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11-20-2018 at 06:06 AM
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What Was Being a Ref Like?

I love adjudicating. Its what I spend most of my time on TG doing. I got really hooked after hearing an interview with Robert Mruczek. The way he talked about being a ref made it sound almost magical.

It wasn't just watching somebody play a video game and putting a number into a database. It was witnessing top gamers put up scores and then putting that into TG, creating unerasable evidence of their achievements.

So that's what started my TG addiction. I'm curious to know what differences there really are between being a ref and an adjudicator. I'm sure my plan of attack for going after the Queue Monster is a bit different than how ref's would go through their work load.

I specifically remember Robert mentioning a stack of tapes that was a 4 day performance of Nibbler. I probably would never touch that. As a ref you HAD to watch that performance or else it didn't go in the database. As an adjudicator I can just wait until other people do it. So it got me thinking, what other differences are there between being a ref and an adjudicator?

I'm sure there's a few of you still around that'd be willing to share.

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  1. Squirrel!!'s Avatar

    The biggest difference, in my opinion, is knowing the games well enough that you could distinguish between Difficulty A and Difficulty B on Atari 2600 games. It wasn't required to show the game console, so you couldn't just look at the video at the beginning or end, to show the game settings.

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  2. Snowflake's Avatar

    Not a ref here but you’re Atari example is a problem. One of my biggest frustrations so you hit a sore point. The Atari tracks are all screwed up with wrong setting accepted even pal emu and ntsc merges. Something could be deemed emu simply because the title was rare when asked how rarity was determined the ref explained he did NOT use rarity lists but rather went based on his familiar he was with a title. So an Atari game the ref never played would be assumed rare and therefor emu whether is was ntsc or not. I know not your point but since the Atari problem is a very annoying problem for me I wanted to clear up that incorrect assumption

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