According to Examiner, a new tournament world record hi-score for Galaga was set over the New Year weekend.
Andrew Laidlaw from Washington set the score of 4,525,150 with five lives on the hardest difficulty to become the new world record holder over Phil Day, who set the previous record in 2009 with a score of 3,275,720.
“It feels great… this isn’t going to wear off for a while,” said Laidlaw, who holds the record now for a second time.
“The first time was magical in a way, this time it’s a huge relief.”
Day said he didn’t expect his previous record to be beaten by such a huge margin.
“I have to admit, I didn’t think he was going to beat it with such a huge score, and it is a huge, huge score, which I think is great.
“These old games need to be pushed to the limit, and Andrew is doing just that.”
Day has now retired from Galaga competition, but is considering aiming for the “marathon” Galaga record, which allows for extra lives as long as the game will give them.
That record stands at 15,999,990, set in 1989.