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After 31 years, someone finally broke the Missile Command world record

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Screw these new fangled video games with their pixels and their polygons! They think that they’re better than our beloved arcade games which require enough space to fill up an aircraft hangar. And king of those retro games was Space Invaders Missile Command! That legendary game has held a world record that has gone unbeaten for 31 years now. Or has it?

Seeking to defeat the record set way back in 1982, Swedish gamer Victor Sandberg left a coin on the arcade cabinet of history, as he managed to break the all-time record high score on that game like Bane snapping the back of the Batman.

Lasting an incredible 56 hours, 5 minutes, 53 seconds according to Kotaku, Sandberg also finished his single-coin run with a points tally 81,796,035. That’s a big difference over the 1982 record of 52 hours and 80.5 million points.

Considered one of the holy grail records in vintage gaming history, many thought that the Missile Command record would remain unbroken for the rest of time itself. But seeing as how more and more of these retro records are being broken lately, looks like people are underestimating the thumbs of steel of these dedicated gamers.

How about you guys? Do any of you happen to hold world records on any old school arcade devices? I know that to this day, no one managed to wipe the score of ASS off of that bowling alley arcade version of Rainbow Islands. I cemented my place in history with UNIVERSE RULES BABY!

Last Updated: March 18, 2013


  1. How many hours? Woah… That’s crazy man!


  2. Anon A Mouse

    March 18, 2013 at 14:47

    My ADHD will prevent me from playing 5hours straight, that’s just crazy.


  3. Sir Captain Rincethis

    March 18, 2013 at 14:50

    56 hours, wow. Didn’t some COD player die in fewer hours?


    • Admiral Chief Erwin

      March 18, 2013 at 15:14

      Ja, 5 hours, could not concentrate longer and died of over exposure to horrible-ness


      • Sir Captain Rincethis

        March 18, 2013 at 15:25

        Hahah! Do you think you go to cut-and-paste hell?


        • Admiral Chief Erwin

          March 18, 2013 at 15:37

          Yes, but with each copy/paste it becomes worse and worse. 5 becomes 4, 4 becomes 3 etc


    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      March 18, 2013 at 15:16

      ADHD man… it plays havoc with their Ritalin-drowned brains…


  4. Admiral Chief Erwin

    March 18, 2013 at 14:56

    Pass, messes with my beer drinking schedule and stuff 😛


    • Trevor Davies

      March 18, 2013 at 15:07

      That’s why you get those helmets with beer holders… amateur 😉


      • Admiral Chief Erwin

        March 18, 2013 at 15:15

        …hence the “stuff”


  5. Brady miaau

    March 18, 2013 at 15:16

    sort of like Tekken 3 Survival mode records. Read once how the guys do it.

    Empty bottles ready for action, pre-made sarmies and water to drink. And, um, loads of clearing meds to reduce the, um, unpleasantness of sitting playing an unpausable game for 36 hours-


  6. matthurstrsa

    March 19, 2013 at 06:58

    Now that’s dedication!


  7. Scoobaz

    March 19, 2013 at 09:38

    Two words. Golden Axe


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