Trading Card Spotlight - Estel Goffinet

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Estel Goffinet, who is displayed on card number 553,  from the Superstars of 2013 Collection.  Estel is also featured on cards 1049, 1240 and 2496. Estel is one of a very small group of gamers who has a recorded and approved Donkey Kong kill screen.  Estel competed in the Kong-Off III in New Jersey.  His highest Donkey Kong scores are 999,800 (Hammers Allowed) and 640,500 (No Hammers Allowed).  You can see Estel playing his favorite streamed games on MAME and he will appear at times at Donkey Kong events to show his Donkey Kong skills.

What games today do you play and what are your favorite genres of games?

I mostly play classic arcade games like Donkey Kong, Intrepid, Moon Patrol, etc.  I will find time to squeeze in a RPG every now and then.

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Trading Card Spotlight - Jim Schelberg

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Jim Schelberg, who is displayed on card number 284, from the Superstars of 2012.  Jim is also featured on cards 739 and 1714.  Jim is the editor and publisher of “PinGame Journal”.  He has a passion to spread the news and history of pinball as well as the breaking news, records and other information about the industry. On October 17th, 2009, Jim was inducted into the Pinball Expo Hall of Fame.  You can see Jim at various pinball events around the United States.

What’s your opinion of the Console Pinball games (Xbox, PlayStation) that recreate the original machines onto the TV screen?

They are fine for what they are. But it's not pinball. It's another game. Pinball requires a physical ball governed only by physics.  This is not remotely a new thought. One commonly quoted statement from pinball pioneer Harry Williams is "The ball is wild." In any video game the ball is programmed, not wild.

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Trading Card Spotlight - Derek Sorrells

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Derek Sorrells, who is displayed on card number 832, from the Superstars of 2014 Collection.  Derek is also featured on cards 1280, 2158 and 2254.   Derek is an old school gamer who loves arcade machines.  He grew up in the prime of the arcade era and played as many arcade machines possible.  His love grew until the crash of the arcades in 1983.  He relived his childhood in 2006 and began restoring and collecting arcade machines from the mid-80s.   His collection of about 50 machines can be seen when Derek run a local tournament in his Arcade.  Derek offers his expertise to other Arcade collectors and helps them with restoring and maintaining arcade machines.  Derek is also one of the people responsible for the creation of the Walter Day Collection Web site.  Any suggestions or ideas for the website can be sent to Derek at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

What are your opinions about today’s generation of video games? 

Today’s games are all about graphics and drawing the game play out. In the 80s, arcade games were designed to take your quarter and generally let you play for a mere 90 seconds. The games of today have downloadable content and multiplayer options that allow you to play for hours.  Only the best of the best played for hours in our generation.

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Trading Card Spotlight - Charles Ziese

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Charles Ziese, who is displayed on card number 408, from the Superstars of 2013 Collection.  One of the most beloved games , Sonic the Hedgehog, has been an inspiration to him since the 1990’s.   Living with Asperger’s Syndrome, Charles has overcame many obstacles in life and uses video games to strive for excellence.   He has held world records for Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic & Knuckles for the Sega Genesis.   He also holds a record for Castlevania for the NES.  Charles is using video games to spread cheer to people and to let people know that life is precious and to be happy with yourself and the gaming community.  

Do you believe some Video Games are too violent and lead to violence in America today?

The only way a game can be a bad influence is if the person was already unstable. I should know, on a similar note, a book I read made my depression worse. It's not the game, it's the person.

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Trading Card Spotlight - Joel West

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Joel West, who is displayed on card number 11, from the Circus Card Collection of 2011.  Joel is also featured on cards 1236, 1911, 2103, 2189 and 2197.   Joel grew up in the early 1980’s when the arcade boom began.  He was one of the original members of the famous TIME Life Magazine photo shoot in Ottumwa, IA outside the original Twin Galaxies arcade.   The game he is most known for is Berzerk, where he holds a number of world records on both the Fast and Slow versions.  In 2016, Joel is looking to break the marathon record on Frenzy (the sequel to Berzerk) with 100 hours of nonstop play on single quarter.   You can see Joel in the documentary “Chasing Ghost: Beyond the Arcade” as well as in person at Walter Day events across the country. 

Do you learn anything from playing video games?

Oh so much! I learned how to spend money while standing in one spot for hours before internet shopping was invented. I learned there is no place too far to go to attend a competition. I learned all video gamers have superior hand-eye coordination and driving skills. I learned there is a cacophony of peoples from many different walks of life who love video games. While their paths may never cross in other areas of life; when they cross in an arcade, they easily make friends for life.  The most important thing I learned is my life would not have been as rich if I had never dropped that first quarter and became a part of the gaming community.

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