Trading Card Spotlight - Tim Balderramos

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Tim Balderramos, who is displayed on card number 71, from the Superstars of 2011.   Tim is one of the greatest Pac-Man players you will ever see play.   He is one of 7 people who have reached the Perfect Pac-Man score of 3,333,360.   Tim was recently inducted into the International Video Game Hall of Fame in Ottumwa, Iowa.   He has written a book about his Pac-Man career called “The Perfect Game: Confessions of a Pac-Man Junkie".  Tim came out of retirement to compete in the Xbox 360 Pac-Man World Championship in 2007 – qualifying for a trip to the grand finals in New York City and taking 5th Place overall .  Tim also took part in the Pac-Man Twin Galaxies Kill Screen Challenge in North Hollywood, California in 2015Tim also holds other records with such games as Commando and Congo Bongo.   

How does video game music influence games past and present?

Music in a game can be compared to music in a movie.  During critical times you are immersed in a particular score that makes you feel a certain way.  This was as true with Pac-Man as it is with Call of Duty.  The best music you may not particularly remember, but you do remember how it made you feel.

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Trading Card Spotlight - Michelle Ireland

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Michelle Ireland, who is displayed on card number 446, from the Superstars of 2013.  Michelle is also on Cards 1261, 1646 and 2287.  The second half of the Team Mayh3m duo, Michelle is a true gamer in every sense of the word.  Michelle co-founded the Mayh3m Militia which is a group of gamers who actively stream games to raise money for various worthy causes.  Michelle is also a contributor to the Walter Day website as a writer.  Michelle took over the reins as the ICON Event Coordinator in 2015 in Fairfield, Iowa.  Her dedication made that event fun for all ages and memorable for gamers who attended. She continues to volunteer her time as  Event Coordinator for this year’s ICON 2016 event in Ottumwa, Iowa which looks to be bigger and better than ever before.  https://sway.com/Q6ObrxNESfFbEadB.  

Have you ever received any media coverage for your appearance on the Trading Card?  If so, where?

I have been interviewed by Twin Galaxies International, and ExtendedPlayArcade.com. I make a brief appearance in the documentary Nintendo Quest, and was featured alongside a few of my friends in the Nintendo Quest:Power Tour Episode 6. My work with WalterDay.com and our annual ICON event in Iowa has also afforded me the pleasure of speaking to the local papers there as well.

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Trading Card Spotlight - Matt Miller

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Matt Miller, who is displayed on card number 44, from the Superstars of 2011.   Matt is also on Cards 1252 and 1646.  Matt is an old school as well as modern gamer.   He holds 56 Twin Galaxies world records and is the proudest of the record he holds on Night Stalker for the Intellivision.   Matt and his fiancée, Michelle, are part of Team Mayh3m (cards 609, 1229) which also holds various records as a team.   Matt also co-founded the Mayh3m Militia which is a group of gamers who actively play games to raise money for various worthy causesMatt also extends his assistance in organizing and planning various Walter Day events such as ICON in Ottumwa, Iowa.  https://sway.com/LEcMTjczrSdUM1KK

If you can design your own game, what would it be about and who would be the main character?

The game would be called “Path of the ICON,” and it would feature a user creatable/definable character to allow the player to make him or herself the primary protagonist.  The primary objective of the game would be to navigate your created character from one of a number of select points across the world to Ottumwa, Iowa in time to meet the legendary Walter Day and attend his annual ICON event! Along the way, your character would overcome obstacles and meet numerous individuals who could either help or hinder the progress of your quest, but your greatest adversary of all would be the ticking clock!

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Trading Card Spotlight - Todd Rogers

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Todd Rogers, who is displayed on card number 100, from the Superstars of 2011.  Also Todd can be found on card numbers 356, 397, 521, 551, 660, 1763, 1869, 2049, 2135 and 2516.  The Video Games first “Pro Gamer”, Todd has represented over 40 major software companies in his career.    Todd was inducted into the International Video Game Hall of Fame in 2010.    You can see Todd in various documentaries such as Chasing Ghosts, The King of Arcades and The King of Kong.  Todd holds over 300 world records on such games as Gorf, Dragster and Journey Escape. 

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

The first memory that I have of a video game would have to be Pong (1972), and one of the first arcade game that I played would be Datsun 280 Zzzap (1976) what I remember about Pong was the idea of a game being played on your home TV and what an amazing experience that was as far as Datsun 280 Zzzap was the whole competitive side of that game as there were lines of people waiting to play to see who was the best.

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Science Fiction Trading Card Spotlight - David Brin

Our next Science Fiction Trading Card Spotlight features David Brin, who is displayed on card number 42, from the Science Fiction Collection.   David is a bestselling author as well as an inventor and scientist.  He was won multiple Hugo and Nebula awards. One of his books, “The Postman” became a film starring and directed by Kevin Costner.  Other Brin books dive into such topics as World War II, Human Cloning, and altered dolphins flying spaceships.  David appears often on shows like Life After People and Through the Wormhole.  He offers his knowledge and guidance as well in workshops and advice columns.  You can get more information about David and his work on his website. http://www.davidbrin.com
 
What authors do you admire today?

Nonfiction authors like Stephen Pinker and Rebecca Solnit show us that humanity may be a bit better and more hopeful than the cynics would have us believe.  Novelists like Vernor Vinge, Nancy Kress; suggest that the future may be simultaneously weird, yet offering windows to human understanding.

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