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Trailed highlights of the show include world record high score attempts by some of the UK's finest gamers and also a live showdown between European and US players.

However, there will also be some smaller attractions sure to interest Spectrum fans.

For starters, the famous World of Spectrum site will be represented at CGEUK, with core members of the Spectrum Tape Preservation (STP) project team manning a stand at the exhibition.

They will be offering demonstrations and advice on creating TZX files and answering any questions you have. These dedicated folks will also have a PC equipped to take tape samples and scan inlay covers, so they are urging people to have a look at the World of Spectrum site and bring along any material they have lying around that isn't yet in the archive.

CGEUK 2005 will also provide an opportunity for elite Speccy gamers to get their names into the record books.

Officials from Twin Galaxies, the world authority on player rankings, gaming statistics and championship tournaments, will be at the show ready to listen to all boasts and tall tales.

But anyone who wants fame will need to provide proof of their highest score by bringing a video tape of their entire record-breaking effort to the event.

The people from Twin Galaxies, which is recognised by Guinness World Records as the authoritative organisation for video gaming world records, will then scrutinize and verify all entries, Norris McWhirter-style, to ensure no cheating has gone on.

The challenge is open to all players of any age on all gaming machines from the classics to today's contemporary formats. To see what the current records are, have a look at the publication 'Official Video Game & Pinball Book of World Records'.

Other stuff to look out for includes two brand new Spectrum software releases from Cronosoft, namely The Fantastic Mister Fruity and Stranded.

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