Trading Card Spotlight - Dan Iacovelli

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Dan Iacovelli, who currently is displayed on card number 247, from the Superstars of 2012 Collection.  He is also featured on cards 1142 and 1267.  Dan has devoted the last 10 years promoting and running the Video Game Summit in the Chicagoland area.   Over the years, many vendors, gamers and people of all ages have attended VGS and it grows bigger each year.   Dan also has created his own video games such as Laserman ‘88 and Laserman 2K3 Keystone Kappers hack for the Atari 2600.   

What are your opinions about today’s generation of video games?  How do you compare them to older, classic games?

I prefer the classics to today generation, the classic have the fun factor with no blood or guts most of today games are about fighting or combat, I’m not much into that.

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Trading Card Spotlight - Geoffrey Lin

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Geoffrey Lin, who currently is displayed on card number 16, from the Superstars of 2011 Collection.  Geoffrey Lin is a full time college student. Geoffrey offers his insight on various games and systems. He holds many world records in video gaming on such games as Platoon on the NES and No More Heroes on the Wii.  Outside video gaming Geoffrey enjoys digital photography. 

What are your opinions about today’s generation of video games?  How do you compare them to older, classic games?

I think that a lot of games today have much bigger stories to tell, but sometimes they feel too easy just so we could find out what happens next.

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Trading Card Spotlight - Ken Williams

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Ken Williams, A.K.A “Sushi-X”, who currently is displayed on card number 30, from the Superstars of 2011 Collection.  Ken was on the staff of Electronic Gaming Monthly in the early 1990’s.  In 2006 Ken, along with Terry “Trickman” Minnich, founded the website VGEvo.com which was followed by Retroids.com.  Ken has been and still is a huge supporter of the video game culture and has helped many charitable causes such a “Child’s Play” and “Extra Life”.   Some of Ken’s all-time favorite games include Street Fighter and Bubble Bobble. 

What does it take to be a Video Game Journalist?

Integrity, humility and bravery. At least, that’s what it used to take so you could write about games objectively without political agendas. I’m allergic to political correctness, so I avoid much of the industry today.

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Trading Card Spotlight - Greg Freres

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Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Greg Freres, who currently is displayed on card number 787, from the Superstars of 2014 Collection.  Greg is a skilled artist of the pinball world and you have probably seen his work if you have ever played pinball.  Some of his work includes Medieval Madness, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Elvira. Currently Greg is the Art Director at Stern Pinball where he continues to express his art in the new pinball games.  On October 16, 2004 Greg was inducted into the Pinball Expo Hall of Fame.  

What was the best era for Pinball gaming in your opinion?

Each era of pinball has its own unique highlights but for me the 90’s was the culmination of all elements – art, music, sound, rules, and overall mechanical tricks and gameplay. Having been in the industry since the late seventies it was great to see the growth of the overall experience that pinball had to offer as an entertainment piece.

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Trading Card Spotlight - Doc Mack

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Doc Mack who currently is displayed on card number 483, from the Superstars of 2013 Collection.  Doc is the owner of an arcade in Brookfield, IL called The Galloping Ghost Arcade.   This is not your ordinary arcade of today; Doc has around 500 arcade machines up and running for all to play.  It is the biggest arcade to date in the United States.  You can play old classics such as Galaga and Pac-Man or play some games of today such as The Grid, or Mortal Kombat X.  Doc is also the owner of Galloping Ghosts Productions which is currently working on the arcade game Dark Presence.  His company designs and builds arcade games for other arcades in his area.  Doc is a huge supporter of local and out of state video game events brining his personal machines for people to enjoy and try to break records on.  

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

I remember the first day my Dad brought home Pong and playing it for hours and hours.  In the arcades, Asteroids was the first game I ever played.  I remember being amazed to be out of the house playing and able to play video games.

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