Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Howard Scott Warshaw who currently is displayed on card number 208, from the Superstars of 2012 Collection. Howard is a true pioneer in the gaming industry. As one of the original Atari programmers for the Atari 2600, Howard has created such classics as Yars’ Revenge, Raiders of the Lost Ark and E.T. He also has written three books, with another in progress, in addition to producing and directing documentaries. One of his proudest documentaries is “Once Upon Atari”, which documents the life of working at Atari back in the early 1980’s. Howard is now a licensed psychotherapist in a private practice specializing in the high stress and anxiety of living in the tech world of Silicon Valley.
Do you prefer arcade or console gaming and why?
Back in the day, I preferred arcade games. Arcade games to me were just juicier. I like the variable controller scheme, because you really didn’t have that with home games. Not early on, not with the VCS. As it went on with the more elaborate console games like the PS2, I definitely preferred some of my home games over arcade games because arcade games can’t really afford to give you an ongoing elaborate experience because they have to get you out of there, take your quarter and keep going. Arcades games are about making revenue, home games are about delivering an experience that you pay for once and maximizing the experience. That is more my style.
Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Todd Tuckey who currently is displayed on card number 1712, from the Superstars of 2014 Collection. Todd is the owner of TNT Amusements, Inc. located in Southampton, PA. Todd started TNT in 1979, and then began home sales from his driveway in 1984, and now 41 years later has become the largest used game showroom in the world. Selling over 25,000 pinball and arcade machines, Todd is the go-to guy for anything game related. If you need parts or a full working cabinet, TNT can accommodate. Todd also has over 1,000 YouTube videos on TNT’s YouTube Channel, where he uses his famous sense of humor to pursue his business/hobby in the industry. You can always see Todd and his items at the many gaming conventions he attends.
When did your business open and how was the initial response?
I bought my first machines to put on location in 1979, although I was buying and working on games back to 1975 with my Uncle’s campground for his game room. The home sales business was literally born in 1984 in my driveway in early August when my partner and I needed capital. We had many games sitting idle in my garage, and I rolled some of them to the end of my driveway with a large FOR SALE sign on them! And THAT pretty much started our home sales, selling 400 machines from my driveway for the next four months!