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Old 08-17-2016, 06:27 AM   #1
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How This Classic Coin-Op Launched the World's Biggest Game Tournament


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In the summer of 1984, the best athletes from around the world gathered to prove their worth in a series of brutally demanding track and field events. Or more accurately, Track & Field events. That year, even as actual athletes competed in the Los Angeles Summer Olympics, hundreds of thousands lined up in arcades and convenience stores across America for the chance to represent their country in the most popular video game competition of all time: the International Konami Track & Field Challenge.

Track & Field was released in late 1983 amid the hoopla that was building around the upcoming Olympics. Japanese game publisher Konami sponsored the competition to bring attention to their game, and build up cross-branding sports synergy. In Japan, where the game was called Haipā Orinpikku (Hyper Olympics), it was an officially licensed tie-in to the real Olympics.

People could register to compete in arcades and Stop-N-Gos all over the US. Three contestants who advanced through regional and national competitions across the country would make it to the international finals in Japan. It had more than one million contestants competing in the U.S.A. alone, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. To this day, the event is the largest organized video game competition of all time.
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Old 08-17-2016, 07:00 AM   #2
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I spent a lot of time playing this in the arcade back in the day. The amount of abuse these machines took was amazing. And they still functioned properly. Watching the video in the story link brought back some memories for me.
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Old 08-17-2016, 07:38 AM   #3
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I spent a lot of time playing this in the arcade back in the day. The amount of abuse these machines took was amazing. And they still functioned properly. Watching the video in the story link brought back some memories for me.
You're right! Those machines were built to last. Lots of fond memories here too!
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Old 08-17-2016, 11:55 AM   #4
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I would walk to the arcade and look for coins in the street. I had some money but every once in a while I would find some coins. I played this game alot as well. Proves that a great game does not have to be complex and have the latest graphics.
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reminds me of that movie The King of Kong
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Old 08-17-2016, 07:57 PM   #6
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Now that was a button smasher!
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Ah yes thee ole pencil trick between the fingers so you smashed one side and the reaction on the pencil hit the other button, for real fast speeds.
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