Asteroids High Score Record Annihilated [Geek]

On Nov. 13, 1982, fifteen-year-old [Scott Safran] of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, set the world record score in the arcade game Asteroids. For the last 27 years those 41,336,440 points have been the longest-standing videogame high score in history. That was until yesterday.

[Wired] 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.

Helping you not get laid since 1979

And in doing so, John McAllister is also guaranteed never to get laid… ever! But I would think that a lady’s lotus is far from this arcade nerds mind. For the past few years he’s been racking up the [high-score records] on all sorts of arcade and mame games, so it’s not like this guy has got much time for spooning.

During the three day marathon, McAllister had to contend with the lack of any pause function on the arcade cabinet. Every few hours he stacked up enough extra lives to walk around, eat a sandwich, and (unless he’s not a regular guy) take a poop. The latter is what I’m guessing happened during a last-minute bathroom break Monday evening. It almost cost McAllister the title as he was down to only two ships remaining before rallying back.


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