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World's unluckiest man fails second attempt at Q*bert world record, 54 hours in. Third time lucky? (Please!)

Want to know how much more he'd have had to have done to attain a new record? And how horrific hisprevious failure at the record-attempt was? And why he's sounding increasingly like video gaming's Captain Ahab?

Well George's first try at the record happened in April. All was going well, 36 hours in. He had hundreds of lives racked up and a score of around 16.8 million. But then someone unplugged a nearby cabinet in the arcade that was holding the event, and the power to his machine tripped too.

Seriously. You think it's bad when someone walks in front of the TV? You know nothing of pain.

How far off success was he? The current world record, set in 1983 by Rob Gerhardt, stands at 33, 273, 520, meaning thatby the end ofGeorge's more successful second attempt he was still only about 75% of the way there. The completion time to beat the record is estimated at 70 hours.

Seriously. You think it's bad when you get blocks behind your eyelids after an hour of Tetris? Try three days of Q*bert.

Is Leutz giving up? Is he balls. He has another attempt scheduled for July. We wish him well. The poor bugger deserves success. And the human mind can only take so much trauma.

May 23, 2011

Long-time GR+ writer Dave has been gaming with immense dedication ever since he failed dismally at some '80s arcade racer on a childhood day at the seaside (due to being too small to reach the controls without help). These days he's an enigmatic blend of beard-stroking narrative discussion and hard-hitting Psycho Crushers.