"Perfect score" achieved on Pac-Man

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Jon David Godfrey

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Jul 6, 1999, 3:00:00 AM7/6/99
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Thought there would be some interest...

Posted from: http://www.twingalaxies.com/PR-Pac-Man_World_Record.html

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For immediate release: July 4, 1999
"Perfect score" achieved on Pac-Man in New Hampshire

WEIRS BEACH, NH -- For the first time in video game playing history, a
perfect score was achieved on the legendary arcade game, Pac-Man.
Taking nearly six hours to accomplish the feat -- on one quarter --
Billy Mitchell, 33, a Fort Lauderdale hot sauce manufacturer visiting
the famous Funspot Family Fun Center in Weirs Beach, NH, scored
3,333,360 points -- the maximum possible points allowed by the game.
The results will go into next year's edition of the Twin Galaxies'
Official Video Game & Pinball Book of World Records -- which is the
official record book for the world of video game and pinball playing.
Though the Funspot is a world famous vacation spot, Billy Mitchell was
not there to enjoy the holiday festivities. Mitchell was there for the
sole purpose of beating the Canadians to the Holy Grail of video game
playing: history's first perfect game on Pac-Man.

"It was unbelievable," says Gary Vincent, Funspot Operations Manager.
"Mitchell purposefully arrived on July 1st -- Canada's Day -- and won
the title in time for the Fourth of July. He even wore a red, white
and blue, Star-Star Spangled Banner tie to emphasize the patriotic
sentiments behind his efforts."

Mitchell, who refused to eat until he beat the Canadians for the world
record, went hungry for nearly two full days. "I had to be first,"
Mitchell explains. "Its like Neil Armstrong walking on the moon. No
matter how many people accomplish the feat afterwards, it will always
be Armstrong who will be remembered for doing it first. And, best of
all, it was an American."

And Mitchell is first. With a camcorder supplied by Funspot bearing
down over his shoulder, Mitchell's every last move was taped for
posterity -- if not, at least, for irrefutable proof of the
achievement. And, after the exhausting six-hour game was over,
Mitchell backed away from the game in disbelief and then did the
improbable: he announced his permanent retirement from playing
Pac-Man. "I never have to play that darn game again," he sighed in
relief. "There's nothing more I can accomplish."
"Mitchell may have just barely beat out the pack," adds Funspot's Gary
Vincent, "because all this year players around the world have been
laying siege to Pac-Man, vying to be the first to complete the first
perfect-game ever."

The biggest rivalry in the quest for the first perfect game was
between two Canadians and two Florida players -- Billy Mitchell being
one of them. On May 8, 1999, during Funspot's First International
Classic Video & Pinball Tournament, Rick Fothergill, of Hamilton
Ontario, Canada, grabbed headlines with CNN, Associated Press, the
Boston Phoenix, Boston Globe, and CBS Radio Network News, when he fell
a mere 90 points short of a perfect game, scoring 3,333,270 points.
"This is, possibly, the most difficult feat to accomplish in the world
of video game playing," explains Walter Day, chief scorekeeper at the
Twin Galaxies Intergalactic Scoreboard -- an organization based in
Fairfield, Iowa that tracks high scores for the worldwide video game
and pinball industries.

Mitchell agrees with Day's assessment: "I just about fell apart at the
1.9 million point mark. And, then, it was like the end of the world as
I suddenly realized that I still had 100 boards to go."
Since the years 1980 and 1981, when Midway Games, Inc. distributed
99,000 copies of the coin-operated Pac-Man, its popularity has barely
waned, remaining the most-legendary game produced during the period
now being called the `Golden Age of Video Game Arcades', 1979-85.
"Still, in spite of its huge popularity," marvels Day, "a perfect
Pac-Man game never happened, even though millions of people were
playing the game."

To find out how rare a perfect game is, Day started a project where
his staff would attend used game auctions and count the number of game
plays found on the old Pac-Man machines to ascertain how many times
the average Pac-Man machine had been played during its life
expectancy. The findings suggested that Pac-Man had been played more
than 10 billion times worldwide during the last 20 years."
Mitchell, who also holds the world record on the classic Donkey Kong
game, runs a family business manufacturing Rickey's World Famous Sauce
-- a hot sauce brand distributed worldwide. He attributes his
game-playing success to his friend, Chris Ayra, a Miami video game
player who currently holds the world record on Ms. Pac-Man. "Chris
generously shared his brilliant strategies with me, giving me all the
skills I needed to beat Pac-Man."

Mitchell plans on enjoying the Fourth of July. He will not be playing
any video games.

The Funspot Family Fun Center, founded in 1952, is the world's
second-largest arcade, with 500 arcade games, miniature golf, 24 lanes
of bowling and Bingo facilities. Open year-round, it is the site of
the largest annual classic video game and pinball championship in the
world. Next year's event is scheduled for June 1-4, 2000.
The Twin Galaxies Intergalactic Scoreboard has been keeping score for
the world of video game and pinball playing since 1982. Its most well
known product is the Twin Galaxies' Official Video Game & Pinball Book
of World Records (ISBN 1887472-25-8), which is a 984-page book
published in 1998 by Sunstar Publishing of Fairfield, Iowa, containing
116 pictures and 12,416 scores from players in 31 different countries
compiled during the years 1981-1997. For information on the perfect
Pac-Man score, please call (515)472-3882 or go to
www.twingalaxies.com.

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Mike Treu

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Jul 6, 1999, 3:00:00 AM7/6/99
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Hey - Funspot in New Hampshire, I'd been there back in 1993! What an
unbelievably cool place! 50,000 square feet, most of which classic video
games!!!!! Anybody know if this place is still around?

-mt


Jon David Godfrey wrote in message <7lrtnb$did$1...@cscnews.csc.calpoly.edu>...

Chris

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>Hey - Funspot in New Hampshire, I'd been there back in 1993! What an
>unbelievably cool place! 50,000 square feet, most of which classic video
>games!!!!! Anybody know if this place is still around?

Unless something's happened to it in the past two days...

Skip LaGrange

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Jul 7, 1999, 3:00:00 AM7/7/99
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Jon David Godfrey <jgod...@falcon.csc.calpoly.edu> wrote:

: http://www.twingalaxies.com
: For immediate release: July 4, 1999


: "Perfect score" achieved on Pac-Man in New Hampshire
:
: WEIRS BEACH, NH -- For the first time in video game playing history, a
: perfect score was achieved on the legendary arcade game, Pac-Man.
: Taking nearly six hours to accomplish the feat -- on one quarter --
: Billy Mitchell, 33, a Fort Lauderdale hot sauce manufacturer visiting
: the famous Funspot Family Fun Center in Weirs Beach, NH, scored
: 3,333,360 points -- the maximum possible points allowed by the game.

According to the letters to the editor in the Sep 1983 issue of Joystik
Magazine, a guy from Hamilton, Ontario by the name of Randy Tufts achieved
17 perfect Pacman scores back then. He had pictures as proof of his
scores. There was another bit of info about the perfect scors in the Dec
1983 Joystik as well.

Was Tufts' claim a hoax? Or was he the first to do it?

Rhett James Barnes

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Jul 22, 1999, 3:00:00 AM7/22/99
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I hadn't payed attention to this thread. But I at least felt that it was
a safe assumption that the discussion and interest was pretty much
confined to this group. And I guess I also assumed that it was some sort
of historical event people were talking about; must have happened in 1982
or so.

But then yesterday my friend asked me, "Hey did you hear that some guy got
a perfect score on Pac Man?" And the alarms went off. Seems they're
trying to pass this off as NATIONAL NEWS. In 1999.

I mean, you'd expect it here. Anyone reading this group is just a loser.
[OK, reality check: How many gigantic, old, rickety, video-dinasuars do
you have cluttering up your garage/basement/living-room, causing endless
grief to the rest of your family? How many hours a day to you spend
trying to keep these things alive, or trying to find new ones to waste
your money on? Guilty as charged.]
But this thing is actually a news item in the press. The world is clearly
coming to an end.


In article <7lrtnb$did$1...@cscnews.csc.calpoly.edu>,


jgod...@falcon.csc.calpoly.edu (Jon David Godfrey) wrote:

> Thought there would be some interest...
>
> Posted from: http://www.twingalaxies.com/PR-Pac-Man_World_Record.html
>
> NEWS RELEASE
>
> CONTACT: Walter Day, Twin Galaxies (515)472-3882,
> http://www.twingalaxies.com
> PHOTOGRAPH AVAILABLE
> For immediate release: July 4, 1999
> "Perfect score" achieved on Pac-Man in New Hampshire
>
> WEIRS BEACH, NH -- For the first time in video game playing history, a
> perfect score was achieved on the legendary arcade game, Pac-Man.
> Taking nearly six hours to accomplish the feat -- on one quarter --
> Billy Mitchell, 33, a Fort Lauderdale hot sauce manufacturer visiting
> the famous Funspot Family Fun Center in Weirs Beach, NH, scored
> 3,333,360 points -- the maximum possible points allowed by the game.
> The results will go into next year's edition of the Twin Galaxies'
> Official Video Game & Pinball Book of World Records -- which is the
> official record book for the world of video game and pinball playing.
> Though the Funspot is a world famous vacation spot, Billy Mitchell was
> not there to enjoy the holiday festivities. Mitchell was there for the
> sole purpose of beating the Canadians to the Holy Grail of video game
> playing: history's first perfect game on Pac-Man.
>

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marco vos

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Jul 23, 1999, 3:00:00 AM7/23/99
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Here in The Netherlands, it was even FRONT-PAGE news on the biggest
newspaper of Holland:
The Telegraaf.


Rhett James Barnes <cryor...@aol.com> wrote in message
news:cryorunner-22...@dt085n38.san.rr.com...


> I hadn't payed attention to this thread. But I at least felt that it was
> a safe assumption that the discussion and interest was pretty much
> confined to this group. And I guess I also assumed that it was some sort
> of historical event people were talking about; must have happened in 1982
> or so.
>
> But then yesterday my friend asked me, "Hey did you hear that some guy got
> a perfect score on Pac Man?" And the alarms went off. Seems they're
> trying to pass this off as NATIONAL NEWS. In 1999.
>
> I mean, you'd expect it here. Anyone reading this group is just a loser.
> [OK, reality check: How many gigantic, old, rickety, video-dinasuars do
> you have cluttering up your garage/basement/living-room, causing endless
> grief to the rest of your family? How many hours a day to you spend
> trying to keep these things alive, or trying to find new ones to waste
> your money on? Guilty as charged.]
> But this thing is actually a news item in the press. The world is clearly
> coming to an end.
>
>
>
>
> In article <7lrtnb$did$1...@cscnews.csc.calpoly.edu>,
> jgod...@falcon.csc.calpoly.edu (Jon David Godfrey) wrote:
>

> [edit]

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