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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OFFICIAL WALTER DAY TRADING CARD MUSEUM

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Join Walter Day and friends Friday, Jan. 15th - Sunday, Jan. 17th at the ARCADE EXPO 2.0 in

the Museum of Pinball in Banning, CA. for the dedication of the Official Walter Day Trading Card Museum 

Arcade Expo 2016 Schedule

Friday, January 15th (2pm-12midnight)

Saturday, January 16th (10am-2am)

Sunday, January 17th (10am-8pm)

 

  • FREEPLAY on ALL 800 machines
  • STARCADE at ARCADE EXPO 2.0
  • Tournaments
  • Kong Off 4.5 with Richie Knucklez
  • And SO MUCH more!

 

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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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 - Ilias Florakis

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Ιlias Florakis who is displayed on card number 70, from the Superstars of 2011 Collection.  Ilias lives in Athens, Greece and is an avid game player on multiple game consoles.  Ilias is the record holder on many games such as Ghostbusters and Decathlon on the Commodore 64 as well as Point Blank on the Sony PlayStation.  He is also an author of two books with strange stories, many theatrical plays and scripts.  In 2005 Ilias wrote for a Greek Computer Magazine called “RAM” and supplied game reviews for the magazine.   Ilias is also good with his hands as he used to work and repair arcade games in his hometown.  

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

A lot of effects and amazing graphics but usually very low gameplay. Most games are a one way path that you just have to move on straight. And there is more violence. Of course there are exceptions, such as my favorite Riven - The sequel of Myst, which is covered with great music. The technology helped the video games to become more impressive and more realistic. Most often without substance though.

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