Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Tim Hanson who currently is displayed on card number 2309, from the Superstars of 2015 Collection. Tim is a huge Nintendo fan and gamer. Games like Super Metroid and Super Mario Bros. 3 to name a few. Tim finds himself collecting not only Nintendo but other retro gaming systems and newer consoles as well. His twitch channel, Timzy88, shows Tim playing his favorite retro games as well as modern-day first-person shooters on console and PC.
Do you remember your first video game / arcade you played and what do you remember about it?
The earliest memory I have is playing Super Mario Bros with my mother. I was around 3 or 4, and I can remember struggling to make a few jumps. I would pass the controller over to her, so she could make it for me and then I would take over. That slowly changed throughout the years, she was eventually passing the controller over to me in Super Mario Bros 3 or Donkey Kong County.
Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Ken Horowitz, who is currently displayed on card number 3190, from the Superstars of 2019 Collection. Ken is a huge historian and a writer of many gaming topics. Sega is his love and he has been writing about it for the last 15 years. Ken runs Sega-16, the world’s largest resource on Sega’s hardware legacy. With over 200 interviews, Ken has talked about and learned almost everything possible about Sega. Beyond dominating Sega, Ken wants to preserve and keep the history of all gaming alive. Ken wants the newer generation of gamers to remember the past as well as the present. If interested, you can order Ken’s books on Amazon by clicking here.
When did you write your first book and what motivated you to do so?
Working on Sega-16 was the primary motivation. After writing about the Genesis for so long, I had a lot of information that was too big for a site but perfect for a book. I also had a ton of new contacts that I wanted to explore for more material.
It was also just a matter of how things worked out. I would really like to dedicate a book to each aspect of Sega’s business, from Japan to South America, and the U.S. portion just happened to be the easiest one for me to start with. I had all the topics I needed, and the people involved, so it just evolved from there.