Entertainment What Happens When You Get a Perfect Score on Pac-Man Will Blow Your Mind

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    Billy Mitchell is awesome :jj: You should watch King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters if you haven't seen it.

    What Happens When You Get a Perfect Score on Pac-Man Will Blow Your Mind

    Billy Mitchell takes video games very seriously. He’s been called one of the greatest arcade gamers ever, and there’s even a documentary about his insane high score in Donkey Kong called The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.

    Even with his own full-length documentary film, Mitchell is still best-known for one thing: He was the first person to get a perfect score (3,333,360 points) in Pac-Man. Mitchell set the record in 1999, almost two decades after the game was originally released.

    “You start off on the first board, and on board 21, that’s where it reaches the maximum difficulty,” Mitchell said in a recent interview about the achievement. “You have to navigate all the way to board 255 doing the same repetitive thing. You can’t miss a dot, a prize, a blue man. You can’t die once.”


    In the video, Mitchell explains how, at level 256, there’s only enough memory in the game for the left-half of the board. The right-half of the game is filled with computer garble that looks something like the Matrix code.

    “You get to the end, and there’s nothing to do but die.”


     
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    Never liked that game :coffee:
     
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    King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters is indeed an excellent, oddly riveting documentary.
     
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    The fact there is no ending, and the machine only has enough memory left on the last level to display half the screen is fucking insane... the fact the creators didn't even know that is even more insane!
     
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    Wait a minute: so your name is Gay Focker?!?

    :backlol2:
     
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    I believe this is what level 256 looks like..

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    Pretty cool , his persona is funny
     
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    I got a pocket full of quarters and I'm headed to the arcade.
     
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    No designers at the time thought people would obsessively get that good at the games. Those old arcade games were insanely challenging.

    Just remember back in those days Strategy Guides were a valuable resource. Now modern games make themselves easier to let players progress when they get stuck.
     
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    I was embarrassingly good at that game, which only demonstrates how unproductive portions of my youth were. When you get beyond a certain point in the game you had to do a pattern which could not deviate. I think I learned it in a magazine or something (no internet then). Even though it was a pattern, it wasn't automatic and you could definitely screw it up. I could play for a very long time on a quarter. I went over 2 million once. Maybe 2.7? I don't remember. Some idiot at the bar where I was playing called a radio station and they reported it while I was still playing but I never got to the end.
     
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