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After like 50 coins, 112 stages, and 1 1/2 hours, I finally squeaked past DAD's score and got out before it could roll over. It makes me giddy to think that when someone fires up Galaga on that machine he'll be looking at my score at the top. And now, provided I have a recaptured fighter, I've learned how to get a perfect score on most Challenging Stages.
I also just learned that if you play as Player 2, it gives you an extra digit for score. So if DAD gets mad and decides to make a comeback, I've got a surprise for him :}
Oh, in case you're wondering, this is a Ms. Pac-Man/Galaga - Class of '81 machine, and if you haven't inferred this yet, I'm GT.
Have you ever put a top score on an arcade cabinet?
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Super Jamie said:
I have never played Galaga.
I'm sorry.Maes said:
Not at all. If we're talking about real arcade machines without CMOS backup or emulators without high-score saving, then it's normal that the high scores are lost when the machines are powered down. Very few arcade machines made before 1997 saved high scores - the norm was them being purely RAM & ROM affairs.
Actually, I liked "ephemeral" vanity tables best, at least for frequently played/popular games: every day the situation changed, so you had to be a regular in a given room to keep your name up high.
There were slow days, sure, but it avoided situations where a vanity table would be filled with closely tied scores that were impossible to get past (e.g. game-completion scores in Puzzle Bobble were all pretty close save for a few digits).
Good point. In my case, however, I'm glad it's the way it is. This machine is in the arcade room at Great Wolf Lodge Virginia. I go there maybe 2-3 times a year and it's the only thing there I really enjoy doing.