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January 16, 2014

Video game record still resonates


"Tim's historic run made waves at the time by showing that the then-struggling video game market still had life in it," Patterson told the Courier Thursday. "Today, in a world surrounded by technology, with eSports getting bigger every day, his accomplishment stands as a historic first that the public should know."

They will again, said Tina.

"For four or five years, some producers in California, actually got a hold of Tim [through Walter Day] and have come out to do a short documentary on Tim. One was a producer on Battlestar Galactica and the other one produced [the science fiction show] Eureka," she said.

The title is "Man Versus Snake: The Long, Twisted Tale of Nibbler."

"They just finished the last segment and went back to California. They're hoping to have it done in time for the Sundance Film Festival," Tina said.

For her part, she said, she discovered her husband's fame by accident. They were engaged at the time.

"We were going through some boxes, and I said, 'What's this?'"

"This" was the key to the city, as well as reports about her husband's accomplishment.

"He said, 'Oh, it's something I did when I was a kid,' and I said, 'Are you kidding me?' Now, what we have up on the wall, I put up."

Even the documentary production came as a surprise to Tim.

"I couldn't believe anyone cared about something I did in 1984 on a fairly obscure video game and enough to invest time and money into telling the story," Tim told Patterson. "It's been an interesting ride since. Unforgettable doesn't begin to cover it."

For the rest of Patterson's article, as well as more about video games, visit

— Follow reporter Mark Newman on Twitter @couriermark

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