Trading Card Spotlight - Paul Dean

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Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Paul Dean, who currently is displayed on card number 49, from the Superstars of 2011 Collection.  Paul is also featured on card number 2108, from the Superstars of 2015 collection.   Paul has had many Video game accomplishments in his career such as a 41 hour marathon of the game “Frenzy” in 2005.   In 1985, Paul broke the world record on the Arcade game “Spy Hunter” which still stands today.  Paul’s score of 9,512,590 is still the only million points or higher game recorded for Spy Hunter.  You can see Paul each year at the California Extreme Expo, which he runs various competitions open to the public. 

Are you still involved with gaming today, and what role do you play?

Yes, I still compete from time to time as well as run high score contests at California Extreme and at the Arcade Expo. I have been running high score events since 2006 and it has been a lot of fun getting the players back together each year to compete.  I have done video game panel discussions and events at the Ottumwa Iowa Big Bang, California Extreme, Banning Arcade Expo, San Diego ComicCon, Portland ComicCon, E for All, E3, The Kong OFF 2 & 3 and the Seattle Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show.  I also have a web site named spyhunter007.com which covers a lot of the competitive history of video gamer's and I post to the CAGdc classic gaming forums run by Mark Alpiger. I also follow the new Twin Galaxies site run by Jace Hall and I am a member.

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Trading Card Spotlight - Mathieu Hunter

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Mathieu Hunter, who currently is displayed on card number 634, from the Superstars of 2014 Collection.  Mathieu is currently working as a game tester in Canada, which he has been for the last 5 years and is aspiring to get into game design.  Mathieu held a previous world record on the original Super Mario Bros (Super Mario All-Stars version).  He loves to do speed running record attempts and he also showcases this ability in video gaming events all through Canada.  Mathieu also has a hobby in skateboarding. 

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

Super Mario Bros/Duck Hunt when I was three. Me and my brother were at some daycare at a fancy restaurant and we played there while my parents had diner. I don't remember much about this first experience aside that I loved playing these games.

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Trading Card Spotlight - Paul Zimmerman

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Paul Zimmerman, who currently is displayed on card number 1, from the Superstars of 2011 Collection.  Paul has many World Records held on the Atari VCS System.  Games like Demon Attack, Berzerk and Phoenix to name a few.  Paul has been a big contributor each year to the Video Game Summit held in the suburbs of Chicago.   He has offered his help in organizing video game tournaments as well as holding world record attempt competitions.   You can also see Paul in the documentary Bonus Life Extended Play.

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

The 2008 Video Game Summit in Lombard, IL. I was on staff and invited Walter to come to the event. He brought along Tim McVey as a surprise (his first public appearance in decades and as a gaming celebrity). I also invited Todd Rogers (his first return to his hometown Chicago after 15-year absence). Also Trickman Terry and Ken Sushi-X from Electronic Gaming Monthly magazine were at the event. The event was amazing!

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Trading Card Spotlight - Tina McVey

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Tina McVey, who currently is displayed on card number 230, from the Superstars of 2012 Collection.  Tina has been a huge contributor to the success of the Walter Day collection and devoted activist to events Walter has organized.  Some of these events include the International Video Game Hall of Fame launch party in 2009, the Big Bang event in Ottumwa, IA in 2010 and multiple functions across the Midwest.   Tina also a huge supporter of her husband Tim and promotes his Nibbler events and organizes a yearly event celebrating Tim Mcvey Day.   You can also see Tina playing the latest Video games on console and PC.   

Are video games aimed mainly at children, adolescents or adults?

I think a lot of parents see them as built in babysitters, and that's wrong. Tim used to play a lot of Call of Duty and the things that would come out of some of those kids mouths. And it was because the parents were nowhere around.

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Trading Card Spotlight - Dan Iacovelli

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Dan Iacovelli, who currently is displayed on card number 247, from the Superstars of 2012 Collection.  He is also featured on cards 1142 and 1267.  Dan has devoted the last 10 years promoting and running the Video Game Summit in the Chicagoland area.   Over the years, many vendors, gamers and people of all ages have attended VGS and it grows bigger each year.   Dan also has created his own video games such as Laserman ‘88 and Laserman 2K3 Keystone Kappers hack for the Atari 2600.   

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

I prefer the classics to today generation, the classic have the fun factor with no blood or guts most of today games are about fighting or combat, I’m not much into that.

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