Trading Card Spotlight - Jeffrey Wittenhagen

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Jeffrey Wittenhagen, who is displayed on card number 781, from the Superstars of 2014 Collection.  Jeffrey can also be seen on card numbers 1285 and 2288.  Jeffrey is a published author of many gaming books such as Hidden Treasures: Rare & Unappreciated Gems and a NES collector’s guide called “The Complete NES”.  He is currently working on a project to deliver the Super Nintendo Collector’s guide as well as publishing his own NES game called "Jeffrey Wittenhagen's Black Box Challenge". It is a Homebrew NES RPG, developed by Sly Dog Studios, where you collect video games, namely the first release black box NES games.

What is your favorite portable gaming device and why?

I like the Game Boy Advance SP the most. It is essentially a portable SNES, with both 16-bit ports as well as new stylized games, which is one of my favorite eras of gaming. It was also one of the first backlit systems that also were rechargeable. With all the previous systems, the battery drain was insane and the main reason why they aren’t my favorite.

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Trading Card Spotlight - Nolan Bushnell

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Nolan Bushnell, who is displayed on card number 165, from the Superstars of 2011 Collection.  Nolan can also be seen on card number 821 and 1333.  Nolan is the founder of Atari and Check E’ Cheese as well as over 20 other companies in his career.  Nolan is a pioneer in the industry and has been influential to millions of people across the globe.   He was named one of Newsweek’s “50 Men Who Changed America”.   To this day Nolan is still working on new designs for the industry.  On August 9th, 2010 Nolan Bushnell was inducted into the International Video Game Hall of Fame in Ottumwa, IA.  You can see Nolan in dozens, if not more, documentaries about gaming or video game related material.   Some of those include Atari: Game Over and Video Games - The Movie.


Do you remember when you created your first video game or arcade and what do you remember about the experience?

My first electronic game development was modifying electromechanical games so they could operate in an amusement park setting where players could win tickets.  The other game I designed strictly in software on a large mainframe that had a video display was the game of Fox and Geese.  It was sometime in the winter of 1967 at the University of Utah.

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Trading Card Spotlight - Bobby Wilson

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Bobby (Q43) Wilson, who conveniently displayed on card number 43, from the Superstars of 2011 Collection.  Bobby is also on other “43” trading cards such as 1043, 1143, 1243, 1343, 1943.   Bobby can also be seen on card number 1610.   Bobby has held many world records on the Sega Genesis as well as MAME related games.  Bobby’s biggest video game accomplishment is his perfect game on Rock ‘N Roll Racing, a rare Super Nintendo cartridge where Bobby won all 144 races and scored 57,600 points.    

Are video games aimed mainly at children, adolescents or adults?

I’m sure the programmers/ creators want everyone from 3 - 143 playing their games. Never a good idea to limit your customer base. I do however see games created specifically for a target audience. I find the best games appeal to all age groups.

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Trading Card Spotlight - Paul Dean

Happy Easter !

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Paul Dean, who currently is displayed on card number 49, from the Superstars of 2011 Collection.  Paul is also featured on card number 2108, from the Superstars of 2015 collection.   Paul has had many Video game accomplishments in his career such as a 41 hour marathon of the game “Frenzy” in 2005.   In 1985, Paul broke the world record on the Arcade game “Spy Hunter” which still stands today.  Paul’s score of 9,512,590 is still the only million points or higher game recorded for Spy Hunter.  You can see Paul each year at the California Extreme Expo, which he runs various competitions open to the public. 

Are you still involved with gaming today, and what role do you play?

Yes, I still compete from time to time as well as run high score contests at California Extreme and at the Arcade Expo. I have been running high score events since 2006 and it has been a lot of fun getting the players back together each year to compete.  I have done video game panel discussions and events at the Ottumwa Iowa Big Bang, California Extreme, Banning Arcade Expo, San Diego ComicCon, Portland ComicCon, E for All, E3, The Kong OFF 2 & 3 and the Seattle Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show.  I also have a web site named spyhunter007.com which covers a lot of the competitive history of video gamer's and I post to the CAGdc classic gaming forums run by Mark Alpiger. I also follow the new Twin Galaxies site run by Jace Hall and I am a member.

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Trading Card Spotlight - Mathieu Hunter

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Mathieu Hunter, who currently is displayed on card number 634, from the Superstars of 2014 Collection.  Mathieu is currently working as a game tester in Canada, which he has been for the last 5 years and is aspiring to get into game design.  Mathieu held a previous world record on the original Super Mario Bros (Super Mario All-Stars version).  He loves to do speed running record attempts and he also showcases this ability in video gaming events all through Canada.  Mathieu also has a hobby in skateboarding. 

Do you remember your first video game you played and what do you remember about it?

Super Mario Bros/Duck Hunt when I was three. Me and my brother were at some daycare at a fancy restaurant and we played there while my parents had diner. I don't remember much about this first experience aside that I loved playing these games.

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