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Q*bert record ruined by arcade uplugging
« on: April 18, 2011, 01:01:03 AM »
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Thirty-six hours into what was expected to be a 70-hour assault on an all-time world record, and with hundreds of lives to spare, someone unplugged a cabinet elsewhere in the arcade, resetting the Q*bert George Leutz was playing.

We're not sure what Leutz said, but it probably sounded like @!#?@!

Playing at Richie Knucklez in Flemington, N.J., Leutz had rolled up a reported 16.8 million points, about halfway short of the 33,273,520 set in 1983 by Canada's Rob Gerhardt. Leutz was looking strong to take down the record, getting a note of encouragement from Warren Davis, the designer and programmer of the arcade classic. "I'm in his corner all the way," Davis told Arcade Game Examiner. "Thanks, George, for keeping the spirit of Q*bert alive!"

And he did, until someone pulled the plug.

About the comment of what he said, that's a joke since the character actually says that. (Or well.. more like displays that text, XD )
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Re: Q*bert record ruined by arcade uplugging
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2011, 01:36:49 AM »
Update on the situation. He now failed at beating the score because he got tired.

Quote from: Kotaku
It was estimated that George Leutz would have to play Q*Bert for more than 70 hours -nearly three days straight- to break a 28-year-old all-time world record. If you, like me, wondered if there was some way to stick Q*Bert in the corner of the board and grab a nap during the record attempt, evidently there isn't.

Shortly after midnight at Richie Knucklez Arcade Games in Flemington, N.J., fatigue overcame Leutz at the 54-hour mark. He had reached 24.7 million points, reports Arcade Game Examiner. The world record, which has stood since 1983, is 33,273,520. A friend of Leutz said in his final hour of play he'd lost close to 75 lives and simply couldn't continue.

Leutz is going to try again in July. At least this one didn't end like the first bid, when a bumped power cord elsewhere in the arcade caused his machine to reset.
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