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access_time September 1, 2012 at 5:20 PM in Culture by Ryan Bates

Oldest Video Game Record Turns 30 Unbroken

Many statistics can be kept and recorded in video gaming. What’s the largest city ever created in SimCity 3000? (Allegedly six million.) Has anyone beaten Battletoads in just one life? (Several, in 25 minutes or less!) What’s the record for A-Type in the NES version of Tetris? (My personal record is Level 21. Bring it, holmes.)

But the record reported by Kotaku today turns a whopping thirty years old today, and no one has even come close to breaking it.

That record is held by Todd Rogers, whose time of 5.51 seconds on the 1980 Activision racing game Dragster for the Atari 2600 was registered as the fastest time ever on the game thirty years ago today. Skeptical of the reports, Activision reportedly flew Rogers out to the Consumer Electronics Show that year, and he matched his 5.51 mark.

Why would Activision be suspicious of Rogers’ time? During development of Dragster, Activision calculated a perfect run in the game to be 5.54 – three-hundreths of a second slower than Rogers’ time.

If you’re looking for a history-making challenge, dust off your Atari 2600.


  • Ramon Aranda September 1, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    Damn that’s crazy right there…didn’t even know it existed.

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