UPDATE: New press release on the event. There's also a new Facebook page for the attempt which can be found HERE.
Video Games, More Than “Child’s Play”
DeKalb, IL (September 1, 2011) – This Saturday, September 3, 2011, Tim McVey of Oskaloosa, Iowa will be attempting to regain the world record on a video arcade game called Nibbler. Tim is known as the first video gamer to reach over one billion points on an arcade game using a single credit back in January 1984. Not only is McVey playing to regain his title, Star Worlds Arcade in DeKalb, IL is coordinating an effort to encourage cash donations to Child’s Play as a show of support for Tim’s efforts. Child’s Play is a game industry charity that, since 2003, is dedicated to improving the lives of sick children with toys and games in a network of over 60 hospitals worldwide.
Live video of the attempt at a new world record will be streamed on-line from McVey’s home via Star Worlds Arcade (www.starworldsarcade.com) and other web sites. A donation link will be available on the Star Worlds Arcade web site that will allow the funds to be donated directly to Child’s Play. Patrick O’Malley, owner of Star Worlds Arcade, encourages donations of any amount toward the charity. The organization purchases everything from video games to movies and toys for needy, hospitalized children. O’Malley hopes to raise at least $1,000 for the charity during the next two weeks. He says, “Donations of any amount, even $10.00 to purchase batteries for those toys, would be appreciated.” Star Worlds Arcade is a classic video arcade that was recently inducted into the Twin Galaxies International Registry of Historic Video Game Arcades as one of history’s original Golden Age Arcades from the 1980s. McVey expects to reach his goal after over 40 hours of marathon game play. The donation link on Star Worlds Arcade web page will remain active until September 17.
More information about Child’s Play can be found on their web site at
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About Star Worlds Arcade
Star Worlds Arcade is an independently and locally owned company located in DeKalb,
IL. It is a classic video arcade that has survived since the 1980s and maintains a clean
and friendly family atmosphere.
Star Worlds Arcade
That chase came to a close in early 1984 as Ottumwa, IA native Tim McVey became the first video gamer in history to officially score over 1 billion points on a video game, racking up 1,000,042,270 points on Rock-Ola's Nibbler at the site of the original Twin Galaxies video arcade.
The achievement gained McVey somewhat of a celebrity status for a time, including having the first civic day to honor a video game player when Ottumwa declared a day as "Tim McVey Day" in honor of his billion point score.
Today, McVey still plays video games, mostly modern titles for the XBox 360 and other modern consoles. He has taken a shot as his still standing Nibbler record off and on for the past few years but has not yet reached his previous lofty goal which takes a multi-day marathon to accomplish.
Recently, classic gamer Rick Carter sat down at Richie Knucklez Arcade Games in New Jersey to aim for McVey's record. The end result was a 1,002,222,360 point score in just under 50 hours, a mark that will stand as a new world record once official verification is finished.
Among those watching the live internet broadcast of Carter's record-setting mark was McVey himself.
"Mixed emotions," McVey said. "Hard to watch something you did 27 plus years ago go down. That was a long-standing record. Happy, too, as I know the pain and remember the joy. Now I have one more brother to describe the journey. It's brutal, and has never truly earned the respect it deserves."
Over the weekend, McVey announced his intentions at reclaiming the Nibbler world record this Labor Day weekend, starting on Saturday, September 3. He states Carter's defeat of his record as motivation to put himself to the multi-day test once again.
"Always easier to be in second and to be in first," McVey said. "The (game) that I rage quit Easter 2009 likely would of been a record setting performance if I had been number two. When you are number one, trying to topple your own score, and are hurting, it's far too easy to say next time. When you are number two, and want to be number one...the pain doesn't seem to hurt so much."
McVey's marathon record attempt will air on TwitchTV (formerly JustinTV) as well as PatrickScottPatterson.com.
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Original Source: Examiner.com