Trading Card Spotlight - Alan Radue

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Alan Radue, who is displayed on card number 383, from the Superstars of 2012.  He is also featured on card 2210 from the Superstars of 2015.   Alan is the current world record holder on the arcade games Sea Wolf & Sprint 2.  Alan, who is a mechanical engineer in the automotive industry, created a home arcade in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan.  He called it Tranquility Base Arcade which was named after the Apollo 11 moon landing.  Opened in 2008, Alan has 25 vintage arcade games from the 'golden era' in his collection and in 2011 won the Home Game Room of the Year Award.   One area that stands out to other arcades are his personalized bar stools.  Alan designs customized Arcade bar Stools for his arcade as well as others.   He has graciously donated personalized bar stools for Richie Knucklez Kong Off tournaments. 

Which company makes the best arcade games and why? 

I have a soft spot for Atari.  They were the only company that 'entered my home' when I was a kid through a pong console, the 2600 game console, the Atari 400 and eventually the Atari 800.  Playing a 'Real Atari Arcade Game' at an arcade was always a thrill back then and is still a thrill for me today!  That said there are so many wonderful arcade game manufacturers from my youth!

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Trading Card Spotlight - Joe LeVan

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Joe LeVan who currently is displayed on card number 2206, from the Superstars of 2015 Collection.  Joe is the founder of “Challenge Arcade”, located in Wyomissing, PA. It was in the Berkshire Mall from 2004 until it closed in 2010.  His arcade held up to 80 vintage arcade cabinets.  It was home of many Arcade world records such as Donkey Kong 3, Burger Time and Mr. Do.  Joe is a big believer in keeping retro coin-op gaming alive and well.  He is currently hoping to reopen the Challenge Arcade in the future and until then enjoys restoring and preserving coin-op arcade gaming.   Along with his wife Sue, Joe strives to keep the past time alive with the media so others can understand and see how important the arcade culture was and is today.

What are your opinions about today’s generation of video games?  How do you compare them to older, classic games?

As a child I remember reading video game magazines and thinking of how great the graphics were on the upcoming games.  I remember wishing how cool it would be to play ultra-realistic games.  Now that we are nearing that era of ultra-realism, it’s ironic that I really miss those days of gaming.  Many modern games don’t really seem to have much of a point of playing in my opinion.  The art of achieving a certain score or getting to a higher level seems to have been lost for the most part.

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Trading Card Spotlight - Eddie Adlum

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Eddie Adlum, who currently is displayed on card number 2050, from the Superstars of 2015 Collection.  Eddie is the founder and publisher of RePlay Magazine.  He has been writing or publishing since 1964, where he worked for Cash Box Magazine.   He is also known for first coining the phrase “Video Game” back in the early days.  If there are any type of Coin-op or gaming stories form the past 50 years, most likely Eddie covered it and was actively involved. He is still active today though he admits to slowing down a bit.  But he’s not out yet.

Do you remember when you began RePlay Magazine and what do you remember about the experience?

I started RePlay on an afternoon in August of 1975 while at lunch at a place on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood, Calif. I was with a fellow I’d worked with at Cash Box magazine named Beau Eurell. My intent was to make my money selling ads to the record companies who were interested in getting the jukebox operators (my new magazine’s audience) to put their new 45’s on the machines.

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Trading Card Spotlight - Ryan Hart

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Ryan Hart, who is displayed on card number 214, from the Superstars of 2012.  Ryan is from London and has been playing games since he was 10 years.  His genre of choice is fighting games.  He succeeded tremendously in series like Street Fighter, Tekken, Virtua Fighter and King Of Fighters.   Ryan has won close to 500 titles on fighting games around the world.   Along with 4 Guinness Book World Records, Ryan hold multiple fighting tournament records all around the World.

What games today do you play and what are your favorite genres of games?

As you’d probably guess I play a few fighting games such as Tekken 7, Street Fighter V, Mortal Kombat, King of Fighters. I also play a bit of Counter Strike too since I work a lot with the game, I’m really enjoying it as well.

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Trading Card Spotlight "Rewind" - Greg Freres

Today we look back at an interview I did on February 14th, 2016 with Greg Freres.   Greg is a well known artist in the pinball world.  He has worked on many projects with the Stern Pinball company. 

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Greg Freres, who currently is displayed on card number 787, from the Superstars of 2014 Collection.  Greg is a skilled artist of the pinball world and you have probably seen his work if you have ever played pinball.  Some of his work includes Medieval Madness, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Elvira. Currently Greg is the Art Director at Stern Pinball where he continues to express his art in the new pinball games.  On October 16, 2004 Greg was inducted into the Pinball Expo Hall of Fame.  

What was the best era for Pinball gaming in your opinion?

Each era of pinball has its own unique highlights but for me the 90’s was the culmination of all elements – art, music, sound, rules, and overall mechanical tricks and gameplay. Having been in the industry since the late seventies it was great to see the growth of the overall experience that pinball had to offer as an entertainment piece.

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