The Guinness Book of World Records has confirmed to Kotaku that it has removed Todd Rogers' record Dragster high score from its database, as well as his record for the longest-standing video game high score, following Rogers' disqualification from the Twin Galaxies scoreboards yesterday.
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In 1982, video game score-chaser Todd Rogers supposedly set a world record time of 5.51 seconds in the Atari 2600 racing game Dragster. Last year, speedrunners called that score into question. After a lengthy arbitration process, Rogers' score was removed from Twin Galaxies, an organisation that tracks video game records and high scores.
The current world record for the Atari 2600 racing game Dragster is 5.51 seconds. Thirty-five years after it was set, nobody has beaten or even tied it on official leaderboards. One speedrunner who has examined the game's inner workings believes that world record to be impossible, but the game's creator thinks it's legitimate. For now, the Dragster record is one of the great unsolved mysteries of the golden age of video games.
For certain games, like Super Mario Bros., new speedruns are constantly chiseling away at old world records, leading to friendly rivalries between players intent on retaking the title as new glitches are discovered. But a few games have speedruns that will never be improved upon.