Last night I watched a Netflix documentary, “Man V Snake”
Nope, not a nature film, it was actually about computer games and a chap called Tim Mcvey. On 15 January 1984, Tim took part in a gaming marathon lasting 44 hours and 45 minutes at Twin Galaxies Arcade, Iowa, USA. Playing a game called Nibbler, he racked up 1,000,042,270 points, which he did using only 1 quarter.
He goes down in gaming history as the first gamer to reach a Billion points, and is even in the Guinness Book of Records.
“What the fuck is Nibbler?”
So before you think my language has taken a turn, this is actually a direct quote from the documentary, as a gamer, who impressed with Tim learning a billion points, literally had never heard of the game. While other games, PAC Man and King Kong where more popular, Nibbler was a relativity unpopular and unheard of game.
So what is Nibbler?
“It’s an arcade game released in 1982 by Chicago-based developer Rock-Ola, in which players navigate a long snake through an enclosed maze consuming food along the way, while the length of the snake increases with each object consumed.” - Wikipedia
I played a variation of this game on my Nokia mobile phone in early 2000’s, called Snake. And I can honestly say, I got no where near a billion points. I was pretty rubbish.
44 hours and 45 minutes
My first thought when watching this documentary was, wow, Tim, that’s a lot of time to spend in front of a computer screen. But Before we get all judgey about a marathon 44 hours (and 45 minutes) playing a computer game, according to the statistics we aren’t much better.