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Hyperscore: An ancient SNES... thing

mr-razzcocksmr-razzcocks Registered User regular
edited July 2017 in Singularity Engine++
Crossposted with H+A, because I figure if anybody knows about this, you guys will.

For one reason or another, a thought just popped into my head about this thing I got bought for the SNES when I was a kid. We're talking early to mid 90's here.

Basically, it was a cartridge that plugged into the console, and the game cartridge went in the top of that. The idea was that the Hyperscore unit would save your game score, then you could phone a hotline and the Hyperscore unit would use a built in speaker system to relay a weird binary/morse type signal through the phone, and your score would be registered on a high score list on Teletext, a shitty information network available through terrestrial TV channels in the UK.

Due to various faults, it never actually worked, and the product was recalled, I got a shitty boardgame in compensation off the company who made it.

Anyway, I just decided to look into this product a little further, just to satisfy my curiosity. However, a Google search proves to be totally fruitless, as the Hyperscore tag now refers to a piece of audio composition software, and adding "SNES" to my search brings up very minor references to the product, and only the Mega-Drive/Genesis version.

My point is, does anybody happen to have any information on this product? What caused the cock-up? Personal experience with it? Maybe you got the damned thing to work? Anything at all.

To clarify, I think it was only released in the UK

An interesting (for me at least) postscript to my experience with it as a child: UK kids TV presenter Andy Crane held the high score for Super Mario World. I beat it, but couldn't submit my score.

Alternative thread avenue: Discuss failed products

EDIT: I don't want to post this in G+T, because I don't like it there

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  • KusuguttaiKusuguttai __BANNED USERS regular
    edited May 2008
    the answer is a butt

    Kusuguttai on
  • MeissnerdMeissnerd Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    YOU CAN CONNECT YOUR GAMEBOY ADVANCE

    TO YOUR GAMECUBE

    TO GET SOME STICKERS OR SOMETHING?

    Meissnerd on
    do not ask for whom the snerd tolls
  • Filler Inc.Filler Inc. Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    I think you have to fiddle with the flux capicitor or something.

    Did you blow in it?

    I think you have to blow in it?

    Damnit, where's jimmy with my coffee, I'm gonna fire that boy.

    Filler Inc. on
  • AirAir Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    why dont you send them photos of your lifes work if they dont appreciate the screeching

    Air on
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  • Garlic BreadGarlic Bread Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Kusuguttai wrote: »
    the answer is a butt

    BUTT GUNBOT??

    Garlic Bread on
  • KusuguttaiKusuguttai __BANNED USERS regular
    edited May 2008
    Keith wrote: »
    Kusuguttai wrote: »
    the answer is a butt

    BUTT GUNBOT??

    hehehehe

    Kusuguttai on
  • BroloBrolo Broseidon Lord of the BroceanRegistered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Crossposted with H+A, because I figure if anybody knows about this, you guys will.

    For one reason or another, a thought just popped into my head about this thing I got bought for the SNES when I was a kid. We're talking early to mid 90's here.

    Basically, it was a cartridge that plugged into the console, and the game cartridge went in the top of that. The idea was that the Hyperscore unit would save your game score, then you could phone a hotline and the Hyperscore unit would use a built in speaker system to relay a weird binary/morse type signal through the phone, and your score would be registered on a high score list on Teletext, a shitty information network available through terrestrial TV channels in the UK.

    Due to various faults, it never actually worked, and the product was recalled, I got a shitty boardgame in compensation off the company who made it.

    Anyway, I just decided to look into this product a little further, just to satisfy my curiosity. However, a Google search proves to be totally fruitless, as the Hyperscore tag now refers to a piece of audio composition software, and adding "SNES" to my search brings up very minor references to the product, and only the Mega-Drive/Genesis version.

    My point is, does anybody happen to have any information on this product? What caused the cock-up? Personal experience with it? Maybe you got the damned thing to work? Anything at all.

    To clarify, I think it was only released in the UK

    An interesting (for me at least) postscript to my experience with it as a child: UK kids TV presenter Andy Crane held the high score for Super Mario World. I beat it, but couldn't submit my score. I'm now his boss.

    Alternative thread avenue: Discuss failed products

    EDIT: I don't want to post this in G+T, because I don't like it there

    I don't think this is what you wanted either, man.

    Brolo on
  • JavenJaven Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Why does every thread need an alternate topic

    are you not confident your intended topic is interesting enough?

    because if you think it isn't, then what the hell are the rest of us supposed to think?

    Javen on
  • BroloBrolo Broseidon Lord of the BroceanRegistered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Kusuguttai wrote: »
    Keith wrote: »
    Kusuguttai wrote: »
    the answer is a butt

    BUTT GUNBOT??

    hehehehe

    hehehe

    hee hee

    Brolo on
  • mr-razzcocksmr-razzcocks Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Javen wrote: »
    are you not confident your intended topic is interesting enough?
    Kusuguttai wrote: »
    the answer is a butt

    mr-razzcocks on
  • MeissnerdMeissnerd Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    GARGALOO??
    GARGALOO???

    Meissnerd on
    do not ask for whom the snerd tolls
  • AirAir Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    hey maybe you could check who made the boardgame you got

    alternative response: go fuck yourself

    Air on
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  • #pipe#pipe Cocky Stride, Musky odours Pope of Chili TownRegistered User regular
    edited May 2008
    why the hell would you buy a thing that screams your score into the phone?

    #pipe on
  • Skull ManSkull Man Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    nah you just dreamed that shit

    Skull Man on
  • JavenJaven Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    #pipe wrote: »
    why the hell would you buy a thing that screams your score into the phone?

    would you rather scream the score yourself?

    Javen on
  • mr-razzcocksmr-razzcocks Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Skull Man wrote: »
    nah you just dreamed that shit

    I didn't! The adverts for it were like really bad photostories about teenagers who were having relationship issues and solved them by playing Street Fighter II!

    Seriously, this shit actually happened

    mr-razzcocks on
  • Fort1tudeFort1tude Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    what what
    in the butt

    Fort1tude on
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  • Filler Inc.Filler Inc. Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Unappreciative little swine, the mere thought of which sends a chill to my heart. Broken glasses, rust covered watches ticking to a beat that plays out in his head. Bent brass spectacles slide off his weathered face, crooked nose and bent back, his eyes fastidiously pouring over the golden pages, absorbing every knook and crany. The candle flickers with each page tossed aside, and the only sound that can be heard is the muttering of a madman, and the occasional explosion of profanity into the barren depository.

    The answer should be right before him, the words are all there, but their meanings skewed and twisted into ramblings of insanity. His eyes can't focus as beads of sweat blur his vision, his fingers can't rest as they tap uncontrollably. His mind, forever lost to the insanity he surronded himself with throughout the years. It was all coming back to him, the days of utter fear, the nights spent fetal, silent, still in a locked room with a shotgun to keep him secure. This was his life now, and this is how he felt comfortable, no one could comprehend, or appreciate, the lengths, the sacrifices he made to get here. No one would want too.

    Filler Inc. on
  • Skull ManSkull Man Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Skull Man wrote: »
    nah you just dreamed that shit

    I didn't! The adverts for it were like really bad photostories about teenagers who were having relationship issues and solved them by playing Street Fighter II!

    Seriously, this shit actually happened

    pix or it didn't happen

    you're just a liar

    a big ol liar with a liar's heart and a pigface

    Skull Man on
  • #pipe#pipe Cocky Stride, Musky odours Pope of Chili TownRegistered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Javen wrote: »
    #pipe wrote: »
    why the hell would you buy a thing that screams your score into the phone?

    would you rather scream the score yourself?

    Than spend cash money on a little box that screams it for you?

    yes I would.

    #pipe on
  • SonnySonny Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    So wait...What the hell are you looking for?

    Sonny on
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  • ThatDudeOverThereThatDudeOverThere Clock King Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    failed hardware errday

    ThatDudeOverThere on
  • SonnySonny Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    ...Why?

    Sonny on
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  • ThatDudeOverThereThatDudeOverThere Clock King Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    because

    ThatDudeOverThere on
  • KnobKnob TURN THE BEAT BACK InternetModerator mod
    edited May 2008
    cut an electrical cord and plug it into the wall

    stick one lead into your 360 and the other into your cellphone

    same thing

    Knob on
  • TheidarTheidar Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Knob wrote: »
    cut an electrical cord and plug it into the wall

    stick one lead into your 360 and the other into your cellphone

    same thing

    Don't forget to lick the leads after you plug the cord in to increase conductivity and get a clearer signal.

    Theidar on
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  • ButlerButler 89 episodes or bust Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Javen wrote: »
    #pipe wrote: »
    why the hell would you buy a thing that screams your score into the phone?

    would you rather scream the score yourself?

    FUCKING TEN HUNDRED JILLION POINTS BEEPEEPDEEBEEP JESUS FUCKING CHRIST DEEBEEDEEBEEBEEP

    Butler on
    Gvzbgul wrote: »
    A new born baby's skin is still porous, you can just leave them sitting in a bucket of blood and they'll soak up what they need.
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