June 14, 2017 5:53 PM EDT

A group of tech superheroes — also known as researchers at recent Microsoft acquisition Maluuba — have achieved the seeming impossible, and reached the maximum possible score on classic 1980s Atari game Ms. Pac-Man.

“No human or AI has ever achieved this score because of the complexity of the game and availability of limited lives,” they state in voiceover on a video shared on YouTube Wednesday. Casual. Maluuba, a startup acquired by the tech giant, specializes in artificial intelligence, so perhaps it only makes sense that they would be capable of applying their technical expertise to this all-important gaming quandary. The key is their “advanced reinforcement learning mechanism,” as they explain in the video, which enables their AI to reach all the way to 999,999 — the maximum possible score, and four times the highest recorded reached by any human player.

“We performed well on the game by breaking it into many small problems, with a separate reinforcement learning agent for each problem,” they note. From ghosts to fruit, each “problem” has an “agent” with a “reward function,” meaning they’ve broken down the big decision-making of the overall game play into tiny decision-making tasks. That concept has legs way beyond arcade games, too, from financial models to sales funnels. Confused? Watch them explain how to dominate the game, above.

Write to Raisa Bruner at raisa.bruner@time.com.

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