Trading Card Spotlight - Phil Day

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Phil Day who is displayed on card number 124, from the Superstars of 2011 Collection.  Phil is one of the best Galaga players in the world.  From the land down under, Phil resides from Australia and is an avid gamer, author and documentarian.   In 2009, Phil captured the Galaga world title in the “5-Man only” Tournament settings.   Phil is in the process of creating a documentary called “Bonus Life: Extended Play” which is still in production.  Phil has also written a graphic novel called “The Short lived life of a Galaga Pilot” which has not yet been released to the public.  Phil is currently has the 2nd highest recorded score in Galaga with 3,275,720.

Do you learn anything from playing video games?

Some people learn how to play the game better. While others discover something about themselves. After getting the Galaga WR I had no desire to try for another WR. I feel it is best to do these things once. Whereas many other classic arcade champs have a want to regain their WRs – I think this is a mistake. Rarely is anything as much fun the second time.

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Trading Card Spotlight - Jack Gale

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Jack Gale, displayed on card number 103, from the Superstars of 2011.  Jack is also on card numbers 929 and 2155.   Jack was one of 22 gamers of the 1985 Twin Galaxies Coronation Day tournament held in Los Angeles, CA.   Jack has held records in such arcade games as Karate Champ, Zoo Keeper and Hogan's Alley.  Jack attends events both locally and throughout the US while acting as a spokesperson to help promote the positive aspects of the gaming culture of yesterday and today.

Do you find boss battles to be the best part of a video game?

Generally no.  I don’t like most boss battles because they seem contrived.  Compare the original Deus Ex with Deus Ex: Human Revolution.  Human Revolution is an excellent game but the boss battles seem like forced spectacles; whereas the original Deus Ex has the boss battles so smoothly integrated into the gameplay they don’t feel like boss battles at all but carry just as much significance. 

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Trading Card Spotlight - Tom Asaki

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Tom Asaki who is displayed on card number 1046, from the Superstars of 2014 Collection.  As one of the founding members of the U.S. National Video Game Team, Tom is one of the original players at the Twin Galaxies arcade in the early 1980’s.  He was the first to attempt the billion score in Nibbler, with a final score of 838 million points.   He can be seen in the documentary Man vs. Snake showcasing his Nibbler memories.   Tom’s game of choice and the game that he held the first record on is Ms. Pac-Man with a total score of 681,130.  

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

I met Walter at Twin Galaxies Arcade in the summer of 1983.  I had come to Ottumwa to demonstrate that my reported Ms. Pac-Man scores were real.  I found a friend in Walter and spent some of the summer and autumn with Walter and Billy Mitchell.

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Trading Card Spotlight - Scott Mosey and Roxy Hinze

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Scott Mosey and Roxy Hinze, owners of Retrocade, displayed on card number 2318, from the Superstars of 2015.   Located in Aberdeen, South Dakota, Retrocade was opened by Scott and Roxy on December 5th, 2013.  Scott has been repairing coin-op games since the he was very young and Roxy adds her creative décor to the business. The arcade features over 40 retro classic arcade games as well as a few pinball machines.   Classic tunes are played with the vintage jukebox to make this throwback arcade a reality.   It is people like Scott and Roxy that are passionate with bringing the old 1982 arcade era back to the current time and have the newer generation enjoy gaming with the original generation.

If you can design your own game, what would it be about and who would be the main character?

The game would be an epic journey through ancient eras, discovering the technologies of the past to unlock the secrets that will shape the future with Walter Day as your travel guide.

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