Trading Card Spotlight - Eric Tessler

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Eric Tessler who currently is displayed on card number 519, from the Superstars of 2013 Collection.  He is also featured on cards 533, 1493, 2061, 2080, 2226 and 2282.   Eric is the primary supporter of the Walter Day Trading Card project as well as the ICON events held each year in Fairfield, Iowa.  Eric has also supported such documentaries as the “Video Craze” and “The King of Arcades”. Eric is part of a small group of gamers who has reached the Donkey Kong Kill Screen.  He is an avid Arcade collector and restores old arcade games and offers gameplay to people in the area who want to experience the old classics.   Eric’s most recent contribution is the upcoming documentary “No Princess in the Castle”.

Growing up were you team Sega or Nintendo and why?

Team Nintendo, for sure. Most of my friends and family were Nintendo fans, and that was the first real console game system that my parents had bought us. From what I remember from where I grew up, most people preferred Nintendo over Sega.

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Trading Card Spotlight - Tim McVey

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Tim McVey who currently is displayed on card number 56, from the Superstars of 2011 Collection.  He is also featured on cards 162, 510, 6122095 and 2304.   Tim is an avid game player starting from the early 1980s in Ottumwa, Iowa.  Tim is well known as the first player to score a billion points on a little game known as “Nibbler”.  On January 28th, 1984, Ottumwa, Iowa proclaimed “Tim McVey Day” to honor this record accomplishment.  Tim still has the original arcade game in his house today.  Tim’s wife Tina also has been honored on a Video Game Trading Card, number 230, for her hard work on such events as the Video Game Hall of Fame 2010, Big Bang 2010 and multiple ICON events in Fairfield Iowa.  Tim has also been inducted into the International Video Game Hall of Fame Class of 2015.  He will be honored in Ottumwa, IA this summer at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Tim has a documentary coming out to the public in 2016 on his life and Nibbler experiences throughout his career, called “Man Vs. Snake”. 
 
Do you learn anything from playing vdeo games?

Absolutely. I think video games teach many things. Problem solving and perseverance are two of the big ones. Sometime you have to look at things differently in order to get past/beat them. And if you quit the first time you fail...you won't play video games too long. Team work is another one, and communication. It's essential to winning many online team based games. League of Legends. DOTA 2. Call of Duty. Clash of Clans, to name just a few.

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Trading Card Spotlight - Lonnie McDonald

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Lonnie McDonald who currently is displayed on card number 249, from the Superstars of 2012 Collection.  He is also featured on cards 127 (with Steve Sanders), 589, 905, 1442 and 1465.  Steve is one greatest Joust players.  He was in Ottumwa, IA in 2012 setting a Joust MAME WR and was the 1st person to play in the original Twin location since the mid 1980s.  Lonnie is one of only 3 people to break the 1 million point barrier on the Joust Arcade game in Tournament Settings.   He is the only person over the age of 50 to marathon a game 50 hours straight.  Between 2011 and 2013 Lonnie went on a tour to roll the Joust score on as many arcade machines as he could.  On June 10th, 2012, Lonnie rolled the score on his 50th Joust Machine.  On May 23rd, 2013, Lonnie rolled his 100th machine. Along with Steve Sanders, Lonnie broke another record by competing in a doubles marathon and playing Joust with Steve for over 15 hours straight.   Their score of 40,120,150 is also a doubles record.  Lonnie has also promoted vintage gaming for TV, magazine, newspapers and online as well as supported numerous charities to help fellow gamers

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

The Knight on an ostrich in Joust.  I’m that Knight.  The great Python Anghelo (from Joust fame and many Williams’s games) designated me a Knight of the Highest Order. An Honor that deeply moved me, and still does as I write this.

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Trading Card Spotlight - Mark Robichek

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Mark Robichek who is displayed on card number 40, from the Superstars of 2011 Collection.  Mark is another original Twin Galaxies alumnus from 1982.  He can be seen alongside the greats in the Time Life Magazine photograph taken on November 7, 1982.   Mark early on set the bar for world records on such arcade games as Frogger, Tutankham and Berzerk.    Today Mark can be seen playing Pengo on MAME or smart phone games such as Words with Friends and What’s That Phrase.   Currently Mark is a Casino Party Dealer and resides in Sunnyvale, California. 

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

I would create a puzzle game in which the main character, none other than Walter Day, tries to figure out a way to save the video arcade industry!

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Trading Card Spotlight - Steve Sanders

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Steve Sanders who currently is displayed on card number 308, from the Superstars of 2012 Collection.  He is also featured on cards 88127 (with Lonnie McDonald) and 328 (With his Son Isaiah).  Steve is one of the original members of the Twin Galaxies community back in 1982.  He can be seen on the famous Time Life Magazine photograph taken outside the original Twin Galaxies arcade opened by Walter Day.   Steve has many world records in arcade history, including games like Donkey Kong, Joust and Super Pac-Man.  He can be seen in the documentary, The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, which is currently out on DVD.   Steve wrote the book “The Video Master’s Guide to Donkey Kong” as a teenager back in the early 80’s and also competed on the “That’s Incredible” Arcade Championship as a top contender.  Steve currently works as a trial attorney in Kansas City, Missouri. 

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

My first memory of video games is playing Atari’s Pong on a home console my parents bought for me in the early to mid-1970s.  I was still in elementary school, so it would have been 1972-1974 time frame.

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