Trading Card Spotlight - Mathieu Hunter

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Mathieu Hunter, who currently is displayed on card number 634, from the Superstars of 2014 Collection.  Mathieu is currently working as a game tester in Canada, which he has been for the last 5 years and is aspiring to get into game design.  Mathieu held a previous world record on the original Super Mario Bros (Super Mario All-Stars version).  He loves to do speed running record attempts and he also showcases this ability in video gaming events all through Canada.  Mathieu also has a hobby in skateboarding. 

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

Super Mario Bros/Duck Hunt when I was three. Me and my brother were at some daycare at a fancy restaurant and we played there while my parents had diner. I don't remember much about this first experience aside that I loved playing these games.

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Trading Card Spotlight - Paul Zimmerman

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Paul Zimmerman, who currently is displayed on card number 1, from the Superstars of 2011 Collection.  Paul has many World Records held on the Atari VCS System.  Games like Demon Attack, Berzerk and Phoenix to name a few.  Paul has been a big contributor each year to the Video Game Summit held in the suburbs of Chicago.   He has offered his help in organizing video game tournaments as well as holding world record attempt competitions.   You can also see Paul in the documentary Bonus Life Extended Play.

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

The 2008 Video Game Summit in Lombard, IL. I was on staff and invited Walter to come to the event. He brought along Tim McVey as a surprise (his first public appearance in decades and as a gaming celebrity). I also invited Todd Rogers (his first return to his hometown Chicago after 15-year absence). Also Trickman Terry and Ken Sushi-X from Electronic Gaming Monthly magazine were at the event. The event was amazing!

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Appearances in the News Media

THE WALTER DAY COLLECTION has been mentioned in these news venues:

March 1, 2016 • RePlay Magazine • Tarzana, CA

March 1, 2016 • Retro Magazine • London, UK

March 1, 2016 • The Retrogaming Times • Online Magazine

January 15, 2016 • Fairfield Ledger, Fairield, IA

August 10, 2013  Hyattsville Life & Times - Hyattsville, MD

January 2013 • Austin American Statesman • Austin, TX

March 15, 2012 • The Des Moines Register, Des Moines, Iowa

February, 2011 • Fairfield Ledger, Fairfield, IA

Trading Card Spotlight - Tina McVey

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Tina McVey, who currently is displayed on card number 230, from the Superstars of 2012 Collection.  Tina has been a huge contributor to the success of the Walter Day collection and devoted activist to events Walter has organized.  Some of these events include the International Video Game Hall of Fame launch party in 2009, the Big Bang event in Ottumwa, IA in 2010 and multiple functions across the Midwest.   Tina also a huge supporter of her husband Tim and promotes his Nibbler events and organizes a yearly event celebrating Tim Mcvey Day.   You can also see Tina playing the latest Video games on console and PC.   

Are video games aimed mainly at children, adolescents or adults?

I think a lot of parents see them as built in babysitters, and that's wrong. Tim used to play a lot of Call of Duty and the things that would come out of some of those kids mouths. And it was because the parents were nowhere around.

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ICON 2016: Homecoming is less than a month away!

Check out our links below to make the most of your trip to The Video Game Capital of the World!

 ICON 2016

Ottumwa, Iowa -- long famous as the "Video Game Capital of the World" -- flexes its video game muscles
during the weekend of August 5 - 7, 2016, when it plays host to a Video Game Festival, an Iowa Film Premiere
of Man VS Snake, the induction of the Class of 2015 for the International Video Game Hall of Fame (IVGHOF),
and the inauguration of a Video Game "Walk of Fame". 

ICON 2016: Itinerary FUN for everyone beginning Friday, August 5th through Sunday, August 7th.

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Explore Ottumwa Ottumwa... the name means place of perseverance and land of rippling waters.
Ottumwa embodies the westward expansion of the United States, plentiful game, good fishing,
and the river's rippling waters. Ottumwa is once again growing and thriving. New businesses continue to
open and expand, preserving Ottumwa's place as regional economic center. Now more than ever, there are
more reasons than ever to come to Ottumwa, stay in Ottumwa, and take pride in Ottumwa.

More information on the International Video Game Hall of Fame can be found here: International Video Game Hall of Fame