In arcade culture, your score is all-important. High scores grant permanence, if only temporary permanence, and only for your initials. But back when I dabbled in video games, via our Nintendo Entertainment System (my favorites were relatively non-violent games like Super Mario Bros. and Tetris), all I cared about was the level I could get to. I never even paid attention to my score.
How do you measure your success in life, by your score or your level?