We all strive to be the best, and it’s in our animal nature to be the alpha at everything, video games included. Whether it’s topping the leaderboards on your favorite multiplayer game, a speed run or simply bragging rights against a sibling, we’ve all tried and done these things.
But some records just can’t be broken, and here’s a compilation of a few video game records that can never be broken.
The Simpsons – Highest Killstreak
The arcade spin off of The Simpsons proved to be a fun beat-em-up that ate up your coins. Released in 1991 for arcades and the Commodore 64 (also downloadable over the XBL arcade and PSN), the game showcases all things pre-2000s. It was well received globally and sells well for the retro gamers.
Like many arcade games, it’s a true test of skill. Starting off relatively easy and slowly increasing the difficulty (obviously to make you lose and spend more money). The highest kill streak held in this game is 263, 25 points above the runner-up. What makes this such an impossible record to break, besides the stupidly high score, is the technological differences.
The game was made and tailored around arcade use, meaning the control scheme would have most likely been a joystick and a couple of buttons. While developers would have changed this to suit the functionalities of Playstation/Xbox, it’s never the same, or as easy for that matter, as arcade controls. Besides, who actually buys arcade games on modern consoles?
PAC-MAN – Kill Screen
Marking the start of a new era, Pac-Man was released in 1980 and is in the hall of fame regarding video games, up there with the likes of Mario and Sonic. Quite possibly one of the most revolutionary video games, we all know Pac-Man. Even your grandma does.
Due to it’s technological limits however, there was a cut off point. No matter how awesome you were at avoiding those ghosts you would never truly have bragging rights as you’d be gifted with a screen full of numerical and random symbols, ultimately glitching the game and robbing you of the right to have your name (shortened to three characters of course) pasted on the leaderboard.
This means no one can actually beat the game technically nor have any kind of high score record as well.
Tetris – High Score
Yet another game that’s universally recognized, this Russian game took our arcades by storm. With a simple yet challenging concept, everyone could enjoy a few games of Tetris. Despite it’s global success in arcades, it wasn’t until the game was released on the Gameboy that players got overly competitive.
The highest score is a whopping 748,757 points and is held by Uli Horner. How someone can play an handheld geometric game for so long I have no idea, but it’s a truly astounding feat. I don’t need to explain why this record won’t be broken.
E.T.- Highest Score
Quite possibly one of the most widely criticized games of all time, E.T was a disaster to say the least. If you want to see some gameplay and see for yourself you can do so here thanks to OldClassicGames , but I don’t feel like explaining how bad this game really is, I’d be here for a while.
However, despite the game being the mess it was, it didn’t stop people from being the best (reference what I said about human nature) as Glenn Case managed to rack up 1,058,399 points. How? More importantly why? Is being the king of feces worth it to just have the title of a king? If you want to hate this game some more, you should know that this game alone almost killed the entire videogame industry.
Call of Duty – Longest Uninterrupted Game
From the 80’s to present, we still have the tendency to decorate ourselves with gaming related records, and this one is no exception.
Playing continuously for 135 hours, one dedicated fan took it to the next level. He was allowed ten minute breaks at certain intervals, but all that domination paid off as he tactically stacked the breaks to allow himself an hour or so nap time.
However, sleep deprivation is one thing, 135 hours without proper sleep while straining your eyes and brain and dealing with ten year old kids boasting about their relationship with your mom, well that might push you over the edge.
World of Warcraft (PC) – Longest MMORPG gameplay marathon
This time a female has done it. Hectaerina Kinumi Iglesias is often considered the iron lady for making gameplay marathon records for role-playing games. She not only played Activision Blizzard’s popular MMORPG World of Warcraft for 29 hours and 31 minutes without any breaks, she also played Final Fantasy X for 38 hours and 6 minutes straight.
These stunts earned her a bevy of world records, among them are the records for the longest videogame marathon on a MMORPG as well as the longest marathon of World of Warcraft.
She still holds the records since she livestreamed the entire duration she played the games, while others who’ve claimed to have played for longer has failed to provide any evidence to back up their claims.
It’s unlikely her WoW record would be beaten, especially now since WoW is no longer as popular as it used to be and also for the fact that 29 hours is a VERY long time.