Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Doris Self, Q*Bert player extraordinaire and competitive gamer, passed away from injuries sustained in an automobile accident earlier this month in Plantation, Florida. Doris first gained notoriety in 1983 when she achieved a world record score of 1,112,300 points on the classic arcade game Q*Bert during Twin Galaxies' 1983 Video Game Masters Tournament, an event that was conducted for the Guinness Book of World Records. She was 58 years old then, the oldest person up to that time to capture a video game world title.Doris eventually lost her title of Q*Bert champion in 1985, but later dedicated her free time to smashing that new record, often playing until 3 AM to one day retake her crown.
Doris Self was the Matriarch of the video game world. She was a major star in the burgeoning video game industry, the senior member of a growing cadre of gaming celebrities who represent the modern electronic era, which, some say, has grown to nearly $35 billion in annual gross income.
And, according to the Twin Galaxies' Official Video Game & Pinball Book of World Records, Doris was the oldest person to actively pursue video game world records, competing against gamers one-quarter her age.Doris Self was 81.