Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Arda Ocal who is displayed on card number 2813, from the Superstars of 2018 Collection. Arda is a broadcaster whose resume includes ESPN, NHL, WWE, MSG Network and many more. From being the weather reporter or a report for championship games, Arda has been all over. An avid Video Game fanatic, he hosted and participated in the 2017 NHL 94 Championship in Las Vegas. He was successful in his very first world record attempt.
What are your opinions about today’s generation of video games? How do you compare them to older, classic games?
What I appreciate about retro games is that there was a big limitation when creating them: the challenge was, “make a fun game that people will want to play over and over while dealing with limited memory space, graphics and functionality”. That's what makes games from the 8 and 16-bit era, that you can still play and enjoy, so impressive.Today, the possibilities are endless: games evolve at such a fast rate. In 1985, Mario was a crowning achievement. In the foreseeable future, we could literally be playing Mario in Virtual Reality. Zelda: Breath of the Wild is just mind boggling in terms of how complete and vast it is. It has to be in the conversation of greatest video game ever made.
Happy New Year ! Welcome to 2018.
Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Sami Cetin (UK) who currently is displayed on card number 482, from the Superstars of 2013 Collection. Sami is one of the World Record Holders at Super Mario Kart SNES. In 2012 he won the World Title that was held in France. He also manages the Super Mario Kart Time Trial World Rankings since 1998 at www.mariokartplayers.com/smk/ . A collector of Nintendo games, he has over 200 boxed games among various Nintendo consoles in his collection. Some of his Guinness World Records include Super Mario Kart Mario Circuit 1 PAL version – 57.90 seconds & NTSC Version - 55.97 seconds. Sami has been training his niece for many years to be a Super Mario Kart Champion herself and is also among the fastest players of the World.
When did you first meet Walter day and where was it at?
I first got to know Walter in late 1999 / early 2000 when him and the Twin galaxies team found our Super Mario Kart community and the partner site for Mario Kart 64 and wished to link up from there to help provide additional content for any upcoming books / projects. Then I had the opportunity to meet Walter Day in person in August 2005 at Fairfield Halls, Croydon, South London, UK (near where I live). It was a retro gaming event where several of the Twin Galaxies crew were there, including Billy Mitchell, Doris Self. I also had a very nice chat with Perry Rodgers who was due to have a Galaxian Showdown then with a British Gamer, Gary Whelan. However, Gary was apparently unwell at the time and couldn't attend the event. I have been in touch with Walter since then and really hope to meet him again.