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Verified: Record-breaking Pitfall! Run 236

Daniel Vignes writes ""Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Go Back Into The Jungle!" A perfect Pitfall! run with 1:28 left in time, perfect score and no deaths has just been verified by the authority on classic gaming, Twin Galaxies."
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Verified: Record-breaking Pitfall! Run

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  • So naive (Score:1, Interesting)

    by ilovegeorgebush ( 923173 ) on Thursday June 08, 2006 @12:42PM (#15495427) Homepage
    I wish I was a little bit older....

    I know its a cliché, but its true. I honestly wish I was a little older so I could enjoy the origins of computing, and moreso, the origins of gaming. Pitfall!, Boulderdash etc etc all classic games that I was unfortunately too negative in age to appreciate (being unborn at the time of their release is a little hard to defeat).

    I was alive to enjoy the wonderous spectacle that was Cannon Fodder and Lemmings...what awesome times they were!
  • by mmalove ( 919245 ) on Thursday June 08, 2006 @12:42PM (#15495428)
    and probably never will.

    But it does go to show the power of innovation. Why do we remember pitfall? SMB1? DW1? Because they broke ground, bringing ideas to platforms that did not before exist. Hell, I still long for a game of Genghis Khan 1 sometimes. Others can come along and do them longer, better graphics, shinier treasure, and hold the spotlight for a while. But they'll never be able to say they did it first. Which means five minutes later, someone's going to do it longer, shinier, better than them.

    Grats on breaking ground on a golden oldie. I think it's the ultimate statement to today's game producing companies that they can take their 20 pages EULAs and rehashed cliches and go play with themselves.
  • by roger6106 ( 847020 ) on Thursday June 08, 2006 @01:02PM (#15495603)

    I'm guessing the video will probably made it to Speed Demos Archive [speeddemosarchive.com] sooner or later.

  • Re:So naive (Score:5, Interesting)

    by scovetta ( 632629 ) on Thursday June 08, 2006 @01:11PM (#15495675) Homepage
    Not being alive is no excuse.

    Pick yourself up an emulator and get to work. You've got some catching up to do. Only my list of "required playing":
    * Super Mario 1 and 3 (ignore 2, it was teh suck)
    * Final Fantasy 1 and 2
    * Contra (up-up-down-down-left-right-left-right-b-a-select- start)
    * Life Force (see Contra)
    * Metroid (i don't think the game has an ending or even a point, but it's fun)
    * Sonic the Hedgehog (if you can figure out how to get the system into "debug" mode, you're cool)
    * Megamania (atari 2600)
    * Mike Tyson's Punch Out [blogspot.com] (007-373-5963)
    * Advanced Dungeons & Dragons - Treasures of Tarmin (Aquarius) -- hard to find, but awesome
    * Phantasy Star II
    * Kings Quest (Space Quest, Police Quest) -- entire series up until they got "good" graphics-- don't play the remakes

    After that, come back and there'll be a test.
  • If you've never played pitfall, especially with the original "controllers" (paddles - basically a knob and a button on a brick, if you've never used one)... that game is HARD. It looks a bit like a regular side-scroller, but one slightly off jump and you're dead. It took me forever just to get past that damned alligator in the first few screens! And yes, many older games are still awesome today, just like many older songs are still awesome today. Pitfall is definitely a classic, like Pac-Man. IMHO, every gamer should play it and other classic games at least once, so they can understand why us older folks get pissy about the latest graphics with Yet Another FPS behind it.

I was playing poker the other night... with Tarot cards. I got a full house and 4 people died. -- Steven Wright