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.
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.