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Six hundred robots enter. One man leaves.

Red 5 - Monday, 15 October 2007 01:32

When we say “epic battle,” what springs to mind? We’re sure each one of you has your own short list of memorable face-offs: Kirk versus Khan; the old man versus the sea; Dracula versus Frankenstein; maybe even John McClane versus the German Sheriff of Nottingham in Die Hard. But as 2007 drew to a close, the din of a new battle rang out in our office hallways.

That’s right. Red 5 took on Robotron 2084.

The Quiet Before the Storm

Life at Red 5 was, at one time, idyllic: developers and designers scampering through the hallways, drinking from crystalline brooks, designing a killer video game—you know, the typical pastoral idyll of a game studio.

But peace could not last. On a cold, gray morning in October of 2006, Aaron Hightower issued a challenge to the tribe: within the next twelve months, the first person to score one million points on Robotron’s maximum difficulty (see below) would receive one thousand dollars from him.

To sweeten the pot, Red 5 promptly matched the bounty. The game’s creator, Eugene Jarvis, even offered a bottle of wine from his own vineyard. Cash? Free alcohol? The temptation was too great. Cubicle gladiators hailing from as far away as, well, the reception area lined up to meet the challenge. Prospective heroes lined up to rescue Mommy, Daddy and Mikey from the scurrilous Hulks and Brains. Each effort was more valiant than the last, but in vain. The closest score was John Robinson’s impressive 600,000 points, but Hightower’s challenge was still unmet, and its prize still unclaimed. Hightower was beginning to fear that he would have to stand alone as a Robotron ‘millionaire’, doomed to eventually fall to the infinite Robotron hordes…

But in the eleventh hour, John Robinson re-entered the ring. His fingers moved like lightning, and countless bodies of Enforcers and Progs collected at his feet. When the dust settled, his score was 1,008,175, and Red 5 had found its champion. A champion who was two thousand dollars (and one giant check) richer.

Congratulations, John!

By “maximum difficulty” on Robotron 2084, we mean difficulty set to 10, three lives to start, and an extra life every 25,000 points.

Kneel before Zod, baby.

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