Video game ranking site VGChartz reports that Mike Leyde, a 56-year old steel contractor from Riverside, California, has broken Bejeweled 2's scoreboard with a score of 2,147,783,647.
Brian Fiete, co-creator of Bejeweled, is shocked:
"The highest score the game is capable of calculating is 2,147,483,647; that's 2 to the 31st power minus 1. We had to give the game some sort of maximum displayable score, and figured that was high enough, no one would ever get that many points.
When Mike collected that next gem match, the additional 2,200 points would have put his score above the maximum 'calculable' score, and much like some of the original arcade games, it caused his score to 'flip around' to a negative number. Well, the game's code wasn't designed to display a negative number so it just showed a blank where the score should be!"
The breakdown of Leyde's perfect game:
Level Attained: 439
Gems Collected: 4,872,229
Biggest Combo: 270,675
Power Gems Created: 48,519
Hyper Cubes Created: 18,190
Time: 2,205 hours and 51 minutes
Who's the man behind the world record? Meet Mike, via the Bejeweled Blitz Fan Page:
"Mike's not a huge video game fan – he cites Tetris, Spider Solitaire, Minesweeper, Video Poker and 'the PopCap series of games' as the only ones he plays. 'I've watched my kids play the more 'hardcore' games but none of those are really my style,' he notes. But Mike's always been a competitive, can-do kind of person. From bowling to golf to stock car racing and city league softball, he says he never takes the challenge at hand lightly. 'If you're going to invest time in something, you might as well be as good at it as you possibly can, and I really enjoy the thrill of victory – like when I won my first stock car race or when I bowled a perfect 300 game.'
Married for more than thirty years, Mike also excels as a family man and parent and grandparent, spending a lot of time with his three kids and four grandkids and staying in touch with his eight brothers and sisters. 'Growing up, we siblings knew that if we couldn't figure something out, Mike could and almost always would,' says Mike's sister Jana. 'Things that would challenge anyone else just seemed to come easily for Mike, and he's always been driven to succeed, which makes for a powerful combination. He was an excellent chess player in his younger days, finished school early, and so forth. It was fun to watch him set his mind to achieve a goal that most people would just consider impossible, and make it a reality!'"