'Dragster' Record Holder Disqualified 35 Years Later
Todd Rogers reportedly set a world record time of 5.51 seconds in the Atari game Dragster back in 1982. But Twin Galaxies, the organization that tracks these things, just disqualified him, according to Kotaku.
"Based on the complete body of evidence presented in this official dispute thread, Twin Galaxies administrative staff has unanimously decided to remove all of Todd Rogers' scores as well as ban him from participating in our competitive leaderboards," Twin Galaxies writes on its message boards.
Twin Galaxies says a member named Dick Moreland disputed Rogers' record in August, calling it a "programmatically-demonstrated impossibility." He used evidence collected by speedrunner Eric “Omnigamer” Koziel to back his claim. Last year, Koziel allegedly hit the 5.57 mark using editing tools, but couldn't reach the 5.51 seconds Rogers claimed.
"The presented software analysis model concluded that achieving score times of less than 5.57 seconds is not possible under standard and normal play conditions," says Twin Galaxies.
Twin Galaxies has notified Guinness World Records of the decision and congratulated the speedrunners who achieved the 5.57 record.