Trading Card Spotlight - Zach Kaczor

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Zach Kaczor, who is displayed on card number 99, from the Superstars of 2011 Collection.   Zach is one of the youngest gamers to appear on a Video Game Trading Card.  When the card was produced, Zach was 11 years old.   He took over the world record on the arcade game Ice Cold Beer which was first achieved in 1984.   His score was 350,000 which still holds today as the current world record on Twin Galaxies scoreboard. Zach also loves the current games of today like Call of Duty and other games for the XBOX.  He holds the world record on Gunstringer for the XBOX 360.    Zach is proud to be a part of the gaming community and hopes ones day to set more records and be a top gamer for his generation.  

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

I used to be, I was one of the original Minecraft servers that existed right when the game was being released to the public. That ran up until about 2014-15 when I quit and had other people run it for me. I would like to believe I had an important role in the way servers were ran and continue to run. I often interacted with many other server owners of larger communities and would often find ways to manage and handle large amounts of people. It was a fun learning experience.

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Trading Card Spotlight - Michael Sroka

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Michael Sroka who is displayed on card number 25, from the Superstars of 2011 Collection.   Michael is also featured on card 1311.  Michael is one of the driving forces behind the old online podcast known as the “Twin Galaxies Show” which would discuss high scores and other Twin Galaxies information.  The show has now been recreated as “Settle it on the Screen” and can be seen on the twin galaxies website and YouTube.  Michael is an avid gamer as well with many high scores in the database on such games as Worm Whopper and Q’Bert for the Intellivision and of course his all-time favorite game Sonic the Hedgehog for the Sega Genesis.   Michael is currently looking to break the Gorgar Pinball record and is currently in 5th place with a score of 435,420.

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

I don’t see any difference between today’s generation of video games and classic video games. They are still a median of entertainment and since technology has gotten better, the in depth of entertainment has gotten better. I like to compare it to movies.  We used to have short movies without sound, black and white.  They were maybe 5 or 10 minutes, everything was just one take.  As time progressed, we added color, we added sound, we could edit the film, now days we are able to add special effect. I look at the entertainment of video games the same way.  It’s exactly the same, some people like older movies, some people like older video games.

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Trading Card Spotlight - Walter Day

It has been a little over a year since I have written my first Trading Card Spotlight.  I have featured a trading card once a week for over a year now.  With 55 trading card spotlights completed, it was only fitting to feature the man himself, Walter Day as the 1 year anniversary of the Trading Card Spotlight.   Walter was kind enough to answer some questions for the article, some which were provided by the gamers themselves.  I hope you enjoy it.

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Walter Day who is displayed on card number 95, from the Superstars of 2011 Collection.   Walter is also featured on cards 108, 523, 539, 591, 775, 1000, 1021, 1859, 2133, 2149, 2261, 2292, 2321, 2390 and 2462.   Walter’s visions include starting up the famous known brand of Twin Galaxies back in 1982.  He opened his arcade in Ottumwa, Iowa to current and future Hall of Famers when they were just kids.   He had his arcade and town declared the Video Game Capital of the world.  His gamers were featured in the Time Life Magazine issue taken in Iowa that gamers come to know as the birth place of the classic gamers.  Over the years, Walter has traveled all over to referee, issue awards and just give his insight to the gaming communities across the country.  His vision of Video Game trading cards and the idea of featuring and documenting gaming history came to realization in 2011 when his first batch of cards were printed and distributed.   Almost 6 years later there has been over 1650 cards printed and counting.    Walter can be seen at many events and conferences spreading his vision and trading cards, posters, and awards.   He is also focusing on his music career and writing of science fiction novels in his spare time.

What is your vision of the future of the Walter Day Trading Cards?

I see the card set as an invaluable resource for future historians to study the video game culture of the 20th & 21st Centuries. The card set tries to identify people and historic events that were important but which might be overlooked by the history books. There are so many stories to tell that I can see the card set encompassing more than 5,000 cards. This applies to the Fairfield and Science Fiction sets, too.

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Trading Card Spotlight - Chris Cavanaugh

Happy Thanksgiving!

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Chris Cavanaugh who is displayed on card number 512, from the Superstars of 2013 Collection.  Chris is also featured on card number 588.  Chris is the Co-founder of Classic Gamer Magazine which was founded in 1999.  Chris was also the editor-in-chief of Video Game Collector Magazine and currently is the editor of TiVo Games (formerly Rovi Games, formerly All Game Guide).  Other contributions to the gaming community include writing articles for GameSpy and Tips & Tricks magazine.  

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

I believe it was CGExpo 2000 or 2001 in Vegas. I had him sign my issue of “Blip” he was featured in. He was happy to do it and I recall being bowled over by how friendly and approachable he was. Funny thing about Walter, I think you could ask him this question and he would probably remember the exact moment, time, place, etc... Not because I’m so memorable, but because he has an amazing memory, which makes him all the more fascinating.

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Trading Card Spotlight - Bill McEvoy

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!

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