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  1. Intellivision Master started Astrosmash record run yesterday morning at 8am ET. After 13 hours of gameplay, he not only beat the scoring record, he finished with a Peak Score of just over 5 million!



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  2. A recent WR slipped through the news cycle with nary a mention:


    Back on May 23, Danielle Robbins scored 24,119,640 on Flicky at Galloping Ghost Arcade. The record run was streamed and recorded on the arcade's Twitch channel. Danielle's score is believed to be the highest score for both Arcade and MAME. (The MAME record is 13 million.)


    You can check out the record run here:


  3. After a few non-gaming days & a bit of clean-up, I have completed my feature video on Greg Sakundiak and his perfect Pac-Man arcade run. This video posed some unique challenges for me as I usually edit highlight/shoutout videos for my show. Nonetheless, this was a lot of fun to create. Enjoy!



  4. Here's a show update, of sorts...


    Starting this Tuesday night at 9:30pm ET, I will be joining Michael Sroka of Settle It On The Screen! The show will be part recap of the latest episode of Retro With Marco (which will precede the new show) and part discussion about various retrogaming topics. It will be unscripted and a departure from my own show format.


    Michael and I have talked about collaborating and we're looking forward to our new venture.


    So we hope you will tune in this Tuesday night at 9pm ET for Episode 34 of Retro With Marco...




    Followed by a new episode of Settle It On The Screen at 9:30pm ET...




    See you then!

  5. It's been a very busy stretch for me at work so I'm late with this bit of breaking news:


    Greg Sakundiak joins exclusive list of gamers to play a Perfect Pac-Man as he scored 3,333,360 on the game's 40th anniversary!



  6. Episode 33 of Retro With Marco is live at 9pm ET! I’ll have new WR shoutouts, Robotron 2084 for the Atari 2600, plus a look at MAME Chronicles - a unique MAME collaboration. Stop on by in the chat!



  7. Here’s my latest Shoutouts video ahead of Episode 33 of my show. This video features some new WRs including two records set within a few hours of each other, a record which broke a decade-old mark, and another new record which netted a $100 bounty! The video runs about 4:20 which is perfect for your coffee break. Enjoy!



  8. Here's a 4 minute Breaking News segment back on May 5 for my show. It features Nondrowsy breaking his Pole Position II record for the Seaside track.



  9. Congratulations to GregDeg who not only set a new WR for Atari 2600 Venture, but netted $125 to boot! GregDeg set the new record with a score of 40,000. The bounty itself was announced this past Friday night, April 17.

  10. Now that I can access this site again, here's my update:

    I have continued to stream my show on Twitch despite Internet issues (likely because most people have been working from home). In fact, Episode 31 will stream next Tuesday, April 21 at 9pm ET. To that end, I have also taken to creating Shoutout videos between episodes in order to highlight new scoring and speedrun records that I may have missed.


    Here's my latest video which runs four minutes and features new records for MAME, Colecovision, N64, NES, Atari 2600, and Commodore 64:


    I have started uploading show segments to my Vimeo account so that they can be viewed smoothly and without skipped frames. I'll share those links here now that I'm back here. There's a bunch of new records being set along with news from across retrogaming and it's fun to discover and share my findings.


    There was a rise in bounties across various games (Super Mario 64, Zoo Keeper, Doom, among others) and I decided to create one for Ms. Pac-Man for the Commodore 64. I chose this version because I found it to be unusually difficult, more so than other versions I played previously. It was a two-tiered bounty: $75 for a score above 75,000 and $100 for beating my then-WR of 102,660. (I would beat my score with a run of 104,560 but I didn't adjust the bounty parameters. My aim was to encourage gamers & not dangle a proverbial carrot.) The $75 bounty was claimed by S.BAZ in late February with a score of 82,760, and the $100 bounty was claimed by Francoisadt with a new WR score of 106,120. Congratulations to both gamers!


    Both gamers confirmed that the C64 was the toughest version they had played, and Francoisadt provided some good analysis in a TG post.


    I hope everyone and their loved ones are safe during these trying times.

  11. I still cannot access this site from a laptop/desktop browser. Firefox & Chrome both block this site while Safari just hangs in place. While I'm writing this update from my phone, I'd much rather access this site from my laptop. Any suggestions?

    1. Justin


      Brave browser works fine once you click past the warning screen. Or click "Details" then "visit this unsafe site" to continue on Firefox & Chrome. Be sure to catch up with our latest update here: 


    2. Marco1019


      I just returned & I'm back via Firefox & your instructions. Thanks!

  12. Super Mario Land for the SNES!


    More info here, courtesy of RetroRGB:



  13. I've been around but unable to visit this particular site recently. Firefox prevented access and gave me a warning that this site would install malicious software or something like that. I tried Safari & Chrome but to no avail. I'm here now, though, so I'm confused as to what happened.

    1. RadioPoultry


      Hi Marco! The non-forums part of the site has been having some security issues lately. See this thread:


      It brings up a warning for even the forums much of the time. When I use my phone browser no warnings appear, so that's how I've been using the site lately. 

  14. I hope those who are in California are safe from the fires that continue to rage throughout the state. The winds appear stronger this year, making it more challenging for firefighters to contain the fires.

  15. Congratulations to @nads on his perfect 300 on 2600 Bowling!

    1. nads


      Cheers Marco!

  16. The show went well despite a few hiccups which I expected. (It was my 1st streamed show in 3 months, almost to the day.) Nonetheless, I was excited & happy to be back.


    Now to get back to retro gaming itself.


    Wait, it's Wednesday! Chat night, yes? See you there!

  17. Episode 18 of Retro With Marco is just a few mins away! I hope you stop by & say hi in the chat!




  18. I thought I would be able to return sooner but that didn’t happen due to all of the non-gaming stuff which consumed my daily schedule. I then decided that I wouldn’t return until I was sure I could do so without rescheduling/canceling.

    Life has slowed down to where I can return to retro gaming and return to Twitch with a new episode of Retro With Marco! I hope you will join me this Tuesday, October 15 at 9pm ET / 6pm PT when I will have the following:

    - High score and speedrun shoutouts

    - The Toshiba Pasopia & the recent tape dumps

    - A quick look at Arkandenoid for the C64

    My plan for the show is to return to the bi-weekly schedule but I will keep everyone updated here, on Discord, and on other social media.


    See you then!

    1. Justin


      I was just thinking of you Marco! Great to see you return! I will do my very best to join you this Tuesday at 9PM 🙌

    2. Marco1019


      Thanks, Justin! I hope you can make it. It'll be good to get back to streaming and retro gaming.

  19. Hello again! Here's the latest on my end:


    All of the non-gaming stuff in my life ramped up significantly to where I postponed my Twitch show on a few occasions.


    While work was rather hectic, it was still going well. However, it remained hectic throughout these summer months; I had to do a double-take when I realized it was the 2nd half of August.


    Unrelated, but no less important: I went for a Wellness Visit (Physical) for the first time in far too long. I went for the proverbial full tune-up including a tetanus shot. (Wow, that part really sucked. I'm not going to sugarcoat it at all. You feel it for 2-3 days, and my body sure felt it.) The good news is that all of my vitals are normal and test results were negative. So let this serve as a reminder: Be sure to get a check-up especially if you're getting up there in age like I am.


    I was hoping to stream an episode before an upcoming trip but that won't happen, unfortunately. I realized that I really hadn't kept up on any retro gaming news and world records, and I'd rather get back into the swing of things before getting back on Twitch. I had to put the MGL aside (I started off well but would have likely faded given the list of games chosen for this quarter, but I was having a lot of fun).


    I'm glad to see that atari.io is still up and running smoothly and that the community here remains positive. I look forward to joining a Wednesday night chat in the near future.



    1. RickR


      Good to see you back! 

      The shingles vaccine did the same to me.  Dose 1 was no problem.  But dose 2 knocked me on my rear end for a day.  Had to call in sick to work.  But totally worth it to get that clean bill of health.


  20. Episode 17 of Retro With Marco airs TONIGHT at 9pm ET!

    I'm putting the final touches on tonight's episode, which will include:

    1. High score and speedrun shoutouts
    2. Recap of the Retro World Series at the Southern Fried Gaming Expo
    3. GameStop going retro?


    Tune in tonight at 9pm ET / 6pm PT!




    See you then!

  21. MGL Update: I'm hanging in there given that Game #3 is Bubbles - A game I never played in arcades. I find the game very frustrating.


    Anyway, here's a fun :07 game play clip of Mr. Do! This is titled "I CALLED BANK"



  22. 2nd earthquake in as many days. They're comparing it to the Northridge earthquake (1994).

    1. StormSurge


      Stay safe!

  23. So after a lot of nudging, I've taken the plunge and starting competing in the latest installment of the MGL (MAME Gaming League). It's a fun tournament that is free and open to all gamers worldwide. You can enter at any time.


    This is from Paul Hornitzky (OOO), who runs the MGL:


    "There will be 9 games played over 8 weeks, competing world wide on the most challenging and toughest video games of all time. 2 games will be released at the start, then 1 game each week, with the final 2 games released at the same time for the finale. Games are only open for 17 days each, so gamers must play their best in that time and post their scores before the game is closed. At the end of each MGL, points will be accumulated for each gamer toward the World Championship of eSports Scoreboard."


    The first two games for this quarter are Space Invaders and Mr. Do!


    Fellow gamer IllSeaBass finished 3rd in the 39th installment and had been urging me to participate. I finally caved in & figured it was worth a shot. I don't expect to win - I'm sure there will be some games that I've either never played or were never good at playing - so my goal is to not embarrass myself lol.


    At least I'll always have this One Shining Moment (TM)...



    It's only a :44 clip but I hope you check it out.

  24. I spent most of the weekend sleeping & rest. I understand we're in July now hahaha. I spent most of this evening editing and preparing for tomorrow night's show. Episode 16 of Retro With Marco will air tomorrow night at 9pm ET / 6pm PT! I'll have some shoutouts including:

    1. Which speedrunner had 2 WRs beaten within a 3-day span
    2. Which gamers broke WRs set back in 2010
    3. Which speedrunner broke 2 WR ties by a grand total of 2.1 seconds

    All that, plus a quick look at Polymega as well as the return of the MGL and Yolympics.



    See you then!

  25. I'm so sorry for missing the weekend pizza party. The irony is that we ordered pizza for dinner on Friday night, but I was so fatigued that I not only forgot to take pics of the pie (it was a small 'special', fully loaded), but I played MAME instead of Atari! Oops!

    1. Justin


      Hope to see you back here next year for our next Pizza Party Weekend!

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