Trading Card Spotlight Eric Liddell

Our next Trading Card Spotlight Features Eric Liddell who is displayed on card number 268, from the Superstars Collection of 2012.  Eric holds the world record for the Arcade and MAME version of the game Solarquest.  He also is a huge contender on many of the Williams arcade games, such as Defender and Joust.  Eric collects classic arcade games and loves to try and break new records when he has time.  He also is looking to marathon arcade games and his goal is to marathon Defender.  

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

I remember being a 10-year-old kid in 1978 living in Traverse City, Michigan when I first started seeing arcade games pop up around town, I was instantly obsessed.  I would beg my parents for quarters everywhere we went so I could play games while they shopped. The first games I played were all the early classics starting with Space Invaders, Pac-Man, Galaxian, Asteroids, Defender, Star Castle, Centipede and a few others during that initial 78-81 boom time.  Most places around town had some combination of those games.  One of my favorite things was to be dropped off downtown at Papa J’s Pizza. They had a good selection of pinballs and a Defender. I'd go with 5 bucks to last the whole day and when it was gone that was it, time to go home. 

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Trading Card Spotlight Hollyanne Setola

Our next Trading Card Spotlight Features Hollyanne Setola who is displayed on card number 293, from the Superstars Collection of 2012. Hollyanne is one of the most competitive female gamers out there.   She has been playing games since she was 12 years old.   She has placed first in numerous LAN games across the east coast.   She has worked as a correspondent with GameChurch, conducting interviews at places like E3 2016 and Gamestop Expo 2015.  Other places Hollyanne has worked at are Aztec Gaming and Geek Fuel.  She can be featured in the upcoming documentary, “No Princess in the Castle”,  coming soon in 2017.  

Do you prefer playing video games alone, against friends or online against the world and why?

I am SO passionate about online gaming and about playing at LAN centers. It is not only something I am passionate about, but it is one of my favorite things to do. Gaming alone is fun and all but for me what really makes the game is the community. I have had many positive (and negative) experiences with the counter strike community but I think it really is the thing that has kept me playing for all these years. I love all of the friendships that I have made, and really so many of my fans are now my friends, and many of them are like family to me. Regardless of the negativity and difficulties I endure community wide, I would go through it all time and time again for the amazing relationships I have today.

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Trading Card Spotlight Michael Thomasson

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Michael Thomasson who is displayed on card number 531, from the Twin Galaxies Superstars Collection of 2013. Michael is also featured on card number 670.  Michael is one of the most widely respected videogame historians in the field today. He has written books, published games, helped with other creators on game development and has had articles published in the newspaper.  Michael is also the founder and creator of the company “Good Deal Games”.   He has been a classic gamer since the beginning and in 2014 became the Guinness Book of World Records as the person with the most collected video games at over 11,000.  

What was the first game you ever purchased?

It was Lady Bug for the Colecovision. I saved up money from mowing neighbor’s lawns and dispatched my father to pick it up for me from Gold Circle on his way home from work. I specifically remember him having me call all the local stores to find the best deal. One of many life lessons taught to by my father as a result of the videogames.

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Trading Card Spotlight "REWIND" Dan Iacovelli

This week we rewind to February 16, 2016 where I interviewed Dan Iacovelli of Westchester, IL.    Dan is the creator and co-promotor of the Video Game Summit which is July 29th, 2017 at the Odeum in Villa Park, IL.  For more information, visit the website.    

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 11 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 Frankie Cardulla

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Frankie Cardulla who is displayed on card number 201, from the Twin Galaxies Superstars Collection of 2012.  When it comes to Atari, Frankie is one of the best.   Back in the 1980s, Frankie competed in major Atari tournaments such as Space Invaders and Asteroids.   At one time Frankie played Asteroids in the arcade for 40 hours straight.   You can see some of his Atari world records on the Twin Galaxies scoreboard.  Some of the games he holds world records on are Pole Position, Atlantis, Defender, and Freeway.  

Do you remember the first coin-operated video game you ever played? 

Back in 1979, I inserted a quarter into Space Invaders at Dog Ear Records, which was located in Northbrook, Illinois. That one game, that I played on that day, would have a tremendous impact of my teenage years. 

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