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2-Player Battle - How To Play (Please Read Before Posting!)

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How To Play 

2 players battle each other for high score, best of 3 wins. Any game, any system. You and a friend compete in 3 "high score" challenges against each other. Best of 3 wins the battle. Record the winner each time and post your scores here!



We've grown accustom to online services like Xbox Live. Unfortunately there's no way to challenge friends online with classic consoles like Atari 2600 and Nintendo Entertainment System! What we're doing with 2-Player Battle is an equivalent of that, it's a structured way of playing against a friend in the forums the same way we used to play against a friend sitting on the floor in front of the TV. "I bet you can't beat my high score!" "Oh yeah, bet I can!" Instead of playing online, you challenge a friend in the forums to play a game with you and post your scores in the forums. Play three short runs. Whoever wins best of 3 wins the 2-Player Battle!



You and a friend challenge each other to a game of Missile Command. (You can choose any game you wish!)  Take 3 turns, and record the winner each time. Whoever wins best out of 3 wins the battle!







To avoid a never-ending game, we recommend playing short matches with increased difficulty settings. If a never-ending game appears possible, try a timed match.





2-Player Battle is NOT an event that we schedule and plan out for you. It's up to YOU to challenge a friend and start your match! Message a friend in the forums and challenge them to a match! You and your friend pick the game and difficulty settings. Play against each other for 3 mini high score contests, and record the winner each time. Best of 3 wins! Post the results of your match in the forums. Players can select from actual hardware, Flashback console, emulation, even playing an arcade game in public!





Be sure to format your topic title with the name of your game, console, 2-Player Battle, and player names. It should look like this:


Missile Command (Atari 2600) 2-Player Battle - btbfilms76 vs. Justin


In the body of the post, tell us about your match in a sentence or two. What game did you play? Who did you play against? Post a picture of the winning score, followed by the results in the format below. When you've finished posting, it should look just like this:





Final Lap Twin
May 9, 2017

Round 1: btbfilms76
Round 2: Justin
Round 3: btbfilms76

Winner: btbfilms76





Games may be played on real Atari hardware, dedicated console, or emulation, using any joystick or keyboard, following rules and game settings as agreed upon with your 2-Player Battle challenger. It is up to the players to choose their difficulty settings, but they must both agree to the settings and they be identical in order for the match to count.


Emulators & Dedicated Consoles

Yes, we ARE allowing for dedicated consoles (Jakks Pacific joysticks, Atari Flashback consoles, NES Mini). 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 having 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 this 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.


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

2-Player Battle is for “Nerd Cred” only. Games are meant to be fun and we don’t have officials on hand to verify scores. The credibility of your score is going to be upon you to make it believable. Posting a YouTube video of your game goes a long way to substantiating credibility. A photo of your score is not required for 2-Player Battle, but we strongly encourage taking a photo or video of your gameplay, and share it with your 2-Player Battle opponent if you can. Especially if you have ridiculous skills and can claim to have rolled the game eight times. Remember, we're all friends here. We want our contests to be open to everyone, but it's important to be open and honest about scoring.





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