Wii Sports world record holder for bowling is 85 years old

You better stay off John Bates's lawn because when it comes to gaming, he can really kick your ass... in WiiSports, at least. The 85-year-old retired school principal has been recognized as the best Wii bowling player in the world.

Bates has officially been honored with a Guinness World Record for the greatest number of perfect games in the bowling mini-game in Wii Sports. In the span of about 18 months, he scored the flaw-free 300 points a total of 2,850 times.

The senior citizen gamer says he is ambidextrous and can play with both hands. So we can only imagine he switched hands every other game to stay limber. 2,850 is a lot of games, and that doesn't even count the number of times he may have missed just one pin.

Bates says he first started playing Wii Bowling at a friend's house in 2008. He must have been a natural because it was shortly thereafter that his six-month-long record-setting run began. He also belongs to a real-life bowling league.

We'd guess he could also take the Guinness World Record for being the oldest person to have a video game related Guinness World Record, but that's not one of Guinness's records.

[Source: AP via ABC]

Jan 24, 2011




  • gopikmin - January 25, 2011 5:34 p.m.

    @japanaman that is simple The move and wiimote have accelerometers allowing them to sense speed but the Kinect has some difficulty since it doesn't have something to calculate the speed your hand is going. Two dimensional movements are easy but 3-d movement are difficult with one camera alone.
  • Japanaman - January 25, 2011 2:59 p.m.

    How come there's a bowling game for Wii and PS3, but not for Kinect?
  • karrasxk - January 25, 2011 2:35 p.m.

    Zombie Dave Thomas? Is that you?
  • rabidpotatochip - January 25, 2011 1:42 p.m.

    I'm confused as to how the bowling ball plugs into the wiimote.
  • Deathstalker83 - January 25, 2011 5:57 a.m.

    WTG Dude. Looks like a fun record to go after. Hmmmmm :)
  • Crabhand - January 25, 2011 4:24 a.m.

    I don't think being ambidextrous has anything to do with it, I'm 100% right handed but I can bowl on the Wii just fine with my left. Not to say his record isn't impressive, just saying.
  • bobbybroccoli - January 25, 2011 1:19 a.m.

    I can't decide if this guy is a casual or hardcore gamer. I think I'll call him a casucore.
  • HowdyCowboyCheesesBurger0911 - January 25, 2011 1:13 a.m.

    Good for him
  • SpacemanSpiff - January 25, 2011 12:46 a.m.

    I know, I hope that there will still be games without the need of super fast reaction times and what have you. Still not as cool as Electroma's porch grandpa tho
  • mockraven - January 24, 2011 11:54 p.m.

    That's pretty awesome. I want to be an avid gamer at that age, too. Hopefully not with bowling, though.
  • ventanger - January 24, 2011 11:54 p.m.

    I WILL DESTROY THIS MANS TOP SCORE. DESTROY!!!! Ah no I don't really care, but I'm sure somebody wants to crush his soul.
  • Turboash - January 24, 2011 11:43 p.m.

    That picture speaks volumes... First?

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