On November 28, 2018, the legendary video game champion, Joel David West, passed into eternity.

Though many of his friends knew he was wrestling with health problems aggravated by diabetes, everyone was surprised and stunned when he passed away.

It seems that in recent years he had failed to keep in touch with his family, so it took a while for his loved ones to learn of his death. But, when they did, they rallied around the flag and supported his memory with immense love and respect.

But, for the first few days, it looked like there would be no obituary or memorial, so I called the newsroom at the Charlotte Observer and told them a local boy had attained legendary status

in the video game industry and that he had passed away. The Observer editor needed to do very little research to confirm Joel was indeed a “legend” in his field. Before long the Observer issued a major story that commemorated Joel’s life and contributions to the world of gaming. My worries that Joel would not be honored by even an obituary melted away as the Observer story went worldwide on Star International Online. Joel was indeed a legend. He appeared prominently on the earliest Twin Galaxies Scoreboard reports as our first “multiple” world record holder – holding the top positions on Pole Position, Berzerk, Frenzy and Rally-X. This high-score dominance led to an invitation to be one of 16 celebrity gamers to appear in the fabled LIFE magazine photograph taken on November 7, 1982 in Ottumwa, Iowa.

 

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Feeling the Joy(Stick)!

MY INTERVIEW WITH ED KELLY OF EDLADDIN CONTROLLERS

By – Brian Szarek

OSGM recently had the pleasure of meeting with Ed Kelly, creator of Edladdin custom vintage console controllers and adapters, as he hand- delivered my third Edladdin Joystick, a Super CV (classic ColecoVision) stick (which includes an integrated number pad).

His company launched in November 2014 with a full line of arcade controllers for the Atari 2600/7800, plus the Seagull 78, an adapter that allows you to play any Genesis controller on your 7800 with full two-button capabilities. In 2016, Edladdin captured $12,302 in pledges on a goal of $9,650 in a Kickstarter campaign to launch a multi-console arcade controller that would serve both the original and Flashback ColecoVision. This project would give birth to four new arcade controllers and a multi-console controller adapter, with gameplay delivered to the Atari 2600/7800, classic ColecoVision, Flashback ColecoVision, and Edladdin’s first USB controller. Edladdin also offers(Stick) circuit
board I/O kits that make it easy to create your own controller for the Atari 2600/7800 or the classic ColecoVision.

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Walter Day - As the founder of Twin Galaxies, the oldest video game scorekeeping and adjudication service in history, Walter Day is known as the creator of e-sports and has often been called The Patron Saint of Video Games.  His remarkable efforts to find, verify and catalog video game world records has led to a decades-long partnership with The Guinness Book of World Records.