Video Game Xtreme 1: The Games

Video Game Xtreme consists of two types of events: Head-to-head and single-player. Head-to-head games are chosen at random and played in single-elimination tournaments. Single-player games are selected and set up around the room beforehand, available for all to play as many times as they wanted. Most of the games were suggested by the players in the days leading up to VGX1. At the end of the night, players were awarded points for each first place (3 points) and second place finish (1 point). The players with the eight highest point totals were seeded for the playoff round.


The Single-player Games

Centipede (Arcade - 1980)
Mike F narrowly edged out George in this old favorite. George was enraged. Of all the arcade games, this one took in the most quarters.
1st place: Mike F 42,066 2nd place: George C 41,408


Tapper (Arcade - 1983)
Note that this game is an original Budweiser version of Tapper, not one of those lame Root Beer conversions. Deane T dominated this one, owning most of the top 10 scores. Marc tried hard to upset Deane by the end of the night, but came up a bit short.
1st place: Deane T 27,875 2nd place: Marc G 27,025


Crystal Castles (Arcade - 1983)
Not too many people played Crystal Castles, probably because so few people are familiar with it. Or maybe it's because people thought this game was gay. At the end of the night, the crowd was stunned to learn that John S had obtained the high score.
1st place: John S 43,657 2nd place: Steve S 38,464


Moon Patrol (emulated version on Playstation - originally released in 1982)
I had a lot of requests for this game, and I'm surprised John S and Steve S didn't rank higher, considering they used to always play Moon Patrol at the local arcade. Recommended by: Steve S, John S
1st place: Mike F 25,050 2nd place: David B 21,050


Burnout 2 (Crash Mode) (Nintendo - 1986)
The "crash mode" of Burnout 2 is arguable more fun and addicting that the racing mode. Some of the collisions you can cause by plowing into busy intersections are absolutely sensational. Steve S definitely got lucky in this one by scoring 40 million on his very first try. Recommended by: Mike B
1st place: Steve S 40,406,516 2nd place: Steve N 33,285,464


Miner 2049er (Colecovision)
This Colecovision version of the classic platform game is fast and fun. George complained about the controller, but that's not unusual.
1st place: Eric R 8,950 2nd place: George C 8,560


Pitfall! (Atari 2600)
Everyone recognized this game, but two players stood head and shoulders above the rest: Steve N and Mike B. Apparently both guys mastered Pitfall "back in the day", and they hadn't lost their touch.
1st place: Steve N 85,750 2nd place: Mike B 82,799


Sega Marine Fishing (Dreamcast - 2000)
For some reason these fishing games are always a hit at my video game tournaments. Probably since the objective is so simple: just catch the biggest fish! John S nearly pulled a major upset in this event, hooking an enormous 258 lb white marlon, which he quickly lost.
1st place: Steve S 227.12 lbs 2nd place: Eric R 168.07 lbs


Mine Storm (Vectrex - 1982)
Similar to Asteroids, Mine Storm is an addictive little shooter with slick vector graphics.
1st place: Steve N 45,215 2nd place: George Coutrous 37,080



The Head-to-Head Games

Super Bomberman (Super Nintendo - 1978)
I was glad to see this classic party selected as the first game of the night. Four players run around dropping bombs and avoiding the chain reactions. Keith M pulled out a major upset in this one.

First RoundFinalsWinner
Deane
Steve S
Keith
David B
Keith
* Keith M *
George
Eric S
Eric R
Marc G
George


Poy Poy (Playstation - 1997)
Similar to Super Bomberman, this underrated game features bomb and rock throwing in a 3D environment. George, an old Poy Poy veteran, dominated this one. Recommended by Steve S.

First RoundFinalsWinner
Mike F
Steve S
Keith
George
George
* George C *
David B
Marc
Rob
Eric S
David B

Hydro Thunder (Dreamcast - 1999)
This powerboat racing game is a pure adrenaline rush from start to finish. The races tended to be close, but Dreamcast veteran Steve S was not to be denied.

First RoundSecond RoundFinalsWinner
George
Deane
George George
* Steve S *
Steve N
Keith
Steve N
Rob Z
Steve S
Steve S Steve S
Mike F
Eric S
Eric S

Gran Turismo 3 (Playstation 2 - 1978)
Gran Turismo is the first name is realistic racing action. Recommended by George C.

First RoundSecond RoundFinalsWinner
Eric R
Mike F
Mike F George C
* George C *
Mike B
George C
George C
Steve N
Steve S
Steve N Steve N
Marc G
Deane T
Deane T

Ice Hockey (Atari 2600 - 1978)
Next to Warlords, Ice Hockey is the most competitive game you can play on the 2600. It takes skill and expert timing to master passing the puck. Recommended by Steve N.

First RoundSecond RoundFinalsWinner
Rob Z
Keith M
Keith M Steve N
* Steve N *
Steve N
Deane T
Steve N
Eric R
Eric S
Eric R David B
David B
Mike B
David B

Frogs and Flies (Atari 2600 - 1978)
Few players were familiar with this game, but being fun and easy to learn, it was the perfect game for VGX1. Two frogs in a pond try to snag as many buzzing flies as they can before the sun goes down. This is the game Marc G credits for single-handedly getting him into the playoffs. Recommended by Steve N.

First RoundSecond RoundFinalsWinner
Steve S
George
George George
* Marc G *
Steve N
Keith
Steve N
Rob Z
Deane T
Deane T Marc G
Marc G
Eric S
Marc G

Virtua Tennis (Dreamcast - 2000)
Virtua Tennis may be the best sports video game ever, and it was the only team game at VGX1. Keith and Rob pulled off the upset in this ferocious doubles competition.

First RoundFinalsWinner
Eric R & David B
Deane T & Eric S
Eric R & David B
* Rob Z & Keith M *
Mike B & Steve N
Rob Z & Keith M
Rob Z & Keith M

Joust (emulated version on Playstation - originally released in 1982)
This oldie was so popular that I was forced into adding an extra "play-in" bracket to accomodate everyone who wanted to play. Much to his surprise, Mike F decimated his competition.

First RoundSecond RoundFinalsWinner
David B
Rob Z
David B David B
* Mike F *
Deane T
Eric S
Deane T
Steve N
George C
George C Mike F
Marc G
Mike F
Mike F



Point Totals

1. George C - 12
2. Steve N - 11
3. Steve S - 10
4. Mike F - 9
5. Keith M - 6
6. David B - 5
7. Eric R - 5
8. Marc G - 4
9. Rob Z - 3
10. Deane T - 3
11. John S - 3
12. Mike B - 1
13. Eric S - 0

Note: In case of tie, head-to-head game points take precedence. If still a tie, order of appearance determines rank.


The Playoffs and Finals

Quarter Finals

Smithereens (Odyssey 2 - 1981)
Simple in concept but hard to master, this calapult battle game is won by being the first to level your opponent's tower. Smithereen's exciting gameplay was further enhanced by the "voice", which taunted the players with lines like "C'mon turkey - hit it!" George had to pull off a death-defying comeback to survive this game. Remarkably, Eric R, who once owned an Odyssey 2, inexplicably didn't fare well in this event.

Semi Finals

Street Fighter II (Super Nintendo - 1992)
One of the greatest fighting games of all time, Street Fighter 2 was an ideal game for the playoffs. It allows each player to literally kick their opponent's ass. Steve would have done well in this, had he not been eliminated in the first round (ouch!). Recommended by - wait for it - Steve S.

Finals

Combat (Atari 2600 - 1977)
A fitting conclusion to the tournament, the finalists battled it out with tanks that shot guided missiles. Recommended by Mike F.

Smithereens Street Fighter 2 Combat Street Fighter 2 Smithereens
1. George C1. George C4. Mike F2. Steve N2. Steve N2. Steve N
8. Marc G7. Eric R
4. Mike F4. Mike F6. David B3. Steve S
5. Keith M6. David B

VIDEO GAME XTREME 1 CHAMPION: MIKE FLEMING

Second place: Steve N
Third place: David B
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