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85-Year-Old Sets Guinness World Record

If you’ve never played a Wii game, I highly recommend it. I have one but don’t play it often enough, but there’s something therapeutic about smacking a ball that isn’t really there or getting a strike in your living room. People of all ages are enjoying this game system and a lot of nursing homes are taking advantage of it to keep older people active.

Recently an 85-year-old man from Onalaska, Wisconsin, made his love of Wii Bowling into the record books. He’s scored the most perfect games and now has his name in the Guinness Book of World Records.

John Bates recorded 2,850 perfect games from April 2009 through October 2010, to make it into Guinness World Records 2011 Gamer’s Edition.  The retired high school principal first started playing Wii bowling at a friend’s house at the end of 2008.

Moreover, he did it using both his left and right hands. I’ve never scored a perfect bowling game with my right hand, much less my left.  That takes some talent. 

I don’t know John Bates, but I like to imagine him as a smack-talker who challenges his friends to bowling every chance he gets. Does he do a celebratory dance? Does he slip laxatives into his friends’ beverages while playing a game in an effort to mess up their game? Maybe after a perfect game he shouts, “BOO YAH! IN YOUR FACE!” to his buddies? Maybe I should go hook up the Wii and practice a little myself…

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