|The Perfect Game: Confessions of a Pac-Man Junkie by Tim
With recent successful events like the Xbox 360 Pac-Man World
Championship and the release of the documentary The King of
Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, the return to video game yesteryear is
more apparent than ever. More and more modern consoles feature
the classics like Xbox Live Arcade, Game Room, and even Google
itself has gotten into the mix.
The Perfect Game: Confessions of a Pac-Man Junkie not only
highlights the history of one of the most iconic games of all time,
and the quest for high score supremacy of the same, but also
includes strategies on how to play like the pros – strategies that can
be learned and put to work in a matter of days... just in time for Pac-
Man’s 30th Anniversary.
This book will appeal to anyone that remembers the days of arcade
yesteryear. Said persons remember hanging out in the arcade, at 7-
11, the pizza parlor, etc. playing Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, etc. in a
time when scoring a million points actually meant something,
versus whether you can simply “finish” a game like with a modern
console title. That said, the appeal of the classic games like Pac-
Man lure young gamers as well – intrigued by the approachability
and the “easy to understand, yet hard to master” air of classic
titles.... evident by the scores of young players at a Pac-Man 30th
Anniversary celebration held at the Mall of America in Bloomington,
The author is recognized by a number of classic arcade gaming
communities such as ClassicArcadeGaming.com and
TwinGalaxies.com. He was also one of the finalists in the Xbox 360
Pac-Man World Championship in New York in 2007. On August 6-7,
2010, the author attended a kickoff event at the International Video
Game Hall of Fame in Ottumwa, Iowa as a guest of honor, along
with other Pac-Masters like Billy Mitchell, David Race and Eric
Akeson; as Pac-Man was the first game inducted into the hall.
|At 15, Tim Balderramos first grabbed media attention by laying
claim to the Pac-Man World Title in 1983. He has remained
among the top five Pac-Man players in the world ever since.
Tim’s affinity for video games led him to his choice of Computer
Science for a major at the University of South Dakota, where he
graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1993. He completed his
Master's degree at the University of Minnesota in 1998. Tim
now works as a software consultant/engineer.
He later became only the fourth player in history to get a perfect
score on the Arcade version of Pac-Man in 2004 and the first to do
so on the PC-based Arcade Emulator platform. Tim’s Pac-Man
high scores are noted in both the Twin Galaxies’ Official Video
Game & Pinball Book of World Records and in Guinness World
Records Gamer’s Edition 2008.
Tim in effect came out of retirement to compete in the Xbox 360
Pac-Man World Championship in 2007. On June 19, 2008, Tim
formally announced his retirement from competitive gaming.
Tim currently resides in the Twin Cities with his wife, Candice
and children Jared and Dia – with whom Tim still enjoys an
occasional game or two. His interests include running, wrestling,
hockey, and (of course) Pac-Man.