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.
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
, 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.