Nibbler (video game)
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|Developer(s)||Joseph H. Ulowetz and John M. Jaugilas|
|Publisher(s)||Rock-Ola Manufacturing Corporation|
|Designer(s)||Joseph H. Ulowetz and John M. Jaugilas|
|Mode(s)||Single and dual player|
Nibbler is an arcade machine by Rock-Ola Manufacturing Corporation. Its gameplay is a variant of Pac-Man and Snake: the object is to navigate a virtual snake through an enclosed maze, while consuming dots along the way. The length of the snake increases with each object consumed, making the game more difficult. The player must also avoid colliding with walls or obstacles, and must also avoid colliding with the snake's own body sections. After all the objects on the screen have been eaten, the player progresses to the next level, involving harder obstacles and/or higher game speeds.
In the competitive arena
Nibbler was the first video game that allowed the player to score a ten-digit score—one billion points. This threshold was reached by Tim McVey at the Twin Galaxies Intergalactic Scoreboard in Ottumwa, Iowa, (The Video Game Capital of the World) on January 17, 1984, scoring 1,000,042,270 points. News of his accomplishment was carried by the wire services and a feature story on his feat was published in the July, 1984 issue of Computer Games Magazine. McVey became the first video game player in gaming history to have a civic day set aside in his honor: "Tim McVey," January 28, 1984. Officials from Rock-Ola, the game's manufacturer, were in attendance to award Mr. McVey a free "Nibbler" arcade machine of his own, for his accomplishment.
The core patterns and strategies used in Nibbler were introduced to Twin Galaxies arcade by Tom Asaki from Montana who made a pilgrimage to Ottumwa, IA in 1983. His intention was to reach 1 billion points and acquire Rockola's Nibbler machine prize. Due to a number of setbacks, Tom only reached a score in the 800 million range.
Decades later, Canadian Dwayne Richard, broke the coveted billion point mark. Afterwards, the circuit boards used in his game were analyzed and found to have a timing problem. Per his own request, the world record score was removed from the Twin Galaxies scoreboard.
The East coast's elite gamer, Rick Carter eventually broke the billion point mark to claim the world record. Tim McVey reclaimed the score for a while. Then in the summer of 2012 a young man from the pacific Northwest of the US, Elijah H, broke the world record with a billion point showing. Not to be outdone, later in 2012, Rick Carter came back with a crushing 50 plus hour game to topple the world record at 1.2 billion points. To date, his 1.2 billion point game retains top honors as the score to beat (November 2012 in Chicago, IL - 1,231,372,670 – 53 hours, 8 minutes).
In 2013 producers Andrew Seklir & Tim Kinzy set about making a documentary film called "man vs snake " about the conquest of achieving a 1billion+ point score on 'The nibbler'(version of snake) an arcade machine built in the 80's notoriously difficult to play for any length of time let alone a world record marathon ; including many of the original game giants of the 80's, funded via the ever popular kickstarter site. Five years in the making, principle photography has already finished this summer and if successfully funded the film/Blu-ray is due out in feb 2014 (estimated cost $150,000) update: man vs snake was successfully funded on kickstarter.As of sep16th2013 it was 102% funded!( 5 days early ).
- Nibbler on MAWS
- Man vs Snake Documentary
- History's First Billion-Point Video Game Performance (Jan. 16, 1984) Computer Games magazine, July 1, 1984
- History's First Official Day to Honor a Video Game Player (Jan. 28, 1984) Tim McVey Day Poster, January 28, 1984
- Twin Galaxies Scoreboard for Nibbler World Records
- Tim McVey attempted to set new Nibbler World Record (Game began April 10, 2009 at 8:33am Central Time.)
- Live: Nibbler World Record Attempt, from Retro Thing
- Giuseppe Siciliani & Bruno Guarascio (from Cirò Marina KR - Italy) are the first players in Italy and Europe (over 87 hours of continuous play).