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Asteroids Kill Screen Coming Up

OK, not really, but John McAllister's getting close to the Asteroids world record, and you can watch the final stretch.

If you had told my younger self that we'd be using the latest and greatest in computer technology to broadcast people playing Asteroids all around the world, I... well, I would have felt that maybe my life had meaning. Not that I was ever especially great at Asteroids.

But one John McAllister is doing exactly that right now, and it sounds like he's closing in on the game's world record. He's currently over 41 million points (which doesn't show properly on the game, as the score rolls over at a certain point) and he's still breaking the big rocks into little rocks.

Somewhere the 9-year-old me is completely losing his mind over how awesome this is. 34-year-old me is pretty into it, too. If the chat room dwellers are accurate, he'll be crossing into world record territory later tonight... provided he can keep it together, of course.
  

  
 You might tune in and see no actual movement. That just means that the guy's taking a bathroom break or something. 
 
UPDATE: 41,338,740 is now your new Asteroids world record, provided everything is properly verified as legitimate. Assuming it is, John McAllister is now the King of Asteroids! This beats the previous record of 41,336,440, set in 1982 by Scott Safran. Safran passed away after an accident in 1989. Jeff Gerstmann on Google+
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Posted by Blackmoore

Congrats! He beat it.

Posted by Aussiepowa

he did it
Posted by mikenam

Freakin A, I just missed it

Posted by Daveyo520

I've never seen someone break a world record before. It was something.

Posted by Gloobus

That was pretty awesome.  I tuned in about 2 minutes before he beat the high score. Kinda neat witnessing a record of such a classic game being broken live.

Posted by thenexus

Lots of people in the chat keep spamming -  "HAHAHAHAHAH HE DIDNT BEAT THE RECORD THEY MISCOUNTED AHAHAHAHA"

Posted by Scooper

I hit play literally just as people clap his victory. What the hell.

Posted by mikenam

Hopefully there will be a quick replay somewhere on Giant Bomb

Posted by bigsmoke77
@Andre: he probably thought "if anybody wants to stay up and play this game for two and half days. more  the power to them"
Posted by Crono
@thenexus said:
" Lots of people in the chat keep spamming -  "HAHAHAHAHAH HE DIDNT BEAT THE RECORD THEY MISCOUNTED AHAHAHAHA" "
This is surprising?  A person's inner douche bag loves the internet.
Posted by Hot_Karl

He did it! 
 
Mr. McAllister, you have the respect of all the duders here. Asteroids is a hard son-of-a-bitch game, and to get over 41 million points is a remarkable achievement. Congrats!!

Posted by Rebirth1337

I was there! Thanks Jeff for posting this.

Posted by zymase

This is likely the high point of my day.  Awesome!

Posted by TheHT

Asteroids? lol alright, i respect that.

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Posted by sodiumCyclops

Well done! Cheers for me evening highlight Jeff.

Posted by dezvous

Weird, what is it about the 41,33#,### range that gets so tough? I mean you'd think if you came that far you might as well try really hard to obliterate the previous record.

Posted by hyperslug

Thats amazing :)

Posted by Winternet

Well, I am now waiting for the attempt to break 42 million. Anytime soon, right?
Posted by sho76und3wd

Awesome.  High scores are fun!

Posted by Bilawal

What's an Asteroid????? :S

Posted by KillerBears

still waiting on the film version of Asteroids

Posted by Zella
@dezvous said:
" Weird, what is it about the 41,33#,### range that gets so tough? I mean you'd think if you came that far you might as well try really hard to obliterate the previous record. "
He'd been playing for 50+ hours, I think he just wanted to stop.
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Posted by JoelTGM

At one point super close to the record he came back from a bathroom break, lost focus and was down to two lives.  Asteroids is intense. 

Posted by Milkman

I could beat him.

Posted by DystopiaX
@Zella said:
" @dezvous said:
" Weird, what is it about the 41,33#,### range that gets so tough? I mean you'd think if you came that far you might as well try really hard to obliterate the previous record. "
He'd been playing for 50+ hours, I think he just wanted to stop. "
he'd been playing over 60 hours with only bathroom breaks...i'd wanna stop too.
Posted by Brunchies

I missed it sadly, anyway grats to the guy for being able to play over 50 hours of asteroids and setting a world record.