Guinness World Records to publish pinball scores
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For the first time in its 52-year history, Guinness World Records(tm) will be publishing pinball scores. As part of a partnership with the Twin Galaxies Intergalactic Scoreboard, the world authority on electronic gaming records, the Guinness World Records 2007(tm) Book will include a table of pinball high scores on 10 different games, researched and verified by Walter Day of Twin Galaxies.
The Las Vegas Pinball Hall of Fame, opened in February, 2006 to commemorate the history of pinball, will be the official site of the event. Organized by Tim Arnold and other members of the Las Vegas Pinball Collector's Club, the Pinball Hall of Fame enjoys a non-profit charter and is the world's only museum created solely to document the history of Pinball.
To bring organization to the process of gathering scores in time for the May 1st publishing deadline of the Guinness World Records 2007(tm) Book, Twin Galaxies has resurrected its most famous contest: the Video Game & Pinball Masters Tournament, which hasn't been conducted since 1997. This year's edition of the contest -- as well as the 1997 Video Game & Pinball Masters Tournament -- are both descended from the original contest that Twin Galaxies created in the 1980s to gather scores for the U.S. edition of the record book, which was then called the Guinness Book of World Records. The editors at Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., publishers of the U.S. edition at that time, designated Walter Day an Assistant Editor, and put him in charge of verifying all video game records for the annual volume.
To facilitate the process of supplying Sterling Publishing with verified high scores, Twin Galaxies created the Video Game Masters Tournament, which was conducted on more than 100 video game titles in dozens of locations throughout North America. The results were published in the 1984-1987 U.S. editions of the Guinness Book of World Records. Today, to continue the tradition of supplying world records to the Guinness World Records Book, this modern incarnation of the contest will focus mostly on pinball with some video game titles thrown in.
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