MIKAEL LINDHOLM: DEFENDER
Lindholm is the Defender expert’s Defender player and is recognised as the best in the world today. He first encountered Defender in 1981, aged 14. After becoming obsessed with taking the high score on all the machines he could find in Stockholm, he bought his own cabinet in 1985. He plays today on the same machine. Rather than shooting for world records, he’s trying to clock the game at its hardest settings on the hardest ROM sets and posting videos of his progress to YouTube. Since 2010, his gaming time has been “98 per cent Defender”.