When most of us think of a long session spent playing a single game, we think of spending a day or maybe a weekend immersed in story or competition. Eight or ten hours, maybe more, spent on the sofa or at a PC while the player loses track of time.
One man, this morning, just redefined that idea of a "long session" after completing a 68.5 hour game of arcade classic Q*bert. Ed Heemskerk, of Florida, has been busy hopping over isometric cubes for almost three full days nonstop. And he did it all on a single coin.
Heemskerk has broken the previously standing record for the longest single play of an arcade game, which was 67.5 hours — a record that has stood since 1985. He began playing at 8:00 a.m. Eastern time on Tuesday (February 28) and finally reached the game over screen Friday, March 2 at 4:30 a.m. His final score, 30,789,910, is the third-highest known. He live-streamed the entire event, of which the last few minutes remain archived online (see video).
"My oldest daughter is to graduate high school this year, and I'm thinking about my dream of being listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for something. Somehow I stumbled across the fact that video games have been included in the book recently, which led me to re-kindle my love of the arcade game Q*bert."
Perhaps more incredibly, despite breaking the endurance record and racking up such an impressive score, Heemskerk considers this week's achievement to have been a dry run. The world record score has been estimated to require 70 or more hours of play to beat, and Heemskerk reportedly intends to attempt an 80-hour playthrough this June.