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MAME/Arcade High Score Club Week 21: Track and Field


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This week's game is Track and Field. Easy difficulty. Bonus life at 100K. Game continues after last event.

 

Game on!

 

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1. Fallout_002 [262]

2. kane [253]

3. GimmeClassics [245]

4. M.A.M.E. Offender [244]

5. Cynicaster [217]

6. onmode-ky [210]

7. DonPedro [197]

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9. Deteacher [171]

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21. Wolfman24 [13]

22. kojr55 [13]

23. Mister VCS [9]

24. Vaughan [6]

25. HyperBoy [6]

26. LarcenTyler [2]

 

Leaderboard

166,930 M.A.M.E Offender

92,160 Cynicaster

72,680 kane

51,940 Fallout_002

45,780 onmode-ky

34,040 DonPedro

30,690 S.BAZ
18,500 GimmeClassics

12,360 jblenkle

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Good question. It would seem that a faithful recreation of the arcade experience could potentially include exploiting these tricks. But then again, wouldn't simply mapping both run buttons to a single key achieve the same results? Or is that hardware saving move clearly cheating?

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I agree we should be careful with the rules / controls everybody should use when playing Track & Field. I think remapping keys so a single key shouldn't be allowed and we should use the default buttons.

 

Question about buttons:

P1 Button 1 > used for running

P1 Button 2 > used for jumping (setting degrees of jump)

P1 Button 3 > also used for running ??

 

When I play this game I only use Button 1 for running and Button 2 for jumping etc...

 

...I'd love to get some more info about the buttons we should use :) PLUS which controller is allowed ? Keyboard, controller, mouse etc....?

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I was in no way implying fudging the run buttons as this would most definitely be considered cheating. However, this Mame Hsc has competitors that will be using different controllers. I have an X Arcade controller platform which would allow me to use "the cup trick" . After further consideration, I now feel this could create an unfair advantage and I will not partake in it.

 

Reconfiguring the run buttons in a manner said previously would be totally unacceptable IMO.

 

With this being said, nothing other than your two hands should be used to do the running in this week's Konami classic Track & Field. No fudging button configurations, no lighters, cups, bottles etc should be used either.

An easy way to resolve this issue would be to allow the gamer to select whichever two buttons suits him best to run and one button to jump/throw.

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Question about buttons:

P1 Button 1 > used for running

P1 Button 2 > used for jumping (setting degrees of jump)

P1 Button 3 > also used for running ??

 

That is correct. I wouldn't suggest only using button one for running as you would be cheating yourself.

 

A neat little way to verify that the buttons are configured properly is to see what happens when you input your name at the beginning of the game. If configured properly, the two run buttons, when pushed, will scroll through the alphabet to allow you to get to your desired letters for inputting your name. One button will scroll forward, the other will scroll backward. The jump/throw button, when pushed, should select the letter.

 

 

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HEHEHE, not so fast there, Cynicaster.

 

166,930

 

I made it to the 3rd loop and the qualifications are way up there: 100 meter is 10 seconds, long jump is 9 meters, javelin is 90 meters and 110 meter hurdles is 11.50 seconds. No room for error, that is for sure!

 

I ended my run on the third hurdle event. Ironically enough, I ended up getting a world record and still didn`t qualify!! I missed it by .05 seconds!! Apparently if you break a world record but fail to qualify, you don`t get credit for the record.

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I've heard of this game for years, but this is my first time ever playing it. It took a good while before I found usable key mappings. I first mapped the running buttons to the left and right face buttons on my Rumblepad 2, but using my right index and middle fingers on them (like playing a trill on a piano) for some reason didn't get read by the game properly; my first three tries led to Game Over with 0 points! Eventually, I gave up on the gamepad and resigned myself to the keyboard (I'm sorry, keyboard!). It took a good while to understand how to run the hurdles (i.e., don't stop mashing the buttons while in mid-air), and I got past the hammer throw once on a fluke. However, I don't really know what I'm doing in the high jump, and my keyboard has suffered enough. My fingers, too.

 

45,780

 

onmode-ky

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The cup trick involves sticking your hand inside a plastic cup and rubbing it back and forth quickly across the two run buttons. It was a trick I used at the arcades, but I assure you I did not use it here.

 

Interesting, I've never heard of this. If I ever happen to come across a Track and Field machine again in my life, I'll have to try it. I can't remember the last time I've seen one though. But I certainly do remember playing it in various places back in the day. Even on a trip to Italy once in the 80s (I was 7 years old).

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I came across a neat little technique on the internet to push the buttons mega-fast. It really helped me get a great score on this game, and helps immensely on other games too, particularly Joust.

 

What you do is take your pointer finger and middle finger and place them on the edge of the button. Then all you do is wiggle your fingers in kind of a scratching motion, if you will. You would be amazed at how fast you can push the buttons this way!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a look at the picture to see the location of your finger placement on the button----------->>>>post-29539-0-71484800-1393737101_thumb.jpg

 

 

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The cup trick involves sticking your hand inside a plastic cup and rubbing it back and forth quickly across the two run buttons. It was a trick I used at the arcades, but I assure you I did not use it here.

I think we may be the creators of that trick, as I've never heard of anyone else using it.

 

We came up with it at home, playing Track & Field and Decathlon on the 2600 using that blue arcade button controller that came bundled with T&F. I don't so much remember us doing it at the arcade, but that's not to say we didn't.

 

As for doing it today, if one were to come across a T&F cabinet, it would probably belong to a collector who wouldn't appreciate you mangling his control panel overlay with a plastic cup.

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