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28-year-old Asteroids record finally bested

John McAllister started a game of Asteroids on Saturday. He finished playing yesterday with a score of 41,338,740, just eclipsing Scott Safran's 1982 record of 41,336,440. McAllister just beat the longest-standing record in videogame history.

McAllister was only able to take breaks when he'd racked up enough extra lives to safely walk away from the machine for a few minutes. There were close calls - a bathroom break last night left him only two remaining ships, nearly costing him the record. He persevered, and with remarkable determination, he defeated sleep, carpal tunnel syndrome, and common sense.

McAllister's record won't be official until it is verified by TwinGalaxies (go watch King of Kong for an idea of what that's like), but his achievement was streamed over Justin.tv, and the machine seems legit.

McAllister holds several other records on TwinGalaxies, but none as impressive as this. Congratulations John!

Apr 6, 2010

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