4 hours, 23 minutes and 28 seconds — that’s how lengthy it took Greg Sakundiak to etch his identify into the Pac-Man historical past books.
Sakundiak zigged, zagged and weaved his method by of the arcade traditional’s 256 ranges en path to turning into the second Canadian to ever file the video games elusive, good rating of three,333,360.
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Nevertheless, the Saskatoon gamer’s dream began in Grande Prairie, Alta., again in 1981, the primary time he ever laid eyes or ears on the sport.
“It was simply the entire sound of the Woo, Woo, Woo, and it was very simple to play,” Sakundiak stated. “You’re only a man going round grabbing dots, and consuming ghosts.”
Don’t let his remark idiot you, what Sakundiak achieved is much from simple, as he put collectively the fourth quickest good sport in Pac-Man historical past.
“It’s a must to eat each dot, each energy pellet, each ghost, when the ghost’s flip blue; and it’s a must to do it 256 occasions,” he stated.
Though the start of the sport presents some selection, permitting for various route patterns, the repetition confronted all through the vast majority of the journey could be treacherous.
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“To make it previous the primary a part of the sport takes about 35-40 minutes,” Sakundiak said.
“When you make it previous that half it’s three hours of straight play — it’s referred to as ‘crossing the desert’, as a result of it’s actually powerful.”
Navigating the desert crossing could be doubly daunting, figuring out that the one oasis comes within the type of degree 256, the place the sport suffers a reminiscence overflow error, displaying solely half of a functioning display.
“It’s mentally and bodily powerful as a result of it’s a must to stand there for 3 hours doing the identical factor, again and again and over with out making a mistake,” he stated.
Nevertheless, he had slightly assistance on his aspect as he went for what turned his lone good sport.
“I prayed earlier than I got here in,” Sakundiak stated. “I requested Jesus if he’d let me get an ideal sport.”
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No matter the place anybody turns for assist to aim to get their good rating, folks will hold attempting as the sport nonetheless holds endurance forty years on.
“There are most likely six or seven video games like Pac-Man that exist, that basically convey out that nostalgia feeling,” Bartari proprietor David Mah stated.
Regardless of his happiness at lastly finishing his good rating, the primary thought to cross Sakundiak’s thoughts was one he by no means thought he’d expertise.
“It was exhausting,” Sakundiak stated.
“I used to be identical to, man, I’m so glad that I don’t should play this anymore.”
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