actually, a week ago my friend and i made the top 10 list for the day. what happened was after we picked our photo at the email kiosk, it said "congratulations" and whatever and asked for initials. so, yes, the initials on the screens are real and not just for the web play.
You have a better chancew in some cases of hitting targets that are further away, since the infared beam spreads out a little and gives you a larger margin or error.
Hope that helps a little. man, I can't wait to go on the DL one.
I heard that same tip for the Men in Black ride...but I think the guns on Buzz are laser based and therefore require you to be even more precise. I've tried to hit far away ones too, but you don't get any points until your laser dot makes it into the little black hole at the center of the target, meaning it is usually easier to aim at something close by where a small shift in aim won't move your dot so far (and you can still see it up close too).