He Played Missile Command for Nearly Three Consecutive Days

He Played Missile Command for Nearly Three Consecutive Days

Earlier this year, Victor Sandberg broke Missile Command's all-time world record—a mark that had stood since 1982 and was believed to be unassailable. This weekend, he shot for another goal most thought unreachable. In the end, it was.

Sandberg didn't make it to 100 hours of gameplay on a single credit—which would have been 16 hours longer than what George Leutz did with Q*Bert back in February. He made it 71 hours and 41 minutes before faltering. That is 19 minutes short of three full days of play.

However, Sandberg, of Sweden, looks to have put Missile Command's all-time mark away for good: His final mark was 103,809,990. It would take someone who not only has completely mastered Missile Command, as Sandberg has, but also has enough stamina to play at that level for almost three days with only fleeting power naps to recharge.

We carried Sandberg's pursuit of the record yesterday through his livestream. That feed has been replaced with a stream of his final 24 hours in the game. There's also a helpful translation of all the things Victor says in Swedish at the end of each level.

His last level—his 10,432nd—plays at 23:25:28.

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He's Played 57 Straight Hours of Missile Command. His Goal is 100.

He's Played 57 Straight Hours of Missile Command. His Goal is 100.

If you want to watch a Swedish guy tear Missile Command a new one, tune in to this. Around 11 a.m. EST, he beat his world record of 81,795,035, but that's not the goal now. He's trying to play the game for 100 hours, on a single credit. That would be a record across all arcade games.

Victor Sandberg is going for a world record in the endurance department, which would destroy George Leutz's all time mark of 84 hours, 50 minutes, set in February with Q*Bert. Sandberg already beat his own record in Missile Command, set earlier this year, in about 55 hours of playing time. (The previous mark took 56 hours.)

Patrick Scott Patterson, who follows arcade gaming and its world record scene, said Sandberg is trying to grab power naps when he can, building up enough bonus cities to sleep through several minutes of unchecked bombardment. (Leutz did something similar through his Q*Bert marathon). That said, things don't always go as planned. "I was going to take a break, but I gained too many points from the killscreen," Sandberg said at 11:57 a.m, EST. "So I have to play through it."

As of publication time, Sandberg's score was 85 million (and change), he has 134 extra cities and has been through 32 killscreens. His secondary goals include a score of 100 million and to play a total of 10,000 levels (they effectively reset after completing level 256). He already is on level 8,330. Watch it all below.


Watch live video from diskborsteMC on TwitchTV

Does anyone know Swedish? I'm curious to know what he's repeating at the end of each level. If that's even Swedish. If I played Missile Command for 57 hours, I'd be speaking in tongues.

Update: From reader Christer Carlsson:

Victor's tracking program simply asking him to double check cities. When pressing his keyboard for tracking.

Bonus 1800—voice says in Swedish: "Arton hundra, arton hundra." (And sometimes "jämför arton hundra.")

This means in English. "Eighteen hundred, eighteen hundred." ("compare/check eighteen hundred.")

2400—"Tvåtusen fyrahundra."

3000—"Tre tusen."

3600—"Tretusen sex hundra."

Update, 12/30: Sandberg ran out of cities and ended his run at 71 hours, 41 minutes, sometime after 3 a.m. U.S. Eastern time. His final score was 103 million, easily shattering his own world record. Sandberg played more than 10,400 levels and saw 40 killscreens. We hope he's getting a lot of rest right now.

Missile Command 100 Hour World Record Attempt [Twitch. Thanks, PSP.]

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