One Ohio gamer set out to break the high-score record for a coin-op arcade game, and proceeded to play 85 straight hours on a single quarter.
John Salter of Oakland, Ohio isn’t your average gamer; he’s one of the many players who seek out classic coin-op arcade games in order to smash worldwide high-score records. After finding an old-school coin-op cabinet of Armor Attack, the gaming guru set forth on his crusade.
Salter began his button-mashing trek on Wednesday morning, dropping in the single quarter that would carry him to victory and beginning his quest. The arcade pro proceeded to play the 1980’s top-down shoot-em-up for more than 85 hours, breaking through a number of world records along the way.
During those frenetic 85 hours of play Salter racked up an impressive score of 2,211,990, toppling the previous Armor Attack high score of 2,009,000–a record that had stood supreme since 1982.
Salter’s devotion wasn’t so high that he played all of those 85 hours straight without sleep–his playtime allowed him to collect a massive amount of extra lives, to which he sacrificed in order to snag naps as well as visit the men’s room. While the feat would have been more dazzling had Salter played the 80’s classic for more than three days straight, his accomplishments are still an interesting spectacle nonetheless.
To give you an idea of what Salter’s quest was like, we’ve included a video of Armor Attack below:
The run was nothing short of a maddening endurance test, and thanks to the vector graphics, one could see how eye strain and fatigue would be a serious problem, even after a couple hours of playing. Nevertheless, Salter not only set the world high score for Armor Attack, but also beat George Leutz’s previous 2013 record of playing Q*Bert for 84 hours 48 minutes with a single credit.
It’ll be interesting to see if anyone else attempts to break Salter’s record in the next coming months and years, and with coin-op machines becoming harder and harder to find, this kind of score-hunting may catch on to fellow gamers across the globe.