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On Your Marks... - December 16,1999 by JoseQ
Are you ready to participate in the biggest MAME competition event ever? Then you probably already registeredyourself in the MAME Decathlon 2000 contest. The officiallist of games contestants will be playing has been frozenso you can start polishing your skills between now andthe first of the New Year which is when the contest begins.You would be competing against well over 50 other hi-scorehungry players in the following games:

  • Bubble Bobble
  • Burgertime
  • Elevator Action
  • Frogger
  • Joust
  • Ms. Pac Man
  • Q-Bert
  • Tapper
  • Time Pilot
  • Track'n'Field (1 round only)

    If you're thinking about cheating or not participatingbecause others might cheat, don't even worry about it. A special version of MAME has to be used to play the games.It disables all cheats, pause and other features that mayallow players achieve higher scores.
    Remember, you can still sign-up and be part ofthe biggest MAME competition emulation has ever seen. Andthe prizes are huge as well. You have until the last minuteof this year to enter, and after that, just get ready foraction!

    One Article Up: MAME 0.36 Beta 12!
    One Article Down: Where is JoseQ?

  • Add Your Comments

    Name: Alexey Posted: Tuesday, December 21, 1999 - (3:40)
    Subject: About Ages And Arcades
    From:
    Well, I played my first video game when i was 11 and in Trieste (Italy) and it was Tutankham. I remember that i just stood there and shoot and it was fun. I didn't moved cause i got killed every time I did. But it was FUN !!! Then I played hundreds of more others, but still remember this one as greatest events of my life - me meets arcade machine...
    Now I'm 29 and in Belgrade-Serbia, I have wife and we're expecting kid in february, we are very much in love and in video games. We're not going out(well, for months really), cause she's a bit heavier then before :0), but we're playing Puzzle De Pon and Pnickies against each other A LOT !!! and I mean a _LOT_, for few hours every day, beating each other till death! Sitting one next to other, touching with our fingers, laughing, yelling, kissing, hugging...
    Well, I just wanted to say - NEVER QUESTION YOUR LOVE, and in this case, it's love with the arcades, and that's Love with Big *L* !!! Do what you love, what you really will!
    My wife says 'Hi' to all'ya!
    A.

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    Name: Wahs Posted: Sunday, December 19, 1999 - (21:41)
    Subject: Thanx guys!
    From:
    And sho' nuff! There it was on the magazine cover! The Starcade studio as I remembered it!

    Um, okay...so it looks a lot smaller than I remember it.

    Uh, actually...it looks worse than some of the pizza bowls I've played games in. Ick. Funny how we always remember things as being better as they really were...

    Anyways, I'm still in the midst of my track and field training *huff* *puff* I hope to be ready by Jan. 1st *sweat* *sweat*

    -Future Wheaties box cover boy,
    Wahs

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    Name: DJS Posted: Sunday, December 19, 1999 - (5:11)
    Subject: Deca2000
    From:
    Now anyone who always thought they were the greatest can prove it.

    Good Luck Amigos.

    You will have to defeat me to stand a chance!

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    Name: Brad Posted: Saturday, December 18, 1999 - (19:13)
    Subject: Competition
    From:
    Who cares about geeks and the like! I lived for
    these games as a kid and I wanna piece
    of this action. I'm registered, downloaded
    and practising now. Oh what fun. And if I
    don't win, who cares it will be awesome
    anyway. 10 months of mayhem

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    Name: Alessio Buono Posted: Friday, December 17, 1999 - (17:20)
    Subject: Tournament
    From:
    Hi guy,
    I would love to have some information about the MAME competition becouse I'm really interested.
    I think that I'm a good player....

    Alessio From Italy
    alessiob@mmm.it
    alessio@holeinone.it

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    Name: Big ANT Posted: Friday, December 17, 1999 - (11:23)
    Subject: I wanna rock right now
    From:
    THe rock sayS Know YoUr RolE aids And shut YouR TRap Dukes of hazard 4 life bro. WHHHHHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOo! www.afro70.net

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    Name: Mame guy Posted: Friday, December 17, 1999 - (4:36)
    Subject: no subject nooone
    From:
    I take my video games way too seriously
    I used to bitch about Ultima Online everyday on the messge boards but i quit. I played that game for 2 years almost everyday what a waste of everything... it's addicted in a big way. I'm just trying to find other high points besides then oh look that guy has a high score. YOu wana see video games at their worst try reading the Ultima accension message boards
    http://www.ultima9.com/lb_message.html
    and here i thought video games were just for fun :D

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    Name: Wahs Posted: Friday, December 17, 1999 - (4:06)
    Subject: Oh man...
    From:
    I am SOOOOOO out of shape for this contest. I have been so spoiled with the -cheat command line for the past two years that I've totally forgotten how to play half of these games correctly.

    This whole decathon is sort of like living a childhood fantasy. I remember the game show "Starcade" on TBS back in the 80's. It had players answering video game questions then competing against each other by playing a video game for a minute for the highest score. The winner would win a real arcade game to bring home with them.
    I honestly doubt anyone else remembers this program - but man, I digged that show!

    I was way too young to be on that program, but now I can finally live out that spirit of competition (and hopefully win a real arcade machine in the process). My hands are literally going numb from trying to nail down Track and Field...

    Call me a geek, call me whatever you want - I just wanna have some fun (and get my hands on 'un of those arcade machines too hopefully). May the games begin!!!!

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    Name: |Badger| Posted: Friday, December 17, 1999 - (11:16)
    Subject: Re: Oh man...
    From:
    Not only do people remember this show, this month's Gameroom Magazine feature is on Starcade! ( http://www.gameroommagazine.com ) I remember when the show was on. I wanted SO much to be on there, but I was never good enough to try to qualify. :/
    >

    >This whole decathon is sort of like living a childhood fantasy. I remember the game show "Starcade" on TBS back in the 80's. It had players answering video game questions then competing against each other by playing a video game for a minute for the highest score. The winner would win a real arcade game to bring home with them.

    >I honestly doubt anyone else remembers this program - but man, I digged that show!

    >

    >I was way too young to be on that program, but now I can finally live out that spirit of competition (and hopefully win a real arcade machine in the process). My hands are literally going numb from trying to nail down Track and Field...

    >

    >Call me a geek, call me whatever you want - I just wanna have some fun (and get my hands on 'un of those arcade machines too hopefully). May the games begin!!!!

    >

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    Name: Mike A Posted: Friday, December 17, 1999 - (4:51)
    Subject: Re: Oh man...
    From:
    Hey Wahs I remember that show, it was cool...
    I just found out about emulation about 8 months ago, Its really a dream come true.

    Joysticks like the HanaHo HotRod and other
    2-player keyboard-port controllers make it
    even better.

    peace

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    Name: RAFAEL rsm Posted: Thursday, December 16, 1999 - (18:10)
    Subject: I wanna participate
    From:
    hello everybody. congratulations! this kind of challenge is very nice!! I'm from Brazil and everybody here like the old games. my favourites games is CHELNOV - ATOMIC RUNNER, GHOSTS'N GOBLINS AND SAINT DRAGON.

    I wanna win. in this list I will play ELEVATOR ACTION. bye and have a nice day. :))))))))))))

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    Name: Billy Bob in the cardbord box Posted: Friday, December 17, 1999 - (11:21)
    Subject: Garry Callaway
    From:
    he has got the biggest afro ever he acts like he came out of the seventies dukes of hazard 4 life! ooohh yeeeaahhhh!

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    Name: Mike A. Posted: Thursday, December 16, 1999 - (12:43)
    Subject: My quarter..
    From:
    Mame Guy, i think maybe you are being just a little too critical. After all this is a contest and what better way too meter performance than with the already implemented scoring system. I am 22 and have lost the real meaning of the word geek, im sure you might probably say "well that's because your becoming one", but i have grow up battling alchol and drugs as i have lost close friends. These were some of the "coolest" people i have ever known.
    And now that i have emerged with my life and soul, a geek seem's just as good as a doctor.

    Now in retrospect, the sniviling, Erkal-like, not having a clue type of person with their head always in the books is reality for some people. But i think that VideoGames do not contribute to this, you are who you are.

    Video Games are a ScapeGoat for many things now-a-days, there is a more profound underlying reality. hehe

    Merry Christmas Mame Guy

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    Name: Mame guy Posted: Thursday, December 16, 1999 - (11:44)
    Subject: I'm the best :P
    From:
    I'm not the high score hungry type.
    I never played a game for a high score
    unless your not thinking mame :)
    No but scores are stupid what are they good for? Ok You proved yourself your a bigger geek then what you thought you were. I saw this guy on TV once sweating his butt off playing Mis. Pacman I was waiting for him to fall over he was slightly over weight.
    The only people i really admired were
    people who would just demolish a game with one quarter like Contra. Ever see anyone finish TMNT in one quarter? I spent $10.00 :) Did you ever think Boot Camp aka(Combat School) was put out by the army to get us lazy guys to think the army was a cool place to be. Kinda like a last the last Star Fire Movie but i always thought that guy was geeky even though he got the girl :P so what...

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    Name: JoseQ Posted: Thursday, December 16, 1999 - (12:30)
    Subject: Re: I'm the confusing...
    From:
    Is it me, or did you just post like 20 different and non-related ideas in this message? It seemed like a list of totally weird comments to me.

    JoseQ

    >I'm not the high score hungry type.

    >I never played a game for a high score

    >unless your not thinking mame :)

    >No but scores are stupid what are they good for? Ok You proved yourself your a bigger geek then what you thought you were. I saw this guy on TV once sweating his butt off playing Mis. Pacman I was waiting for him to fall over he was slightly over weight.

    >The only people i really admired were

    >people who would just demolish a game with one quarter like Contra. Ever see anyone finish TMNT in one quarter? I spent $10.00 :) Did you ever think Boot Camp aka(Combat School) was put out by the army to get us lazy guys to think the army was a cool place to be. Kinda like a last the last Star Fire Movie but i always thought that guy was geeky even though he got the girl :P so what...

    >

    >

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