Episode 9: January 11th, 2000 - I have a TON of great guests crammed into this show. The episode was recorded at the Coronation Day Championship, which was sponsored by Twin Galaxies -- The Official Video Game & Pinball World Records scoreboard. The event was held at Funspot in Weirs Beach, New Hampshire.
The Twin Galaxies' Coronation Day Tournament, traditionally an "invitation-only" Player-of-the-Year contest, will be open to all players this year. The contest will feature competition between the nation's best superstars on five different coin-op games and five different console games.
The Funspot Family Fun Center, founded in 1952, is the world’s second-largest arcade, with 500 arcade games, miniature golf, 24 lanes of bowling and Bingo facilities. Open year-round, it is the site of the largest annual classic video game and pinball championship in the world. The next event is scheduled for June 1-4, 2000.
The prizes will include $1,000 for first place, $500 for second, $250 for third and $250 for fourth. Midway Home Entertainment will award copies of Ready 2 Rumble and Hydro Thunder to the top five finishers (available on all three platforms) and Funspot will be presenting trophies to the top three champions.
I have a bunch of special guests for this episode, and they are the the "who's who" of video game players. They include Billy Mitchell, the first person to get a perfect score in Pac-Man. Also joining me is Ben Gold, the first winner of an organized video game contest, which was held on the old "That's Incredible" TV series in the early 80's.
I also speak to a few members of the New Hampshire Pro Video Game Team. The team travels around the country competing in video game competitions like the Coronation Day Championship.
There is NO video in this episode. I shot 4 rolls of film during the tournament, and I couldn't squeeze it all into the program.
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