No you're not; this is one thing I would've fixed about S3K (along with removing the point value from badniks and destructible objects if you've already destroyed them once that game) to make a highscore run equivalent to a style run, instead of being "who can grind the longest". Since the Adventure games required it for unlocking content, I guess. Just because it wasn't important then, doesn't mean it must be unimportant now. If everything's made up and the points don't matter, then why have points at all? Why not just remove the score? And remove the lives while you're at it, they're not important either. Bearing in mind they probably made the bumpers do it for the same reason, this makes most sense to me.