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May 14, 2012 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Joust arcade warrior tours the nation topping high scores with ease

As if the sounds and visuals of arcade games' attraction-mode weren't enough to draw in players, high score displays were the next big thing. Until the power was shut off for the night letting those beautiful machines rest until the next day's onslaught. William's Defender was the first game to save high scores even when the cabinet was restarted.
Joust record tracker
I used to wonder who those 3-character scores belonged to. Some were obvious names like Max or Ted (whoever they were), but many would remain a mystery. I got my initials onto a few cabinets in my home town, but they were always gone by my next visit.

Imagine traveling the country with mad-skills and putting your initial stop every cabinet you encountered? Meet Joust virtuoso, Lonnie McDonald...

He's touring the US on a mission to put 9's across the board on every classic Joust arcade game he can find. There are some great articles and a tracking map on PSP's site that geographically show Lonnie's progress.

I love this idea and it brings back so many great arcade memories. Hell, I'd love to tour the country just to find "real" arcades! I hope his quest generates more interest and excitement in the arcade industry. Two cabinets at a movie theater doesn't do justice to the real arcades that really create a great experience. Support your local arcade... if you're lucky enough to have one.

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