Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Ellis Rowland, who is displayed on card number 42, from the Superstars of 2011 Collection. Ellis is proud of his world record at the arcade game Eagle. His score of 274,970 was posted on the Leaderboard on July16, 2011 and no one has beat it since. Growing up in the Arcade Boom of the 80’s, Ellis played a lot of Asteroids. He has posted some others score on arcade games such as Bum N’ Jump, Defender, he also added a high score on Mario Kart for the Nintendo Wii. Living in New Jersey, Ellis remains involved in the gaming scene through his son, who he takes to gaming tournaments and roots him on.
Do you believe some Video Games are too violent and lead to violence in America today?
Introducing people to bad ideas is not something we seem to avoid. The media takes a local tragedy and sends it out for 300 million people to see and while most of us are appalled, one out of every 5-10 million people see the news and get inspired to do the same--law of large numbers in society I suppose. Video game violence is usually like cartoon violence--we know it is fake even if the graphics are great. Still one out of every million or so people is dumb enough to try something they saw in a cartoon so who knows.
Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Zack Hample who currently is displayed on card number 552, from the Superstars of 2013 Collection. Zack has been the Arkanoid world record holder since the year 2000 and has put up numerous scores on the arcade version. He is also the world record holder on catching baseballs in the stands at the MLB games he has attended. He has collected more than 10,000 balls and has appeared on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” for his accomplishment. Zack has used his skills to write three baseball books and has used his collection to raise more than $200,000 for the charity Pitch In For Baseball.
What was the first game you ever purchased?
The first game I ever owned was some primitive Snoopy Tennis game around 1984 on a handheld device that only played that one game. I can’t remember the first game that I bought with my own money because when I was young and playing NES and SNES, the few games I had were all gifts, and I never owned any gaming systems after that.