Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Tim McVey who currently is displayed on card number 56, from the Superstars of 2011 Collection. He is also featured on cards 162
and 2304. Tim is an avid game player starting from the early 1980s in Ottumwa, Iowa. Tim is well known as the first player to score a billion points on a little game known as “Nibbler”. On January 28th
, 1984, Ottumwa, Iowa proclaimed “Tim McVey Day” to honor this record accomplishment. Tim still has the original arcade game in his house today. Tim’s wife Tina also has been honored on a Video Game Trading Card, number 230, for her hard work on such events as the Video Game Hall of Fame 2010, Big Bang 2010 and multiple ICON events in Fairfield Iowa. Tim has also been inducted into the International Video Game Hall of Fame Class of 2015. He will be honored in Ottumwa, IA this summer at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Tim has a documentary coming out to the public in 2016 on his life and Nibbler experiences throughout his career, called “Man Vs. Snake
”. Do you learn anything from playing vdeo games?
Absolutely. I think video games teach many things. Problem solving and perseverance are two of the big ones. Sometime you have to look at things differently in order to get past/beat them. And if you quit the first time you fail...you won't play video games too long. Team work is another one, and communication. It's essential to winning many online team based games. League of Legends. DOTA 2. Call of Duty. Clash of Clans, to name just a few.
Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Lonnie McDonald who currently is displayed on card number 249, from the Superstars of 2012 Collection. He is also featured on cards 127 (with Steve Sanders), 589, 905, 1442 and 1465. Steve is one greatest Joust players. He was in Ottumwa, IA in 2012 setting a Joust MAME world record and was the first person to play in the original Twin Galaxies location since the mid 1980's. Lonnie is one of only 3 people to break the 1 million point barrier on the Joust Arcade game in Tournament Settings. He is the only person over the age of 50 to marathon a game 50 hours straight. Between 2011 and 2013 Lonnie went on a tour to roll the Joust score on as many arcade machines as he could. On June 10th, 2012, Lonnie rolled the score on his 50th Joust Machine. On May 23rd, 2013, Lonnie rolled his 100th machine. Along with Steve Sanders, Lonnie broke another record by competing in a doubles marathon and playing Joust with Steve for over 15 hours straight. Their score of 40,120,150 is also a doubles record. Lonnie has also promoted vintage gaming for TV, magazine, newspapers and online as well as supported numerous charities to help fellow gamers
Who is your favorite video game character and what makes that character special?
The Knight on an ostrich in Joust. I’m that Knight. The great Python Anghelo (from Joust fame and many Williams’s games) designated me a Knight of the Highest Order. An Honor that deeply moved me, and still does as I write this.