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The World Record Rankings in Splatterhouse Has a New Queen

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Posted on October 21, 2013 AT 03:13pm

Over the weekend, Chicago native Caitlin Oliver not only took the crown as the new world record champion in Splatterhouse, but secured a major win for women in gaming with her score.

Caitlin’s record-breaking attempt took place last Saturday at Galloping Ghost Arcade, where she ended up with a final score of 493,700—just over 120,000 points higher than the previous record of 373,100 set last year by Anthony Paparo.

“I first got my hands on Splatterhouse as a young girl,” Caitlin told gaming media personality Patrick Scott Patterson for his site. “My father picked up a TurboGrafx-16 for me one lucky Christmas and he was always good about letting me pick out a game to rent for the weekend at the local video rental stores. Once I got it home I was totally hooked. Gross monsters, corpses, skeletons; it had it all.”

And—so far as is currently known—Caitlin’s new record also set another goal to be proud of: she’s the first woman in almost 30 years to achieve a video game world record. Caitlin noted that, in talking to Cat DeSpira of Twin Galaxies, the last woman known to have set a world record was Doris Self with her score of 1,112,300 in Q*Bert.

So, congratulations Caitlin—ever since EGM founder Steve Harris was part of the competitive video game scene back in its early days, we’ve held a special place in our hearts for the thrill of going for that high score. (And maybe I can use Caitlin’s achievement in Splatterhouse to get be back to playing Pac-Man CE so that I can get back up at the top of the world rankings again.)

For more and her win and how she came to fall in love with Namco’s cult classic horror action game, check out Patrick Scott Patterson’s site via the link below.

Source: Patrick Scott Patterson

Eric L. Patterson, Executive Editor
Eric L. Patterson got his start via self-publishing game-related fanzines in junior high, and now has one goal in life: making sure EGM has as much coverage of niche Japanese games as he can convince them to fit in. Eric’s also active in the gaming community on a personal level, being an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming and consumer rights. Stalk him on Twitter: @pikoeri. Meet the rest of the crew.

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