ARTICLES | July 9th, 2007
4000 Games in Less than a Lifetime

Idiot decides to play every arcade game listed in the videogames book of High Scores. Likely to take the rest of his life. But what the hell ? worth it for a laugh. Oh and he might just become a Guinness Book of World Records entrant while he?s about it…

Londoner and www.WayoftheRodent.com stalwart Rocky Howard has had an idea. It doesn?t happen often but this one?s ace ? he?s setting out to play, in order, all 4000 classic arcade games listed in Twin Galaxies? official book of High Scores. His aim? Mostly to give himself something to do when he really should be working instead but also: to add one more World Champion to Britain?s roster of greats. To become a new Duncan Goodhew, a latter-day Geoff Capes if you will. See, arcade games have world records and in his quest Rocky hopes to find one with such a pathetic existing score that a monkey with a broken spanner could beat it.

Rocky?s progress is charted at ?So, You want to be an Arcade Champion?? (www.tombstoned.co.uk/words/) so far he?s four weeks and thirteen games in, a rate of progress that should see him finish sometime around Christmas 2030. Will he find his World Record nirvana in that time? Dunno but we?re pretty sure he?ll give it a good go.

Why the challenge? What?s the story Mr Joystick Hands? ?A bunch of us recently took a bit of a pilgrimage to the Classic Arcade Tournament over at Funspot in Americaland. I met a whole bunch of World Champions at the event and it got me wanting to make England proud and to bag one of them records for old Blighty. Handily, Walter Day, keeper of the arcade scores at Twin Galaxies, had just released the latest set of records in a big-old book and as I flicked through the pages two things happened: my childhood memories of seedy, brilliant, East End arcades came flooding back, and I realised that there were a few scores in there I could probably beat.?

And that, folks, is just what Rocky has set out to do…

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