NJ.com – Q*bert, the star of the cube-hopping ’80s arcade game of the same name, is making a comeback. Last year he scored a cameo in “Wreck-it Ralph,” and now he’s helped make history. George Leutz, 38, has set a Q*bert world record (the most respectable kind of world record) by playing the game for a staggering 84 hours and 48 minutes on a single game credit. He settled in at Richie Knucklez Arcade Games in Flemington, N.J., and played from Feb. 14 to Feb. 18, twiddling a joystick in nine-hour stints and taking 45 minute power naps in between. Guinness World Record rules say you earn five minutes of rest for every hour of effort, according to Leutz. But you can’t pause the game; you have to accumulate enough “lives” so your game doesn’t end while you’re napping. This was Leutz’s fifth attempt at the record.
You know how they say 'never judge a book by it's cover'? Well kids, sometimes judge, and judge hard. I mean when I clicked the link to this article and saw this guy's picture this is EXACTLY what I thought George would look like. You see this dude in the streak and I immediately think he's the world record holder for longest continuous play of an arcade game on one token. That or serial killer but at that point we're just splitting hairs.
My gripe here is the 84 hours. That's it bro? I have no official record but I'm pretty sure when Ocarina of Time* came out all I did was play that and nap for most of 1997 and part of 1998. Chasing the Biggorn sword like a boss/total dweeb. Again far be it for me to question the Guiness Book of World Records but I easily beat this 10+ years ago. I feel like Deacon Jones breaking setting the NFL sack record only they didn't keep track of sacks in the 70's. And now I'm WAY too old to compete with George here. Hell I bought a video game 6 months ago and had to read the damn instuction manual. You know how many of those I read from 1989-2008? 0. Top 5 most embarrassing moments of my life and that's saying something.
*Anyone who says N64 wasn't the greatest video game system of all time is an idiot and not to be trusted.
PS: What's more crazy, playing Q-bert for 84 straight hours at the age of 38 or being the people WATCHING him play.
Double PS: Next move here is to pull a Costanza and make sure this high score stands up right? We need holes!