Trading Card Spotlight - Doug Newville

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?”

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Fairfield Trading Card Spotlight - Emo Baer

Our next Fairfield Trading Card Spotlight Features Emo Baer, who is displayed on card number 35, from the Fairfield Collection.  These cards commemorate Fairfield, Iowa's unique distinction as the "Renaissance Capital of the World." Emo is truly an unbelievable person and war hero.  Emo joined the British Army and fought in WWII.   He saw action in Egypt, Libya and Italy.  After the war Emo became a well-known farmer who received a prestige award as “the first exporter of roses from Western Galilee”.   Emo became a member of the TM (transcendental meditation) community in 1973.  Emo came to Fairfield, Iowa in 1984 working at the Maharishi University of Management Library.  He attended the school and got 3 bachelor degrees in literature.  He became a writer of his own autobiography “The Transcendental Rose” and wrote many other items such as novels and poetry.  

Where did you grow up?

I grow up in Germany. When I was 15 years old, I moved to Israel.

Growing up, what did you see yourself doing as an adult?

 I was a soldier in WWII, but wanting to become a farmer.

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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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