Trading Card Spotlight Greg Degeneffe

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Greg Degeneffe, who is displayed on card number 2647 from the Superstars of 2017 Collection.   When it comes to Atari 2600, Greg is among the best in the world.  He holds over 150 records on Twin Galaxies International Scoreboard.   Games such as Kaboom, Carnival and Stampede.   He looking to break records on M.A.M.E. games in the near future.   Greg once played the arcade Gauntlet for a 36-hour marathon, one of his proud achievements.   Greg was honored in 2017 with his very own trading card and became a new member of the Walter Day Collection.  

Do you remember your first video game / arcade you played and what do you remember about it?

My first experience with arcade games goes back to 1976.   There was a bowling alley within walking distance that I would frequent after school.  Mostly pinball machines tucked away in a small game room, but for me it was the start of the golden age of video games.  My favorite pinball machine was “Hocus Pocus”. Great memories.

What are your opinions about today’s generation of video games?  How do you compare them to older, classic games?

Today’s games clearly have an advantage over older game.  When it comes to graphics, music, and sound effects, the newer generation of games are better looking.  However, older games with their simplistic graphics and sounds effects have a certain appeal that makes them playable, even 30 years later… and that’s why they are classics.

Did you ever think when you were younger you would be on a Video Game Trading card?

No.  I associate trading cards with professional sports players.  It’s always a privilege to be recognized.

Have you ever received any media coverage for your appearance on the Trading Card?  If so, where?

Yes, in Banning, California at the Arcade Expo.

If you could describe Walter Day in one word, what would that word be and why?

Humble.  He has accomplished so much for video game players since the early 80’s making sure we are all recognized for our accomplishments.  When I hear him speak, it’s always about the gamer and never about what he has done.  Walter, you are greatly appreciated.

Are you still involved with gaming today, and what role do you play?

I’m still an active player with Twin Galaxies and have been for 2 years.  My focus is on the games I grew up with… still love those Atari games.

What is your favorite portable gaming device and why?

If you consider the iPhone a portable gaming device, then that’s my favorite.  I use it to keep my chess skills in check.

Do you prefer PC or Console gaming and why?

I prefer console gaming over the PC.  Even though I can play classic games (Atari) on a PC, there’s something about the console that gives a better experience.

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

I prefer any game that requires strategy and analytical thinking, more difficult the better.  I love the challenge to push a game beyond what others thought was impossible.  I also prefer other genres like sports games (racing) and board games (chess).

Are video games aimed mainly at children, adolescents, or adults?

I think adolescents (teenagers) represent the biggest target group for video game companies today. Adults are a close second.

Which company makes the best games and why?

Activision made the best games from my era (Atari).  Other third party companies couldn’t match their game play and graphic.

Where do you see Video gaming in the next 20 years?

Smartphones & mobile devices will represent more than 50% of video game sales in the next 20 years.  Consoles and PC games will represent less than 40%.
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