Stratford Record House was formed in 1977
and was established as a competitor to Guiness
. They toured town to town looking for record holders of all kind of activities. With the video game
boom of the 1980's
, Stratford formed a new division called "Stratford Video Gaming Records". In 1983
, Stratford was bought out by Records Inc. and sadly, all Stratford records were destroyed purposely to eliminate competition for several Record Books published by Records, Inc. Copies of Stratford Records for Video Game scores are floating around the Internet, specically for the following years:
1977 - Complete List
1978 - A - F's
1979 - Complete List
1980 - Partial List
1981 - Unknown
1982 - Unknown
1983 - Complete List
The original Stratford Publication for 1977
has been seen on EBAY
in soft book binder form. It's called:
"STRATFORD VIDEO GAMING RECORDS - 1977 PREMIERE EDITION"
It has been sold as high as 300$ USD
There are only 16 known copies of this publication. Only 2 copies are in near mint condition. Original Circulation was limited to Canada and Northern States. Distribution: 5,000 in first printing, 10,000 second printing. The second printing carried a flaw where pages 23-35 were ommited. Due to this, only a few hundred copies ever hit the shelves before being pulled and destroyed.
A controversy emerged in the mid - 90's over what was considered official gaming scores: Twin Galaxies
vs Stratford Video Gaming Records. Scores for the following games are in question and debated from time to time:
Since Stratford never produced any "video" proof of scores for records set before 1982
, Twin Galaxies
seems to have the upper hand for official scores. A drastic error made on the part of Stratford.