Blue Springs gamer hits it big

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

BLUE SPRINGS – Day after day, Daniel Lee defends his name and his title.
Lee, an avid video game player, filmmaker and musician, holds some 70-something video game world records, from top scores to fastest completion time.
But with gamers across the world trying to beat his scores, he plays daily to keep his name in the records.
Just last week, Lee learned his hard work had finally paid off when he found his name in the 2010 “Guinness Book of World Records: Gamer’s Edition.”
“I thought I’d see if I was in there,” he said, “and I was really surprised.”
The 32-year-old Blue Springs resident, who has been playing video games since 1982, ended up in the gamer’s version of “Guinness Book of World Records” after two years of sending in his best scores and completion times.
Lee has regularly saved his top times and scores and sent them into Twin Galaxies, an organization that keeps track of video game records.
His record-breaking scores and times – for consoles like the Nintendo Wii, Atari 2600 and Playstation 2 – are all listed on the Twin Galaxies Web Site.
Since 2008, Twin Galaxies has partnered with the Guinness Book of World Records to publish the “Guinness Book of World Records: Gamer’s Edition,” which lists highest scores. It’s impossible to list every single top score, so they were picked randomly.
Lee picked up the newest, 2010 edition last week and found his name listed twice.
The printed scores were for the games “House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return” and “Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles,” both for Wii. His scores, which list him by his given name, Daniel Strickland Perea, are on pages 202 and 206. He didn’t know his name was being published.
“I’ve got 70-something records, and two happened to make it in,” he said.
While he will keep defending his highest scores, he has other goals in mind.
“There’s a leaderboard with guys who hold the most records. I want to make it on there,” he said.
“I would really like it if I could do something significant enough to make it into a video game hall of fame,” he said. “I want in a hall of fame; I don’t care which one.”

Contact Sheena Barnett at (662) 678-1580 or sheena.barnett@djournal.com.