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Hi Score Comp #32: Tetris *With modded coin mechs as prizes*
« on: November 22, 2009, 03:54:20 pm »
The last 31 competitions:

#1 - Shinobi - Winner: Destructor
#2 - Jungle Hunt - Winner: CrazyKongFan
#3 - Zoo Keeper - Winner: DeLuSioNal29n
#4 - Q*Bert - Winner: quarterstringer
#5 - Robotron 2084 - Winner: (+_+)
#6 - Joust - Winner: Shoegazer)
#7 - Elevator Action - Winner: FrontyDev
#8 - Mr Do - Winner: DeLuSioNal29
#9 - Hyper Sports - Winner: drawfull
#10 - Wonder Boy - Winner: DrFrag
#11 - Bubble Bobble - Winner: mrclean
#12 - Gun.Smoke - Winner: isucamper
#13 - Ghouls 'n Ghosts - Winner: Ginsu Victim
#14 - Ms Pac-Man (with speedup hac) - Winner: CrazyKongFan
#15 - Frogger - Winner: CrazyKong Fan, Second: Jasonbar
#16 - Grobda - Winner: Mimic, Second: Cornchip
#17 - Bank Panic - Winner: ahofle, Second: Jasonbar
#18 - Juno First - Winner: RayB, Second: Shoegazer
#19 - Rolling Thunder - Winner: DrFrag, Second: isucamper
#20 - Terra Cresta - Winner: isucamper, Second: Jasonbar
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#23 - Galaga - Winner: quarterstringer, Second: ToddH
#24 - Defender - Winner: quarterstringer, Second: tcleary
#25 - Klax - Winner: CrazyKongFan, Second: TAG
#26 - Funny Mouse - Winner: quarterstringer, Second: Epyx
#27 - Rampart - Winner: isucamper, Second: john_abey
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#29 - The Speed Rumbler - Winner: Epyx, Second: Mimic
#30 - Black Dragon - Winner: Epyx, Second: CrazyKongFan
#31 - Twin Cobra - Winner: ArcadeNerd, Second: jasonbar

Hmmm, getting tough to pick a good game since most of the games I remember are done and I can't think of many others I used to play that were old school.  For my choice though I will pick Tetris!  This is Tetris [set1]

Rules:

ROMSet: ATetris
Freeze: Off
Service Mode: Off
Internal Defaults
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Difficulty: Medium

Special Rules: The above are the Default Internal Settings for this title and need not be changed. You may freely choose your starting level.

- One credit only.

- No continues!

- No MAME cheats!

- Last day is Saturday, December 5th (11:59:59pm Pacific Daylight Time), 2009.
 
- High score wins.

- No savestates, savestate practices, etc during the round.

- MAME INP recordings are optional, but encouraged!

- A screenshot is required to enter a score (press F12 to save screenshot showing your final score) or take a photo of the screen if playing on a real machine.

- If you're a MARP competitor on this title, keep in mind this is just a friendly competition amongst forum members, so maybe you shouldn't enter. However, if you're a forum member and this is a game you're good at and nobody knows about it, this is your time to shine!


Prize:

I will modify 6 coin mechs for you that will accept any size coin.


Bonus contest
Most lines will win the consolation prize = 2 modified coin mechs.  If you have both highest score and most lines I'll ship you 8 mechs.

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Re: Hi Score Comp #32: Tetris *With modded coin mechs as prizes*
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2009, 02:33:10 pm »
19587 after first (and perhaps last) try. I don't think people gonna get too excited about this game as it is on every system imaginable, I've seen it even on some satellite boxes! I personally never liked Tetris, I'll ask my wife to play it, she likes it. ;)

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Re: Hi Score Comp #32: Tetris *With modded coin mechs as prizes*
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2009, 08:41:07 pm »
heh, first I have been back since I started this.  It appears I picked a game nobody wants to play lol.  I hadn't played in it YEARS so i thought it may be good to bring back.  If noone wants to play it I will pick a different game on Saturday when I get back home.  Sorry guys.

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Re: Hi Score Comp #32: Tetris *With modded coin mechs as prizes*
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2009, 08:54:44 pm »
I think a lot of people have grown tired of it. It's everywhere.

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Re: Hi Score Comp #32: Tetris *With modded coin mechs as prizes*
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2009, 11:33:31 pm »
  Tetris is a great game. That's why it is on every platform, my favorite being on the Gameboy. Count me in. I'm sure others will warm up too.

 Cornchip.
« Last Edit: November 25, 2009, 11:35:28 pm by Cornchip »

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Re: Hi Score Comp #32: Tetris *With modded coin mechs as prizes*
« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2009, 02:56:36 am »
Boy oh boy, this old Tetris is pretty unforgiving--the pieces are reeeeally sticky!  As soon as your piece touches the pile, it's stuck.  Most later versions of Tetris allow some slippin' 'n' slidin' for a moment after your piece touches the pile.  Harsh!


On my 2nd game, 74, 230.

Hey mimic, how did you manage a score of 19,587?

We're playing on medium difficulty, so you get 20,000 points just for hitting the start button, my friend!   ;D


-Jason
« Last Edit: November 26, 2009, 02:58:11 am by jasonbar »

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Re: Hi Score Comp #32: Tetris *With modded coin mechs as prizes*
« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2009, 09:57:15 am »
Hey mimic, how did you manage a score of 19,587?

We're playing on medium difficulty, so you get 20,000 points just for hitting the start button, my friend!   ;D

Actually, the medium difficulty is the default internal difficulty setting (which can be changed by hitting F2 to access the service mode, and change the difficulty in there). It has nothing to do with the level you start at. In fact, you have the following listed in the rules: "You may freely choose your starting level" :)

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Re: Hi Score Comp #32: Tetris *With modded coin mechs as prizes*
« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2009, 11:56:32 am »
D'oh!

Nevermind!   :-[

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Re: Hi Score Comp #32: Tetris *With modded coin mechs as prizes*
« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2009, 02:16:20 pm »
Hey finally a game that I am not terrible at. Plus all day at work to practice.  So far 60,007

A little better.  78352
« Last Edit: November 26, 2009, 03:01:09 pm by Malikai »

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Re: Hi Score Comp #32: Tetris *With modded coin mechs as prizes*
« Reply #9 on: November 27, 2009, 06:53:07 pm »
D'oh!

Nevermind!   :-[

-Jason


hahahaha Serves your right for pointing dirty finger in my direction! (although I actually didn't read the rules and didn't know I could've start at any point  :lol)

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Re: Hi Score Comp #32: Tetris *With modded coin mechs as prizes*
« Reply #10 on: November 27, 2009, 11:48:53 pm »
After a solid hour of play the best I've managed is 68,539.
My God this game is frustrating. One small mistake and it's all downhill. I'll come back later after my blood pressure returns to normal.
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Re: Hi Score Comp #32: Tetris *With modded coin mechs as prizes*
« Reply #11 on: November 28, 2009, 07:17:34 pm »
99,816

Coooouldn't quite hit 100k!   :hissy:

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Re: Hi Score Comp #32: Tetris *With modded coin mechs as prizes*
« Reply #12 on: November 29, 2009, 08:46:04 pm »
Finally, a game I stand a chance at! 102807 after a few trys

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Re: Hi Score Comp #32: Tetris *With modded coin mechs as prizes*
« Reply #13 on: November 29, 2009, 09:03:41 pm »
Finally, a game I stand a chance at! 102807 after a few trys

Finally? dude it's your 1st post and you just signed up! Are you an exsiting user in disguise or something? That was quite a slip.

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Re: Hi Score Comp #32: Tetris *With modded coin mechs as prizes*
« Reply #14 on: November 29, 2009, 10:04:53 pm »
Long time lurker, cabinet in progress  ;)

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Re: Hi Score Comp #32: Tetris *With modded coin mechs as prizes*
« Reply #15 on: November 30, 2009, 12:39:12 am »
I usually consider myself pretty good at Tetris but this version

I hate this version of Tetris!

Only being able to rotate the blocks counter-clockwise is so frustrating.  I find that when playing NES Tetris I usually rotate clockwise so the only way I could manage getting the 79,935 that I did was having MAME Mirror the screen and reversing the controls.  I might try again once I calm down but man, do I wish this were an NES Hi Score Comp rather than a MAME one...
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Re: Hi Score Comp #32: Tetris *With modded coin mechs as prizes*
« Reply #16 on: December 01, 2009, 02:54:29 am »
Very first try on my desktop with a keyboard.  Debating whether it will be better to play on the MAME setup or on this setup. 



I've always sucked at tetris so maybe this will be my chance to play the game for extensive periods of time.

I too yearn for a clockwise turn. 

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Re: Hi Score Comp #32: Tetris *With modded coin mechs as prizes*
« Reply #17 on: December 01, 2009, 05:13:18 pm »
Played 11 games, and didn't score under 100K on any of them.  ;D

Best score: 169,340 (121 lines)

Most lines: 130 (120,961 points)

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Re: Hi Score Comp #32: Tetris *With modded coin mechs as prizes*
« Reply #18 on: December 01, 2009, 05:19:30 pm »
Zoiks!

Strategy questions:

1 - What starting level did you use?  I tend to use hard, because I'm not earning enough points by the time I hit the hard level (8?) when starting on easy or medium.

2 - Do you go for max combos (multiple lines finished simultaneously) or do you go for highest round bonus (by having the lowest remaining bricks) or do you stretch out each round to get the most points from dropping more blocks?


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Re: Hi Score Comp #32: Tetris *With modded coin mechs as prizes*
« Reply #19 on: December 01, 2009, 06:02:44 pm »
I start on Hard, and play for speed.  I don't go for combos, round bonuses or stretching out each round.  Maybe I should.  :laugh:

I'll record an INP next time.  I think it gets a little easier after round 12, because there's no random blocks or advancing rows.

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Re: Hi Score Comp #32: Tetris *With modded coin mechs as prizes*
« Reply #20 on: December 01, 2009, 06:10:00 pm »
So, what you're saying is that you're blowing us all away & you're not even attempting to use any sort of strategy.


That qualifies you for official poopiehead status!   :P


-Jason


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Re: Hi Score Comp #32: Tetris *With modded coin mechs as prizes*
« Reply #21 on: December 01, 2009, 06:25:04 pm »
 :laugh2:

Well, every time I attempt a strategy it gets me thinking too much and I make mistakes.  If I play without thinking then it's kind of automatic and I do better.

This is the Teris I grew up with.  I never really got the hang of versions where you could turn the blocks in both directions, or move them after they've landed.  I also play in monthly Tetrinet tournaments at my local LAN, so I keep in practice.

Here's a recording I just made of my play style using Mame32 v0.129.

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Re: Hi Score Comp #32: Tetris *With modded coin mechs as prizes*
« Reply #22 on: December 01, 2009, 06:56:11 pm »
Just got 177,878 with 142 lines.

I recorded an INP, but I'm not sure if it'll play back properly.  At round 16, the game starts using initials from the high score table as a pattern for blocks at the start of the round.  As the game appears to retain the high scores between sessions, playing it back on someone else's computer would give them a different layout for round 16.  :-\

Anyway, screenshot:

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Re: Hi Score Comp #32: Tetris *With modded coin mechs as prizes*
« Reply #23 on: December 01, 2009, 07:00:34 pm »
So, which initials are optimal, as far filling in the bottom of the screen goes?

I figure III would be a bad set of initials...  :]

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Re: Hi Score Comp #32: Tetris *With modded coin mechs as prizes*
« Reply #24 on: December 02, 2009, 10:29:11 am »
I don't know if Tetris uses NVRAM, but if it does, if you don't delete it first before recording an INP, it won't playback properly. I've been using WolfMAME 106 (which disables NVRAM by default) so most games playback ok (Klax was one that wouldn't, you also needed to disable the sound emulation, and it *might* playback). Anyway, I don't know how you guys do it. I played about a half dozen games and every one of them, I couldn't clear the first wave where the lines advance up occasionally. All my scores were in the 70-75K range.

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Re: Hi Score Comp #32: Tetris *With modded coin mechs as prizes*
« Reply #25 on: December 05, 2009, 03:30:17 pm »
I hate puzzle games. Anyways, it does roll clockwise. Just not counter.

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Re: Hi Score Comp #32: Tetris *With modded coin mechs as prizes*
« Reply #26 on: December 06, 2009, 12:22:23 am »
I hate puzzle games. Anyways, it does roll clockwise. Just not counter.

And - LAST DAY!

I'm really looking forward to the next comp.  Tetris is great and all, but this version of tetris makes baby Jesus cry. Not being to rotate both ways is like playing tetris with only your feet....actually wait, that might be fun...

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Re: Hi Score Comp #32: Tetris *With modded coin mechs as prizes*
« Reply #27 on: December 06, 2009, 07:04:26 am »
Looks like I won.  ;D I can't accept the prize, as I'm in Australia.  Maybe save it for the next winner?  Or second place?

I'll start a new thread tomorrow.  I'm tossing up between Double Dragon and Gyrus.

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Re: Hi Score Comp #32: Tetris *With modded coin mechs as prizes*
« Reply #28 on: December 06, 2009, 12:51:46 pm »
I played many more games but couldn't break 99k--I hit a ceiling there or in the 90s every time.  Couldn't snag 2nd.  Argh!

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Re: Hi Score Comp #32: Tetris *With modded coin mechs as prizes*
« Reply #29 on: December 06, 2009, 01:46:02 pm »
Looks like I won.  ;D I can't accept the prize, as I'm in Australia.  Maybe save it for the next winner?  Or second place?

I'll start a new thread tomorrow.  I'm tossing up between Double Dragon and Gyrus.

Gyrus!!

Though both games are pretty good choices.


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Re: Hi Score Comp #32: Tetris *With modded coin mechs as prizes*
« Reply #30 on: December 06, 2009, 04:42:51 pm »
I think I might have lucked out getting 100k that once. I kept getting stuck in the same 90ish range too.

Gyrus? Never heard of it... might have to investigate

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Re: Hi Score Comp #32: Tetris *With modded coin mechs as prizes*
« Reply #31 on: December 06, 2009, 06:12:39 pm »
It's actually Gyruss (2 S's :) ) One of my favorite games, although I'm not that great at it. (so you can tell which one I hope you pick ;D ) Has a great soundtrack (although it sounds awful on those 48-in-1 boards)

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Re: Hi Score Comp #32: Tetris *With modded coin mechs as prizes*
« Reply #32 on: December 06, 2009, 08:48:33 pm »
Okay, we're going with Gyruss.

New thread is up here:
http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php?topic=98642.0