Sellers, a recovering video game junkie, writes for GQ, TV Guide,
Maxim, and other national magazines. He was a staff writer on
Who Wants to be a Millionaire. He recently published
the ultimate coffee table book!
As a professional writer, do you prefer writing for GQ, TV Guide,
or another publication?
JS> I like writing for any publication that will give me a
forum to reveal my obsessions. At GQ currently, this means
a feature on the comedy rock band Tenacious D (out in the November
issue) and another on Computer Space (in the December issue).
For Entertainment Weekly, I recently interviewed the guy
who played Larry on Three's Company, because I love that show
a little too much. When I was the Television Editor at Time
Out New York, I wrote a recurring feature with the help of
B-movie actor Bruce Campbell, who I think is the funniest dude
in the world. My basic rule: I hate writing about boring stuff.
You once appeared on the ABC television show 'That's Incredible'.
Were you a contestant for the Twin Galaxies Video Game Olympics
or can you do something else incredible?
I was actually not a contestant at the Twin Galaxies Video Game
Olympics; my older brother, Mark, was. I just tagged along. Being
the tossled-haired 12-year-old brat that I was, the segment producer
asked me to appear in a set-up shot where I look longingly into
the window of the Twin Galaxies arcade. Total screen time: One
second. The best part about this was that my brother, the contestant,
got absolutely zero air time. I used to make fun of him for this
quite a lot. Now I realize he may have lucked out. If I were to
appear on the show for any talent I have, it would be the ability
to sleep without drooling.
As a staff writer for 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire', how many
videogame related questions have you submitted for the show?
I no longer work for "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" (I left in
early 2000 to write ARCADE FEVER). But I know that I wrote
at least one video-game question: What is the predominant color
of the video-game character Pac-Man? Lame, I know. Not sure if
it ever ran, actually. I will say that current staffers have told
me that my book has been used to create three questions. So Regis
may soon be getting some arcade flava.
Exactly how many games of Donkey Kong did it take you to achieve
the monumental score of 266,400 in Donkey Kong?
I love Donkey Kong more than Twinkies. I'd estimate that it took
20 bike rides to the nearby pizza place that had a cocktail DK,
and probably 50 or so visits to my local Putt-Putt arcade. So:
400 games? That's 400 times hearing that maddening intro song!
More ridiculous though is that I've never broken that score--and
I got that when I was 12. The best I've done in the last decade:
I got 168,000 at this year's Classic Gaming Expo.