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Definition "Official" Vectrex recognition day
Open to All Vectrex owners
Started 2012

NOTE: previous Day photos, game lists/participants, etc. are now under the Tabber in the Links section under the 2015 Day. Click on it to view the previous Days.

Origins/backgroundEdit

On the Vector gaming forums, founder VectorX would post occasional milestones the forums had reached. On one post in particular, he stated that right before the one year anniversary of the forums (on September 10, 2012), the site had hit 4,000 posts. Forum member gamezone responded (possibly as a joke) that September 10 should be known as National Play Your Vectrex Day. VectorX figured that it should be known as an international day to include Vectrex owners all around the world, which the idea took off from there, resulting in the date being settled on later as November 1, 2012 (as the month of November also marked the 30th anniversary of the Vectrex's release in the United States). This Day has been repeated every year since.

Rules/regulationsEdit

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This event took place on November 1, 2016. On this day, the rules required that (mandatory):

  1. Participants played their Vectrex. A "participant" could be either an individual or a representation of a group of some sort, such as a computer club or store, for instance. An alternative for those that did not have a Vectrex or for some reason could not play it could instead list what they played on an emulator or the Vectrex Regeneration app, although those listings must be placed in the Honorable mention section (see Bonuses below).
  2. They had to make a note of what game(s) they played. Their name also needed to be part of the record for this page, which could just include a first name, a full name, or an internet handle that they wished to go by. The names also had to be listed in alphabetical order, whatever the participant chooses to use (although this page was edited as needed). This page could be edited by anyone to input the information themselves or the site founder could be contacted on his user page for help, on the Vectrex section of the Vector gaming forums or via private message on the same site (as VectorX, although an account is needed in order to contact him there if a private message is to be sent), or he could be sent a private message via his YouTube channel or by posting a comment on his page there. He could also be contacted via e-mail through one of those outlets as well if need be.

Bonuses

  1. Participants could also keep a record of the game(s’) score(s) that they played as well if they wished to include them on this page.
  2. A photo and/or video of players' score(s), their Vectrex/collection, a drawing or gif or something that is Vectrex-related could also be included. For photos or gifs, it was asked for these to be limited to five per individual, and 10 for any group represented. Any of the preceding could be turned in after November 1st, since this page can be edited any day of the year, but the participant must play something on their Vectrex on the Day in order for something extra to be included. A link could be provided with the players' name, game and/or score as to what they played. Videos can be linked to ONLY, NOT embedded onto this page, since this would bulk up the page, making it untidy. Any photos or drawings was placed in a separate gallery after the game listings. Any audio recordings would have to be put up on YouTube or some other hosting place since the Wikia company does not allow soundclips to be hosted on their wikis. Any animated gifs or photos could be posted in the separate Gallery afterwards.
  3. Players could also post a link to their YouTube channel or any other website they have (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) if they wished to promote it, just as long as whatever material on their website is work/family friendly (i. e. a PG-13 rating at most). These would be last in a separate section.
  4. An "honorable mentions" for in-jokes for people or characters that don't actually play their Vectrex is acceptable. These will be listed after the normal link of participants. However, any joke towards any living person cannot be made in a malicious or any damaging way and must be edited out if it is directed at someone and they found it to be offensive and want it to be removed. Also, anything in this section does not count towards actually being played as far as game totals go. And as was also mentioned beforehand, people playing games on a Vectrex emulator or the Vectrex Regeneration app's totals will go in this section.

International Play Your Vectrex Day, November 1, 2016Edit

Participants and/or location/game(s) played/score(s)/video links and/or commentsEdit

  1. 50tbrdBerzerk, Clean Sweep, Hyperchase, Mine Storm, Polar Rescue, Star Castle, Star Fire Spirits, and Vectrexagon/Thrust 1.1 overlay download
  2. cNp: played Spike's Circus, Robot Arena (Demo), Skull Soccer, Blocks, Hyperchase
  3. Darrylb500: played Berzerk (getting 9000-ish)
  4. glipitude: Gravitrex Plus
  5. hcmffm: played N.E.L.S., Polar Rescue and Star Sling.
  6. LouisTheSegaNerd: played Mine Storm and Scramble
  7. Mayhem64: unreleased homebrews -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxO9kolCLPc
  8. nupoile: Mine Storm
  9. Shadow Kisuragi: Mine Storm
  10. Vectrexer: Zap gameplay video
  11. VectrexMad!: played Hangman on the 72:1 cart.

GalleryEdit

TriviaEdit

  • This year's banner was created by Vector gaming forums member TrekMD.
  • User 50tbrd created the Thrust 1.1 overlay download (see previous user list) specifically for release on this Day.
  • In total, 21 different games were played. The total of the original GCE/Milton Bradley games was seven while the total number of homebrews was 14. The top original games included Mine Storm (with four players total), Berzerk, Hyperchase and Polar Rescue (two each). Homebrews, on the other hand, had only one player each, making this the first time ever since the Day was held to not have a top homebrew.
  • For the fifth year in a row, Mine Storm was the top played original GCE/Milton Bradley game.
  • Four unfinished games were also played, being Blocks, Robot Arena, Stip and Xylo.
  • Eleven people in three countries participated (U. S. A., Germany and U. K.), making the lowest turnout yet ever since the Day started in 2012.

Links of participantsEdit

International Play Your Vectrex Day, November 1, 2015Edit

Participants and/or location/game(s) played/score(s)/video links and/or commentsEdit

  1. 50TBRD: I played Brecher, X-mas 2014, Obsolet and got qualifying scores for NELS and Minestorm.
  2. Arquillos (Madrid, Spain) / MineStorm / Spike.
  3. Brad Bakelmun: played MineStorm up to Level 27. The high score reset after 1,000,000. And the game reset when I completed Level 27.
  4. Chainsaw: Played Tour de France (Time: 1:20:22), Omega Chase (Score: 2720) and first time Dark Tower and died early (Score: Only 3025). All scores submitted to Vector War V.
  5. Darrylb500: Good timing to make a rare win on Pole Position for Vector War V! (Score: 72,600). Also got 1580 or something on Royal 21.
  6. geoanas (Greece): Vector Patrol beta testing
  7. gliptitude Art Master (with video)
  8. hcmffm: Played Minestorm (Score: 34.090) and N.E.L.S. (Score: 154) and submitted a first score to the Vector War.
  9. inspcteurclouseau: Played Star Hawk
  10. Mayhem / Vector Patrol beta testing / Blitz (as he was at the NFL that day!).
  11. Nupoile: Berzerk, Mine Storm
  12. Chris Parsons (cNp): Death Chase (Beta) 1 & 2 PLayer, Spike Goes Down (Score: 2990), Flak (Score: 1123). (video of Big Blue progress)
  13. Piepsi Panic played: Star Trek (Score: 88700) / Vecmania (all games: Birds Of Prey (Score: 6000), Disc Duel Demo, Abyss Demo, Vector Vaders Remix, Patriots Remix, Rockaroids Remix: 3rd Rock, Star Fire, Repulse) / Gravitrex, Patriots III / Brecher (Score: 220) / Vector Pilot
  14. Rapetou33 (France): Dark Tower
  15. Jesus Torres aka centaura (Spain) / Vector Pilot / Debris
  16. VectrexMad!: Beta testing of Vector Patrol & VecZogs
  17. Vectronic Minestorm, Armor Attack, Berzerk, Fortress of Narzod, Polar Rescue, Scramble, Solar Quest, Star Castle, Space Wars, Spike, Web Wars, Debris, 3D Minestorm, 3D Narrow Escape, 3D Crazy Coaster, Gravitrex Plus, Vector 21, Vector Pilot, N.E.L.S. (3308 LV 83 - Vector War V), V-Frogger (8540 - Vector War V), Vectrexians, Brecher, Obsolet, Flak, Protector, and Y.A.S.I.

Honorable mentionEdit

  1. Rolo: I forgot my Vectrex in the office:-| (Eek! Oh no). But I did some work on a Vectrex controller project and some testing on the JVD-Vectrex debugger. Does that count, too? I will make up for this omission by playing Minestorm and zapping through the 72-in-1.

GalleryEdit

TriviaEdit

  • In total, 49 different games were played. The total of the original GCE/Milton Bradley games was 20 while the total number of homebrews played was 29. The top original games included Mine Storm (six players total) and Spike (two), while the most played homebrews included N. E. L. S., BRECHER and Vector Pilot (three each) and Debris, FLAK, Gravitrex, Vector Patrol (beta) and Obsolet (two).
  • Mine Storm has been the top played original Vectrex game for the fourth year in a row.
  • All original 3D Imager games were played.
  • Two work in progress games were also played, being Vector Patrol and VecZogs.
  • Due to the Vector War V contest occurring within the Day time period (from October 30 - November 7), five people played games in accordance with the contest.
  • Seventeen people in seven countries participated (Switzerland, U. S. A., Germany, U. K., France, Spain, Greece), along with one Honorable mention.
  • Among other things, a "Vector Pilot Station" was shown in a photo, having the game running, its Vectrex Wrap applied and a Sega Genesis flight stick running through a VecAdapt. Youtube user gliptitude also posted a brief video of a work he did with Art Master, along with homebrewer Chris Parsons posting a video in regards to updated work he’s done with
    Vectrexday2
    his upcoming Big Blue game.
  • The banner for the 2014-2015 was created by Darrylb500 (at right).

Links of participantsEdit

International Play Your Vectrex Day, November 1, 2014Edit

Participants and/or location/game(s) played/score(s)/video links and/or commentsEdit

  1. 50TBRD (USA) / Played almost every homebrew game, Melody Master and Mail Plane, plus released an updated overlay design for Protector (3.1) and box design for Richard Hutchinson's VecMulti. Among the more notable games I played were VeCaves/Spike's Spree, Irrelevant, Omega Chase, War of the Worlds Time Rift, City Bomber and Hexed! and many others.
  2. Arquillos, Madrid, Spain: Clean Sweep, Mine Storm and Scramble
  3. Chainsaw (CH) / Hyperchase / Time: 104,3 and Vectrex Frogger / Score: 7150
  4. Daniel (Ger) / Spike & Minestorm on two parallel running Vectrex
  5. Dannyplante (Canada) / Art Master / Hyperchase
  6. Darrylb500 Played Spike, doing horribly, but I was trying out a specialized Protector overlay that 50TBRD made and sent me for helping his Vectrex Wix. And why not? Part of it's purple! :) Did much better on Sectis though, as I hadn't played it in months, then I made it to level 3 with only six Sectis's left! Also played some Sundance and Royal 21.
  7. gliptitude / 3D Mine Storm, Space Wars, Solar Quest, I, Cyborg, War of the Worlds, Mine Storm hack of some sort
  8. jfmateos, Madrid, Spain: my son and me playes Inkubationszeit. Best score: 550
  9. KilleRotom (CH) / MineStorm (Score : 82720) / Berzerk (Score : 10650) / Art Master
  10. Luitoine (Fr) + plushes / Clean Sweep (score: 20 510) and Berzerk (score: 1700), also took some pictures.
  11. Mayhem (UK) / "Mystery" title, watch the video -> / https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDacVj-5XOc
  12. Olivier Orillard, Bordeaux, France (rapetou33) played SectorX, shifted, I cyborg, Sternenkrieger, Zahlen Raten.
  13. Chris Parsons (cNp) plus 3 others - Spike Goes Down (Score: 2600) ... also played Berzerk, Scramble, Inkubationszeist, Warrior...
  14. Jesus Torres aka centaura (Spain) / Vector Pilot / score: 935500 / https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csL9i2oNPVI / trying overcome the million... / Vectris / score: 5800 (58 rows) / I also played Wormhole, Trakkers, Patriots and others great Dondzila classics.
  15. VectrexMad! / YASI / https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQ6n6fePbws
  16. vintersphrost / Web Wars/ score: 9221 with 6 creatures / https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jg754jA3Yw
  17. Piepsi played: Narrow Escape (using 3D Imager by Madtronix) / Minestorm / Sternenkrieger / Fortress of Narzod / Armor Attack / Vector Pilot

Honorable mentionsEdit

  1. Rolo, Germany: Ahhh, I forgot about the Vectrex Day this year. Just looked it up and see: It's today! I don't have the system here at the moment:(. -> "mental" participant.
  2. Wiebke (Ger): Was to tired to play and went to bed, but in her heart she has been participating

GalleryEdit

Trivia/notesEdit

Links of participantsEdit

International Play Your Vectrex Day, November 1, 2013Edit

Participants and/or location/game(s) played/score(s)/and/or commentsEdit

  1. 50TBRD/Tony Holcomb - Birds of Prey (with my custom controller), YASI and Protector, Debris LE and War of the Worlds (with my homemade overlay)
  2. Arquillos, Spain: Mine Storm, Scramble, Pole Position, Armor Attack.
  3. Artcloud, Weert, The Netherlands: Mine Storm > 752469 @ Mine Field 32, Berzerk > 4220, Scramble > 46250, Fortress of Narzod > 5530, Rip Off > 5410, Cosmic Chasm > 31080, Star Hawk > 33500, Bedlam > 61375
  4. Chainsaw, Zurich, Switzerland: Hyperchase 108.0 and then played around with the Light Pen.
  5. Darrylb500, Houston, Texas, U. S. A. - Mine Storm, 996,824, Mine Field 28 (had to quit to not roll over the score), Star Trek: The Motion Picture, 185,600 (I got screwed! I was docked with the damn starbase!)
  6. gliptitude-Fortress of Narzod (Beat the Wizard on Level 1 [after 3 failed tries]), Score: 7010. Topped that score, however, on one of the failed attempts - 7240. Also played Star Hawk game 2 for 19100 and played through all levels of the Bloxorz demo
  7. Guddler, UK: Mine Storm, Vector Pilot and Vectrexians . Plus some dev work :)
  8. hcmffm, Frankfurt, Germany / Shifted / 13230 (tried to beat the official Shifted highscore ) "Australia and Germany are the early birds! O.k., not really, it's the different time zones. ;-)"
  9. jfmateos-Madrid(Spain)/Mine Storm 2I/301200-Level 22/Playing Vectrex with my son and my daughter.
  10. KosmikVector, England, UK, Protector, 70,000. Got a second Vectrex tattoo (Mine Storm mine laying ship)
  11. Knaagi, Frankfurt, Germany / Scramble / Star Hawk / Mine Storm / Web Wars / Star Castle / Solar Quest - No Homebrews and no high scores tonight.
  12. Mayhem / Vector Patrol - latest beta version.
  13. nupoile-Mine Storm and Solar Quest
  14. PsychedelicShaman, USA: Web Wars, Fortress of Narzod, and Spike. Good times!
  15. Rolo, Germany; Could not get people to join in. Played around for two hours: Armor Attack, Mine Storm, Spinball, Berzerk, Bedlam, Clean Sweep, Fortress of Narzod. No spectacular scores. Not too much, but better than nothing:-)
  16. StiGGy, UK: Mine Storm , Patriots ....and having a jolly time too!
  17. Team Advance TAFE, Gippsland Australia. Shane Ponsford: Rip Off, Dan Pedersen: Solar Quest, Paula White: Clean Sweep, Jodie Willis: Star Hawk.
  18. theawesomegamr / Solar Quest: 153350 (got to the level where every enemy follows you!!) / vec fu demo / Pole Position: 35,780 / hexed / y.a.s.i: 2150 / Melody Master (the simon says sort of game): 3! not sure if a Light Pen game counts as a bonus, even though i am terrible at game 2.
  19. tomwaits, USA / Trakkers / 27,690 (level 7)
  20. TrekMD, USA: YASI - Spike Hoppin' - Rockaroids Remix - Protector. Couldn't play as much as I wanted but I did play! :)
  21. VectrexMad!, Wales, UK, Armor Attack, 19,800
  22. wazzal, USA: Pole Position, Cosmic Chasm, Thrust, Protector, Bloxorz, Continuum, Dark Tower, Mine Storm --I started with playing Pole Position and just went with it. All great fun!

Honorable mentionEdit

  1. My dog played Clean Sweep. Unfortunately I think he was disappointed, thinking that, since it's a Pac-Man clone, that it would be a clone of the arcade game Mouse Trap, where the bones allow you to turn into a dog and eat the cat pursuers. Because he's not a good watch dog, he'd just lick burglars' hands and needs something to stimulate him into being an actual guard dog. (sigh)

GalleryEdit

Trivia/notesEdit

  • At least 37 games were played this year, 19 of them being from the original GCE lineup, along with 18 homebrews. (Unofficially at least 38 games were played/20 of them being GCE originals, due to there being mentions/one photo of a Light Pen being used, but that game was not specified.) Twenty five people reported participating this year from various sources, as well as one Honorable mention.
  • Users that participated reside in Spain, the Netherlands, the U. S., Australia, Germany, Switzerland, and the UK.
  • The rules were expanded this year to include people that could not play a Vectrex to use an emulator or the Vectrex Regeneration app instead, although whatever was played on those formats must go in the Honorable mention section. However, no users reported to have participated using these alternates.
  • Mine Storm was the top game again with 10 players, rising up from six official players from the previous year’s Day (which also had an additional six unofficial players last year, due to several not being identified, as per the rules). (Over one fifth of all photos in the Gallery had Mine Storm present in them as well.) The next top two batches of original GCE games included Solar Quest, Star Hawk and Fortress of Narzod with four players each, and Armor Attack, Scramble and Pole Position each had three. The top homebrews included Protector with four players, Y*A*S*I* with three and the Bloxorz demo with two.
  • Some shakeups occurred with Star Hawk, which only had two players last year, but four this year. On the flip side, Vector Pilot had only one player this year, but had six last year, being the top homebrew then. Three demos were also played (as opposed to none last year), being Vec Fu, Vector Patrol and Bloxorz. Nine more games were played as opposed to last year as well, along with there being one more additional player as compared to last year (25 players to 24 last year). Two videos were also created for last year’s Day, but none were made this year.
  • There were many firsts this year, as two people (one being 50TBRD) played games with their own, custom-built controllers. 50TBRD also played with a custom War of the Worlds overlay. Two people had calendars involved with their Vectrex-related photos (one being jfmateos, holding up a calendar page, while another one was created using the Light Pen). A four second exposure was used in a Mine Storm photo, seven Vectrexes adorned another, and someone hooked up a Vectrex to an oscilloscope in another. Alien forces were shown in a photo on a rare version of Mine Storm, supplied by Darrylb500. Guddler provided a photo of his doing some “dev work” with a Space Invaders-like figure on a Vectrex, and the beta version of Vector Patrol being played on a Japanese Vectrex Kousokusen adorned two photos.
  • KosmikVector repeated his previous year’s action with getting a second Vectrex tattoo, this time being the Minelayer from Mine Storm.
  • Vector gaming forums member dgo suggested that a random drawing could be held, as he could donate Moon Lander as a prize. Vector gaming forums founder VectorX (/Darrylb500) did the drawing from a web site and posted a video of it, using names of all participants who signed in. KosmikVector was the winner, although the game was lost in the mail and it was never received.
  • The unrelated websites of ipyvd.com and vectrexday.com were purchased for this event, but no content was added to them, along with the sites disappearing after several months. Similarly, A “German version” of the Day also took place.

Links of participantsEdit

International Play Your Vectrex Day, November 1, 2012Edit

Participants and/or location/game(s) played/score(s)/video links and/or commentsEdit

  1. Alberto 2K / Vector Pilot / 152000 (medium difficulty, stage 7) / War of the Worlds / 1030 / Debris Revisited / 15310 / Gravitrex / 64575
  2. c64club / Pole Position / 77,200
  3. cNp/cparsonsuk & son - Vectrexians, Vector Pilot, Armor Attack, Y.A.S.I., Protector, and Art Master
  1. Darrylb500 / Gravitrex / 109,600 (starting on level 2)
  2. Darryl M in Calgary Canada / I love Vectrex and always have!! PS3 is fun, but nothing beats the retro fun of a Vectrex. Today I played: Mine Storm 65790, Star Trek: The Motion Picture 39500, Fortress of Narzod 3220, Spinball 164655, Hyperchase 1848, Bedlam lvl 2, 15550, Clean Sweep lvl 4 14940, Space Wars, Star Hawk 17100, Armor Attack 24500, Cosmic Chasm 7385, Web Warp lvl 10 17538, Rip Off 2020, Solar Quest lvl 2 74050, Scramble 32640
  3. FURY / War of the Worlds Time Rift / 1510 (video)
  4. gliptitude / Gravitrex
  5. hcmffm / Vectrexians / 120 (just for the pictures)
  6. KilleRotom Mine Storm:38215/Clean Sweep:31260/Berzerk:3460/Space Wars 10 to 9 for the darn good AI/Heads Up:02-11... That's called revenge, Vectrex/Fortress of Narzod:4800/Armor..Attack:32300/Web Warp(s):19314/Solar Quest:61800/Cosmic Chasm:22405/Hyperchase:170.4 (Yes, I suck at it)/Bedlam:4400 (I can't play this one)/Rip Off:1710 (Waaaah! I used to be good at this one) :( /Scramble:31500. Overall I had some fun time with my Vectrex, I think it was happy to get outside the box :) I wanted to play them all but I didn't have the time for it :( Yes, I know I look horrible on that picture :(
  7. Koopasoldat / Spike / 11200
  8. KosmikVector / Vector Pilot / got a tattoo of the Vectrex on the same day
  9. KW Vintage Games / Mine Storm
  10. Mayhem / Vector Pilot / 251,000 (medium difficulty)
  11. Chris Morris Solar Quest 161000 Phase 4
  12. nupoile Mine Storm and Star Hawk
  13. OTTOgd / Mine Storm / 62268 (lvl 5)
  14. singlebanana / Pole Position
  15. TrekMD / Vector Pilot, Vectrexians
  16. vectrexregeneration Mine Storm / 266113 (lvl 22)
  17. VectrexMad! / Birds of Prey / 5,160
  18. Vectropia / Fortress of Narzod / 5880
  19. vintersphrost / War of the Worlds/ score: pity 260/ Let's Play War of the Worlds / Vectrex & International Play Your Vectrex Day
  20. tomwaits / Star Castle / 7360
  21. Vectrexmuseum.com | Vector Pilot | Protector | Mine Storm | Vectrexians

Honorable mentionEdit

  1. Q*Bert | Arcade-Anti Hero | Spike Hoppin'

GalleryEdit

Trivia/notesEdit

  • Originally founder VectorX wanted the Day to be a year away (in September, 2013), but talks on his forum moved it back to only November. It was also originally going to be set for September 10, but before it would become finalized to November, VectorX realized the date would only be one day before 9/11, which is the date of remembrance of the worst terrorist attack on American soil for when several planes hijacked by terrorist bombers were flown into several American landmarks in 2001, killing several thousand people in the process. So he moved the date back to September 8 until November 1st was settled on[1]. Similarly, originally if someone took a photo, made a Vectrex-related gif or animation, that was to be done only on November 1, 2012, but this was changed and allowed for these to be done before the said date, just as long as something was played on that day.
  • Participants on this Day were located in Canada, Germany, Spain, Sweden, England, Wales, and the United States.
  • The most popular games played were the GCE originals of Mine Storm (six "official" players in all, with 12 total), Fortress of Narzod, Solar Quest and Armor Attack (all with three each), and the most popular homebrews included Vector Pilot (six) and Vectrexians (four). A total of 28 individual games were played.
  • Due to the Day later being repeated on November 1, 2013, this looks to be an annual event.

Links of participantsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Vector gaming forums post.


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