Twin Galaxies, the long time video game world record score keeper, has disappeared off of the face of the internet. The official site redirects you a “not found” page on the owners site, the Facebook hasn’t been updated in weeks and the Twitter has been quiet for over seven days. Understandably gamers are worried, but others are mad as they paid money to submit scores to a site and system that now no longer seems to exist.
They’ve been commenting on the official Facebook page (where the latest post from TG staff was 7th December), where some are demanding a response while others are simply stating that if TG doesn’t get its act together it will no longer be the official score page as others will surely take up the torch.
Of course Twin Galaxies is hardly a popular destination. Despite being considered as the official video game score keepers (or least it was when it was under the founder and star of King of Kong, Walter Day) and a recent revamp of the site and services it offers, it’s not exactly a monster site, barely breaking into the top million in the world and only just about breaking 5,000 likes on Facebook. Similarly those complaining about its disappearance rank in single digits.
This is perhaps most curious though, because the organisation – owned by the 1up Arcade – just hosted its third annual Kong Off competition which has the world’s best Donkey Kong players competing head to head. It’s no League of Legends world championship final, but it’s a big deal in the world of retro gaming and drew its fair share of attention.
We’ve contacted some Twin Galaxies employees (current and ex) to see if we can find out what’s going on. I’ll update this if I hear anything back.
KitGuru Says: It would sad if TG was down and out, though if it is, I bet it didn’t help that it started charging for score submissions earlier this year.