Eighty-Year-Old Doris Self Going to London to Re-Claim Title of “World’s Oldest Video Game Champion”

Last month 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. 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.

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Fairfield, IA (PRWEB) July 29, 2005 -

Doris Self is coming to London to win back her title as history’s “oldest video game player.”

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 Galaxies’ 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 o’clock in the morning. And, her passion was shooting “craps” 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, she’ll be history’s oldest video game world champion.

“I was the Q*bert champion in 1984 with a score of 1,112,300 points,” remembers Doris. “At that time, I was the oldest video game champ in the world at 58 years old, a fact verified by Twin Galaxies’ scorekeeper Walter Day (http://www.twingalaxies.com). It’s still listed in Twin Galaxies’ Official Video Game & Pinball Book of World Records, the gaming industry’s official book of records.”

Though Doris’ score was bested in 1985, she still retained the status of “oldest” champion until 2003 when John Lawton, 72, of New Hampshire, captured the Depthcharge title.

“I was sad when I lost the title I had held for twenty years,” laments Doris. “Then 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.”

Billy Mitchell, founder of an internationally distributed hot sauce brand (Rickey’s World Famous Sauce), says: “I 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.”

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 “Player-of-the-Century” 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, history’s first team of professional video game players. Most notably, he has enjoyed undying notoriety for achieving history’s first “perfect” game on Pac-Man in 1999.

Thanks to Mitchell’s 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. “My scores will be verified in person by Twin Galaxies’ Walter Day and I must not fail,” she vows.

Doris has already played an important role in history, graduating in 1945 as a member of Eastern Airlines’ first class of airline stewardesses. Later, in 1954, while working with legendary air ace Eddie Rickenbacker, she co-organized ‘The Silver Liners,’ history’s first association for ex-stewardesses.

In light of all this, Doris says: “My 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 I’ve packed four lifetimes into my years and don’t plan to stop now.”

To contact Doris Self or Billy Mitchell, call Twin Galaxies at (641) 472-1949, or via email: walter@twingalaxies.com. To contact Rickey’s World Famous Sauce, go to http://www.800hotsauce.com.

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Caption for poster: official poster announcing Doris Self's scheduled appearance at the 2005 CGEUK in London on August 13, 2005. Photograph on poster shows Billy Mitchell in background looking at Doris' Q*bert high-score listing in Twin Galaxies' Official Video Game & Pinball Book of World Records while Doris Self practices Q*bert