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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. Since this thread is heavy on Knight Rider - and rightfully so - here's a cover from cellist Samara Ginsberg:
  4. 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!



  5. Being from NYC, I've visited the cities along the Northeast Corridor: Boston (though only once for a school field trip), Philadelphia, Baltimore & DC several times. I've also visited Miami, (my girlfriend & I were on vacation there a year ago this week) Dallas, Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Las Vegas, San Diego, San Francisco, & Seattle. In Canada: Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa. I visited Costa Rica back in 2013 for my friend's bachelor party. We vacationed in Cabo San Lucas two years ago.
  6. 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!

  7. 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!



  8. 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!



  9. 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!



  10. 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.



  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. I recall getting this game and being pretty disappointed. Ms. Pac-Man was a quantum leap by comparison.
  14. 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!

  15. The Mandalorian is a really, really good show! It has just enough of spaghetti western in it while keeping to the Star Wars universe. While the middle episodes slow down a tad, the last few really pick up and set the table for Season 2. The musical score is amazing! The list of guest stars is pretty impressive.
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