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41-Year-Old Gamer Breaks Longest-Standing Asteroids Record

by Staff Reporter
Posted On: 4/19/2010

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PORTLAND, OR -- John McAllister broke the 28-year-old record for high score on the classic videogame Asteroids on April 5. The previous record, set in 1982, was 41,336,440 points; McAllister scored 41,338,740 points in a marathon 58-hour session that took place on a vintage game in a basement at a friend's home.

Released by Atari in 1979, Asteroids was among the best-selling games of the early coin-op video era. The 1982 high score is the longest-standing record for any major coin-op video title, according TwinGalaxies.com, the world's official scorekeeper of record-breaking achievements on arcade games.

To prove his claim of setting the new record, he videotaped his entire playing session and submitted the recording to Twin Galaxies. The Ottumwa, IA-based organization has not yet commented on McAllister's claim.

McAllister, 41, is a locksmith from Seattle. He also holds the world record for Asteroids Deluxe, a sequel released in 1980.