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.
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.