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Swedish man crushes 'Missile Command' arcade world record after 71 hours of play

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Should an enemy army attack tomorrow, the world may call on the skills of arcade champion Victor Sandberg. The Swedish video gamer has just crushed the all-time world record score on Atari's 1980 arcade classic Missile Command.

Sandberg wrapped up the new record mark shortly after 3 a.m. Eastern time on December 30, running out of lives with 103,809,990 points. The new record score took 71 hours, 41 minutes to achieve as the champion blasted his way through 10,432 levels. He played on an original arcade cabinet from his home in Sweden as thousands watched him live on TwitchTV.

The new world record score tops Sandberg's own record score of 81,796,035 points set in March. Prior to that, the Missile Command record had stood since 1982 with 80,364,995 points, a mark some experts previously claimed would never be beaten.

According to a feature from earlier this year, Sandberg stated that he'd never played Missile Command until watching High Score, a film about gaming champion Bill Carlton's chase for the same all-time record score.

"I made a deal with myself to go for the world record before I had touched the actual game," he said in an interview done before his previous record setting game. "In other words, my inspiration didn't grow out of the love and passion for the game. I consider myself a very competitive individual and I have always made statements about my ability to become the best about this or that, so beating a classic arcade record was my way of putting my attitude to the test."

In addition to keeping himself blasting for several days in a row, Sandberg also kept track of his stats via a numerical computer keypad set on the control panel. Doing so ensured that a glitch which occurs every 256 levels did not cause an early end to his world record run.

To check out a feature on Sandberg from when he first put the Missile Command record in his sights, click here.


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