High Score Squad is a bi-weekly competition comprised of high score contests called "Squad Challenges". Players compete individually for the highest score possible.
Squad Challenges are posted on the 1st and 15th of every month. Play lasts through the end of the 2-week competition when a victor is announced, and a new Squad Challenge begins.
Play is open to all Atari I/O Members. You do not need to sign up for Squad before posting a score.
Objective: Play for the highest possible score using the difficulty settings defined in the challenge. Post a photo of your score in the challenge thread. The player with the highest score at the end of the 2-week competition is the victor.
- Your integrity is everything. Be honest in your gameplay, difficulty settings, and reporting of scores. Submitting a false score will result in a lifetime ban from this site.
- Play using Difficulty Settings defined in the challenge.
- One new high score challenge is posted on the 1st and 15th of every month.
- Submit scores within the time limit defined in the challenge.
- Flashback consoles & Emulators are allowed. Part of your game strategy must be determining which of these options works best in your favor.
- Cheats are not allowed under any circumstances. Cheating will result in a lifetime ban from this site.
- Submissions must include, at the very least, a photo of your high score.
- Screen captures will not be accepted as they are easily manipulated.
- Using your cellphone to take a simple picture of the screen should suffice for posting a score- We strongly encourage you to post a video of your achievement when possible.
Eligibility: Anyone can join in. All players are welcome!
Rounds: Play ends at the end of the 2-week competition. After the specified cut-off date no further scores can be submitted. There are no seasons, playoffs, or "Points" to carry through to future Squad Challenges. For tournament play please see Atari Cup Tournament and Atari I/O Danisen League.
Play Rules: Games may be played on real Atari hardware, dedicated (Flashback) console, or emulation, using any joystick or keyboard, following rules and game settings as delineated in the Squad Challenge.
Emulators & Dedicated Consoles: Yes, we ARE allowing for the use of emulators and dedicated consoles (Jakks Pacific joysticks, Atari Flashback consoles). One reason for doing this is Inclusion of new players. There are many Atari aficionados who do not yet have access to real hardware and we want to be as inclusive of them as possible. The whole point of hosting gaming contests is to foster the love of classic games, encourage new players, and keep Atari fun for everybody. A second reason is Strategy. Yes, there may be an unfair advantage due to the difference in technology. But there may be a disadvantage too. Part of formulating your strategy is determining if you'd have better luck on a dedicated console, emulator, or real hardware. All of these options are available to you. Apples and Oranges differ, but in the grand scheme of things this is a food fight and it's up to you to select your weapon of choice. It's a strategic decision to choose which way of playing will help you achieve your best score.
Fair Play: Players should play fairly, be honest, and have fun! Falsified scores will result in your immediate banning from the site. It goes without saying that no use of cheats, hacks, cartridge frying, emulation enhancements, photoshop, or any other unfair advantage is allowed. Everybody hates a cheater.
New Scores: Submitted scores must be new. Recycling of older scores is not allowed.
Rolling Counts: We count rolling scores. If you can roll the score, keep on playing as far as you can possibly go. Keep track of your rolls and post your best score. There are no bonuses added to your score in this contest, we are playing on raw scores.
Be Honest: We're operating on the honor system. I trust that you are all submitting verifiable scores, and we'll be able to spot a Photoshopped image. Dishonest players will be disqualified.
The Credibility Of Your Score: Posting a YouTube video of your game goes a long way to substantiating credibility. A photo of your score is all that's required, but we strongly encourage recording your gameplay if you can. Especially if you have ridiculous skills and can claim to have rolled the game eight times. We want our contests to be open to everyone, but it's important to be open and honest about scoring. Using your cellphone to post a photo of your score to the forums should do the trick! Posting a video of your gameplay on YouTube is even better!
Squad will be comprised of bi-weekly high score challenges with classic video games from the following systems:
- Atari 2600
- Atari 5200
- Atari 7800
- Atari Lynx
- Atari Jaguar
- Nintendo Entertainment System
- Super Nintendo Entertainment System
- Sega Master System
- Sega Genesis
- TurboGrafx-16 / PC Engine