Trading Card Spotlight Dan Wolfe

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Dan Wolfe, who is displayed on card number 738, from the Superstars of 2014.  Dan is currently second on the NES game Bubble Bobble with a score of 1,747,020.   Dan is a super fan of the classic console systems such as Nintendo and Sega.  Dan, who is currently a Chicagoland Radio producer still enjoys being a part of the gaming community and discussing the latest games and trends.    

Who is your favorite video game character and what makes that character special?

I'd probably go with Mario just because he's been with us for so long and over so many different platforms. The games are always fun and bright... And the original NES game is the ultimate retro game that EVERYONE played. 

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Trading Card Spotlight Keith Swanson

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Keith Swanson, who is displayed on card number 60, from the Superstars of 2011. Keith is also featured on cards 972 and 1825.  Keith is the world record holder of the arcade game Gorf (3 ships).  His score of 1,129,660 was set in 2011.   Keith also is currently in second place for the Gorf (6 Ships).   Also, known as the “Arcade Doctor”, Keith owns his own arcade and pinball repair business in the Orlando, FL area.  He enjoys keeping the games of yesterday and today running for gamers all over to enjoy.   Keith’s next big project is to open up a video game bar in Florida. 

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

If I designed a game it would be named after my business "Arcade Doctor".  The game would be made similar to Donkey Kong instead of a plumber as Mario, it would be an arcade technician as a character and have similar but different levels such as in Donkey Kong.  Maybe I will do that sometime in the future.

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Trading Card Spotlight Mike Lukianoff

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Mike Lukianoff, who is displayed on card number 2591, from the Superstars of 2016. Mike is the winner for 3 years (2011,2013,2014) at ScrewAttack’s Ironman of Gaming tournament.  In 2015, at the Southern Fried Gaming Expo, Mike won the "Beat Billy Mitchell" tournament in Pac-Man Battle Royale. Also, in 2015 and 2016 Mike won the Donkey Kong 2 and Ms. Pac-Man Turbo blindfolded tournaments at ReplaxFX, yes, he entered and won both arcade games where players were blindfolded.  Originally from Michigan, Mike grew up playing Atari and the NES.   His love for gaming grows as he is now trying his hands-on Pinball.   He has a twitch channel which can be seen at www.twitch.tv/mcsirtuna.

When did you first meet Walter day and where was it at?

I first met Walter in person at Magfest when he was there for the Nibbler World Record attempt.  I'd been going to Magfest since 2005, so having him there was an opportunity I couldn't miss.  I found a time when he was free and approached him to have a small chat.  It was awesome and he was everything I'd have imagined.  Like many, I knew him from the multiple documentaries he has been in.  Due to my appreciation for games of all kinds, I really have a deep appreciation for what he has done for gaming as a whole.  It was an honor for me to get to chat with him for even a brief time.

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Trading Card Spotlight Empr3ss Nile

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Sashaun “Empr3ss Nile” Bailey, who is displayed on card number 2417, from the Superstars of 2016.   Originally competing at Cyberbox tournaments as a competitor for Empire Arcadia in 2015, Empr3ss always knew she was a gaming competitor.  When Cyberbox closed, she looked for a new way to contribute to eSports as a competitor. Nile was one of the top eSports competitors for Just Dance in the country.  She has won the National competition at Cyberbox for Just Dance in Jamaica.   She also is a part of the Tetris Team trying to win a title for the Empire.   Other games Enpr3ss like to compete in are League of Legends and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft.

Who is your favorite video game character and what makes that character special?

It would have to be a tie between PAC-MAN and Lara Croft. I like PAC-MAN because he's simple and you can power him up easy with the energizer. I like when the ghost think they're about to kill you and you get the power up and they start running. I use to laugh all the time as a kid when I saw that, I still do sometimes. I like Lara Croft because she's a bad-ass and to some degree she's independent. She doesn't work for anybody. She has guns can kill bears, wolves, people. She's a super version of Indiana Jones.

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Trading Card Spotlight Leonard Herman

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Leonard Herman, who is displayed on card number 180, from the Superstars of 2011 and who is also featured on cards 514 and 1951. Leonard is the author of the book “Phoenix: The Fall and Rise of Videogames”. The 4th edition (retitled Phoenix IV: The History of the Videogame Industry) just published at the end of 2016 and is one of the most comprehensive video game history books available today. With nearly 830 pages of information, this book is a must for gamers everywhere. Leonard has also written articles for video game outlets such as Electronic Gaming Monthly, Supercade and GameSpot. He has also founded Rolenta Press, which has published video game books by such as authors as the late Ralph Baer, the father of the home video game console. In 2003, Leonard was awarded the Classic Gaming Expo Achievement award and has been an advisor for the National Videogame Museum in Frisco, Texas.

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

No. Videogames were always deemed as violent ever since Death Race appeared in 1976. I wouldn't be surprised if some people claimed Pong was violent because you had to 'hit' a ball. However, the violence is no worse than it is in movies. However, what makes videogames standout is that they are interactive. If anything, (but remember, I'm not a psychiatrist), people take their frustrations out on videogame enemies. I think the numbers are very, very low of people who made a transition from videogame violence to real life violence.

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