Almost three decades after the arcade phenomenon first appeared, the fever lives on: A new Pac-Man world record has been set, slipping just under the previous mark by less than a minute.
David Race of Beaver Creek, Ohio, joined a very exclusive club last week, becoming the sixth gamer in history to achieve a perfect score in the original Pac-Man arcade game and setting a new world record in the process. He accomplished the feat in three hours, 41 minutes and 22 seconds, beating the previous record, held by Chris Ayra, by 42 seconds.
A perfect Pac-Man score of 3,333,360 requires players to gobble every dot, bonus and blue ghost in every level of the game, 256 in all, at which point a software glitch breaks the game and prevents further progression. The first person to achieve Pac-Man perfection was Billy Mitchell, who hit the mark in 1999, taking about six hours to do so.
Despite the magnitude of the feat, the new record-holder doesn't plan to just idly bask in the glory of his accomplishment. According to Twin Galaxies, which tracks videogame-related world records, the 40-year-old Race intends to continue to work at improving his record to ensure he remains at the top of the heap.