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Andrew said in January 17th, 2010 at 5:05 am

Hey, well done. I’m a similar level player, although my high score is 224K. I’m suffering burnout I think, but worried about losing my skills. What frequency of play do you think is necessary to maintain that level? Maybe I should take a break for 6 months and come back fresh. After a long break how long do you think it takes to get back up there? Cheers, Andrew (Sydney Australia)

Jeff Waldron said in January 17th, 2010 at 11:01 am

Andrew, I really haven’t played a lot in the past year or so. I took some time to get better at Tron, then just never really got back into the game. I would play maybe once a weekend, and usually hit about 180K. I only hit 200K once during that time. Yesterday I had a good day and just took my time. I think that I would get even better if I played 3-4 games a week and worked on my timing, but it starts to take a lot of time to do so. If you can hit 200K, then you really shouldn’t have any problem getting much higher with your timing down. Go to coinopspace.com for some excellent strategies to keep your scores growing!

Billy Mitchell said in January 19th, 2010 at 1:47 am

Mr. Jeff,
This was brought to my attention by a friend… Remember that you scored over 200,000 of that 300,000 after DK reached maximum difficulty. Moreover, your talent(score) puts you well above the top ONE PERCENT of all DK Players in the world…
“Always Play to Win, Always”
Billy Mitchell
(for real)

Jeff Waldron said in January 22nd, 2010 at 1:35 pm

Thanks for the encouragement Billy. I promise your record is safe (at least from me)! I keep getting a little better each time I play, so hopefully someday I can see that Kill Screen in my own game!

Joseph Carroll said in December 30th, 2010 at 9:21 am

Hello, Great job to see that you broke that milestone. When I play I start to get excited. The key for me is to tell myself I’ve been here before as far as score goes so I don’t get so tense. My highest recorded score is 335,300 and not recorded 593,900. I didn’t record that game because I was just checking out my x-arcade controller after I modded it to see if it worked and ended playing the game out. I’ve been stuck around 300k range for awhile. Looking for the arcade because it’s rough playing the MAME version. Can’t find any around Indianapolis. Oh well I’m rambling. Great job.

Jeff Waldron said in January 4th, 2011 at 9:49 pm

@Joseph – If you find a good place to play in Indy, let me know! I spend a lot of time there for work and always looking for a good place to play some classic games. I can’t play DK on anything besides the original cabinet because the joystick is a big part of the game “feel”. Good Luck!

Joseph Carroll said in January 5th, 2011 at 8:44 am

I think I’m about to get my own machine out in Ohio if the person still has the arcade. I was going to get it Monday but my bank was closed. I’m just crossing my fingers that he has it this weekend. As far as places around Indiana the only place I’ve seen had one is a place called Rascals fun zone and it’s on a multicade. Not the same to me. I’ve never played on an original arcade but I’ve talked to people and they say it’s 10x’s better than MAME.

Jeff Waldron said in January 11th, 2011 at 11:53 pm

Congrats on finding a machine! Hope it works out well for you. You’ll love it!

Joseph Carroll said in January 12th, 2011 at 3:41 am

Thank you but since I wrote that I found another DK machine in great condition under 300 bucks and it’s only 2 miles away compared to the 140 miles I was going to drive for the higher priced machine. This was a sign. Lol. I found the joystick to have a different feel though compared to my x-arcade sticks. I still put up a score of over 200k at the guys house. The guy didn’t want me to stop playing because he had only got 70k on it as his high score and he was amazed when I told him I’ve never played donkey kong arcade. Which I haven’t really officially until then but then I told him I’ve played the MAME version. He was shocked when I stop playing with 2 men left. A guy called him trying to buy it when I was playing it trying to convince him to sell to him because he would be best for it and the guy told him I don’t think your better then this guy(talking about me). It makes you feel good that some people appriciate your skills.

Jeff Waldron said in January 14th, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Joe that’s a great story. Glad you found one so close! Was it in nice shape? You can find everything you need to restore it good as new if you ever want to. There’s also a great high score save kit out there that will save your high scores when the machine is turned off. Check out arcadeshop.com. You can also get a D2K kit to add the game Donkey Kong 2. There’s more info on my site about that game. I’m going to make a cabinet for my D2K soon. Enjoy the game!

Joseph Carroll said in January 15th, 2011 at 5:37 am

It’s in great shape for the price. It needs new side art but he just had a new cap kit put on it a year ago and the insides look really good for the age. I’ll need to get a new bulb for the top marqee and new locks installed because he doesn’t have the key but for what it’s worth it’s a killer deal. As for the save kit do you know if you can still submit video with that on there to TwinGalaxies? I want one but if I can’t submit video then I don’t think I’ll get it. I want to make a mame Cab for D2K myself. That looks really hard though. Not the cab but the game itself. I watched video on youtube and I don’t think I could get 100k on it.

Joseph said in April 16th, 2011 at 5:23 am

Jeff, You still “upping your game”? I haven’t seen any new info on anything lately and wanted to see if you were still playing. I’ve only found time to play really on the weekend but have had a few good games this week in the 400k range. I just wanted to see how you’ve progressed.

Jeff Waldron said in April 20th, 2011 at 8:08 am

Joseph, you’re killing me with scores like that! I’ve started playing again but already fell off this past week with other things going on. All of my attention right now is on the renovation of my Girls’ room. I hit 200K a couple times but haven’t approached my 300K score yet. I’ve been playing around a bit on the cement board and working on my Spring timing. Once I get those a bit better I think I’ll be catching up with you! Soon!!! How is your cabinet?

Joseph said in April 20th, 2011 at 6:13 pm

Oh, the cabs great. I haven’t really worked on it. I just want to get some side art and a new joystick. I’ve played a few games this week but not to much but I’ve been busy with stuff myself. Hopefully you’ll hit that kill screen in no time.

Joe Pascal said in June 21st, 2011 at 4:44 am

Hi guys found this blog as ive just scored 205k on my mame cab. Ive a question for Joseph if you dont mind – ive got old style 4 way controls so my mame box is about as close as you can get without the real thing. But I always wondered how the game itself compares to mame. Is it easier, faster etc? Cheers and keep marching toward that killscreen!

Joseph said in June 21st, 2011 at 6:02 am

Hey Joe, the difference between my MAME x-arcade controller and my 4way arcade controller aren’t too different. The game play is exactly the same. Although I do miss lounging with my x-arcade in my lap and jamming to music on my computer while I”m playing. Everything else though is spot on the same. my x-arcade would have trouble moving to the left and my arcade controller is kind of sticking right now. I just started playing again since I’ve been working on my car for awhile and got my game back up to the 500k range and did 325,400 on my first man two days ago. I still want a kill screen by the end of the year but right now I just want 600k by the end of summer. Good luck in your quest.

Joseph said in July 18th, 2011 at 7:55 am

Well, got my 600k a few days ago with a 604k. Today I hit my new high score of 771,200. So I’m a little head of my time frame for my kill screen. I came really close with my 771k game. Made it to the first barrel stage of level 20. My goal is by the end of 2011 to get my kill screen. I’ll chime in when I hit it.

Joseph said in December 29th, 2013 at 11:17 pm

Ok finally get to chime in now that I got my kill screen. Lol. I reached it with a score of 867,000. Only a couple years later.

Joe Pascal said in January 1st, 2014 at 8:21 am

Well done indeed. It’s a dream for me to get to the kill screen, having become a dad of twins 18 months ago I have vastly reduced tie for gaming 🙂 Although I did put up a score a little over 300k a few months ago on my MAME box and I intend to hammer it some more once I get a shed arcade built.

Jeff Waldron said in January 1st, 2014 at 7:51 pm

Great job, Joseph! I’m envious. I never did really get back on the game to try to get a kill screen myself. I’m going to try to do this this year. New Years Resolution!

@Joe, keep up the good work. 300K is a pretty tough score! Especially with twins!

Joseph said in January 1st, 2014 at 11:34 pm

Haha. I’m a father of 4 year old twins so I can relate with that! I only recently got a few days to dedicate myself so I hurried up and got my kill screen.

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