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Frogger World Record is SQUASHED!

9/20/12 5:00pm
tl;dr

A Virginia gamer breaks the record Frogger scores of both real-world and fictional champs

Both real-life and fictional champions of the classic arcade game Frogger are now looking across the road and down the river to a new champion.

The new champion is 45-year-old software engineer Michael Smith of Springfield, Virginia. The husband and father adds the world record score of 970,440 points to his resume, a goal he hopped toward for two-and-a-half years.

The new record beats the 896,980 point score set by Pat Laffaye in 2010. Laffaye gained international press recognition for that score as the first to beat the fictional "George Costanza Score" of 860,630 points from a classic episode of NBC's Seinfeld.

"I saw an article in the Arizona Republic on Pat Laffaye's Costanza-beating score," he said. "I honestly had not paid attention to the video game scene at all for many years, so I had no idea that George's score had not been beaten already. I got very excited and thought 'I can beat that!' I cut the article out of the paper and taped it on the side of my game."

Smith first became acquainted with Frogger when the arcade game was a brand new hit during the peak of the arcade game industry.

"During the summer of 1981 I was 14 and spent several afternoons a week at the arcade," he recalled. "I can't recall the first time I actually played the game, however I remember being attracted primarily to Frogger and Centipede at the time. I tried my best to do well at Centipede but could never get good enough to regularly get the top score. Frogger, however, I could get the top score on every visit. I recall the thrill of getting past level five and getting that extra frog. That is what I looked forward to every visit."

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