Video games

Why would I even mention video games? Because, I do have some skills. I have accomplished some above-average achievements. I can discuss the topic. So, if anyone wants someone with that capability, I do have it.

The Legend of Zelda
Zelda 1

In the late twentieth century, I reached the final significant challenge of The Legend of Zelda (in the room with the Triforce of Power) without a sword. After looking online for anyone else who accomplished the same thing, I ended up becoming part of the staff of ZHQ.com (Zelda Headquarters), the world's largest website about that video game series. From 1999 to 2000, I was the webmaster. According to the site's owner (who had access to the site's logs), the site generated 3,000 visitors per day. (A currently-accessible approximation is at ZHQ (archived by the Wayback Machine).

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (The Legend of Zelda 2)

I beat the game without getting the candle. A lot of people have given on this game rather than beating it.

Tips

I think one key reason is that they hadn't learned how useful it is to jump in the presense of a shield-carrying enemy, and then hold down and press the "attack" button (the "B" button on an original NES) so that the sword tries to hit the middle of the opponent, effectively doing a high attack followed immediately by a low attack (simply from one press of the button). This causes damage quite frequently, making the game pretty tolerable to make progress through.

Another tip: don't collect dolls before Level 6. The doll in Level 6 is probably worth grabbing while in Level 6. All other dolls are probably worth saving for the Great Palace. (Once obtained, they are not re-obtainable if the game gets saved after they are obtained, until the game is beaten or the saved game slot's data gets erased.)

Zelda 3: A Link to the Past
Before learning how to effectively walk through walls in the SNES version, I followed the tips from the "Top Secret Zelda" section, describing the "Death Mountain Descent", to effectively beat 6 of the dark world levels without the “moon pearl” (which is the item that prevents the hero from turning into a bunny rabbit). This didn't include Turtle Rock (or anything later).
Zelda 5: The Ocarina of Time

I was able to beat the child section without a sword.

This was in the N64 version. The technique involved (physically) tilting the cartridge while the system was on. It was possible to get Link to walk past a character that normally entrapped Link. Once past that character, the game could still crash, but it was also possible to save the game. Once saved, there was quite a bit of freedom, although still no sword (as a child).

[#omd2]: “Orcs Must Die! 2”

I achieved signicant success with Robot Entertainment's OMD2. The creators of the game intended for "Endless mode" to be challenging to the point that reaching “Wave 40” was considered an achievement to strive for. My own success exceeded level 1400. (I only stopped shortly after that level because the software would crash after multiple days.) Steam: TOOGAM's screenshots, OMD2 Wave 1404. (Warning about that site: I have noticed an auto-playing advertisement making sound after ignoring the tab for several minutes.)

I achieved such a high score, that my score did not remain on the leaderboard. I contacted Robot Entertainment, explaining what I accomplished. They agreed to adjust the game's code to be able to support my accomplishment.

Shortly after I was told this, the worldwide leaderboard information for that level was broken, worldwide. When I was young, I heard of “breaking the machine” referring to doing very well on video games, probably related to accomplishments such as PacMan's 255th level. Well, not only did I break the game on one machine, but my accomplishment broke it for the world.

(Happily, it did end up getting fixed.)

Star Solder R

I got a very high score in this WiiWare game. I vaguely recall getting 12th place, with a suspicion of thinking I may have obtained 8th place. (So, my guess is that I got both... first 12th, then 8th.) This would be among all people who played the game in my region, which I think may have been Western United States.

This was a short time (maybe a week or two?) after the game came out, so presumably quite a few people were playing it.

Unfortunately for my provability, I can no longer find the high score list published online. Hudson's main site for the game is no longer providing info about the game, and even the Wayback Machine @ Archive.org isn't providing much details.

I'm simply providing this as an example that demonstrates that I did have some noteworthy ability playing a video game.

Killer Instinct 1 & 2 simultaneously

At the local arcade, I was able to beat both Killer Instinct and Killer Instinct 2 simultaneously. What I mean by that is that I put quarters in both games, and pressed the Start button on both games before doing anything else on either game. Then, I won in 11 stages (without anyone else touching the arcades) on both machines. The machines were placed side-by-side (like other machines in the arcade... this wasn't set up special for me).

To do this, I made some frequent use of Sabrewulf's ability to stun opponents in KI2, and tried score victories in KI1 as quickly as possible, so that I could win that final battle before KI2 got to some of the harder opponents that would dish out substantial negative impact very quickly. Once I passed the eleventh stage on KI1, if I could still survive the KI2 fight I was in at that time, then the rest of the challenge was simple (for me, by that point).

Super Mario Bros.
I personally discovered the trick allowing a player to be little with fireballs. (I'm sure I'm not the only one.)
Fire 'N Ice (a.k.a., Solomon's Key 2)

I discovered some bugs, and published some info. TOOGAM's Fire 'N Ice section.

Contra (8-bit NES)

I beat this without losing a life.

Before doing so, I did get close twice, losing one life in Hangar and, another time, one life in another level (Waterfall, if I recall right... but it might have been Snow Field.)

WarCraft II

I played WarCraft II: Tides of Darkness and WarCraft 2X: Beyond The Dark Portal extensively. When the Battle.Net edition came out, I could play people at random, and frequently win 2vs1 fights, and 3vs1 on occassion.

I was able to play in the Ironman ladder challenges.

Those describe some of my accomplishments from playing video games. I have created other electronic information about games, such as Gauntlet Legends, and PacMan 2: The New Adventures.