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#1 VectorGamer OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Dec 4, 2018 3:45 PM

Just found out that Joel West, star of the movie Chasing Ghosts Beyond the Arcade and Berzerk arcade world record holder has passed away.

 

I got to meet Joel several times and I interviewed him for a magazine article I wrote about him.

 

It's hard not to bring up religion but Joel was very strong in his faith. He said that he was always praying for me (as I'm not religious) and tried to "straighten me out."

 

RIP my friend. You will be missed.

 

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Edited by VectorGamer, Tue Dec 4, 2018 3:46 PM.


#2 Lauren Tyler OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Dec 4, 2018 11:19 PM

May he rest in peace.



#3 Cynicaster OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Dec 5, 2018 12:05 PM

RIP Joel

 

The article I saw yesterday said he was 85 years old... is that accurate?  85 years old? 



#4 VectorGamer OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Dec 5, 2018 12:20 PM

RIP Joel

 

The article I saw yesterday said he was 85 years old... is that accurate?  85 years old? 

 

No he was only 58.



#5 Greg2600 OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Dec 6, 2018 11:01 AM

Met him once. Nice guy, hope he's somewhere playing Berzerk.

#6 Cynicaster OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Dec 6, 2018 11:02 AM

"I've got my entire... spare boards of my Berzerk machine.  And that's what we're going to do... we're gonna play some Berzerk."



#7 scotty OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Dec 6, 2018 12:02 PM

Talked to him several times.   So sorry for his passing.  Great guy.  I have a poster from the opening of Full Blast arcade, which shows pictures (left to right) of a Donkey Kong, Armor Attack, Tron, Space Invaders and Berzerk on it, and I personal had it autographed by Billy Mitchell, Steve Weibe, John Salter, David Cruz, Richie Knucklez, Joel West and Walter Day.   Ironically enough, All were signed in black except Joel.  His was signed in Gold.  Rest in peace my friend.



#8 VectorGamer OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Dec 17, 2018 9:43 AM

He died with a dream: To play an arcade game for 100 straight hours — on one quarter

https://www.charlott...9uTowjKu40cFj2I

 

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#9 chicgamer OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Dec 17, 2018 11:45 AM

Damn. I met him in 2016 at the Louisville Arcade Expo, and he seemed like an incredibly nice guy. So sad he died at a relatively young age. :(

 

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Edited by chicgamer, Mon Dec 17, 2018 11:46 AM.





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