The Ottumwa Courier

CNHI/Southeast Iowa

January 17, 2012

Ottumwa woman sets Guinness dance gaming record

OTTUMWA — A new dancing queen has boogied her way into the latest edition of the Guinness World Records 2012 Gamer’s Edition. The global authority on all things record-breaking is recognizing Elizabeth “Kitty McScratch” Bolinger, of Ottumwa, as the “Most Prolific Dancing Game High Scorer” with more than 85 number one high scores on the Just Dance and Dance Central franchises.

Elizabeth’s love of gaming stems from using videogames as a way to challenge herself to new heights of achievement. The 24-year-old was first introduced to video games in the early 90’s by her father, who was immersed in the world of casual PC gaming.

Having first earned a place in the 2011 Gamer’s Edition with the high score for ‘Dare’ on Just Dance (11,661 points on Aug. 8, 2010), Liz caught the record bug and has since racked up more than 85 high scores on the Twin Galaxies leaderboard. Her highest score is for the Dance Central track “C’mon Ride It (The Train)”, with a staggering 432,793 points!

A true dancing game enthusiast, Liz pushes the limits of her ability by achieving top scores blindfolded and sometimes backwards! Her favorite songs to dance to include “Hot and Cold” by Katy Perry where she’s scored over 16,000 points blindfolded and “Bullet Proof” by La Roux.

A long-time fan of the Guinness World Records books as a kid, Liz says: “You really can make dreams happen, it’s just a matter of putting in the hard work and dedication.”

She is an active member of the International Video Game Hall of Fame and Museum in her hometown of Ottumwa and is dedicated to preserving the history of videogames.

Guinness World Records 2012 Gamer's Edition is available now in the U.S. for a suggested retail price of $14.99 and available in the UK on Jan. 19.

Guinness World Records is the global authority on record-breaking achievements. First published in 1955, the annual Guinness World Records™ book has become one of the biggest-selling copyright titles of all time, selling 120 million copies to date in 22 languages and in more than 100 countries. The internationally renowned brand is now also available across a number of platforms — GWR’s global television shows are watched by 250 million viewers annually; digital media and online record-processing services attract more than 50 million visitors a year; and the live events team annually entertains and inspires 1.5 million people around the world. GWR receives more than 1,000 applications each week and has a specialized team of multi-language record managers and adjudicators who travel the globe to verify official record attempts. GWR also has a commercial division that offers accessible record-breaking business solutions to other organizations and brands. 

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