Trading Card Spotlight Robyn Swanson

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Robyn Swanson, who is displayed on card number 119 from the Superstars of 2011 Collection.   Robyn is also displayed on card number 920.   Robyn is one of the most competitive women gamers today.   Robyn is currently a Professional Gamer and Content Creator eSports team Empire Arcadia.  In 2011 Robyn became a member of the Supercon 2k Series and helps host video game events and tournaments.   Robyn has many records on the Twin Galaxies website for games such as Just Dance and Dance Central.

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

The very first video game that I remember playing was Mario Bro/Duck Hunt on the original NES, staying up late during the summertime with my mom going from castle to castle, discovering secrets, and mimicking her movements on the player two controller as she played the game. I was 4 or 5yrs old at the time when my mother Tracey Brown taught me how to play. 

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Trading Card Spotlight Cary J. Hahn

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Cary J. Hahn, who is displayed on card number 185 from the Superstars of 2011 Collection.  After working at KTVO Ottumwa, Cary became "The Iowa Traveler" feature reporter for Cedar Rapids, Iowa CBS affiliate KGAN-TV, Channel Two for 25 years from 1983 to 2008.  Cary was a part of the original Twin Galaxies Scoreboard Competitions in 1982, offering his news coverage of the event.  Cary has won awards from the Associated Press, United Press, Iowa Broadcast News Association, Northwest Broadcast News Association, the 2004 Stanley Foundation Global Connections Award, the Iowa Film Award for feature reporting and the Iowa Motion Picture Award for general reporting, and a National Archives Certificate of Appreciation from the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum.

Do you remember your first video game?

I played pong...that's how old I am (69).  Back in the mid 70's... they had Pong games in consoles...at different places.  You'd put in a quarter and play.  A few years ago, I found an original Pong home game in its original box at a garage sale and bought it.  I progressed to Frogger and that's about it.

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Trading Card Spotlight Aaron Laberge

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Aaron Laberge, who is displayed on card number 2642 from the Superstars of 2017 Collection.   Aaron’s trading card will be presented and featured the weekend of March 18th, 2017 in Banning, CA.   Living in Canada, Aaron has been a gamer since the Atari 2600 days.  He plays on all platforms as well as PC and arcades.  Aaron holds a few records on the Twin Galaxies scoreboard such as Death Race on the Arcade and Crossy Road on the Android tablet.   

What is your favorite singe player game and favorite multiplayer game?

My favorite game in either genre is pretty much impossible to pick. The single player game I play most often is probably Heroes of Might & Magic 3 or Mount & Blade: Warband, both of which have an absurd amount of depth and replay ability, despite being quite a few years old now. For multiplayer, it’s equally impossible, I love the Quake series and always have, same with Unreal Tournament and Battlefield, but newer games like Overwatch are also fantastic and that doesn’t even account for MMOs like Diablo etc. It’s honestly impossible to choose for me, I love tons of multiplayer games and it largely depends on what everyone decides we want to play for the time given.

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Trading Card Spotlight Scott Sheridan

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Scott Sheridan, who is displayed on card number 2259 from the Superstars of 2015 Collection.   Scott is also featured on card number 2605.  Scott’s love for pinball started in college.   He gradually ended up collecting pinball games and repairing them, then selling them which eventually became his career.   Scott has been buying and selling games for over 40 years.  “Dr. Scott’s” Pinball store (www.pinballstore.com), started in 1995, is the place to go for pinball sales and repair.   Scott’s love for pinball has spanned over many generations and he has seen the industry rise, fall and rise again.   Scott’s pinball store is located in Maumee, Ohio.  

Do you learn anything from playing pinball?

Patience and a sense of humor. Why is it that the first drop target you hit was the last target you needed on your previous ball? I believe it's my Higher Power having fun with me. Since I'm more of a tech than a player, the question can be applied to under the playfield or behind the backglass. Trying to troubleshoot a problem, sometimes it can be easy, hard or quite troublesome. The satisfaction I experience when I finally figured it out is wonderful! The really tough ones, I believe, is my Higher Power trying to teach me how to become a better tech. Then, when I discover the bug, whatever it might be, just laughing at me, I smile with gratitude as I fix it, knowing that I didn't fix it by myself.

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Trading Card Spotlight Kyle Goewert

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Kyle Goewert, who is displayed on card number 26 from the Superstars of 2011 Collection.   Kyle is also featured on cards 327A and 554.  Kyle is one of only a few that have competed in the Kong Off, an annual Donkey Kong arcade championship.   Kyle has achieved the kill screen as well as scoring over one million points on Donkey Kong with 1,012,800.   Kyle has the complete NES game collection of every game created in North America.  Living in Kansas City, MO, Kyle also fulfilled his dream by creating a website that sells classic video games and other vintage items.  You can visit his site at www.JustGoVintage.com

When did you first meet Walter Day and where was it at?

I first met Walter Day at the 2010 Big Bang event in Ottumwa, Iowa.  I was in communication with him prior to the event because I was interested in bringing some of my original NES collection for the museum room at the event (which I brought).  I met Walter there along with Steve Wiebe& Billy Mitchell prior to achieving my first Donkey Kong kill screen.  I didn't realize that would later briefly achieve 4th place on the Donkey Kong arcade high score board on Twin Galaxies.

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