I started a page on my wiki about R-Type in 2005 with links to guides.
2014-07-09: Found an old MAME save state on my old Dell Inspiron 510m laptop.
Got the score 211700 in MAME.
This was my best 1 credit run on MAME. While at Pollux Gamelabs, I recorded a replay, where I beat stages 1-5 without dying and then die over and over again on the beginning of stage 6...
I spent much of the trip from Copenhagen to Aalborg analyzing stage 7, the level I never beat before. I played it on emulation speeds from 0.2 to 1.2 to figure out enemy patterns and safe zones. I wrote some of the tactics down in my wiki.
Got the score 226600 in MAME.
I set up input recording for R-Type, specifically, and played a game worthy of YouTube uploading. After investigating video synchronization issues with this game specifically and writing about them in my blog, I have started playing the game at 109% speed, which doesn't seem to impact my performance.
I got up early and put in an hour of R-Type training. With the difficulty of stage 7 in mind, I trained it with all the power-ups. I think I ended up with one too many speed power-ups, I should figure out how many is right for stage 6. With all power-ups, stage 8 seems almost trivial, although there are a lot of near misses...