Trading Card Spotlight - John Pompa

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features John Pompa who currently is displayed on card number 143, from the Superstars of 2011 Collection.  With over 100 World Records on various video games, John is a true video game enthusiast.  Some of the games he holds world records in are Daytona USA 2001 for the Sega Saturn, Widget for the NES and The New Tetris for the N64.  Not only does he play video games, he is an avid collector of them as well.   John loves challenges and feels video gaming is a great way to get through challenges in life as well.  John is a supporter of Autism Awareness and feels that video games can help people with Autism in many ways.  

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

I mean when it comes to graphics and stories there’s no comparison really, the newer generation has it there, but I always prefer the older “retro” stuff.  When it comes to replay value, the older classics is where it’s at for me.  I will never get sick of playing Super Mario Bros. 3, but something like Watch Dogs would be a beat once and done.

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Trading Card Spotlight - Roger Sharpe

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Roger Sharpe, who is displayed on card number 204, from the Superstars of 2012 Collection.  Roger is also featured on trading cards 841 and 1709.  Roger’s impact on the pinball industry dates all the way back to the 1970’s and is still going strong today. Roger was responsible for securing the rights to hundreds of licensed themes including some of the top pinball games in history such as The Addams Family, Star Trek and Twilight Zone.  Roger was also the Managing Editor of Gentlemen's Quarterly and the Editor of Video Games Magazine as well as feature writer for numerous publications and the author/contributor to twelve books, including PINBALL!  He was co-founder of the Professional and Amateur Pinball Association (PAPA) and currently the Co-Director of the International Flipper Pinball Association (IFPA).  Roger's children Josh and Zach also play a huge part in the family history as President and Vice-President of the IFPA organization.  

Are you fan of the new digital pinball machines and what makes them better or worse than the standard machines?

I AM A FAN OF DIGITAL PINBALL MACHINES IF WE ARE COMPARING THEM TO STANDARD ‘MECHANICAL’ MACHINES. THEY DO OFFER A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT CHALLENGE AND EXPERIENCE. HOWEVER, FOR THE MOST PART, WHAT THEY DO LACK IS THE LEVEL OF PHYSICAL INTERACTIVITY ONE EXPERIENCES FROM PLAYING A STANDARD PINBALL MACHINE. BUT FOR MANY, THE GAMES ARE ENJOYABLE AND THE MORE PEOPLE PLAYING ANY TYPE OF PINBALL IS GREAT FOR PINBALL.

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Trading Card Spotlight - Patrick Wyrick

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Patrick Wyrick who currently is displayed on card number 2219, from the Superstars of 2015 Collection.   Patrick “Indigo Ferret”, has been competing in Esports for years.  He has a long resume of tournaments and 1st place finishes throughout his career with the capstone being drafted to a professional gaming team, Dallas Venom, in 2007 which was a part of the Championship Gaming Series.  Some of his 1st place finishes include Hydro Thunder Championship in Las Vegas, World Cyber Games in California, and NASCAR Silicon Motor Speedway in Dallas. Most recently took 1st in 2015 at the Game on Expo in Mesa, AZ.   Patrick will never stop gaming as he still competes at gaming events that he is interested in.   He has traveled the states and has played more tournaments than most gamers, a true Esports competitor.

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

I remember going to Noah’s Arcade at the La Mirada Mall in Southern California when I was under ten.  It was mostly pinball games then with a few arcade machines like Space Invaders and Fire Truck.  I also have early memories of playing Combat and Football on the Atari 2600 with my older brother at a friend’s house.  The first console I owned was an Atari 2600 that I won from a Burger King promotion in the early 1980s.  

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Trading Card Spotlight - Jeff Lee

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Jeff Lee, who is displayed on card number 2119, from the Superstars of 2015 Collection.   Jeff is also featured on trading card 2374.  Jeff is an extraordinary talented artist in the video game community, most known of course, as designing the character Q*bert.  Other arcade games on which he has displayed his artistic creativity are Mad Planets, Krull and Three Stooges.  In 2012, Lee illustrated the children's book "The Train to Christmas Town", written by Peggy Ellis.  You can see Jeff’s artistic talent by going to the following website: https://www.jeffreyplee.com/ .

What was the first game you developed and what was your impression?

The first video game I had a hand in developing (other than just providing the artwork) was “Q*bert”.  Early on in the development we had a feeling we were on to something.  And our hopes were realized by the critical and popular success of the game.

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Trading Card Spotlight - Shawne Vinson

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Shawne Vinson who currently is displayed on card number 440, from the Superstars of 2013 Collection.  He is also featured on cards 1076, 2412, and 3200.   Shawne, who is known as the “Nintendo Master of Sacramento, can be seen in the 2016 Edition of Guinness Book of World Records – Gamers Edition.  With many world record scores on the Twin Galaxies scoreboard, Shawne is always motivated to break ore records and be the best gamer in his hometown.   He just beat the 2 tough hard mini shooting games, which no one has ever completed, Swan Shooter and Night Strike. It's called the Furu Furu Park and it's on Wii.  One of his games he is currently working on setting records for are the puzzle games, such as Super Bust-A-Move.  You can see Shawne on his YouTube Channel "ShawneTheGreatGamer". You can also find out more about Shawne on his video adventure story of his gaming career and culture. "Shawne Vinson's Video Game Journeys".

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

 I was doing performing a world record for highest scores and winning streaks, even I will able to determine to destiny for my video game journey, and I’m going to try for the video game world tournaments, and championships…I know I can do it for the best gaming, from now on.

As for an older classic games, in the 90’s and 2000’s, some games was targeting at Game Crazy Store from Hollywood Video and even EB Games, when it was just had a preowned price and MVP was a service offered by GameCrazy which provided customers with a 10% discount on used games and accessories as well as a 10% increase in video game trade-in value. 

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