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02-25-2021 at 01:26 PM
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TG at 40 - John Lawton, Longest Held Video Game Record

In February 2008, Twin Galaxies posthumously honored John Lawton for the distinction of holding the longest held video game record. With his brother Bob Lawton, John opened The Weirs Sports Center in June 1952, which operated on the second floor of Tarlsons Arcade in Laconia, NH. The Weirs Sports Center would eventually go on to become Funspot, the world's largest arcade and home to the American Classic Arcade Museum.

In addition to holding the record as the oldest video game champion, e John held the high score on the game Depth Charge from November 30, 1977 until November 18, 2007.

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  1. Ninglendo's Avatar

    Very interesting... When did Walter/TG/Guinness start promoting Todd as having the longest held video game record?

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    Todd wasn't able to surpass John's nearly 30 year record until September 2012, and then he received the Guinness "longest video game record" in November 2012.

    Twin Galaxies went dark in October 2012, and really didn't come back on-line for at least a few months, so there wasn't any direct TG press about the certificate. Similarly, TG never officially issued an updated poster proclaiming Todd as the new longest record holder that I'm aware of.

    Interestingly, at the same February 2008 event where TG was honouring John with the longest-held video game record, Todd Rogers received his own poster for the "Impossible Score" on Dragster:

    I have to wonder if Todd got the idea for claiming the longest-held video game record from this event given that John's score had been surpassed?

    Your question also made me curious - could I track down other scores that pre-dated Todd's claimed Dragster date of September 1, 1982 by reviewing the TGIS? In fact, I found several candidates that would have beat Todd out for the longest-standing video game score, but obviously those scores weren't being promoted by Todd and/or TG when he was lobbying Guinness.

    In the 1997 TG Record book, Michael Mize had a high score on Lunar Lander with 3,470 achieved on August 1, 1982, but the score was subsequently removed or never entered into the database when it went live.

    But Michael also as an unbroken high score record on Space Wars of 19 points achieved on August 21, 1982.

    Back in 2012 when Todd received his Guinness recognition, Sean Lockhart beat him for longest video game record on the arcade game Piranha achieved on August 24, 1982 with a score of 654,160, a record he held until November 2019 when Steven Lucas submitted a new WR at 685,570.

    There's also Daniel Chilton who still holds the world record on Qix II with a score of 676,185, achieved on July 10, 1982.

    Phil Satterla still holds the WR of 40,200 on the arcade game "Route 16" achieved on May 19, 1982.

    Then there's Curtis Gaskill on Space Odyssey with a WR of 2,559,000 points achieved on April 1, 1982.

    Scotty Williams still holds the WR on Vanguard with a score of 3,110,100 achieved on July 6, 1982.

    But the record for longest held video game record should have gone to Todd Anderson, who still holds the world record of 117,300 on Radar Scope achieved back in March 10, 1982.

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