The first competitive female gamer was also the oldest! Doris Self signed up for the 1983 Video Game Masters Tournament when she was fifty-eight years old. Then she went on to break the world record for Q*Bert with 1,112,300 points. She kept playing until her death at age eighty-one from a car accident.
She was older than my grandpa!
- Was one of the first female flight attendants at Eastern Airlines, and the plane she used to fly on is hanging up in an Air and Space Museum.
- Had beef with another old player, John Lawton.
- In the 2007 Guinness World Records Book, Doris was recognized as the world’s oldest video game competitor.
- Was an honorary member of the U.S. National Video Game Team.
You have to love a champ! This lady whooped butt in the arcade and had a beautiful spirit, to boot! She is an inspiration not just to women, but to anyone who might be afraid to break the mold. Go do it and live life to the fullest!