Trading Card Spotlight Andrew Seklir

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Andrew Seklir, who is displayed on card number 2421, from the Superstars of 2016.   His documentary film trading card is featured on card number 2495.  Andrew is one half of the team that directed, produced and edited the documentary “Man vs. Snake”.  A story of the arcade game Nibbler and the fight to set the world record.   This successful documentary was featured in many film festivals over the past couple years and can also be seen on Netflix.  Andrew has worked for many studios such as ScyFy, HBO and Xbox Studios.   Andrew has also been a part of the Battlestar Galactica franchise as a producer and editor of the show. 

What games today do you play and what are your favorite genres of games?

I still play classic arcade games and older console games via emulation on my home-built arcade cabinet (“Robotron", “Defender” etc.), but I also play games on my PS4, some recent ones include smaller games like “Firewatch" and “Inside”, as well as some of the mega releases such as “Titanfall" and “Star Wars Rebellion”.

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Trading Card Spotlight Brian Colin

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Brian Colin who is displayed on card number 2363, from the Superstars of 2015 Collection.  His Brian Colin Collection Cards are featured on 2603, 2609, 2612, 2615, 2617, 2634, 2636 and 2637.  Brian has worked on over 60 games in the gaming industry, which his most popular titles being Rampage, Arch Rivals and Xenophobe.   Brian has been in the industry from the early 1980s and still is working hard today.   He started his career with Bally/Midway and is currently the CEO of the company Game Refuge, Inc.  Brian loves meeting with gamers all over and is kind enough to make appearances and sign autographs for fans as well as talk history about his games.   You can see Brian this July at the Video Game Summit in Villa Park, IL.   

What does it take to be a Video Game creator, and what advice would you give a person today who would like to get into the industry?  

REALLY Complex question; simple answer: Watch the documentary "SO, YOU WANNA BE A VIDEO GAME DESIGNER…? It has interviews with a number of classic game designers (Me, George Gomez, Ed Boon, Eugene Jarvis, Jeff Nauman and many, many more. (Walter has a copy that he's shown at several Events (You can find it on YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/user/GameRefuge or purchase the DVD on the Game Refuge Store. https://squareup.com/market/game-refuge-inc

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Trading Card Spotlight Eugene Jarvis

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Eugene Jarvis, who is displayed on card number 144 from the Superstars of 2011 Collection.   Eugene is also featured on cards 654, 654A, 714 and 1681. Eugene, who started his career in the pinball world has created some of the most memorable games in history.  After leaving Atari early in his career, he joined forces with Williams and began creating such games as Defender, Robotron:2084 and Stargate.   Eugene still works today creating arcade games for family entertainment centers like Dave & Busters and Chuck E. Cheese.   Eugene is president of Raw Thrills (http://rawthrills.com/), a company based in Illinois, designing games for the future and keeping arcade games alive today.

What is your favorite game you have worked on in your career?

At the end of the day it’s a lot more fun playing than developing them.  But the pain and struggle to create a great title sometimes pays off.  My favorite creation is ROBOTRON: 2084.  The intensity of the player experience and sheer body count is unprecedented.   The randomness is beautiful and every game is different.  The sound sublime.  You ride the hero – shithead roller coaster as you move from agony to ecstasy, fighting for human survival in the cyber age.  The challenge is never ending - You can play it forever!  And I love the story – but I hope I’m wrong.  (It’s not looking good for the home team right now…)

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Trading Card Spotlight "REWIND" David Perry

This week we look back at the very first Trading Card Spotlight.   It was David Perry of Shiny Entertainment.   This article was published on November 24th, 2015.   This was the beginning of a new trading card spotlight each week.  Thanks to everyone over the past year and half for taking part of this project and look out for more spotlights coming soon.  

Our first Trading Card Spotlight features card number 200, from the Superstars of 2011 Collection.  His name is David Perry.  David is a Northern Irish video game developer who brought to us dozens of video games such as Earthworm Jim, Wild 9 and Enter the Matrix.  David also founded Shiny Entertainment, which created games for companies like Warner Bros and Orion Pictures.  David Currently works for Sony PlayStation working on next generation technologies.

Currently, what arcade games and/or pinball machines do you own? 

I own Lunar Lander (one of the first arcade games I played), Computer Space (the first arcade game and I have the rare multiplayer version), Star Wars (cockpit, a special version with Empire Strikes back included), for pinball I have Funhouse, Getaway, Roadshow, Terminator 2 and Star Wars.

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Trading Card Spotlight Greg Degeneffe

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Greg Degeneffe, who is displayed on card number 2647 from the Superstars of 2017 Collection.   When it comes to Atari 2600, Greg is among the best in the world.  He holds over 150 records on Twin Galaxies International Scoreboard.   Games such as Kaboom, Carnival and Stampede.   He looking to break records on M.A.M.E. games in the near future.   Greg once played the arcade Gauntlet for a 36-hour marathon, one of his proud achievements.   Greg was honored in 2017 with his very own trading card and became a new member of the Walter Day Collection.  

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

My first experience with arcade games goes back to 1976.   There was a bowling alley within walking distance that I would frequent after school.  Mostly pinball machines tucked away in a small game room, but for me it was the start of the golden age of video games.  My favorite pinball machine was “Hocus Pocus”. Great memories.

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