Rants and Reviews while drinking brews!
Hey guys, Paige Belmont here again for BarroomGamer.com after a sort of long hiatus, but I am coming back at such an incredible time! Originally for the Halloween season, I was going to post a review of Splatterhouse but now I have something better to report on! As many have heard, Caitlin Oliver out of the Chicago area has set the World Record, as verified by Twin Galaxies, not once BUT TWICE in a matter of days. As a matter of fact, she broke the standing record with a first try of 405,100 making 3 record breaking play-throughs , but her verified score was a later attempt topping out at 493,700. Oliver has been quoted attributing her skills to her two-decade love affair with the game, ever since receiving it for the TurboGrafx.
After hearing of Oliver’s record setting, Anthony Paparo, also from the Chicago area and the original record holder took back his record within 24 hours of the announcement in the very Illinois based Galloping Ghost Arcade that Caitlin set her score at. It’s worth noting that Paparo and Oliver are not in heated competition, but are having fun. Caitlin responded with yet another record shattering game with a final score of 515,800.
While Caitlin has created quite a buzz in the industry, in somewhat of a bizarre turn, there seems to be an inexplicable hostility toward some writers for mentioning that Caitlin is a woman in their post. I’m not sure what that argument is supposed to gain, but it is a worthy point, in case you hadn’t figured out that Caitlin is a woman yet, since I’ve used “she” and “her” throughout this whole piece. I am aware of the arguments that people have made to why they feel it shouldn’t be mentioned but that’s not my personal stance. I am proud of Caitlin and I am anxious to hear what she will show us next. I had read in another article that she has her sights set on Altered Beast. I own my own Altered Beast cabinet, so I can’t wait to see this one from her!
Paige Belmont is a 27 year old Philadelphia native who is hopelessly addicted to games, Star Wars, and cats. She collect retro systems and arcades, frequent the con circuit and is planning on a retro gaming wedding – with the ceremony being held at the Nintendo World Store. She also collects awesome, nerdy t-shirts, artwork, pretty much anything you can think of. Twitter: @GameGadgetGirl