Some people love video games so much, they want to be hailed as the best in the world. So what happens if you play your best and it's still not good enough? According to some gamers, you cheat.
Since 1981, the Twin Galaxies organisation has served as the primary facilitator for video game achievements and competitions. They are directly responsible for verifying video game scores and times for the Guinness World Records.
However, this company doesn't just monitor world records; it has to occasionally contest them. If a record seems too good to be true, it probably is. Despite the fact Twin Galaxies have to overanalyse every claimed record frame-by-frame, pixel-by-pixel, they are sometimes fooled by master cheaters. Either through memory editing, emulations, or tool-assisted runs, some players have conned their way to fame and have gotten away with it for years or even decades.
But Twin Galaxies doesn't get all the credits for catching out frauds. In recent years, more and more decievers are getting caught red-handed by eagle-eyed YouTubers or Twitch streamers.
Some of these con-artist's strategies are so intricate and methodical, it's incredible that they were caught in the first place. On the other hand, there are scammers that are so sloppy, it's bewildering they got away with it as long as they did.
James Egan has written 80 books including
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