Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Bill McEvoy who is displayed on card number 2116, from the Superstars of 2015 Collection. Bill is the main editor of an online magazine called “Arcade Culture”. Bill and his wife Stephanie reside in Ontario Canada and together have produced over 60 issues. Their unique spin on the magazine focus more on the cover of the magazine than the article and pictures. They explain it as a parody of magazines. For the past 6 years Bill has also been travelling across the U.S. attending tournaments and events to photograph the players and the machines. His work has been published in magazines as well as Guinness. You can view his work at http://arcade.photography. Bill can be found regularly on twin galaxies websites in forums and tournaments held.
What are your opinions about today’s generation of arcade games? How do you compare them to older, classic games?
Today’s arcade games are a mixed bag. I played the big money suckers like Jurassic Park. They are fun, but you end up spending 8 bucks to finish it. Not compelling. I also played a supremely cool game at the Kong Off 5 called VEC9. It was a vector game meant to look like an old Soviet game. The controls were real military controls (I believe they came from a tank), the music was very loud and epic. If you have never played on a new vector monitor, you have no idea how bright they can be. This game was incredible. Talk about a time warp!
Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Doug Newville, who’s Groovey TV is displayed on card number 710, from the Superstars of 2014 Collection. Groovey.TV is an internet community created by Doug Newville of Denver, Colorado. Groovey.TV is a one-stop shop for all things entertaining in pop culture today. TV shows, music, celebrities, and of course video games. In the first 8 years of the company, Doug has done around 800 video and in person interviewers and a thousand more over the phone. Such celebrities as Metallica, Linda Blair and of course Walter Day. Doug has a world record on completing 70 interviews in 24 hours which has been verified and approved by Guinness.
What are your opinions about today’s generation of video games? How do you compare them to older, classic games?
We live in an infinite variety of options now, where in Ye Olden Days we had what we had. There’s cutting edge but also old school style games constantly being produced for computers and consoles on Steam and other distribution platforms. As far as actual new stand-up arcade games being produced, I have no bloody clue because when I walk into an arcade all I ask is, “Where’s your Robotron?”