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
. 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.
Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Andrew Breyer, who is displayed on card number 14
, from the Superstars of 2011 Collection. Andrew was the 1981 Atari 2600 Asteroids Champion, which earned him a $5,000 prize. As one of the most completive Atari 2600 console player in the 1980s, Andrew was also featured in a TV commercial at 16 years old. Andrew moved to playing music in the mid 1990’s. He has been part of a band ever since. He still tours to this day with 2 different bands; they can be found playing music in the Chicagoland area. His band “Members Only
” focuses on all 80’s music. The other band, “Scarlett Fever
”, plays danceable hits from the 1960’s to today. Do you prefer playing video games alone, against friends or online against the world and why?
Against friends; for the competition and social aspect, though alone is good for record setting purposes. Some of the games I’m good at such as Asteroids Deluxe, it is nice to have a break in between ships to refresh and take a break while your buddy goes at it. However, if you are too much better, those breaks may be short or stop altogether if they don’t earn some bonus ships