The First Perfect Game of Pac-Man
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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Mon, 16 Aug 99 16:08:56 -0700
Subject: The First Perfect Game of Pac-Man
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01:19 AM ET 07/17/99
1st Perfect Game of Pac-Man Played
COOPER CITY, Fla. (AP) _ Baseball has produced 15 perfect games
in more than 120 years of the major leagues. Now, after 19 years, Pac-Man
has its first.
Billy Mitchell, 34, become the first person to master the video
arcade classic when he posted a score of 3,333,360 during the Fourth of
July weekend at a New Hampshire arcade.
``This was the race to the Holy Grail,'' said Mitchell, an
entrepreneur who runs two South Florida restaurants and markets a brand of
No one ever had played a perfect Pac-Man game before, said
Walter Day, chief scorekeeper for the Twin Galaxies Intergalactic Score
Board and editor of its Official Video Game and Pinball Book in Fairfield,
Iowa. Game experts call the feat a one in 10 billion phenomenon.
To attain Pac-Man perfection, one must navigate the yellow
pie-shaped title character so it gobbles each and every dot, enemy blue
ghost, energizer and fruit on the game's 256 boards.
Mitchell accomplished the feat during a two-day quest at Funspot
Family Entertainment Center in Weirs Beach, N.H. That's the site of the
Twin Galaxies International Classic Video Game and Pinball Tournament each
Starting anew each time he made a mistake, Mitchell finally
found his groove in a game that lasted almost six hours.
``At about 1.9 million (points), I went off pattern,'' he said.
``I said to myself, `I'm losing it here. I didn't come this far to lose.'
I started talking out loud to myself, talking my way through it. I was able
to cheat death, so to speak. It was flawless the rest of the way.''
Though hardly a household name, Mitchell is famous among video
game and pinball players, whose numbers worldwide are estimated at 500
At age 17, Mitchell set the world record in Donkey Kong, a title
he still holds. Today, he holds the records for Pac-Man, Donkey Kong and
Donkey Kong Jr.
© 1999 Peter Langston