Walter Day, founder of international video game scorekeeping organization Twin Galaxies, announced that he's retiring from the organization to pursue his "lifelong dream" of a music career.

Day left the oil industry in the early 1980s to open the Twin Galaxies arcade in Ottumwa, Iowa, where he established a database of arcade game high-scores (and gameplay rules for those records) that was soon regarded as the official scoreboard for competitive video games. Day also helped organize professional gaming events around the country and increase media coverage of high score attempts.

Though the Twin Galaxies arcade closed after just several years of operation, Day kept its name alive by tracking video game records and holding competitions for 28 years. The scorekeeping organization is featured prominently in several documentaries about gaming and high scores, including The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, Chasing Ghosts: Beyond the Arcade, and Frag.

Day says he's slowly removed himself from Twin Galaxies's day-to-day duties in the past several years, turning over those responsibilities to newer staff members like David Nelson, Rich Booth, Todd Rogers, Patrick Scott Patterson, and Nik Meeks.

You can hear Walter Day's comments on his retirement, the future of Twin Galaxies, and Ottumwa, Iowa's efforts to open a Video Game Hall of Fame & Museum later this year in the video interview below: