Fairfield, IA (PRWEB) July 29, 2005 -
Doris Self is coming to London to win back her title as historyÂs Âoldest video game player.Â
Two months ago in Weirs Beach, NH, USA, after four straight days of playing the Q*bert video game, Doris fell short of the 1.8 million points needed to break the world record, scoring only 931,900 points.
But, the eighty-year-old video gamer is going to try again, this time at the upcoming Classic Gaming Expo UK, scheduled for London, August 13, 2005. The CGEUK can be found on the internet at http://www.cgeuk.com
Escorted by gaming legend Billy Mitchell and Twin GalaxiesÂ Walter Day, Doris will be part of a large contingent of USA and Canadian video gamers going to the CGEUK to compete for listings in the forthcoming edition of Twin Galaxies' Official Video Game & Pinball Book of World Records. Doris will be holding a news conference in Fairfield Hall at the CGEUK in Croydon, London at 1:00 PM on Friday, August 12.
Background information on Doris from earlier news release:
She used to play poker and bridge with her 80-year-old girlfriends almost every night. Sometimes until four oÂclock in the morning. And, her passion was shooting ÂcrapsÂ while on casino junkets.
That is, until Billy Mitchell delivered a Q*bert arcade video game to her house.
Now, Doris Self, of Fort Lauderdale, eats, drinks and sleeps Q*Bert, the classic video game from the early 1980s, practicing day and night. And, if she breaks the Q*bert record, sheÂll be historyÂs oldest video game world champion.
ÂI was the Q*bert champion in 1984 with a score of 1,112,300 points,Â remembers Doris. ÂAt that time, I was the oldest video game champ in the world at 58 years old, a fact verified by Twin GalaxiesÂ scorekeeper Walter Day (http://www.twingalaxies.com). ItÂs still listed in Twin GalaxiesÂ Official Video Game & Pinball Book of World Records, the gaming industryÂs official book of records.Â
Though DorisÂ score was bested in 1985, she still retained the status of ÂoldestÂ champion until 2003 when John Lawton, 72, of New Hampshire, captured the Depthcharge title.
ÂI was sad when I lost the title I had held for twenty years,Â laments Doris. ÂThen I got a call from gaming legend Billy Mitchell, who offered to loan me a Q*bert machine to practice on and win back my title. Billy made me promise that I would give up poker and practice Q*bert everyday.Â
Billy Mitchell, founder of an internationally distributed hot sauce brand (RickeyÂs World Famous Sauce), says: ÂI can recognize a champion a mile away and believe Doris can win back her title. I like helping people like Doris to excel, reaching their highest potential.Â
In the video world, Mitchell, based in Hollywood, Florida, knows all about excellence. In fact, there are many who consider Mitchell the worlds most famous video game player. In the early 1980s he was the most successful video gamer listed in the U.S. edition of the Guinness Book of World Records and was proclaimed the ÂPlayer-of-the-CenturyÂ at the 1999 Tokyo Game Show. He was among a select group of champion players to appear in LIFE Magazine in January, 1983 and was a founding member of the U.S. National Video Game Team, historyÂs first team of professional video game players. Most notably, he has enjoyed undying notoriety for achieving historyÂs first ÂperfectÂ game on Pac-Man in 1999.
Thanks to MitchellÂs support, Doris is ready for her big day of truth, which comes the weekend of June 2-5, when she joins an annual gathering of classic gamers at Funspot in Weirs Beach, NH, to go for world records. ÂMy scores will be verified in person by Twin GalaxiesÂ Walter Day and I must not fail,Â she vows.
Doris has already played an important role in history, graduating in 1945 as a member of Eastern AirlinesÂ first class of airline stewardesses. Later, in 1954, while working with legendary air ace Eddie Rickenbacker, she co-organized ÂThe Silver Liners,Â historyÂs first association for ex-stewardesses.
In light of all this, Doris says: ÂMy bridge-playing girlfriends have no idea of all the adventures I have been through. They think my Q*bert quest is strange, but this is my life and, thanks to Billy Mitchell, I feel like IÂve packed four lifetimes into my years and donÂt plan to stop now.Â