July 20, 2009, 10:05 pm
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I’m in USA Today!

Well, not actually USA Today, but their Game Hunters blog.

Also, technically speaking, I’m not in it, Dan Hsu and Demian Linn are.

But something I wrote is!

Hmm, that’s not true either. It’s just a link to something I wrote.


When I told my Mum the news (omitting the above caveats), she was very proud. Never mind that she had never heard of USA Today, the very title of the publication suggests mainstream success. In her eyes, I have arrived. Bless her.

The truth is that ‘The Highest Arcade in the World,’ a story I wrote right here on Collect a few months back (then submitted to BitMob) was selected as one of Dan Hsu and Demian Linn’s favourite BitMob community posts.

No, I’m lying again. It was used as an example of a successful community post. Sheesh!

In the interview with Game Hunter’s Mike Snider, Hsu and Linn said:

Lee Bradley’s story about playing videogames in a young boy’s high-altitude, makeshift arcade in Darjeeling, India is absolutely fascinating and extremely well-written.

Yup, the least believable bit of this entire story is actually the true part: somebody said I wrote something well. I don’t think anyone’s said that since the legendary ‘What I Did on My Summer Holidays’ essay of 1989. That was a damn good essay though, the Natural History Museum rocked.

I’m done gloating.



So ‘The Highest Arcade in the World‘ has picked up a bit of attention. First Bitmob featured it on their front page, and then Kotaku, Destructoid and (most pleasingly) GameSetWatch linked it up. In a previous post I said something along the lines of ‘links from big sites don’t excite me like they used to’. That’s true of the news stories I write, but for something so personal and off-beat? Crazy.

What’s more, according to Demian Linn (Bitmob editor), somebody is offering to send arcade boy a Dreamcast and a box of games to add to his collection! Unfortunately, he didn’t notice that I was in Darjeeling 10 years ago, so the arcade and the boy (now a man) may no longer be around. When I passed this information on, the mystery benefactor said that if the arcade does still exist, he’s more than willing to send the stuff across. What a nice gesture!

So now I find myself on a hunt to track down somebody I played at Street Fighter Alpha 3, 10 years ago, half way up a mountain range in India!

Despite the ludicrous sounding nature of my task, I have my journalist’s hat on and I will not be deterred. The miracle of Google Maps has already offered up the name of the hotel I stayed in all those years ago and I’ve shot the management an email for info. Darjeeling is only a small place, so it isn’t too outrageous to think somebody may remember ‘the highest arcade in the world’. Who knows, maybe it is still there.

I’ll keep you posted on any developments.

February 27, 2009, 7:35 am
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