At 15, Tim Balderramos first grabbed media attention by laying claim to the Pac-Man World Title in 1983. He has remained among the top five Pac-Man players in the world ever since.
Tim’s affinity for video games led him to his choice of Computer Science for a major at the University of South Dakota, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1993. He completed his Master’s degree at the University of Minnesota in 1998. Tim now works as an IT consultant.
He later became only the fourth player in history to get a perfect score on the Arcade version of Pac-Man in 2004 and the first to do so on the PC-based Arcade Emulator platform. Tim’s Pac-Man high scores are noted in both the Twin Galaxies’ Official Video Game & Pinball Book of World Records and in Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition 2008.
Tim in effect came out of retirement to compete in the Xbox 360 Pac-Man World Championship in 2007 – qualifying for a trip to the grand finals in New York City and taking 5th Place overall. On June 19, 2008, Tim formally announced his retirement from competitive gaming – returning briefly to take part in the Pac-Man Twin Galaxies Kill Screen Challenge in North Hollywood, California in 2015.
Tim currently resides in the Twin Cities with his wife, Candice, children Jared and Dia, and niece Cheyenne – with whom Tim still enjoys an occasional game or two. His interests include running, wrestling, hockey, and (of course) Pac-Man