Asteroids Kill Screen Coming Up

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Posted by Jeff (3466 posts) -

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.
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#1 Posted by Jeff (3466 posts) -

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.
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#2 Posted by JJOR64 (18939 posts) -

I never got that far in this game.  I'm terrible.   :(              I hope he breaks the record.

#3 Posted by jkz (4008 posts) -

What is this I don't even... 
 
Alright who am I kidding this is brilliant.

#4 Edited by Turtlemayor333 (510 posts) -

Watch this not happen for hours. Oh, kill screens.
 
EDIT: Dude just lost four lives in four seconds. What's the record?

#5 Posted by Shibbles (262 posts) -

This man is a god, and I respect him for it.

#6 Posted by ThatFrood (3375 posts) -

Been watching this for 6 hours on and off now! TOTALLY STOKED!

#7 Edited by SuperfluousMoniker (2907 posts) -

Oh man he's tanking, just died four times in the last minute.... We're jinxing him!
 
Edit:  I didn't realize how fast you can get extra lives, dying like that must be a relatively common occurrence.

#8 Posted by NakAttack (1289 posts) -

ill have to tune in later to see if he beats it

#9 Posted by JammyJesus (770 posts) -

LOL mint
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#10 Posted by fishmicmuffin (1041 posts) -

He just started to get destroyed. Poor guy, hope he beats it.

#11 Posted by The_Laughing_Man (13629 posts) -

Down to 2 lives 

#12 Posted by DanielJW (4915 posts) -

Good god.

#13 Posted by FCKSNAP (2299 posts) -

tight

#14 Posted by welly (118 posts) -

lets do it.

#15 Posted by Turtlemayor333 (510 posts) -

So wait, is there a kill screen or does it just keep going? At any rate he's looking like he might not make it there anyway.

#16 Edited by MackGyver (539 posts) -

What is he playing it on? Arcade?

#17 Posted by ScudFTW (32 posts) -

trying to fast forward.... uhg

#18 Posted by jkz (4008 posts) -

Damn that was a intense for a while there, he was down to 2 lives....

#19 Edited by Bummey (604 posts) -

I can't believe I'm watching someone play Asteroids, over the internet, on Monday at midnight.
 
and loving it.
 
 
edit:   But let me get this straight. Getting the high score in Asteroids amounts to leaving one tiny asteroid alive and just repeatedly killing the UFO? That's pretty lame.
edit2: After a bit of reflection, I stand by my point that this is lame and that I am no longer "loving it."

#20 Edited by Jettblackk (52 posts) -

Apparently the current record is 
41,336,440
 
If it hasnt already been posted.....
 
  Was set on November 13, 1982, by 15 year old Scott Safran of Cherry Hill, NJ.......now im really excited.....lol

#21 Posted by Skald (4367 posts) -

This is more awesome than it should be.

#22 Posted by ArchScabby (5809 posts) -

So is this still live?  Or what?

#23 Posted by The_Laughing_Man (13629 posts) -

30k away I think they said

#24 Posted by dawnofthesean (90 posts) -

Wait what exactly is a kill screen?

#25 Posted by Atomasist (2818 posts) -
@dawnofthesean said:
" Wait what exactly is a kill screen? "
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#26 Edited by Rockanomics (1150 posts) -
#27 Posted by The_Laughing_Man (13629 posts) -

IT HAS BEEN DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#28 Posted by JammyJesus (770 posts) -

He did it!
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#29 Posted by Wes899 (2107 posts) -

WOO. I was there.

#30 Posted by NakAttack (1289 posts) -

and he did it

#31 Posted by LiquidPrince (15901 posts) -

Done. He set the new world record.

#32 Edited by Jettblackk (52 posts) -

Kill Screen is the "end" of a classic arcade game...It runs out of memory, and resets...and apparently he made it to the record!!!

#33 Posted by MetalGearFlaccid (207 posts) -

NEW WORLD RECORD!!!

#34 Posted by MackGyver (539 posts) -

Awesome job  John!!!!!!!!!

#35 Posted by asian_pride (1654 posts) -

There you go he beat it. Gratz to him.

#36 Posted by thejamster (263 posts) -

badass!

#37 Posted by TimesHero (677 posts) -

I think he just did it.

#38 Posted by Atomasist (2818 posts) -

Boom!

#39 Posted by Zella (727 posts) -

Started watching just in time, nice to see him beat it.

#40 Posted by Skald (4367 posts) -

Holy shit, he actually got it?

#41 Posted by Foggen (842 posts) -

I tune in and at that exact moment he's entering his initials.  Rad.

#42 Posted by Andre (39 posts) -

He beat the record and gave up immediately. A tad disappointing, but awesome nonetheless. 

#43 Posted by thejamster (263 posts) -

wiki page has been updated

#44 Posted by tankintheair315 (347 posts) -

he beat it!

#45 Posted by Levio (1784 posts) -

Quick! Someone wakeup the guinness book of world records people!

#46 Posted by AngerPanda (85 posts) -

Woo, he did it!

#47 Posted by tentaclesex (43 posts) -

Pretty cool to see him beat the score live!

#48 Posted by heavyness (20 posts) -

Congrats!  Fun to watch, even better to watch the record fall!

#49 Posted by Rasgueado (712 posts) -
@Andre: He played for 57+ hours to beat the high score. How much more is really needed?
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#50 Posted by PowerBombYo (192 posts) -

Word! New record!

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