Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Asteroids Player Smashes 27-Year-Old High Score
Game/Life ^ | April 5, 2010 | Chris Kohler

Posted on 04/07/2010 11:14:17 AM PDT by Arec Barrwin

Asteroids Player Smashes 27-Year-Old High Score (Update)

By Chris Kohler April 5, 2010

On Saturday, John McAllister sat down at a friend’s house near Portland, Oregon to play a game of Asteroids. By Monday, he was still playing.

At 10:18 p.m. Pacific, he scored 41,338,740 points, a new all-time high score. In doing so, he beat a record that has stood for over 27 years.

The official Asteroids high score of 41,336,440 is the longest-standing record in gaming history, having been set on November 14, 1982 by 15-year-old Scott Safran. He stayed awake for three days to accomplish this feat.

Once you master the basics, Asteroids is simply a game of endurance: Can you keep from falling asleep? And if you can, will the arcade cabinet you’re playing on stay glitch-free and powered up for three days straight?

McAllister’s marathon attempt was streamed live over Justin.tv. Even as of this writing, you can watch a close-up of the Asteroids monitor, or a full view of the room where the celebration is ongoing. The high score remains unofficial until it is recognized by the videogame referees at Twin Galaxies.

Every few hours, once he had racked up enough extra lives, McAllister got up from his barstool, paced the room, ate a sandwich, then sits back down to play. A last-minute bathroom break Monday evening almost cost McAllister the title: He got down to only two ships remaining before rallying back.

This story has been updated from the original version, written while McAllister was still attempting the high score


TOPICS:
KEYWORDS: videogame

1 posted on 04/07/2010 11:14:17 AM PDT by Arec Barrwin
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Arec Barrwin

Why aren’t hemorrhoids called asteroids?


2 posted on 04/07/2010 11:15:48 AM PDT by mbarker12474 (If thine enemy offend thee, give his childe a drum.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Arec Barrwin

3 posted on 04/07/2010 11:16:56 AM PDT by DManA
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Arec Barrwin

Just imagine, someone is actually proud of this contribution to humanity.


4 posted on 04/07/2010 11:17:19 AM PDT by Ben Mugged (Unions are the storm troopers of socialism.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: DManA

LOL! perfect!


5 posted on 04/07/2010 11:17:56 AM PDT by DCBryan1 (FORGET the lawyers...first kill the "journalists".)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Arec Barrwin

It’s good to have goals, I guess.


6 posted on 04/07/2010 11:18:11 AM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Arec Barrwin

Congrats kid. Now join the previous 50 year-old record holder still living in his mom’s basement..


7 posted on 04/07/2010 11:18:37 AM PDT by max americana
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Arec Barrwin; ReneeLynn; MotleyGirl70; Cagey; earlJam; F15Eagle; Gamecock

8 posted on 04/07/2010 11:18:39 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Larry Lucido

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1auWZ4yGX8


9 posted on 04/07/2010 11:19:28 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Larry Lucido

George Costanza ‘frogger’ ping. :)


10 posted on 04/07/2010 11:19:50 AM PDT by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it*s the new black. Mmm Mmm Mmm.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Larry Lucido

Ah, you beat me to it!


11 posted on 04/07/2010 11:21:38 AM PDT by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it*s the new black. Mmm Mmm Mmm.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Ben Mugged

I’d rather have a few kids doing this than hanging out at the Mall with their pants sagging around their ankles...


12 posted on 04/07/2010 11:22:27 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (III, Oathkeeper)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: ReneeLynn

LOL!

“Holes! I need holes!”


13 posted on 04/07/2010 11:22:35 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Arec Barrwin

"Get a life!"

14 posted on 04/07/2010 11:23:40 AM PDT by dfwgator
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Dead Corpse
Our future leaders start out at video arcades.


15 posted on 04/07/2010 11:23:53 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Arec Barrwin

I played Asteriod once.

You would get more of a thrill dropping a quarter into a parking meter.

Shame people still waste their time on these contraptions.


16 posted on 04/07/2010 11:24:07 AM PDT by HD1200
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: HD1200

Rusty: Hey, you got Pacman?
Dale: No.
Rusty: Uh, you got Space Invaders?
Dale: No.
Rusty: You got Asteroids?
Dale: Naw but my dad does. Can’t even sit on the toilet some days.


17 posted on 04/07/2010 11:25:58 AM PDT by dfwgator
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: Larry Lucido

“Come with me if you want a Sequel...”


18 posted on 04/07/2010 11:26:21 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (III, Oathkeeper)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: max americana

Scott Safran (February 3, 1967 - March 27, 1989)

http://edition.cnn.com/2002/TECH/fun.games/03/19/asteroids.champion.idg/index.html


19 posted on 04/07/2010 11:30:59 AM PDT by Chad_the_Impaler
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Arec Barrwin
"MOM BATHROOM! BATHROOM!!"

Photobucket

20 posted on 04/07/2010 11:31:43 AM PDT by digger48
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Arec Barrwin

“It got so bad, I was so addicted to the game, that I played for three days straight. I didn’t even get up to go to the bathroom.”

“Let me get this straight, you didn’t go to the bathroom for three days?”

“I said I didn’t get up!”


21 posted on 04/07/2010 11:33:41 AM PDT by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (We bury Democrats face down so that when they scratch, they get closer to home.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Arec Barrwin

I hate that game. Of all the video games I have played that one sucks the most.


22 posted on 04/07/2010 11:35:15 AM PDT by raybbr (I hate B(ig) H(ead) Obama)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Arec Barrwin

23 posted on 04/07/2010 11:44:16 AM PDT by isthisnickcool (NOVEMBER-2-2010!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Arec Barrwin

The sounds of that game - the droning beat of deep notes that gradually sped up in tempo, constantly interrupted by the high-pitched “pew, pew, pew” of the lasers. Crap, it’s coming back from the far corners of my mind! Make it stop!!


24 posted on 04/07/2010 11:55:17 AM PDT by Sax
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Arec Barrwin

If you loved arcade in the 80’s, I highly recommend the indy movie “Chasing Ghosts: Beyond the Arcade” about setting video arcade records. There is a follow up that was not quite as good called “The King of Kong” that you can watch on Netflix.

There is an entire subculture built around these games, and if you liked them, it’s fun and amazing to watch- if you don’t get it, it’s still sort of amazing. You sort of can’t believe your eyes with these people. Check out the second link below.

Also be aware there are several movies called “Chasing Ghosts” - some are horror, etc - the one I am talking about is “Beyond the Arcade” and a documentary.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HrXIu5ibYk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZfITj0166w&feature=related

My sons and I laughed all the way through this movie.


25 posted on 04/07/2010 11:56:10 AM PDT by I still care (I believe in the universality of freedom -George Bush, asked if he regrets going to war.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Larry Lucido

Larry, you gave me a well needed laugh today when I was out on the road.


26 posted on 04/07/2010 2:48:18 PM PDT by earlJam
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson