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
, 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.
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!