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Horrors of the Arcade
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Newbiespud 27th Jan 2015, 5:00 AM edit delete
I've only held a couple of high scores in my life, but I can confirm that someone else gunning for them can be a little bit nerve-wracking.

I didn't run a session this past Sunday, and just as well - my headset snapped in twain first thing Monday morning. At least we're almost at the beginning of a new month, but that lone headset had served me well for almost a whole year and was the foundation for about half the stuff I make. Gave me some things to think about this week at the very least.

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Bartimaeus 27th Jan 2015, 5:12 AM edit delete reply
Guest 27th Jan 2015, 5:35 PM edit delete reply
Blueblade 28th Jan 2015, 5:43 AM edit delete reply
What? This?
Digo 27th Jan 2015, 5:18 AM edit delete reply
My high score was Defender on the Atari 5200 system. I made it to level 99 (the farthest the game goes, it just repeats that level if you beat it) and Stayed there for half an hour.

So yeah, bring on the alien invasion. I trained for this. XD
FanOfMostEverything 27th Jan 2015, 5:48 AM edit delete reply
I once got a pinball lodged on top of one of the bumpers such that it kept triggering over and over again.

I'm not sure how many points I scored. I snuck away once it was starting to get physically damaged.
Night Sage 27th Jan 2015, 7:00 AM edit delete reply
You managed that too? Except I didn't let it stay there until the bumper started to get damaged. I allowed 20 counts, and then did a quick shake of the machine to loosen the ball. Yes, you can still shake pinball machines. Just make sure not to tilt it too far in any direction.

High Score: 998,766
Nappa 28th Jan 2015, 5:44 AM edit delete reply
Vegeta what does the scouter say about his high score?
Vegeta 28th Jan 2015, 5:45 AM edit delete reply
It's over 900,000!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nappa 28th Jan 2015, 5:46 AM edit delete reply
What 900,000? IMPOSSIBLE!
Toric 27th Jan 2015, 11:09 AM edit delete reply
I've only ever gotten the high score in golf. Imagine my disappointment when I discovered the truth...
DanielLC 27th Jan 2015, 12:04 PM edit delete reply
I've gotten a high score in Hearts.
Digo 27th Jan 2015, 12:44 PM edit delete reply
Heh, I know that feeling too well. :x
Super_Big_Mac 5th Feb 2015, 4:50 PM edit delete reply
On a cross-country road trip to Delaware for a wedding, we stopped at two camp doors with small arcades, and an actual arcade. The top ten scores on almost every machine in all three locations were held by GOD. There was one machine where DVL was #2, but it looked like GOD had swooped in to steal the win, because he had only five points higher, like a big old fuck you.
Night Sage 27th Jan 2015, 7:02 AM edit delete reply
Night Sage
And that'll teach me never to make a comment without first logging in... stupid thing double posted.
Druid24 27th Jan 2015, 7:17 AM edit delete reply
you could just delete the double, can't you?
Newbiespud 27th Jan 2015, 7:33 AM edit delete reply
Not for guest comments. That duty falls upon me.
Guest 27th Jan 2015, 8:42 AM edit delete reply
Duty is heavier than a mountain; death is lighter than a feather.
Toric 27th Jan 2015, 11:06 AM edit delete reply
It's my dooty. And it's a BIG DOOTY!
Night Sage 29th Jan 2015, 5:02 PM edit delete reply
Night Sage
Unless of course, you're me; in which case death weighs more than a feather, lighter than air, and as heavy as the heaviest object you can think of.
Night Sage 29th Jan 2015, 5:00 PM edit delete reply
Night Sage
Thank you for deleting that.
Jennifer 27th Jan 2015, 7:17 AM edit delete reply
OK, so the spider incident (and possibly the Canterlot Voice) is going to be deliberate? This comic continues to surprise, invert the plot, and all-around be awesome.

High scores? Hm. I've managed to hunt down 210 mines in a single 24x30 Minesweeper window. I know it's an old and simple game but I keep upping the challenge by adding more mines every time I win.

On Gameboy Tetris I once managed 201 lines before losing. Never did beat a classmate who got to 205.
DanielLC 27th Jan 2015, 12:07 PM edit delete reply
My high score in minesweeper was an eight. I got a square in an expert level that was completely surrounded by mines. At the time, it was also the fasted I'd ever beaten expert, but I was more concerned about the eight.
remia1 27th Jan 2015, 7:52 AM edit delete reply
when I went to college, several of my friends lived off campus so they could drink. (beer is bad kids, don't drink it) and one of them had a gameboy, and so the game of "let's see who can get farthest in super mario land 1 while plastered started. unknown to anyone else I had a copy of the game myself, and had beaten it several times. so when the game got passed to me I ended up playing it for about 2 hours, until I handed it off to the host.

he had no idea the game gets harder once you beat it, and even having 99 lives didn't help him. he just figured he had had WAY too much to drink.
Disloyal Subject 27th Jan 2015, 10:13 AM edit delete reply
"Beer is bad?" I mean, anything is bad in excess, and it's not that great for you ("Beeer is liquid bread, it's good for you!" notwithstanding, though the song is amusing) and I'm not particularly fond of the taste, but in my opinion brewing it remains an art form.
Digo 27th Jan 2015, 12:48 PM edit delete reply
One new years at a friend's house we all got drunk and played one of the racing games on Playstation 2. I can't remember which game, but the simulated DWI was kind of funny.
Mykin 27th Jan 2015, 8:17 AM edit delete reply
I don't care for high scores outside of the curiosity of seeing where I end up on the list after a few attempts at the game. Same thing with achievements. The only time I care is when Raptor does their "yearly report" thing where you get to see how you did during that year for video game playing; and even then my caring stops the moment I finish reading it.

I guess I'm horribly boring that way.
Specter 27th Jan 2015, 8:29 AM edit delete reply
I am not allowed to turn scoring "on" in any competitive game I play (example, Halo 3). But that's because after the scoring of every level, I am usually assaulted by my fellow players.

I pretty much have to play cooperative games no matter what, and it still feels like everyone is gunning me down for some reason (usually in the end for some reason).
Winged Cat 27th Jan 2015, 9:54 AM edit delete reply
I once got second place in a video game tournament, on a game I had never before played (Super Monkey Ball). During the qualification round, I checked out the competition, and adopted tricks from those who looked like they knew what they were doing. In the process, I got an explanation of one trick from the person who I would ultimately face in the final round. Afterward, it came out that I had copied his strategy so well, I forced him to try something else to eke out a win. I still have the medal.
you know that guy 27th Jan 2015, 12:25 PM edit delete reply
What are you, Taskmaster?

actually, can you teach strats as well as copy them?
Winged Cat 27th Jan 2015, 2:46 PM edit delete reply
Sure can. I've written a few guides, for low-fanbase indie games where no one else had written one yet. (For popular games, where someone else has already done it, there's less point.) My best guide so far is for Moonbase Alpha, if you want to look it up.

I take the same approach to life in general: learn complex stuff, to the point I can teach it to others. (I hear that "can teach others competently" used to be the gold standard of mastery, before we knew enough about teaching that it became its own skill.) Science (so I can help people understand what's going on), job tasks (so I can teach others to do my job), hobbies (so I can share what I like to do), all kinds of things.
Blueblade 28th Jan 2015, 5:39 AM edit delete reply
So you copied them and Your username is Winged cat...
That is now a thing!
Winged Cat 28th Jan 2015, 9:50 AM edit delete reply

Careful, lest I copy myself and start spamming my clones, trying to get the high score in the number of simultaneously-existing mes.
Sensei Le Roof 27th Jan 2015, 9:58 AM edit delete reply
Galaga, arcade version. I got to stage 150. Don't remember what the final score was, but it broke a million.
Disloyal Subject 27th Jan 2015, 10:19 AM Arcades edit delete reply
Only arcade games I played all that much were Centipede, Galaga, & Asteroids. Of the 3, I did better by far at Centipede, though not having played it in over a decade I don't recall my score. Probably not as good as I'd like to think, given that I was around 8 years old at the time.
I do strive for 100% completion in most games I play, though - it makes sandbox games a little grueling.
redwings1340 27th Jan 2015, 10:31 AM edit delete reply
Frogger, 1997 (

I don't know the score I've gotten on this, but I've gotten through every level of this game in sequence before over a period of two days without ever getting a game over. I am amazing at this game (though admittedly, there is one person on youtube who is better than me at it).
Disloyal Subject 27th Jan 2015, 12:13 PM Frogger edit delete reply
Good times. I'll have to dig out my old disks and look through 'em for that sometime soonish.
Raxon 27th Jan 2015, 11:54 AM edit delete reply
Sinistar and Zork. I could name more, but I think they speak for themselves.

I got to level 50 in Sinistar. Been so many years, though, and the trick to do it is hard.
Blues 27th Jan 2015, 9:27 PM edit delete reply
I was in awe of you before, but now I am increasingly more so. I assume you're talking about the double death trick.
Raxon 28th Jan 2015, 12:27 AM edit delete reply
It took hours to reach 50. And that was just for that one playthrough. Spamming the double death trick over and over is not easy.

Zork, on the other hand, well, you can beat the game relatively quickly if you know what to do. Alas, it has been a few years.
The-Hittite 27th Jan 2015, 1:20 PM edit delete reply
2.5 hour completion in Metroid 2. (Not Prime) My reward? And 8-bit bikini.

Also back in high school I used to have the timing for that Space Cadet pinball game for Windows down to a science. Can't remember what my high score was though.
Archone 27th Jan 2015, 9:01 PM edit delete reply
I've got a high score worth bragging about...

Everyone's familiar with Contra and the Konami code? Up up down down left right left right B A start? I owned Contra for the NES, and I used that code a lot. And after I'd played through enough times... I didn't need the code.

Three lives, one continue. Red Falcon = beaten.
Cony 28th Jan 2015, 7:24 AM edit delete reply
I currently hold my college society's high score in 'Donkey Kong's Crash Course' in NintendoLand. One of my friends took the game home over Christmas a year or two ago and said he'd beat my highscore...and he's still 1000 points off :D

(Also, due to a bug, I have the first and second high scores. Woo me)
redwings1340 28th Jan 2015, 9:57 AM edit delete reply
That game is fantastic.
Cony 29th Jan 2015, 2:19 AM edit delete reply
One of the best games on the WiiU :D
Chrysalis 28th Jan 2015, 6:08 PM edit delete reply
I hold the record for most session breaking character in a DnD campaign. We found the relic, Deck of Many Things...I think that's what it's called? It's been awhile. I drew three times, gained 100000 EXP and lost all my magic items. My companions were levels 6 to 10. I was level 18 after that.
Mistriousfrog 28th Jan 2015, 8:36 PM edit delete reply
I held the world highscore in Robot Unicorns attack once. Lasted less than an hour, but I had it.
Disloyal Subject 29th Jan 2015, 2:55 AM edit delete reply
Daang. There's some serious competition for that spot. RUA2 (the phone version), or classic?
Vancing 28th Jan 2015, 10:25 PM edit delete reply
A record for me was going for 2029 panels on Don't Touch The White Tiles...My sister is still pissed at me for breaking her record and going above and beyond what she had....She's still trying to get back her record, and it's almost been one year now....