Trading Card Spotlight Jesse Porter

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Jesse Porter, who is displayed on card number 2644, from the Superstars of 2017.  Jesse is a huge classic console fan.  Jesse holds over 300 Twin Galaxies world records, which one of them, Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi for the Sega Genesis Collection on the PS2 is Jesse’s biggest accomplishment.  Jesse’s collection of video games is over 1,300 and growing.   Jesse’s Walter Day Trading card will be presented in March in Banning, CA where Walter will personally present Jesse with the card and an award. 

Which company makes the best games and why?

I don’t see any company as making the “best” games. For every game, there is a person somewhere in the world that likes that game. I have learned that certain games can be loved personally no matter how many other people hate it. Every company has their place and every game has its place. But if I had to pick a favorite company, I would have to say Blue Sky and LJN. I like LJN because they have extremely hard games to beat and they are usually based on cool movies. Themes in a game and what the game is based on is a dominating factor in my group of friends. I like Blue Sky for their vibrant colors, incredible graphics, and amazing sound tracks.

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Trading Card Spotlight Mitch Meerman

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Mitch Meerman, who is displayed on card number 1587 from the Superstars of 2014 Collection.   An avid arcade player at Star Worlds Arcade in DeKalb, IL, Mitch is a true contender at the arcade games such as Avalanche and Nibbler.  He also competed on the portable stage with the Nintendo DS and Gameboy Color.  Another favorite game Mitch has been played in the past is Pokémon.   Mitch is a big collector of the Walter Day collection trading cards and can be seen at events getting autographs for his collection.   In 2011, Mitchell held a fundraiser for the International Video Game Hall of Fame by streaming some of his portable games online.  

Are you still involved with gaming today, and what role do you play? 

I'm currently focused on Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo 64. In addition to being the #3 ranked player in Wisconsin, I also essentially run the scene there and communicate with all of the other community leaders throughout North America. I also am a tournament organizer for a number of events, most notably for the Smash'N'Splash tournament series.  I also intend to return to arcade gaming at some point, as well as become a speedrunner. In any case, I don't intend on quitting video gaming any time soon.

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Trading Card Spotlight Dan Wolfe

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Dan Wolfe, who is displayed on card number 738, from the Superstars of 2014.  Dan is currently second on the NES game Bubble Bobble with a score of 1,747,020.   Dan is a super fan of the classic console systems such as Nintendo and Sega.  Dan, who is currently a Chicagoland Radio producer still enjoys being a part of the gaming community and discussing the latest games and trends.    

Who is your favorite video game character and what makes that character special?

I'd probably go with Mario just because he's been with us for so long and over so many different platforms. The games are always fun and bright... And the original NES game is the ultimate retro game that EVERYONE played. 

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Trading Card Spotlight Keith Swanson

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Keith Swanson, who is displayed on card number 60, from the Superstars of 2011. Keith is also featured on cards 972 and 1825.  Keith is the world record holder of the arcade game Gorf (3 ships).  His score of 1,129,660 was set in 2011.   Keith also is currently in second place for the Gorf (6 Ships).   Also, known as the “Arcade Doctor”, Keith owns his own arcade and pinball repair business in the Orlando, FL area.  He enjoys keeping the games of yesterday and today running for gamers all over to enjoy.   Keith’s next big project is to open up a video game bar in Florida. 

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

If I designed a game it would be named after my business "Arcade Doctor".  The game would be made similar to Donkey Kong instead of a plumber as Mario, it would be an arcade technician as a character and have similar but different levels such as in Donkey Kong.  Maybe I will do that sometime in the future.

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Trading Card Spotlight Mike Lukianoff

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Mike Lukianoff, who is displayed on card number 2591, from the Superstars of 2016. Mike is the winner for 3 years (2011,2013,2014) at ScrewAttack’s Ironman of Gaming tournament.  In 2015, at the Southern Fried Gaming Expo, Mike won the "Beat Billy Mitchell" tournament in Pac-Man Battle Royale. Also, in 2015 and 2016 Mike won the Donkey Kong 2 and Ms. Pac-Man Turbo blindfolded tournaments at ReplaxFX, yes, he entered and won both arcade games where players were blindfolded.  Originally from Michigan, Mike grew up playing Atari and the NES.   His love for gaming grows as he is now trying his hands-on Pinball.   He has a twitch channel which can be seen at www.twitch.tv/mcsirtuna.

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

I first met Walter in person at Magfest when he was there for the Nibbler World Record attempt.  I'd been going to Magfest since 2005, so having him there was an opportunity I couldn't miss.  I found a time when he was free and approached him to have a small chat.  It was awesome and he was everything I'd have imagined.  Like many, I knew him from the multiple documentaries he has been in.  Due to my appreciation for games of all kinds, I really have a deep appreciation for what he has done for gaming as a whole.  It was an honor for me to get to chat with him for even a brief time.

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