UPDATE (Dec-13): 720 Zone YouTube Channel - Iíve always had very limited YouTube involvement; I would only occasionally post videos, mostly related to help with a
technical issues, or the occasional tour of my garage arcade. Lately Iíve consolidated 720 content from my other YouTube account, and posted a few full 720 gameplay videos.
My hope is to have a more formal, dedicated 720 Zone channel, with more regular content related to 720 game play and strategy, as well as videos related to my other games
UPDATE (Jan-14): 720 Zone Collection Update - I decided
to start off the new year with a quick video update of the current
state of the small garage arcade. Only one game has been added
since my last video walk through several years ago, but the layout
has changed, and small improvements have been made to various
games. If you're curious about the rest of my collection, please
I'm also working on a video highlighting the 720 soundtrack along
side some random screenshots, pictures and trivia about the game,
SKATE OR DIE!!!
UPDATE (Jul-14): 720 At California Extreme 2014 - After skipping last yearís CAX I was happy to be back in action at the show this year. As usual the event was
awesome. Excellent venue, and packed with games and cool people. This year there were again two 720s on the floor. Both were in good shape with clear monitors and smooth
joysticks. I spent the majority of my time on one near the back of the hall that I had not seen before. The other is part of the massive shared inventory of show organizers Ken
and T.J. The high score table on that machine is still pretty well covered by myself and my good friend and fellow 720 enthusiast Rich. Unfortunately neither of us was able to
best our efforts from prior years. I think in the one game I completed this year I just broke 400K, well off the 460K I have on that same 720.
Iím already looking forward to next yearís show, and hope to see more 720 players there. If youíve never been to the show and like classic arcade games or pinball, it is well
Below is a picture of yours truly playing the 720 near the back of the hall, as well as two pictures showing the other 720's row of games:
UPDATE (Sep-14): 720 History, Scoring & Twin Galaxies - If youíre not familiar, Twin Galaxies is a long standing arcade scoring authority that was brought much
visibility in recent years by the movie King of Kong. When the original owner finally stepped down, the organization, its name, web site, score database and forums, were sold to a
group of collectors. Varied drama ensued for a couple of years with the site being re-launched once or twice, only to disappear for many months at a time. Iíve made my own
comments on TGís handling of scores (mostly on their comparison of scores based on stories from ďback in the dayĒ versus scores that went through strict documentation
As it relates to 720, TG maintained a list that was always dominated by one of these heyday scores until a small group of us began making attempts and submitting scores.
Discussion surrounding these score submissions was housed in a years-long forum thread called ď720 Gamers in the House?Ē, that was full of some great 720 players' memories,
tactics, stories of rivalries, links to other 720 posts on the internet and tons of other great 720 discussion. Especially significant were posts by a good friend of the record holder,
as well as a poster named ĎFlywingí who initially pointed me to the thread. I owe many of the tactics I used today to these posters. The latter part of the thread details a more
recent scoring rivalry between Mike Stephenson and myself.
Needless to say for me personally, having that post, so full of 720 histories, removed from the internet was the biggest loss associated with the TG turmoil. For the meantime at
least, it looks as though the site has been returned to stable ownership, and all content brought back online. Regardless of my take on the recent drama or new scoring submission
system, Iím very glad to see that the score and this special forum post are back online.
And here are a few good excerpts: