I’d be surprised if many people, even gamers, knew that World Records exist for video games, but I assure you the do. As the pursuit of any world record must, the world of holding and breaking video game records is taken very seriously, and can be a cutthroat undertaking, as evidenced in the best documentary on the subject, The King of Kong, and the sequel, Chasing Ghosts. Both these films happen to be personal favorites of mine. They’re unbelievably enthralling, and I implore every true gamer to give them a go.
Most, if not all the video game world records are endurance tests at the very least, often involving the beating of games long believed impossible to beat. These records involve a combination of skill, intense dedication, and plain old fashioned attrition. Most of these records should be lauded. It takes a special sort of person to be able to play those old games far into their higher levels, let alone blow previous records out of the water, such as Mr. Leutz did. Before his nearly 85 hour run, the record was 68.5 hours.
image source: [arcade museum]