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Video Game Player Offers Thousands of Dollars for World Records

by Rainier on Jan. 17, 2004 @ 10:03 p.m. PST

Cash prizes have been promised for top high-scores achieved during the course of the new year 2004. And the money is coming straight out of Robert Mruczek's own pocket - nearly $3,000 dollars in bounties. Mruczek, who is most well known as Twin Galaxies' Chief Referee, says: "I want to prime the pump and get players tackling old world records that have not been beat in some time. I think its good for the hobby."

What is a bounty? It is a cash reward promised to individuals who attain an established goal in a designated time frame. In this case, the goals are high score thresholds designated by Mruczek on many different titles on the NES, SNES, Magnavox 2, Dreamcast, Playstation, PS2, X-Box, N-64, Colecovision, Atari 2600 and arcade coin-op platforms.

"This is a very significant offer," says Walter Day, Twin Galaxies' Chief Scorekeeper and editor of the forthcoming Twin Galaxies' Official Video Game & Pinball Book of World Records. "Robert Mruczek is a devoted supporter of the gaming hobby. In fact, he is one of the hobby's leaders in civic activism, willing to put the needs of the hobby ahead of his own gain. The only other player who has put his own money up to encourage competitive playing was Billy Mitchell, who issued a famous poster in 1999 that offered thousands of dollars in prizes for high scores on dozens of classic arcade games from the early 1980s." To see Mruczek's list of bounties, go to

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