Trading Card Spotlight "REWIND" Josh Houslander

This latest Trading Card "Rewind" was published on December 13th, 2015.  It is a very comprehensive interview that Josh was nice enough to take time out for. I hope you enjoy.     

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Josh Houslander who is displayed on card number 139, from the Twin Galaxies Superstars Collection of 2011.  Josh was one of the creators of a podcast for Twin Galaxies website that discussed all things Twin Galaxies as well as world records established by the community.  The new podcast which Josh is involved in can be heard primarily on themajors.net.  Josh also was involved in an exclusive interview with Walter Day that can be purchased on DVD.   Josh has also personally interviewed top talent in the video game industry through the years and was a key part of the Video Game Hall of Fame in Ottumwa, IA in 2010.  Some of Josh’s Video Game Records include Bubble Bobble Plus on the Wii and Super Mario Bros. 3 for the NES.


Did I ever think when I was younger that I would be on a video game trading card? 

Hmm, yes I probably did.  My dream as a kid was to become an absolute video game master.  I wanted to test my skills against all comers, I wanted to work in the video game field as a game tester, write up reports on the latest and greatest new games, and be the ultimate video game champion.  At a young age I thought up ways to have potential tournaments, championships, and competitions to find out who the true "King of Nintendo" was (that is what I would have called it as a child).  The only problem is, that if one were to go back in time and tell eleven year old Josh that one day he would be on a video game trading card; but that he would be remembered much more for covering events, podcasting, and his journalistic contributions to the subculture rather than his own world records or prowess as a master of all video games. That may just be one heartbroken little dork.

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Trading Card Spotlight Andrew Seklir

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Andrew Seklir, who is displayed on card number 2421, from the Superstars of 2016.   His documentary film trading card is featured on card number 2495.  Andrew is one half of the team that directed, produced and edited the documentary “Man vs. Snake”.  A story of the arcade game Nibbler and the fight to set the world record.   This successful documentary was featured in many film festivals over the past couple years and can also be seen on Netflix.  Andrew has worked for many studios such as ScyFy, HBO and Xbox Studios.   Andrew has also been a part of the Battlestar Galactica franchise as a producer and editor of the show. 

What games today do you play and what are your favorite genres of games?

I still play classic arcade games and older console games via emulation on my home-built arcade cabinet (“Robotron", “Defender” etc.), but I also play games on my PS4, some recent ones include smaller games like “Firewatch" and “Inside”, as well as some of the mega releases such as “Titanfall" and “Star Wars Rebellion”.

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Trading Card Spotlight "REWIND" David Perry

This week we look back at the very first Trading Card Spotlight.   It was David Perry of Shiny Entertainment.   This article was published on November 24th, 2015.   This was the beginning of a new trading card spotlight each week.  Thanks to everyone over the past year and half for taking part of this project and look out for more spotlights coming soon.  

Our first Trading Card Spotlight features card number 200, from the Superstars of 2011 Collection.  His name is David Perry.  David is a Northern Irish video game developer who brought to us dozens of video games such as Earthworm Jim, Wild 9 and Enter the Matrix.  David also founded Shiny Entertainment, which created games for companies like Warner Bros and Orion Pictures.  David Currently works for Sony PlayStation working on next generation technologies.

Currently, what arcade games and/or pinball machines do you own? 

I own Lunar Lander (one of the first arcade games I played), Computer Space (the first arcade game and I have the rare multiplayer version), Star Wars (cockpit, a special version with Empire Strikes back included), for pinball I have Funhouse, Getaway, Roadshow, Terminator 2 and Star Wars.

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Trading Card Spotlight Brian Colin

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Brian Colin who is displayed on card number 2363, from the Superstars of 2015 Collection.  His Brian Colin Collection Cards are featured on 2603, 2609, 2612, 2615, 2617, 2634, 2636 and 2637.  Brian has worked on over 60 games in the gaming industry, which his most popular titles being Rampage, Arch Rivals and Xenophobe.   Brian has been in the industry from the early 1980s and still is working hard today.   He started his career with Bally/Midway and is currently the CEO of the company Game Refuge, Inc.  Brian loves meeting with gamers all over and is kind enough to make appearances and sign autographs for fans as well as talk history about his games.   You can see Brian this July at the Video Game Summit in Villa Park, IL.   

What does it take to be a Video Game creator, and what advice would you give a person today who would like to get into the industry?  

REALLY Complex question; simple answer: Watch the documentary "SO, YOU WANNA BE A VIDEO GAME DESIGNER…? It has interviews with a number of classic game designers (Me, George Gomez, Ed Boon, Eugene Jarvis, Jeff Nauman and many, many more. (Walter has a copy that he's shown at several Events (You can find it on YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/user/GameRefuge or purchase the DVD on the Game Refuge Store. https://squareup.com/market/game-refuge-inc

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Trading Card Spotlight Eugene Jarvis

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Eugene Jarvis, who is displayed on card number 144 from the Superstars of 2011 Collection.   Eugene is also featured on cards 654, 654A, 714 and 1681. Eugene, who started his career in the pinball world has created some of the most memorable games in history.  After leaving Atari early in his career, he joined forces with Williams and began creating such games as Defender, Robotron:2084 and Stargate.   Eugene still works today creating arcade games for family entertainment centers like Dave & Busters and Chuck E. Cheese.   Eugene is president of Raw Thrills (http://rawthrills.com/), a company based in Illinois, designing games for the future and keeping arcade games alive today.

What is your favorite game you have worked on in your career?

At the end of the day it’s a lot more fun playing than developing them.  But the pain and struggle to create a great title sometimes pays off.  My favorite creation is ROBOTRON: 2084.  The intensity of the player experience and sheer body count is unprecedented.   The randomness is beautiful and every game is different.  The sound sublime.  You ride the hero – shithead roller coaster as you move from agony to ecstasy, fighting for human survival in the cyber age.  The challenge is never ending - You can play it forever!  And I love the story – but I hope I’m wrong.  (It’s not looking good for the home team right now…)

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