Live Nibbler world record attempt

April 11th, 2009

Tim McVey’s world record attempt is currently underway and is being streamed live.

He started playing at 8:33am CST on Friday, and needs to score higher than 1,004,328,140 for the record.

Nibbler World Record Attempt - final score 945,939,420

Update: His final score was 945,939,420. Tim didn’t beat the record, but congratulations are still in order for the grueling attempt.

It may sound dull, but the stream was absolutely fascinating to watch. In addition to the rapid pace of late game, there was the drama of those in the background (including a tense moment when the dog went nuts), Tim’s curses and sighs of relief, and the comments of the several hundred spectators in chat.

I’ll be keeping an eye out for more of these record-attempting streams in the future. If you hear of any, please let me know!

2 Responses to “Live Nibbler world record attempt”

  1. Andy Baio on April 12, 2009 8:32 am

    I was switching back and forth between the stream and other windows, and missed the moment he gave up… Apparently, he had 14 lives left, so it must’ve just been sheer exhaustion.

  2. crschoop on April 13, 2009 7:21 am

    I used to play Nibbler at the recreation hall (Next to the elementary school for US Service kids in Bremerhaven, West Germany (back then)), back when people would line up and put credits in the game to reserve the next game.
    I can’t remember the points or the levels, but I was not dying and the levels kept repeating over and over just a little faster each time through (I think there were 20 or so mazes).
    Well, I played one game from after school until they had to kick us out (I think we were kicked out at 5 or 6 for the teenagers to use the arcade). I was upset – (I still had lives left and the formation of a nasty blister was not of any concern) and the kids who called the next games by putting their quarters in the game were upset.
    A quarter was big money to me, so it did not matter that I got hours of entertainment from it, it didn’t matter that it was time to go…I invested a quarter into this device and I wanted to complete the game that I had payed for-no matter the circumstances.
    The reasoning of a 3rd grader is not to be questioned, it is to be validated and not shut down by pulling the plug on the machine that the little brat has been playing for too long.


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