Going down memory lane. I'm not a champ at any of these games.
Pong: We paid $100 for the original Pong in 1974 or so. It was clunky and sat on a tabletop, and ran on batteries, connected to the TV with a long cable. You turned a wheel to move the paddle to bounce the ball on. Even on a color TV the display was black and white. I don't remember the scoring.
Atari. We paid $100 for an 8-game set at Sears. I recall Brickout, but not the others. The display on the TV was in color.
Another Atari. Some years later the Atari used game cartridges and we got a few. I recall Golf and Qbert.
Nintendo. In 1990 or so we bought the kids Nintendo. They played many games. Zelda was my favorite.
I'm master level on the games I regularly play. From olden times (e.g., Asteroids, Donkey Kong, Missile Command, pinball in 10 venues) where I held site top scores to more modern versions (e.g., MegaTouch - 24 games - many of which no one else even plays anymore, ReplayPoker, VegasWorld) where I either hold site top scores or have become a leading player, I am a force with which either real or online opponents need to reckon. I even entered the Williams pinball tournament in Chicago back in the day and placed sixth out of the field of nationwide contestants (and got a smallish cash prize). Nowadays, the games field is so overblown that specialties have emerged (fine with me, but I only have so much time). Carry on, gamers, and improve!
>>I did manage to hold the world record for 29 straight years, so I guess I did something right.
What?! Oh no, you can't leave it at that! There has to be some PM Magazine video, some Real People segment, some vintage 80s video game magazine piece about this! Or at least some sort of bragging rights!
All my bragging rights can be found on a Web site called Twin Galaxies.
"Founded in 1981, Twin Galaxies (tm) is the world's most preeminent professional organization, community and social platform that is solely dedicated to the recognition, promotion, support and elevation of all video game players throughout the world!"
Little slow in responding. Sorry. At the time I set my score, it was just a casual day at the local arcade. I had played the night before and found one of the Galaga's at a local arcade I frequented, that allowed me to play past the infamous "kill-screen" which was stage 255. After completing this stage, the game went to stage "0" and then stage "1" again, but retained my score and allowed me to play another set of 255 stages. I ended my game and came back bright an early the next morning to play another even longer game. I did just that and the rest is history. I ended my game after 9 hours of continuous gameplay and no breaks. I had 6 ships remaining and stopped playing because there was no one at the time remotely close to my score of 15,999,990, so I was satisfied. Had I kept playing, there's no doubt I would have reached 20M. Wish I did, because now, I will have to play for at least 17 hours in order to top the current WR and achieve a score of 30M, where I'll feel confident enough that no one will be stupid enough to try and beat it for hopefully years to come. It's just that at my age, this task is extremely physically demanding so it will be one hell of a challenge both mentally and physically!
Practice up on those old arcade games you used to spend so much money on at the arcade. No quarters needed this time around! Relive those glory days when you played Q-Bert, Joust, Pac Man and so many others. It looks as though you'll have plenty of games to choose from so the fun just may never end! Ready to get started? Right this way please!
Was a time when I was younger than my "kids" are now, that the Atari 2600 was a pretty big deal. Of course, that was before the internet, computers, X Boxes and PS # whatevers. But those games mostly were just neverending. Once you passed a level, things would just speed up or so many enemies would appear onscreen that eventually, you were overwhelmed just by the sheer numbers. But I did manage to get pretty good at both Kaboom (I wore out several sets of those paddle controllers) and Megamania. Megamania is a game I still enjoy playing today. Of course my reflexes aren't as fast as they once were but I can still blast aliens away with the best of them, thanks to emulation. Ah yes, those were the days!
Other systems though, I was a player of many but a master of very few. I'm pretty good though at Wii Bowling and Bit Trip Runner for the Wii as well. But with video games being what they are these days it would take more than just seeing my old favorites on a TV screen to impress my kids these days, I think. But thanks for the memories you triggered. Those were fun times! 😊
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