Pac-Man Record Broken


Posted September 11, 2009 - By Stephen Johnson

Pac Man CansPeople still play Pac-Man! Seriously, people still lead that little dot-eating fellow around the maze, avoiding ghosts and eating pretzels.

40-year-old David Race of Beaver Creek, OH plays Pac-Man better than you: According to game site Twin Galaxies, Race has become the 6th gamer in history to gain a perfect score on the original Pac-Man video arcade game, and he did it faster than any other gamer in history.

A perfect score on Pac-Man requires a gamer to eat every dot, bonus prize, and blue ghost across all 256 levels before a glitch in the game code puts the player into an impossible to complete stage. The perfect score of 3,333,360 was first done officially by Florida's Billy Mitchell in 1999, but Race did it in 3 hours, 41 minutes, and 22 seconds -- 42 seconds faster than the previous record.

I take it that most of you out there are players of newer games than Pac-man, so I gotta ask: What do you think of competition in older games? Is it a little sad that someone devotes that much time to practicing ancient cabinet games, or is it no more pathetic than anyone who practices anything at all? Opinions?

Oh, and if you get a chance, check out Billy Mitchell talking old school Pac-Man:

Pac-Man: The Perfect Score »

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Pac-Man Record Broken