Edmonds man sets 5 arcade video game world records

Eric Wilkinson reports

EDMONDS -- For a year, Jason Lundgren had one goal: to set a single world record for an old school arcade video game. Instead, he set five.

"Once I get into that zone there's nothing that can stop me," he said.

Lundgren, a 34-year-old bakery clerk, now holds the records for Final Fight, NARC, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in Time, G.I. Joe and The Simpsons. 

Lundgren said he has only been competing competitively for about a year. He practices an hour or two per week and spends most of his time studying other players' moves on YouTube.

"I'm a student of the game," he said. "Or as professional wrestler Triple H would say, 'I am the game.'"

Lundgren snaps a photo of his high score that he submits to an online organization for verification.

Lundgren has Asperger's, a condition on the autism spectrum. He actually credits his success at video games to that condition, saying it helps him focus.

Whatever the explanation, one key component to Lundgren's success is his infectiously positive attitude.

"All you gotta do is believe in yourself," he said. "Believe in yourself and things will happen."

Video: Jason Lundgren on his video game records

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