Trading Card Spotlight - Jacob Spring

Happy Halloween Weekend!   

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Jacob Spring, who is displayed on card number 2490, from the Superstars of 2016 Collection.  Jacob is the current world record holder on Metal Slug SuperVehicle-001 with a score of 2,761,200.   Jacob is a huge fan of arcade style games that play on home consoles.  For example, he holds records on the Twin Galaxies database on such games as Super Punch-Out and Super Ghouls and Ghosts for the Super Nintendo System.   Jacob is a member of the national and international gaming communities.   You can find Jacob on many of the forums at www.twingalaxies.com.  

Which company makes the best games and why?

Capcom. They’ve been making games for a long time and still makes some great games. They made great arcade games in some of my favorite genres with Marvel vs Capcom 2, Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow over Mystara, Ghouls’n Ghosts and Black Tiger just to name a few but in recent years they’ve made excellent games like Resident Evil 5, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 and the whole Dead Rising series. I’m a BIG fan of the Dead Rising series.

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Trading Card Spotlight - Marc Cohen

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Marc Cohen, who is displayed on card number 96, from the Superstars of 2011 Collection.  Marc is a complete gamer.  He holds over 1,000 records on many different platforms from Atari to PS4, which can be found on the Twin Galaxies database.  His scores can be found in the Guinness Book of World Records – Gaming edition.  He can be found in many forums on the Twin Galaxies website as well as adjudicating other gamer high scores to get authorized to the high score database. 

Do you believe some Video Games are too violent and lead to violence in America today?

Some are; but that is what rating systems are for. (Just like films) With graphics so realistic these days, being a responsible gamer is more important than ever. Parents need to monitor their children and teach them this while they are young.

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Trading Card Spotlight - Steve Wiebe

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Steve Wiebe, who is displayed on card number 7, from the Superstars of 2011 Collection.  Steve is also featured on cards 469, 472, 491, 547, 559, 565, 578592 and 2239.  As one of the stars of the popular documentary “King of Kong”, Steve is one of the greatest Donkey Kong players in the world.  At one time he held the world record on the arcade game during the classic battles with Billy Mitchell.   Since then many have taken the spot and currently Steve is 11th with a verified score of 1,064,500.  Steve has appeared on multiple shows on the G4 TV channel and has also been seen in movies such as “Four Christmases” and “Horrible Bosses”.   Since 2006 Steve has made appearances to try and beat the Donkey Kong score at such events as the Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show, Denver Comic-Con and 1Up Arcade/Bar in Colorado.   Steve has also entered multiple Kong Off tournaments each year held by Ritchie Knucklez.  Steve was inducted into the International Video Game Hall of Fame in Ottumwa, Iowa in 2010.   He also has the 4th highest score on Donkey Kong Jr. with 1,190,400.  

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

I remember playing Space Invaders at a local burger joint called Charlie’s.  Most of the games were found in pizza parlors and 7-11 food chains in the beginning.  The owner of Charlie’s would give a free milkshake to anyone that scored over a certain number of points on Space Invaders.  I never excelled at Space Invaders back in the day, so I’d give a quarter to one of my friends that was really good and hope he could win me a shake.

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Trading Card Spotlight - Jeff Waldron

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Jeff Waldron, who is displayed on card number 2499, from the Superstars of 2016 Collection.  Jeff is a long time collector and restorer of classic arcade games.   Some of Jeff’s collection includes Donkey Kong, Pac-Man and Tron.  Jeff believes that all arcade games should be restored and brought back to today’s generation of gamers.  Jeff is also a member of the group H.A.C.K.S. (Hoosier Arcade Coin-Op Kollectors Society) which brings together local Indiana collectors for a fun conference and trade show.   You can visit Jeff and his personal website www.jeffsgames.com.

Are arcades aimed mainly at children, adolescents or adults?

Modern arcades mainly aim for children.  I think with redemption gaming it really is a kids’ casino, playing on the same impulses that a real casino plays on for an adult.  I like the trend of classic “barcades” that have been doing well, and hope that continues to develop into a sustainable market.

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Science Fiction Trading Card Spotlight - Robert Sawyer

Our next Science Fiction Trading Card Spotlight features Robert J. Sawyer, who is displayed on card number 51 from the Science Fiction Collection.  Rob has won the Hugo, Nebula, John W. Campbell Memorial Awards, and Aurora Awards for best novel of the year, and, according to the Locus Index to Science Fiction Awards, has won more awards as an SF/F novelist than anyone else in history. The ABC TV series FlashForward was based on his novel of the same name. In 2014, he was one of the initial nine inductees into the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame, and in 2016 he was made a member of the Order of Canada, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the Canadian government. His 23rd novel, Quantum Night, is just out from Ace.

Who is your favorite celebrity and what makes that person special?

Chase Masterson, who played Leeta the Dabo Girl on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. She’s parlayed her celebrity into being an international leader in the fight against bullying online and off, and she’s done amazing work with young people transitioning out of gang life in Los Angeles.  She’s my hero.

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