Trading Card Spotlight Steven Lucas

 Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Steven Lucas, who is displayed on card number 178, from the Superstars of 2011 Collection.   Steven is the 1991 Nintendo Campus Challenge National Champion, in which players contested over Super Mario Bros. 3, Pin-bot and Dr. Mario on a time limited cartridge. Steven has a passion for gaming and always can be seen attending various conferences and events in the gaming industry. He has also competed in other tournaments such as the Sega Genesis College Tournament. 

If you can design your own game, what would it be about and who would be the main character?

Well I did make a game using the Shoot Em Up Construction Set where a kid who had his Nintendo taken away by his parents and given away to unsavory characters fights to recover it. "Battle for Nintendo Power".

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Trading Card Spotlight "REWIND" Dan Loosen

To celebrate this weekends Midwest Gaming Classic event,  we look back at the person that helped start it all, Dan Loosen.  On April 13th-15th, 2018 Dan will be hosting one the largest video game conferences in the Midwest.   This interview with Dan was done on December 6th, 2015.  Hope to see you at MGC in Milwaukee.  

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Dan Loosen who is displayed on card number 160, from the Superstars of 2011 Collection.  Dan is one of the co-founders and organizers of the Midwest Gaming Classic, a gaming trade show in Milwaukee, WI.  The MGC showcases retro and modern home video game consoles, pinball machines, arcade video games, computers, table top gaming, crane games, collectible card games and much more.  

When did you first meet Walter Day and where was it at?

I first met Walter at the 2004 Midwest Gaming Classic. He had emailed me and told me that he would be coming to our show with a few players and was it okay if a team that was shooting a documentary was there too.  We said sure, and a few weeks later at the show I met him.  I didn’t have too long to talk to him, but he was definitely a great person to have around, and his love of the culture around gaming and preserving that culture was outstanding.

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Trading Card Spotlight Mike Gedeon

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Mike Gedeon, who’s Cleveland's Classic Console and Arcade Gaming Show (CCAG) is displayed on card number 233, from the Superstars of 2012. Mike and his partner Matt Teske are the organizers of the Cleveland Classic Gaming Show in Ohio.  This event displays various gaming displays form both console and arcade gaming, as well as pinball.  Tournaments, auctions, prizes and many other surprises can be found at this one-day event.   The mission of this event is “To strive to keep the days of early video gaming alive.  Paying homage to the games and systems that started and formed the largest and most pervasive form of entertainment media ever!”

Do you remember your first video game / arcade you played and what do you remember about it?

 Probably either some black & white arcade games at the local Sears or some 70’s pinball machines on a Florida vacation.

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Trading Card Spotlight "REWIND" Brett Weiss

Happy Easter,

This week we look back at an interview with author and game enthusiast Brett Weiss.   This interview was done on November 29th, 2015.

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Brett Weiss who currently is displayed on card number 221, from the Superstars of 2012 Collection.  He is also featured on cards 227, 1193,1207,1320,1393 and 1402.  These cards commemorate Brett’s books that he has written over the years.    Brett is a passionate writer of many books and has contributed to numerous publications, including Game Informer, Video Game Trader and the PinGame Journal, to name a few.  His well-known books, Classic Home Video Games can be purchased on amazon and other retail book sites.  You can also find out more information about his work at www.brettweisswords.com.

Do you remember your first video game/arcade you played and what do you remember about it?

My brother and I played Pong at my cousin’s house in 1975—they had gotten it for Christmas. We were amazed that you could play it on television. Prior to this, I had played Gun Fight, Pong, and a few others in the arcades. When Breakout hit the arcades in 1976, I began liking video games even more than pinball, which I loved.

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Trading Card Spotlight "REWIND" Doc Mack

Happy St. Patrick's Day.

Today we look back at an interview I did from January 26th, 2016.  I talked with Galloping Ghost Owner Doc Mack.   With now the largest arcade in the world with over 630 arcade games to date,  Galloping ghost arcade is a place you need to visit and experience for yourslef.  

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Doc Mack who currently is displayed on card number 483, from the Superstars of 2013 Collection.  Doc is the owner of an arcade in Brookfield, IL called The Galloping Ghost Arcade.   This is not your ordinary arcade of today; Doc has around 500 arcade machines up and running for all to play.  It is the biggest arcade to date in the United States.  You can play old classics such as Galaga and Pac-Man or play some games of today such as The Grid, or Mortal Kombat X.  Doc is also the owner of Galloping Ghosts Productions which is currently working on the arcade game Dark Presence.  His company designs and builds arcade games for other arcades in his area.  Doc is a huge supporter of local and out of state video game events brining his personal machines for people to enjoy and try to break records on.  

Do you remember your first video game / arcade you played and what do you remember about it?

I remember the first day my Dad brought home Pong and playing it for hours and hours.  In the arcades, Asteroids was the first game I ever played.  I remember being amazed to be out of the house playing and able to play video games.

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