Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Star Wars Joystick Master Attempts Video Game Record

PORTLAND (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A Star Wars video game fanatic is likely to set a new world’s record for a very old video game later today (May 18).

Brandon Erickson, a 25-year-old math and science tutor in Portland, Oregon, has been playing the 1983 Star Wars arcade game since Saturday, and sometime today he expects to break the current record of 300,007,894 points.

Erickson only gets seven second breaks every two minutes of game play between rounds, but Anthony Ramos, owner of Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade where Erickson is playing, says the joystick master has learned to do quite a few things in seven seconds – like changing his clothes.

When Erickson has to go to the bathroom he uses a privacy screen and a milk jug and has a good friend empty it in the toilet for him. He’s been on a liquid diet to avoid going No. 2.

Erickson’s goal is more than making a name for himself: He’s taking donations to raise money for Portland’s public schools.

So far he’s only brought in $317, but he’s still taking pledges at

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