Trading Card Spotlight - Walter Day

It has been a little over a year since I have written my first Trading Card Spotlight.  I have featured a trading card once a week for over a year now.  With 55 trading card spotlights completed, it was only fitting to feature the man himself, Walter Day as the 1 year anniversary of the Trading Card Spotlight.   Walter was kind enough to answer some questions for the article, some which were provided by the gamers themselves.  I hope you enjoy it.

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Walter Day who is displayed on card number 95, from the Superstars of 2011 Collection.   Walter is also featured on cards 108, 523, 539, 591, 775, 1000, 1021, 1859, 2133, 2149, 2261, 2292, 2321, 2390 and 2462.   Walter’s visions include starting up the famous known brand of Twin Galaxies back in 1982.  He opened his arcade in Ottumwa, Iowa to current and future Hall of Famers when they were just kids.   He had his arcade and town declared the Video Game Capital of the world.  His gamers were featured in the Time Life Magazine issue taken in Iowa that gamers come to know as the birth place of the classic gamers.  Over the years, Walter has traveled all over to referee, issue awards and just give his insight to the gaming communities across the country.  His vision of Video Game trading cards and the idea of featuring and documenting gaming history came to realization in 2011 when his first batch of cards were printed and distributed.   Almost 6 years later there has been over 1650 cards printed and counting.    Walter can be seen at many events and conferences spreading his vision and trading cards, posters, and awards.   He is also focusing on his music career and writing of science fiction novels in his spare time.

What is your vision of the future of the Walter Day Trading Cards?

I see the card set as an invaluable resource for future historians to study the video game culture of the 20th & 21st Centuries. The card set tries to identify people and historic events that were important but which might be overlooked by the history books. There are so many stories to tell that I can see the card set encompassing more than 5,000 cards. This applies to the Fairfield and Science Fiction sets, too.

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Trading Card Spotlight - Chris Cavanaugh

Happy Thanksgiving!

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Chris Cavanaugh who is displayed on card number 512, from the Superstars of 2013 Collection.  Chris is also featured on card number 588.  Chris is the Co-founder of Classic Gamer Magazine which was founded in 1999.  Chris was also the editor-in-chief of Video Game Collector Magazine and currently is the editor of TiVo Games (formerly Rovi Games, formerly All Game Guide).  Other contributions to the gaming community include writing articles for GameSpy and Tips & Tricks magazine.  

When did you first meet Walter day and where was it at?

I believe it was CGExpo 2000 or 2001 in Vegas. I had him sign my issue of “Blip” he was featured in. He was happy to do it and I recall being bowled over by how friendly and approachable he was. Funny thing about Walter, I think you could ask him this question and he would probably remember the exact moment, time, place, etc... Not because I’m so memorable, but because he has an amazing memory, which makes him all the more fascinating.

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Trading Card Spotlight - Doug Newville

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Doug Newville, who’s Groovey TV is displayed on card number 710, from the Superstars of 2014 Collection.   Groovey.TV is an internet community created by Doug Newville of Denver, Colorado.   Groovey.TV is a one-stop shop for all things entertaining in pop culture today.   TV shows, music, celebrities, and of course video games.  In the first 8 years of the company, Doug has done around 800 video and in person interviewers and a thousand more over the phone.  Such celebrities as Metallica, Linda Blair and of course Walter Day.    Doug has a world record on completing 70 interviews in 24 hours which has been verified and approved by Guinness

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

We live in an infinite variety of options now, where in Ye Olden Days we had what we had. There’s cutting edge but also old school style games constantly being produced for computers and consoles on Steam and other distribution platforms. As far as actual new stand-up arcade games being produced, I have no bloody clue because when I walk into an arcade all I ask is, “Where’s your Robotron?”

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Trading Card Spotlight - Bill McEvoy

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Bill McEvoy who is displayed on card number 2116, from the Superstars of 2015 Collection.   Bill is the main editor of an online magazine called “Arcade Culture”.  Bill and his wife Stephanie reside in Ontario Canada and together have produced over 60 issues.  Their unique spin on the magazine focus more on the cover of the magazine than the article and pictures.  They explain it as a parody of magazines.  For the past 6 years Bill has also been travelling across the U.S. attending tournaments and events to photograph the players and the machines.  His work has been published in magazines as well as Guinness.  You can view his work at http://arcade.photography.  Bill can be found regularly on twin galaxies websites in forums and tournaments held.  

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

Today’s arcade games are a mixed bag.  I played the big money suckers like Jurassic Park.  They are fun, but you end up spending 8 bucks to finish it.  Not compelling.    I also played a supremely cool game at the Kong Off 5 called VEC9.  It was a vector game meant to look like an old Soviet game.  The controls were real military controls (I believe they came from a tank), the music was very loud and epic.  If you have never played on a new vector monitor, you have no idea how bright they can be.  This game was incredible.  Talk about a time warp!

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Fairfield Trading Card Spotlight - Emo Baer

Our next Fairfield Trading Card Spotlight Features Emo Baer, who is displayed on card number 35, from the Fairfield Collection.  These cards commemorate Fairfield, Iowa's unique distinction as the "Renaissance Capital of the World." Emo is truly an unbelievable person and war hero.  Emo joined the British Army and fought in WWII.   He saw action in Egypt, Libya and Italy.  After the war Emo became a well-known farmer who received a prestige award as “the first exporter of roses from Western Galilee”.   Emo became a member of the TM (transcendental meditation) community in 1973.  Emo came to Fairfield, Iowa in 1984 working at the Maharishi University of Management Library.  He attended the school and got 3 bachelor degrees in literature.  He became a writer of his own autobiography “The Transcendental Rose” and wrote many other items such as novels and poetry.  

Where did you grow up?

I grow up in Germany. When I was 15 years old, I moved to Israel.

Growing up, what did you see yourself doing as an adult?

 I was a soldier in WWII, but wanting to become a farmer.

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