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First Woman in 30 Years to Set an Arcade Record

Caitlin Oliver achieved a new high score on SplatterHouse!

According to Examiner writer Patrick Scott Patterson, Chicago native Caitlin Oliver, 30, became the first woman to set an arcade game world record on Saturday, October 19 while she was at the Galloping Ghost Arcade, the largest video game arcade in the USA. 

The game she was playing was Splatterhouse, a 1988 beat'em up and horror arcade game developed and published by Namco. The previous record mark in the game was 373,100 points and it was set by Anthony Paparo at the same location. Oliver scored 493,700 points on Saturday making her the first woman in almost 30 years to set a world record on an arcade game.

Caitlin Oliver talks SplatterHouse 

Oliver reveals that she was first introduced to the game when she was very young. Her father bought her a TurboGrafx-16, the first video game console of the 16-bit era, and she went to the local store and rented SplatterHouse. She says, "Once I got it home I was totally hooked. Gross monsters, corpses, skeletons; it had it all." 

Achieving a World Record

As soon as Oliver realized she had achieved the new high score she describes that she felt like her "heart was going to pound straight through [her] chest."

 "It was possibly the most intense rush of adrenaline I've ever felt in my life. It was unreal to have decided to work to accomplish something and proceed to become the best in the world at something. Utterly incredible feeling. I nearly ran outside for a cigarette afterwards," Oliver adds. 

Pursuing a world record wasn't something Oliver intended on doing until one of her friends encouraged the idea. She says what helped her achieve this goal was her experience playing it for about 20 years on the TurboGrafx-16 her father bought her. 

Published Oct. 25th 2013
  • John Doe _9675
    BS the article is FRAUD she was not the first female in even 10 years

    LOOK IT UP stop tainting history
  • Alexa Serrano
    Columnist
    The article isn't saying she was the first woman in any game to set a record. It was a record to a specific game at an arcade.
  • Capt. Eliza Creststeel
    Contributor
    Seriously? Time to step it up ladies! I do wonder if some women feel awkward in arcades showing off their skills...
  • Coatedpolecat
    Featured Correspondent
    if listening to folks interact with my wife on xbox live is any indication, I can only hope a female in an arcade would go much better. :)
  • Rothalack
    Master O' Bugs
    Her description of how she felt afterwards is the feeling I get all the time from games. I loveeee that feeling. That feeling is why I play online games as well. Just making that clutch play that wins the fight or anything like that. Recently in WoW, while fighting a raid boss, it came down too the boss being at 1ish% and it was just me (the tank) and a healer left alive. Adrenaline takes over, pure instinct takes over. God knows how many keys a second I'm pumping out. The boss goes down and its that jolt of excitement springs me out of my chair. God I love games haha.
  • Destrolyn.Bechgeddig
    Featured Columnist
    Wow, that's amazing news! :D
  • Coatedpolecat
    Featured Correspondent
    Really neat article. As a male feminist I love hearing about this kind of stuff. Good find and thanks!

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