Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Don Hodges, who currently is displayed on card number 753, from the Superstars of 2014 Collection. Don is a classic arcade gamer who has analyzed program code for games such as Pac-Man, Dig-Dug, Defender, and Galaga. He may be the best known for his analysis of Pac-Man’s split screen, which he was able to patch by rewriting the fruit drawing subroutine. Don teaches computer science at Glendale Community college in California. He still loves playing video games on his computer and gaming consoles. You can learn more about Don on his website, www.donhodges.com.
Do you remember your first video game / arcade you played and what do you remember about it?
I remember playing Pong, but the game that stands out is Space Invaders. I think I was about 6 years old and there was a cocktail version that suddenly appeared at the local Mexican Restaurant that our family frequently went to. I remember playing it and having a lot of fun doing so.
Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Ken Gage who currently is displayed on card number 2594, from the Superstars of 2016 Collection. Ken started his gaming career on the Atari 2600. Adventure was his go-to game. He played so much, his parents had to take away the TV. His real knack is PC gaming. Ken remembers when games like Jill of the Jungle, Night Hunter, Doom, Myst ruled the PC world. His love for gaming also worked with his musical ability. Since the early 1990’s, Ken has been making music heavily influenced by classic arcade games of the 1980’s and by home computer platforms such as the TI-99 4/a, TRS-80, Apple IIe and IBM PC. You can find Ken hanging out at local events such as Star World Arcade and Midwest Gaming Classic.
If you could own one arcade game or pinball game, what would it be and why?
I used to own a Pandora’s Palace cocktail table game, one of my favorite obscure titles. I’m sure it was a converted Thief. I’d like to get one again down the road. I’m going to be setting up a recreational room at my house in Michigan and will also be looking for a Wizard of Wor, Ghosts ’N’ Goblins, Elevator Action and Satan’s Hollow.