The million-point man (Credit: Ray Cox)
It took eight years and three months, but insatiable gamer Raymond Cox has finally done what he set out to do: reach the unthinkable Xbox Live Gamerscore of 1 million.
Cox, who goes by the username Stallion83, hit the milestone late last night after finishing a game of Titanfall. It was a momentous achievement, but hardly the first for him.
The uber-gamer (because, really, what other title is there for a person that dedicated to racking up that many points?) already holds the Guinness World Record for Highest Gamerscore. He crossed the 500,000 mark in October of 2010.
The countdown for the march to 1 million has been a fun one to watch on Cox's Twitter feed, especially the final 24 hours.
"After 8 years, 3 months, 19 days, I think today is the day," he told followers.
In the time leading up to his momentous Titanfall achievement (ironically, the one that sent him over the edge was called "I Like a Challenge"), Cox played several different games.
First, it was Lego Marvel Super Heroes. He followed that up with finishing off the achievements in Powerstar Golf, then Crimson Dragon. After those warm ups, he entered a PopCap phase, playing Peggle 2 and Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare. After a little Forza 5, he turned to Titanfall.
In all, it was a 10-hour gaming marathon, all streamed live over Twitch. In that time, he picked up 1,840 Gamerpoints. That's more than many players earn in several weeks.
To give you a sense of exactly how crazy it is to net one million Achievement points, consider that most Xbox 360 and Xbox One games max out at 1,000 points (though some go past that via additional downloadable content). We're talking about a minimum of roughly 1,000 games to reach the insane mark. Cox amassed a stunning 43,589 Achievements along the way.
"Many many hours, many many nights, I can't even explain how much I've put into this," he said after reaching the mark. "I put my heart and soul into every minute and every day of just doing this ... all those zeroes. I can't even explain it."
Cox's longtime girlfriend was in the room to celebrate when he hit the mark, though Twitch viewers may not have noticed.
"We shared a look the moment I hit my final achievement," he told Yahoo Games. "We played it cool. I had an emotional moment with her before I started the stream. I knew I was going to hit 1,000,000 before I started the Twitch Broadcast. I lost it then. All my pent up emotion came out at that moment."
Is Cox's playing a bit obsessive? Yeah, maybe. But the 31-year-old Tennessee man says friends and family have always been understanding of his hobby -- and, as he told Yahoo Games in 2010, despite the impression the Gamerescore and occasional marathon sessions might give people, he really does have a life away from the controller.
"If it is a game I really enjoy, I can play it for a long, long stretch of time," he said. "However, I do not play non-stop like some people would imagine. I have just stuck with it for almost four years now -- consistency is key. Some days I will play for 8 hours, other days it may be 10 minutes."
The last year-plus has been pretty focused, though.
"At around the 750,000 Gamerscore mark there was a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel and that's when I really took off," he said. "Over the past 16 months I put everything I had into this. Everything. 110%. It's not like I was casual the first 6 and a half years though. That entire run was some hardcore gaming. Day in and out."
Today, we're guessing, will be a well-deserved day off.
So what's next? Cox says he's not sure. Setting a new arbitrary goal isn't on the immediate horizon, but he'll still be racking up the points.
"I woke up this morning asking myself, 'How in the hell am I going to top this?'," he told us. "I don't think there will ever be an answer for that as far as gaming goals go. I'll still be going for Achievements and Gamerscore. It's part of me now. It's ingrained into my DNA. I like reward systems and Xbox did it first. I just don't think I can keep up what I've been doing for so long. It's mentally and physically taxing. But then again, I like the challenge and the process of it all. It helped me keep an edge."
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