Monday, September 27, 2010

CAGDC Tournament, Mark Alpiger and Mario Bros!!

Whew, where do I start? We had a pretty lively weekend. It started when I (predictably) embarrassed myself at The Classic Arcade Gaming (dot com) World Record Tournament at Richie Knucklez. Some top-notch gamers were in attendance to shake things up a bit, including Donald Hayes, Jimmy Linderman and Steve Wagner. I would put a link up to the results, but instead of making it that easy to mock my scores, I'll let everyone work to find it instead.

Following the Tournament we welcomed Mark Alpiger to crash for the night so he could come and check out High Scores. Mark showed off his Paperboy skills, but it was a late night for us all. Rest assured, Mark was up and at 'em early Sunday to work on finalizing the scores from the tournament! Afterward, he got his Gururin cartridge up on the Neo Geo and rocked out a bit.

Many thanks to Mark for putting together a fun tournament this year and making the trip to see High Scores Arcade!

And last, but oh no certainly not least, we welcomed a new acquisition - a beautiful Mario Bros. cabinet showcasing 19 games: Mario Bros., Super Mario, Ice Climber, Splat, Defender, Robotron and others. So now I can finally say "yes" when I'm asked if we have Mario Bros. every day!!


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Mark Alpiger Comes to High Scores!!

Do you recognize this guy?

If you've ever sat and watched "The King of Kong", you definitely do. Mark Alpiger is a top-notch gamer and classic arcade gaming historian who runs Classic Arcade Gaming Dot Com, an awesome resource for anyone interested in the history of arcade games and the present thriving gaming community. On Saturday, September 25, High Scores proprieters Shawn and Meg will be participating in the 2010 Classic Arcade Gaming World Record Tournament at Richie Knucklez in Flemington, NJ.

We will be open on Saturday from 7 pm - midnight. Mark Alpiger, who is at the helm of the CAGDC Tournament, will be spending the night and will greet High Scores visitors late night Saturday (say, after 10 pm) and again on Sunday, September 26 from 11 am - noon. Come out and meet Mark in person!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

September 18 High Scores!!!

The moon must have been in the right position for gaming tonight - we had a lot of people make their way to the High Scores Rookie Board (and Pro Board!) today.

First up was Dawn, who made herself comfortable on Centipede with a score of 36, 202 on the Rookie Board. Then came Scott, who kicked off another score to be the leader in Champion Baseball at 13, 290. Then came Scott #2! who rocked out on a game of Galaga to take the Rookie Board High Score to 69,180. Last but not least, we all know the gamer who takes it seriously competes the hardest with him/herself...Amir came around and inched up his own Rookie Board standing on Ms Pac Man with 70,060.

Deciding that the Rookie Board was not where he belonged, Scott #2 gave some serious attention to Dig-Dug, and got his name up as the house High Score of 59,750.

Thanks to all that came out tonight - hope to see you again soon!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

September 11 High Scores!

Yesterday, Burlington City played host to the annual Wood Street Fair and we were lucky enough to reintroduce a bunch of new visitors to the games they remember playing way back when. We were open from 11 am - 11 pm, and there were very few moments when there weren't a good amount of people on the games. Thanks to everyone who came out to check us out yesterday! We had a great day!

Mike W came around and tried his hand for the first time at marathon Track and Field. He was working on his game for a while and eventually won the spot on the High Scores board by a huge margin to the previous high scorer, Anthony. I was happy to see his name go up in that spot, with a score of 276,980.

Shawn now holds the official High Scores board spot for TRON. Two of our neighborhood regulars, Cameron and Jonny Blaze, are in a hotly contested battle for the rookie board TRON score so its fun to see them have at it almost daily. The drawback to now having TRON is that we have been distracted from working on our scores for the upcoming CAGDC 2010 Tournament at Richie Knucklez. Its likely that I'm going to embarrass myself but hey, all in good fun!

Open again on Wednesday - hope to see you soon!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Burlington's Wood Street Fair on Saturday, September 11

Hello everyone!

We wanted to spread the word that next Saturday, September 11, would be a fun day to come and set a High Score. Burlington is hosting their 40th Annual Wood Street Fair just a block over, which welcomes over 25,000 visitors every year. There will be all sorts of vendors and food concessions set up along the streets of the historic district. You can even round out your day with Geraghty's Pub & Restaurant's Fall Beer and Food Festival, featuring over 20 German and Craft Brewers in attendance. If you're feeling nautical, NJ's Official Tall Ship - The Meerwald - will be docked at the end of our block and offering on-board tours.

High Scores will be open at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 11.

Also - as its now back to school time - our official hours have shifted just a bit - We're open Wednesday and Thursday, 5 - 9 pm, Friday 5-10 pm and Saturday, 2 - 10 pm. We're always happy to wiggle those but they are the "official" hours.

Hope to see you there!