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Asteroids record beaten - after 28 years

A US video game fan has clocked up a new record high score on arcade classic Asteroids - beating the previous record set in 1982...

Friday, April 09, 2010

 

A US video game fan has clocked up a new record high score on arcade classic Asteroids - beating the previous record set in 1982.

John McAllister, 41, played the game for 58 hours straight to rack up 41,338,740 points, reports The Sun.

He beat the previous high score of 41,336,440 set by 15-year-old Scott Safran 28 years ago - the longest-held high score of all time.

Mr McAllister's marathon gaming session was broadcast live over the internet from his pal's basement in Portland, Oregon.

He said: "The Asteroids high score record is considered a holy grail. It's a title that a lot of people would want, and I wanted it."

He went without sleep during his game, which could not be paused, and racked up enough extra lives to dash to the toilet without getting game over.

His score needs to be verified by official referees before he is entered into the record books.

Asteroids was released in arcades in 1979 by computer giant Atari. The player controls a spaceship and the goal is to shoot down asteroids and flying saucers.

 

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