming history," and it would be great to see if there's any chance that this resource might be included in some way.

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