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Playing A Role In Games

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The King of Kong documentary proves that video game scores, and mullets, are a very serious business. Everyone is out to set a new speedrun record or high score, so it’s hard to keep up sometimes. You can play Kickle Cubicle until your thumbs are as thick as your neck and never come close to the masters’ scores, but at least you’ll have a good time doing it. If getting your name etched into the annals of gaming history is your thing, you can aim really high… but there are some records you’ll have a really hard time beating. TURBO MODE KILL SCREEN IN PAC-MAN Pac-Man perfection is a combination of robotic timing, relentlessness, and adult diapers.

The player’s goal is to break the game by reaching the “kill screen.” That’s a point in the game’s code where the screen decays into random symbols, the result of a memory shortage after level 256. Glitching Pac-Man is the Grail of competitive retro gaming, officially reached by only seven people. There are a few modded games and apps floating around online that can start you off with the kill screen, but it’s not the same as earning it the hard way. Good luck trying it in Turbo Mode—only two people in history ever reached it that way. FASTEST TIME IN SUPER MARIO BROS. Over the years, all kinds of players have scrambled to beat the original Super Mario Bros. on the NES in record time. Depending on whether or not you use the Warp Zone pipes to skip levels, you can have a very different time for your overall playthrough. In terms of clearing every level (without warping), from start to finish, Andrew Gardikis was able to beat this iconic game in just 19 minutes and 12 seconds. On top of that, Gardikis holds the warp zone record as well, beating the game in just 4 minutes and 57 seconds.

Why bother grabbing the mushroom when you can just win, right? MEGA MAN X, X2, AND X3 BEATEN SIMULTANEOUSLY WITH THE SAME CONTROLLER The elite Mega Man player known online as “agwawaf” was able to beat Mega Man X, X2, and X3 with 100 percent completion in just 43 minutes and 51 seconds. While all three of those games have faster completion times, there’s a twist to this particular record: agwawaf was actually playing all three games at once with a single controller. His gamepad’s inputs were used across all three games simultaneously, which allowed him to beat them all at once. Sure, the runs weren’t perfect, and he took damage along the way. But just think of how incredible it is to beat three games at the same time in just under 44 minutes

. In fact, all three final bosses, endings, and credits sequences all happen during his playthrough at the same time. Most people can’t even beat one of these games in under an hour, let alone all three at once. Just give up now, you guys. LONGEST MMORPG GAMEPLAY MARATHON IN WORLD OF WARCRAFT Hectaerina Kinumi Iglesias is no stranger to setting unbreakable records, especially when it comes to role-playing games.