Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Andrew Welburn, who currently is displayed on card number 1643, from the Superstars of 2014 Collection. Andrew has been collecting arcade games since 1997 and has been repairing very rare and undocumented PCBs for collectors since 2000 at http://andysarcade.com. For a period of two years he wrote a video game section in the Antique Amusements Magazine before its demise and has appeared on national TV and in magazines in the UK covering the history and culture of video games. He has also been involved in supplying arcade machines for TV shows and for classic gaming events in the UK and USA.
What games today do you play and what are your favorite genres of games?
I mainly just play the games that I am repairing, usually in not-ideal conditions, with the monitor rotated 90 degrees because it’s on my workbench, or with approximate controls in very substandard conditions. I think I could beat anyone at Space Invaders played sideways as I fix the most amount of those and am pixel-perfect with the gameplay.
Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Mike Imhof, who is displayed on card number 2712, from the Superstars of 2017. Mike and his wife Lisa are also on trading card number 2913. Along with his wife, Mike has a home arcade in Pittsburgh, PA called “RetroBrain Arcade”. Each year Mike hosts an annual home arcade party. Dozens of gaming enthusiasts come out to participate in this family friendly competition. For over a decade now, Mike has been collecting retro and modern-day consoles, pinball machines and arcade video games to share among the community. The reason Mike does this unselfishly is because he remembers going to an arcade with a group of friends and sharing the experience with others. He loves to recreate that feeling again in his home arcade.
Do you like it when Hollywood makes a movie from the video game?
No. Nine times out of ten they are awful. They never get anyone who actually knows what the game was about. I mean, have you seen Super Mario Bros. or House of the Dead? To be fair though, there have been few gems. I liked Silent Hill, Mortal Kombat, and the first Resident Evil.